I was on annual leave last week, but due to both of us having cold (CJ got it before me, but his didn't seem to last as long) we didn't really get out much. We did make it to Northallerton on Monday; we wanted to have a day out but somewhere different to where we usually go. We always seem to end up in either York or Lincoln, or the East Coast - all very nice, but we fancied somewhere else this time. I've been to Northallerton years ago but I couldn't remember it, and when we got there we thought it was very pleasant. It seems to be mainly just one long high street (there's probably more to it than that, but we stuck to the shops). Unfortunately the weather was a bit rubbish, blowing a gale and quite drizzly, so after walking up one side and down the other, we headed back to the car with some warm sausage rolls - yum! (diet? what diet??) We decided to have a drive around to a few other places - Bedale, Masham, Ripon - while gradually making our way back home, but we didn't get out at any of them, mainly due to this:
So that was Monday. Tuesday we just went over to my mum and dad's, and then grocery shopping, and it was Tuesday night when CJ developed cold, so like I said, that was pretty much the rest of the week ruined (don't get me wrong though, it's still been lovely not being at work, and having a lie-in every day!)
On the Friday before my week off, I finally - finally! - got around to posting some granny squares to the Japan Appeal, and also the Australian Crochet A Rainbow.
|You get the idea!|
I did feel a bit bad about only sending 10 to each one, when some people are sending 40 or 50 at a time! But I'm sure every little helps!
Apart from the bobble dishcloth (which I still haven't finished!) I wasn't really doing any crochet, so last week while I was off (and in between all the nose-blowing!) I returned to an old favourite. This is just a sneak peek, I'm sure I'll blog about it when it's completely finished:
Another thing I managed last week was to get a couple of books read (proper books too, not Kindle books!). I'm a huge fan of Jodi Picoult, and I read The Tenth Circle, which was as thought-provoking and moving as all her novels are. I've read quite a few already, and I've got several more on the shelf, but I like to pace myself with them, and just read one now and again. I'd hate to catch up completely and then have to wait for the next one, although she writes one book a year, so I wouldn't have to wait too long! After hers, I read The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. His books seems to get a bit of a slating from a lot of critics, but I just take them for what they are, a really good action adventure, totally un-put-downable!! I don't worry too much about whether all the historical facts and figures are correct. I don't think it's being made into a film (yet) but I've already cast Morgan Freeman as one of the main characters - that's who I was picturing as I read it! I'm going to try and put a 'currently reading' pic in my sidebar whenever I start a new book.
So as it's the end of May, I thought I might as well post my Photo Scavenger Hunt pics. I'm afraid to say I didn't manage to get them all: I couldn't find a willing
Yes, this sorry looking thing is my bike, currently in the garage covered in dust, sawdust, cobwebs and goodness knows what else! I tried cycling a couple of years ago, but decided I preferred to have both feet on terra firma at all times!
|A cartoon character|
|A Red Door|
|A Sign of the Zodiac|
|An interesting local building|
So there you go, my May photos. Looking forwards to the June list - I enjoyed the challenge, even if I didn't manage to get them all.
It's getting late and my bed is calling, so I'll just leave you with some pics of our little visitor who has been absent for a while, but who must've smelled the peanuts in the new feeder:
Bye for now!!