An idyllic summer day 

I was off work today and I invited my mum, my sister, my nephew and niece and both their dogs to join me in my garden for a pool party. 

As you can see we had to completely cover up the rabbit hutch as both visiting dogs stare  obsessively at the rabbits and we didn’t want the bunnies upset! 

The pool was a great success and the children spent six hours over the course of the day playing in it and generally having a fabulous time. At the end of the day Mum’s dog Lucy also got in it! 
In fact they were so tired they had a nap! 

The dogs had a fantastic time playing in the garden. Chilling out: 

Dilly failing to realise that I was quite cross she’d broken my Nemesia in half…! Probably what eventually did the damage: 

And while everyone did what they wanted, the adults sat and worked on projects. 

My sister is making a second crochet mermaid tail blanket. Mum is making some Jelly Roll socks (from the same designer as ‘Rose City Rollers’). And I’ve cast on some Drops Big Merino for another Darkke Hat, this time for my brother-in-law.  

We ate lunch,  we hung out, we ate dinner we hung out:  it’s been a really really nice day. 

Garden update

I’m rather pleased with how pretty it’s looking. 

That pink in the middle on the left was from my last trip to Homebase’s reduced section. Deadheaded and planted it has flower again and cost me 50p. 

I call this new bed the Brexit bed. I dug it the day after the referendum. As I was a passionate remainer family think I’m being a bit odd, but it amuses me. My bench as a sunflower prop…

This evening I stopped by the reduced section in Homebase again. They have so many plants reduced because they need dead heading and also properly watering. I went a bit mad and spent £20 but that probably a quarter of what they would cost if properly looked after. I don’t understand how a business can afford to make such reductions. They just need a staff member to do rudimentary dead heading as they tidy the shelves up and to ensured they’re watered properly. I quite like the challenge of getting stuff in an unplanned way based on which ones I feel sorry for… 

Oh and I installed two bolts on the rabbit hutch with the help of my Mum. I’m a bit rubbish at DIY so I was pleased with myself!

The ‘paddling pool’

Tonight I expressed a mild desire for a paddling pool. Four years ago I bought my Mum one for her dog Lucy. It’s about 3 feet across and hard plastic. Perfect for dogs to lay in and drink out of. I was thinking I could get something similar but as Mollie may or may not get in it, I could paddle in it too. 

Roll on an hour and D came back from collecting my newest prescription and presented me with this: 

8 foot wide, nearly 3 feet deep….

Now I should have expected this. D is extremely generous but he does like to go big and in bulk. Remember my fabulous toolbox for my cotton yarn? He wanted to buy me one on wheels that was 3 times as big and was surprised when I opted for the one I wanted….

My Mum pointed out that I should be grateful he didn’t buy two. Very good point!

Anyway, if it’s the hottest day of the year and you have a paddling pool, you have to put it up! 

I had been laying on that towel…. Then we had to move it because the ground wasn’t even…

I’m paddling. It’s nice. I need to get my nephew & niece round to enjoy it! 

Where did that week go?!

10 days ago I was coming back from Manchester, and since then I’ve been to a literary quiz (we came second last..), had a crazy week at work, been to my step brother’s wedding (my new sister in law was SUCH a beautiful bride) mowed the lawn several times, and discovered my wretched infection is back again. Which is why I’m sitting in my back garden like a limp rag having just surfaced rather than working. D is off to fetch my new antibiotics in an hour and that should perk me up. Anyway, some photos of my week – I’ve only worked on the second scrapalong hat…


Considering the colours for a third scrapalong hat – and this one for me 😊


Knitting in the garden is such bliss! 


Knitting on dog…


Dog wearing knitting (not impressed): 


A trip to see Independence Day 2 (I love Bill Pullman!) 


Mollie’s friend Bentley visited and D was very honoured to be asked to be one of his Dads’ bestman at their forthcoming wedding. 


Hat progress: 


Some photos of me, D and niece J from the wedding. I love that first one! 


The happy couple: 

Such a beautiful dress. They are both lovely people and we don’t see them as often as we’d like as they live in Abu Dhabi. 

The wedding was held at Hestercombe Gardens in Somerset and I took a few photos while walking round with D & J after dinner. Jess got in as many photos as possible!


An action packed week!