Monday, 30 July 2012

Our day out...

Last week was a busy week for the Rosiechook residence... Little chick broke up from School and I was still poorly with the lurgy which meant a trip to the Doctors. I officially have been diagnosed with Asthma and given steroids and an inhaler... It kinds of explains why I was awake every night sounding like Darth Vader! The virus has weakened my chest and the pollen levels have been so high they are triggering an allergic reaction - what a nightmare! Anyway, I am feeling much better now, thank goodness.
My better health also meant a nice little jaunt out to Salford Quays today. Mr RC booked the day off work so we could take Little Chick to see Ice Age 4 at the cinema and do a spot of shopping!
It was very enjoyable... The weather was awful this morning, but did clear for the afternoon (it was a bit windy and cold though). After the cinema we went for some lunch at Bella Italia and Little Chick ate her own ice cream plus half of mine - the little monkey!
Before we came home we had a little walk around. I am very fond of Salford Quays as I was born and grew up in the area. Salford Quays was originally the old docks and the Manchester Ship Canal passes through. It has undergone a total transformation and is totally unlike the thriving working port it once was, but I always feel at home here knowing so many of my family lived and worked so nearby. The BBC have just moved here to MediaCityUK and there is The Lowry Theatre with a gallery dedicated to L.S. Lowry and the Imperial War Museum North.
I took some photos - but apologies in advance for the quality as they were taken on my phone!

Lowry theatre to the right looking towards the bridge


MediaCityUK


Looking further up from MediaCityUK


The Tower of the Lowry Theatre

My little balloon girl :)

We arrived home at 4pm... and no little jaunt would be fun without shopping for some goodies :) would it? Incredibly bargainous goodies no less!

I bought some lovely beads as Little Chick was desperate to make some beady jewellery - she is very creative, bless her and is an absolute expert at junk modelling! Don't you just love the colours of these beady beauties?


The Beads were from this shop where I also bought this gorgeously cute book



I just love some of the projects inside and may have to have a little try at making some :)

Soooo sweet!

Gorgeous flower and colours :)




and how about these buttons...sooo intricate!

I have always had a *thing* for buttons! My beloved Nan had a massive box of vintage 1920's/1930's ones and I used to love looking through them. I am definitely an accessories girl and she was too so I must have inherited the Genes from her ;)

Then we moved on to Whittard of Chelsea and I just love this shop! It's so very quirky, English and eccentric! Well I managed to sneak into my basket purchase two lovely sample mugs for the princely sum of... TWO English Pounds each! What a bargain! I took a photo of my favourite - I just love the Mackintosh type Rose and the nod to an Emma Bridgewater design:
Lovely cuppa!

Well my lovelies, my bed is calling and I am off to make a nice cup of tea now in my pretty mug before I retire for the night :) Take care and will see you all soon xxx

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

The dreaded lurgy...

Has been upon us here at the Rosiechook residence... Apologies for the lack of updated blogs but the lurgy invaded! This is just a mini blogette until I have my full strength back. I do feel a tadge miffed as I have quite a few thoughts buzzing around my head that I want to share! It can wait...

Breaking chicken news - Dotty isn't broody!!! 9 weeks of hell we have had! The other girls are still shunning her though. I feel quite sorry for her, even though she has driven me mad!

Crochet news - I still am in love with the granny stripe! I have had to put my lovely blanket aside temporarily whilst I start on a rose pink/cream baby granny for a baby girl (who will be due very soon)... Hopefully it will whizz up quickly so I can carry on with my own! I will Ta-dah it as soon as I am finished!

That's all for now, night my lovelies xxx

Monday, 2 July 2012

Gorgeous granny stripes!

I started my new project a week ago... and I'm officially a granny stripe addict!!!
I just luuurrvve them, they are so much fun! To coin a Lucy (Attic 24) phrase they make me all heart-skippy :) I am making a blanket for our bedroom and using alternate cream with a Cath Kidston style colour palette. I'm currently at row 21 using trusty Stylecraft special DK.
I thought you may want a little sneaky look so here is a little piccy that I took on my phone earlier:


Do you like it so far? I am really enjoying this blanket! I'm thinking of making a snood and handwarmers for myself for this Winter (or Summer if this horrid weather continues hehe!) in glorious granny stripes galore! I think you may just get the drift how much I love them ;)
See you all soon xxx

The very busy month of June

Well I've had a very busy June!
My blogging update is a little delayed... but I am getting a bit better at it!
We had a lovely holiday to Gran Canaria (little chick had a ball) the 1st week (and the 2nd week of the School holidays). We left good old blighty at the right time as the weather has been so awful! Rain, rain and more rain... Floods, wind, hail and thunder! Anyway - I'll post a couple of photos of lovely, sunny Gran Canaria:



The view from our balcony
 




Little chick on Puerto Rico beach




We seemed to adopt a little posh pigeon Canarian collared dove whilst we were there! Every morning without fail he would perch very patiently on the balcony until we woke... Little chick loved him so I didn't mind her feeding him some bread and cheese...












Awww... he was very sweet and little chick was very upset we had to leave him.

We returned home to frrrreeezzzing cold weather! Quite shockingly cold to be honest. June is usually a nice month weatherwise, but not this year. Then we celebrated little chick's birthday :)  and had a party at home. Believe me when I say the heavens opened! It never stopped! We managed to erect a gazebo in the front so at least the littlies could play outside with the sandpit and the outdoorsy toys. Unfortunately we had to rescue and dismantle the gazebo next morning as it nearly went off into the sky like Dorothy's house from the Wizard of Oz!!! In fact it was halfway out the street but got stuck on some telephone wires and a tree! A bit un-nerving but we sorted it.

Gruffalo cake :)



The past fortnight has been about us getting back to reality: school, work, home and the usual domestic chores of everyday life. I am always glad to come back home. Even though I love holidays I really miss our girls (the hens) and our cat Phoebe. The night we came back Phoebe had the biggest snuggle on me and dribbled (yuck!) so much, I knew she had missed us. My Mum and a friend and neighbour had looked after her brilliantly but we are her people pets and she wanted her house a bit noisier!

This weekend Little chick had the school bear Fifi teddy staying over  :) It's allegedly because she has been sleeping in her own bed by herself, but I know that strictly isn't true ;) haha! We had to take some photos and write about her time here, so I can't resist posting one:


Fifi has a nightie on ready for bed! The blanket below Fifi is my very first crocheted blanket! It is a bit wonky but I am very proud of it... Little chick calls it her rainbow snuggle blanket and if she's happy then I'm happy :) That's all that matters really, isnt it?

I'll post more about my current crochet projects in a later post x
Take care and see you soon my lovelies xxxxxx