Thursday, 14 April 2011

The Patchwork Cowboy!

Tomorrow shall see our first trip away in our
Little Sindy Caravan!

Not too far away and nowhere exotic,
just enough to get away from the norm
and somewhere I can build my confidence up
with towing her.

I just thought you may like to see my latest
make for her.

Some patchwork curtains
for the little stable door.



I quite enjoyed making the patchwork,
something I've never done before.
It's not perfect but I'm loving
the Holly Hobbie effect.

Anyhow, this evening
I just fancied a little bit of window shopping
over at 'Cath's Gaff' what with her 15% off day.
But I've had to come out of there!

With my endless supply of imaginary money my
bag was over flowing.

I know a lovely place where a couple of these
would be perfect!

Along with...

...3 of them actually,
with a few more of these...

Of course I'm talking about in
my little caravan.

Whilst using the above
we'd definitely need one of these to
sit on...
But then you can't have a camping
holiday without a good pack of playing cards
can you?

But seriously,
I would love to be able to buy lots of
Cath Kidston, but I feel a little queasy now,
a sort of 'Cowboy Overload!'

Plus I'm poor!

How is a girl supposed to be
able to afford this beauty?

Especially as it's £145!!!

Good job I bought an almost identical one
in my favourite charity shop last week.

A bit of scrap oil cloth for lining it and I'm sure
mine is far better.
Well, for the £4 I spent on it I'd say so.

It's all loaded up with scrummy things
and tucked up in Sindy for our weekend away.

Wish me luck everyone.
I'll need it!!!!

Love Claire. x

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

A friend who came to stay....

We came home one evening to find a new friend on the doorstep!

Some of you may of heard of him...

'Herman Friendship Cake'

Friendship Cake
1 cup of greetings
1/2 cups of smiles
1 large hug
2/3 cup of love
1 tsp of sympathy
2 cups of hospitality

Preparation of Cake
Cream greetings and smiles thoroughly.
Add hug separately.
Slowly stir in love.
Sift sympathy and hospitality and fold in
Bake in warm heart.
Serve often.

He was actually left for Finn by one of his friends,
so I let him take charge of him for the 10 days you
need to keep him for.

(not sure if those hands were washed first,
but I'm sure living in this house you soon
become hardened to a little grubbiness)

After pouring him into a large mixing bowl
you need to leave him until the next day,

Then you stir him,
and then leave him, again.

After a few days he gets hungry,
so you need to feed him with some
basic ingredients,
and then leave him, again!

After 10 days of him growing
and bubbling, stiring and feeding,
you divide him up,
pass on to friends 3 of the 4 parts
you have divided him in to.

And then you add a few more goodies to the bit you kept
and bake him, and of course you then eat him!

I've not been lucky enough to sit long enough to eat
any of him yet, but from what I gather from
the gruesome twosome,
Herman tastes quite delish!

Finn didn't even know I had added
grated apple and cinnamon to the mixture,
and he didn't mind picking out some of the sultanas
I sneaked in there. RESULT!

So, I hope you won't mind if
I excuse myself and settle down
with a lovely mug of hot tea and a huge hunk of Herman.

Love Claire. x

P.S.  How good it would be if I could post Herman to you...?

If you have never been lucky enough to be passed a piece of
Herman to care for don't worry, you can start your own off
by following the instructions here.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

We 'Heart' Guy!

(Warning: no pretty sewing/baking/flowery tales
to tell you in this post but something I have to share as
although it's a bit 'laddish' I've enjoyed it too)

Now there's feelings of sadness rising in this house
for our fantastic programme is nearing the end of
it's series tomorrow (Weds) evening.

'The Boat That Guy Built'

I've decided that it's sort of like a

'Kirstie's Homemade Home'

but for boys!
(...and their Mums)

For those of you who haven't seen any of this
programme it's about this chap called Guy.

Guy's a bit of a hero in the eyes of my lads
as not only does he get to have a go at lots of
engineering type bits and bobs each week,
but he rides in fast motorbike races and fixes huge big waggons
as his day job.  PLUS, he has the best sideburns since Elvis
and an infectious giggle!  His best mate Mave is his sidekick,
and they drink tea by the gallon.

Aside from all of that the series has been
following them and their narrowboat


around British canals whilst they've been
renovating, her bit by bit.

Last weeks episode saw them in my hometown of
Macclesfield on my very own canal which some of you know,
from previous posts,
runs only a stones throw from my little house.

Tomorrow evening (Wednesday-7.30) shall see the last in the series.

We'll be sad for it to end and
not have our weekly installment of
engineering boys toys.

But we can't wait to see Reckless in all her
finished glory.

We'll certainly be keeping an eye open for her on
the canal whilst out on our walks with Basil,
especially as the evenings are getting lighter.

Thinking of which...

I'm sure it's almost time for


Another favourite in this house.

Love Claire.x