Saturday, 7 November 2009

Rugby, Stairs, The Hug....excuses??


Is it just me or does the Honeymoon period of blogging wear off slightly. In my head I write posts every day. But then to sit down, take photo's off the camera and re-size them and upload them seems to take ages. But then again, if you did it often then there wouldn't be so many photo's to upload in one sitting!!

And I think the blog is a really nice way to keep in touch with friends and family who you don't see to often. For Ashley it is a way to see what is going on here whilst she is up in London at Uni. It is a record of achievements, projects in progress - PIP (I happen to think that is a nicer phrase then work in progress - WIP)

So what has been going on a Poppy Cottage? House work mainly. I still haven't mastered the art of keeping on top of it, what with Lily fluff, muddy foot prints (the tiles seemed a good idea at the time) - with hind sight, although the tiles cost £50 instead of over £200 if I had gone and brought them from the shop, cream is a pretty naff colour.

I wonder how many of use are making these after seeing it here

and here and here

(sorry forgot to add this one in the first time around!! - Sorry Zoe)

It is just such a simple idea, one I have had in my head for ages but why does it take someone else to make it to then think Ahh!! yep, idea Christmas Presents - and a good way to use up some wool!!

Jose babysits for a lady who came to the Knit & Natter and when I picked here up this time Isla had finished her hat. The pattern came from here

Isla lent me here 9mm DPN and I started on one but then decided that I would give the magic loop a try. Like I really needed to start something new didn't I!!

Ashley came back from Uni this week. We have all missed her, but Jose has especially. So it was lovely that she spent some time with her (and Lily!!) I have been waiting for some wool to arrive from the Black Sheep Wools
It arrived on Sunday but the pink is to follow. Mild panic as the Birthday is on the 16Th (I will have been single and in my little cottage for 3 years that day!!) That is OK. I will ring them on Monday to see if it has been sent, failing that good old e-Bay! But then next snag is........where is the hook I was using? I don't remember the size. What a plonker!! It didn't have a mm size on it. I am guessing either a 3.5 or a 4 mm. Hey Ho!! Just have to do a trial bit and see.
Progress also seems to be somewhat hampered by these....

I officially feel old as I got home from work to find that Jose had been sent her NI card!!! That means that she is growing up!!!!
These are pictures from this

And, If I pull my finger out should be happening to these this week. At least they will look better. If I had oodles of time I would strip them back down and varnish them, but I don't so out will come the paint pots!!

OK, so I am sure that some of you see my photo's of the cats and think yuck, on the table (I do some times too don't worry, but I made a rod for my own back and I think the older ones sit up there to a) get away from Lily and b) sit in the sunshine.
But this I think is taking the biscuit!! (I did wash it out before I cooked tea!)

Then there has been this.....

Jasp is in the No 7 shirt with white (ish) sleeves.

(you can just see his bottom on the bottom left of this photos)
He is playing Offside flanker (?) I think that is right. I was 'allowed' by Jasp to come and watch him this time. (this boy find his Mother just SOOOOOO embarrasing remember!!) He has got through to county trials, then onto this squad - from these teams they will pick the Dorset Squad. He was made Captain for the second half (a position he has held in his Bridport team) So fingers crossed for this coming Wednesday.
As I was tidying up his bedroom I found his English book and had a wee peak through. I came across this .......
In the next two weeks do well in Rugby County trails and get into Dorset and Wilts County Squad.
In the next year, excel in Rugby and do well in particular subjects in school.
In the next five years start playing Rugby at Provisional level, get good A level results and a place in a top Rugby and Hydrocarbon University
And in 20 years time I will be 33 and my dream ambition is to have played rugby at a professional standard and play for a big club or even be in the England Squad and be able to retire a recognisable Rugby player. Or If I don't get far in Rugby I would like to become a Hydrocarbon Well Logging Geologist/engineer or a petroleum engineer.
WoW!!!!! That is the hopes and dreams of my 14 year old son. And do you know what, I think he stands a pretty good chance of most of them. He has changed from an angry confused (don't we all, who have failed marriages behind us feel guilty and responsible for making them like that?) to a fairly nice young man with achievable ambitions.
Now all he has to master is being nice to his sister (he is so nasty to her) and then I'd be 100% chuffed (99% at the moment.)
I cooked for the Ruby Club Burger stand at the local Fireworks display last night and Jasper and I walked down. On the way up through town we passed loads of drunk, swearing teenagers (and I mean loads - this is the bit of Bridport Hen and Lucy thankfully don't see) and he said about what do they hope to achieve, he wasn't being smug just agreeing with me that it is sad that these kids seem to think getting rat arsed at every opportunity is what life is all about. Thankfully both of my teenagers do not think that way. So even though their Dad and I are apart, the J's don't seem to be growing up too badly.
I may sound slightly smug but I am very proud of both of my children.

(Soon he will be taller then his Dad!!)
I started writing this post at 3 am (I can't sleep much at the moment) It is now 20 past 5. Wondering if it is worth going back to be.
I seem to be coming down with a cold. I ache, sore throat etc. Can't be poorly as I am going to see these tonight!!
The advantage of being a singleton is that you can nearly always get a ticket to things.
Take care.


  1. Your son has done really well to be playing at this level of rugby, let's hope he gets to play at national level very soon, they could really use him I think! Hope you manage to fight off your cold and can enjoy your outing tonight.

  2. I'm so ashamed to say I BOUGHT a pair of those Joules wristwarmers...In my defense, they were on mega-sale, cheaper then I could have bought the wool for. Excuses, Excuses!!

    Nice to have a new post and catch up, but I don't know how you find the time. The stairs will look great painted.

    Glad J's doing so well. Hope the cold doesn't stick (I'm telling you, hot curry and a glass of brandy cures everything!!).

    Did Jas take some birds home from his day's beating? If not, we owe you a brace of pheasant if you want some.

  3. I too often 'write' a blog post in my head but the computer is a time stealer and I try to avoid spending too much time on it!
    I love blogging though and for the moment it encourages me to look around and record my life so I am all for it.
    I love the cats in your house, cats do own a house, glad you washed the pan before using it though, nothing worse than cat hairs in your omlette!
    PS you PIF will be coming to you sometime this week!

  4. No wonder you haven't been blogging - it looks like you have been pretty busy! I love the crochet handwarmers - unfortunately crochet is not my forte so I have to stick to knitting! Hope you feel better soon.

    Pomona x

  5. What a cute blog you have here. Full of life and color. I just found you via Red Gingham and would love to follow in your journey in life.

    Feel free to stop by my little garden at:

    I'm mostly a yarn lover, but also am starting sew hear the buzz of my machine again.

    I swear I thought at first glance that you knew Lucy at Attic 24... She is quite the crocheter and has a wonderful blog to read too.

  6. That was more like an "Episode" than a blog post!!!. Youve been up to some great things - and well done to your lad!! Great to see you keeping busy - I love to read what you have been up to. I have another blog which I started so that family members can all keep up to date with what each other is up to as we are spread around the world. We keep it private so that the ones with smaller kids can post photos in comfort, but it is a great way to keep in touch. xxx


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