Outdoorsy things

This week has been full of outdoorsy stuff with the warm weather. The weather has kind of annoyed me actually. Not because it’s been nice, but because it said it was going to be rubbish, then wasn’t, so I didn’t plan accordingly. So frustrating when you miss out on a few precious laundry drying hours. Anyway, we’ve been pottering in the garden quite a bit. I had a good weed and sweep underneath our table, it always gets forgotten about.


I also tended to this area.


The bamboos are stunning but they do make a mess, shedding all year round it feels like. It is quite a therapeutic task though.  Lovely when the sun is shining especially. I tend to find the little tucked away spaces in the garden my favourite, like my hidden bench.


We’ve done lots of dining outdoors, morning and night.


There’s lots of lovely colour and growth still going on, even though many have finished now. It’s amazing how quickly the garden evolves in just a few weeks.


I love the different stages of growth here in the hydrangea, those creamy green shades with the pinky tips, full of promise to bloom into the most beautiful, vibrant pink flowers.


One of my favourite stages of a flower blooming is when they’re still practically a bud with a teensy bit of colour showing. Just popping their pretty heads out to say hello.


This little corner here always looks like autumn no matter what season it is.


The muted colours are gorgeous, very calming and gentle. It’s like a teeny tiny woodland corner. There used to be a little fairy door at the bottom of the tree but it’s magically vanished. The hubster was never a big fan, hmmm. There is evidence of fairies at the bottom of the garden though, look, fairy wings! Well, according to my step daughter they are anyway.

Yesterday we took a little trip out for our annual strawberry picking, something I’m keen to keep up every summer. Make it one our family traditions that Jude will remember about his childhood. It’s such a wholesome, feel good activity.

We got to ride on the tractor which made Jude’s day.


The sky looked very dark indeed but it was so warm still.


My little helper was good carrying the punnet. He only dropped the lot once. And he only ate one strawberry on the way round.


And our little bounty. The smell is so sweet and the taste even sweeter. Our very own blueberries in our garden will be ready for picking soon too.


In the afternoon we went across the border into the lush, green land of Wales. We’re members of the National Trust so took the opportunity, while the weather was good to visit Chirk castle.

I kind of feel it deserves its own post though so will leave that for another day. 
I did say I was going to bring you a crafty post but with all this outdoorsy stuff happening I haven’t had much chance. Next one, I promise xx

Six, sand and sunshine 


We’re having a mini heatwave here in the UK at the moment. I’m not expecting it to last long but it is ridiculously hot right now. I had the heating on and ugg boots last week, why can’t Great Britain sort it’s weather out? Anyway, we’ve been getting out and following the herds to our gorgeous beaches. We are so very lucky to have a huge choice of lovely places to visit.

On Sunday afternoon the sun just surprised us so we didn’t want to waste it sitting indoors. We grabbed our beach bag and headed to Hoylake. If you’re not from these parts then you may still have heard of it as they sometimes hold the golf open there. It becomes a hive of excitement, the schools close early and people even rent their homes out for a small fortune to accommodate the thousands of fans.


They must have known I was coming as they’d hung yards and yards of bunting up! I was expecting it to be really busy but there was hardly anyone. I left the lads playing football in one of the pitches you can see above. The rest of us headed along the prom.


It looks like a desert here. I love the fact that there’s still lush greenery growing in the sand.

We found ourselves a lovely little spot on the golden, soft sand. A bucket and spade and Jude was in his element. Which meant I could snap a few photos of the beautiful surroundings.

We were only here for about an hour but it’s all you need to feel like you’ve been at one with nature.


Jude had a great time, he didn’t want to leave.

That evening the hubster and I went out to celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary. We had a lovely meal at our new favourite tapas restaurant, Lunya. The food was amazing along with the service and surroundings. We finished the evening off with a drink in The Cavern Club. It’s a brilliant atmosphere in there, especially when there’s a Beatles band playing.


More date nights are definitely in order, it’s the only time we get to spend together alone as a couple. It’s nice to escape the house and kids occasionally, reminds me I’m not just a mother and housewife.

Back soon with some hooky happenings. Stay cool xx

Rose garden 

We don’t have roses in our garden and I’ve just this year begun to take a liking to them. It’s okay though, as just a short walk from our house is The Arno. 


It has, as you can see from the sign, been around for quite some time. Here’s a really old picture of it.


But this is it today..


It’s really pretty, especially in the warm sunshine that surprised us today. I’ve probably come a little late as some of the flowers are just finishing. But I did manage to get a few photos of some rosy loveliness.

The smell is just beautiful, so delicate. 

These aren’t roses but they take me back to my childhood. I always remember seeing these and I seem to recall they were Victoria Plums favourite flower. Maybe I’m making that bit up, but that’s what they remind me of anyway!


The Arno has a Green Flag Award too. Although it’s a council maintained area, it still needs a lot of looking after and regularly needs volunteers to come along and help out. They formed a group called The Friends of The Arno who do a fantastic job. We’re very lucky to have people who care about where we live.

So, what else has been happening this week? Not much really. Quite a few trips with the little man to the park.


We spent a lovely hour by the sea the other morning. 


And as for crafting, well I’ve been working on a new project, completely unplanned. Sometimes I think those work out the best.


And it’s almost finished too so I’ll show you properly very soon.

Have a crafty weekend all xx

A West Kirby walk


The weather was unexpectedly bootiful this morning, so quick on my feet, I decided a visit to the coast was in order. Just me and my little man. I got sorted, did the school run, and headed towards the sea. The drive was enjoyable too, through some lush countryside, with the sun shining, birds singing, windows down and a nice breeze keeping us cool. It seemed like everyone was out and about walking their dogs or going for a jog.

I got to West Kirby and parked up right by the marina. As soon as I stepped out of the car and looked across the lake, I was just amazed. The water looked like a pane of glass. It was so still.


The pictures don’t really do it justice, it was very sunny and warm.

West Kirby marine lake is the perfect length for a walk. It takes around 40 minutes to get round it at a slowish pace. Just enough exercise before you get too tired!


There’s a really nice atmosphere here, whenever you go. Everyone smiles and says hello.


Can you see the hills in the background in the picture above? That’s Wales. It looks close enough to walk to but I bet it’s a lot further than you think.


Last time me and my hubby came here together, I sneaked through the chains to get a close up photo of this…


I’m a sucker for anything that says the word ‘love’. Such a bizarre place to see it though, I’d love to know the story behind it.


I get such a feel-good feeling from being by the sea. I think it’s all that fresh, sea air. I love it in any weather but summertime is the best.


We saw this lonely seagull paddling along all by himself.


Almost round to the beginning.


These jetties look so inviting. It’d be heaven on a hot day like today to sit on the very end and dangle your feet in the cool water.


We finished our little jolly with a sit down in the park just opposite the lake. We had a drink and a snack with the whole park to ourselves, and Jude picked me these pretty daisies. Bless him.


I should start the day this way more often, it puts a real spring in my step.

Half way

Morning lovelies, are you having a good weekend? It’s half way through and the weather has been strange. We were expecting a heatwave, hotter than Ibiza, apparently. Well that never happened but  let’s see what today brings. Yesterday morning, Jude was so keen to get into the garden, it was wellies and pj’s and straight out there. With his furry friends too.


We managed our first breakfast in the garden the other day too, it was just lovely. 


It always feels a bit like being on holiday when we eat outdoors. I’m looking forward to doing it lots this summer. And lots of garden hooky is in order too.


I’m about halfway through my two blankets for the kids. I’m alternating between the two to stop the boredom setting in. Here’s the c2c (corner to corner) for my step daughter. I had it with me the other day when I was in the bluebell woods incase I got the opportunity to do a spot of hooky. Sadly I didn’t but I did decide to give it a little photo shoot while I was there. I felt a bit silly, kept looking around to make sure no one was coming! It’s not as easy as you’d think actually. I was looking for the perfectly placed branch to drape it over but could I find any? Nope. So this was the best I could do.


It’s a perfect triangle at the moment, and I’ve now finished the purple side so will start on the pink and it will decrease down the other side.

This is the other blanket, the cosy Kermit stripe for my son.


It’s just over half way done. It’s very nice to come back to working on this one after the purple. You can really tell the difference in the yarn. The purple has a glitter running through it which makes it a bit rougher but this one is made with stylecraft special dk which is so much nicer. Super soft in comparison.


While we’re talking crochet, I did a couple more of the egg cosies I started a few months ago. It’s one of those where I need complete concentration so I can count out loud. Hopefully this week I’ll finish them off and show you the finished product.


Our very own cherry blossom has finally come into its own this week. It’s never been so beautiful, it must be very happy. I wanted to enjoy it indoors too so cut a few sprigs to pop in a vase. It’s looking so pretty in our pantry.


Well, that’s it from me for now. Have a great Sunday, see you all soon xxx

The beauty of bluebells 


The humble bluebell.  A beautiful and delicate plant in its own right. But when you find them en masse in the bluebell woods, they’re truly breathtaking. I’ve been longing to visit them for ages now but I wanted to wait till they were properly out and for the wet weather to come to an end. I had a couple of hours to kill yesterday and the sun was shining so I took my chance and went to our closest national trust place, Speke Hall.

Now as usual, I did get a bit carried away with photo taking. I just couldn’t help myself though. When you’re there, in amongst them all, you just want to capture every moment because it’s all so beautiful. The photos really don’t do them justice but it’s the next best thing to actually being there in person. Pictures certainly can’t convey the aroma in the air and the sound of birdsong. Anyway, I honestly did restrain myself when selecting which photos to use here. You may not think so but I promise I did! If you’re not a lover of bluebells then look away now…


There, all done. If you’ve got this far then I thank you for sticking with it! Aren’t they beautiful? It’s just like a violet haze covering the ground. The woods are a very special place to be at this time of year.

Blossom time

Hello! Happy May Day to you. I’d love to be able to say that it’s a beautiful sunny day here but unfortunately it’s cold, wet and dreary. So I have the heating on, a mug of hot tea and am curled up on the sofa writing this post and filling it with pretty Spring pictures.

I have a real love of blossoms of all types. There so incredibly pretty, from a distance they almost look like twigs topped with candy floss or marshmallows. 

Here’s some beautiful blossom I pictured the other day when the sun was shining in our very own Oxton Village.


Yesterday we popped to Chester zoo for a couple of hours. We were very lucky with the weather and I snapped these..


Stunning against that blue sky aren’t they?

A couple of weeks ago I took our eldest and our youngest over to Sefton Park to see the blossoms and to fulfill a dream of the eldest. 


She too loves blossoms, and would love to live in Japan where they are famous. At this time of year they celebrate the beauty of spring flowers by picnicking under the blossom trees. So that’s what we did, we had our own little Haname under the blossoms, by the lake in the middle of Sefton park. It was really lovely. We sat opposite this pretty bandstand.


And this was above our blanket..


Gorgeous hey? It’s a shame they don’t last longer. After our picnic, we explored the rest of the park.


There was still an abundance of daffs on display. I love how the cloud is kind of heart shaped and just resting on the top of the hill.


Further round, we came to the fairy glen where there’s these stepping stones across the water. It felt like we were in a faraway place, somewhere completely magical. We made a little friend, he took a monkey nut right from my hand.


He was so tame and let us get really close.

The magnolias were in full bloom, so beautiful.


On our way back to the car, we stopped off in the palm house. It’s amazing in there, so tropical. You can even get married in here.


The colours were so vibrant. This one looks like a bottle brush. Right in the centre of the house is this spiral staircase. I just wanted to climb it, of course I couldn’t.


Well that’s all for today from me, I’m off to do a bit of housework, a little bit of hooky and prepare a fabulous roast for my lot. Happy bank holiday weekend xx

Mother’s Day

Today is Mother’s Day here in the UK, quite early this year. Being a mum is one of the hardest jobs in the world but its the most rewarding job too and I wouldn’t change it for anything. This year I decided to make gifts for my mum and my mum-in-law. I thought blooming flower cushions would be an ideal project. I picked colours that I hope will go in their bedrooms. This first one is for my mum. Want to watch it grow?

  

It came with me to the coast.
  

To the bedroom 

  

To the dining table on pancake day 
   

Doesn’t it look beautiful with the sun beating down on it?

   
   

Almost done!

  
   
   
I finished it just in time. My brother was coming up for a visit so he took it back with him as it was quite large to post. Unfortunately he gave it to her a week early but hey! She likes it so that’s all that matters.

Time to make a start on the next one.

   
This one came to the park with me on such a beautiful day.

 
I started feeling the pressure by this point as the deadline was looming. Not far to go..

  
With the front done, I got cracking with back yesterday morning. Disaster struck as I realised I wasn’t going to have enough yarn to finish.

  

After contacting my local wool shop (actually my friend who has enough yarn to start her own shop!) the panic was over and the cushion could be completed.

  
And here it is..

  
It looks rather good on my bed doesn’t it? Unfortunately it can’t stay but I will be making one for myself. Will be waiting a while though as I’m a bit done with making these right now!

   
   
The light wasn’t great at 3am for taking pictures and I was past tired. Why do I keep doing this to myself?? Anyway, they’re all done now and I hope they’re well loved.

I’d like to finish off by wishing everyone a happy Mother’s Day. Hope you get to put your feet up and get spoiled a bit. 

Lots of love, Vicki xx

Warmth

The weather today was looking rather lovely, I had no plans and no running kids around for a change. I took baby J to Aqua tots first thing but he wasn’t that keen on it today. When we got home it felt far too nice to be indoors so I grabbed the stale bread from the bread bin and a couple of handfuls of chicken feed and me and the little fella headed off to the park to feed the ducks. I decided to be good and walk the 15 minutes there instead of drive like I often do. I’m so lazy, I know! 

  The park was looking glorious in the sunshine, the bright yellows and oranges of the daffodils singing out loud for everyone to hear.

  
Unfortunately, before we got to the park gates, he’d fallen fast asleep so I decided to grab myself a nice cup of tea from the cafe. I sat outside and bathed in the sunshine for about an hour. It was such a perfect and peaceful time spent. I felt the warmth from the sun for the first time this year and it was so good.

  
Yes, that is crochet you see. I came prepared, God I’m getting good!

When he awoke, we went as planned to feed the ducks. They go mad for the chicken food.

  
I’ve just spotted the heart shape the ducks are making in the water there, can you see? Or is it just me? I do have a thing for hearts.

It was a lovely sunshiny, warm afternoon. Many more to come I hope.

Bye for now xx

Early signs..

It’s a little bit earlier than it should be, but I think spring is just around the corner! Yay!! This morning, although still chilly, was absolutely gorgeous. The sun streamed into our garden early so I snuck out to get photographic evidence, just incase it didn’t last long!

   
 
There’s even a little bit of colour unfurling too.

   
   

It’s so refreshing to see new life coming into our garden at this time year.

Yesterday baby J and I went for a little walk around The Dell in the very picturesque Port Sunlight. There are some beautiful crocuses and snowdrops just rearing their delicate little heads out from beneath the ground.

  
We must go back in a couple of weeks to see how they’re coming on. The daffodils should be out by then too. It’s a very exciting time of year, lots of new, fresh, colourful life. I love it. I do think Spring may possibly be my favourite of all the seasons.