Saturday

I wonder how many of my blog posts are titled “Saturday”? Sometimes I feel a bit like a child at school tasked with a “What I did at the weekend” writing exercise and worry that you will all get bored. Weekends are the best though aren’t they? Two whole days of not being at work, not having to wake up to your alarm, you can go OUT, see actual DAYLIGHT … you know the score. This time of year especially I appreciate the daylight at the weekend. I felt uplifted today when I walked home as it was not quite dark by the time I got in. Spring is a’coming!

So this Saturday I was woken by my alarm at 08:30 and groggily looked at my phone to see a text from Lucy asking me for a quick coffee at 9:15. I tend to run about two to three hours behind the Attic 24 schedule because I don’t have any children and thus have the luxury of sleeping in if I want ;-) However I did want a hot chocolate and a catch up and managed to shower, dry my hair, get dressed, have breakfast and put a load of washing on in the space of 45 minutes and was ONLY seven minutes late to the coffee shop. That’s pretty good going I think!

So yes, we had a lovely chatty catch up and a bit of a peruse of Inside Crochet magazine (Third place guys! Thank you for voting :-) ) who said lovely things about me (and er, overlooked the fact that I was meant to write that paragraph and never sent it in, sorry Inside Crochet mag.)

After saying goodbye (it was a quick coffee after all!) I went and bought three different types of hand cream to try and combat my lizard skin on my right hand. Seriously. Weird dry skin from a combination of cold weather, and aircon & handdryers at work. (Does this count as TMI?) I bought a Cocoa butter one but having now tried it I can’t bear to have it on my hand because the weird chocolatey smell weirds me out. Yuck! Any tips for dry skin? I’m moisturising like crazy and always wear gloves outside but I’m fighting a losing battle.

After the hand cream adventures I hopped on a train to Leeds to meet up with Rach for our monthly/6 weekly get together. I like to get the train to Leeds because the countryside is pretty and it gives me a decent chunk of time to spend in Wildhearts worship (that means listening to my Ipod for those not fluent in Geek.)

Oh and do you like my bag? I went shopping for shoes (I hate shoe shopping) a couple of weeks ago and came home with a pretty bag.

My hair was looking halfway decent, which is nice. All my best photos happen when alone on a train. I know that’s a bit odd but it’s true: apparently I look my best when on a train. Also weirdly young.

Me and Rach always meet in Neros because it’s opposite where we used to work and we both like to reminisce about the years we spent working together :-) Fond times.  We stayed for ages in Neros until I became so hungry that I almost ate my own arm. So I badgered Rach into going to Wagamama (conveniently across the street!) and we took a snowy photo on the way.

When I still have to travel somewhere, snow makes me nervous.

Mmm, Yasai Yaki Soba <3

The snow settled really quickly in Leeds, I was quite surprised as this was only an hour or so after it started snowing.

I slipped my way to the station and made my train with three minutes to spare. I like that because I hate waiting for trains but equally I hate running for them.

I wanted to get a cool photos of the ECML (that’s East Coast Main Line for those not fluent in Geek) train coming into the station through the snow but I fumbled too much with my camera whilst wearing gloves and just made a wonky mess of it.

Back at home and although that looks like snow, it was crunchy like weird hail. By the time I arrived at my house though it was proper snow and we enjoyed watching it fall that evening :-)

And of course this laid the way for the snowy sledging day on Sunday! (this is why I don’t like to post out of sequence!)

There you have it: That’s Wot I did at the Weekend.

45 thoughts on “Saturday

  1. Congratulations Heather on third place. Your blog is actually my favorite blog of all. Your photos are always awesome. Love to see your crocheting. You are a dear warm and sweet young lady. How about a few photos of the home improvements. Say hello to Andy.
    Take Care.

  2. So who beat you into first and second place and how dare they. You must be very pleased. Your blog has a lovely chatty style and you
    always manage to hit just the right note about life in general along with all your colourful crochet and striking photos. Keep up the good work!xx

  3. Hi
    Try some Aveeno, not cheap about £5 for 200ml but I even use it for my daughter’s eczema! Or if u want to go natural try pure Shea butter.
    Congrats on third place!

  4. congraulations on the third place magazine thingy! Sounds like a wonderful weekend and I’m quite jealous about the sledging! We had around 5 inches of snow and it hasn’t all gone yet but I wasn’t allowed out to play as I had some hospital treatment on my face last week and the cold is no good for the resultant bruising! I did nip out and make a quick snowman, but I made it TOO quickly and he was leaning to one side and fell over and smashed within the hour, poor snowman!

  5. Congratulations on your fabulous blog coming third! So many lovely things happened to you at the weekend, it is always lovely catching up with friends and doing that over coffee and food makes it even better!

  6. Yasai yaki soba each and everytime. Cannot veer off that to try anything new.

    I love that you are in a magazine. I feel like I know a celeb! A cro-leb possibly? Nah that doesn’twork in type.

    xxx

  7. Looks like you had a great weekend, just not long enough are they! I tried the old cocoa butter stuff……..yuk I agree smells weird in face alot of handcreams smell horrid. I use tons of Norwegian formula and when I’m very flush L’Occataine shea butter cream, lovely!

  8. Congratulations. How about some E45 cream? See if you can buy some lotion/cream with bee propolis in. Another good thing is Aloe Vera plant, sacrifice half of one of the leaves, open it up and spread it on the affected area. You skin might discolour a little but it is very good.

  9. Congratulations on your bronze award Heather… how lovely to come in the ‘medals’! Love your snowy pics… and yes, you do look young on the train… if that was me I would refuse to have a photo taken anywhere else! Dry skin.. ask the chemist for Snowfire.. put it onto warm damp hands, put old gloves on and go to bed… it STINKS… but my goodness it cures dry skin (always remember to wash it off in the morning or you get weird looks!:)x

  10. Hey, great news about the award, well done! I suffer from dry skin on my hands also (I have dermatitis) and find that DiproBase works really really well. You can buy it over the counter in a pharmacy. I know boots stock it. You can try it in a small tube but you can also buy a really big pump. It will help to protect your skin from water which will dry it as well as giving extra moisture. It is amazing. I really miss this stuff as I am living in America at the moment and have not found anything that quite compares! Hope you find a good solution! :)

  11. Well done on third place, that’s fab! I love that you know Lucy. Did you meet through blogging or have you always known each other?

    I highly recommend a big tub of Boots aqueous (spelling?) cream. It’s part white paraffin and fixes my hands when I’ve been washing them too much and they go dry and sore. It doesn’t smell nice but it’s cheap and it really wors – my doctr recommended it.

    Nicki xx

  12. Ps my fave wagamama dish is chicken kare lomen – it’s one of those meals I get cravings for. Am always disappointed if I try anything different!

  13. Nipple cream – that’s what you need! For your hands I mean… If I remember rightly it’s called lansinoh. It’s a quite thick cream and can be a bit difficult to get out of the tube if it’s cold, but it works to help heal and soften cracked skin. I agree on the cocoa butter creams – they smell vile. I am completely addicted to hand cream and never go anywhere without some. Congrats on your award! Xxx

  14. What a great weekend you had Heather! Congratulations on your 3rd place award in the Inside Crochet magazine ~ it’s very well deserved. Your blog is a lovely and inspiring place to visit and I don’t think that I’ve come accross anybody else who seems to crochet and turn out blankets at the speed you do ~ I don’t quite know how you manage it, but I’d love to know your secret! Wee Done again :O)X

  15. What a great weekend you had Heather! Congratulations on your 3rd place award in the Inside Crochet magazine ~ it\’s very well deserved. Your blog is a lovely and inspiring place to visit and I don\’t think that I\’ve come accross anybody else who seems to crochet and turn out blankets at the speed you do ~ I don\’t quite know how you manage it, but I\’d love to know your secret! Wee Done again :O)X

  16. OOPS! Don’t quite know why all those extra punctuation marks are in there! And I could have sworn blind that I typed Well Done (not wee done!) ~ lol :O)xx

  17. Yaay, third place, how flippin’ awesome is that?!? I love your bag, and your hair looks very decent indeed (not like mine, which seems to accumulate static electricity in this cold like noone’s I’ve ever seen before :S) For the dry skin, try Aloe Vera, straight from the plant or in cream. In my case it helps, and it smells nice :-) Oh, I must say that I am slightly impressed with English trains seeing your pics – so bright and shiny and new! Here in Belgium we have the ‘newer’ type (which isn’t nearly as shiny as the one you were on) and something what must be a fifties-model, which is cold, shakes to a stomach-upsetting degree and makes so much noise it’s hardly possible to have a conversation. We’re going to make a trip through England next summer (yaay! I’ve only ever been in London) so I’m very happy to see pretty comfortable trains! :D xxxx

  18. The skin on my thumb split open (ow!) so my cure was Norwegian Formula Neutrogena during the day (put some on every time you think about it) and cocoa butter at night – you won’t notice the smell while you’re asleep and it really is good stuff.

  19. Have you got heating yet???? Just looking at that snow reminded me that last year you didn’t have heat, apart from a little heater in your ‘lounge’ room. Hope you are staying warm. I’m no help with a good hand cream, I have dry skin and it is a battle to look less than a dried up prune. I hate humid weather but it sure is great for my skin. Love your new bag, laughed that you went shoe shopping and bought a bag, did you get your shoes as well?
    xx Sandi

  20. Looks like you had a fab weekend. Re. hand cream, I have been using Aveeno – very expensive but rubs in nicely and really works. If you have cracked skin on your knuckles, just rub some badger balm on every so often. Works a treat. More snow coming later on today! x

  21. Congratulations on the 3rd place Heather! I hate having dry skin and for some random reason seem to get it really bad on the bit of skin between my thumb and finger (TMI & slightly odd I suspect!!!!) and find that using the Body Shop hemp hand scrub followed by the hemp hand cream just before bed helps them feel a lot better in the morning. That and trying to get out of the washing up….!!!

  22. I found your blog via (in a roundabout way) from attic24, then from there to bunny mummy where she linked to you. In case you’re curious :)

    One thing you might try for your poor hands is to coat them with petroleum jelly then wear cotton gloves over them every night before going to bed. I’ve heard people get almost miraculous results from that.

    I’m looking forward to going through your blog from the beginning. I think it will be a treat.

  23. Hi Heather. Congrats on 3rd place! I have dry, rough hands throughout the winter and find the best thing is E45 cream.When I am trying to knit or crochet and my hands are rough, I use facial scrub on them first, then E45 cream to smooth them.

  24. Hi Heather :) Thanks for putting me on your blog list! Well done on third place – so proud! There’s meant to be loads more snow tomorrow or Saturday, so you might get to take some more snowy pictures. Skype soon, Alice xxx

  25. Try ‘The Body Shop’s Hemp hand protector’ handcream – I have terrible trouble with dry skin on my hands, but this one is excellent. Good luck.

  26. Hi, would it be possible to know where you got your lovely new bag from please? Thanks! (Hoping you say a high street store hee hee…)

    Congratulations on your blog award :)

  27. Most effective handcream ever – Neutrogena (the original one – that says its for Norwegian fishermen!! no similarities suggested!). I have tried so many over the years – combination of working in a hospital with so much handwashing and a complete aversion to gloves at home (cleaning products not know for their skin benefits!!). I think Neutrogena works the best and you hardly need any. Although personally I really love the weird chocolatey smell of the cocoa butter one!! And well done you for getting 3rd in the magazine! Your blog is always a good read :-) xx

  28. I also enjoy reading your blog, found it from reading Attic24 which I also love. Your pics are great! Love your blankets and thanks for sharing! I’ve made a Lucy Stripe blanket and now working on the ripple which I love the best. Will probably crochet next one like the solid block blanket you made which is beautiful and one I can make “one the go”. Thanks again and stay happy!

  29. Congrats!! I haven’t been around to “see” you in quite a while, but I wasn’t able to post this earlier, so I just dropped in to tell you that I’ve got an award for you over at my blog! :)

  30. Sounds mad but very effective: Put on lots of hand cream and then rubber gloves and then wash up in hot water! It all soaks into your skin and does not stay on gloves!! Go on, try it…

  31. i have used Neutrogena original formula for 33 yrs and it healed my hands which were red,sore, and so dry that i had 2 or 3 chaps on each fingertip. I tried literally every handcream in the shop until someone recommended Neutrogena.
    Love your blog and congratulations on coming 3rd.

  32. heather,I have used Neutrogena original formula for 33 yrs and it healed my hands which were red,sore, and so dry that I had 2 or 3 chaps on each fingertip. I tried literally every handcream in the shop until someone recommended Neutrogena.
    Love your blog and congratulations on coming 3rd.

  33. Dry hands…ask the chemist to mix you up a small bottle of glycerine and opadeldoc (pronounce is just as it is spelt) It shouldn’t cost very much, it’s smells a bit, pour a tiny bit into and palm of your hand and rub in.
    A nurse told me about this when I was in hospital having my son and my hand were sore from washing them all the time after nappy changes etc.

    Just checked google for opadeldoc spelling and found a comment from anne bebbington on this blog post http://ozcountryquiltingmum.blogspot.com/2011/05/here-comes-your-block-nancy.html
    Good luck.

  34. Dry hands…ask the chemist to mix you up a small bottle of glycerine and opadeldoc (pronounce is just as it is spelt) It shouldn\’t cost very much, it\’s smells a bit, pour a tiny bit into and palm of your hand and rub in.
    A nurse told me about this when I was in hospital having my son and my hand were sore from washing them all the time after nappy changes etc.

    Just checked google for opadeldoc spelling and found a comment from anne bebbington on this blog post http://ozcountryquiltingmum.blogspot.com/2011/05/here-comes-your-block-nancy.html
    Good luck.

  35. So many lovely photos – esp. that one on the train :-). Love the snow. We’re just having a rather wet and somewhat cool Summer over here :-(. I love l’occitane products – their hand cream is really good.

  36. Concerning dry hands… same problem here… I, too, like the Hemp creme of the Body Shop, though I’d highly recommend trying some from a tester there first, as it has quite a poignant odour ( had to get used to it, myself, first… )

    But of course you can go way cheaper than all those creams… :-) ; what also works really well, is plain olive oil.
    And yes, I mean the kind you find in the kitchen.. same stuff you can use for salad dressings..

  37. Sounds like a lovely day :)

    Dry hands…use E45 as hand cream, for any super stubborn patches a dab of Bepanthen nappy cream (true miracle that stuff, also good for Rudolph noses caused by colds). Also when at home you could try using good old fashioned aqueous cream to wash your hands instead of soap/handwash particularly good when hands are very dry/sore.

  38. How have I missed you? we share so many blogging friends!
    My you DO look young. I look old, I LOVE shoe shopping and don’t recall ever looking particularly nice on a train.
    I do love crochet though – congratulations on the award.
    I use pure coconut oil on my dry bits – you can get it in a jar from a healthfood type shop. Doesn’t smell nice or anything – but works a treat.
    Nice to meet you
    fee x

  39. How have I missed you? we share so many blogging friends!
    My you DO look young. I look old, I LOVE shoe shopping and don\’t recall ever looking particularly nice on a train.
    I do love crochet though – congratulations on the award.
    I use pure coconut oil on my dry bits – you can get it in a jar from a healthfood type shop. Doesn\’t smell nice or anything – but works a treat.
    Nice to meet you
    fee x

  40. Try Cetaphil or Eucerin (do you have those brands there?). I agree with you about cocoa butter. Can’t stand the smell. Same with shea butter. I stick to fragrance-free moisturizers, and they seem to work best (no irritants).

  41. Oh! And Vaseline makes a pretty decent hand cream. My husband keeps a tube at his desk at work, because of the dry air (and it doesn’t bother anyone’s noses :~)).

  42. Congratulations on the blog award! I know I am reading this late, but I have just discovered your blog and I really like it! I have been crocheting for 30ish years, and have just recently picked it back up again due in large part to great blogs such as yours, Lucy’s, and Crochet with Raymond. The inspiration is wonderful! I love the way you have reinvented vintage designs. In the US, I use a hand cream called “Bag Balm” It is used on cow udders to keep them soft. It works great on very dry hands. Smells a bit institutional though. There may be a comparable product in the UK at a farm and feed store. Leeds I would think has a few cows around! Keep up the great work!

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