Bits and Bobs

Last week marked the 5th anniversary of our wedding so to celebrate we went out for breakfast at the Ice Cream Diner. I wanted to write “5” on my pancakes with maple syrup but I hadn’t realised how runny it was and I failed miserably. They tasted good though!

From there we went to Bolton Abbey for a walk. I’ve wanted to go for ages (it’s one of my favourite places and if I could drive I would go there at least twice a week!) but it was a bit spur of the moment and we didn’t have the pushchair with us. TTB walked really well but we didn’t really get very far before turning around. I have to judge not on how far he can walk but how far I can manage to carry him back should he give up!

The Bolton Abbey ducks are very bold and keen to come and see you (probably in the hope that you have a picnic they can steal!).

On Sunday morning I did some crochet tinkering to see if I could make a straight start to a ripple blanket rather than adding the straight part afterwards. This is because I messed up my last ripple border despite having done at least five successful ripple straightening/border operations. Three attempts and it mostly works which is pleasing.

How did you spend your Bank Holiday Monday? A drizzly, mizzly mist hung around all day but that did not stop TTB from wanting to go for walks. Andy took him on a long walk in the morning and then …

… I spent my afternoon wandering the streets (and backstreets) with him while he collected sycamore seeds, leaves, sticks, stones, and exclaimed with delight each time he saw a cat. I eventually persuaded him to come home by making a big deal about going in through the back gate rather than the front door (OoooOOOOoOoohhhh) but after his initial excitement about the gate he was mightly pissed off that he was just back in the yard again and I was showing no signs of continuing walking with him!

Toddler exercise is the key priority at the moment, he’s like a dog and he really needs to go out walking in the morning and the afternoons as well. I’m doing my best but boy it’s hard to motivate myself to do it sometimes! Anyway yesterday morning I had to walk up to the post office depot to collect my Homemakery parcel (wonderful service, I highly recommend) which means the pushchair as it’s far too far for him to walk, so we stopped at the park on the way back.

This is what my view of him in the park mainly looks like these days. He runs up the hill, down the hill, looks at the big rock, runs back up the hill … and all the while carrying sticks and leaves and things that just seem to appear in his hands as if by magic. I half heartedly follow up and down with the pushchair but really there’s not much he can do wrong like this. He did get really really close to a crow though! I expected it to fly off but it just watched him. He got about 5 yards away before it flew, I am not sure who was more surprised about how close he got, TTB or the crow!

Ah yes, park treasures. I have persuaded him that they have to stay in the park rather than come home with us … I’ll see how long he agrees to this.

Oh and sad news, the tree that I thought was all autumnal the other week is actually dead. It’s had the bark stripped off it all the way around and it’s a layer in the bark that allows nutrients and water to be transferred from the roots to the rest of the tree. If the bark it cut all the way around then this can’t happen and the tree dies. How very sad. I feel a bit bad for accusing it of being ahead of the game seasonally now!

Ah this is my Homemakery parcel … Rico Baby Classic dk in Ice Blue, Pale Blue, Vanilla, Cream and Blue. Beautiful yarn and really good service and pretty packaging too. My cousin’s wife is having a baby so I thought I’d do a little blanket.

And of course, because TTB needs a walk in the afternoon too we went out again! It was lovely and sunny but still windy and cold. Pretty clouds though :)

He walked a good long way, too!

Tell you what, I don’t half enjoy my naptimes when I can sit down!

x

17 thoughts on “Bits and Bobs

  1. I had a little giggle at memories of walking with my first morning and afternoons! It just seemed that we’d got home and we’d be back out again!!!! Hey ho… xxx

  2. Look on the bright side – all that walking will be keeping you nice and trim! I walked miles with my eldest because using public transport with a child and pushchair was such a pain. I really piled on the pounds once I learned to drive :( It’s surprising how much difference those short walks can make. When we moved here, the primary school was in walking distance and those 2 short trips a day didn’t seem like much. About 5 years ago my youngest started making the journey alone, then moved up to secondary school. The weight has gradually crept on and no matter how much I resolve to go for a short walk every day, I never actually remember to do it!

  3. My son was just the same at TTB’s age. He’d fill his pockets with pebbles and seeds to bring home with him. It wasn’t always my idea of a great time but I did get lots of exercise! :)

  4. Congratulations on your 5th wedding anniversary. Our 8th is coming up soon as well as a big birthday for my husband. Your straightening of the ripple at the start looks as if it is working – well done! A very good idea. Then just do the reverse at the other end I suppose. I love that yarn you’ve got to make a new blanket – beautiful colours.

  5. We have park treasures too although admittedly some are mine (pinecones!). Stashlet is allowed to bring them home (in the hope that if he already has some, he won’t bring any more) but our rule is “no sticks in the house” which works (most of the time) :¬)

  6. G Gurl says:

    Lovely post as always, I love reading your blog. I have a little girl same sort of age as your son, and can relate to a lot of what you say.

    I love the yarn pack, can I ask is that amount going to be enough for one baby blanket? I am very tempted to buy one of those but no sure how far that yarn will go.

    • Heather says:

      Hi G Gurl, no that yarn won’t make a whole blanket, so far three balls of it have made it about 1/3 of the size I would like it to be. I’ll do some more details when I’ve figured them all out! It’s changing a bit as I go along x

  7. Karen says:

    We have a “no sticks in the house” rule too and for a long time there was an ever-growing pile of sticks in our front yard until my husband tidied it all up earlier this year. Now they have to go straight out the back door into a large bucket where they get incorporated into various constructions that are made in our new sandpit when the boys play out :) 2 boys of increasing size (now 3 and nearly 5) can find and drag home some surprisingly large sticks and bits of forestry – even along the urban streets of South Birmingham! Park treasures will be delighting you for a while yet Heather, I’m sure! x

  8. Karen says:

    We have a \"no sticks in the house\" rule too and for a long time there was an ever-growing pile of sticks in our front yard until my husband tidied it all up earlier this year. Now they have to go straight out the back door into a large bucket where they get incorporated into various constructions that are made in our new sandpit when the boys play out :) 2 boys of increasing size (now 3 and nearly 5) can find and drag home some surprisingly large sticks and bits of forestry – even along the urban streets of South Birmingham! Park treasures will be delighting you for a while yet Heather, I\’m sure! x

  9. VeggieMummy says:

    We used to have a ‘nature stool’ in the kitchen for all our treasures brought back from walks; I rather miss it now that my 2 are older. Love the look of those yarny colours and thank you for the tip about the ‘Homemakery’ site – I’d never heard of it before at it looks rather good. x

  10. How old is TTB? It sounds as though he and my daughter (3) would get on quite well together, she also loves walks and bringing bits of nature inside. Just want to tell you I like your blog. Congratulations on your anniversary.

  11. One-oh-four says:

    Ooh, those yarn balls look delicious :) and I’ve been meaning to try out starting my next ripple that way for ages – thanks! Looking forward to Yarndale and getting some inspiration from your gorgeous scenery. TTB is growing up so fast – his park treasures at least are harmless. My son loved the park but always used to make a beeline for the yuckier stuff (cigarette butts, rabbit droppings, used lolly sticks….) and my daughter would not walk anywhere – pushchair or “me up” i.e. be carried! Our bank holiday was very wet here in the Midlands but we spent most of it browsing at the local book farm (http://www.astleybookfarm.com) and then in a nearby garage looking at new cars……only bought books though!

  12. Nanita says:

    Happy fifth Wedding Anniversary! I’m with TTB here, park treasures are the best :-) I still bring home pebbles, pine cones, twisted branches and whatnot after nature walks. Wonderful idea to think of a straight start to a ripple! Have a lovely Sunday xxxx

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