What I Did in April





~Knitted two pairs of socks
~Finished my Ravilious blanket
~Unravelled half of my Ravilious blanket
~Bought some new old cutlery (see above)
~Spent a day in Oxford with Katie where she was ecstatic to find a Cath Kidston shop -
(Me 'Aren't these buildings beautiful?'  
Katie 'Oh my God, oh my God, a Cath Kidston shop!' 
Me ' Some of these colleges date from the 13th century you know'
Katie (flapping her hands like a demented hen) 'Oh what shall I buy? I don't know what to buy!'
Me 'Look at the carving on that arch'
Katie 'I'm getting this flowered cup, look it's plastic I can take it camping')
~Picked grape hyacinths and pulmonaria
~Admired my flowering currant
~Bought lots of bunches of daffodils
~Dried lots of washing outside
~Reorganised my kitchen
~Admired the shadow and light play on my kitchen counter as the evening sun streamed through the window
~Made egg sandwiches
~Made sardine sandwiches
~Taught George how to make toad-in-the-hole, Spanish omelette and cheese sauce*
~Breathed a big sigh of relief when Tom finished his GCSE art and wondered why the course seems to have been designed in such a way as to put students off art forever
~Said goodbye to winter at long last


*He cannot remember how to make any of these things now

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  1. Your photos are wonderful. I enjoy your stories about your kids; they sound three very interesting young people.

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  2. What a colourful month. I would have been flapping with Katie at the Cath Kidston shop! Julie x

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  3. Oh dear Sue, Alice can be a little like that too. She really loves to shop at the moment, I keep telling her that she better grow up and get a Saturday job soon to feed this expensive habit :o) I love the colourway of the yarn you knitted your socks in, full of zing and Spring x Penny

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  4. Oh I love this mosaic--looks like spring is finally here! K x

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  5. "What I did on the last day of April": Looked at your photos and thought "wow"!

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  6. Great, just great. Love the dialogue in Cambridge ...... personally have had my fill of the ubiquitous Ms CK, but can see the appeal. And your cooking lessons sound brilliant - all boys should learn to cook and iron, mine certainly did and my daughters-in-law have thanked me! So, roll on May, eh?

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  7. Those Waitrose Sardine Cans are lovely! I kept one for 2 months before I could bring myself to open it, I just loved looking at it!

    What a glorious April you have enjoyed with your family xx

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  8. My husband and son used to say they were 'allergic' to culture! I think I'm allergic to CK. Her stuff is nice but way too expensive and I think she's priced herself out of lots of peoples' budgets!

    The photos are beautiful - I must start listing the positive, instead of thinking I've achieved zero.

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  9. I enjoyed lots of sardine sandwiches last week Quince Tree style - the addition of a small knob of butter makes a real difference doesn't it? I love Oxford and had to laugh at the differing perspectives of mother and daughter; especially having just had another argument with mine about why I will NOT buy Miss Sexies trousers for school. (Any advice on how to deal with that issue greatly appreciated...)

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  10. A full and sunny April, for sure. And I'm a convert to sardine butter - can feel my Omega 3 levels rising...

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  11. Wonderful photos. I especially like the reflection from the glass stunning :)

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  12. I sure miss Oxford! Thank goodness for Endeavor, I say, to give me a fix of dreaming spires. York has a Cath Kidston store too and some rather nice buildings!

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    1. Thank goodness for Endeavour indeed, my current favourite telly.

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  13. I love Oxford - went to (as it was then, now Oxford Brookes Uni) a teacher training college there. Lovely photos. I think you can justifiably put a tick by April - achieved! X

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  14. Gorgeous photos as always :)

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  15. I like how you have combined the lovely yellow and blue tones in your April mosaic. It is very fresh and "springy" in feel.
    I have to admit that I cannot pass a CK shop and not go inside.....
    Pati x

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  16. Erm....yes, I did, I said Cambridge. And you meant Oxford. Yes I did read your post properly. My excuse is that I live closer to Cambridge. But yes, thank god for Endeavour. I ahven't actually seen every episode of Lewis to be honest, so need to catch up on those. What will we do when they finish Endeavour??

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    1. We shall watch The Suspicions of Mr Whicher which I believe is coming after Endeavour.

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    2. We watched this last year - or was that just the pilot episode? I hadn't realised they were doing a series. Are they doing a series? God I don't know, all over the place as usual.

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  17. Am hopeful about the Suspicions of Mr Whicher- read the book and was disappointed but think that a TV adaptation may be good. I am converting your new/old cutlery. I have been after some for a while. April has been a very satisfying month for you. Congratulations! Ax

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    1. Ebay for cutlery.
      There has already been a dramatisation of the book with Paddy Considine as Mr Whicher. I think the upcoming programme is a spin off with the same actor and character.

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  18. I have cutlery envy!

    I can't say I'm too hopeful for the Whicher adaptation, though I'll watch just for Paddy Considine. Can't get enough of Endeavour though.

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  19. Can't believe it's May already. Flowers, days out, sunshine through the window, washing outside - you're right, winter has gone.

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  20. I have lots of the lovey hyacinths growing in my garden and have fallen in love with the delicate pulmanaria after walking my dogs around Swindon village in Cheltenham, they have loads growing looks Devine.

    Oh finally tried few bits from whole foods (still not been in, but better half tells me it is an amazing shop!)

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  21. Love your cutlery. I am cursing myself for losing the old cutlery from home at some point in my moves. Is it still being deployed five days out of seven - if you get my drift?

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    1. We don't have a set for best so these are what we use every day. They aren't silver.

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  22. Ah, nothing like going somewhere lovely with a daughter. Take the beautiful Acorn Bank National Trust property, with its herb gardens and ponds and roaming chickens.

    "Where's the shop? Can we go to the shop?"

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    1. oh my children always say "where's the cafe? I'm hungry. Can we have cake? Is there a teashop?"

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  23. I'm glad I'm not the only person who favours "bone" handled knives. I expect it's because they are what we had at home when we were children. Don't you find they sit more comfortably in the hand? I'm lucky enough to have inherited my grandparents' canteen of cutlery (1920s), though we only use them for best because the spoons and forks need to be resilvered

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    1. My parents have a very similar set although I think theirs is silver and yes, I love the way the knives feel and it's so much more photogenic than my old stuff (which is being kept as back-up).

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    2. Ah, the advantage of silver is you can bung it in the dishwasher!

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    3. No dishwasher!

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  24. You also took a lot of rather beautiful photos in April. That shot of the sunlight bouncing off the cutlery is fantastic. x

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  25. The intense blues on the first picture is beautiful. Yes, your cutlery reminds me of home and looks beautiful.

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  26. I love the photos, especially the knife handles and the floral glass with its shadow.

    And listing achievements and things done is a good way to look back - much better than rhyming off all the half-finished projects (as I suspect I do). I'll think about all I've managed to get done as a result of reading this and may be pleasantly surprised so thank you!

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