Thursday, 12 August 2010

cars and birthdays

Helloooooooo! Goodness me, it's been a while. Things just move too fast round here sometimes. I do apologise for not popping in sooner, it is nice to have a sit down in this little cheery space!

So, what's been going on? Well, lots of walking in the park watching the sun set, of course.

And work, and writing, and general housey-gardeny activities that take up the summer days. And then there's the small matter of buying a new car - not at all an exciting activity in itself, but rather a time consuming one when you've got a small budget and a loooooong list of requirements...

Anyway, last weekend we took a small trip up to Huddersfield. Two trips, in fact, because there had to be a bit of Deciding going on in the middle. Fortunately, there were plenty of ducks nearby, and a rather jolly ice cream shop.

Anyway, it all worked out for the best in the end, and we got our new car, which is settling in nicely. It doesn't feel quite as friendly as the Old Van yet, but it's getting there. We've removed the seats, and had our very first cup of tea sitting in the back.

You see, this is going to be a Cheery Holiday Van. We used to camp out in the old one, but we never quite turned it into a proper camper, because it was damp, and the back door didn't open, and there was lots of clambering, and we never quite got round to it. But there's Great Plans for this one, and lots of measuring and sawing and sewing going on, very exciting!

Anyway, so after all that excitement, a cup of tea and a hot cross bun was needed, along with an incredibly old issue of Country Living magazine, which I have not much interest in reading, but I do like looking at the pictures, and anyway, it was free...

And do you see that knitting?? I'm half way down the second sleeve and seem to have run out of steam!! I'm not entirely sure I was gifted with enough patience for multi-needle knitting... But I WILL finish it!

After lots of deep breaths, phone calls to insurance companies, cups of tea, hot cross buns, and general running around then calming down, a nice cheery run out in the new car was exactly what was needed. You can't quite see the scenery properly in this picture, but it really was beautiful. And I'm sure the sheep thought so too. So today is Peter's birthday, so there's going to be lots of Cheerful Birthday Activities. Not entirely sure what yet - tea, I imagine, cakes, presents, of course... Fingers crossed for sunshine!


  1. Crossing my fingers (and toes) for sunshine on Peter's birthday(yesterday). The "new" van sounds great. I know you have been looking around for a while now. Congrats on finding one that fit the bill, in more ways than one. Emily

  2. Thanks Emily! It's still today here! (if you see what I mean!) I get so confused with time zones, I really do. We've had a lovely day thanks and are very much enjoying our van! x