Wednesday, 26 March 2014

❖Happy Homemaker Monday *12*❖


Monday 24th March 2014

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As I look outside my window:::

It's a dull and windy day, still very chilly.  The blossom is hanging on on the bullace tree, but the leaves are starting to push out.  The leaves are also starting to appear on the plant that climbs over the front and back of the house.

Right now I am::: 

Having a hot chololate and watching a programme about the WW2 Arctic convoys with H and R ~ we all like a good history programme.

Thinking and pondering:::

Our school journey to England next week ......

On my bedside table:::
We have given up with 'The World of Norm' for the moment and have started 'I was a Rat! Or, the Scarlet Slippers' by Philip Pullman ~ it's quite good so far, though the old English language is a little difficult for the children to understand sometimes.

On my TV this week:::

Enjoying:
The Great  British Sewing Bee
Law and Order UK
The Voice
Shetland

Looking forward to:
Endeavour
W1A

Listening to:::
This week's music ~ Michael Jackson (M) & Kylie Manogue (H)
W's choice of audiobook this week is Alex Rider

On the menu for this week:::
Monday ~ Eastern Lamb
Tuesday ~ Chicken and sweetcorn pies
Wednesday ~ Chicken and chips
Thursday
 ~ Lentil and bacon soup
Friday
 ~ Macaroni cheese
Saturday
 ~ Fajitas
Sunday
 ~ R is cooking

On my to do list:::

Inside:
Sorting and tidying in the playroom
We have been given several boxes of Lego and Playmobil :) that need sorting and cleaning
Packing for our school journey to England next week
Outside:
Finish clearing plant from the front wall of the house

Plans for this week:::
Monday:  English lessons at school (am) / Handball M
Tuesday:  English lessons at school (pm) / Meeting about M's school journey 8pm
Wednesday:  R meeting (am)
Thursday: Handball W / H finishing school early
Saturday: W handball competition (pm)
Sunday: Leave for school journey to the UK 7am!!

What I am sewing, crocheting or creating:::
A pair of slipper boots for M to take to England with her next week
Super chunky scarves
Starting a blanket to work on when I am away next week

M
y simple pleasure:::

Watching how excited our youngest daughter M is about going away with her class next week.

Lesson learned the past week:::

If you want to cook a mixed tray of roasted vegetables don't put the leeks in straight away :)

Looking around the house:::
As the weather has changed we have washing drying everywhere inside the house.
The snooker table is up again, so W is very very happy.
M's bag is packed and ready ........ mine is not! :)

From the camera:::

Our little farm girl .......



I hope you all have a great week!

Today I am going to link up with other "Happy Homemakers" here at Diary of a stay at home Mom so please pop over if you want to see what others are up to this week all around the world. :o)

Friday, 21 March 2014

Country Mumkin Makes
My crafty week 1:

Crochet is my obsession, my escape from the day to day routine of cooking, tidying, cleaning and mucking out! 

I've gone a bit crazy this week crocheting with wire and beads ~ something I have been wanting to try for a very long time.











These are a few of the designs I have tried this week.  It's really exciting working with new materials and colours, but working with wire is much tougher on the fingers than working with yarn.  Nothing is quite finished yet ........ I have been experimenting with different ways of joining the bracelets, lobster clasps are difficult to do up yourself, so I have ordered some maganetic clasps, I think they will make it much easier to connect the bracelets, just waiting for them to arrive.   We did, however, manage a trip to the big town this week so I picked up some more wire from Casa, lots more colours to work with now.  Watch this space :)

Thursday, 20 March 2014

❖Happy Homemaker Monday *11*❖


Monday 17th March 2014 

Sunshine makes me happy!

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Another beautiful week of sunshine and warmth, with a extra day at home for the children :)

As I look outside my window:::

The sun is shining, they are predicting temperatures of 21degrees today (very unusual for this time of the year).  I think the rain is returning at the weekend.

Right now I am::: 

Eating a late breakfast.  It took me longer than usual to fed and muck out the animals today.  M is off school today, she has a nasty cough and is asleep in bed.

Thinking and pondering:::

About what to do today.  I want  to be out in the garden enjoying the sunshine, but have so much tidying to do in the house ...... decisions, decisions :)

On my bedside table:::
Hand cream ~ sunshine and gardening always dry my hands out quickly.
The World of Norm (reading with the children).
Crochet magazines.

On my TV this week:::

Enjoying:
Shetland
Great British Sewing Bee
Law and Order UK
Collectaholics (BBC2)
Tipping Point!!
The Voice

Listening to:::
The birds chirping in the garden.
The cockerel cock-a-doodle-doing.
The dog eating in the next room.

On the menu for this week:::
Monday -   Chicken Curry
Tuesday -   Chicken, peas, sweetcorn and rice
Wednesday -   Fish fingers
Thursday - 
  Boudin and special mash
Friday - 
  Garlic chicken
Saturday - 
  Lasagne
Sunday - 
  Roast lamb

On my to do list:::

Inside:
Laundry and ironing
Sort, tidy and clean the bathroom
Continue sorting and tidying the playroom
Hoover, hoover, hoover, hoover, hoover, hoover, mop!
Outside:
Finish cutting and clearing the plant on the from of the house
Trim the dead flowers from the hydrangea bushes (W wants to help with this)
Start work on the potager (veg garden)

Plans for this week:::

Monday:  English lessons at school / Handball M
Tuesday: Teachers' strike ~ no school :)
Wednesday:  R meeting (pm) / W party (pm) / H friend over (pm)
Thursday: Handball W
Saturday: W friend over (pm)

What I am sewing, crocheting or creating:::
Still making scarves with super chunky yarn and big fat hooks :) lovely!
Crochet jewelry with wire and beads <3

M
y simple pleasure:::

Snuggling up and watching a film (yesterday afternoon) with a poorly M when everyone else was out.

Lesson learned the past week:::

I always plan too much for my English lessons!

Looking around the house:::
Not much has changed this week (but at least it hasn't got worse!).  I am making slow progress with the playroom.  The ironing pile is reducing slowly.  W's bedroom is tidy(ish) for a change.

From the camera:::



You are never too big to play with dinosaurs in the sunshine :)



I hope you all have a great week!

Today I am going to link up with other "Happy Homemakers" here at Diary of a stay at home Mom so please pop over if you want to see what others are up to this week all around the world. :o)

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

❖Happy Homemaker Monday *10*❖


Monday 10th March 2014

The sun is out, the sky is blue, 

there's not a cloud to spoil the view....

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As I look outside my window:::

The sun has come up, but it is still a bit misty.  The blossom has started to open on the bullace tree outside the front door.  The weather has been really warm this week, with temperatures up in the top teens.  It's been lovely to have a bit of sunshine.

Right now I am::: 

Watching the BBC early morning news ~ still no news about the missing Malaysian aeroplane ....
M has just come down in her pjs.

Thinking and pondering about:::

What we are going to do today.
All the poor families waiting for news and answers about their loved ones on the missing plane.

On my bedside table:::
'The Unseen' by Katherine Webb (a present from M for my birthday last month)
'The World of Norm' by Jonathan Meres

On my TV this week:::

Enjoying:
The Great British Sewing Bee

Listening to:::
The children getting themselves some breakfast in the kitchen.
The birds tweeting in the garden.

On the menu for this week:::
Monday - Lamb curry and rice
Tuesday - R is cooking!
Wednesday - Chicken and leek pie
Thursday - 
Spaghetti bolognase
Friday - 
Tuna pasta salad
Saturday - Fish and chips

Sunday - 
Roast chicken

On my to do list:::

Bake some snacks for the children to take to school.
Plant some seeds.
Trim the jasmin plant on the front of the house.
Work at sorting and tidying the children's toys.
Ironing!!

Plans for this week:::

Monday ~ Handball M
Tuesday ~ Mannie and Papa go back to the UK :o(
Wednesday ~ Sports club H
Thursday ~ Handball W

What I am sewing, crocheting or creating:::
Crocheting chunky scarves with my lovely new Sirdar Big Bamboo yarn
Crocheting with wire ~ excited to start a new carft  <3

M
y simple pleasure:::

Caramac chocolate bars ~ Yum!

Looking around the house:::
I need to tidy around.
The playroom is in the middle of a big change around ~ there are lots of things to go up in the loft.

From the camera:::





Spring has sprung...



I hope you all have a great week!

Today I am going to link up with other "Happy Homemakers" here at Diary of a stay at home Mom so please pop over if you want to see what others are up to this week all around the world. :o

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

❖Happy Homemaker Monday *3*❖



Brrrrrrrrr!  It's getting chilly out there!

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As I look outside my window:::

Today is very misty, I can hardly see the bottom of the garden.  It is also a lot colder today, maybe the children will get the snow they are wishing for.  I just hope the Winter cold weather comes and goes soon so that Spring can start!

Right now I am::: 

Sitting by myself in the lounge.  I have just spoken to my Mum and Dad on the phone ~ I hope Dad feels better soon.

Thinking and pondering:::

What to do today ~ there is so much to do in the house I just don't know where to start.

On my bedside table:::

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Bedtime reading with the little ones, but I've never read it before)

On my TV this week:::

Enjoying:
Silent Witness
The Voice
Call The Midwife 
The Musketeers (ooooooooh)
Mr Selfridge

Listening to:::

The quiet ...........
The cockeral cock a doodle dooing in the garden.

On the menu for this week:::
Monday - Chili con carne
Tuesday - Garlic chicken
Wednesday - Chicken curry
Thursday - 
Spaghetti bolognese
Friday - 
Garlic pasta
Saturday - 
Fish and chips
Sunday - 
Roast beef


On my to do list:::

Get the Christmas decorations up in the loft
Bake some biscuits for the children's snacks

Plans for this week:::
Meeting Thursday night to discuss H's trip to Italy next month
Handball Monday and Thursday

What I am sewing, crocheting or creating:::

January hats challenge
Starting a new project ~ Women's crocheted slipper boots (pattern by Crochetdreamz)

M
y simple pleasure:::

Lindt chocolate balls :)

Lesson learned the past week:::

It will all be alright in the end

Looking around the house:::
We had visitors at the weekend so the downstairs of the house got a little tidy.  The dog is asleep on the sofa in the dining room (dodn't tell R!!) There are piles of clothes waiting to be washed in the kitchen and the lounge carpet needs a good hoover ~ always so much to do! (Don't I sound moany this week?  I think I've lost my mojo!)

From the camera:::



R has been making jam and marmalade ~ yum!

I hope you all have a great week!

Today I am going to link up with other "Happy Homemakers" here at Diary of a stay at home Mom so please pop over if you want to see what others are up to this week all around the world. :o)

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

❖Happy Homemaker Monday *2* ❖



Where did the last week go?  
It's hard to believe we are already half way through January, 
the time is flying by!

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As I look outside my window:::

It's a dull, drizzly, grey day today.  It's not as cold as it usually is at this time of year (we normally have a lot of snow at the beginning of January), but the dampness makes you feel cold right through.  

Right now I am::: 

Watching the morning news and eating breakfast by myself  (R is at work morning).  I have lots of housework to do this morning, but my crocheting is on the chair beside me and is looking very tempting.

Thinking and pondering:::

About forthcoming birthdays and school trips.

On my bedside table:::

Patchwork and quilting books ~ I have a lot to learn!

On my TV this week:::

Enjoying:
Silent Witness
The Voice
Monty's French Gardens

Looking forward to:

Call The Midwife (**New Series**)
The Musketeers

Listening to:::

The rain! 


On the menu for this week:::
Monday - Lamb curry
Tuesday - Turkey a la King
Wednesday - Boudin and special mash
Thursday - 
Cinese pork
Friday - 
Pasta carbonara
Saturday - 
Lasagne
Sunday - 
Roast pork


On my to do list:::

Laundry and ironing
Sow some seeds
Tidy and file my school work

Plans for this week:::

Start planning our vegetable garden

What I am sewing, crocheting or creating:::

Hats, hats, hats, hats and hats!! :o)

M
y simple pleasure:::

Crochet

Lesson learned the past week:::

Stop panicking ~ just breath.......

Looking around the house:::
Oh my gosh!!

From the camera:::

What's he got stuck in the tree this time?




Something to make you smile:::

W (6 years old) has decided he wants to be a hamster breader, as well as a deep sea diver!! :)

I hope you all have a great week!

Today I am going to link up with other "Happy Homemakers" here at Diary of a stay at home Mom so please pop over if you want to see what others are up to this week all around the world. :o)

Monday, 6 January 2014

❖Happy Homemaker Monday *1* ❖



Happy New Year everyone!!  
It's been over a year since I have posted on The Country Mumkin and I've missed it, but 2014 is here and I am back.  I am not sure how often I will manage to post and I am not going to beat myself up about not keeping to a schedule (new me for 2014!!)  I am hoping at the very least I will be able to post regular Happy Homemaker Mondays and to keep some sort of record of our daily life through 2014.  I am also going to add a record of our crafting antics this year with 'The Country Mumkin Makes'...... watch out for some patchwork and quilting this year as well as my ever strengthening crochet addiction :)
Thank you for popping by, please leave me a comment to let me know what is happening with you in 2014.  
Have a great week xxxxxx


                        



As I look outside my window:::
I can see some blue sky between the clouds.  It's very mild for this time of year.  The chicken and ducks in the garden are pecking at the fallen apples, we were going to finish collecting them during the holiday but decided to leave them for the animals.

Right now I am::: 
All alone for the first time in over two weeks.  I am finishing taking down the Christmas decorations and trying to sort the house out after the holiday. *Sigh :(

Thinking and pondering:::
About what needs to be done in the house this year ~ painting, mending, tidying, organising ......

On my bedside table:::
My new "I love patchwork and quilting" magazine :)

On my tv tonight:::
Sherlock (recorded last night)
The 7:39  BBC1 tonight

Listening to:::
The television in the other room.
The heater whizzing round.
The washing machine coming to the end of it's cycle.

On the menu for this week:::
Monday - Beef Stroganoff.
Tuesday - 
Sweet & Sour Pork (H is cooking!)
Wednesday - 
Lentil Soup & Soda Bread
Thursday - 
Turkey Risotto
Friday - 
Macaroni Cheese
Saturday - 
Fajitas
Sunday - 
Roast Lamb.

On my to do list:::
Hoovering
Clean the windows
Put the Christmas decorations away

What I am sewing, crocheting or creating:::
Hats!!
My 'Christmas Granny Blanket' needs all its ends sewn in.
 
My simple pleasure:::

Peppermint tea in a glass mug

Lesson learned the past week:::
Don't put a sad smiley on Facebook because you make everyone worry!!

Looking around the house:::
It's a mess!!

From the webcam:::

Something to make you smile:::
M and W at breakfast this morning discussing how even if people in Engleand take the Christmas decorations down by 12th night, we could leave ours up because we are a bit French and the people in England wouldn't know anyway!!


I hope you all have a great week!

Today I am going to link up with other "Happy Homemakers" here at Diary of a stay at home Mom so please pop over if you want to see what others are up to this week all around the world. :o)