My surprise at the BTCC

Hello!

In my last blog post I ended with a promise that I would write about a surprise that was deliberately leaked to me just before we went to see the touring car championships at Oulton Park in Cheshire.

Before I tell you about the surprise I will tell you a little bit about my interest in motorsport (but mainly the BTCC). Firstly I am a bit of an adrenaline junkie, I love near enough anything fast, high and a little bit dangerous as long as it doesn’t involve breaking any law. I don’t have the chance to experience fast first hand since my illness was diagnosed but it doesn’t stop me from loving the sounds, sights and smells (and occasionally the ground shake) from fast things.

Touring cars is my most recent interest really, well motorsport as a whole. Dan is really interested in all things car and he has been to see the touring car championships a few times at our most local track which is Donnington. We decided after my first live experience of motor racing earlier this year (as in not watching on TV) that it was actually quite a good way for us to spend a day together with a picnic and just chill out enjoying the atmosphere and buzz around the event. It’s quite hard for me to explain really. At Donnington, my first time, we got a brill spot with a big screen opposite so we saw the TV coverage for the parts of the track that we couldn’t actually physically see there. I guess it’s like watching a music concert DVD, it’s always better to be there in the audience than to be watching it at home! The fresh air also does me some good.

My cousin (confusingly also called Dan) is someone who from being very small I have been close to. There was a huge gap where we didn’t see each other for one reason or another (mainly distance as he has always lived in Dorset and I was brought up in Nottinghamshire). Anyway, Dan (husband) and I had a holiday to Dorset not long after we got together which meant that I got to see a lot of the family that I hadn’t seen for a long time and Dan (cousin) was one of those people! He’s always been into cars, bikes and anything that made his hands oily and dirty! He’s now a mechanic (no surprise there) and he’s also a Marshall at the BTCC! He has a friend in the west surrey racing ebay motors team and when he found out that (hubby) Dan and I were going to Oulton Park, he managed to get us a garage tour and meet and greet with the drivers. My Dan let me read the message thread from cousin Dan which explained it all! The words he wrote really touched me and my Dan timed it perfectly because I was worried that I was going to be too sick to actually enjoy any of the races! I double checked that all of my meds were packed just because I knew I wasn’t “tip – top”. When I first saw the paddock at I was like “that’s so cool” but when we actually got to the garage and met “little Pete” as he was refered to on the ITV4 coverage I honestly felt like a VIP! There we were having our bags taken off us and being offered drinks, taken around the garage, looking around and touching the cars and then meeting the drivers as if they knew us – well, they kind of did – they had been told about me before I even got there!!! It was insane! I got really weepy when my cousin messaged me with “have you had a good morning then?” I know that to some people it wouldn’t be a big deal but for me and (husband) Dan it was just such a lovely thought. It came out of the blue and it is something that I treasure so much.

The whole day was fantastic and I just feel so blessed that I have the best people in my life that drag me through the worst of times even when they aren’t always aware of how bad it actually is.

If you want to know the drivers we met then you can search for Colin Turkinton, Rob Collard and Nick Foster BTCC.

Well, can you believe it? Two blogs in one day? I’m going to get working on the getting to know me tag next… I don’t know when that will be… It will be soon!

Until next time,

Toodles Noodles 🙂

Han.xx

Family days are the best!

Hiya everyone,

My heads all a bit of a mush today but I want to write. I have been feeling utterly rubbish for a few days now and today is the first day that I’ve felt able to stare at a screen for long enough to type.

Let me bring you up to date a bit…

I had some really good days last week which meant that I got to spend some quality time with my sister, Bex and my nephew, Little Boo. Dan was on night shifts too so it meant that we all got to hang out in the afternoons and spend some lovely family time together. We took little boo to an ice cream factory not too far from where we live. You can read about the place here. It has a little shop and tea room and it’s set is lovely open fields.  I had a chocolate dipped cone with two scoops (one of Turkish delight and one mint) YUM YUM I still can’t say which my favourite ice cream is from there as all of the ones I’ve tried are delicious! I remember one of my friends making a comment about somewhere being a “proper ice cream place” if they do Pistachio ice cream and this place does it!!! They had some chickens in a coop (more like a luxury chicken hotel) and Little Boo was fascinated by them. My cousin has chickens at his house that are free range and Little Boo has “met” them but only when he was very small so we weren’t quite sure if he would remember. Anyway, after ice creams we took him down to the coop to show him the chickens and he was in complete awe. I think to a degree we all were as one of them was absolutely HUGE but Boos little face was a picture! He stood for a good five minutes waving and pointing at them just saying “mama ook uff”. We think he was saying uff because there were also two dogs that had arrived previously to us seeing the chickens and he was saying woof because he says that to his dog at home. We kind of did tea in reverse that day as we had ice creams at the factory then we came back for tea before Dan had to go to work. Bex and Boo stayed for a while after Dan had gone. We had all the toys out and Boo had a bath, Bex and I tried our hardest to wear Boo out but he actually beat us and wore us (well, me) out first haha. I will probably keep saying this over and over throughout my blogs and I’m sorry for being slushy but I honestly can not believe how much love I feel for that boy. He is literally the most amazing creation I have ever seen! I loved him beyond words when he was born but somehow as he’s got bigger and older and a little bit cheeky I love him more and more – I think when it’s my turn to be a mummy I might just actually be impossible for myself to deal with! lol.

While I was still feeling good I also managed to sort my jumble of make up out. I bought myself a muji style organiser from BHS and then went to TK Maxx and found pretty much the same things for a lot less! I still kept the BHS one because it was being used and I still needed the extra organiser… I made up for the expensive purchase by getting a clip lid box from IKEA to put my cotton pads and buds in… it’s actually really really useful. We got a second one to store our Tassimo pods in! So, I feel a little better that for at least the spare room (where I tend to do my make up) is more organised. I’ve also made a start on my office/music room. I managed to get a paper drawer from IKEA which normally costs £20 for £1.50 as it was the last one on the shelf. See here’s a hint for anyone that shops at IKEA, if there’s something you like and want/need and it’s the last one on the shelf go and speak to a member of staff – the bargain corner isn’t just for their pre decided items!! 😉 I managed to get my friend a £1.50 bargain too and she was absolutely gobsmacked! KERCHING!! My paper drawer organiser is currently being used to keep my hospital letters in correct piles for filing (that might be my job after I’ve written this post), envelopes and stamps, my pile of crochet patterns to file and lastly a pack of printing paper.

On Thursday last week (5th June) I went on a little trip out with my parents, Bex and Boo… We went and bought Boo his first Bike from Chesterfield. (You can see which one we got him here). There was some weird stuff going on with the traffic, Apparently the M1 had been closed due to a lorry accident (hope everyone involved were ok) and then literally about 10 cars in front of us there was a real life police drama occurring. I wasn’t fully “with it” to get what happened but basically there was an unmarked, blacked out people carrier and a smaller Mercedes looking car with police people in that just bailed out and jumped a car and grabbed something from the central reservation – CRAZY! The driver from the car in front of us got out to take pictures I think. It all happened very fast! Anyway, back to the bike. Uncle Dan built it because Boo’s Daddy was at work and obviously a little boy can not wait for such a thing as a go on his first bike hehe. It is a gift to him from Me, Dan and my parents. Dan and I have decided to give him half of his Christmas gift now so that he can enjoy it during the summer and then when it comes to Christmas we will get him Christmassy gifts too and as his birthday is February so we just feel that it’s nice for him to have something in the summer to play with. As he gets bigger we will probably just get him something for Christmas and his birthday but while we can spoil him, we will 🙂 – we know to spoil and not to ruin though! Speaking of being spoilt – My mum bought me some benefit make up during our trip out… She got me a gift set AND the “that gal” primer… I will review it when I’ve tried it.

So after some really amazing days I headed down the slope a bit, I started to be less able to do simple things like walk up the stairs at home so I tried very hard to have a down day on the Friday because we have had British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) tickets booked for a while so I was determined I was going to Oulton Park on Sunday!

On Saturday I was still feeling on the wrong side of right but I knew there was a number of things I HAD to do. It ended up being a crazy busy day and we had a trip to Meadowhall in Sheffield and trips to both parents houses, food shopping AND preparing for a trip to Oulton Park which isn’t a trip next door! I was Shattered! Dan was great though and he actually let me into a little secret which made me cry, smile and feel super, super loved!

I’ll write about that in my next post … I might write it later today (or at least start writing it later today).

I’m enjoying this writing malarkey. It’s good to just sit for an hour or so and focus on the good stuff. The Oulton Park blog will be next up… I don’t think it will be as much of an essay as this or my previous blogs.

Oh, and not forgetting that Hannie has tagged me in a getting to know you type of blog… I’m going to post that up soon too!

Until next time,

Toodles Noodles 🙂

Han.x

The Milk Race 2014

Hello again!

I am sorry it’s taken me just over a week to write this blog and get it up but I have had hospital appointments and all sorts of things keeping me busy that it has taken until today to finally put the photos on my computer and sort the blog out. So here it is!

Please do not be fooled by the title of this blog. I have not taken up some crazy “run around a field chasing cows and trying to milk them” kind of thing. Hmm, in a cartoon that would be quite funny but definitely not something I would consider in real life! The milk race doesn’t REALLY involve racing with milk at all… There was a lot of free milk/milkshake/fruit juices (errrrm, yep there was apple and orange juice) and basically a lot of dairy based products. This is because the milk race is actually a cycling race that is supported/sponsored by the dairy council. You can read about its history here.

So basically, in a nutshell, after many years of there not being a race, it was decided that there will be a new format and it will be held in Nottingham! It was a big success and the organisers and sponsors decided to do it again this year. Now, I am married to a bit of a cycle fan – He was always into bikes when we were at school and basically he has never lost interest in mountain bikes and more recently has got into (and is VERY good at) road cycling. Just yesterday he went on a 57mile ride and then had a “normal” afternoon with me and my family (including a very active little boo) – what a NUTTER! haha!

Admittedly, I do not know a lot about cycling, and less about team cycling or the sports science involved (there is a science?). Saying that, I am able to appreciate the sport and fitness level needed for such an endurance event (I’m talking about the elite races when I talk about this – anyone can do the community and family rides) – it was INCREDIBLE!

Ok, so our day started with a drive to the tram (park and ride) at Hucknall. We got out of the car and straight onto the tram just before it was leaving (great timing). Just as the tram was leaving, the conductor person came and asked for tickets. I was stood with my purse “two returns to Nottingham please” – him: “oh, we don’t take money on the tram anymore. You have to buy your tickets at the stop. What you have to do is get off at the next stop and buy your tickets there” WHAAAAAT?! Luckily it wasn’t a problem because we had a nice conductor but there were no signs at the tram stop (or at any others). The conductor was lovely and asked the driver to wait for a little while at the next stop. He also showed me what to do with the new ticket machines. I noticed the sign which said 5 for£5 which was a saver return ticket for 5 people (BARGAIN)! At last I wasn’t breaking the rules by not having a ticket (I felt very unsettled until that point – partly because of the rush and the lack of ticket and partly because I was on a backward facing seat which always makes me feel a bit ‘bleugh’). Dan spotted a front seat and inner peace was restored lol. I’m so glad that we had a lovely conductor because the big official (and very mean looking) ticket officials got on the tram on the next stop – PHEW!

We got off the tram at The Royal Centre (where it terminated for the day) and took the very short walk to the old market square where all of the cycling (and “milk action”) was going to take place. We arranged to meet Dan’s Auntie and Uncle but had half an hour to spare so we found a comfy little spot right after the finish line to watch the ‘Advanced’ group of riders. The “official” Robin Hood was stood opposite us and it was his job to start and finish the races for the day. So in the advanced ride, there were some boys that looked half my age riding bikes that are worth half the cost of my car! They were thrashing their legs and wobbling their little helmet wearing heads from side to side and they just had the look of warriors on their faces as they tried to beat each other over that chalk line! That alone was entertaining for me and it was lovely to see the passion and determination to just do the best they possibly could FOR FUN! It was highlighted that there was no actual race until the elite women’s and elite men’s races. It was more of a fun day for cyclists of all ages and abilities to be able to ride the exact course as elite riders which included Olympians and very experienced riders. Also, no one was allowed to ride the course if they didn’t have a helmet. That was something I really liked to hear. 

Just as the ‘community’ ride started, the familiar faces of Dan’s Auntie and Uncle turned up. Followed by an old man with an OWL on his shoulder! He wasn’t anything to do with the event, he just went for a walk with his dog and owl – what a wonderfully random place Nottingham city centre can be! We watched the community ride from our little spot at the finish line. There was a man on a penny farthing type of bike but I think it was a modern take on a penny farthing and a lady dressed head to toe in 50’s attire (apart from the helmet) and rode a Pendleton style bike. She had me giggling. She looked like something from an old film/postcard and got the record for cycling the slowest. She did it deliberately as if she was having a gentle cycle in the park. I was worried that her skirt was going to get caught to be honest!

After the community ride we had a wander into the “inner circle” where they were giving out freebies. Dan and his Uncle spent some time talking to the man at the Raleigh stand (a good old Nottingham firm) and they liked the team bike which only£5,000. annoys me! Something that I thought was awesome was the pedal powered entertainment. They had a tent with spinning bikes in and a DJ with the PA system. It was up to the public (and celebrities) to keep the music going for the day! It looked like great fun!

After Auntie H and I did a loo rekkie (her – M&S. Me – Debenhams) we went to Uncle A’s viewing recommendation. It’s where Dan had suggested but I had a bit of an obsession with the finish line (in athletics that’s what you want to see ok?!) We were pretty glued to that spot until the end of the day. We caught the end of the family ride which was lovely to see. There were children racing down the finishing straight, trying try to beat their parents/siblings.  Laura Trott joined in with this ride too ahead of her elite race… what a sport! The person that completely stole the show for me though was 3 and a half year old Ollie who had spent 20 minutes cycling on a little bike with no pedals! It was all walking/running type cycling. Now when I was working in a special school, I used to go up the corridor every day on an office chair (which was on wheels) whilst helping a little boy to walk! It absolutely thrashes your thighs and bum! Little Ollie will have legs like a machine when he’s a bigger boy if he keeps that up! haha 

The crowd around the course seemed to just appear from nowhere as the time for the women’s elite race came. It seemed like one minute we were chilling and munching a sandwich in our own company and then all of a sudden I was stood amongst strangers and having to scooch the rucksack and coat towards the barrier to make space.

The warm up laps were interesting to watch as it appears that team talks still go ahead during that late phase… I don’t really know what I am talking about but it seemed quite “teamy” as they were in team bunches. They could have just been commenting on my floral coat or what was on TV the night before for all I know haha. It was incredible to see how close professional cyclists get to each other in competition. As I said before, I don’t know a lot about cycling, I wont pretend to. I try to take on board all of the key stuff Dan when he tells me but some things I just don’t get hehe. I know what bits of the bikes are but I do not for the life of me get the whole team cycling thing. I’m with the athletics mentality that if you enter a race you race for you or your club or region but you race to blinking win. I have had to learn to keep that opinion to myself when I am watching team cycling though. I guess bikes and endurance races are just not my bag yet – I want to learn though haha.

So the names that you might know if you watched any of the Olympics/Paralympics

Dame Sarah Storey

Dani King

Laura Trott

Dani King and Sarah Storey missed out on podium places due to an incident where Sarah came off and managed to get back on the bike causing lost time and Dani got held up in an incident which caused “mechanical issues”.

The Podium was 3rd Charlotte Becker, 2nd Laura Trott and the WINNER was Katie Archibald.

I managed to watch the post race interviews and take some photos of Laura supping the milk from the bottle (the gift that is traditionally given).

Unfortunately, I didn’t pay much attention to my battery life and I pretty much zapped it so there’s only got a few snaps of the elite men’s race with Ed Clancy.  It was stopped very early on due to a very nasty accident where Joe Giggins came off and what looks like he was knocked out. I know that from where we stood, we could only see the big screen and listen to the commentary. Everyone on the track looked extremely nervous and eventually some of the cyclists started to filter back to the start line. When Dan and I got home we were able to watch the race back and we saw Joe hit the barrier and then basically someone started helping him. We knew at this point that he was okay though. It was announced to us after the race that he had been taken to hospital and somehow he was actually ok. PHEW! So, back to the race. Eventually, it restarted. Now, I thought the womens race start was crammed but my heck I have never in my days seen anything like it! I think if I was in the middle of all of them I would have literally had a melt down and screamed. It was just all man and bike and feet and legs and arms and I’m sweating typing it because it was really just a crazy scramble of human man and metal bike with rubber bits of tyre! URGH! Annnnnd BREATHE!

The result of the elite men’s race was 3rd – Matt Cronshaw 2nd – Matthew Boulo and WINNER Graham Briggs. (You can read what he said to the Nottinghamshire Post after the race here).

I have to say, if you have never seen a critirium race it’s definitely worth going to. The milk race was a free day out (minus travel and food) and it was highly entertaining. As someone who really doesn’t “get it” I can honestly say there wasn’t a moment that I was uninterested or bored. If you really don’t like it when you get there (which I highly doubt) there is Patisserie Valerie just up Smithy Row (highly recommended) or any number of shops or tourist attractions in Nottingham that you could visit should you wish.

I felt that the safety of the spectators AND riders was effectively enforced and the security team that were near me for the elite races were really good with the pubic – they gave plenty of notice for track opening and were generally really thoughtful towards the spectators.

I got to spend a day with my lovely Dan and his relatives and it’s not very often that I get to enjoy what he enjoys (cycling) due to my illness (I can’t go out and join him on a ride) so all in all we had a great time. I definitely want to go again so hope it becomes an annual fixture!

Here’s a little collage of some of the pictures I took before my battery fizzled out.

collage of milk race

Do you have any free or low-cost events that happen near to where you live? Free/ cheap family days out are often the best days out don’t you think?

Until next time,

Toodles Noodles

Han.xx

Time for a baby shower!

Hello, I’m back again!

I’m sorry that I didn’t blog after Tuesday last week… it kind of went a little crazy after I posted the blog. Tea happened and I started the crocheting.

This is how far I got before I started to nod off!

This is how far I got before I started to nod off!

So, Wednesday was my “do nothing but crochet day”. Well, on the whole this was quite successful. I crocheted a lot and I had to take a few breaks to give my hands a rest but I made the head, body and ears so was well on my way and in my head I thought I’d be well in for a crack at getting it ready for Hannie‘s baby shower on Saturday (24th).

The top of the head

The top of the head

The bottom. I love how the wool changes colour!

The bottom. I love how the wool changes colour!

Then Thursday Happened!
Dan had planned to be off work so I decided that we should spend the day together and do the usual Saturday stuff on Thursday instead. I knew that the weekend was going to be busy as we were going to Bedford on Saturday and then a planned trip out on Sunday. We (Dan) was helping Mum and Dad with some furniture manoeuvring ready for a new floor to be put down at their house and then we did our shopping with a little trip to Meadowhall thrown in to get my Dad’s Father’s Day pressie. While I was in Meadowhall I went to Waterstones and got a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith. I told Mum about it and she asked me to get two more copies (one for herself and one as a gift). I am yet to start mine but it just looks sooooo fun! They were on an offer in store which were buy one book and get one half price so I got The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. He’s a youtuber (youtube.com/vlogbrothers) that I’ve watched and I watched the day he announced the passing of Ester Earl. She was and still is such an inspirational young lady and inspired John to write the book.

After such a crazy hectic Thursday, I felt awful on Friday and scared myself that perhaps I had overcooked myself before a busy weekend so my plan for Friday was to just do nothing! – I had an appointment to have my hair done and although I haven’t had it done since my wedding (over a year ago) I do love having someone do my hair! The reason I haven’t been for so long is partly to do with my health and partly because I can never decide what I want doing – reference to my first blog post there! I managed to get some crocheting done but I just knew that I wasn’t going to finish it in time for the shower and I am someone who would rather send it looking well made and complete than rush it and it look rubbish just because I wanted the piece to be finished. Hannie had no expectation at all for it to be done ready for the shower.

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This is how it looked in time for the shower.

Saturday 24th May – Baby Shower Day!
My lovely man woke me up early and he was going to take the car to the car wash while I got ready to go to Bedford. When Dan was checking the oil levels he noticed that the pipe that he has only just bought has split all the way through so instead of the car that we would normally use for longer distances, we had to use my teeny tiny car that is more of a town car and didn’t have a full tank of fuel so instead of getting a clean car we had to deal with a shop that sold a dodgy part and a change of cars. It normally takes about 2hours from here to Bedford but it was literally the nightmare of all nightmare journeys!

On my way to Bedford - a bit sleepy but VERY excited!

On my way to Bedford – a bit sleepy but VERY excited!

I know that going “down south” on a bank holiday is tricky but we literally hit EVERY single bit of traffic we were in a shoe box too so we eventually arrived in Bedford at about 1.30 and after diving for the loo we were both ready for a spot of lunch! We had a lovely meal at the Harvester. The waitress was so lovely and her baby girl is due the day before Hannies little blueberry so we told her that she might see our friend at hospital when she has her little visit from the stork! Dan went to Milton Keynes with another friends husband and we arranged that we would meet them at Tesco later.

THE BABY SHOWER WAS BRILLIANT! Hannie and her mum had put out some BEAUTIFUL cakes! I chatted with some of Hannies friends and with Hannie and it was just soooo exciting seeing her perfectly formed bump knowing that when I next see them, I can have a cuddle with the little perfect bump! I got a little emotional really. Hannie was the first person I spoke to from my course at university. I was away from home, on the opposite campus to my course and I didn’t have a clue what to do! As Han is from Bedford she just seemed really confident and we pretty much got on from the get go. Fast forward three years and I was in her Mum and Dads house applying her make up and telling her she wasn’t allowed to cry once the look was complete (when her Dad walked in the room) and then fast forward to 2014 and here we are 7 years later, her mum saying I remember you putting “our make up on Hannah, I seems only yesterday” and she’s about be a Grandma for the first time! I watched some of the present opening but I had to leave at 5 because the friend I went with and her husband had plans so Dan would have been on his own (he doesn’t know Bedford) and without a car. As I was leaving I said my goodbyes and Hannies mum AKA Mummy S, Hugged me and it just took me right back to the days I spent at their house prepping Hannie and Chris’ Wedding and how much I just loved being there. It was a real mum hug! And soon her daughter will be giving REAL mum hugs too! I still get goose bumps when I think about it. In a few weeks I think I will just burst! When we got home I started to sew the face onto the monkey that I’m crocheting and then I decided that as I’d needed medication to get through the day, it’d be better to get an early night because we were going to the milk race in Nottingham on Sunday. My next blog will be about that.

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This little monkey is coming together now. Just the limbs and a tail to go

I’m sorry that I crammed all of this into one – I think I need to sort some kind of schedule out for it to fit and then add “tag blogs” in or something – we shall see! Thanks for being patient. I’m good at waffling and not so good at editing! That’s it for today. I hope you’ve all had a fun Bank Holliday weekend if you’re in the UK and if not, then just a fun time wherever you are. Please remember to comment and I will always comment back!

Until next time!
Toodles Noodles 🙂
Han.xxx

Stop! Oh yes, wait a minute Mister postman!

Can anyone else remember the dance that Ant, Dec and Cat Deeley used to do on SM:TV live to the carpenters song?

I seem to be having another (very welcome) good day today. I woke up with only the “usual” headache that I am now used to and decided to have a shower to wake up properly to face the day. I’m really loving my Pomegranate moisturising shower lotion at the moment by Right Guard. It smells so fruity and fresh and leaves my skin feeling baby soft! My hands tend to react quite badly to a lot of products (even sensitive baby ones) but this shower lotion doesn’t affect them so that’s a big bonus!

As I was drying and choosing a nail varnish (which ended up to be Tanya Burrs Little Duck) I heard someone knock on the door. Not giving it a second of thought I went downstairs and shouted “wait a minute”, grabbed my keys and proceeded to unlock the door and open it to… Mr postman with a parcel for meeeee! The poor man that was stood on the other side of the door nearly choked as he said “good morning” amid giggling at me! Only then did it register that I was dressed in nothing but a large blue patterned towel covering my body and a blue candy striped rock effect towel covering my hair in a wrap! I clearly hadn’t thought before just opening the door. I mean, patterns and stripes are a HUGE no go! Gah, Hannah sort yourself out, love!

The Nail varnish…

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I applied one coat of O.P.I Start to Finish then two coats of Little Duck followed by a top coat of the O.P.I start to finish. Although I bought the Tanya Burr varnish a few weeks ago (along with £40 worth of other goodies at superdrug – woopsie), today was the first time that I’ve used it and I LOVE it. The colour dries slightly darker than what it looks like in the bottle but only very slightly and I think that is to be expected when you apply multiply layers anyway so it’s not something that bothers me! It’s actually a perfect colour match for the tiny flowers on the top that I’m wearing today!

 This is  THE PARCEL…

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I knew who it was from as soon as I saw the writing on the address label! Hannie! It can mean only one thing… WOOL! (Hannie calls it yarn, I call it wool – I’m not fussy either way – it’s fluffy stuff used in knitting and crochet)! The challenge is on to now make a certain little blueberry bump a sock monkey out wool before he/she decides to make an appearance into the world other than in the form of a wriggly bump.

I had to wait until about 3.30 to actually open the parcel because one of my old band friends came to visit me and drop off some stuff that I had lent her for university. It was lovely to see her again and catch up.

I got little (lot) excited when I opened the box because in my head I was half expecting a jumble of lots of different block colours of wool. To my utter delight I got a pop of this…

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OH MY ACTUAL DAYS! The multi toned wools are my absolute favourite to work with. No two projects are the same and I love how the colours blend. I can definitely work with these little balls of beautifulness (yep, you read that right and it is now officially a word – in my world it is anyway). There’s a ball in the top right of the pic that is a blend of blue and pink and therefore perfect for a surprise gender baby! I think I will use that for the  main body of the monkey.

Here is better picture of my favourite balls of wool…

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I will hopefully start my new project after tea this evening and I will make sure I take plenty of photos along the way and I will blog the progress! If you have any crochet related questions please feel free to ask me. My mum taught me initially and since I’ve not been well I’ve pretty much covered everything from Christmas decorations to christening shawls. If I can’t help you, I might know someone that can.

I hope that my blog is easy reading for you and that you’re enjoying the content.

I’d love to see some comments (preferably nice ones). I will always comment back as soon as I can.

Until next time.

Toodles Noodles.

Han.x

Making a decision…

Anyone that knows me (and for those of you that want to get to know me be warned right now) know that I am TERRIBLE at making a decision. It is probably one of my worst traits. I am ok when the end result is easy and there is absolutely no doubt or choice in my mind for example saying yes when Dan proposed – it was after we dated for a long time and it was just “perfect” timing. Choosing things for the wedding on the other hand was a nightmare! There was far too many options and I loved so many things. In fact I might even write a whole blog post about my wedding choices one day! – leave me a comment if you would like to see a “what I had at my wedding” blog.

Examples of my bad side of decision making: I’ve NEVER been good at naming my own teddies from being a child! My parents often had to name them for me or I would have just had teddy one, teddy two etc. I lived next door to a newsagent with my parents and when I was little I used to be able to go and have a 10p mix – not content with the mix as it came, I used to insist on picking my own and spending about 30mins picking TEN PENNY CHEWS!!!! Now, I know it’s not hard to do, it’s not hard at all but somehow it was an impossible task for me to do yet I tortured myself and my neighbour once a week with the same routine of ums and arrs!

To this day I can’t go shopping and get EVERYTHING I need, I always forget something because there’s been too much choice and therefore I have gone without… alternatively and frustratingly for my poor husband I have been known to come home with every kind… most recently vest tops – one in every colour because: a) I couldn’t decide what colour I liked best. b) vest tops are useful all year round. c) I can never have too many! – I DO have an answer for everything. When it comes to clothes, make up, shoes and bags I do anyway!

So, why on earth am I writing a blog NOW? I have toyed with the idea for years, literally years but I’ve never felt brave enough to put my fingers to the keyboard to type with the idea that anyone would want to read what I am typing. I’m beyond that now and at this point in my life it is because I want to write. I have decided to do it as a form of therapy, to have some focussed time every day if possible to write. See, I’ve not been too well for just over two years and although I have many hobbies such as crochet, wall art, music and make up I want something that I can turn to even when I feel at my very worst (even if it’s just making notes on paper ready to type when I pick up again). Writing a blog can be achieved in the space of a few minutes and I will feel that I have managed to complete something even on the worst of days! Sometimes that could be my bit of sunshine!

If there is anything that you would like me to write a blog about then please leave me a comment. I will reply to all of my comments as soon as I can!

My friend (also called Hannah, or Hannie to me) helped me so much today from 106ish miles away! Thank you Hannie! You can read all about her blog at this very exciting time in her life over on Hannah Says.

Until next time,
Toodles Noodles

Hannah 🙂