Nonstop week

(almost finished blouse)

Catch breath.

This week has felt nonstop. To such an extent, even the children were insisting on a day at home by Thursday. Doing nothing. OK. Suits me, except…

I don’t blame them. We have packed a lot in. Friday evening we went to a harp recital which was fantastic. I had no idea that the harp could do so much. Rock and roll, spanish and more. Amazing to see the different styles. The Teen is working towards her next grade in harp and there has been a slight lull in her practising, so I has hoping it would reinvigorate her love of playing, which I think it’s done.

Next morning, the Teen headed off for a Parkrun with her father. Middle daughter sat it out this week, which was good as she helped me get ready for the weekend camping. By lunchtime, the other two had returned and we were heading down to Exmoor.

We stayed in a camp site in Doone Valley (of Lorna Doone fame), beside the river. A magnet for the children. Not the quietest location, due to the sound of the rushing water, but the dramatic landscape more than made up for it.

(wishing I had brought their wetsuits)

Exmoor is covered in heather at the moment. The children couldn’t resist running through it at every opportunity, sending up clouds of pollen. The smell of the heather was stronger than I think I have ever experienced. So many honey bees too. We got a walk or two in, between showers fortunately.

After two nights, we headed home. Very tired. By the time we had unpacked the car and trailer, put on a load of washing, I flopped.

(yes, those are black cows at the end of the obstacle course)

The next day, I enticed the children back into the car and headed to Dyrham Park to meet up with cousins and my sister. The formal gardens seemed a world a way from the wildness of Exmoor. It was lovely to meet up with them all. Giving the cousins a chance to hang out together.

No let up the next day. Time for me to take the children over to see my parents. Bit more relaxing this time. Lovely to catch up with them and enjoy their garden. Coming home with armfuls of rhubarb and other kitchen garden yummies.

(just a few of the patterns)

My mother had been going through her sewing collection and dug out a boxful of 1970s patterns for me, along with fabric and trimmings. My kind of heaven. Christmas and birthday rolled into one. I am now matching fabric to pattern for possible future projects. I can’t get over how contemporary some of these patterns feel.

That brings us up to Thursday. A few errands to run in town, but a more relaxing day at home. I caught up with a bit of work and sewing. Top photo shows the progress with my English Garden blouse. Not much more to do before my ta-da moment. I can’t wait.

This week deserves the title of nonstop. Hoping for a quieter week next week. If only to catch up with the washing.



14 thoughts on “Nonstop week

  • Friday 18 August, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Such a lovely post, bought back so many memories for me. Camping, 60’s sewing patterns.
    We used to camp a lot with the children, such good times. As for the patterns, I still think that the styles were so feminine and pretty.

    • Thursday 24 August, 2017 at 10:34 am

      Interesting that you say they are more feminine. Made me stop and think. Looking around I think I see what you mean. Shape and fitting crops up a lot in the patterns.

  • Friday 18 August, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Oh gosh! You have been busy! It really has been nonstop! You have done more in a week than we have in a month. lol It sounds like you had a fantastic time camping x

    • Thursday 24 August, 2017 at 10:32 am

      It was fun, but glad of a quieter week.

  • Friday 18 August, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    That dress material is lovely. What a fab place to camp and explore. X #WOTW

    • Thursday 24 August, 2017 at 10:31 am

      It was a great camp site. Fabulous location.

  • Friday 18 August, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    What a busy week indeed. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished blouse. Those patterns look amazing, I remember those styles from the 70s particularly maxi skirts and culottes.

    • Thursday 24 August, 2017 at 10:26 am

      It is a very distinctive look, but somehow modern too. Fashion does come around.

  • Saturday 19 August, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Oh I would have loved that so much I remember spending ages in Pollards as a child choosing patterns for dresses for my mum to make! And knitting patterns ha ha, it sounds like a fab week and lets hope for a little sun for next week x

    • Thursday 24 August, 2017 at 10:30 am

      I have memories of going with my mother to the fabric shops. It’s probably where my love of fabric and patterns come from. Looking forward to doing more than just plannng with them.

  • Saturday 19 August, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Beautiful photo’s from your camping trip. You certainly have packed in a lot this week. The summer is just flying by isn’t it. #WotW

    • Thursday 24 August, 2017 at 10:14 am

      It is flying. Need to slow it down.

  • Thursday 24 August, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Those patterns are fabulous – I would never have guessed they were from the 70s. Love the shot of your children running through the heather. It certainly sounds like it was a busy week. Hope this week has been a quieter one and you have managed to catch up with yourself again! #WotW

    • Friday 25 August, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      Yes, it has been quieter, which suits us just fine. Although I’d love to be out in the heather again. Maybe next year.

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