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Beautiful morning here. We’ve had a week of good weather. Greeted with blue skies most days. I think my body and mind are already on British summer time, so it’ll be no big shock this weekend when the clocks spring forward.

The bee flies are back in the garden. They have such a short stay. I spotted three of them on the grape hyacinths yesterday, uncomfortably sharing the spot with a honey bee. I love watching them. They are like little hummingbirds. They even have an ultra long stick-like proboscis to jab into the open flowers. Strangely “stick” seems to be a theme this week. I watched youngest play his first hockey tournament one afternoon. Representing his school. They didn’t win, but he had fun. And I was a first time hockey mum, so that was different.

Boys hockey was the first club he signed up for at his new school back in September and he loves it. I used to play for my school and still have the scars to prove it. I was intrigued to see how the game had changed. For a start, they played on one of the biggest astro turfs I’ve ever seen in a school. A far cry from the school fields I used to play on. (Even when it was covered in snow, as I often tell my children when they moan about sports lessons in less than clement weather)

Anyway, I was impressed at how nippy youngest was on his feet and I can see us needing to pick him up a hockey stick before long. Maybe dig out my old one so he can practise tackling with someone.

Another stick. Middle teen had her jabs this week. She didn’t feel too well afterwards, but seems to be over the worst now. One of my least favourite parenting duties was taking them as babies for their shots. By the end, I had to persuade my husband to take them instead. Mighty glad that it’s all done at school now.

On a more positive note, earlier in the week we took her in for her Lamda exams (drama), which seemed to go well. I’m glad she stuck to doing it.

A bit more progress for my quilt. I finished the top, over the weekend. It is big and not a standard size, so buying wadding and backing fabric of the right proportions was not going to happen. Instead I’ve had to cut and sew to make it work. The wadding and backing. Not the quilt. I’m not touching that part.

This weekend I’ll be sticking it all together.

Yes, I know. I’m stretching the theme “stick” there a bit. Close enough to a sewing needle.

Right off to do some work now. Planning on an elevenses in the garden later. First cut of the grass happened last weekend, which always makes the garden that little bit more inviting. Maybe spot some bee flies as they hover and jab the flowers again. I always think they look like they are fencing. En garde, little fly.

Joining in with Anne’s word of the week linky. Hope you all have a good weekend.

Raisie Bay – Word of the Week


14 Responses to Stick

  • Anne says:

    I love how you’ve incorporated so many sticks into your post 😀 I used to hate hockey at school, but Boo loves it. Star can’t play because she’s prone to injuries. I love your quilt, I hope you can get it all to ‘stick’ together! I’m hoping to get my jumper finished in the next week, it’ll be the first item of clothing I’ve ever made so I’m keeping my fingers crossed it turns out ok.
    Thanks for linking up to #wotw

  • I used to play hockey at school too, it’s the only sport I ever enjoyed playing really wish I would have kept it up. The weather has been glorious hasn’t it, I’ve spotted a few bees in the garden and lots of ladybirds which I’m sure it’s too early in the season for. Hope you have a lovely weekend x

  • Laurie says:

    Stick is a good word to sum up your week! I was wondering about that when I read the one-word title! 🙂 That quilt top is gorgeous! Good luck sticking it all together this weekend!

  • Kim Carberry says:

    The weather has been lovely this week. It is so nice to see the sun shining.
    It sounds like the hockey is going well. I haven’t played it since I was in primary school.
    I’m glad your middle teen is feeling better now. Jabs are no fun at any age. x

  • Ojo Henley says:

    I used to love Hockey at school, unfortunately I was a tad too ‘enthusiastic’, so was politely told to stop! lol. That quilt looks beautiful, and I love seeing the bees back, in the garden x

  • Well done to your youngest on his first hockey tournament. Glad he enjoyed it. Hope your middle teen’s drama exams went well. I love your quilt, such pretty colours. It always feels good to cut the grass for the first time in the spring. Ours already needs cutting again! #WotW

  • Oh it looks amazing so far I bet you are thrilled with it, I always used to have a needle phobia, which I had to get over in 10 minutes when Jack was diagnosed with diabetes, its amazing what we can endure for our children. The shot of the bee is amazing, but I have struggled this week with the clocks I feel so tired xx

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