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Swimming Pool 1

Pool Dams

Swimming Pool 2

Swimming Pool 3

Kye Swimming

A few years ago when we moved into our home, there was a huge concrete pool in our backyard. We refurbished it with a liner and it converted beautifully. We are in the throws of a massive heat wave at the moment and have been swimming in our pool as much as possible. We wanted to fix the leaf catcher that attaches to the top  side of the pool….

It’s such a tiny area, so small, who knew that if this tiny attachment was unscrewed, the entire liner would detach itself, bubble and begin to float! When Jen ran inside to call me, I was horrified! We phoned our local pool company and they told us the sad news that the entire pool would have to be redone! My heart sank, we couldn’t risk leaving it as that would damage the liner even further, so we had it repaired. The pool had to be drained and relined with the same liner, (thank goodness).

It has been a costly lesson for us but at least on the up side, Kye learn’t to swim in the shallow water while we refilled the pool and that is wonderful! He has been so frightened of venturing into the water and we couldn’t get him to leave the step even after trying swimming lessons. As the pool was filling, over a few days, I got in and encouraged him to try, he did… Joy!


Knitted Gauntlet Gloves, Downton Abbey KAL

Of course there had to be at least one knitting photo in this post;) I joined the Downton Abbey KAL this week, I absolutely adore this series, do you watch it? Oh my! It’s just wonderful, we are between seasons at the moment but it will be starting again at the end of this month and I cannot wait!!! I love the costumes, the characters everything!

I have knitted the first clue and eagerly await the next one. The black yarn is just a provisional cast on with waste yarn. These are gauntlet gloves designed after the gloves that Lady Violet wears. If you would like to join, pop over to the above link and have some knitting fun!! There is also a Ravelry group, details are on the blog post.


Knitted Treasures in the Post and Home Maintenance

This is the wooden floor in our school room, it has been perfect up until now and then, last week, it collapsed along the one side. Sadly the reason for this catastrophe is damp. Our builder friends came round to have a look and we all just stood looking at the sagging floor, not knowing how to correct this unbudgeted expense. The options were to remove the entire floor, fill it with concrete and tile or break the floor closest to the wall and attempt to correct where it had given way.

Today was a new day and thankfully they were able to break through the wall underneath the floor from outside, remove the cross beams that were rotting and replace them with new, damp sealed beams. You have no idea how relieved we are. What we thought was going to be a massive undertaking at a huge expense is going to be a fairly simple procedure to remedy! Our builder friends will return tomorrow to replace the damaged pieces and close all the gaps. (Phew, now I can breathe….)

We have had to pack all our school books into spare cupboards to protect them from dust and our dining room has been converted into a learning room for the next 2 weeks while the floor is repaired.

On a more exciting note, I visited the post office today, when I opened my mail box it was choc a block full of post from all over. These are parcels from the amazing people who have knitted squares for the Recovery Blcnket that we will be giving to my mom. I just sat in the car and cried as I opened each envelope, thinking how kind people are in this blogging and Ravelry world. To make a knitted treasure for someone they have never even met and post it off with such love in their hearts. Oh my goodness, I am so humbled by these very generous acts of kindness, I thank you with all my heart:)

Thank you Donna for your beautiful felt piece, we are going to place it in the centre of the blanket and build around it with the knitted squares, it is so beautiful! Unfortunatley this lovely beige square didn’t have a name on the envelope so I don’t know who to thank, if it is yours, please let me know:)  The two squares at the top of the photo are from Christine (Australia), such lovely soft wool indeed, the lovely bright green and turquoise squares are from Kate, thank you so much for your beautiful note:)

The gorgeous pearl square at the bottom left is from Ginny (London), the blue and grey squares in the middle at the bottom are from Carol (South Africa), such soft wool, the mauve square to the right of those is from Clare (South Africa). The wonderful heart and beige squares at the top right are from Nel (Netherlands) next to those on the left on the orange paper are lovely fueshia coloured squares from Camille (USA) (the tea is amazing, thank you) and the squares on the bottom right are from Jeanette (Tasmania) How can I say thank you enough to all of you, my heart is so grateful and happy so Thank You all so much!!!


What a wonderful day, the wooden floor is looking a lot more healthy and my heart is filled with gratitude for all the people who sent hand written letters, gifts and these beautiful squares. I know a few more are still on their way and I will post them here when they arrive.

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