Back from Holiday!

This past week we were away on holiday in Belfast, but the temperatures were near freezing, so we decided to return early. It was Jenna’s 12th birthday this week too and that is actually why we went away to celebrate with horse riding in the forests etc… but alas, the freezing weather and rain brought us back home. Jen did have a great day however and she really loved her presents, one of them was a beautiful wooden drop spindle with colourful fibre, she loves to spin and really enjoys her new spindle.

Here everyone is singing to Jen, jackets and hats on, it really was freezing, even inside the house!

There is quite a large rocky hill behind the farmhouse where we were staying and Cady, Erin and Kye climbed up to the top…

Just thought I would give you an update on Charlie, he is so big now and loves water….

Jenna’s birth Orchids are in bloom again, she was given this orchid the day she was born by her Granny and every year, it flowers around the time of her birthday. It is more lovely each year…

We have been working on our house for the last few months, fixing everything that needed fixing, this is the front of our home, we have repainted, replastered and replaced the gutters, when I look at our house now, it just feels so much better….

Our new fireplace, this has created such a lovely little space for us in the lounge, the other open fireplace lost too much heat, this closed one is wonderful, lots of knitting happens around this area…

My first pair of knitted socks! I did blog them earlier, but I had just started, now I have taken them up again and I actually turned the heel!! I am so excited! This pair is for Erin, such a beautiful colourway, thanks for helping me with the pattern Carle’, your friendship is a blessing, thank you…

I knitted this hat for Jenna for her birthday, it was a free pattern from Soule Mamma’s blog, I knitted it on circular and doublepointed needles and the yarn I used, I also sell, it is Pure Merino handspun Cementwash. It is such a lovely pattern, and really quick.


Growth of Spinach in our winter vegetable garden…

Some fibre that has just arrived, I can’t wait to spin this….

My new Maths Gnomes….

This order has already been sold and is on its way to the USA. I am thrilled to have added a King Equals (purple, in the middle) to the little group of gnomes, now they are a complete set at last… I will be adding them on my Etsy shop again tonight, with their King of course…

Have a great week! Thanks so much for stopping by… Off to look after my hubby, the flu is still with us…

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12 Responses to Back from Holiday!

  1. Joy June 14, 2009 at 5:45 pm #

    It sounds like Jenna had a wonderful birthday. I love the idea of a birth orchid (or another plant). How special that must be for her now that she’s getting older. What a cute hat she received for her birthday! Maybe after I’m a little better at reading patterns, I’ll give that one a whirl. I hope she enjoys her new spindle and yarn. 🙂

  2. Jane June 15, 2009 at 2:17 am #

    Happy Birthday to Jenna! We plant a tree or bush every year for my son’s birthday. Just wondering, are you originally from N.Ireland? My mother grew up there and I have tons of relatives over there.

  3. Dawn June 15, 2009 at 2:29 am #

    Happy belated birthday to Jenna. Your house looks lovely. The fireplace looks so inviting. I love those math gnomes.

  4. Linda June 15, 2009 at 11:55 am #

    Hi Joy,
    It is really sweet to have a birth flower. Hats are fun, you will love making them.

    Hi Jane
    Thanks for Jen’s birthday wishes! My dad’s side of the family is origionally from Southern Ireland.

    Hi Dawn,
    Thanks for the wishes for Jen!

  5. goldenbird June 15, 2009 at 8:05 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I see you have a Charlie who likes water, too! What a cutie.

  6. Lisa June 16, 2009 at 3:12 am #

    I love the kitten in the sink!

    I posted a link to your etsy shop in my blog this evening.

    Lisa 🙂

  7. onegoldensun June 16, 2009 at 5:36 am #

    What a sweet post. Best birthday wishes to your 12 year old! I look in amazement at your world, moving into winter while here on the other side of the globe, summer is near. Your warm fireplace and toasty knits look so inviting!

  8. Kelly June 16, 2009 at 10:57 am #

    Hi dear Linda
    Happy belated birthday to Jenna. Your home looks lovely and I just love fireplaces. Such perfect places to gaze into and plan and dream and spin and knit. Looks cold!!! Have a wonderful week.
    Best wishes

  9. themagiconions June 16, 2009 at 3:58 pm #

    Aah, Linda, your photos are lovely again. I really love the one where the kids are on the rock. Something about the color of the sky and the grass is so South African.
    Glad Jenna had a happy birthday, even thought it was so cold… nice fireplace.
    I have been trying to thin how I got etsy on my posts… it was an accident… I think I added it as a gadget at the end of each page… the gadget that goes long-wasy at the end… got the button from my Etsy shop. I know, doesn’t make sense… I’m a computer moron!
    I do definitely send to SA… perhaps we can barter??
    Your new organic wool looks lovely too.

  10. Tahara June 16, 2009 at 4:03 pm #

    Happy 12th to Jenna :-)…I can’t believe it is winter where you are…It is the beginning of summer here, and the summer solstice is less than a week away!

  11. Linda June 16, 2009 at 7:13 pm #

    Hi Goldenbird,

    Thanks so much for stopping by, I will be visiting your blog too, your scarf knitting pattern is lovely!

    Thank you so very much for blogging about my shop! You are so very kind and I really do appreciate it! Thank you

    Hi Onegoldensun,
    I am just amazed at how similar our cat is to yours in the photo on your blog, we were all so excited to see another Olive all those miles across the ocean!

    Hi dear Kelly,
    Thank you for the birthday wishes for Jenna. Your trip to France looks so wonderful! I forgot to mention that I have been spinning on my spinning wheel and I absolutely love it. I am going to try and spin every evening to improve.

    Hello Magiconions,
    I am so glad you enjoy the SA photos, Thanks for explaining how to do the Etsy shop after a comment is left, I am going to go onto Etsy and try and add it to my blog. A barter sounds wonderful! Lets chat about it.

    Hi Tahara,
    Thank you for the birthday wishes for Jen. I can’t believe she is 12 already! It is definately cooling down here and thanks for the solstice reminder, with everyone having flu, everything has been a bit of a blur..

  12. suzanne June 17, 2009 at 11:33 am #

    Hi Linds

    Although I am sure it was very cold, Jens celebration looked so cozy. Your home is looking really lovely. I am sure it was worth all the dust!

    Happy day to you Buddie


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