Saturday, 26 February 2011

4x4 and Mitts!

Ahh sunshine  :o)
Is the sun shining where you are? I do hope so.
It's feeling like Spring at last and the garden is full of colour

Amazing how much better a bit of sun makes you feel!

It has been half term week and I have been busy baking for my brood of locusts. I swear they have hollow legs. Cup cakes tray, bakes and fruit loaf have just disappeared as quickly as I could make them. But Mr TB had a surprise to give me, some Me time. Quality me time........
He had booked me on a Land Rover Experience Day at Eastnor Castle in the beautiful Malverns. Off we went bright and early(7am) on a beautiful sunny Thursday to make someone elses Landy as dirty as my own!
The instructor did try taking me on the girly route to begin with saying "Some women find Land Rovers a little too big so shall we go on the main roads first so you can try it out?" To which my answer was "Listen mate I feel it's only fair to let you know that that Landy over there is my car and I drive it everyday up and down the 3mile single track road to my house. I have also driven it the length and breadth of Britain. Can we go get yours REALLY muddy now please?"
It was fandabeedosee!!!!!!! I went through muddy puddles over the wheel arches and over the bonnet. I went over rocks so rocky I was on two wheels. Down muddy hills where all I could see was the ground below me. Up muddy hills where all I could see was bonnet and sky. Over tree roots and stumps. Totally exhilarating. I couldn't believe how game for it I would be until I was underway. Maybe it was the fact if I damaged the car it wasn't mine lol.
I bet he regretted saying park it anywhere you like ;o)

So what else has been happening in the TB household this week?

I knitted myself these beauties......

They were a lovely quick knit and I love the picot edging.

 Here's a linky to the pattern called Susie's reading Mitts.I knitted them out if some beautiful cashmere I bought on eBay from Japan and it's sooooo lovely, soft and warmThe building I work in was bulit in 1705 an is always blooming freezing so it should help keep my hands warm ala Bob Cratchit. 2 of my colleagues have asked for a pair now but I just want to get on with ............................

Yip another pair of socks!! Couldn't resist this yarn when I went to my LYS. It spoke to me. Knit me! Knit me! Knit me now! You know you want to!
I couldn't help myself and soon the saucy little minx was rewound and casting on my circulars.
That's all my wooly news for now.

Next time (if I can get him to keep still enough to get a photograph) I shall introduce you to our latest edition to our family. Fred the Hamster. It has taken smallest littlie a long time to get over the death of his gorgeous little Hamster Rhino in November and now feels strong enough to welcome a new friend to or home.

Oooooh and one last thing for you people who like retro and vintage things

I bought this tin sign in Cheltenham to hang in my bathroom. Isn't it fab? makes me laugh especially the No Smoking bit! Did anyone really need to be told NOT to smoke in a swimming pool? I mean even if you wanted to where would you put them? What about your matches?

So lovely people have a great week and I hope the sun shines for you!


  1. This post really made me smile, Ewe go girl! I am so impressed with your driving experience, I would not do that in a million years, my little Nissan Micra is enough for me. I love your garden photographs, so beautiful. Your knitting is great too, Cashmere eh,and more stripey socks I don't blame you the others were grand. I also think your swimming sign is fantastic, what a find and how funny to put it in the bathroom. I remember the exact sign in my local baths, it was the 'No petting' took me a few years to understand, then it made me blush, who the devil would be petting in our grotty chlorine filled, packed swimming baths! Bombing was my Dads speciality, he even got the whistle blown at him acouple of times by the lifeguard! Last but not least welcome to Fred, I hope you manage that photo, I love hamsters :)

  2. Can't believe those flowers blooming!! pretty, pretty.
    Love your mitts, I wore mine today, but I should have worn actual mittens, because I had to scrape and brush snow off my little Ford Focus. Wish I had a big rig like yours!

  3. You look very cute in this photo! Sounds like a ton of fun. Love your wrist warmers.. gorgeous color!

    Teresa from Oregon USA

  4. Awesome post! I totally agree that it would be a big difference driving someone elses landrover! We can be a bit more daring when we don't need to pay for repairs!!!! (The single reason i never ever let my little sister drive my car)

    I loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove those mitts, they are BEAUTIFUL and I'm off to check out the link immediately!

  5. That sounds like a great day! I had a friend who accidentally parked her wagon on a big rock. Her car looked like yours but it wasn't meant to be parked that way. The tow truck driver had to be called to get it off. LOL!

    I love those mitts. They are very lovely.

  6. Hey, gorgeous mitts! They look so soft. Love the swimming pool sign, too. Laura x

  7. More rain here today. Boo! Looking forward to lots of spring flowers and soaking up the sunshine. Must learn to knit. Your socks are inspiring me! :)