Sunday, 24 April 2011

My Well Needed Holiday

:: Happy Easter!::

Hello everyone. I'm back!!!!!!
I am back after a lovely, well needed, well earned and relaxing break with my lovely hubby and littlies. A worn out and stressed to the max, TB family made a very long 7 hour trip to do 250 miles (should only take 4.5 to 5 hours) on Friday 15th April to Northumberland to stay in a cottage for the week.
Oh boy was it worth it. The weather was AMAZING.
 My parents were able to join us for 4 nights, I haven't seen them for a year because they live over 500 miles away from me. Our lovely friends came for 2 nights and then we had 3 nights on our own, then Mr TB went off to work in Scotland until Wednesday.
So today I got me, 3 children, two hamsters and a VERY full Landy 250 miles back home and I am totally pooped!!!!!
So okay my week in photos.

A glass of homemade raspberry vodka to relax tierd bones!

The most spectacular full moon rising over the dale.

A trip to Durham Cathedral. It has the most utterly beautiful stained glass windows but they won't let you take photos inside.
 Boooooo to you Durham Cathedral!!!!!!
There is even a modern one that as I admired it smallest littlie told me
 "that's Jesus' last tea party Mum"
It made me smile so much. None of us grown ups had figured out it was
 The Last Supper as it was quite a modern arrangement but he was right in his own inimitable way.
The most effeminate Roman ever. Biggus Campus. I am NOT homophobic in anyway but it isn't the image the history books give you of the conquering Roman army is it???????

A visit to the Roman ruins of Vindolanda.  A fantastic day out. So interesting.

The lovely Steam train at Alston.

A good spot for a picnic and a little bit of sock knitting!
With beautiful wild flowers.

and a heart shaped stone (more of a bolder) found by middle littlie for me and yes it too has made the 250 mile trip home with us!

So that's my post of our lovely holiday. It was fabeedoo spending time with those I love and those I love the company of.
Hope you have all had a great Easter.
Love Tickety-boo

Monday, 11 April 2011

Manic Monday & Ta-Dah III

:: Hello and welcome to my wee blog if your new, and welcome back to those who read my blog already and leave such lovely comments!
 I love reading them::

Man it's been busy! I only have a few snatched moments to post my new

So without further ado.................................

meet my Mock Cable socks to give them their proper name but they are known to me and the Littlies as Socky-wocky-do-dahs!

I love these socks! Squuuuueeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!

That's it for now lovelies but I will try to post again this week.
Love to all

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

New Shoes? Oh Sir! Suits you Sir!

:: Hello! It's Tuesday......how did that happen??::
I didn't do my weekend post this weekend. It whizzed by in the blink of an eye.
We had a lovely shopping trip to Cheltenham on Saturday. It was so sunny and pleasant walking around in short sleeves and sunglasses on. 
the title of this post may confuse those who are outside the UK but it refers to a TV programme I loved called 
(PLEASE DO NOT watch if you are easily offended)
The Fast Show which even Johnny Depp appeared in! 
I have been needing some new shoes for aaaaaaaages (over a year if I am honest) but I never seem to see any I like or are the right size for me but on Saturday it was fate I tell you!!!!
 I went into TK Max to get smallest littlie some new jeans and happened to take a route through the ladies shoes, as you do, well it would be rude not to really. There in amongst the clearance rack were these lovely red toed shoes poking out. I picked them up and immediately felt deflated at the size 8 label. Mr TB said "there's NO WAY they are an 8!" He was absolutley right. I held them up sole to sole with my UK size 3 Chuck Taylors and by Jove the were the same blooming size. I slipped my feet into them Cinderella stylie and would you Adam and Eve it? They fitted a treat. So I am now a very proud owner of a pair of red Mary Janes RRP £58.00 and I paid £11.00 :)

They are so lovely and squidgey inside and so am I!
Don't you think they'll look am-az-ing with my new socks when there done???

I am so enjoying these socks. They are pair number 3 of toe-up socks for me but the first pair to have a pattern knitted into them. 
The pattern is Mock Cable Socks from Wendy D. Johnson's book 
Socks from the Toe-Up. I love this book!
I was asked a few times after my last post what yarn I was using. It is Zig-Zag by King Cole in 745  Rhapsody colourway.
It's fab but I think the pattern would look better in a solid colour yarn but in the words of Mastermind 
"I've started so I'll finish!"

As for The Perfect Cardi???? Well it's in the naughty bag!! I have cast it on three times and frogged it three times. I am leaving it in the naughty bag until I go on my holiday in two weeks time when I hope it has learned it's lesson and we can make friends again and play nice!!!!! But I have decided to make my own buttons for my cardi by fusing glass, with copper hearts set inside. Want a sneeky peek at the early stages?

Have a lovely week my bloggy friends :)

Love Tickety-boo