Can it really be nearly 2 months since I was here last? Although quite a few things have happened, the news today has not changed a great deal in all those weeks. August was busy and fun. Fitting in study work between a really successful church holiday club and a very wet camping trip with the Guides. It rained nearly solidly for 4 days, but thankfully ended warm, bright and happy.
Then came September. Kicked off by visiting a wonderfully inspiring contemporary and heritage craft event, but then as the days progressed illness has set in again. It feels strange to go from being one of those people who rarely gets sick to one who seems to never be well. I've managed a couple of weekends away, the last of which was beach hut 'glamping' at Hengistbury Head - photos to follow soon.
What I'm currently doing:
Looking after and enjoying being with the children.
Trying to get my studies finished up - deadline is November 12 and I will not be sorry to see it all done and dusted.
Once those studies are out of the way I intend to dedicate the next year to a complete home overhaul - which could be very slow going health permitting! My plan will be to update my progress here. On the crafting front, I still need to complete my Konmari and revamp my working space, there's a blog post waiting to happen about that. In the meantime, I think I may get involved with Kathy's 30 day colouring challenge. Taking out some time each day to colour could be what I need for relaxation and to ease me back into creating ready for when my studies are complete.
Not exactly a thing of beauty, but the idea was there. The outer ring is a chocolate chip, orange muffin mix baked in a savarin ring from Lakeland. Whilst I was in Lakeland, I picked up a small round tin that fitted in the centre and used it to bake a chocolate cake for the Eye of Sauron to sit on.
I was keeping to 'natural' colours, so the ring just has a soft sheen of gold over the white icing. I need to learn to do a better piped icing for writing. I use the pens that they sell ready made, in this case milk chocolate, but as with all other I've tried, it was far too runny.
The boys got it and the rest of the family just said "What on earth is that?" Of course the correct question is "What on middle-earth is that?" The Dinky Diva suggested that the savarin ring would make a good Simpsons doughnut, challenge accepted. Watch this space.
It's that time of year again, Branston Pickle's (youngest son's) birthday. Last year he requested Hobbit cake and apparently this year is to be the same, however, the cake must be a different design!!!
There are some definite things about this tent I like. It comes in a roll down bag, similar to a dry bag, so when you're packing up in a field there is plenty of extra room there for less than acurate folding and rolling. After it had been dried out and aired at home I had no trouble getting it back down to the original size and shape.
It went up easily and single handed, no complaints there. The pegs are small and light, but a little hard on the hands for pushing in and pulling out.
Plenty of room inside the porch and sleeping area. There's no floor in the porch though, so be prepared to share that with all manner of creepy crawlies and check inside your boots before you put them on. The inside stayed completely bug free and using it for one person meant my kit got to stay bug free inside too. It would sleep 2 if you don't mind being cosy. I did get one rainy evening/night and, having pitched up against the hedge for protection from the wind, I only had the use of one of the doors and plenty of water came in with me every time I used it. I found it helped to shake off excess water before opening the zip. The bonus from having no floor in the porch meant I treated it as a wet area and was able to take off boots, waterproof coat and trousers keeping the inner tent completely dry. As I would expect from Coleman the whole tent was water tight and the only rain inside was what I brought in with me. At 3.2kg it would be too heavy for me to carry hiking, but it would be my go to for overnight camping on my own.