It was just Sunday and I was enjoying my quiet day before the boys and Tom burst back into our lives at tea-time and now it's Wednesday night already. I swear time has speeded up as I've got older. It never used to go so quickly - remember those long, boring summer holidays as a child. What I'd give to have that time again and what about the twelve weeks you got off when you were at College? It just makes me weep to think how I wasted them - I could have been crafting at my leisure instead of trying to cram my activities into the few child-free precious hours I get now.
It was a good job that I 'recharged my batteries' last weekend because my Mum was taken ill on Monday night and I had to dash off up to the Midlands on Tuesday. After dropping the children off at school I had a leisurely drive through the Cotswolds (I hate motorway driving) and the damn hospital would only let me see her for 20 minutes. Still I was able to see that she was OK, in good hands and to reassure her. After that a quick visit to see if my Dad was OK and then I went around the Indian shops. Oh joy - the mangoes had arrived from India. I couldn't resist buying a box of 6 and then I spied some guavas - actually I smelled them. Nigella waxes lyrical about quinces and she suggest just having them in a bowl on the table to enjoy the smell but I say forget the quinces try some guavas. The smell instantly propells you to somewhere exotic and you can imagine how divine my car smelled on the way home.
Can you believe that all the above cost just £18? (we've eaten four mangoes and four guavas). Indian grocery shops are so cheap and as the turnover is high the quality is always good. You can get a disappointing mango in Waitrose for £2.50 and I bought six, ripe, very sweet ones for £6. I'm sure all the above would have been double the price in a supermarket and although greengrocers are cheaper not everywhere has one these days. There's something not right here.
On the crafting front I made this hen out of the funky fabric. It's made in memory of 'fat hen' who we owned last year. She was the prettiest hen we've ever had but sadly, she died of natural causes. We lost the rest of the flock to a fox and I'm planning to go and get some more in half-term. I'm sewing up a jennyb scotty dog at the moment and I need to finish the second goose's feet. Incidentally, a couple of people have asked me about the goose pattern and I'm wondering if I should try and put it up as a free pattern. After all I have used and appreciated free patterns from others and it would be nice to give something back. Do let me know if you would like the pattern and I'll figure out how to do it over the weekend.
I'm sorry that lately my posts have mainly been me sounding off. I obviously have a lot to get off my chest. Thanks for being patient and reading them.