Is it only me or do you feel that life is just running away too? Only the other day the children went back to school after the summer holiday and now they'll be breaking up for half-term next Friday! Half term is when I usually make my christmas cake and pudding but I can't get my head round the fact that it's already time to do that. I'm still in an end-of-summer mode and I think I need to fast forward quickly. It also dawned on me that after half term it will be five weeks until our christmas fair. Five weeks to get together with other Mums to make things to sell. I usually do this way before but as I said I'm in the wrong time frame.
Thankfully I have already started making things for my stall at the fair. I usually make a few waldorf dolls either the dressable ones or ones with velour bodies for younger children. This week I made these two:
(I couldn't get a good picture of the dark doll at all and it took me about 20 goes in different locations to get these. I wanted to show you the lovely boucle hair but the face always came out too liney?!)
I'll probably make a few more velour dolls and maybe a mermaid too but other than that I'll fill the table up with small things - sewn and felted and ofcourse these chappies. Two more to add:
These two are goldenrod/indigo on the left and brazilwood on the right. My nature table is getting bit full of gnomes now and I need to keep them somewhere else I think.
The weather has been quite warm and sunny these last few days and the children and I have gone for a walks over the fields. Look what we came back with on Thursday:
The pears were just windfalls and I stewed them with sugar and mixed spice. We haven't eaten the mushrooms yet because I just want to double check that they are OK. If you don't hear from me for a week........! The fields are full of crab apples still and damsons and I know I should pick them and make jellies or jams but quite honestly I don't have the energy. I still have a basket load of apples that I want to make into Spiced Apple Slices ( will definately pass on that recipe) and some quinces too. I think those will keep me busy enough for a few days.
As I write Tom has taken poor old Rohan (he's my 10 year old) to A&E again. Yesteday afternoon he put the kettle on the Aga for me but it can't have had much water in it because it boiled dry. So what did he do - he took it to the sink, took the lid off and filled ip up with cold water. SHIT. He screamed, dropped the kettle and carried on howling. It was awful. I slathered his hand in Weleda Combudoron and Lavender essential oil and off we went. The poor boy was in such pain. The hospital put a bag on his hand and told us to come back this morning. This is what it looked like this morning - sorry if you're squeamish:
Don't you wish you could have their pain? My poor boy I just had to dose him up with paracetemol all evening. Not sure what the hospital will do - maybe they'll pop it because there must be fluid in there.
On that note I must go and get on with the day. Thank you very much for all your birthday wishes for Amber by the way. She was tickled that you should send them. She had a great day and lots of lovely gifts and infact she's in Cheltenham now listening to Malorie Blackman which was a present from a friend and neighbour. Lucky girl.