23 January 2011

We've moved

No piccies to show in this post but just an update.  David and I moved into our house on Friday and it looked like box heaven.  We've emptied out quite a lot of the boxes and now finding homes for things, the kitchen has been especially difficult as I'm not sure what should go in what cupboard.  I'm sure I'll have it sorted as time goes on.

I'm typing this from the laptop as David is sorting out our office, but I've not ventured into my sewing room yet, think I'll have to get in the right frame of mind to get organised in there, but once the other rooms are sorted I'll be able to get in and try to sort that out.

One thing I must do is to get a job. I was quite pleased to have more work around Christmas and New Year but I don't want to out of work for too long. 

Its a bit cold for now but when the weather improves then we must tackle the garden. As the house had been rented out the tenants kept the grass down but that was it. Our first thoughts are to start over with the planting as the flower beds are very weedy and what was growing there seems to be no more. It'll be good to have a garden to work in and enjoy as we couldn't in the house in Yorkshire.

All in all there's plenty to do around the house to keep us out of mischief for a while.

16 January 2011

Break Away in North Yorkshire

As we continue to pack up we have been surrounded by more boxes.  Below is or was my (sewing) room.  It's not until the packing is done that I realise just how much stuff I have.

And then there's what was the spare room...

That's just 2 of the rooms there's more boxes in the kitchen, dining room and living room too.

David and I have managed a couple of days away as I had some unexpected time off when my temp job came to an end on Wednesday.  On Thursday we went to Harrogate, which I'd only seen going to and from the Knitting and Stitching Shows.  Apart from visiting Bettys Tea Room, which on a January Thursday morning hadn't got a queue, but that was a different matter by the time we left when it was approaching lunchtime, we were a little disappointed with the town.  We then went on to Ripon, a tiny city with a cathedral where we stayed for the night at the Royal Oak, just a short walk from the cathedral. In the evening after a lovely meal we went out for a walk to take some night time photos when we saw the Watchman in the Market Square at 9.00 pm.    He blows a horn from each corner of the market cross, a tradition that dates back from 886, then reports to the town's Mayor that all is well. There's more about this here.

This looked ok on the camera but it did turn out fuzzy

Friday saw us going to Whitby for the day and it was lovely, weatherwise, although a bit blowy.   We walked from the Marina to the sea walls which shelters the boats coming in from the North Sea.  As it's January a lot of the local shops and cafes are closed down for the winter but there were still a number open. We had coffee in a cafe called Sherlocks, quite a fascinating place with dark walls and Sherlock Holmes paraphernalia.

No queues outside the famous Magpie cafe - it's closed for January

St Mary's church with the Abbey behind

Walking along the sea wall

The whale jawbone

Captain James Cook and friend.
 After a wander around the town, we then headed for Whitby Abbey to have a look around.  The audio guide went on about imagining what it was like in year so and so, but being cold and windy we were not up to imagining anything.  Though we did take pics - here are the views below...

Saturday was my last workshop with the Barnsley Embroiderers, :o(! They'd invited Phillipa Naylor to do a lesson on Curved Piecing, which she's done on several of the prize winning quilts.  I've taken her workshops last year and just as before it's very informative and she goes into a lot of detail.  I did get as far as getting a block completed, but it will need borders (2) on the outside of the block.  I've got the patterns for those and will get this done sometime after the move.

But for now, as you've seen above it's all packed away!

10 January 2011

Packing away

I've not been involved too much with packing stuff up for our move to Poole on 21st.  David has been working from home and combining that with the sorting out and packing.  What was our guest bedroom is now full of boxes.  I came home from work to find that he's taken down pictures from the walls so the rooms do look a little bare. I've just got this week at work and I'll be finished, then I'll have to look for work down South.

I have been sewing a couple of postcards, one was for a birthday today, but unfortunately I didn't take a photo so I'll have to ask the birthday girl to take a photo for me. 

To give us a break from the house we decided to go out to Sheffield and visit the Fire and Police Museum, which is housed in the old Victorian Fire and Police building close to the ring road around the city.  It's only open on Sundays and Bank Holidays as it's run by volunteers.  The space is small and it was difficult to take any decent pictures as the vehicles there were crammed in.  However I managed to take one of David in a fireman's helmet (which I think may have been left for younger visitors).

I hope to have some photos soon of a workshop that I'm going to on Saturday.  This'll probably the last bit of sewing before I move.

04 January 2011

Quote of the Week

I was given a diary from my hairdressers just before Christmas though I won't be seeing them again before the move.  I found that there is a quote each week so I thought this would be an addition to the blog.  This diary started on the third week of December, not just from the beginning of January so there's two additional quotes to start off with.  Here goes...

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted" - Aesop

"Short is the joy that guilty pleasure brings" - Euripides

02 January 2011

Moving Forward

Its a bit of a sad time taking down the Christmas decorations as the rooms downstairs look so naked without the brightness of tinsel and lights, but Christmas is over and a New Year begun, so onwards and upwards. 

I took time to take photos first before I started on the task

Here's the tree
 The mirror and fireplace
 The wall unit above, and the pile of decorations before being packed away for another year.
Further to my post a couple of days ago, I am looking forward to a workshop in a couple of weeks and got out the requirements list for this and whilst trying use what fabric I had I decided I would go for this purple Kaffe Fassett fabric for the feature fabric for this workshop.  I am certain on this but not so for the dark/medium/lights to go with it. Whether to go for different colours or shades of one colour.  At least I have a little time to think about it.

 Moving forward from there we are now starting on packing up the house here in Yorkshire and 21st January will see us return to our house in Poole.  Just over 2 years ago David was made redundant from his job in IT in Bournemouth due to some restructuring of the company and he immediately found a job with a banking company up here in Yorkshire.  We couldn't sell our house at the time so rented out the house and here in Hemsworth we've rented a house and we'd thought we would settle once I had found myself a permanent job.  This hasn't happened, though I have had a series of temporary jobs and meanwhile he is facing redundancy again with notice up to the end on March.  Our tenants in our Poole house have now vacated it and so made our decision to return.  On our last trip down South at the beginning of December we had a chance to look over the house and its not looking too bad considering it was rented out though we could see that we will need to redecorate and make it our home once again.  The ironic thing is that I reluctantly took up a temporary job in Wakefield which was to be "just a couple of weeks" just after our trip down South and it looks like it could be permanent, which is a shame.
So where we go from there I'm not too sure, but hope that I can get some temporary work until things sort themselves out.  David's not sure either what will happen with his work, but hopes he can get some contract work which may mean he is away from home, but at least we know where our home base is.