Monday, April 30, 2012

The Sun is Out!!!!

The bee's head just emerging from the tube.

The bee has pulled himself out.

He has turned round and within a minute had flown off.

Well the sun has finally come out, but it won't be with us for long.  It has been the wettest April since records began and we are due for more rain tomorrow, so the sun is very welcome today.

I posted a picture on another post of my bees and because of the sun today quite a few have been appearing.  I managed to get a couple of pictures of two of them emerging from their tubes.  These bees are really cute, they don't sting and are great for the garden and we are being encouraged to give homes for them to increase their numbers across the country.

I would really love to have some honey bees (my grandpa had them and I used to help him with them) but as we have Treacle who does not get on well with bees and the boys I don't think it would be right.  I would also like to have some chickens but again Treacle and chickens!  I don't think so.

Susie x

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Better Day :)

My new sewing box.

It opens out and then are places to put things in the top and then the bottom.

The glow are little led lights to make the inside brighter.  I love, love, love it.
Today has been a better day.  Girlfriend passed her driving test, yeah!  I got most of my jobs done, just need to finish them off tomorrow morning and a few pieces of work and I have caught up which makes me feel better.

Eldest brought home his project for his A'Level Product Design exam and it is a sewing box for me!  It is lovely and he made it for me! I have already filled it with sewing things and it is sitting next to my machine.  He then took pictures of it for his design folder and then said it has to go back to school tomorrow for marking!  Oh well I will get it back eventually :)  We are so proud of him.

The weather has still not been good, my garden has gone from looking quite dry to sopping wet.  All the plants look as if they have had enough water for the rest of the year, although they are saying that we are still in drought and will still have a hose pipe ban this summer.  I cannot decide whether it's worth changing the plants in my pots and putting in any seeds for our little vegetable area, if we can't water.  I will see how it goes.

Tomorrow evening I am going to be cutting out Eldest's quilt and try and get some blocks done as well.   

Happy Thursday

Susie x

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Miserable :(

I have been having another one of those weeks!  We have only been back from vacation for just over a week now and it feels like we were never away!  

Last week I had to go somewhere and a person where I was at managed, in very few sentences, to make me feel a useless mother!  I won't go into the boring details but I came away feeling dreadful and then of course I started to think about other things and anyway one thing and another and by the end of the week, I felt completely blue.

Things are difficult with work at the moment too and then with the weather, rain, rain, rain and more rain, it is making me feel dreadful.  

Then I thought of Winnie the Pooh and his little black rain cloud and it made me smile :) 

I’m just a little black rain cloud
hovering under the honey tree,
Only a little black rain cloud,
pay no attention to little me.
Everyone knows that a rain cloud
never eats honey, no, not a nip.
I’m just floating around over the ground,
wondering where I will drip.
Then it made me sad again as I used to read this to my Boys when they were little and they are no longer little and don't need me to read to them any more!  

Are you getting the feel of how I feel this week!  I think this weekend I need to do something for me.  Youngest is out on a two day camp this weekend where he and four other Scouts have to find there way to a camp via the train!!!  As you can imagine I am having kittens about this (there is a leader with them to get them in the right direction if they need it but.....) and Eldest is working on Saturday evening waiting on at a function at the Golf Club and The Girlfriend (who is lovely and we all love her a lot) is taking her driving test tomorrow and well that's about it.

Sorry to moan but oh .........

Susie x

Monday, April 23, 2012

St George's Day, England

The St George Flag

As you can see lots of rain.

Youngest centre of picture.  They all were very damp.

In Church before the start of the Service.   Youngest third row turning round.
Today is St George's Day, Patron Saint of England and as children we are all told of the Medieval story of St George slaying the mighty dragon to release the Princess Sabra (although she does appear to have a number of other names in different tales!).  This was supposed to have taken place in Libya and there is a tomb of St George in Lod, Israel.  The story came to England with the return of the Crusaders.  Many countries around the World celebrate St George's Day as well. 

Yesterday (the nearest Sunday to April 23rd) saw us with Youngest and our  Scouts marching through the city centre and on to one of the local churches for a service to celebrate St George's Day and The Scout movement.  It was a lovely day except for the heavy rain while everyone was waiting to set off.  Well done to Youngest.

Susie xx 

St George slaying The Dragon