And so it continues...

27th May

Life continues no matter what.  Sometimes momentous news hits us and we wonder why the world does not just stand still and stop but it doesn't and it can't.  At other times I feel the world spins so fast that I'm running at a fast jogging pace just to try and keep up, those difficult moments when you wish you could fast forward a bit in your life and then finally there are those times in life when all seems to go swimmingly well...  Do you find the same?  Where are you in your life?  In our household we are all in different phases of the above and makes for a very interesting time let me tell you!

Exam fervour continues here with the youngest joining in this week and sitting his GCSE maths a year early, could be an interesting result, as is our tradition we had waffles before breakfast to wish him well and his older sister who had to sit two exams that day...




My mad as a hatter husband partook of a challenging and enduring sailing and fell running race that was non stop from noon last Friday until Monday evening of this week.  Even the organisers of the race were quoted on BBC radio,  which took place in Scotland, called the class that he entered as the 'nutters' who partake!  It was dangerous and I am tired from being able to track them on line.  A tracking device that was on the boat and then had to be on the runners as they ran through the night up and down Scottish highland mountains was refreshed every half an hour and so consequently I refreshed every hour even during the night, I may not have been in the race but I sure am tired!  More on this race later in the week with stunning Scottish scenery.


Brimble with many in the fleet ahead and some behind


We have a wonderful flower show here in the UK every May called the RHS Chelsea flower
show and as often as I can I attend.  I have very dear friends who have a stand there every year and this year they won Best Trade stand in the show, so proud of  David Harber    But did you spot and see the knitted and crocheted poppies?  It was hard to miss if you live in the UK or indeed in the Antipodes.  I have been a liker of the Facebook page  5000Poppies for a while and have watched in fascination as a group of people have from the small beginnings of 120 handmade poppies created in memory for respect and remembrance have now had makers from all around the world produce over 300 000 poppies which have lined and carpeted the flower show.  What an amazing and glorious sight and a genius way to keep the stories of war alive.  I've been quite emotional about it all.


RHS Chelsea Flower show


As always in my week there has been my own making and the coming together of ideas with the talented Phil from http://thetwistedyarn.com/  Do you know her, do you follow her blog?  Her writing is second to none, she has a way with words that make me titter and sometimes even guffaw out loud, she really is rather talented and she's not bad at knitting and crochet either, hee hee. 


Crochet: An idea begins to come to fruition


And finally there has been much comfort food in our house this week and as requested by my daughter we had Toad in the Hole one night.  Oh yes real toads, take a look... ;)


Toad in the hole, can you spot any?

Joining in, sharing my five photos of the week,  as always with Amy,
pop along and see what others are sharing today.
 
 
 
♥  Wishing you all nothing but good times  ♥




50 comments:

  1. A lovely five! Good luck to your son and daughter on their exams x

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  2. Ah yes, life. Yours sounds a bit like mind, bar the extreme racing, which is replaced by compulsive cycling. I hope you manage to have a restful weekend. x

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    1. I do enjoy this busy life Christina it's just a tad overwhelming at times ;)

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  3. Yes life does have its ups and downs. I wish your husband well in his race. I can imagine how you feel! Good luck with your exams too. Comfort food is the only way to go! B xx

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    1. Comfort food is definitely the way to go Barbara it's just not kind on the waistline!

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  4. That poppy happening is great and the photo is fabulous. A few years ago I could watch BBC on tv and they sent wonderful programs from the Chelsea Flower Show. I'm sad I don't have that opportunity any more. Congrats to your friends and good luck iwith all the matters that are now happening in your life!

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    1. That's a real shame you can no longer watch BBC Riitta

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  5. That's such a good photo from Brimble, I hope nobody fell overboard! I've been watching Chelsea on the TV, they have been quite lucky with the weather this year, it always looks so colourful and those poppies look wonderful. Good luck with all the exams.x

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    1. They were lucky indeed with the weather. All that rain we've had since. My friends posted a photo of them dismantling their stand and suggesting that there maybe a drainage problem at Chelsea Karen as they were almost knee deep in rain water!

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  6. I too, have been admiring those knitted and crocheted poppies at Chelsea, such a beautiful sight. Good luck to your son and daughter with their exams. xx

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  7. Ah yes, life can really smack you in the face when you're not looking cant it. I've admired the yarny poppies at Chelsea too, a splendid idea. Good luck with the exams I'm sure I will be going through the same this time next year x

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    1. Actually it's not too bad the exam fervour I'm more nervous than the kids are. Hope all goes well next year for you too Jo

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  8. Wow is it Friday already? Chelsea is wonderful, I have lovely memories of going with my mum many moons ago. Looking forward to seeing your latest project. x

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    1. I know Fiona!!! I'm sure Friday comes round much quicker than other days of the week ;)

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  9. Comfort food and exams go well together! Sailing and running??!!! Wow! I'd be tired watching too! Have a great week.

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    1. Ha! Snap. I agree with all you've just written

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  10. Life does seem to have its ups and downs and challenges. Just when I think there is smooth sailing ahead something seems to happen. I suppose that is just part of life.

    I love the poppies. What a fantastic idea. Congrats on your friend's win at The Chelsea Flower show. I haven't ever been, but maybe one day.

    Have a great week

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    1. Oh Sharon if you ever get the chance you really should. It's just such a lovely day.

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  11. I too have quite a challenging week. Hope all goes well with exams for your two. Looking forward to seeing your post on Scotland such a beautiful place, I hope one day to move to the Isle of Lewis. Beautiful looking toad in the hole.

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    1. Thank you manamercantile. Any particular reason you wish to move to the Isle of Lewis other than its in a stunning part of the world?

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  12. Scary sounding race!! I would give anything to go to the Chelsea flower show. the Toad in the hole looks delicious.

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    1. Might it be possible one day Janet?

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  13. Hi Selma, I love your tradition of having waffles during exams. The boat race scary with the choppy seas. I look forward to you sharing more pictures of this exciting event. I hope you have a lovely weekend with your dear family. Hugs, Pat

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    1. Thank you Pat. We love the tradition too Lots of photos now up about Scotland

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  14. Good luck with the exams. That water looks awfully choppy! I'm a fair-weather sailor.

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    1. I'm a fair weather sailor too Jen that's why I was arm chair spectating this time!

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  15. Ha! Thankfully I'm not in charge of the world or I might do something a bit drastic. Sounds like you are a busy household right now. That dish looks delish! Hats off to your husband for enduring that sailing challenge! Now I want waffles and toad in the hole! Both look like comfort meals to me. Hope your weekend is relaxing...

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    1. Sorry Ellan. Didn't mean to make you hungry

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  16. It's nice to catch up with all your news. I'm looking forward to the Scottish photos, I'm going there next month and already excited. Good luck with the exams!
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Oooh Amalia where are you goin in Scotland? It's such a lovely landscape Lots more photos up on my blog now

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  17. Family life means there's always something going on - sometimes good, sometimes not so good. After some difficult times we're on a more even keel trying to make the most of life. The grandchildren are young adults or teenagers and we're enjoying their company, watching with interest as they develop. Great photo of the boat and the swell of the waves - almost like a painting. Hope you're catching up on your sleep and you have a relaxing weekend - a less adventurous one for your husband, but maybe a chance to wind down for him? Also hope the exams go well.

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    1. Glad you are more in an even keel Linda. Life really does go up and down.

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  18. Life certainly does have its ups and downs, its quiet times and hectic times. Your five reflect that. I love the poppies at Chelsea I bet that is a sight to see:)

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    1. Hopefully I found the right balance though Rosie x

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  19. Good luck with the exams. Hope you all have a lovely half term break xx

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  20. Mmmmm. Toad in the hole.

    I wish someone had made me good luck waffles before my maths exams all those years ago when I took them. I am not the strongest mathematician in the world and I'm sure waffles would have helped enormously!

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    1. Snap! History. I'm hoping it's going to help with the maths here too, well one can always hope...

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  21. Wonderful 5!

    Good luck with exams and to your hubby in that dangerous race! I think that would give me a few gray hairs. Lol ;)

    Those poppies!! Just touches my heart.

    And I love seeing what you're working on and cooking. Always fun!
    Have a wonderful weekend. xoxo

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    1. You are so generous in your comments Carrie. Thank you

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  22. Wow, that is quite the sailing trip! I'd never heard about the poppies - how wonderfully inspiring. Thanks so much for sharing that.

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    1. Glad I could share something new with you Patty

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  23. a great five, the race sounds amazing, what a feat! Good luck to the exam takers, stressful times. Its good they are feeding well! Congrats to your friends on their trade stall win at the show, they must be so chuffed!

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    1. The race was just bonkers Teresa. Have written a post all about it

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  24. That's a wonderful sailing photo. Good luck to your son and daughter on their exams - always a tense time.
    The poppies make a beautiful and emotional display. I saw them on the news here in Canada briefly.
    Hope this week's stress eases soon.

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    1. Ooh glad it made it to Canadian TV. That's good Lorrie

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  25. Oh yes. The ups and downs of everyday life. Sometimes it just seems like we are keeping our heads above water when we are hit by another wave. As is the case for us just now. I hope all goes well in the exams. How fab to start the day with those waffles. The Poppies look glorious. A great five Selma. X

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    1. Thinking of you Jukes. I had noticed you hadn't posted for a while. Here if you need an outsiders ear. Email if you feel the need. Sending strength and love x

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