The wolf huffed and puffed ……

…….and the house of sticks fell down.

We have been for a walk today to King’s Wood nr Ashford in Kent. It was fairly bracing but very nice to see the sun and blow way the winter cobwebs.

Savannah had this idea to build a shelter from the wood she found. However, this was soon found to be fairly impractical so a small bridge over a large muddy puddle sufficed but such imagination bless her.

I hope you all had a lovely Easter and I hope that the sun continues and we soon get some warmth.



Ramsgate Harbour

Ramsgate Harbour by Samantha Halliwell
Ramsgate Harbour, a photo by Samantha Halliwell on Flickr.

Its pretty rough out there today! We have escaped the snow (so far!!!) but it is extremely windy. Not a nice day to work in the community eh!!! But the sunny days will make up for these when they finally get here.
I hope you are all nice and snuggled up warm

Crafting on a snowy afternoon

So what have you guys been up to today. Here in the UK (I think I have some international readers 🙂 )it is snowing. Unusually for us it has actually been snowing all day and so far we have had about 3 or 4 inches. This is mega in the UK the country is about to grind to a halt and the usual debate will ensue about how we are so bad at coping with it and why should the schools shut etc. Me……..I am on holiday this week from work so I don’t care ha ha ha. I have some stuff organised that needs to be done but I fully intend on relaxing.

One of the things I wanted to do was to get back on my sewing machine as it has been so long. I have treated myself to a couple of charm packs and made this today for my eldest daughter.



Excuse the naff picture but I am really pleased with it. It took one charm pack only and makes a nice medium size quilt. I am surprised at how much I have learned today whilst I have made this. Stupid stuff like even with a scant 1/4 inch seam those seams soon add up and make a bit difference in the size you get (i hope that statement makes sense!!!). I also now realise the importance of ironing, ironing and ironing again after each step. Anyway more learning to be had now. I need to buy backing fabric and the sandwich it together with the wadding sew the 3 layers together and then bind it. I have found a useful blog entry with an excellent guide to all 3 stages just gotta find it again now and save it .

Hope you are all warm and well


Gotta love this time of year!!

Savannah by Samantha Halliwell
Savannah, a photo by Samantha Halliwell on Flickr.

So here we are 3 sleeps till Christmas and yup, no2 daughter is poorly. It is my fault because only last week I was boasting that she is never unwell and now here we are with a temperature of 38.5, headache and generally feeling appalling. She even took herself to bed for a couple of hours this afternoon. This is unheard of.

I did manage to use the time productively by finally getting some presents wrapped but now cabin fever is setting in. Not with me you understand but with my husband. He cannot stand being cooped up indoors for more than a few hours so a day at home is pure and simple torture. Added to that the fact that the car is on the fritz, Christmas is sooo expensive and the weather is quite simply appalling going out anywhere was simply never an option.
Christmas boredom sets in and it is still 3 days away!!!!


Out for a walk

Savannah has been busting my head to go for a walk to the cemetery. That is not as morbid as it sounds. There is lots of nature to be seen up there and some of the graveyard is very very old and some of the stones and tombs are very beautiful.

We pottered off up there this morning once the sun had finally decided it was coming out and I took my camera with me. I thought I would share some of the photos with you.

I really like this photo. I want to call it “Angels in Waiting”. I am not sure what they are waiting for but they all look like they are.

There were a few squirrels to be seen whilst we were walking around and surprisingly they were very very tame. We soon found out why when we bumped into a chap taking pictures and feeding them monkey nuts from his pockets. He told us that they would sometimes take the food from your hand so Tony tried and got bit for his troubles but they were certainly very willing to come up close to us.

There were also a bunch of rooks around. At least I think they were rooks. I always remember my mum saying the “if you see a rook on its own its a crow and if you see crows together they are usually rooks”. I have no idea if this is true or not but I do remember that rooks live in a Rookery and crows are solitary creatures and as there were a bunch of these together I am assuming they are rooks.So anyway after an hour or so we realised that it was actually quite cold so we left the squirrels and rooks alone and came home for a lovely cup of hot chocolate and warmed ourselves up.


Foggy day

The fog comes

on little cat feet.

It sits looking

over harbour and city

on silent haunches,

and then moves on.
(Carl Sandburg 1878 – )


Pumpkins by Samantha Halliwell
Pumpkins, a photo by Samantha Halliwell on Flickr.

I finally managed to get to take photos of the pumpkins in the field near where I live. The ground was quite wet as we have apparently had a little rain of late, so I did not get down on the floor like I might have done if it was drier especially as I was in decent clothes having just finished at work.
Anyhoo, this is my favourite picture I think. I am sure there are comments to be had about composition etc but I like this, no photoshopping just a little cropping and ta dah!!!

Where did we bury the boat?

I have been flicking through my photos and found this one from last year. We went out for the day to Rye with our friends and I got this lovely picture of Savannah and Oliver pulling on this chain in the ground.
As it is absolutely hammering down here at the moment and Autumn seems to be well and truly upon us I like to see pictures of the sun 🙂

Afternoon sun

Afternoon sun by Samantha Halliwell
Afternoon sun, a photo by Samantha Halliwell on Flickr.

What an absolutely glorious day. We have been with Tony’s brother and sister in law this afternoon and met Tony’s niece and partner and gorgeous baby.
I have been snapping pictures most of the afternoon and got this shot of the swing in the garden in the late afternoon sun. There is something about this shot I really love, something about childhood, innocence and having fun as well as beautiful summer evenings with family and friends.
Thank you Mandy and Steve for a fab afternoon and welcome to the family Ashlee, Craig and baby Kayla