Monday, 2 December 2013

Advent Day Two

Thank you to all who commented on my post yesterday.  It was so lovely to get such sweet comments on my first 'new blog post' and to hear you all liked my little Advent tree.

The second advent ornament went on the little Christmas Tree today.

The first Christmas display has been set up.  This can be seen just as you come in our front door.  I have never had one here before as our telephone used to sit here.  Once the Christmas decorations are down from the loft I will exchange the white cloth for a more Christmassy one.

The Christmas Elf, yet to be named. is sitting on the shelf about our DVD monitor.  I wonder if anyone else in the family will notice him?

I used up two of our older bananas today to make a banana cake.  Any hint of brown on the skins and DS2 will not touch them and they get left.  I use them either in a smoothie or to bake with.  I'd run out of enough plain flour so used wholemeal instead and am actually really pleased with the result, it tastes lovely!

I used a recipe that I learnt at school when I was 12 years old! Yes I still have this handwritten 'Cooking' book.

My books I ordered for my research project finally arrived today.  They were due to arrive on Saturday, but I am guessing the postie didn't want to deliver them then!

I have yet to look inside them, but hoping they will assist in my recreation of my Dad's childhood home.  As mentioned in my old and now private blog, my Dad used to tell me bedtime stories of his childhood and the adventures he got up to.  For a very long time I have wanted to record these, while he can remind me of the bits I have forgotten!  I thought I would recreate his childhood home in the form of a dolls house and tell the stories using the house as a setting.  I have already had a lovely long conversation with him about some of the interior of the house and am looking forward to this project very much. 

Lastly a couple of fun books I wanted to share.

A child's book, but none the less a lovely fun read.  In fact I enjoyed the writing so much I have ordered the next two.  I had also read another child's book before this one, it was about a bear, but I really didn't enjoy the writing quite so much.  I can't quite pinpoint why, but I don't think I would recommend the other book, and I am not downloading any more in the series onto my kindle.  I would have done if they were free, but don't feel they were good enough to warrant me purchasing the next book in the series.

The next book will be another project I will start once I get my new glasses.  I have really missed my varifocals and just cannot work successfully, particularly in the evening when I am watching a DVD without them.  I have tried, but get into a right muddle having to take my very old single vision glasses off each time I want to look at the stitches and even then it is not easy to see what I am doing!  Ah the delights of getting older!

I saw this made up at the Dolls House Exhibition I went to a couple of weeks ago and thought what fun it would be to make.  I miss not living on a farm surrounded by farm animals and thought I would make my own little farm!


  1. What fun to have your own handknitted farm! Much easier to look after than a real one no oubt?!

  2. I just popped by to read the "pause in Advent" and wanted to leave a note. I like your project, recreating your Dad's childhood home. I have a dollhouse built to scale but it's not a house that represents any real one. I'll be back to follow the other "pauses" I'm sure.

  3. Love your Tree and lil Elf Hugger - there was a Huge Balloon of him in the Macy's Day Parade! Gotta find that Knitted Farm book - I have the Knitted Gardens one, I wonder if its the same author - always thought that would be perfect for gardens around the cabin - Loving your Advent unveilings ~ LuV, TiGGy


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