Friday, 7 October 2016

A mixed bag

Another week that has whizzed by and it is time for Five On Friday again. As usual I am linking with Amy from Love Made My Home.

This week has mainly consisted of me working - I swapped my work days around this week and worked on Monday instead of my usual Thursday. It is surprising how just doing that throws out my routine. 

1.  However the swap was for a good reason, it was to allow us to go to the theatre in Southampton yesterday to see Mamma Mia. What a fantastic time we had, the show is absolutely brilliant - this was such a feel good production and the music arrangements were spot on and so like the original Abba versions.

2.  So, what has been happening on the crafting front this week?  Well the answer is not a lot. Some sock knitting and crocheting a jellyfish is about it.

Here is the progress on my sock:

I have just finished the gusset and am now starting on the foot. However I will have to put this on one side for a bit as I have a crochet cot blanket to complete in the next couple of weeks for a work colleague so I need to crack on with that. 

Unfortunately I didn't get to take a photo of the crochet jellyfish I made - also for a work colleague. It was the same design as the one shown below but in cloud blue and royal blue.

3.  I have started using a planner to try and be more organised and make the most of my days. These seem to be big at the moment and people seem to decorate them in the most elaborate ways. At the moment I just have a few stickers and some washi tape and my lovely fine liner pens to use and this is very early days on my planning journey. I really just want to keep track of what I am doing with my days, what books I have read, what craft projects I am working on/completed etc. We will see how this goes.

4.  Reading: I have just finished an excellent book this week. It is The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley. This is the second in the Seven Sister's series and I am eagerly awaiting the third which is due out in November. This was a long book but one where you really get swept along by the storytelling. This book was mainly set in Norway which is a country I have visited and somehow that seemed to give the book extra meaning for me. Below you will find an extract written by the author as to how she came to be inspired to write this series.

I was originally inspired to write the series in 2013, as I looked up at the Pleiades star cluster one night, at home here in North Norfolk. Known as the Seven Sisters, I was intrigued by the mythology behind the stars and decided to bring these sisters into our modern world. If you look up at the night sky, the Seven Sisters can be seen from virtually anywhere in the world; they shine from dusk until dawn and their stories have been told by countless different cultures for millennia. You’ll notice that you might only see six stars, as the seventh star is the famous lost Pleaid 

The series begins as Maia D’ApliΓ¨se and her five sisters gather in their childhood home of Atlantis – a beautiful castle on the shores of Lake Geneva – after the death of their adoptive father, the elusive billionaire they call Pa Salt. Discovering that he has mysteriously already been buried at sea, each sister is handed a tantalising clue about her true heritage. 

This clue takes Maia on a journey to a crumbling mansion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she begins to piece together the truth about her ancestry, and learns about the passionate Izabela Bonifacio, who lived during Rio’s Belle Epoque, 1927. 

The Seven Sisters continues with Ally’s story, ‘The Storm Sister’. Her journey will lead her to the magnificent fjords and stunning scenery of Norway, accompanied by the haunting music of Edvard Grieg

I have just moved on to read The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. Early days yet but it looks promising.

5.  Walking: We don't seem to be fitting in as many walks as I would like, partly because when we have time the weather doesn't seem to co-operate and life seems to have been very busy just lately. We did manage to fit in a walk last Friday so I will show you a few photos from that. This was the Longparish Riverdance walk which we have done several times but the scenery does change with the seasons, there are signs of Autumn everywhere now and it won't be long before we get the glorious Autumn colours which I love. This walk criss-crosses the River Test and its tributaries many times and there is always something interesting to see - it was good to see the Red Admiral butterfly still around this late in the year. We also saw a Comma butterfly but he/she wasn't hanging around to have a camera lens pointed at it!

Well that is my five for this week. I hope you have enjoyed them. Please do go and visit Amy's blog where you will find links to lots more 'five' posts.

Love Made My Home


  1. Glad you loved Mamma Mia, we all love it here in this house, have seen it a couple of times now, it is just jolly and happy x

  2. We saw a summer stage production of Mamma Mia and loved hearing the music again. I have read The Girl on the Train and I see a movie has, or is coming out of the book.

  3. What a great show, a real foot tapper. You certainly took us on a beautiful stroll. Have a great weekend.

  4. I loved mamma Mia too. A wonderful show. If I'm ever feeling down, I just play some Abba. That always cheers me up. Like the look of your books. Haven't read either yet. Socks are looking good. Have a lovely weekend. B x

  5. A crochet jellyfish? Someone's got to do it! What a lovely walk, the River Test is so beautiful. x

  6. Beautiful images from your walk. So glad you enjoyed Mama Mia. I've heard wonderful things about the play ... anything that makes me laugh gets high praise ... a laugh a day keeps the doctor away... or something like that! Love the jellyfish and I so admire handmade socks. Sounds like you've had some good reading. Happy Friday!

  7. Love Mamma Mia - it's a great musical. I had so much fun when I saw it in London. Love the idea of a planner but I'm not good at keeping one lol. Not organised enough. The jellyfish is really cute. Got stung by a real one once - ouch. I have The Storm Sister on my to-read pile. I read the first one and really enjoyed it. I've read several of her books and liked them.

    Happy Five on Friday

  8. A nice variety for your five. I haven't seen the musical but I know it has to be entertaining from the songs I've heard. Hope you have a nice weekend.

  9. Is the jellyfish to hand over a baby crib? If not, I think it would be great. Something to grab onto, something to bat.

    There's something very romantic about a river. Wish I had one.

  10. The jelly fish is so cute! I haven't even seen the film Mamma Mia - I think I must be the only person not to do so! I must keep an eye open for the next time it's on. I have 'The Girl on the Train' reserved at the library and look forward to hearing what you think about it. Lovely river walk. Enjoy the weekend. xx

  11. Mamma Mia is such a happy production and you look to be really enjoying it. The jelly fish is very cute and I like the colour of your latest socks. Have a good week.

  12. The books look intriguing. I just picked up a copy of Gone Girl in a charity shop. I've heard mixed reviews, but I'm determined to make up my own mind. Let us know about Girl on the Train.

  13. Oh, that must have been a fun show to watch, Jan!! So glad you were able to trade work days so you could attend. Love your walk photos--I hope you're able to fit more in this coming week :)

  14. Love the idea of a crochet jellyfish :o). X