Monday, 5 March 2012

The Canadians are coming and the end is in sight...

Don't panic! These two events aren't connected!

This Wednesday sees the arrival of my mother-in-law's sister Kath, niece Sarah and great niece Rachel from Canada for a stay just shy of a fortnight. They're primarily coming to spend time with my in-laws, as my father-in-law was diagnosed with cancer just after Christmas. Although he's currently undergoing chemo, he seems really well at the moment and is still working at the age of 71. He's pretty positive about everything and takes what is thrown at him in his stride. The same can not be said for mother-in-law who hasn't been coping well at all. Enter the Canadians to save the day, spend some time together and generally perk everyone up. So looking forward to seeing them as Kath hasn't been over for about 20 years, so has never met any of her great-nieces or nephew. Rachel is a similar age to Amy and her cousins, so hopefully they'll all get on well together. Pictures will follow next week...

As I alluded to earlier, the end is in sight! I have now started on the last strip of my Rowan blanket! It will still need to be stitched up and a border knitted, but in my mind, the end of the blanket is when I finish the last square. My blanket has it's first birthday on March 7th, so I had hoped to get it done by then, but if it can be April 7th, I'll still be pleased. After listening to my fellows knitters at the very lovely Knit Club at on Saturday, I'm interested in the idea of crocheting the strips together instead of sewing as my mattress stitch is rubbish...mind you, I can't crochet at all, so that might not be an option!

The pattern and my choice of colours
 My garden is gradually coming together too. We've had to buy more green recycling sacks as we've tackled some of the overgrown shrubs and done some much needed weeding and clearing. The vegetable patch is being levelled, dug and cleared of stones and the square raised beds for my veg have been assembled in readiness. A couple more weekends of digging, changing the borders and laying new turf should make all the difference. I love it when spring arrives and little by little everything comes back to life. When the garden looks a bit more respectable and the bags of rubble have been removed I'll start posting photos of the transformation.

So, now that we're in March I'll shortly be starting to read this month's classic book from my list- it's 'The Grapes of Wrath' by John Steinbeck. Much as I want to read it, I am a little concerned that it might be a classic in the 'On the Road' sense (ie: not a classic)....time will tell. I've also read 'Me before you' by JoJo Moyes, which was a fantastic book, very thought provoking and moving, and I'm about a third of the way into 'The Sisters Brothers' by Patrick deWitt, which I'm finding really funny, although fellow readers in my work book group are somewhat non-plussed by the whole story!

Finally, the sport round up...Amy's gym club came home from their competition with a total of 44 medals which was a fantastic achievement for the club. Football wise, after a very tense 90 minutes of normal time, 30 minutes of extra time and a nail biting penalty shoot out, Liverpool finally beat Cardiff and won the Carling (League) Cup!!

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard lifting the Carling Cup

It's our first trophy in 6 years, so hopefully this is a turning point. I'm not going to mention this weekend's premiership result, especially as my husband, Chris, and his entire family are fans of a certain north London team who shall remain nameless in this blog.

Here's to what I hope will be a fantastic week of catching up with family and enjoying life xxx

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