Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Charlestown with Tony and Carol

Are you all enjoying the Olympics ?

We have all been enjoying the coverage and the cycling has made me think of some special people, my lovely friend Trish back  in Lincolnshire and her husband David who is a cycling enthusiast, doing wonders with local groups promoting the sport and its safety

And this other lovely couple below, Tony and Carol

Tony and Carol are both keen cyclists, Tony used to be Neil's supervisor at work and they are very firm friends even after retirement

We got a message a little while back asking us if they could pop down and see us some time, they were heading to Monkey World in Dorset and were happy to drive the extra few miles to catch up with us

What we didn't know was that they did it all in three days, they travelled to us from Dorset for a meal and catch up, then travelled all the way back up country to Lincolnshire on the same day, both me and Neil felt a little choked up to know they had made such an effort

We had agreed to meet in Charlestown as it is such a pretty little harbour ( and rather well known now due to Poldark)

We enjoyed a really lovely meal at the Rashleigh Arms ( where Robbie works )

We chatted and ate, and laughed and caught up and generally had a wonderful afternoon with our dear friends

Thankyou so much for coming to see us Tony and Carol, hope you are enjoying the cycling, both yours and the Olympics

Love and friendship

Tracey and Neil

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

I'm baaaaaaaack !


When Neil asked me if I had given up blogging I realised that my posts have been less than regular

It has been a case of life getting in the way, in a very nice way of course - all the kids are home yayyyyyyy

I mentioned in my last post that Robbie was the first to arrive and quickly found himself a job to tide himself over the holidays, he is still working hard and doing lots of hours, he has finished the  training he was offered so will be getting a pay rise shortly. He survived last week which was the Charlestown Regatta and was his busiest week to date. We are beginning to notice a big difference in the amount of people visiting -  our sleepy little towns and villages are becoming increasingly busier with lots and lots of holiday makers enjoying all the joys of Cornwall, thankfully the weather has been kind with most days dry, sunny and warm.

Ben and Amy are also here now, and both working

Amy has got a job in the tea-rooms at the Lost Gardens of Heligan and absolutely loves it, she says the people she works with are all super friendly and helpful. She commented last week that she loves the general laid back nature and genuine friendliness the Cornish people have, and she gets lots of yummy treats to eat on her breaks

Ben is working at a seafood restaurant - Wreckers -  in Charlestown just across the road from where Robbie works, he also works similar hours so it has been easier for Neil to drop them off and pick them up at the same time

And last but not least AJ is working as a kitchen porter at The New Inn in Tywardreath, he has applied for an apprenticeship at the Eden Project but wanted to keep busy and earn himself some spends over the summer

And now for a little crafting update ( I found a few images on my computer of projects that I have not yet uploaded to my blog, so I will try and incorporate them into my next few blog posts)

My mum's birthday card from last month

I created an 8" x 8" card base, I extended the Nestabilities die to fit the card, matted and layered the patterned papers and added a punched border, using a Martha Stewart border punch
The flowers were created using a variety of Marianne dies ( the largest actually being a snowflake)
The butterflies are also a Martha Stewart punch

And next I have a page from my bullet journal last month

Each month I create a 'memories' page, a little reminder of the things that made me smile that month, I love that my bullet journal allows me to document what I want, how I want ( and I get to do lots of doodling)

And finally all our pets are super happy that we have a house full of knees to sit on, extra playmates and many more opportunities for spoiling

Sox alternates from being super sleepy and peaceful, knee hopping as each of us gets on with our daily activities to being ultra playful, taking a swipe at dangling dressing gown belts, laces, ear phone wires and generally anything that catches her attention

One full house = happy kids, happy pets and one very happy mum!

Love and family fun