February hasn’t started….

and I have already ticked off an item from my¬† February bucket list…..Wanna guess which one? I won’t tell you …see it for yourself….

I’m so chaffed to say the least…I’m actually very pleased with the first block of what is going to be a big patchwork quilt.

It feels almost like a dream come true. For a very looooooooooong time I have wanted to have a go at quilting but it was never the right time…..Also my sewing skills were not good enough to venture into the world of quilting.

A while back I started working on smaller projects which helped somewhat to improve my machine sewing skills.I’m still not a pro but I can at least sew on a straight line and that, my friends, is all you need to do for quilting. Straight lines…at the moment…I know it will get more complicated but I AM READY….:)

I’m not doing it solo by the way…Every Monday night , after weight watchers meetings I’ll be meeting up with J Lo and Julia Roberts for quilting (those are not their real names btw). Last night was the first session and I loved every minute of it.

What a laugh it was…two hours of non stop hard work but so gratifying…I know two hours seems long for a simple block but let me tell you…three of us with only one machine, one rotary cutter, one cutting mat , one ruler and one template…plus none of us had much of a clue to begin with so it was proper collaborative work…you should have seen us…two holding the ruler down and the other cutting…

I can’t wait for next Monday…Mondays are my favourite day of the week now…Mondays are fun ūüėČ I am counting the hours to get my teeth stuck on the ‘whirlwind’…that, for you ignoramus out there, is the name of the block…

So ….cause I am learning a new craft……

and now I’m off to doing some online shopping….looking for the perfect fabric bale …

Salaams y hasta la vista,


P.S   I have forced , persuaded invited a very good friend of mine to come over and be  my guinea pig  the first one to try my Peking duck . So in a few days I should have another tick on my list.


My bucket list….


the February bucket list that is…Let me explain, I don’t believe in new year resolutions….I don’t stick to them rather.
I can name at least one hundred things I would love to do/achieve/manage in my life but that is TOO BIG….I like to keep things simple and short term….realistic or perhaps what I’m trying to say is, that I’m more of an ‘instant gratification’ kind of person….(where the hell is this post going? I was just gonna share my February bucket list and here I am self analyzing myself and feeling quite sorry for myself….).

Anyways here is my Feb bucket list ….Actually bucket list is the wrong name for it…oh well I’m not changing the title now…it should be called … ‘I WANT TO ACHIEVE ….’

  • In the kitchen department ,I want to be more adventurous and try out dishes I love but never have made myself.¬† In no particular order: ricotta and spinach cannelloni, Peking¬†duck, leg of lamb sunday roast, brazo¬†gitano (Spanish version of a custard roulade), creme brulee and pesto.
  • Learn a new craft. I have not decided which yet but is between crocheting and quilting. Whichever I go for is going to be with the making of a bedcover in mind.
  • In the body¬†, mind and soul department I want to join the step aerobics class at our local sports centre. I used to enjoy the class so much a few years back and I’m going to give it a go once again. Never been one for corporal punishment and I don’t intend to do it now in the name of ‘getting fit’.Step aerobics is not too brutal on the body. It’s quite a lot of fun and you¬†sweat a bit too.¬†So, lets¬†¬†see if I can still keep up with the other ladies and have a laugh at the same time.

And that folks is all the new things I want to achieve in the coming month. Do you have a bucket list? Is it a long term one? Or do you give yourself a time limit? Please do share.

Salaams y hasta la vista ,


Can’t think of a title…

It has been so long…too long perhaps…It is true what they say about practise makes better…I’m almost sweating here trying to make my thoughts flow and put them down on paper in a coherent way. Well what can I say…(thanks god for the three little dots …they come some handy when I don’t know how to finish a sentence… ūüôā )

I’m skipping the bit about writing lame excuses to justify my absence…lets just say I’m here now because I want to/I need to and because last night I ,suddenly, just like that, remembered that my ‘about’ page is not¬†ME anymore.

I’m still married to 1 and as he is still a gem and good for¬† me I’m keeping him…

Still daughter to 2 and I pray that God keeps them both strong…dad is getting on, not sure how old he is but somewehere in the region of 85 and not the tall,strong fit man I grew up with but still so much wisdom and experiences to pass down to me and my girls…¬†Mum is the rock in our family. She does and does and does, gives and gives and gives…wanting nothing in return, just her family around her.

So the changes needed in the ‘about’ page are …I’m not mother of three anymore¬†and…¬†i’m not thirty something anymore …I’M 40!!!! well 40 and a half and I’m loving it… I am now mother of four fantastic girls and I’M LOVING IT…

So I had better go and figure out how to edit the ‘about’ page cause writing is not the only department I’ve gone rusty on ….I can tell you now that is going to take my a while to figure out how to get things done in here…

But before I go I leave you with my much loved bullet points…

  • baby is now 7 and a half months
  • dd16 is waiting for replies from 6th forms, can you believe it? my baby is going to do A-levels!!!
  • dd11 is sitting her secondary school entry exam today!
  • dd13 is a typical teenager and trying really hard to find herself
  • I’m trying really hard to get rid of all the baby fat…weight watchers is helping and I’ve lost 1 st so far…way to go but …I’ll keep you updated
  • Holidays coming up in 3 weeks…oh how I love those half terms…lazy , slow days, not watching the clock, some crafting, catching up with friends over a cuppa and some home made cakes, pj days, experimenting in the kitchen….bring it on!
  • I’m counting the days till planting…I have to stop myself from going into homebase to buy the seeds….

Salaams y hasta la vista,


P.S¬† I’m pretty sure I’ll be back soon so do pop in again in a few days…I love getting comments xxx