Jack Valentine

Growing up in Norfolk I had no idea that I was one of only a lucky few that got to take part in a Valentines day tradition.
Talking to friends that have moved into the area recently, I’ve discovered that Jack Valentine only visits the children of East Anglia.

When I was little “Jack” would wrap individual chocolate bars in newspaper and throughout the evening, he would knock on the door and run away, leaving a sweet treat on the door step. While I fully believed that Jack Valentine was of the same stature as Father Christmas, he proved a sprightly fellow and my brother and I never caught him. Laughing and running between the back door and the front door was almost more enjoyable that eating the chocolate, it’s one of my most vivid childhood memories and I’m happy to say that Jack Valentines continues the tradition in my house.

Red wrapped gifts from Jack Valentine

However you celebrate Valentines day, have a good one

Shelley

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Upside of the cold weather, the return of baked potatoes.

It was so hard to cook this chap!

But, as ever my stomach won the argument.

I’ll spare you the after shot…

Happy October Everyone

Shelley

Jubilee Family Fun

Busy busy busy, I’m organising a free creative event for children to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee on Saturday 2nd June in Wymondham, Norfolk.

Made the posters, drawn a stamp outline complete with the Queens head for colouring in, and now I’m sitting here at 1 in the morning making paper crowns, It’s mad that I find this fun, or should that be I’m mad?

I hope that what ever you’re up to you enjoy the extra long weekend.
Shelley

That’s my kind of spontaneous city

Walking through Eaton park in Norwich this weekend, on the way to get a well deserved ice-cream, I was delighted to rediscover the Spontaneous City

It’s one of the pop up artworks that seem to appear randomly, in and around Norwich each year, as part of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

These were built by London Field Works in 2011 and have mellowed beautifully, becoming a part of nature.

I love unanticipated artwork. Pieces that you can come across completely out of the blue, that are not jarring, but add to your enjoyment of a place.

I hope something unexpected brings you joy too.

Shelley

The last in a long line or I love my Scarf.

The last row, I’ve finally finished!!!

I only say that because it’s taken me about two years not because it’s been a chore, far from it, I have loved knitting my first scarf.

The pattern is called Logan and came from The Pure Wool Collection by Rowan.

For a large chunk of that two years it has taken me, the knitting languished in the bottom of my wardrobe, having had the needle swiftly removed by my curious toddler.

The really annoying part was when I finally remembered to give it to my mum to be rescued, it took her less then five minuets to restore it.

I had asked mum if she would teach me to knit and she very kindly gave me the book, wool, needles and a lesson for my birthday. Thanks mum.

Despite the needle-ectomy and inordinate length of time it took me, I can’t recommend this pattern highly enough. Bearing in mind that this is the first full blown knitting project I’ve taken on, I’m sooo pleased.

This has to be, for me anyway, the perfect combination of easy to follow pattern, forgiving design and an end result that appears complex enough to impress and encourage.

I see far more knitting in my future, but given the time scale per piece, I don’t think any one will be getting a scarf for Christmas, at least not this year.

If you have a recommended beginner knitting pattern, I would love to hear about it.

Shelley

Hello world!

Hello and welcome to my very first post.

I’m finally doing it, spring is most definitely springing and I’ve run out of excuses as to why I can’t just get on and start my own blog.

breath deeply, calm down, it’s going to be OK, It’s just a small blog that you’re only going to share with the world.

OK, I’m going to try not to have a panic attack now. Once I’ve given myself a thorough pep talk I’ll be back, with home made goodies, crafts and random stuff that I hope you’ll find as funny, interesting and inspirational as I do.

Shelley.

I did it   I did it   I DID IT.

I told you you could do it!… now log off, they can still hear you.