WIPocalpyse 2012

Monday, 31 October 2011

longish post

Well my week off was good but i really could do with another couple off as well.  Managed to achieve some stuff, got DD Neve's room painted and bought her chest of drawers after suffering the hell that is IKEA.  Is it just me or is there anyone else that cannot stand IKEA, it drives me to distraction - i just want to go in to a shop, pick what i need and get out, i don't want to get lost in their furniture maze - but fair due to them ,their furniture is nice and well priced so I grit my teeth and go for it.  needless to say though Neve's chest of drawers has now taken up residence still in the box in the hall - i reckon if I have it built by Christmas i will be doing good, i really have to work myself up to it..

some piccies of our weekend away - our cottage was gorgeous, it's just outside Peterhead, about 40 mins north of Aberdeen, up on the northeast coast of Scotland. I had never driven up that way before, been to Aberdeen to visit friends before but don't really know that part of the country.  We dropped the kids off at my dad's and set off on the Friday morning, it took up about five hours altogether after negotiating Aberdeen city centre on a Friday afternoon - lots of fun... Sheila who owns the cottages was there to greet us and showed up round.  The two cottages are out on a little isle and to say it was a bit breezy was a bit of an understatement.  Lee was more excited about the coal fire than anything else and spent most of the weekend keeping it going.  

We got sorted and then headed out for something to eat - we ate in a local hotel, Buchan Braes, and i have to say it was one of the best meals we have had for a long time - baked scallop, lamb terrine and gressingham duck - just gorgeous...

Saturday we just pottered about and ate in, we had planned to go for a walk but it was just so windy we were struggling get about.  We came back down the road on the Sunday , it was so nice to be away but we did miss the kids .

I did spend time doing some reading, i had my book with my for book club  - not sure if i have mentioned before but i am in a book club, well we call it book club but this is in the loosest possible terms, each of us picks a book, read it and then talk about it for oh maybe five to ten minutes and then chat for the rest of the night.   So this month's book was Divine Misfortune by A Lee Martinez - a fantasy comedy about gods ? - honestly when i first looked at it i was not impressed, fantasy is just not my thing in books but i got stuck in and i have to admit I quite liked it, it was amusing but not laugh out loud funny and an easy read - kind of drifted halfway through but got there in the end. 

So now am finished that have started on a book i picked up in the cottage - New York by Edward Rutherford, now this is definitely more my cup of tea - a nice big meaty historical tale.  I've read Sarum years ago and really enjoyed that one so am looking forward to getting stuck into this.  this is definitely a reading at home book though as it is the hardback and weighs a ton lol..i'm tempted though to actually just get it for the kindle instead, as it'll be easier to handle.  I just love me my kindle.

The only other reading i've been doing lately though is blogs, i miss reading them a couple of days and the next thing you know you have 200 posts to read - i am slowly catching up though and commenting, but if comments are a few days behind that is why, - my whole life is always playing catch up ha ha

Nothing too exciting to report on the stitching front, just working away on my rotation - finishing up this month with HAED QS Rapunzel, starting a new month tomorrow with Chatelaine.   and at some point in the near future i am going to sort out my list for Measi's 2012 WIPocalypse .

Okay best be off, thanks for stopping by and welcome to my new followers. 


  1. Well I love IKEA. Though you really do have to plan a 2 hr trip for what should just be a quick half hour dash. But I love looking at the way they organise the store so that you can see their items in use and you get an idea of how the rooms would work. I'm thinking about visiting there again soon....

  2. Sounds like a lovely trip. I love your pics. And I love to build furniture!! I'd build yours if I was nearby!! I've never been to Ikea. We don't have one nearby here, so... Moot point, lol. Can't wait to see your progress piccys!!!

  3. Actually I love Ikea, I used to live only a couple of miles from one when the girls were tiny. My friends and I used to go there just to use the creche and have a cup of coffee.
    Great pictures from your trip

  4. Sounds like a nice relaxing weekend!

  5. Know what you mean about Ikea, a bit of a love hate thing going on there for me. Looks like a lovely weekend for you both. I loved New York, learnt a lot. Didn't like the Dublin or the Russian sagas so much. Just dropped in to steal the pic of my needlebook to you, see ya!


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