Hurrah! The Cavalry have arrived…

I’m not superstitious, in fact I laugh in the face of superstition frequently putting new shoes in table, allowing the boys to open umbrellas indoors and regularly looking at the new moon through glass (although my Gran took this one so seriously I do have a flutter of panic when it happens).  However, I don’t like to mock it all too much, because you never know and after my, “oh, the boys slept soooo well” comments on recent posts F woke yesterday at 3.30 and decided it was time to get up, yes 3.30!!!! (is it morning yet – no got to sleep – but it’s getting light outside and I can hear the birds – go to sleep – is it morning yet….grrrrrr).  Still, yesterday the Cavalry arrived in the form of my Mother and (twin) Aunt who are here for a little holiday.  Although they live ‘Up North’ they visit frequently, enjoying staying at my Sister’s house which is a 5 min walk away and means ‘Gran’ can see the boys every day but have some peace in between.

Here are the ladies above, looking rather splendid.  I love this photo, my Mother won a trip to Florida by creating a slogan for orange juice and there is an album of publicity shots, all of which I would love to frame and display when we finally finish our decorating.  Whilst hunting for the above photo I checked my old scanned ones and wanted to show you this

my brother dressed in my ballet gear.  I was enjoying reading Rachael’s recent blog entry where one of her boys is dressed in a lovely blue tutu and it reminded me if this shot.  My brother did spend rather  a lot of time in dresses, something we frequently remind him of at the most ‘appropriate’ moments now he’s a burly Yorkshire farmer 😉

I love the photo so much I’ve printed it off to go on my recently covered notice board,

it was a large cork pin board and wasn’t in the spirit of my Zen (I wish) like Studio so I removed the frame and covered it in white linen which makes all the difference.

Back to the point, I have just dropped the boys off and have been told not to come back until later this afternoon, which is great as I have a lot to do.  The above Moo arrived in the post this morning, they are new care labels for all the softies and cushion covers.  I used to print the instructions on transparent paper and attach along with a regular Moo Mini business card but I decided to just get a batch printed.  All I have to do now is attach them all.

And I hope to get one of my open projects finished….hum, ha, hum, ha, can you tell what it is yet?  This one has been planned for some time but not actually worked up into sample stage so I need to just get it done.  I was, of course, thinking of Mother’s Day as well as Easter but I am being so slow I may just aim for Easter for the new designs.

Right, I plan to treat myself to a sausage sandwich with a couple of my brother’s home made sausages (which are rather wonderful, he recommends the HFW River Cottage Pig in a Day course, I can recommend the Mushroom one) and then sew whilst watching an old black and white, maybe a Cary Grant, will make a nice change from CBeebies!

16 thoughts on “Hurrah! The Cavalry have arrived…

  1. I’m not superstitious either, but really, daring to speak aloud the words along the lines of ‘they’re sleeping well at the moment”….seriously?! What were you thinking?!
    That is the ONLY thing I won’t do or say, or at least I have to thump some wood if I do!
    Mine have had a 3 day non-sleep-through spree. They like to just remind us every now and again not to start counting our chickens!
    Love those pics, really gorgeous. This is why I get cross when people freak out at boys wearing a frock. There’s nothing wrong with it people!
    x x x

    • I know, doh! Worse still just after writing the post and eating my ‘treat’ sausage sandwich the ladies called asking me to collect the boys as an electrician had turned up to fix my sisters Stanley and they boys were getting in the way. I just don’t learn, must stop jinxing, will keep my mouth firmly shut in the future!

      Felix loves a bit of cross-dressing and especially likes having nail polish on his toe nails, he’s only little for goodness sake and certainly never did my brother any harm!

  2. Completely agree on the “pig in a day” course. H did it about 3 years ago and loved it. Our third lot of pigs are off on Monday (quiet sob) so it will be action stations here next Friday. Looking forward to the sausages though!

    • Must have been a few years ago that my sister and bro did the course but they really enjoyed it. I had a great time on the Mushroom one but will still only be happy picking and eating field mushrooms (which we have picked and eaten since kids).

      Hope the sausages are good and saying ‘goodbye’ wasn’t too traumatic!

  3. I too love the photo of your brother, “the farmer”! I’m wondering if he had any choice when it came to dressing up?!! So sorry to read that your time without the boys didn’t happen. Its incredible how much you can get done when the “little people” are out the house.

    • Humm, yes as older sisters I have no doubt we rather enjoyed dressing James (brother) up but I have plenty of evidence that he did it to himself on many an occasion.

      Wasn’t so bad getting the boys back early, I had a nice quiet lunch which never happens and managed to finish the design of the blossom egg cosies even if I couldn’t get them sewn up. I enjoy having them around but will no doubt be thankful when F is back at school!

  4. Oh dear, best laid plans and all that! I bet your brother loves you for putting that photo on here for all to see! Herbie loves dressing up in fairy costumes and we encourage it – if only to p**s off his grandad!!x

    • Ha, this made me laugh as sister’s new BF (when he was new and first met the boys) thought is was just so ‘wrong’ that I had painted F’s toes! So daft, he was only 3 and happy as Larry with his pink toes.

  5. I have been having a laugh reading all the dressing up comments plus your pic of your wee brother. Both my brothers suffered a similar fate and in fact my youngest was apparently very keen on my skirts after wearing a kilt to a wedding…..he’s seems to have survived just fine (altho’ I have to confess he still loves to dress up just not in anything girly anymore!).

    I’m hoping you’ve had a little bit more time without the boys and have been enjoying your mum and aunt nearby (they look ever so glamorous in that photo – its beautiful).

    Its so easy to drop yourself in it by mentioning things going well. I’m always getting lulled into a false sense of security about unbroken nights, I don’t think I’ll ever learn.

    • I will now be 3 mornings kid free (if all goes to plan) as C starts another morning this term at Pre-School, already a bit over excited about hot much I can get done! I can even start to decorate the house again as there will be no little fingers to help with the paint…….or I could just sleep 🙂

  6. Love your blog and the mice and bunnies! Your brother will thank you for that shot(!) – one of my brothers is now a captain in the army, but as a kid he just loved to wear my party dress and have his hair ‘done’! tee he what are sisters for if not to remind their brothers of such things!

    • hi debs,

      glad you like my blog, I am loving the image of your ‘captain’ brother in party dress and bouffant hairdo! bet he loved being reminded about that one 😉

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