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posted by [personal profile] madelinekelly at 09:08am on 02/03/2014 under ,
We've had a difficult couple of weeks. My mood remains unstable a lot of the time. Good, happy days still happen, but the bad days are so bloody awful that I just feel like a monster. Oh well. We're trying our best to deal with it as a family.

Even with the moodiness and malaise things have been achieved.

Matt's mum asked for some cushions to complement the quilt I made for her birthday last year. After two days of non-stop cutting, ironing and sewing I'd made these beauties:



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Finally, after several confrontations -- and, to my shame, some shouting -- River has conceded that it's okay for other people to play the piano...

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posted by [personal profile] madelinekelly at 05:55pm on 21/02/2014 under ,
Now that River's 3 we thought we should be starting some holiday traditions. We already have the old advent calendar (this one) and the Buying Of The Tree. But we wanted more! Read more... )
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posted by [personal profile] madelinekelly at 03:14pm on 16/12/2013 under , ,
Oh dear. So much for weekly updates! Well, last time I posted I mentioned that River had croup. I then caught her throat infection and felt really grotty for a couple of weeks. And then life overtook us. Again.

Willow's larger knitted vest is finished and doing a fine job keeping her lovely round belly nice and warm. River's birthday scarf is finished and apparently the best scarf in the world -- worn with much pride when we go out. My shawl is on the needles but nowhere near finished. I am contemplating a hat. Hats always give me headaches, but I keep making them in the hope that I'll eventually find the one true hat that doesn't hurt my head. Daughters' animal hats are all knitted now but I have a lot of fiddly sewing to do so they've been neglected a little. I need to take photos of these things. For the next entry, maybe...

How are the girls doing?

A couple of videos under the cut. )

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Gosh, though -- it's hard looking after two children!
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posted by [personal profile] madelinekelly at 09:46pm on 26/10/2013 under , , ,
We had a golden summer this year. The heatwave, which seemed to oppress so many people on the mainland, just made our windswept island pleasantly warm and, sometimes, wonderfully hot. We spent hours on the beach and had many many picnics. Because we know we'll never have three months off all together again, we tried to do lots of family things: climbing hills, visiting the wildlife park, going to the Royal Agricultural Show, finding new playgrounds.

River carried a big rock to the top of a hill to add to the cairn there.



LOTS of photos under the cut. )

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I’ve been a bit quiet recently, here in LJland.

This is mostly because I’ve been making a quilt )and climbing Cronk-ny-Arrey-Laa )and visiting the allotment )and eating cheesy peas )and justifying the wedding. )

Other than that I’ve been mostly playing Chopin nocturnes, sitting around the house, watching the second series of Star Trek: TNG, and eating lovely Manx cheese.
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posted by [personal profile] madelinekelly at 02:21pm on 01/07/2006 under , ,
It's lovely to be writing again. I enjoyed my thinking week (more about that in a moment) (I mean there'll be more about the week, not more about the thinking) but I missed the daily sense of smug self-satisfaction that came with completing my word quota.

I have lots of lovely mental snapshots of the last seven days.

singing concert )

pupils' concert )

poppies )

pheasants )

chastising other people's children )

New words: 2,252
Total words: 49,045
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
49,045 / 60,000
(81.7%)

Outside: Glorious sunshine -- ideal weather for weeding the onion beds and planting out my runner beans and courgettes.
Inside: Green tea and ginger nuts!
Reading: Stars Beneath The Sea by Trevor Norton
Piano: Bach Bach Bach.

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