So we've had a lovely break a really good holiday, some mighty fine family time but now it's back to 'normality' whatever that's supposed to be! It's mine and Craig's 12th wedding anniversary today and we've had a really great family day. We went to Roche Abbey for a wander about with our new English Heritage passes, the sun was shining our 9 year old wanted to explore so it was mighty therapeutic.
Afterwards we headed to my brother John's house to see him and Cathie, it's always an uplifting conversation when we are there, surrounded by all their creativity - Cathie was fighting with some icing (quite literally - she wasn't happy with it but we all thought the cake design she was doing was simply gorgeous!) and John has various projects on the go at the moment - from the tooth fairy from Hell Boy 2 to a 'Jason' mask and his ghost-traps - genius! We really enjoyed having a catch up, including his general giddiness after getting an adapter for his airbrush - now all he needs is a reinflatable car tyre and he'll be all set.
After we'd been there a while we ventured up the hill to Melanie's now Melanie has been missing in action for some time, partly down to her new 'romance' which is another story completely so it was really lovely to catch up! Then my Mum arrived and well she had us creased up in laughter within about five minutes of being there.
Being the true aquarian that she is - she started mid-sentence (the other half having been had silently in her own head), we all looked around bewildered and asked what on earth she was talking about - then she looks confused at us as though we're the stupid ones - next a 360 degree turn and she's explaining how she's mad because she's bought two huge boxes of soap powder in the local supermarket and she hadn't meant to she'd only wanted one but then she'd bought two and then to boot her other half asked what on earth she was going to do with it to which she replied - quite rightly - wash clothes - when he pointed out that the soap powder she'd bought he was actually allergic to "I don't know why I bought it really" then off at another tangent which involved showing a 'wafting' motion to demonstrate to us how she'd been moving ash that was blowing when she had a fire in the back garden - (makes you wonder if this ash everyone keeps talking about isn't related to a volcano but is just my mum burning garden rubbish!)
Whilst she talked she's wafting her hands around which led to her nudging the plate she had balanced on her lap with a slice of cake on it and then for added effect went for another wafting motion which resulted in the plate flipping over, covering her and Melanie's sofa in cake - and she sat there bewildered not quite 'getting' that she'd made such a mess - Melanie slightly less amused asked her to stop wafting her hands! Awesome family time - it probably doesn't sound very funny but honestly we were laughing so much we had tears in our eyes!
Anyway best put some crafting on here because that's what we're here for isn't it - isn't it? No maybe it isn't maybe you wanted the deranged ramblings relating to Nutty Nannan - well just in case you wanted craft this one is in my permission journal I love it I tell you love it!
It was such fun to do - close ups below
We saw some fabulous art work in Scarborough - how cool is this! I've got some great close up shots that Craig took of it and there was more art on the opposite wall!
And finally our anniversary gifts to one another this year were 'matching' art journal books initially seen in Whitby and finally purchased whilst at Rievaulx Abbey
Craig has 'bagged' the darker one and the inside is just lush - full of pages and pages of blank paper
If you pop by - don't forget to say hello - and tell me just how mad my Mum really is - bless her!