Making - many things for the garden but I can't take credit for that it is my husband doing all the woodwork. He really has missed his calling there I think as he seems to be able to knock together just about anything. He has replaced more of the decking, made his own design for a little fence panel and decked the floor just outside the back door yesterday.
I said I think he should make those fence panels to sell, he does have a day job though!
This little area is much better with the decking on, it was just concrete same as the step below and that was fine except that there was a crack, also a manhole cover. This meant there were certain places where you couldn't sit back with your chair without falling into a gap. This has levelled it all out and made the space more usable.
I am currently making this dress with a simple pattern from a magazine, the fabric is left over from a dress I made for my mother in law last year.
I hope to share this later in the week, no rush as I am taking a relaxed approach to my sewing while the weather has been a bit better.
Growing- a mixture of flowers and vegetables, I thought I would try and grow more flowers this year as they are so expensive to buy and an ongoing cost in the summer if you want the pots to look nice. I have nasturtiums, pansies, giant godettia and various other that I can't recall the names of! On the vegetable front I have planted lettuce, peas, purple kale and radishes. There is also some basil and parsley on the go.
Bigger plants are already moved on to bigger pots, I think I will put some more seeds in now to keep things going. The only thing with this is the waiting, obviously popping to the garden centre you get instant colour.
Reading- having recently read Atomic Habits that has been the best read for ages, thinking about you habits, the order in which you do things, chunking new habits to old to make them stick. Also the idea of deliberate practise and accumulated hours was really interesting. If you are interested in changing a few habits and want to understand a bit more of the psychology of why habits stick or not then this is worth a read. If you don't feel you have the time there is also a podcast you can watch/listen to on youtube Atomic Habits James Clear. It is quite a long one so maybe watch it over a couple of sessions.
I also read The Summer of Impossible Things, this had a little bit of time travel, a bit of a love story and I would definitely say it is a beach kind of book, nothing heavy and not that I've been near a beach of any kind for a long time. It was enjoyable if a bit sentimental in places but worth a look if you don't want anything too taxing.
Currently I have on the go One hundred years of Solitude (again I didn't finish it last time) and People in the Room by Norah Lange. I 'll let you know how I get on with that later.
Learning- Norwegian, I started a month long futurelearn course and I am also practising on Duo Lingo but I have to say that has you learning some bizarre sentences. In addition to that I have ordered some CDs from the library. It keeps my brain learning new things and I am doing a little every day with no excuses.
Planning- decorating my hallway and stairs, at the very least I want a new stair carpet but the whole drama of having to book people to come out just puts me off. The painting I can do but the carpet fitting needs professionals. People in and out talking and three dogs barking, I am not looking forward to it.
Enjoying- sticking to my pilates routine every evening, I have done a month now without missing any and it really has just become part of my daily routine. The plus is that I always feel better after and not just because of the moves but also because I know I have completed it.
Watching- a good selection of world television, this last week we watched a series called The Night Out, it was Columbian and based on a real case. It was very interesting and there are other cases in the series. We are currently watching Border Town and that is set in Finland.
Regretting- having more than two glasses of wine on a rare night out on Friday, I was up early yesterday with flu like symptoms? This must have been my body having a weird hangover as I am fine now! I was tired all day so a bit of a waste of a Saturday.
Catching- up on all my blog reading, I love seeing what you are all up to and it is so lovely to have such a wonderful community to share with.
Well that is all for now, I have the usual Sunday evening ironing pile to tackle so I am off to do that while listening to a few podcasts.