Wednesday, 21 August 2013

WOWW

Not much going on today! I'm a bit tired. But more of that later...

On my worktable today is my latest design in granny squares - the Wagon Wheel square...

Wagon Wheel Squares

I was inspired by this shawl made from squares and offered as a kit from Marie Claire Idees magazine...

châle bohème chic

The wool kit is 108€, so I won't be buying that any time soon!

I liked the design, so set out to make something similar myself and ended up with the Wagon Wheel Square. It's not a patch on Dune, as the colours used in that are subtle and beautiful, whereas I've used a bright blue and a lime green! Say no more!!!

I'll be putting the pattern on Ravelry as soon as I've finished writing it and you'll be able to download it for FREE, as usual.

Now - why I'm feeling tired...

At the end of my garden is a holiday home, which is not normally used much. In the years I've been here I've only known it used a couple of times and then the occupants were quiet and I hardly knew they were there.  It's only family of the man who owns it, but it's a big family!

This year, it seems they have ALL descended. And, of course, what were little children are now teenagers and what were teenagers are now parents in their own right with little children.  The normally tidy garden is like a camp site with tents everywhere - the highest count was 7...

Guy's house

If you click on the photo you'll get a larger version and you can see the 'camp site' better!

Now, maybe I'm a grumpy old woman, but they have been here (and some have gone, and more have arrived) for all of July and August.  The children splash and scream in the pool all day long and the adults play pop music or the radio all day and into the night.  They shout to each other and play badminton in the cool of the evening and talk and laugh way into the early hours.  Yesterday they were still laughing and listening to music at 2 am. I know, because they woke me up! Oh - and I forgot that, before so many tents covered the grass, the older boys would ride the motor mower up and down any old time of day.

So that's why I'm a bit tired today.

They are basically lovely people, I'm sure, and I know they are on holiday.  It's just that I've had enough now and am looking forward to the end of the month when they will all depart ready to go back to school, college or work again.

OK - grump finished.  Back to the crochet. And I'm going to make a banana and walnut cake (although I use Trex and not lard)...

 from Delia's recipe in this book...



... and possibly eat it all, diet or not!


5 comments:

Twiglet said...

What a marathon summer break that has turned into. Yes I can imagine you will be glad when peace descends on your little haven. I am with you on that one! Love your colour combo on your crochet. The shawl photo is very pretty too isn't it. x Jo

marigold jam said...

Noisy neighbours can be the pits can't they? Love your granny squares and am sure it will look great when finished.

Annie said...

Hope your peace returns to your world soon. Funny how we all seem to rely on comfort food at times like this :-)
Enjoy.
Hugs,
A x # 61

Sharon said...

Penny your the beginnings of your 'shawl' are every bit as lovely as the one in the photo! I think the strong colours are going to be really great together.
I can totally relate to the visitors because this week is the Malaga Feria which brings so many tourists to the area. We are here at our little 'retreat' on the coast but currently it is like a mad house with all the comings and goings surrounding us! The Spanish love a good fiesta, as you probably know!!! In the meantime, like you we just look forward to next week when it'll all be done and dusted!
Big hugs Sharon in Spain xx

Lucille said...

Yes I see what you mean. We are similarly plagued by new and very anti-social neighbours. The sad difference being that they will not be leaving at the end of the summer.