By Hanna Niven March 10, 2014 5:45:00 PM UTC
Wow what a weekend!!
We have family over from France at the moment and so have been taking advantage of the beautiful weather, long walks (still in wellies of course!) and pub lunches (without wellies in case you were wondering!). Oxford has treated us very well too and I just LOVED the tour around the Bodleian Library, drooling at all the beautiful old books and buildings steeped in history. It's such a lovely city!
I've impressed myself with my natterings in French but my brain is feeling a little tired this evening - I must be in need of a glass of vin rouge :)
Anyhoo this was just a quick 'pit -stop' to say hello and hope you've had fabulous weekends too wherever you are in the world. Will be back soon with Part 4 of my '10 things about me - would be silly not to take advantage of the fact my studio is tidy due to having guests! x
By Hanna Niven March 6, 2014 12:15:00 PM UTC
As you may or may not have seen on my Facebook page - it's all about owls at the moment!
I just thought I'd give you a little insight into the making process.
I created a pattern for owls quite a while ago but wasn't 100% happy with the head section so I carried on with other projects and returned to it as and when time allowed. Most happily the other evening I had the 'geronimo' moment, so reached for my pattern book (aka scraps of paper stuffed in said pattern book!) and finished it off.
By Hanna Niven March 4, 2014 8:29:00 AM UTC
Ops OK so it's already Tuesday - I was a bit busy yesterday working on orders and the day just went poooof and vanished!! Didn't yours?
This weekend just gone was a family weekend over here at Rose Cottage and it was fan-tab-ulous! I just love it when we can get together. Actually this one was a little different as it was tecnically Christmas #2 - JP and I were away in South America in December so we decided to get together and recreate the day - minus xmas tunes, mince pies and mulled wine! The whole thing is usually peppered with a little madness but there's always WONDERFUL food (I mean look at those fantastic potatoes!) and we all love being outside with the dogs (especially when it was as sunny as it was on Saturday!).
When I wave goodbye at the end of such a weekend I always feel, happily sleepy but refreshed, energised and though it might sound a bit like a contradiction, grounded!
Some of my closest family live in far flung countries like South Africa and not so far flung Germany but using all the clever technology that's around now we natter with them too and it's 'almost' like there are with us!
Sunday night after everyone had headed back to their homes we had a very sleepy and lovely evening (with of course my crochet hook!) on the sofa and drifted off that night with smiles on our faces ready for the week to come! x
By Hanna Niven February 24, 2014 10:05:00 AM UTC
Hello and happy Monday to you all.
I hope you had a lovely weekend. Mine involved rain (which typically started when I was out with Muxu and miles away from home!) but I'm happy to say there was 'shine' too. Saturday was gorgeous here and I spent a number of hours hosing down the decking and tackling the front garden - though if I was to use the metaphor of a battle when it came to tackling the prickly things out there I think the brambles won!!
A number of owls came into creation and Muxu had some wonderful swimming sessions in the river. I had a lovely evening out with friends on Saturday night and as much as I didn't enjoy some of the jobs I did over the weekend (hosing decking ain't exactly fun!) I'm really pleased I did them! Monday calls and lots to do. Parcels of owls, chickens and birds to post and yet more to make :)
Have a lovely week x
By Hanna Niven February 23, 2014 2:40:00 PM UTC
Hello and happy Sundays to you all.
I hope wherever and whenever you are you're having a lovely weekend. So far I've had a really nice one but boy did I get totally and utterly soaked this morning. I was feeling a little sleepy after a late night out with friends but can certainly say that by the time Muxu and I shivered and dripped our way back into the house I was anything but sleepy!!
So last time I said I would introduce you to the other members of this household, and here they are.
This is Muxu (aka Muxi-moo and/or the Moomilator - don’t ask where those names come from they just pop out my mouth!). She’s almost a year and a half old and in my opinion is the best thing since sliced bread, but then perhaps I am a tad biased! She makes me laugh on a daily basis, loves to carry the biggest branches she possibly can, and I mean to use the word branches not sticks, loves munching carrots and bestest of all dive-bombing into the local river to fetch said branches! She also gives fantastic cuddles (if you don’t mind the occasional lick in the ear that is!) and apologies to those who aren’t so keen on the four legged variety, but she’ll probably feature quite a bit in this blog.
Next up we have Gilbert (pronounced with a French accent as he was a wedding present (I know VERY random indeed!) from JP’s sister and cousins. He lives in the utility room as I prefer him indoors where he can interact more with us, but saying that he’s a sedate little fella, he loves handfuls of grass, which being the oh so good owner that I am, I pick for him each day while out with Muxu and he’s quite partial to sitting on your lap of an evening. At breakfast time however his inner diva comes out as he stands up at the door to his cage and squeaks his little lungs off for a slice of cucumber!
So there you are, Rose Cottage residents complete! I'll let you get on with your weekend and I'm off for a cuppa and crocheting up a few more orders, which I'm happily very busy with at the moment! Next up I think it's time to show you where and on what I work (God I better get tidying my studio first!) xx
Ramblings from Rose Cottage and beyond...
I'm taking part in a lovely little project where you photograph and post something that makes you happy every day for 100 days.
Follow my progress here...
I'm Hanna (that's me above, in my favourite rainbow hat, when I was in Nepal in 2009!!). I live in Oxfordshire with my lovely hubby, Muxu the dog and Gilbert the guinea-pig, in a little cottage called 'Rose Cottage', though I'm still trying o grow the roses outside to make our little dwelling deserved of such a name!!
I'm a lover of walks whatever the weather with my four legged friend, an avid thinker, (pretty good proceastinator!) reasonable baker and crochet maker and generally very good at babbling!!