Sunday Postcard #20 31.1.21

Hello there! How are you doing? I hope you are bearing up in the circumstances. We’re doing ok and I’m pleased to report and my parents got their first dose of the Covid jab last week so that feels like the first step towards something a bit more positive.

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last postcard and nothing much has really been going on as I’m sure you can appreciate. We have completed 4 weeks of home schooling – which I’m feeling rather proud of achieving. It hasn’t been easy but it has given me the excuse to sit next to youngest and supervise his work and during bits he can manage on his own, I have been able to crochet.

I mentioned last time that I had been playing with amigurumi and attempting to design something of my own. I have been crocheting ‘properly’ for about 7 or 8 years now and I never felt I had the ability or creativity to create something that other people might like to make. However, towards the end of last year a germ of an idea started for a collection of amigurumi ‘dolls’ and I just can’t stop thinking about them, so I have begun designing.

There have been a couple of odd looking prototypes (which the Little Postcards say give them the creeps) but I’m hoping I have ironed out some of the quirks and I’m getting there. I hope to be able to share them with you very soon. The first is ‘Flora’ and here’s a sneaky peak of her….

Wintery weather continues…

We started the week with another wintery spell of weather. It looks so beautiful and bright and crisp but I was very glad I wasn’t having to get out early and scrape the car windscreen to drive anywhere! I could enjoy it from the warmth of the house!

Heavenly hyacinths

I didn’t used to like hyacinths because of the perfume they give off. One positive of my post-Covid wonky sense of smell is that, that no longer bothers me, so I have greatly enjoyed this trio of hyacinths in the house this last couple of weeks. They blossomed quickly in the warmth of the dining room / makeshift classroom!

A tour from your armchair

New Manchester Walks tour of the Northern Quarter

Yesterday I enjoyed my third virtual tour around my home city of Manchester. The tour group ‘New Manchester Walks’ has been hosting virtual Zoom tours around the city and other places in lockdown. So far, I’ve been on a virtual tour of Underground Manchester, followed the Pankhursts on a suffragette tour and yesterday took a spin around the Northern Quarter and heard many fascinating stories about the history it holds from the Manchester Martyrs to the Beatles’ first audition for the BBC and Sean Ryder firing a bullet into the wall of a bar owned by the Haçienda’s Anthony H Wilson. I can highly recommend seeking them out if you have an interest in the city or just social history in general.

Podcast update

Janet hard at work at her sewing machine

The subject of the latest edition of Making Stitches Podcast is textile artist Janet Browne. Janet makes the most beautiful pictures of journeys she has been on and places she has visited using hand-dyed fabric and stitching. She was a fascinating person to speak to and I’m sure you’ll agree if you listen to her chat with me. Just search for Making Stitches on your favourite podcast app or follow this link.

Stockinger Lane Allotments by Janet Browne

And that is it for this postcard, as I said there’s not an awful lot going on, as I’m sure is the case for many of us. I hope the coming week is a positive one for you. Until next time, look after yourself!

Lindsay x

Sunday Postcard #19 17.1.21

Hello there, sorry I didn’t get round to posting last weekend, there wasn’t the time! Here’s a double dose of Sunday Postcards for two weeks, although, please be warned – it’s not very exciting – life has suddenly become rather restricted!!

Here goes:

Snowy walk

Two weeks ago today, we still had some remnants of snow from our snow fall on New Year’s Eve. As the Little Postcards hadn’t been out much we headed out for a walk across some open land close to where we live. This is part of the Mersey valley which is about 15 mins walk from our home.

It’s land which I used to play on as a child. There was much den building, hide-and-seeking and adventuring which happened here many years ago. I love that I can share it with my children now.

The fishing lake was frozen – there were some ducks doing a spot of ice skating at one point!

A new project

Now my Christmas blanket is done, I started a new project on New Year’s Eve. I’m trying a bit of amigurumi this time as it’s been quite a while since I’ve done any. Plus I’m having a go at designing it myself. Watch this space… it may be an utter disaster!!

Cake anyone?

Last Friday I had a sweet tooth so dug out the cake cases and made chocolate fairy cakes. They were rather nice, even though I say so myself!

Saturday mist

Other than a short walk round the block we hadn’t all been out of the house since the previous Sunday so last Saturday morning before too many people were about, we headed out to our local playing fields and park for a misty walk.

It was very atmospheric. I do like a bit of mist (if I’m not trying to drive in it!!).

While out and about we took a different route to normal and spotted this chap for the first time. He’s super!

Au revoir Robert

I have unfortunate news about Robert the snowman… This was him on 28th December…

…and this was him last Saturday. I’m afraid by the start of this week, he was no more.

Podcast news

Over on Making Stitches, last Friday saw the release of the latest episode of the podcast. This one features Sara Huntington, Editor of Simply Crochet Magazine.

I was thrilled when Sara agreed to speak to me. She had a fascinating story to tell about how she got to her current job situation and is really worth a listen. You can hear the episode via this link.

Home schooling

I have to hold my hands up and say home schooling is hard work. I have really struggled with managing to keep up with what has needed to be done by the Little Postcards. We have kept up but it’s not been easy. In fact it’s been rather all consuming. However towards the end of this week, we got into enough of a rhythm that I was able to squeeze a bit of amigurumi in between the long multiplication. We are getting there!

Amongst the home schooling has been food tech. So one evening we had a rather tasty chilli cooked by Middle Postcard. I believe it’s carrot cake next… yum!

Birthday fun

It was my birthday this week, so I have joined the lockdown birthday club. Inside this beautifully wrapped parcel from my little brother was this gorgeous book:

I can’t wait to get started on some of the projects inside. He knows me so well! As do my Little Postcards who got me this…

I’ve been looking at this for a while, without telling anyone, so I was thrilled that they had chosen it for me. Well done boys!

Another lovely birthday surprise was the fact that my latest issue of Simply Crochet arrived on my birthday and it featured a write-up about Making Stitches!!

Here’s the full page it was on

I am feeling very chuffed with everything that came my way!

Apart from that, it’s been a rather quiet week of trying to complete schooling tasks and keep on top of running a house. I have done lots of little bits of crochet in between and I’m almost finished. I’m looking forward to sharing what I have made with you very soon.

Wherever you are I hope you are ok. We had some positive news recently about people we know who slowly recovering from serious hospital-stay bouts of Covid and also some very sad news too. This truly is a very difficult time for everyone. I’m sending my very best wishes to you and hope that things are going ok for you even if it’s challenging.

Until next time, stay safe.

Lindsay x

Sunday Postcard #14 29.11.20

Hello! Happy Sunday. It’s a bit of a grey murky end of autumn kind of a Sunday for us here in Manchester. Not that it really matters to be honest seeing as we’re not supposed to be going out anywhere!

It’s been another busy two weeks of being busy but not actually achieving a whole lot of progress, so sorry I didn’t pop in last week. By the time my week was finished last week I was a bit tired so thought I’d make this week’s Postcard a longer one instead.

We’re all ok thankfully, although I have one teenager at home who has almost reached the end of his 2 week isolation after someone he sits close to at school tested positive for Covid. He hasn’t succumbed thankfully but is going spare because he loves to be out and about. (Others in the Postcard household would revel in the excuse to stay home). He, on the other hand, cannot wait to get back to school. It’s been hard for him poor thing.

So, what’s been going on lately Chez Postcard? Let’s see shall we?

Do you remember my trip to the Riverbank Café by the River Mersey with my friend in the last Postcard? Well before we were stuck with an isolating teen we all headed out for an afternoon stroll two weeks ago today. The sun was just about still in the sky and we enjoyed the golden light filtering through the leaves.

There was a lot of moaning and groaning about having a walk, but the hot chocolate was definitely worth the effort by the Little Postcards!

There’s a man outside my window!

Imagine my surprise when I looked out of my bedroom window to spy a man outside!! You don’t see that every day! He was giving the lovely mature tree outside our home a bit of a hair cut. I’m so glad they hadn’t come to cut it down!

What’s in the box?

We are slowing filling our new home with furniture (we left most of it behind in Gib to keep the removal costs down). Two weeks ago something I’ve been really looking forward to coming turned up. I was rather perturbed when I saw the box though! It didn’t look very ‘sofa-shaped’. I should have expected that really from IKEA!

This will now form my corner of the dining room where I can sit quietly and crochet while looking out at my new garden!

Isolation cookery

While Eldest has been at home and frustrated at being trapped indoors, he decided to have a go at cooking. I present to you vegetarian enchiladas and lemon drizzle cake. Both were a delight! I do hope he keeps this new hobby up once he’s allowed back outdoors!

Making plans for next spring…

I’ve been itching to do some gardening in my new garden but I’ve decided it’s better to just wait and see what appears in spring. I have been planting up some bulbs though. I have a few pots around the place filled with daffs, alliums, anemones and other bits and bobs so there should be some guaranteed spring colour next year.

Happy Post

I know I should really be thinking about gifts for Christmas but I went wild a few weeks ago and bought myself so bits & pieces. It’s such a treat when fun stuff comes through the door! I now have a needle punching set and a couple of new books to digest – not sure when I’ll have the time will come for me to read them or even make anything, but you never know!!

On the subject of crafty things…

At long last I have completed part 2 of the Crochet Sanctuary Christmas CAL – just 4 weeks behind! I’m loving how the dinky Christmas trees have appeared! Now on to part 3…

Podcast news

This week on Making Stitches I spoke to Emma Jones from the Vintage Sewing Box about her love of patchwork and the importance of craft for mental health. I also spoke to Lydia Wonham from The Apex Singers, a vocal group based in Manchester about their upcoming Christmas performance. They are a super group of young singers who make music which it magical. Please do give the episode a listen if you haven’t heard it yet.

The Apex Singers

You can listen to the episode here.

Thanks very much for stopping by, I hope the coming seven days are good for you.

Take care,

Lindsay x