52 weeks to 52, week 1

With week one starting with my birthday there were a busy few days. On my birthday we went to York, a 35 min drive away with the intention of doing the York cat trail. We found a few, but then others were further away so we just wandered around and got some lunch at Dutch pancake house, where they do Gluten free and dairy free, so was a nice change. Amazingly we were able to sit outside to eat, something we rarely do, it got too hot really. We found a great tea shop on the Shambles and I was able to get some lovely decaf teas to take home.

We then went to York Minster where it was much cooler. It’s such an amazing building and has so much history, we were left in awe of all the ornate carving, plaster work and stained glass which would have been done without modern tools and machinery.

Much of the building is being renovated to stop it falling down, literally and the 1830’s organ was removed in 2018 for renovation and returned last year, a series of concerts starts next month.

York is beautiful, but always very busy and cobbles, narrow streets and old building are not very wheelchair friendly.

After some rest we had a BBQ

As days out and events are very difficult and require rest in between I have to spread out my celebrations. We were also celebrating our 21st wedding anniversary, same day as my birthday and Emily finishing her GCSE Business exams. It was also 16 years to the day that I found out I was pregnant with Emily after IVF treatment, so it’s hard to believe that she is now 15 and had just sat a GCSE exam, she did one this year and does the rest next year.

The following day we continued the celebrations with a meal out at https://caprigroup.co.uk/capri-vine.html, it is quite close to home but first time we had been, we don’t eat out much. It was a lovely meal and gave Rob a break from cooking.

On Saturday Emily had a college open day to attend to get information about A levels, so she and Rob went along to that and she came back impressed with what she had seen. I needed a quiet day as we were going to a concert on Saturday evening. For lunch we tried Becky Excell’s gluten free crumpet recipe. They were nice, but if you are expecting crumpets you will find they are quite different. Patience is required to allow the mixture to rise and to cook, we may have been a little impatient, but definitely worth another go. We had also tried her One pot chicken recipe earlier in the week which was yummy. I have her cook book How to make anything gluten free ad have pre ordered Quick and easy Gluten free which comes out in August.

In the evening we had tickets for Maet Live a Meatloaf tribute band. It was very loud and quite overwhelming, but true Meatloaf style. Luckily I can now turn down my hearing aids to make it more comfortable. The event was at Yeadon Town Hall the events are always good and not ridiculous prices.

With a few very busy days and lots of rest needed I have not got a huge amount of crafting done, but did manage a few tags for Prickly Edge Hedgehog rescue and a couple of quick cards which I can’t show yet. The card below for our anniversary was made the week before, but I can show it.

I have chatted with a few people taking part in the Dementia UK June craft challenge and have bought a few things from people.

I finished reading Who’s lying now by Susan Lewis, I didn’t like it as much as her other books, it was a bit difficult to follow, though that might have been me!! Now started Wartime friends by Margaret Dickinson, I have read many of her books.

On Sunday we had Slow roast gammon a recipe we have used several times since discovering it recently, we are still eating what is left!

Not sure how, but also managed to fit in watching Downton Abbey The New Era on Amazon Prime. It was easy to watch and interesting, but I don’t think it was as good as the series.

Tuesday was reflexology, not surprisingly my body was struggling, but hopefully after the payback from treatment I will begin a to feel a bit better on today or tomorrow.

I got some lovely gifts including a Cricut Joy which I still have no idea how to use and some hummingbird dies and some beautiful card which I will enjoy using and a diamond art cat. I got some beautiful handmade cards too.

I did want to attend Wool Monty which was on over the weekend, but had to accept it wouldn’t be possible. I did go on my birthday to the first one in 2019, then they were unable to have shows in 2020 and 2021, but did have stuff online. Maybe I will get there next year. It is a well spaced out show with a lot of thought put into disabled access, most craft shows are impossible in a wheelchair. Will look out for next year!

This weeks Therapet card from The Latest Kate which has been on display in my craft space

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