Tuesday 25 June 2013

Fancy a coffee at mine?

On Wednesday morning at about ten past 8 I caught one of the first Macmillan Cancer Support 
TV adverts for this years 
'worlds biggest coffee morning'.

By 8.15 I had decided I would hold one at my house and by 8.20 I had invited all my 'local ish' blogging friends. By 8.20 I had decided 'what the hell' and invited everyone on Instagram too.

By 8.30 I was having a small panic (and wondering if I should have checked with Cleggy first) and by 8.40 I was late for the school run!

However, I knew deep down it was a good idea and that if I spent longer than 2 minutes thinking about it I would never do it.

So, if you are remotely local 
(we are about 10 miles south of Manchester in a town called Timperley)  
and happen to be free on 
 Friday 27th September 
please pop in and say hello.

I will, of course, be making more plans nearer the time and thinking of ways we can raise more money by sharing our crafty wares/cooking skills.

Incidentally  Cleggy thought it was an ace idea, although didn't seem too concerned that he was working that particular day! If you can't make it maybe you could join in the virtual coffee morning by sharing a photo of your coffee (and cake) and making a donation on the day.

NB: I only 'invited' anyone for whom I had an email address readily available...you do not need an invite, not do you need to be offended if I didn't contact you!! Nor do you need to be of a crafty nature!

Other nice things going on here lately - we spent Father's Day taking a walk and a picnic in the beautiful Peak District with Emily and her family. It's an area we have never really explored and I can't believe we haven't - it's stunning.
We parked in the picturesque village of Edale, which is the start of The Pennine Way, and walked for a couple of miles before stopping for lunch and some sort of Lord of the Flies type play by a stream.

The Teen was initially reluctant to join us (his brothers and Emily's boys are younger - so why would he want to remove his headphones and actually PLAY with them?!) but soon found himself having great fun organising the games and losing himself - I sense these days are precious!!

The younger boys had no such qualms and at the sight of water stripped down to their pants and....got in!
Then played Frisbee - as usual.
 We finished the day with a pint and some chips...and a little sunshine. Bliss.

At the end of last week we all visited Cleggy's home town of Newcastle to run another 

It's ages since we've been to the city and I had quite forgotten how ace it is. It was a bit of a weird trip as we hadn't planned to take the boys but needed to at the last minute. Unfortunately we couldn't all get in the same hotel (Rhianna in town at the same time - it was the place to be) so while Cleggy and a couple of the boys lived it up in a lovely central hotel me and Kenzie were in THE roughest travel lodge I've ever stayed in on the outskirts of roughsville. 
(notice how I didn't Instagram THAT!!)

We did manage to meet in the middle for tea
before Kenzie and I took the opportunity to walk back along the quayside and have a look at the bridges
We thought we would be clever and take a photo of us in front of the Tyne bridge but after at least 10 attempts this was the best we got:
not much bridge and not much us!
We couldn't go home without a quick visit to see Great Granny Long who had just come out of hospital and is a marvellous 93 years old. I think we wore her out in the 15 minutes we were there but it was lovely to see her home 
(and wrapped in such a tasteful crochet blanket!!)

Back at home we've had the little people in the family over again this weekend and have all enjoyed their company. Wilf is just a big fat ball of squeezable boy and Mabel is funny and full of 2 year old charm. She's also great for Cleggy to try out new ideas on - this weekend it was a new play dough recipe involving shampoo (see here for blog post with recipe)
The garden has really started to bloom over the last couple of weeks - and there have even been 1 or 2 opportunities to sit out in it, as if it was really summer.

My shop is finally back open for business - although I've limited my products as commissions are taking up more and more time.

Here are some of the things I've made recently
Ruby Wedding blocks
 Blocks using a well known comic, for male teachers 
(email me if you want one, chippernelly@hotmail.co.uk)
 and more 'words to live by' blocks (with a photo of someone else's special Grandma)
I also 'made' a new home for towels. I say made, but Cleggy made it for my birthday a couple of years ago and it's been waiting for it's rightful home. The photos don't do it justice but the outside is covered in Pip wallpaper and the inside postcards and old photos of my family.
 I love it.

Run update:

The couch to 5K is still going well - although I made a BIG mistake a couple of weeks ago and decided I would try a much longer stride. I felt like my running was barely faster than walking and wanted to increase the distance.
My ankles, however, did not agree with this new strategy at all and swelled up like balloons. Despite ice,heat,ibuprofen and raising they took a week to feel normal so set me back a bit. Since then I've gone back to my original style and have decided to keep working on the stamina - I'll work on everything else when I can actually run 5K.

Have I lost any weight? Not really, but I feel much much better. Stronger and more energised.

Yesterday my run included a 20 minute run - I was convinced I couldn't do it - but did. I still can't believe I can run for 20 mins. Especially still I essentially still weigh 12 stone and (surprisingly!) am still 5ft!!!

fee x


  1. Well, you HAVE been a busy bee!!! I love your coffee morning idea - if only I lived a wee bit closer! I also love your towel storage idea - BRILLIANT!!! :-)

  2. You have the best towel storage ever!

    One way or another I'll be taking part on the 27th :)

    And I'm looking forward to our upcoming coffee/gin/gin laced coffee??

  3. The 27th? Sure, I'll buy a ticket and hop over. (if only Fee, if only). GREAT PLAN!!! Coffee and cancer are made for each other - that might sound odd, but anyone who has found her/himself in a hospital situation knows that you cannot survive without a decent cup of coffee.

    Love!! Roos
    p.s. Cleggy + tie? Made me smile ;-)

  4. I wish I lived nearer, your coffee morning does sound like good craic ( yes spellcheck that is a word) but I'm sure I'll take part some way or another!
    Love the Beano blocks and well done on the exercise front!!
    V xxx

  5. An excellent reason for an excellent cause to hold a coffee morning. I am a Macmillan Dietitian and it's these events which all contribute to the brilliant work Mamillan do in this nation. My colleague and I held our own last year and it was good fun and people were very generous with raffle donations too.
    I am loving your new towel storage and my goodness your garden is looking pretty and seummery too Fee. Really pleased to hear how well you are doing and feeling with your running, take care and be careful not to over do it...tempting, but not worht it xox Penny

  6. If I was anywhere near Manchester I would join you, but will have a virtual one instead. Great day out with family and fab pictures :) Glad to hear you are still doing the fitness thingy, i'm doing one to (not running) it's been just over a week, exercise 6 days a week and a rest day, weighed myself at the start and won't weigh myself until Christmas. I don't do diets, I just cut out the rubbish. If I get through 6 months of this it will be a first!! Keep up the good work hun x

  7. What a generous idea to open your home up for a huge coffee morning - you are very brave. I wish I was just a bit nearer to you. I'm nearer to the Newcastle side of your family (Sunderland) but will be sending you very good thoughts on the big day!Good luck with the morning, B x

  8. Can't wait for the massive coffee morning, already thinking about cake! 20 mins, woooooo. Knew you could do it. Don't reckon I could!
    Nelly x

  9. I have to echo Roos's words... Coffee and Cancer are indeed made for each other... Been there... have the darn T-shirt as well... WISH I too could hop over to join, but I shall join in spirit (with a very REAL cuppa in my hand though) all the way from good ole South Africa! Well done on the running! I have recently (well... over 18 months) lost 34 kg's and am in love with a treadmill. I hardly recognise my new infatuation. What we don't get up to... It's easier doing it the way guys do... just go and buy a Harley. ;-)

  10. HELLO THERE MY DEAR! It's good to see you are as happy and outgoing as ever. Listen, did you send me an email? I received two emails from YOU, but I fear opening them because they could be spam...I just wanted to check.

    Everyone looks great! Anita

  11. IT WAS YOU!!!!!!!! I just saw that you visited my blog....now off to see the photos on the email!!! Anita

  12. Haha still 5 foot x Missed joining you for coffee, hope it all went well and you had loads of great gals join you xxxx


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