The Land Rover Owners Wife


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Jumper dress in Softfun Denim

Little Mudlets choice

Little Mudlets choice

With my lace top finished (completely forgot to do a final post for that but will do one shortly) and the first of the tinsel hedgehogs out of the way, I set to and cast on the stitches for the back section of Little Mudlets’ jumper dress. I had chosen Scheepjeswol Softfun Denim for this particular project in a lovely, dark mint green colour (shade 517) which has a subtle fade graduation through it which you can just about make out in these pictures. The pattern is a King Cole (4022) and is written for double knit but I opted for the Scheepjeswol over the recommended King Cole dk because I preferred the colour options the Softfun gave me. Continue reading

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Christmas in Mudville

The Mudlets did a good job on the tree

The Mudlets did a good job on the tree

The run up to Christmas was a hectic one in Mudville, starting with the putting up of the decorations on the 1st of December and culminating with the youngest Mudlets finding all manner of surprises left by Santa under the tree. A broken hearted and poorly Eldest Mudlet came across for the day, stayed the night but went home Boxing Day to languish in the comfort of her own bed, taking with her the warm hug I had knitted for her. But as much as the build up to Christmas Day was busy and filled with the pent up excitement of the younger girls, all too soon it was over and we found ourselves ambling along to New Years with an exhausted and flu ridden Mud taking to his bed for the best part of two days. Continue reading


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A (derelict) Gingerbread Village for Chuck

A new toy for me: my fabulous gingerbread village mould

A new toy for me: my fabulous gingerbread village mould

We received a surprise package the other day, a parcel of gifts from Chuck in America and one of the items was this really rather special looking silicone gingerbread village cake mould. I couldn’t wait to try it out but Mud reminded me that it was a Christmas Present and so I put it away and tried not to sulk too much. Then in an email to Mud, Chuck commented that he would be watching with interest to see if a post on using the mould appeared on my blog and that was all the encouragement I needed to get baking. I’ve never used a silicone mould of any description before and so I read up about other peoples experiences and with a mixture of apprehension and excitement, I set about trying to make a gingerbread village. Continue reading


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Christmas day in Mudville

The Lego Cargo train built by Little Mudlet

The Lego Cargo train built by Little Mudlet

It was 7.10 Christmas morning when we all trundled downstairs to see what Santa had left under the tree. All things considered, we got off lightly and even then it was Mud getting up which started the day and not Little Mudlet which, considering the state of hyper excitement she has been in this last week, was the first surprise of the day. Continue reading


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The Polar Express …… minus the snow, the moose and the roller coaster

Excited Mudlets meeting Santa

Excited Mudlets meeting Santa

Way back in the Summer, we visited the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway in Ludborough and had a thoroughly enjoyable couple of hours, details of which can be found here. Whilst in the gift shop I noticed an advert for ‘Santa Specials’ which operated over two weekends in December and so later that night, with the Mudlets tucked up in bed, I did some investigations via Google. For £8 per person, you get a ride on the train with Santa and his helpers and a quality gift and after some review reading, we chose which day we wanted to go and what time and sent off the booking form. Continue reading


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Bedecked and bedazzled

Christmas Lights add a bit of sparkle to a dark corner.

Christmas Lights add a bit of sparkle to a dark corner.

December dawned bright and early in Mudville, as the not so hushed voices of excited Mudlets speculated as to which sort of Advent calendar would be waiting downstairs and whether or not mummy would have the time to put up the decorations that day, whilst they were at school. It is traditional in our house, for the main body of decorations and streamers to go up on the first of the month but I had made much about finding the time amidst all the other jobs I had to do and so the girls weren’t entirely sure what the house would look like when they got home. For those of you wondering about the tree, we prefer the real kind and so that is usually bought on or around the 12th of the month which seems to be the optimum time to allow for its’ survival up to the 12th night. Continue reading


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Christmas sparkle

A bit more Christmas sparkle

A bit more Christmas sparkle

One of the major down sides with having solid fuel stoves, has to be the amount of ash they spread around the home and certainly with anthracite, it isn’t a super fine dust. Oh no! Ash particles in our house can range from salt grain size to chunks the size of Lego bricks which are really uncomfortable under foot. Continue reading


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Merry Christmas from Mudville

Feeding the reindeer

Feeding the reindeer

The Mudlets have tracked Santa via NORAD since mid day,

With excitement reaching fever point – he was finally on his way.

Now a carrot, cookie and a drink are by the fireplace ready,

(I should point out the drink is milk to keep the old man steady).

And for tired reindeer, round our garden, special food was scattered,

And now the Mudlets are in bed and Mud and I are shattered.

Merry Christmas everyone.


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Yule Log: Mary Berrys Swiss Roll

A successfully rolled Yule Log

A successfully rolled Yule Log

With Christmas Day literally just around the corner, today I decided I needed to get on and make a Yule Log. I tend to make one every year, with mixed results in terms of successful rolling but even if my sponge splits whilst I’m rolling it up, I still fill it with butter icing and smother it in a chocolate coating, simply referring to it as  Christmas Yule Log Pile. Continue reading


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Stockings for Christmas

Owls for Middle Mudlet

Owls for Middle Mudlet

I was going to put the content of this post onto the end of my Christmas tree one but I felt that it needed a slot of its’ own, somewhere it could shine and get the recognition it deserved, a celebration of the skill and care shown by one of my friends to my three girls, through the making of these gorgeous Christmas stockings. Continue reading