Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Sketch Saturday #315

Every time I need to make a birthday card I always seem to leave it until the last minute.  I was so relieved that the sketch for this weeks Sketch Saturday was perfect for what I needed to create this card.  The papers are Lillibet - A Tale of Friendship, the image is a digi from A Day for Daisies called Pearls in my Hair and the sentiment is from a Stampin' Up set called Express Yourself.

Liverpool - Chester - Liverpool Bike Ride

Over the last few months I have been building up my cycling miles on our tandem as my hubby kindly entered me into the annual Liverpool - Chester - Liverpool bike ride which consists of 50 miles.  I was really worried as I did not meet the 50 mile mark, I think the furthest I cycled was 32.
On Sunday I joined 3,000+ cyclists and left the Birkenhead Tunnel at about quarter past 8 and after a comfort break at a rugby club, we arrived at the Countess of Chester at 11 (25 miles).  After a sausage in a bun and an amazing tasting energy gel (rhubarb and custard), we carried on with the return journey, and arrived back at Liverpool at 1.30.  I am really chuffed that I was actually able to cycle the 50 miles as I didn't have much faith in myself, but actually cycling to the start from were we parked the car and return journey I actually cycled 57.1 miles.  The amount of times tho' that cyclists shouted "She's not pedalling"!!!! I would have had quite a bit of money by the end lol!

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Say Cheese

The stamp I've used on my card is Penny Black "say cheesecake".  The papers are Lili of the Valley Bear Necessities.  I love their papers, there is always a pad suitable for the cards I make.  I'm entering this card into Sunday Sketch & Stamp #210, another great sketch, and also Penny Black Saturday Boys, Boys, Boys.

Saturday, 7 June 2014

A Tale of Two Blue Tits

We've been lucky enough to have blue tits use our nesting box with the camera again this year.  We watched the next being built and the eggs appearing.  She laid 8 eggs.

We were lucky enough to put the telly on just as the eggs had started to hatch. We saw the mother actually eat one of the eggs (that's something I never knew they did).  All 8 eggs hatched.  Its been amazing watching them changing daily. They grow so quickly.  The end result is 7 chicks have survived which I think is such an achievement.  There must have been enough food to fatten them up.  This morning one has fledged, and then there were 6.