Thursday, 29 May 2008

A Birthday and a little Holiday

Things have been very busy chez Locket lately as Daisy has just had her 8th birthday and in true Lucy Locket style I set myself the challenge of making as many of her presents as possible although the finished number was less than I had originally intended.

To make things more complicated we had also arranged a mini-holiday in the Lake District to celebrate her birthday which meant that everything had to be ready before we could go - so I was still sewing on Monday morning while the children were waiting patiently in the car!

We finally managed to get away and drove to Keswick. The weather was gorgeous and we had a lovely picnic by Derwent Water

and the children played with fishing nets by the lake.
We then hired a rowing boat which was great fun - Daisy decided there were all sorts of Sea Monsters in the water trying to pull away her oars and some nice ones that were trying to help (the nicest is apparently called Humpalumpa (although now she is apparently called Aggie) who got lost when her family flew to the sea)

I'm not a photographer at all but I really like this picture of the Greylag geese with their goslings by the rowing boat moorings.

After rowing we had a mooch round Keswick town and found some fantastic books - especially in a little second hand bookshop - more about them in a later post

We stayed in the Travel Lodge at Cockermouth and woke up very early the next morning to open all Daisy's presents.

Here are some of the handmade ones

Dorothy had knitted her this beautiful little purse

and I managed to make her this Paddington Bear bag (as requested!)

with a matching t-shirt (Asda's best white t-shirt for 75p customised by me!)

(the back of the bag)

there was also a matching wallet and she already has a Paddington pencil roll and purse so I think she is well kitted out!

Daisy also requested a Mahoosive Dolly when she saw me making this one so I did as I was told

- this time using the girls' baby clothes that I have been keeping to make into something or other - the great thing is there is a whole garage full of more clothes so this dolly will never go short!

Here she is with her smaller big sister Jemima who I made for Dorothy's 3rd birthday (nearly 8 years ago!)

and of course she had to have breakfast with us!

then supper!

We spent Daisy's birthday in Windermere but it was incredibly busy and we were unable to get to see Hill Top Farm where Beatrix Potter once lived because of the queues. We did manage to get into The World of Beatrix Potter and Fred in particular loved it. We spent the night at a different Travel Lodge in Kendal and had a lovely meal at Pizza Express in town where they made a fuss of Daisy and sang happy birthday.

On the way home on Wednesday we visited my parents in Durham and had a lovely birthday tea - complete with the gorgeous "Daisy" cake at the top of this post!

So now I need to catch up with all your blogs, get on with some orders, send some more mini-quilts out and start making Fred's birthday presents as it is only 8 days until he is 6! No rest for the wicked!!!


periwinkle said...

Happy Birthday Daisy, your presents are just lovely and it looks like you enjoyed your mini holiday, the Lakes are an amazing place.
Lisa x

Simone said...

You had such glorious weather! It has not stopped raining in my neck of the woods! I bet Daisy was over the moon with her presents. What a lovely break you all had even if it does mean loads of catching up when you come home again!

nicolette said...

Happy Birthday Daisy!! 7 years, what a wonderful number!
Thanks for sharing your wonderful trip and photos!

Thimbleanna said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Daisy! Your pictures are gorgeous Lucy -- I love the Lake District. We didn't get to spend nearly long enough there, but did manage to see Hilltop. So cool! Love all the gifts you've made for Daisy -- what a fantastic Mum you are!

trashalou said...

Oh Locket, stop it! My head is spinning just thinking about it all.....

quiltdude said...

Happy Birthday Daisy, looks like you had a lovely birthday holiday. I love the little knitted bag, well done Dorothy.
Wish I'd come with you all :)
Mahoosive doll looks great, looks like she's going to be loved to bits.
X Clare

April said...

Happy Birthday to Daisy!

I love all the Paddington stuff and your mahoosive dolls are amazing!

April xx

em x said...

happy birthday 2 u
happy birthday 2 u
happy birthday dear daisy
happy birthday 2 u
love your dolly's dinner dress, i think i remember it from somewhere!
lots of love em xxx
(4 days til mine)

hilde said...

Happy Birthday for the 8 year old Daisy! Your mommy and sister made you lovely things, hope you hade a nice holiday!

anne bebbington said...

You certainly went to the right part of the country for her birthday break - here in the 'sunny' south west the weather was more akin to tropical monsoons, glad that you missed it :o)

Kitty said...

Happy Birthday Daisy! It looks like you had a nice time - and the weather in those photos looks a darned site nicer than we got here! As always, lovely makes, Mrs L-P. x

dottycookie said...

Happy Birthday Daisy! It looks like a wonderful weekend, in one of my very favourite places.

By the way, it's my birthday soon - any chance you could come and make me a cake just like that one?!

Sarahs Home said...

Happy Birthday Daisy...
So glad that you had a nice time.

Sarah x

Stephanie Pettengell said...

Happy 8th birthday to Daisy and what a lucky Locket to have all those presents and a wonderful sunny holiday to boot. I have spent the last few days with rain, rain, and more rain today.

Kaz said...

Aaww glad to see Daisy had a lovely birthday with lots of great pressies. How lucky is she to have a sister who knitted her a gorgeous purse like that?!

The photos are fab, I'm glad to see you had good weather over the holiday.


Sal said...

Happy Birthday to Daisy. Glad you all had such a wonderful time!
Sal ;-)

Vanessa said...

How lucky are you to have spent the weekend in Keswick, my favourite place in the world. I recognise your picnic spot!

Great presents for Daisy, Happy Birthday!

dottydesigns said...

Happy birthday Daisy, lovely pressies.x

the vicious chicken said...

That looks like a lovely little holiday, and a happy little Locket with those great gifts! Happy Birthday Daisy :o)

Hope Fred's gifts are coming along OK...

Alison Boon said...

What a fabulous cake. So pink and girly. Beautiful presents. My Daisy will be 8 next birthday.

Jodie said...

You know, you could pop that littlest Locket into the post and send him over here - he is so cute!

Meridian Ariel said...

that was a really lovely post, and great pictures. Birthday wishes to Daisy! I love the Paddington bear bag, its fab.

Jenny said...

It must have felt great to get away for a bit. Love all the presents-I bet Daisy was one happy birthday girl

Katy said...

Happy Birthday Daisy!!!! Great pics, Locket!

Rachelmp said...

You have been busy Lucy! Happy birthday to Daisy. She looks like a very grown up 8 year old big girl in the photo's. The holiday sounds fantastic!

eileen said...

You must be really wicked. I don't know how you get any rest at all! But what lovely photos and wonderful stories you make for all of us to enjoy. :) Those geese remind me of the nursery rhymn Goosey Goosey Gander.
Lucky Daisy, and Lucky doll!
I'm going now to click every link in your post..

Thimbleanna said...

P.S. Sweet Lucy -- thanks for your comment on my blog -- my blog is all messed up and the comments that are on the blog aren't being forwarded to my e-mail and the ones forwarded to my e-mail don't appear on the blog. You're in the first category, so I can't reply to you normally! I hope they can fix it soon -- it's driving me nuts.

Karol-Ann said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter. You passed near us when you were in the Lakes. My DS2 was born in Kendal less than 2 years ago now.

Leanne said...

I love your geese photo to. Looks like Daisy had a great b/day thats for taking us on your holiday.