Well March wasn't quite the action packed month that I was hoping for. Mick took a week off work from the 6th to the 10th and he'd booked this past week off too. The weather has certainly been hit and miss curtailing our adventures so in the end he's cancelled these last two days holiday and is working them instead. It gives him a couple of extra days to carry over and take off in April when the weather might be a little better. On the plus side, we did manage a few days out here and there and we also got a few jobs around the house crossed off the list so the holiday he has taken has been worthwhile.
On the first Sunday in March we visited the Yorkshire coast. We thought it was going to be much colder than it was, it was actually very mild. We started off in Filey which is a seaside town we've rarely visited over our many years of trips to the east coast. Archie loved spending time on the beach, though he really is slowing down now. He'll be thirteen in a couple of months and it's definitely showing. Afterwards, we drove up the coast to Scarborough. The sea was in and it was very rough but the surfers that were there didn't mind, they were enjoying the waves.
We had a few days away in The Lake District during Mick's first week off. We were hoping to have some more days out on our return but the view above was on our way home on the Thursday, it had started to snow and on the Friday morning it was quite deep. We had a relaxing day at home instead. It's extremely rare that we both sit down for the best part of a day together so it was rather lovely. We watched a film while the snow fell outside.
As is usually the case, Mick bought me an amaryllis for Christmas and it finally flowered this month. I love the darker varieties, though it's a bit disappointing that I only got one flower spike this year, I usually get two, in fact one year I even had three.
I've read three books this month.
We visited the local food bank to make a donation of food and toiletries. We always pop extra items in our trolley when we do any shopping and it soon mounts up. We just make sure that whatever we buy has long use by dates as we know we'll be storing it for a while. The volunteers at the food bank are always so grateful to receive donations. We're living in hard times at the moment with many people struggling to make ends meet and any one of us could have to rely on food banks as circumstances change.
There were Three Quick Knits this month, and contrary to my plans of getting my older projects off the needles, I'm still casting on new things. Mick's got a couple of pairs of hand knit socks, he only wears them occasionally, but I thought he could do with another pair. I find it really hard to just sit and do nothing with my hands, and socks are great TV knitting, they don't require much concentration.
We haven't got much planned for April but there's the Easter long weekend approaching and Mick's now got an extra couple of days holiday to take, so we might get some days out.