Fed up of Countryfile? Bored of talent shows? Well thanks to one very special programme, your faith in Sunday night TV can now be restored!! Yes Ladies and Gentlemen, Call the Midwife is back!!
When the first advert was shown for this, Mummy Second Hand Rose who is an avid fan of the programme let out a noise I can only describe as high pitched and deafening, my ears are still recovering.
Call the Midwife began last year which I wrote about here. The lovely cuddle up on the sofa drama became hugely popular, with its joyous scenes and even beat Top Gear in the ratings, due to men being fans. Personally I think it was down to the midwives uniforms. The lives of the 1950's East End midwives Jenny, Trixie, Cynthia, Chummy and all the nuns became our weekly escape with a box of biscuits and a cuddle from the cat.
Series two consists of eight episodes and will cover a huge range of topics, from prostitution to child abuse, but still all done in such a magical way that you're not constantly crying into your Kleenex. The series begins on BBC1 this Sunday (20th January) at 8pm and you'll be able to catch up on BBC iPlayer, so there is no excuse not to immerse yourself in hot water and towels. So everyone get your biscuit tins at the ready and settle down for an hour of 50's nostalgia, good deeds and lots and lots of blood and gore.
While we are on the subject of homeliness, I have a present for all you crafty fans!! There is a new weekly magazine out called Knit and Stitch, which is full of great ideas and tips, plus you get two free balls of wool with every issue! Issue 1 was only 99p and contained some knitting needles, a DVD and two balls of Bergere de France wool. Since all my hand me down needles are bent, I snapped this up!
Issue 2 that has just come out was a little more at £2.50, but contained two more balls of lovely wool and a shiny purple crochet hook. The magazines are great and have some fab patterns and are perfect for beginners and you more advanced knitters out there. They don't just include knitting ideas though, they cover anything from crochet to felting and tapestry. You can find the magazines in supermarkets and newsagents or check out the website here, to catch up with any that you have missed.
Personally, I can never have too much wool and I'm determined that these don't end up full of cat hair like all my other balls of wool do. My cat Jasper already seems to have his eye on them though, somehow I think I already know who is going to win this battle.
Second Hand Rose