Saturday, 23 July 2016

Saturday and I have a plan

Yes  I have  a plan for this blog of mine that has been neglected for far too long. I  have had some issues not all I can share  with you as  this year so far has been yuk. Anyway back to  the plan, I have  decided that as my other half is out all day on the 3rd Saturday of the month, I will try to make my definite day of the month to catch up .I have found through not  updating  it   (at  least for  my benefit I forget  what books I have read and what I have finished) I can quite  easily forget who  I am and what  I am  doing here ,but only sometimes (wink).
So  what  has been happening in the last (gulp)few months well .....
This is a picture of our not there now  outer oven door.I was hoping for a new one as it is quite old, unfortunately after some wondering if the part was obsolete one was found. One morning I was making my breakfast, after  giving  the  other half his ,which  he had  sat at the dining room table to eat. He  said he heard this almighty crash and  I was  lying on the floor surrounded by shattered black glass oven door. The first I knew about it was a voice saying ,she is vacant and not hearing me and what had happened. He of course had phoned 999. When I came too and heard  him apparently I said  I was  fine and not to worry them . I  slowly got to my feet still insisting I was ok, but the back of my head felt funny. I had a very deep wound ,as  I hit the oven door handle as I went down. So within minutes a very nice paramedic in a nee nah arrived with his partner. I told him I was ok insisting I did not need (or  want to)go to the hospital. He suggested they did some checks in the ambulance to be sure. So after getting in there he said you will have to have that wound looked at , although it was not bleeding a lot. Also the reason for the black out. Outcome  being I had a day in hospital having various scans ,ecg etc and my head stapled together . They did take me to a ward and said I was being admitted. Apparently I had an irregular heart beat and very high blood pressure. A very nice dr came along that evening and said all seemed to have settled down and I could go home . So home I came.
I do feel a lot better now but Kate called the paramedics out the following week as she didnt like the look of me IS there an answer to thatS!!!!, I had felt woozy at slimming world(that is dedication for you) and apparently was grey so she brought me home and got them out again. This  time although Blood Pressure was very high they did not think it warranted  a  visit to hospital.Between then and now I have  been seen  by so many doctors I have  a season ticket and I have to see a consultant about my heart next month. The fourth lot of bloods taken yesterday. I really do not think there is anything serious wrong. So there you are I should have told you to skip this bit shouldn't I.
I think the vinegar and brown paper would have done the trick.
You would think with all this resting I am  supposed (wink) to have been doing ,I would have been stitching etc and getting lot done. Nope My mojo has gone missing and although I have done a few things no where near as many as I should. My parlour stitching has gone missing too Perhaps that was in the missing part of my head,, I had June lady half done and when I thought about picking it up  on Wednesday last , no note  to  say it was leaving ,or anything  . So unless I find it mean time I am having a new start this week.
I shall  show you a few bits though and we have had an exhibition so a few pics of that for you to see . This maybe and epic post , but then again I have done it once and deleted it all somehow. I am not good with this confuser,and as for all the other technology ,well I am just back in the dark ages.
So without  more ado here are some pics.

A little parlour night finish,by The Sampler girl. It sits nicely with my other tea inspired littles.If you see any let me know.
As you may know it is a Jane Austen quote,whose quotes I am quite fond of. I have taken a picture of a rose to show you too , It is  called Pride and Prejudice which of course I had  to have.

Another Jane  item  I have acquired this week  is a new book ,which although not fiction it looks  very interesting, 

If by chance you are a fan  of  Barbara Erskine  , it is worth  trying Pamela Hartshorne I have just read  House of Shadows and could  not  put it down. I  have read her  latest last and so have just ordered her other 3. I am not very good at resisting  books,  I believe one can never have too many books ,just not enough room.  Same  goes for stitching stash too.
Martin  bought me these  two as he thought I might like reading her story. 
Amanda has been on several tv documentaries. I think  I may have to buy a crook next.
At the moment  the book  in  the summer house is Goats and Sheep and I  am really liking that  one ,set in the summer of  '76 and so much I can relate too. 
I am not  forgetting the finishes here is another few. The sal  ornament with Sally is still going , well  I do a bit then  lose  interest but here are this  years finishes up to now.  Of course I am way behind Sally as usual but she doesn't mind and if  she doesn't mind it  doesn't matter.
These are to be for  my daughters tree this year so I have  to get a move on. I have finished a Halloween exchange piece for My witchy friend  Tina. I cannot show that as the exchange is not until the first of October. I really would like to show it you but she reads my blog so I cannot.  I am  really really pleased with it and I hope she really really likes it too.  I have at last finished Martins jumper  ,and here it is hanging  on the tree.

A new arrival  was expected by a lady down the road and so I managed to knit her a little  blanket for  her little one. I saw her pushing a pram the other day so it has arrived  but I do not know what she was having so went for these colours.
As I mentioned  earlier we had an exhibition at our Arts and Craft Community R.M.W. the theme of Royalty was the outcome of some  of the groups work  . Martin did this  in fused glass.
I put in my Quaker Diamonds.
Some of the work on show ,,,,
Rag Rug group
Aren't these little mice so cute,and I just adored these Morris Mice.
Not sure what the two  people  on  the ground were doing.
Patchwork  group.

Glass group and the top of  my cross stitch crown.Which is another of the christmas ornaments for Kate. So I can now count 5 as done,still got last months and this .
Last of these is  from our art group  and a local photography group. The photgraphy group supply the photos and the art group interpret them into paintings.
Another ,there are far too many to show ,but the work was incredible.
A little taster of our summer exhibition , some very talented  people about. Sam our second grandson has  joined the glass group and has done some stunning abstract pieces. He whilst talking of him  has just passed out from his fire cadet course. They had to do a "live" demonstration  for  all the parents  families and friends that attended the presentation of  their certificates.  He was in charge of  the ladders at the smoking  tower where he had  to rescue a person trapped in the building .  There was quite a lot of smoke.

He was not keen on heights when he started but thought nothing of going up to the top of this tower.As you  can guess a few lumps in throats from the family. So proud of him.  They all received a B tec certificate which shows they completed a course and will help on their C.V. later, I think Sam will be lost on Monday  evenings now. He really enjoyed it and  being part of a team,I have a lovely photo of him and the chief  fire officer from  Dorset and Wiltshire fire service. I cannot show it you this time as Martin  has  it on  his  phone.. 
Talking of family,  the header on the top is Ella and our much loved Ollie. Graeme Sue and Ella got back from a 10 day cruise of the med yesterday which they thoroughly enjoyed. I also have photos of Ellas prom night and again have to be transferred ,they are all looking so grown up now. 
I am almost there folks ,if you are still  with me. I have been taking some photos of our jungle and a few new plants that have flowered.
I loved these when they came out ,shall have to get more I think. Taken  a few weeks ago now as the forget me nots were still out.

This has grown  huge.

This is almost but not quite at the bottom  of the garden.Looking  toward  the house.
Almost at the bottom ,  now you see why it is  called  the jungle. I even found a tiger stalking in the bamboo yesterday. Well it was a tortoiseshell cat actually but he/she was  having  a  wonderful time.Trying  its  tracking  prowess out..
My mums and various pets Remember Place.

Taken  a little nearer to the house ,forgive the hose  it was all  in  desperate need of water  last evening.The hot border has  certainly lived up to its  name  this  week.

On the decking  is this wonderful lily and the scent is  gorgeous if a little  overpowering.

Right at the top looking down , summer house is about a third of the way down..
So that is back  garden , the front is for next time.  So for  this time that is almost it ,except to say I do hope you are all keeping well, if I have forgotten anyones birthdays You may get an unbirthday gift at some point. Take care and it was good of you to come back after I have been missing for so long. Last but not least. If you find this anywhere please send it home.
I have a wip I have to show as its my sheepie friday piece with Sally a bit more was done last evening until I thought I had miscounted and so I threw it on the table in disgust. I have looked at it again this afternoon and it was just the fabric distorted in  the frame. Phew.
So have a happy summer now it has arrived and I shall see you next month if not before. 
Much love and many hugs to all.
Barb .

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

April showers bring forth -atishoo

Well hello all who are reading this. Would you believe it I have ty
ped this once  and just had to post a goodbye ,and  whoosh it all disappeared grrr, wailing  and gnashing of teeth, I had hoped that I had escaped the winter cold ,but no it has caught up  with me.  I think Martin  was  beginning to despair of me last night. Cough cough cough and  in the end  at 3 a.m  I took myself off to the lounge to sleep on the sofa. What little sleep I got. No voice  today and so I thought I would speak to you .
Things to share so better get on with it.
April is  almost half done  so I had better show you some more  of the header and the mantle.
The tree has a weather boy and girl that Martin made me . He also put some  umbrellas  and boots onto acetate ,and some raindrop crystals. It certainly has lived up to its name  this month with lots of heavy showers.
Last Friday we decided after the weekly shop, we would venture afield and visit a  woodworking show about 40 miles away. We have been there often when Martin did more woodturning and as they had advertised they were having craft exhibitions we decided to go. We did have a longer journey of about 5 miles as neither of us recalled places , we did get there in  the end with the help of Sat-nav. It is so lovely to smell all the wood , my dream is to have a woodburner. When we went to Kate and Iains for dinner on Sunday he  said he was thinking of getting one, I said oh when can I move in. I hope I have not put him  off with thoughts of putting mother in law up. lol.
Anyway lots of nice things to oooh and ah at and a couple of purchases made. Loved these trees but walked on by.
Also loved the wise old owl made in wire, underneath was a spade with a little mouse perched on the handle.
Of course had to take this picture of fused glass sheep just as a hint to himself.
A lady was there demonstrating wet felting , and so Martin bought me the chicken one and a pair of bunnies.
Here are the kits I chose, so you may see them in a future post.
Lots of things to see ,origami, crotchet ,knitting, Tilda stall too which I had a quick look at . Quite fancied this hare ,but it wasn't until I looked at this I realised there was a mirror behind it so I  am looking at you too.
What about this fine fellow a snap at £87 .
He is rather handsome isn't he. I think that is about it for news from the show. I have done a little stitching but not a lot. I said last time that I would show you what is in the knitting bag. Well I have done the back and a sleeve of Martins jumper. It has certainly given me the bug for knitting and  hence stitching hasn't had much attention. The colour is all wrong on this as it is in life a deep rich brown.

I think Martin had given up on it ever being knitted. So half way there . 
I have been stitching with Sally and Chris ornaments from the JCS Christmas ornaments magazines. A pic of the piece to show you size , a thimble next to it. 
Today I finished and here it is . Ta  da.

I have done a bit more on the journey,step is more of the frame for the next 6 blocks.
Now I am on April with Chris and Sally and here it is from JCS 2006 can you guess what it is yet. These will be for my daughters tree and as she has 4 children  I thought it quite apt.

I have started a new Sampler Girl design in the parlour at Needlecraft Haven so will give you an update on that next time. I also  have started the bag that I showed you a while ago. In pieces at the moment so will give you an update later. Ithought you may like  to see just how messy I  get. This is the dresser that sits by my stitching chair.
Books bought this week, why do I need more hmmmm. 
I could not resist either of them.Not sure when they will get read.Last week I was taken to the range by Kate and I succumbed to this,
This is a tablecloth sorry the picture isnt too good ,but it is still in its wrapper.. So the sheep fix has been satisfied  for a little while. 
Thanks for  staying with me and for all the comments , I love to get even a few words. Take care and I will see you in a while. 
Much love.
Barb, x

Sunday, 20 March 2016

A little thing like tea....

and cake.
Last Sunday we were invited to an extra special tea party. The mad hatter was nowhere in sight thank goodness. Sue our dear dil and her brother invited us to their parents 75th and 80th birthday celebration. It was held in the same place as Graeme and Sue had their Silver Wedding Celebration . It was all laid out as the picture and a total surprise to her parents. We weren't sure we would get there in time as we got delayed due to traffic being held up by an accident. Which thank goodness looked a lot worse than it was ,the cars were a bit mangled though. After the sandwiches and small cakes ,they brought in hot scones and cream and jam. Argh diet blown. Then they had birthday cake.  
The flowers were all done in  vintage tea cups . It was held in what was once a manor house;I quite fancied my self as lady of the manor.However I would not be posh enough!!
A lady said to me it would be lovely coming down that staircase as a bride. Bit late for me. This week saw our anniversary of 49 years of marriage and although we did not buy each  other big presents ,Martin did buy me this. 

I do love her books the little illustrations  are gorgeous and she writes a delightful blog too. I am  looking forward to the following book in this series. Martin also wrote  a little something in  it.
He is a sweetheart.  Next year will be our  big one . We used the voucher Graeme and Sue gave us as part of  our Christmas present and went out for lunch , then took a trip down to Abbotsbury where I longingly drooled over a mirror,not literally I might add, It was so wonderfully made, the border was a hunting scene ,with all the mediaeval   characters done in Marquetry absolutely stunning but at £1,465 ,  yes you read that right ,we thought we would leave it where it was. Martin said there would have been  so many hours gone into it.
We then went on the the Abbotsbury gardens where we bought a plaque the saying of which is me to a T,  "I am afraid my train of thought has left the  station",Martin says if anyone finds it will they please return it.
So a lovely week and although MIL still gives us cause for concern , we have a  meeting with the carers and social services  this coming week. Things are not as bad as they were. We did not take her with us to the  party ,which was a shame but we are not sure how she would be and she can be rather unpredictable in mood at the moment. A pic follows of the parents cutting the cake.
Of course we had to have  a picture of  our grandaughter Ella ,who has had her blonde (natural)hair dyed dark. I keep ignoring her as  she looks  so different lol.
As you can see it is a very grand ,scuse the pun,  place. Now onto other things.  I do now  have  a spring mantle  shelf with my latest finish.
Carin sent me this with the 3 special threads to stitch it and  so thanks Carin  here it is stitched .Moving  along comes these and the first few bluebells  from the garden ,as too are the daffodillys. 
The blue vase was the first ever present I bought my mum  for  mothers day I saved up my pocket money and bought it for  her to put bluebells  in. It was  in  the good old days when we still had  shillings and pence and it cost me a lot ,or  so   I thought, it was  1/6d . She treasured it and when we found it after she died ,it just had to come  home  with  me. Will show you what I did for mothers day for her,we cannot  visit her grave as she was buried 300 miles  away. More of mantle first.

Sally's sheep and Julies Easter card with March behind. Of course at the base of the tree I had to have the needlefelt hare I made.

Now for what I did for my angel mum.
Just a little rose bush in her favourite colour pink with  a pic of her underneath in a silver frame.

Whilst on this train of  thought, and being flowers how about these  in the manor house we went to . 

Lots of these nooks  and  crannys with elegant flower arrangements in. I wonder who lived in a house like this. At the bottom of the stairs ,where I was standing in pic, There was a sign carved in wood saying To the nursery , do you think they needed that in case they got lost .

Not many finishes this time just Welcome  Spring and  something hopped off my needles this week. She is a little shy.
Now come on just turn around.

Oh dear Lily the pink is not playing nicely . Shall we try again,
See it is not too frightening being on this blog. I was really pleased how she turned out.Seymore ,Rose and Milly and Maisie have made friends. Those are bunnies that my great friend Julie knitted for me.  I will show you what is on the needles next time.  meanwhile it sits in here.,
I have also been trying to banish a frog on my Miss Violet stitching or non stitching with Sally, I have got so fed up trying to cope with the wishy washy colour and trying to see where I was ,I  had a moment and threw it  in the bin and started again ,now I am  way behind with Sally, I do not often give up  totally with something but this I did. I usually throw it in the box of  abandonment and take it out as  a ufo at some point.  I am still stitching on my Prairie  Santa  but sorry forgot to take a photo for this post,  I am stitching honest Mr Stick. Also another block completed on The Blackwork  Journey.

Hope to get some more done this evening. Tomorrow is  my Christmas  Ornament sal with Sally and Chris, we are choosing to do them from the Just cross stitch ornament Magazines we have. I am sure Sally will guess this one as it is almost finished. Maybe tomorrow,  I am doing it over one and I wish I had stitched it as the chart. Never mind. So Sally can you guess  what it is yet. I need more of yours as I am  not quite sure yet.

You may remember this one too , I stitched the CCN Christmas ones with Sally last year,but while Sally got them all done, I was one not done so I have finally got it finished and here is Merry and Bright.
Still with me , well done. I am almost there. It cannot be Easter already next weekend ,need to stitch, knit faster. We did see a few sheep whilst we were out and about but not near enough to photograph ,so make do with the ones I backed my Welcome Spring with . lol.
This was a gift of fabric. I wonder how people know I   like sheep. Last week I was busy taking my 2nd grandsons trousers up of his fire cadets uniform . He looked so smart and grown up ,they all tower above  me now ,,even Alfie who is 9 I can rest my chin on his  head  .
Sorry there has to  be one or two skew whiff photos  I had only been drinking water honest. This is my gorgeous Sam and of course daughter. We are hoping it may lead to something in the future as he is really keen.I was going to show you my new haircut but decided not to give you nightmares. Have an enjoyable week and not too many eggs or chocolate .A blessed Easter to you all.
Much love and many hugs