Sunday, 21 January 2018

My Januarys post of this and that

Hello my friends,
I hope this might cheer you on a dull grey Sunday ,or that how it is in this part of the world. I have just taken Effie for a quick walk ,she does not like the road walking ,much sooner be off the lead free running in the fields. However,needs must today as other half is not feeling too good so I have told him  to take  it  easy today  he usually drives us to the fields  along by the Fleet but as  I cannot drive Effie  had to be walked locally.
I have things to tell you today that may make you smile, it sure caused some hilarity in the family. The other morning ,by the  way I do not do mornings, I was preparing breakfast . I poured my bran into a bowl, ready for fruit and yoghurt to be added. Only one thing wrong was that I was also preparing Effies  breakfast I tipped her meat into the bowl and went to make coffee. You have probably guessed what I did ,hmmm , turned round with fruit and yoghurt and noticed I had put the dogs food on top of my Al Bran. Needless to say I did not eat it, although my daughter had hysterics when I told her,and as I am  doing Slimming World she said oh well it is Protein. Then said  I should send a picture of it to the leader  and ask him how many syns for it. I did not do that.

So talking  of dogs I have just finished this Lizzie Kate design ,and  added  the names of all our dogs ,past and present to it.
Here are the photos that I have near it.
This was our very first dog ,  Bess who was given as a present to Graeme by a friend. She was a real character and really should not have lived to 18 as she had a fondness for chocolate,our neighbour used to make her hot chocolate every day and she used to trot round when she heard the knock on the door as she knew what was coming. One Christmas she ate a whole box of chocolate gingers that the husband had under  the tree, wrappers and all. We then decided we would have a golden retriever the breed  we have had since. This was  Tristan ,known as Trissie. Loved the water and  lying on the bed.
He was always up to mischief and having 2 teenagers still at home he had 2 playmates as well as Bess.When Bess died he was lonely so we got Hairy Jack,we called him Hairy as my grandson was Jack ,Martins Dad was Jack so it got a bit confusing , especially as grandson was a toddler.
Hairy Jack loved his Bonios and would trot out to the car when we came back from shopping to collect his box of Bonios. We thought we would get another as Jack was getting older,however he was only 10 when he died. Oliver was next ,and I expect some  of you will remember him. We lost him almost a year ago this month.
Last but not least is our latest addition and probably the last is our rescue Effie.
Sorry if you are not a dog person ,but I had to explain why I decided to stitch Paw Prints. They were all so special to us and had their own characters. I have had another finish ,this was going to be finished for Christmas ,I stitched  along with Sally on our sheepie Fridays.
I couldn't resist the little buttons and was so pleased with how it turned out. I am  now doing a LHN design of a needlebook  and scissor  fob of course  featuring sheep. I will show you progress next time.  Sally is  doing a Drawn Thread piece. We don't always do the  same. I have also had a finish of a UFO which has  been in  and  out more than a fiddlers elbow.  Here is  Boughs of Holly,which will be a cushion at some point, this has been my stitch on Wednesdays recently with the Parlour Ladies.
So on  Wednesdays Welcome  Spring has taken over and it is going  to be a  pretty one I think.
Stitched over one.  I then saw Hello winter and as it has a sheep on it ,well of course this arrived  earlier in the week.
On Mondays Sally and I do a Lizzie Kate design, I started Busy as a bee my needle and me last week. I have done a little but not really enough to show you. Save that for next time. Last night I got my other Christmas design out The Christmas List.
Over  one again and I am  enjoying this one. What I will do with all  these I do  not know.  I also started a Prairie Santa this week  as I usually try and get one done in the year. I have to also finish Away we ride and Jane Austens piece. I cannot remember if I showed you this last time but this has also arrived.
It was my sons 50th on the 16th, his wife took him  to London to have dinner at the Shard. It was a complete surprise to him  and  he loved  it.  They went with 2 friends of  theirs and had a wonderful time.  They came  down on Friday for a curry so we could give him his gift. Then yesterday Sue did a surprise party at home for friends and our daughter and husband went and his uncle who Graeme looks remarkably like and his wife. We were invited but as we saw them on Friday and it was really for people of their own age we thought it nicer if they did not have the wrinklies there. Yes we really are and next month I reach my allotted life span of 70 years. How did that happen ? I am hoping for at least another 70 as I have so much to do. I think if I start going backwards instead of forwards I may be able to get it done.
I think the photo hunt is due for publication next weekend so there will be another post from me.
I have a few books to show you this week . I have just had the delivery of another but not opened  it yet so will share that next time.. meanwhile here are the ones I have had since last time.
One about the Hebrides and The ladies of Ivy Cottage is a follow on from the Inn Keepers Daughter ,which I have read and thoroughly enjoyed.If any of you are fans of Miss Read it sort of reminds me of her style of writing.
I  used to like Stumpwork  a while ago  and when I saw the design on this book well fingers started itching, not sure if I could do something this complex,but I love the book.


Last another smile to finish up with. As some of you know I have arthritis in my hands and back and at times in a lot of pain. My dear other half was reading about this and thought it may help me. It has caused some merriment I can assure you.
Hmm. I do not think my udders need this. However it does seem to help my fingers,  it is very minty,  I had just rubbed some  into  my fingers and  Effie  thought she  would give me a lick, so funny her tongue literally curled. Of course daughter found it amusing ,she is wondering what is next. So  hope I  have made you smile .  Take  care  in  the coming weeks until I post again.  Thankyou for leaving me a comment and be sure this old woman does  appreciate  your visits.
Love and hugs Barb xx

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Almost the last day of December and I will go backwards from today!!!

So today has seen Effie having a hose  down from rolling in her favourite badger poo.  Revolting creature. She rolls in ecstasy all  four legs in the air,total abandonment.  She really enjoyed  her Christmas and opened  her presents herself, she was very lady like and tore off little pieces until she reached her goal. She had 2 penguins and a reindeer so she was very lucky .As  was  I. My dear husband bought me this after I fell  in love  with it whilst out with Catherine and Graeme back in November. I think my daughter had a word in her dads ear.
An ideal handbag for a book lover do you not think ,he also bought me a purse to go in it.
Now  all  I  needed was a book or two to go in it,  knowing my love of  Jane , he said he had to get this.

I shall enjoy dipping into this one .  Talking of dipping I also  had this ,so  keeping up the tradition of book buying.
My friend Miss Julie has introduced me  to the Ivy Hill  books by Julie Klassen , this is on my to read pile by the bed and is next to read,she has  a new one out next Year ,well Tuesday next  actually and that one is on order ,so will show  you next time.
While talking of Miss Julie , she has had rather a tough time this past year,I do hope 2018 will  be  kinder  to her healthwise and her dear hubby. She did find time to  knit for me  these.You will  be jealous.
I really envy Julie her knitting as it is so neat, I now have 3 handknitted socks  one by me,  never have got round to doing the other one . She  sent me  a little note attached with the instructions on  how to wash them  .
Love the colours. So warm feet when we walk Effie. She has settled in  well and  loves her daddy.


Although she does not look too happy,but better in this one.
 I think she is  making  the  point it is her chair. !!!
So now onto the  big day when the
were  open and  we  spent the day with our son and  daughter and families at hers. It was lovely to  see everyone opening  presents and  having good times  with the family. I left my stitchy gifts at home so I could open  them later. So I have a list of  Thankyous. Julie has already been thanked,  Sally my stitch along  friend sent  me this little  pouch.
Inside were 2 teabags, we  shall have   one each  on our virtual Monday stitching.Thankyou Sally ,just  the sort of thing I can put in my new  bag  in case I need refreshment.

 Every December  Sally and I do  a  christmas ornament  exchange,  I am  afraid mine  grew rather  large  but I am  pleased to say Sally loved it.  It is a design by Madame  Chantilly, the sheep are a nod to our love of sheep. The two angels are maybe us two, I found it  hard  to part with this when it came  sending it.
 Sally has it  on her hearth.  This is the back.
Still with Sally this is what she sent me  ,oh it is just so me,  we both have a bit of a problem with choosing a design as we  have  so many that are the same in our stash.
Another dear friend who lives a little  way along  the  coast did her  usual  finishing ,which is always so pretty and again a sheep, Along with some little perfect gifts all wrapped up in Mistletoe tissue paper.

A magnetic sheep book mark, again a thoughtful  gift  which  includes something  of all  my loves, books,sheep and  knitting  as the other white object at the bottom is  a needle sizer  for knitting needles,in the shape of  ,yes you guessed it a sheep.
Thankyou for your kindness June.
I  received from Clare of Needlecraft Haven a  tree ornament she had made.
Isn't he the cutest Santa ever,  I had not realised I had placed him  on  the branch above another Santa.  He looks as if he has a wooden body. He is rather special though Thanks  so much Clare.
From  another lady on NH  I  had this from Angi ,which will certainly be handy in my handbag.

Last  but not  least a really unusual present  which again I think was  made with me  in mind. Christine  sent me  this .
It is awaiting  a use  as I have to find the right thing to do with it.So that was Christmas Day ,ate and drank far too  much and now  have to get my head round the Slimming World  again,next Saturday the I will be back  on it. I have not been for the last few  weeks, had problems with my back and 
on Friday I was rather naughty and took  an emergency appointment as I was in so much pain, he was a lovely dr though and he had prescribed me Tramadol,which makes me feel grim but at least the pain has lessened. So he needs to see  me next week to review  the situation. On  the 15th  we had to go see the consultant in Salisbury again,  this time  Martin  had  to drive as Jack was busy and everyone else was working. The outcome being that for now they have discharged me,they offered me an injection into the vertabrae but it was not a promise it would work and all sorts of things that could go wrong. So I have to try a  gentle pilates ,I had a dvd come today. I will not be sharing pictures of me in awkward positions  lol.
On the 3rd of  December the day had arrived for us to go see.

This  was the concert that was a gift from Graeme and Catherine and their families for our golden  wedding. Catherine came over for a sleep over with Effie , and  we drove to Graemes  where we had  lunch and then they drove us to a  travel lodge where  we  stayed the  night.  The  concert by these two  was absolutely brilliant.I had  not realised that  Alfie Boe hails from the town I  lived in until I was 6 and where my parents moved back to when I married, so many happy memories of Fleetwood.

Such good entertainment and wonderful voices.
So that was my December , I do hope to get back again soon .Meanwhile all I can  say is  I wish you and yours a very Happy and Healthy New Year. Keep safe  in your celebrations and I thankyou so much for your friendship and any comments you leave.
Much love
Barb xx

Thursday, 30 November 2017

November. Hawthorns Scavenger photo hunt

The months go by so  quickly and here we are again  with another list of words  for us to interpret into photos. This time  I have included some Christmas type  ones and as I  will be  away in Salisbury tomorrow  the 30th I am posting a day early,hope that is  ok.
So number 1. is Blue.
An all shades  of  blue Christmas tree ,very pretty in our local garden centre.

2. Me.
This one was taken on the first of  November at Portland Bill, you can just see me behind the
enormous ice  cream my son  bought me.They had  coffee!!


3.Starts with a W.
West Bay just down the road from us, where Broadchurch was filmed.

4.Rainbow.
 I  saw  these and  thought all the colours  of the rainbow where  in these.
5. Arch.
In the same  store  was this Arch flanked by 2  toy soldier figures.

6.Toy.
Could  not   let a  post go  without Effie getting in on the  act,here  she is snuggled   up with  her toys on  the sofa.
Almost  asleep, but still making sure that her toys  remain  with  her.

7.Swirl.
A display of baubles caught my eye,  good  job I had my camera  with me that day.
8.Brush.
A Hake Brush , used by artists and for using  in glass work.
9.Nail.
A  few years  ago  my grandaughter Caitlin   wanted to do a project in stained glass for  school. She did  an arched window and this is a close up with one of the nails she  used.


10.Own  choice.
The  Christmas shelf from last year, with my Christmas cubes that I stitched  on display. On that note I will  wish you a joyful festive season  and a  happy time  for  you and yours. I see there is no  December list  so I shall   see you in January.Thankyou for  your kind comments and for continuing to read my ramblings.
Hugs  Barb.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

November and a time to celebrate.

Hello  all, time for a catch up me thinks. Last week was the graduation of our eldest grandson Jack. We are extremely proud of him ,we decided that Martin would attend  as  he only had one spare ticket. He did take  some photos of Jack and  his fiancee  Katie. Here he is gaining his First with honours degree in Engineering.
So so  proud of him  ,another with his mum  and  dad.Our  daughter  Kate and  her husband  Iain.
One with his fiancee  Katie.
They all had a lovely day. We are all  going  out for a celebratory meal  for those  that could  not go ,this weekend.
So that was the big celebration.
Now  onto stitching  and  I have been trying to keep  to the projects on nights I have planned for them. I think maybe I will have  to put Jane Austen away until later ,as I have chosen  a more to it chart than  I thought for a christmas exchange. I have had one finish but not "finished"it yet. It is Jump for joy ,if anyone would like the chart leave a comment ,if more  than one I will draw a winner.
 There is a mistake  ,but I was not going to correct it. I stitched this along with  my dear friend Sally.Last Friday we both started Born  in  a manger by LHN,and this is how far  I got.
That  is a Friday night  stitch .  I had got as far as this before  picking it up again on Saturday and Sunday, whilst  Strictly was on as I  am doing  this as my stitch for Strictly with Julie on Needlecraft Haven. 
Here is last weekends  progress.
I am  really enjoying this now, Away we ride by Blackbird  Designs. Monday I stitch with Sally but I am stitching her Christmas exchange piece so cannot show that.  Tuesday ,which is tonight I shall be stitching some more of my Christmas list.  This is over one  and is a Silver Creek design.
Another one I am  really liking. Tomorrow I shall be in the parlour with Boughs of Holly ,here is where I am at the moment.
Sorry about the crumpled look .It is coming along though and I am wondering  if  to make  it into a cushion. I have a free night on Thursday so I will  get one of  them  out and stitch a bit more. I am  wanting  to knit  but not sure what so maybe next time you pop  by I will have something on  the needles. 
I asked my friend  Barbara if she could get this chart for me  ,I could not get it in  the UK so she kindly got  it for  me  and posted  it for me which was a lot  cheaper than having it sent from the store.Thankyou so much Barbara if you read this. I am  going to have a dogs  we have had  wall and thought this would be a lovely stitched piece to go in the middle.
 The only thing stitchy wise I have bought ,is fabric and threads for In a manger. So I have been good really, I can hear you saying you do not believe me , well I have bought a few bits but not for stitching.
Books .oh dear yes more books.One I can  blame Miss Julie for  enabling  me  . These are this times  books.

I just cannot read  fast enough. I am  reading  Things  we never  said  at the moment. About a week ago we had a phone call from  youngest grandson  ,he had a day off school  due to teacher training. He wanted to know if  we would like  to go  for a walk.So we went out to Kates and  walked over Lorton  Meadows.  It was a beautiful day and  we thought Effie  would not get into mischief  , about  2 minutes  in  she  found the deepest muddiest puddle she could ,and  wallowed.So  our clean  pale golden  retriever was chocolate coloured.
She certainly looks pleased with herself.We walked for  about an  hour and a half ,found a bench  and  sat and admired the view. 
She is so lovely and after the initial bark  when people come,she loves nothing more  than  a cuddle  ,here  is  Martins  Mum with her .
Back to the walk  ,I got a picture of Alfie  which I was pleased with  as we have not got  many of  him.
I love  woods and the smell  of woodsmoke. I  have always wanted a woodburner but having no chimneys it  would be a costly thing to do.   So  when  I saw  this I  just had  to have it and  it  really does smell of  woodsmoke.
Oh and  I saw this  last week and added to the pile.
Almost there , I had a nice surprise  from  my grandaughter Ella she sent these down   for  me  with her mum  and  dad.  She  is hoping  to visit this  weekend.Looking forward  to  that.
I looked out of the window  at  the side of  the house  at the neighbours  apple tree and  saw this  blackbird  enjoying an  apple on  the tree.
We went out to try and take a picture but it wasn't going  stay for that.
So that  is  all my news for  now ,I hope  you are  all   well  and if you would like to leave a  comment  I  really do love to get  them. I  shall see  you again  in a couple  of weeks for the November Scavenger Photo hunt. Thankyou for visiting.
Hugs Barb.