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 .


butterfly said...

So good to have you back Barb , I really missed your lovely posts.
Hope you are feeling much better now.
A lovely post , so much lovey stitching goodies and love your garden flowers big hugs .

Barbara said...

What are we going to do with you.....behave yourself and stop falling and knocking the old knocker. I truly hope you are okay and that all the tests come back squeaky clean.
Your tea stitches are adorable and being a "tea totaler" I fully understand the sweet sentiments on them.
I so wish I had your green thumb when it comes to flowers. I look at them and they die. Maybe from fright? LOL Honestly they are just stunning Barb and I can see you sitting there with a cup a tea in your hand while listening to the lovely birds.
I love your posts because you put so much of yourself into them and we can't help but love them.

marly said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your fall - but glad it was not worse for you. Take care of that blood pressure. That rose is just stunning and your gardens are beautiful. Enjoyed your post very much.

Vickie said...

Oh Barb! What a fright. I hope your health gets all sorted out perfectly now.
What a spectacular garden my friend!!

Christine said...

How lovely to hear from you Barb. I hope you are feeling better after your ordeal.
Some lovely stitching and craft items and your garden is gorgeous. I love the ismenes, and the P&P rose

Maggie said...

Oh dear you have been in the wars! I hope you are feeling much better now.

Your stitching looks great, (i'm way behind with ornament stitching this year too)
Your garden is just wonderful!

Take care

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

What a time you have had since your fall. It was lovely to read one of your posts again. I enjoyed seeing your stitching and the photos of your garden.

Justine said...

I hope you're feeling better Barb, what a time you have had. Sorry to read of your troubles.
Your tea display is gorgeous! There is a nice Lizzie Kate chart - Time for Tea I think it's called.
Gorgeous Christmas ornaments too and your garden is stunning.
Hope you find your missing WIPS soon - any excuse for a new start!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Oh my goodness, what a dramatic time! The same thing happened to my colleague last year only she was holding a boiling hot cup of tea when she collapsed. Then she broke a toe bumping into the doorstep. Watch out for doors now!
Maybe the two little knitted people came in out sympathy for you?
Your garden does look lovely though, our's looks like a meadow right now! I guess it's good for the wildlife.
Love your teacup collection of pillow ornies too.
You haven't missed my Birthday, it's in September and I'm having a big blog hop if you want to join in!

Tina said...

Lovely to see you post again,hope you are all fixed up now,had to smile at the vinegar and brown paper. Gorgeous flowers and garden,nice to sit in and admire all your hard work. Lovely little pillows andlovely cups. Looking forward to our witchy exchange,although i havn't started mine yet. Take care xxxx

angelasweby said...

So lovely to see your post and catch up on your news. What a shock the oven door incident was. Thankfully you are on the mend but it must have been very frightening for you and the family. I hope the BP settles down and the tests are all clear. We had a similar experience the first year we moved into our house. It was nearly Christmas and I was cooking mince pies. I was at the sink when this almighty bang shocked me rigid. Glass splintered and sprayed everywhere. It was quite frightening but I wasn't hurt.
You and Martin are a talented pair indeed. I love his fused glass. What a brilliant showcase of creativity the exhibition is. Those little mice are gorgeous. Love the knitting too. Both the jumper and the pretty baby blanket look really complicated. Beautifully finished.
I adore your P&P rose. It's a beautiful colour and shape. I wonder if it has a fragrance. I will have to investigate it :-) I have the JA Countryside book. I read it last year. It's full of fascinating facts about the country year and seasons in Jane's time and a really enjoyable read. I've bought a few interesting factual books recently from the Oxfam bookshop and Amazon new and used. At the moment I am reading her complete letters. Ooh, she could have a wicked sense of humour :-)
Lovely stitched ornaments and your garden is so beautiful. Love the Remembrance area. Congratulations to your grandson. What a great achievement. Xx

Julie said...

Hasn't your garden matured so wonderfully, loved the idea of the tiger cat hiding amongst the shrubbery.
Lots of nice things at the exhibition and what a lovely collection of ornaments Kate will have this year.
Well done to Mr Firefighter.
Love the new header pic
love and {hugs} to you both xxx

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