Friday, 30 June 2017

This summer....Part 1

They last time I blogged we were getting ready to to go on holiday.

We had a week in Maderia at the beginning of April with my Sister-in-Law and Brother-in-Law.

The weather was fantastic - wall to wall sunshine all week - a really lovely break!

 The Tropical Garden in Monte, above Funchal.

Maderia is famous for being able to grow fantastic Birds of Paradise.

At the end of April we had a week's canal boat holiday on the Kennet and Avon canal with the family - 5 adults, one 3 year old and 2 dogs! The weather was mediocre but at least we didn't see much rain!

Deep lock in Bath

69ft boat - the longest that can go through the locks!

It was a busy week but it was lovely to spend time with the family!

Sunday, 2 April 2017

The last 6 months..... has plodded on as usual, for which I am eternally grateful! I rather like a quiet life!

Soaring Santa by Emma Congdon from issue 223 Cross
Stitch Crazy - I started this in November 2016 & I am further on than 
shown here!

In the craft department I have mainly knitting and doing cross stitch, which was my first love before I started quilting.

I completed this little pumpkin in time for Halloween!

I am currently working on a cross stitch of Venice which was in Cross Stitch Gold magazine.

Also I concentrated on journaling for the last third of 2016

I completed a 'December Daily' journal for the month of December. I was really pleased to complete this and I'll do a separate post on it. 

I haven't done any quilt piecing or quilting on the sewing machine since last May, I just haven't wanted to! But I have been working steadily on these Hexagon blocks from Katja Marek's New Hexagon book. I have really enjoyed doing these!

I always have a bit of knitting on the go, even if I don't finish it - lol. I have cast on this cardigan for my Mum. It is a pattern from People's Friend magazine and I am hoping to complete it for Christmas!

I have recently joined a charity knitting group. We are knitting baby things for our local hospital. I am really enjoying this. Unfortunately I've struggled with local quilting groups, I haven't fitted in well, I think it is me but I'm not sure what it is that is wrong so I'm leaving it for now but I will concentrate on this group as its' started so well. 

I also managed to make my own Christmas cards this year, which was an achievement!

 This was the first Christmas that we had the new fire! So 
new decorations for the mantelpiece!

Christmas happened! Certain bits looked a bit different due to last year's redecorations!

This little arrangement used to be on a shelf that we no longer have! 
It now resides on a sideboard in an alcove by the fireplace. 

I continue to look after Little Gromit whilst my daughter is at work. He is 3 now and a bit of a handful at times!

He has several passions - Lego and Duplo building, Play doh and transport of all kinds!

 At a recent wedding!

Son of Mine is still in Edinburgh, living with his girlfriend and seeming happy and settled!

The Oh! Bearded One and I are fine, although we have had cold after cold (courtesy of Little Gromit) since Christmas and Oh! Bearded One has had awful trouble with his sinuses! 

He is 65 in June and could retire but he doesn't feel ready to and wants to continue working for another couple of years.

 You may remember I broke my foot in October 2015. It was a Lisfranc injury and even now I still am getting a little bit of pain and stiffness in it which has made me reluctant to be as active as I need to be, hopefully it may improve more over the Spring and Summer. Also Osteoarthritis in my thumbs is a complete pain - only allowing me to work on things for short periods! I have just got a thumb splint so I'll see how that goes!

DD has another baby in July - a little girl, which is exciting and scary at the same time! Neither of us is sure how we will cope, I'm sure we will in the end!

At present I am spending some money on the house! We have had a new mattress and bedding in our room and there are other new things on the horizon that I will post about as they happen!

Right! off to finish packing, we go to Madeira tomorrow!

Saturday, 22 October 2016

A new Era!

I am moving into a new era of Social Media -  my second You Tube video!

Monday, 13 June 2016

Visit to Orkney

Last week we had to travel up to the Orkney Islands (off the North Scottish coast) for the Oh! Bearded One's Aunts' funeral.

Tarring the roof of the hut she owned on Rousay

She was 10 days shy of her 91st birthday when she died so her life had been long and active. She was my Mother-in-Law's sister, so like us she was born in Sheffield but her connection with Orkney was a long one. She had first lived up there as a Vicar's wife in the 1960s/70s based in Kirkwall, then she returned in the 90's after her husband died, living in the hut they owned on Rousay. She had to move away again due to ill health so she could be near one of her daughters (she had 2 daughters and 2 sons) then she moved back again with her daughter 4 years ago. It gave her a new lease of life as she was so happy to be back.

We left Cheshire last Wednesday and drove to Edinburgh to see our son, we also stayed over in Edinburgh. We left there on Thursday morning at 07.30 and drove up to John O'Groats, to catch the ferry to St Margaret's Hope on South Ronaldsay, which where Aunty and her daughter live. 

John O'Groats 

The ferry - MV Pentalina

We stayed for 2 nights with the Vicar & his wife in the manse of St Margaret's Hope church

St. Margaret's Hope - South Ronaldsay

Aunty's funeral service was held in the church where her husband had been Vicar, in Kirkwall

After the funeral we all travelled to Tingwall to catch the ferry over to Rousay where she was to be buried.

The Rousay ferry

She is buried in a lovely graveyard overlooking a small loch on the island. One of her sons also lives on Rousay so the grave will be tended. 

After the wake and we had caught the ferry back to the mainland we had a drive around a small portion of the island and then stopped in Kirkwall to look at the poppies installation which was installed to commemorate the Battle of Jutland in 1916. 

The poppies were a small part of the display that was at the Tower of London in 2014

We left Orkney on the 07.45 ferry on Saturday morning and drove down country past Loch Ness to the Corriegour Lodge hotel on the side of Loch Lochy.

The hotel was lovely with stunning views.

Once we left the hotel on Sunday morning we carried on south, driving through Glen Coe and on to Loch Lommond

We arrived back in Cheshire about 5.30pm on Sunday evening.

Saturday, 4 June 2016


At the beginning of May DD, Little Gromit, Mum & I went on holiday to North Berwick in Scotland. We hired a flat above a shop on the High Street for a week. We have been here before, when my Dad was still alive but we stayed in the countryside outside North Berwick

On one of the days out we had, we went to Luss, which is a village on the banks of Loch Lomond. It was the nicest day we had and Little Gromit loved the ducks! 

Luss was used as a film set for the Scottish TV series 'Take the High Road' which used to be on English TV as well. I used to watch and I loved it, I was sorry when we could no longer get it. 

I haven't done any machine sewing during May at all but I have been working on these in the evenings. They are hexis from the book 'The New Hexagon' by Katja Merek.

I've prepared each hexi and it is in its' own little bag. There are 52 in the book.

I have decided I want to make more so I have started the process again!

I haven't done any work on 'The Splendid Sampler' other than print out some of the instructions, 


I am decorating! We have had a new fire and false chimney breast installed. The fire looks like a wood burner but is gas. I would have loved a wood burner but our house is a 1980s estate house and doesn't have a chimney so this was a good compromise. We have also bought a new oak cupboard

It used to look like this!

I am still in the process of decorating this room. It hasn't been done for some years so it is taking a while. I have already freshened up the bedrooms.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Uttoxeter Quilt Show - 2016

I was lucky enough to get a free ticket being given away on Facebook by a lady that wasn't able to go


here's my choice from this year's Uttoxeter quilt Show. I am afraid I've no details of the quilts, I'm too mean to buy a programme.

This year's winner!

I hope you've enjoyed them!