Saturday, 19 December 2015

Christmas is a coming......

I started putting my Christmas decorations up the last week of November as I knew it would take me a week with my foot problems - I was right! We have had some deary, wet, dark days this month and it has been nice to have the twinkly lights.

Conservatory tree

Sitting room tree

Free standing ornaments

Little Gromit 'helping' it kept him entertained for hours!

While we were getting the Christmas decorations out of the loft we got SofM's Duplo out for Little Gromit, he has loved it, This Duplo is the best part of 20 years old and includes a train set and and a zoo. And just wait until he is old enough for the Lego we have got stored! Some of that goes back over 40 years as it was mine!

The Christmas cakes and pudding are made courtesy of DD, she is going to ice the cakes tomorrow!

Talking of DD, it was her birthday on the 11th, she was 28!! I'm not old enough to have a daughter of 28!

Every so often I get to go on a day out with the Oh! Bearded One when he is working. This week he was working in York and Scarborough.

Shop windows in York

A market stall selling Christmas wreaths

I only had an hour in York. You would think it wasn't worth going all that way for an hour but it is amazing what you can do in a hour and my foot couldn't have stood much more ( I am still walking with crutches and have been told I've another six weeks before I'm pain free!)

We then went onto Scarborough which was a bit cold and windy! But it was lovely to see the sea in December!

Unusually for me I haven't done any crafting for Christmas other than starting a 'December Daily' book and a little knitting here and there.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015


..............thought I would catch up.

As you will be aware I broke the base of my 2nd Metatarsal and damaged some ligaments and tendons whilst out walking. It is a month since I did it and it is improving but I've got a long way to go. It appears that it is a mild Lisfranc injury and I've been very lucky as Lisfranc injuries can be very serious and many of them require surgery. 

These 2 photos show the bruising and swelling when I first did it. The visible bruising has gone now but the top of my foot feels bruised when it is touched and there is still a little bit of swelling present. I spent the first 10 days partial weight bearing with crutches...

......then I went into this boot and non-weight bearing for 2 weeks, now I am still wearing the boot but I am partially weight bearing again with crutches. Using the crutches has been murder and I hired a knee scooter which was a great help in the house whilst I was none weight bearing. I'm not using it in the house now but I will use it outside if I'm out for any length of time. 

I'm hoping when I go back on the 9th of December I will be allowed to wear a normal shoe and will be allowed to drive. This broken foot has caused all sorts of problems! - not being able to help my Mum and not being able to have Little Gomit.

Flowers that the ladies at Sandbach Sew & Sews sent me which was a lovely surprise. I've only managed to go twice since I joined. Thank you so much,ladies. I might get in December if I am able to drive.

Stepping Stones

You would think that because I've had the opportunity to sit on my bottom for a month, I would have done loads of sewing. No! I've been in a really funny place and I've not wanted to do very much. Before I broke my foot I was looking into art journaling. I've had a go but I haven't been happy with anything I've done so I haven't got anything to show you. I will keep having a go though. 

At the weekend I gave myself a stern talking to and since then I've been more productive. I've got the binding finished on the quilt in the photo. This is 'Stepping Stones' from one of Pam & Nicky Lintott's books. It was started in August 2009 and finished today! I've got another quilt that is also nearly finished, hopefully, I can show it later in the week.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

On Sunday.....

Oh! Bearded One! & myself headed for Edale in Derbyshire for a walk.

It was a lovely autumn day.

Edale is a pretty Derbyshire village and is one of the starting points to walk up onto the Kinder plateau.

This was a special walk as its' purpose was to scatter my Dad's ashes as he had requested.
The Kinder area was one of my Dad's favorite places to walk when he used to go walking. 

We were using the Grindsbrook Clough path which starts gently

but gets steep and rocky. All was going well, I was enjoying myself and the dog thought all her birthdays had come at once, when I fell.

I had stepped up onto a rock with my right foot and was bringing my left one up when I lost my balance and fell backwards, leaving my right foot behind. I felt something give in my foot and just knew I wouldn't be able to walk on it.....and I was right! I had to be removed by the local mountain rescue teams - it took 12 people to pull me up a steep hillside on a stretcher to get me back to the village.

It turns out I have broken a bone in my foot and I am now on crutches for at least 6 weeks. It is going to cause all sorts of problems, not least how we are going to look after Little Gromit whilst DD works!

We have enough of 2015,to say it has been a bad year is an understatement! I am asking for peaceful run down to Christmas as we all have had enough! 

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Catch up......

........since we went to Venice I haven't really done any sewing or knitting other that sewing half a quilts' binding on at the weekly quilting group I go to. The problem with that is I don't get to go weekly depending on when I have Little Gromit.

What I have been doing is getting into journaling and art journaling but more of that another time.

At the very end of September DD & I took Mum away for a week, to stay with her good friends that run a hotel in Branscombe, near Seaton in Devon. It was rather bitter sweet for her as before Dad was too poorly they used go down twice a year.

The weather was unbelievably good, hot and sunny!

Little Gromit, who is now 20 months, was able to go on the beach several times.

He loved it and keeps talking about now.

We had such a nice week, even though I went down with shingles, fortunately very mildly.

Next week I'll post about a shawl swap and my art journal. 

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Venice - part 2

 Looking from inside the Bridge of Sighs

The Bridge of Sighs joins the Doges Palace with the state prison


We found a small passage that took us canal side on the other side of the Bridge of Sighs so we got a view that isn't normally seen

St. Mark's Square

People were beheaded between the 2 pillars!

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Venice - Part 1

We had a great 5 day visit to Venice last week. 

St Mark's Square

St Mark's Basilica and the Doges Palace 

The main staircase inside the Doges Palace 

There are many, many paintings and acres of 24ct gold leaf

The main state room

Til the next part!

Sunday, 6 September 2015

A visit!

I thought I would drop by my blog and give an update!

On the 9th of August we celebrated my Mum's 80th birthday. She is opening her quilt! It was a very quiet celebration, just Mum, DD, Little Gromit, The Oh! Bearded One, SofM and his girlfriend.

Her cake made by DD.

It was a lovely hot sunny day so Little Gromit was able to play out in the garden and in his paddling pool. He had great fun!

A rare photo of me and Mum!

The Oh! Bearded One & I have just come back from a 5 day jaunt to Venice. I leave you with a photo of us in front of the Bridge of Sighs. 

I will show more photos of Venice and what I've been working on recently.