Wednesday, 17 January 2018


When your kitchen looks like this I think its a good excuse to go out for a meal don't you?

The painting is coming along nicely and looks really good.
I was unsure at first but now  I'm pleased.
We're only capable of doing a couple of hours a day (poor old things) lol and its knackering but we're getting there.
Today though I couldn't face cooking in this mess and so we went to our favourite eating place.  The Garden Centre.
Here you can get the pensioners, ahem, (older person's) 2 course meal with coffee for £8.50 and the 
 size of the meals are really good.

I had the lasagne and Tom had the enormous meat pie.
Apple pie and cheesecake for pud and we were full up.
Tomorrow we will do a little more and we should be finished for the weekend.

It just goes to show that we are capable of more than we think we are, and all done without any help from Penny.

Monday, 15 January 2018


Our kitchen has needed a paint up for ages but neither of us have the inclination or the energy to do it.
Last Friday we mentioned this to Penny our daughter and she said that she would come over this Friday and do it for us.
We volunteered to paint all around the edges to make it quicker for her and so this morning before we had time to change our minds we got out the ladders and paint and set to.
Tom is no good climbing ladders with his breathing and so he was set the lower areas and I did the ladder work.

Here you can see that the colour we have chosen is orange.
Not everyone's taste but I was watching a programme about Freddie Mercury the other day and  he had this room painted orange, I though it looked lovely and so I must say thanks to Freddie for the choice. 

You can see from the filled in area in the corner what it is going to look like and it goes well with the jigsaw floor.
I think a new bin will have to be in order as the yellow does clash a bit, lol
We're both going to have a shower now and tomorrow we will probably feel as though we've run a marathon. lol

While I'm on the subject of orange, we bought these sunflower seeds last week.
They should grow to 10ft. that's if I can keep the fox and the cats off them long enough.
I think I'll have to make some kind of wire to go round them until they get big enough.
Wish us luck, we've never grown sunflowers before.

Thursday, 11 January 2018


One of the blogs I follow is this one, you can do not worse than to go over and take a look, there's always something of interest and I love it.
A while ago YP aka Yorkshire Pudding the name he goes by decided to draw a cartoon football scene and include some of his followers in the crowd .

Here's the part with me included, lol
I now have this as my wallpaper on the pc and every time I enter the room it causes me to have a little inside giggle.  He has captured me perfectly don't you think? 

Today I had a light bulb moment for the next page of my fabric journal.

I've cropped the picture and I'm going to outline it on fabric with embroidery silks and mount it in the journal.
If the journal survives my demise I am captured for ever, lol.

This must be the photo that he took it from, notice he has the ring and the earrings just about right.

Saturday, 6 January 2018


Sometimes, when I haven't been doing much needlework I sort of lose my get up and go.
I question myself if what I am doing is worth bothering with.
And then I go on pinterest or see another blog with something beautiful that someone has made and I give myself a talking to.
I explain to myself that the real reason I do it is because I love to sew and it really doesn't matter if what I do appeals to others or not its good therapy in this messy world and gives me a sense of achievement, and then I get back on track.
Does this make any sense?
Anyway, here's the poppy picture ready to mount into the next page of my fabric journal.

I'm now mulling over the background for the page.  Several ideas have popped up but even I don't know yet what it will be.
Might be plain fabric but I might do a patchwork background like the wren.

I made the poppies with small pieces of organza and satin and fray checked them around the edges.
The cornflowers were my own concoction of stitches that I cut to make them fluffy, can't even remember how I made them now, lol

Finally, thankyou so much for all of the comments on the Wedding Anniversary, lets hope there will be another next January.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018


Fancy getting married on the 4th January but that's what we did.
We found a flat and rather than pay rent and not live in it we decided to move the wedding forward.
I was 18 and Tom was 24.
We met when I was 15 so if you do the maths, now in this day and age he would have been arrested, lol.
I was working in a china shop and he was an Electrician putting in the new wiring in the basement
I was sent down to wash some of the china and there he was in his boiler suit.
So we have actually been together for 57 years,  Phew, how did we manage that?

Three children and six Grandchildren later and we are still in love.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018


I made mashed potato for dinner this evening, it was lovely.
As we were sitting there after the meal, Tom started laughing and asked me what the time was.
On looking at my watch I was surprised to see a big blob of mash.

How on earth did that get there?
I must be such a sloppy cook, lol
This is quite genuine and a first.  I've had dinner down my front and on the floor but never on the wrist watch, lol

The hospital visit went well today and the consultant was lovely.
More scans and tests are to be had and although there is no cure we felt quite positive when we came out.

We're not going to let it get to us as none of us know when the end is and we shall make the most of and enjoy the future.
As you can see, he's in good spirits.
He says thankyou to you all for your kind thoughts.

Monday, 1 January 2018


Not a lot going on here at the moment, too cold and wet to do any walking and spending too much time in front of the tele.
 Cats don't like the wet weather, going to the back door, poking their noses out and coming straight back in, lol

What is the attraction of this bowl of fruit?
They've all had a sniff and are fascinated. 
The fruit must be sprayed with something smelly that our noses cannot detect.

Another cover up job by Princess.

Pretty in pink.  Mummy Polly lolloping on the fleece.

Princess has found a rare bit of sunshine, right where it hits the play gym.

Respiratory clinic tomorrow, lets hope there is something they can do to help with Tom's problem.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Happy Christmas.

Happy Christmas to all those who have visited my blog over the last year.

Thursday, 21 December 2017


Our Grandson is staying with us for a couple of weeks over Christmas.

His old bedroom is now a spare room holding among other things my stash of boxes of yarn.

The above is the picture he took whilst lounging on the bed, he then posted it on Instagram with the caption

' Nothing quite like coming home and your old bedrooms’ a sweatshopšŸ§£#anyoneneedascarf.'

He's right though, it does look a bit like a sweat shop, lol