Monday, 20 November 2017

20/11/44

Happy Birthday to me.
Celebrated at the family's home, where Richard had made me a white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake... yummy.


Blowing out the candles.

Turkey & Tinsel

I am so far behind with my blog posts, but hey ho...
November 10th we went on a Turkey and Tinsel break to Weymouth with Daish Travel. They offered us a last minute 5 day break for £89 each, much too good to refuse.
The itinerary was Friday when you arrive is Christmas eve, the Saturday is Christmas day and the evening meal has all the Christmas trimmings including a visit from Father Christmas. The next day is Boxing Day and the final evening New Years Eve.
Remembrance Sunday was an extra treat as the hotel we stayed in was opposite the war memorial and all the dignitaries met in our hotel.. what a wonderful sight seeing young and old Army, Airforce and mainly Navy parading.

On route, well not actually but Chris was kind enough to drive 50 miles out of the route, for me to make a visit to the Temple, it is such a special place and the peace was just what I needed.

London Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Temple


Surely this cannot be our room... a 6ft bed and two single beds [one in the annex] !
Room to hold a party.

Saturday we visited a Christmas Fayre in Bournemouth


Loved this stall

An evening stroll along the coastal path. The Anzak memorial opposite our hotel

So moving with the hats.

Remembrance Service

Salvation Army band just outside our hotel

The younger generation remembering

Behind the crowds a canon was fired at 11am and the lifeboat and a tall ship sailed into view.

The proud Service men and women

A Salvation man played the last post

Back in the hotel after the service

We will remember

Monday was Sunny so we took a walk to look at the poppies

The tall ship was still in view


The American memorial


A chilly selfie at the end of a wonderful 5 days.

My first knitted shawl

Pattern by Justyna Lorkowska, free on Ravelry. Wool by King Cole, Zig Zag 4ply sock wool. Worked on a 4mm circular needle.

A friend had knitted this shawl a number of times and told me where to find the pattern, so I thought I would have a go..  My first time of using a circular needle.

Once I worked out where to put my hands it was easy and the pattern was also easy with good directions. I like it so much I may make another.

Pined out for blocking

ps, I now have started a blue one and bought more wool !

Friday, 3 November 2017

November IAM craft day

November IAM craft day was such fun, there seemed to be lots to laugh about and the day went far too quickly.
Show and tell was great...
Jenny had made another Linus quilt from fleece
A child is going to be so happy to get this snugly blanket.

Penny had completed another UFO, this time a Lego quilt for her grandson
Unfortunately he is now too old for it, so it will be saved for a Great grandchild!

Clare produced a very pretty cushion, we all like d the fancy stitching in gold

Star item... Clare had knitted a jumper with braces and bow tie on it

Maureen's bag with the hexagon frame was much admired

Shirley had yet another crochet blanket in the most beautiful colours

Ann had completed her white baby crochet shawl

Ann also had made a knitted cactus, much to our amusement

I had three Christmas scarves and a quilt completed [ quilt picture for another day]
Dorn was busy working on Santa groups and had quite a few completed by the end of the day.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

How often do I say....

How often do I say "where has the week gone" ?

I have been working on Christmas, and already have a lot of my presents and they are even wrapped and labelled !  I don't think I have ever been this organised.
Deciding on what to make for Christmas cards is always the harder than the actual making. Eventually I made a decision and now have about two dozen started, just need the final touches.
Most of the things I have been making and doing I do not want to put on the blog as someone might see them!

A friend joined me for a sewing day on Tuesday and it is amazing how much you can get done when you have no distractions.

Chris went for his annual check up yesterday and very pleased to say even after 12 years he is still Leukaemia free.

Between 6pm and 8pm I lit my pumpkin and had a constant stream of Trick or Treaters, I thought I was going to run out of treats. I love seeing the little children with their parents making an effort to do something together. One very small child asked where my dog was, when I replied we didn't have a dog, he kept asking 'why not' until his Mum dragged him away !

During the week I also found time to make myself a set of Santa's.
Like this photo

This photo looks like Chris's bronze Mountain Man is about to shoot them!
Maybe the one at the front is falling from a shot!

Friday, 27 October 2017

Enjoying the nice weather

Early this morning it was frosty and misty, but as Chris had an Hospital appointment we thought we would make the most of the day and head to the National Trust property at Stowe as soon as he was finished. What a treat the buggie that takes you down to the main area was driven my a friendly chap who took us right down to the lake. It is a long walk and too much for me. We walked around the lake and enjoyed the sights, while children were on a Pumpkin hunt.
Late summer sun shine

Statues appear from every vantage pooint

Autumn colours

The Temple of British Worthies designed by William Kent in 1734, this monument is an exedra [outdoor seat]

Alexander Pope, Thomas Gresham, Inigo Jones, John Milton, William Shakespeare, John Locke, Isaac Newton, Francis Bacon, King Alfred, Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth 1,
King William 111,Walter Raleigh, Frances Drake, John Hampden and John Barnard



A lake view


Love this view

Part of the pumpkin trail for the children.
A final hot chocolate in the cafe, we headed for home stopping at the Queen Eleanor Pub for lunch.
Days do not get much better than this.

A visit to my sister

My sister Debbie lives in the Cotswolds and we rarely get to see each other. The last day the girls were with us we took off early and the sun was shining, in fact it was so warm we hardly needed a coat! Debbie lives in the stable block of a large house and Eleanor enjoyed pressing a button to open the large gates so we could drive in to the grounds.
 Debbie's house backs onto a field where two rams were enjoying the sun.

They are very friendly and soon came over to eat the apples we had brought with us.


We enjoyed a lovely meal at the local pub


Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Half term with the granddaughters

I love when the girls come to stay, but they sure do wear me out!  We never seem to stop, even after a walk I was told not to sit in my chair as we HAD to play a game at the table... I would not want it any other way.
Monday I collected them and after settling in we drove to Costco at Milton Keynes as I need to replenish my freezer after the kitchen makeover.
Arriving
We like to get their early and have a cheap lunch, the four of us had jacket potatoes all with different fillings and a drink for under £9. Then armed with a large trolley set off to shop. The girls could not believe you could buy anything from a hottub to a pack of mince and everything in between.

All the Christmas stock was in and Abigail decided she would like twelve of these drummer men, well they only cost about £350 each!!  Eleanor spotted a star she thought would be good for her Christmas tree, it was about four feet high! 
Back home all the meat was vacuum packed ready for the freezer by me and the girls. This was followed by more game playing.

Tuesday was BBQ sauce and machine embroidery day.
2 jars of red jam, 2 bottles of tomato sauce, 2 bottles of Worcester sauce, 1 bottle of soy sauce, 1/2 bottle of lemon juice, 2 bottles of honey, with a large tablespoon of mustard and cornflour. It was Hubble Bubble toil and trouble in the new kitchen.

Someone on one of the internet groups I belong to had made scarves with fleece and machine embroidery, so we thought we would have a go. Eleanor wanted a unicorn and do you think I could find a pattern amongst the hundreds I have... no. A quick download from a machine embroidery site and she had the unicorn she wanted.. she made two one for herself and one for her friend. Abigail choose the dark blue fleece and ME an A on it, we also made one for my sister as we are going to visit her on Wednesday.

Machine embroidered scarves.

Working on the new me!

Over the past couple of weeks I have been working on losing weight [AGAIN!] and taking more walks. A couple of the walks were particularly nice..
After taking a car load to the charity shop we went on one of our favorite walks at this Country Park.

Love to see the hedges layered

The overcast day meant the water looked almost black

Wood carvings are everywhere

Love this owl


This pair of swans looked like they were trying to keep warm


A heron where it belongs [ in a park] not fishing in my pond at home!
A local walk often taken is along the old railway line, we usually park the car and go right but this day for a change we went left towards town. There is always something interesting to see and everyone you pass says hello.


A mile marker

Chris working out how far we are from Harlestone woods. A track leads across the fields but we didn't take it.

Well wrapped up for the cold wearing my new Panda hat.

20/11/44

Happy Birthday to me. Celebrated at the family's home, where Richard had made me a white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake... yummy. ...