Sunday, 8 December 2019

A Sunday morning beach walk

The sun was calling us to go out for a walk, so wrapped up warm against the very cold wind, we wandered along the beach into Lowestoft.
Pebble Cottage ‘home’ is just beyond the Church in the distance.

The Lifeboat suddenly zoomed past.

Dog prints in the sand

Bright and Breezy

Hope all this sea air cures my chesty cough!


Christmas Tree Festival

Saturday we visited the Christmas Tree festival at Carlton Colville.


Loved these painted clay Christmas tree baubles. Must try this when i get home.

For such a small church it had a wonderful display of trees.

Everyone from children to Mothers Union had a tree displayed.

A Christmas Tree made of boxes to be sent to Children who have nothing, such a great way of displaying them.

Love love love this patchwork in front of the Altar.
I have the pattern at home, must dig it out and make it for next Christmas. I think I have been saying that for years!


Saturday, 7 December 2019

Pebble Cottage Pakefield

Yesterday we returned for a second visit to Pebble Cottage in Pakefield Suffolk. We loved our visit here a couple of months ago and the owners luckily had a vacancy. No detail is left to chance, with roses on the table, wine and beer for Chris,  Chocolates for me, it is such a cosy place.
We settled in after a lunch and shop at Morrison’s enroute. The sun briefly came out so we walked up the garden to the beach hut, which has a heater and will be a nice place to go and relax in, overlooking the sea.


The view from the beach hut. I could look at this all day.

In the evening we lit the log fire and enjoyed the peace and quiet.
I’m not sure six days here will be long enough.




DAS air drying clay

Earlier this week I read somewhere about Air drying clay and thought I would like to have a play with it.
A Kilo bag from Hobby Craft cost £4. I rolled out a quarter of the bag to the thickness of a biscuit, and using the only cutter I could find cut out a number of shapes. Using a set of Alphabet stamps I printed the names of the IAM group and the family, making sure to make a hole for the eventual ribbon to hang 







Left for two days on a cake rack they dried out and I added a coloured ribbon through the holes so they could be hung on a Christmas Tree.

I was really pleased with the result, and when I gave them to the IAM group they requested one every year! I still have three quarters of a bag of the clay so will have another play day, must try and find my other cake cutters!

Christmas IAM

Thursday we celebrated Christmas IAM, only Pauline was missing [she was on a cruise]. 
In a moment of madness I offered to show how to make a penguin from a couple of socks. I had been shown how to do this myself only a short while ago by Mavis a member of another group I belong to.
Suffering the third week of a wretched cold/cough we started the get together with glue guns raised, laughing about a health and safety warning. I must add all seven of us do a lot of craft work so i did not foresee any problems, plus all seven of us own a glue gun.
Three burns and a blister later !!!

Cutting a black sock in half we put a small amount of rice in the toe end and then filling with stuffing tied the top securely. Cut out the ‘bib’ front, feet and wings glued them on to the black stuffed sock. I found a large selection of eyes in my cupboards [why did I have SO many!] these were also glued on. Finally a hat and scarf was cut from the top of another sock and the penguins were ready to line up.

At this point everyone wanted to make another, so twins and siblings were made, each having its own personality.







Don’t they look great.  
Please note instead of using Christmas cloth table covers I choose a roll of Christmas wrapping paper as I foresaw the mess that might occur.

After lunch we had show and tell. I gave everyone the decorations I had made [see another post] and showed the glass fused decorations I had also made.

Clare had made a wonderful Christmas Tree garland

Shirley had produced a pretty crochet blanket.

Next in our day was the gift giving. It is always so exciting to receive 7 gifts [we have a £2 limit] and like children we ooh and aah over every present.


The fun continues with a couple of party games. The Left Right game is played with small stationery items, I ‘won’ a very nice note pad.
Finally we played a ‘swap game’ I seem to forgotten to take any more photos, we were having so much fun and laughter.
Happy Christmas to the IAMers including Jenny who left us this year to move ‘down south’.




Sunday, 1 December 2019

Fleece

A few days ago I helped Lynn from church cut 30+ metres of fleece fabric into blanket size pieces for a service project. The finished blankets will be given to a Women’s hostel for family’s fleeing abusive situations. The women and children often leave with absolutely nothing so the blankets will be given to the children.
It was a back breaking job, the fleece was 1.5 metres wide, but went fairly quickly.
As anyone who quilts knows fleece makes such a mess of your cutting board. 





I googled a cure and most said to use a rubber, so I tried it and Bingo it worked, my board is back to ‘normal’.


The section on the right has been ‘rubbed’.

Advent

Happy Advent everyone.
I received two Advent Calenders for my birthday, so today I got to open window one.



The Candle Calender has a scented candle I will light tonight



 and the Scheepjes Calender a 10gram ball of Stone Washed Turquoise yarn, and ideal size for the animal clothes I am knitting.




Tuesday, 26 November 2019

It’s beginning to look like a zoo

It’s beginning to look like a zoo in my Happy Room. 
Miss Mouse has joined the family... haven’t decided what to call her yet, but she is looking cute in her dungarees and knitted top.





Fusing glass with Vanessa

Monday and a group of friends from the Bedford Sewing group I belong to came to fuse glass in my Happy Room with Vanessa teaching us.




Most chose to make coasters but Sue and I decided to make Christmas decorations that have now gone off for firing at 800 degrees.



It was a fun day, special thanks to Gill for bringing the cakes, and of course Vanessa for teaching us.

Chance 2 Dance

Sunday saw us up early to travel to Stanmore Tube Station where we left the car and boarded the Jubilee Line Underground train to the 02 Arena.
Neither of us had been to the amazing structure called the 02 in London.





We were here for a special event, our granddaughters were performing with their dance group in a competition called Chance to Dance.
We wandered around the many shops and stopped for lunch at the Harvester Resturant before meeting the girls as they arrived from their coach.
The place was swarming with dance and gym groups from around the Country, some taking a few last minutes to practice their routines.




It was a wonderful evening and of course Abigail and Eleanor were the best [ I expect every parent and grandparent says that!]
The finale with 3 from each group receiving their prizes.


Saturday, 23 November 2019

Three Quarters of a Century

What a week, I celebrated my 75th birthday on Wednesday by getting a terrible cold! We did manage to go out for a quick bite to eat, but then it was wrapped up in a blanket watching a Christmas movie!
So many cards and gifts, thank you to everyone, I so appreciate them.
The birthday cake tins were washed and used to make myself a birthday cake... diet tomorrow!




Thursday I dosed myself up and went to Stanwick Lakes for a needle felting workshop and came home with a penguin to join my merry crowd.
Mr Penguin joins my other needle felted trio. In case your wondering they are not to size!!

My penguin is third from the right, but don’t they look lovely in a group.


Friday friends Ann and Peter joined us for an afternoon at the Games Cafe, both Ann and Peter celebrated birthdays within a few days of mine. Arriving at 2pm we had a wonderful afternoon, leaving after 5pm! The cake was great and the games terrific, we all especially liked the game Colour Brain, must get one ordered for Christmas.
No photos just too busy enjoying ourselves.

Monday, 18 November 2019

Sunday party time

On the way to my cousin’s granddaughters Christening we stopped for lunch at a Toby Inn.
The carvery was delicious and as I had a birthday £10 off voucher we decided to go ‘the whole hog’ and have dessert.

Hope there are no calories in this!

The Christening of Emilia was a joyous occasion followed by a party to celebrate her 1st birthday and her fathers 40th.
Emilia wearing her Grandmother’s Christening dress.
Emilia’s joint Christening, 1st birthday cake

Chris’s 40th cake, with his wish for a Man Shed 

Helen, my cousin had made a cheese ‘cake’






Sunday, 17 November 2019

Thursford Spectacular

Time to celebrate a special birthday, 75 this week! We treated the family to the Thursford Christmas Spectacular.


This is our third year of visiting the wonderful show, and the dancers, singers and special acts were a real treat, plus it was so nice to share it with the family.



At the end of the show the lights were amazing and there was a lot of  ah-ing.



Chris had made an effort to wear his Christmas jumper! While Eleanor and Abigail admired the lights.

I love this red tree, such a magical sight

A great way to start my birthday week.


A Sunday morning beach walk

The sun was calling us to go out for a walk, so wrapped up warm against the very cold wind, we wandered along the beach into Lowestoft. Pebb...