Thursday, 10 August 2017

The Kitchen Saga Day 35

35 days ago I ordered a new free standing cooker with induction hob, a cooker was delivered the next day, and I had purchased new saucepans, frying pans etc. and was keen to use it, only to find the guy had delivered a ceramic hob cooker not induction!!  No problem he would get it exchanged.

31 days later fed up with waiting I asked for my money back and he was full of apologies, came and took the machine away and refunded me my money plus £25 to buy us a meal out.

What have I been doing for the past month you may ask?
George Foreman grill, Crockpot, Combi Microwave and Steamer have all been put to good use, but I lacked a hot plate. Yesterday I managed to solve that problem with a single free standing induction hob for £29 from Ebay... I love it, plus it will come in really handy when I do get fixed up with a hob and oven if I need an extra hot plate.
The hole where a cooker should be!
New saucepans waiting patiently for a hob !
Steamer and Crockpot near at hand.

At last I have an induction hob, OK it's only a little single one, but I love it, so fast to heat up.

George is hiding in the cupboard waiting for the next steak!

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Thread painting Day

Four of us decided to have a get together, with three of us having a go at thread painting.
I had been on a course to learn the technique many many years ago, so we followed the instruction I had been given, while I tried to remember enough to show Penny and Christine what I had learnt.
Pauline was busy working on a pretty blue Christmas quilt.
So much "stuff" on the tables, there was no room for the sewing machines we needed after the painting was completed.
In case you were wondering we were not having a beauty session the hairdriers were for drying the paint!
It was a great fun day with hopefully some learning along the way. All three of us wanted to try our hand at improving our techniques.

This is my sample that we were working towards

I had completed the painting previously and worked on the machining.
Love the odd poppy here and there.

As the saying goes "Practice makes perfect" 

Samples worked on the course I took at Missenden XXX years ago.

The LDS Pageant and Blackpool

Friday we set off to meet friends Audrey and Colin at the Cherry Tree near Manchester en route to our hotel in Blackpool. The traffic was light and we arrived early so were forced to visit a lovely wool and fabric shop ten minutes away from the resturant.
Sneaking in a quick visit to the Black Sheep Shop.
Opps, there was so much chatting and eating going on I completely forgot to take a photo of our friends.

Across the road and tram line from our Shearings Hotel to the sea.
It was certainly bracing in the wind but the sun was hot.
We enjoyed a number of walks along the coast.
The reason for our trip to Blackpool was to attend the Latter Day Saints Pageant taking place at Preston Temple. Were we in for a treat. Before the show there were demonstrations of quilting, tatting, wood turning, games, dancing, music etc etc.. everyone taking part was dressed in wonderful costumes, even the little children.
A few of the demonstrations taking place before the Pageant started.
When I asked if I could take her photo this quilter quickly removed her glasses as they were not of the period!
However she said she could not quilt without them.

Another quilter working on a very old Singer sewing machine and by hand
Costume dancers were asking those watching to take part in tradition dances of the 1830's
Mother and daughter working at the loom
As the time for the pageant arrived we all made our way down to the temporary staging area. The place was packed, not a seat to spare, I was glad I had acquired tickets well in advance.
The pageant depicted the story of the first members of the church arriving in England
 and spreading the word of the restored gospel.
Six hundred members of the church took part in the show  all dressed in costumes from the 1830's.
Complete families took part, including babes in arms through all the ages of children to adults.
The singing was so good at first I thought it was recorded but then saw high on a mezzanine level the choir.
Stage production and dancing were faultless.
I am proud to be a member of this church.

 All the performers, choir and back stage people were volunteers, in fact everything was free, the seats and even the programmes. If there is ever another Pageant [ it was on for two weeks] try and get to see it,you will not be disappointed.

August IAM

Seven of us managed to keep the August IAM day free, holidays and grandchildren seem to be taking over the school holiday months! Not that I'm complaining I love having the granddaughters to stay and of course love holidays. The IAM day was such fun and there was much laughter.
We all loved Penny's cushion

A UFO Penny completed after ** years!

Shirley had been keeping her crochet hook busy

Pauline was busy working on a quilt

Another quilt finish by Pauline

The Hamtune star quilt also by Pauline

Love these baby cuddles by Ann

Fleece baby quilt by Ann

Cupcake fleece by Ann

Button card also made by Ann

What are these two doing?
Did you guess? They are filling socks for Splat the Rat!!

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The Girls come to stay

Monday the girls came to stay for three days, and although I am still recovering from all my bumps and bruises we have managed to have fun.
There has been lots of game playing, raspberry picking and movie nights.
We ventured out on Tuesday to Wistow Maze, not really knowing what to expect. We were told it was the best crop they had had for some years and the maize was over seven feet tall. The plan of the maze is Sherlock Holmes and the clues found on the way lead to 'who dun it'. I joined the girls and Chris for a little while but my badly bruised knee meant I could not walk far, as we had two maps I took one to return to the "get out of jail free" while the others raced ahead finding clues.
Needless to say I struggled to find my way out and a family took pity on me and navigated me to the start and out!  90 minutes later Chris and the girls found their way out!! They had all the clues and entered the competition of 'who dun it'.
It was great fun and we were all glad we had prepared dinner before we left, so it was quick to have food on the table when we arrived home.
Highly recommend this for a great day out.
Three monkeys on the way in!

Maize as high as an elephants hide

The first clue they found

Sherlock Holmes the theme for this year.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

The Fall

Crash Bang Wallop, that was me on Monday... just went to feed the fish in the garden and the next thing I knew I had tripped and crashed into the paving stones. Chris came to my rescue as the pain was unbearable and I could not get up. Eventually he managed to get me up into a seat and back into the house, called for an ambulance.
The ambulance service were really good and dressed my wound and gave me a thorough going over.

The list of injuries include, bump above eye, turning black & blue,bruised shoulder, bad wound to arm, black & blue little finger, badly bruised knee [ just hope it has not damaged my new knee] etc etc.. actually everything on my left side hurts. Luckily no broken bones, funny how we always say "luckily" when I felt anything but lucky.

Bandage courtesy of the Ambulance Service

Chris has been entertaining me by putting together six DVD shelving units from Ikea.
I didn't even comment that he's doing it on the new carpet.

Monday, 24 July 2017

The house gets a Spring clean and the chairs new covers

It has been some time, probably years! since our gutters and fascias where cleaned, so I asked the window cleaner for a quote and two men came and cleaned out the gutters, washed all the front boards and fascias. Wow what a difference to the house it all looks sparkly clean now on the outside.
They worked hard for 2 1/2 hours.
Even the Velux windows on my Happy Room are clean.
While this was going on, I had a sudden urge to recover my dining room chairs. The label on the base says they were made in February 1996. I remember they were not very expensive and have been re-covered a number of times. So for their 21st birthday they have had new covers again.
Six chairs have had a makeover

Close up of the fabric.

Friday, 21 July 2017

The days fly by

Monday we arranged our Power of Attorney. So the day just cost us money! Plus we emptied the lounge/diner into my workroom in preparation for the new carpet
Once the room was tidy

Will it ever be tidy again?

Tuesday  I had my nails done and we visited friends Dorn and Bill for dinner and a game of Rummy 10, so a most enjoyable day and evening.

Wednesday we researched kitchens, there is so much choice it is hard to know where to go and who to choose. However friends Ann and Peter recently had a new kitchen and we spent a nice morning delving in her cupboards and behind panels.

Thursday was BSK at Bedford and I spent an enjoyable day making six little bags on the embroidery machine. While I was away the carpet fitters came and it was lovely to walk in to new carpet everywhere, the fact I cannot open my airing cupboard doors is a miner hitch!

5 small and 1 large bag all made in the hoop

Monday, 17 July 2017

Let it Shine

Saturday we attended  the Lighthouse Theatre to see Abigail and Eleanor performing.
It was a wonderful show with 34 different ballet, tap and dance acts. Both girls appeared in three or four acts each. Eleanor managed to perform with her arm in a bright pink cast, having had her full arm cast removed a couple of days previous. In one act her dress matched the pink cast.
Abigail came on stage dressed as an old woman carrying her Great Grandad's walking stick, it was a funny tap routine well executed.  They both did very well.
Richard also received a credit in the programme for his stage crew work and prop building, while Jacqueline acted as a back stage chaperon. I am very proud of my little family.
Eleanor on the left

Abigail 6th from the left

Some of the acts, with children from 2 year to adults.
A wonderful varied programme.

So much happening

During the few days I have not had time to blog, so much has happened.

A workshop with Penny, Judith and Clare to make a seven compartment basket. The instructions were complicated and making the basket is even more complicated. We managed to get most of the fabric cut out and using Bosal foam started the machining, a whole day was spent and only one of the compartments was partially sewn together.  This is going to be a long project, but I am determined not to add it to my UFO list.
Starting the basket, SO many pieces!
This is Wimbledon fortnight and I love watching the men's singles, so a knitting project was just the ticket. I worked on my Leicester City socks and managed to complete one and start its pair.

One sock down one to go
My one red water lily came into flower, I just love the fact it closes at night and opens as soon as the sun comes out.

Such a pretty colour
I managed to get some of the machining done on my 7 compartment basket, which then needed a lot of hand sewing... perfect job while watching the Tour de France.

Such a complicated way of making a basket.
I still have no replacement cooker, but improvements to the home are still in the pipe line.

The Kitchen Saga Day 35

35 days ago I ordered a new free standing cooker with induction hob, a cooker was delivered the next day, and I had purchased new saucepans,...