Saturday 8 January 2022


Diana's funeral has now been arranged with Hollowells Funeral Directors.

If anyone on this blog is interested in attending please go to...

Funeral Announcements | Hollowell Family Funeral Service (

and search for Diana Helen Glasspool.

Also if there is anyone local who could help rehoming the 'stash' let me know.

Tuesday 28 December 2021

Diana Helen Glasspool, (nee Simons) 1944 - 2021

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my soulmate of over fifty years.

Diana passed away in the early hours of this morning, succumbing to her cancer.

We met on the island of Jersey when we were both on holiday, her with her mum and dad, me with my mate from work. She picked us up when we were hitch-hiking across the island and that was it! Met in the September, engaged in January, married in March.

Didn't quite get to the telegram from the queen, as it would have been 50 years in March 2022.

The last five months have been a whirlwind of hospital visits, every test and scan possible, and diagnosis of lung and brain cancer. She was never a smoker.

Her love of crafts, lacemaking, knitting, crochet, embroidery and quilting helped her make friends across the world.

She will be sadly missed by many people.

Sunday 26 December 2021

Christmas Day

The family arrived just before 11am and Richard had cooked the turkey and Gammon joint at home, before bringing it in a Hot Box here. The family had prepared all the veg.. so it was just a matter of sorting it all in my kitchen. They did a brilliant job and the meal was wonderful.

My phone camera somehow was stuck on video so the photos are not that good.
Richard, Eleanor and Jacq
Chris, Abigail and Christine [Jacqs sister]

After lunch we had lots of laughs and a fun raffle ticket game, that Chris had organised.

When i came downstairs about 8am this morning Chris was in full swing with the Lego kit my sister Debbie sent him

He still has a much larger Lego kit that the kids and I bought him, so should keep him happy for a while.

My Christmas presents mostly consist of pretty candles… we will need the fire brigade if we light them all!!

Happy Boxing Day.

Saturday 25 December 2021

Happy Christmas

I hope you all have the best day possible, even if it has to be a Zoom meeting because of all the Covid.
As a family we all took tests yesterday to make sure we could meet, and Richard and family are bringing the Christmas lunch here to cook as it is difficult for me to travel.

Chris brought me the traditional Christmas breakfast, pork pie, in bed this morning. It has been a tradition in my family to eat pork pie for breakfast since before I was born !!! Goodness knows why !It is nice to keep some of the old traditions alive.  I did however have a Persimmon for something sensible to eat.

It was delicious washed down with a Barley Cup.

Friday 24 December 2021

A really rough week followed by a sock finish

My Tagrisso pills were due to run out yesterday and i had a call booked after a lot of hassle to the hospital,but no one called. Even the District  nurse called ! Eventually i got through to someone and they asked me to rush in for a blood test , ECG and some other tests. After two days of being messed about i was in rather a state..  three hours later we left the hospital and was told we would get a call next day. We got the call and all my tests were ok and Chris could go back to the hospital to collect another 28 days of Tagrisso.

It has taken me a while to get over all the hassle but today I completed the last stitch in my knitted sock Mystery SAL with the Bakery Bears.,

The turquoise wool is Definitional Sock Yarn by Artesano colour 6705 Azure
The pink is Truly Hooked Hand Dyed Yarn colour Dusky Pink.

It was all based on a book by Laura Ingalls Wilder.. Little House in The Big Woods.

I have loved working on the sock but should have made it larger as my feet are so swollen. I think I will just keep it as a sampler.

We have just taken a covid test, as will the family before they visit tomorrow. Happy Christmas Ev

Monday 20 December 2021

Bakery Bears Mystery Sock

Yesterday was part 8 or 9 of the mystery sock along and i managed to get completely caught up.

This has been such an interesting project and i have learnt many new things.

The photo was taken next to my Native American Nativity that friend Jane from the USA made me years ago.

Dropping another .5 Steroid today for a week, hoping my feet stop swelling so much. Started at 16mg now down to 2.5mg.
Planning to work on my cross stitch today.

Sunday 19 December 2021

Busy week

This coming week leading to Christmas seems very busy.  I have a chiropodist coming to sort out my feet, the district nurse, a call to my surgeon. Tesco delivery and the car goes in for a service plus someone is coming to trim the hedge and a friend is visiting. My guess is this will all be added to. Life is never dull.

I have been reducing the steroids I take, started with 16mg and I’m down to 3mg, 1/2 a week reduction, but i am feeling better for it, however i am on lots of other pills, I rattle!

The Covid situation has meant different doctors and surgeons have changed from my visiting at the hospital to phone calls. I am trying to stay as safe as I can and pleased not to go out. 

Richard brought over a load of Christmas gifts and i can hardly get in my Happy Room now, it looks like Santa’s grotto. The family and Jacq’s sister, are coming here for Christmas Day and bringing all the food with them. They will all take the Covid test before they come.

I have been working on my Victorian Sampler and the mystery sock.

Pleased with the progress I have made. In fact I managed to get the w x z in pink sewn before I came to bed.

Loved Strictly  Come Dancing this year and so pleased Rose, who is deaf, won the glitter ball, she has done so much for the deaf community in taking part in the dancing.

Almost time for breakfast and today I think I’ll have porridge and a Persimmon [i love this fruit when it is in season].

  Diana's funeral has now been arranged with Hollowells Funeral Directors. If anyone on this blog is interested in attending please go t...