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.


Friday, 8 November 2019

Dungarees and top

The knitting bug is still with me and I have completed a pair of dungarees and a top for the fox.
Went mad and ordered enough yarn to make a duck and mouse with a few more clothes.
I’m finding the knitting a great way to stop eating in the evenings when I am so tempted to nibble, 
plus the small items are great to take away on holiday.

Talking of eating, I have now lost 19 lbs and would just like a couple more before Christmas.




November IAM

Seven of us enjoyed a lovely day, crafting and putting the World to rights.

As Maureen and Shirley had just celebrated 80th birthdays, they bought a cake for us all to enjoy.

Dorn had made a replacement needle case for the one that went missing, she had also completed a couple of pretty bags.



Penny showed us her lovely Star block of the month quilt, although the photo looks like the background is black
 it was actually dark blue and really set the stars off well.

Shirley had been busy hooking a shawl, lap cover and started a BOM crochet project. 



I think she has more hours in her day than the rest of us!

Lots of birthdays in the group, Maureen, Shirley, Pauline, Ann and me.

I completed the bindings on eight Christmas place mats, one more needs a few more stitches and that is one job finished.



Tuesday, 5 November 2019

The coat

At last the coat for Mrs Fox is completed, what a struggle it has been. I can honestly say I have hated every minute of knitting it, and almost gave up a hundred times. Stubborn determination keep me going to the last stitch.
I found the Linen stitch very hard to keep in order and clenched my fingers so hard around the right hand knitting needle I had to wear a plaster in the middle of my hand to stop the pain.




The coat of much pain!

Now to move onto making her a pair of dungarees, which I’m finding a pleasure to knit.


Saturday, 2 November 2019

Games Cafe

The girls are on half term and had been busy all week, but were free on Friday so we picked them up and made a visit to the Games Cafe at Sharnbrook. It was our first visit and before we had hardly sat down we were given a simple game to play. We progresses from there to more complicated games, one of our favourites being Splendour, we also played Battle Sheep and a couple of others.
The cafe sells home made cakes, we all had a slice which was delicious, and the afternoon was a huge success.
Abigail seems to be amazed at the scoring!  Notice the walls lined with games to play.

Eleanor won this game of Quirkle.

5 drinks, 4 pieces of cake, 2 packets of crisps and the games table booking all for just over £30, brilliant value.




Biopsy, bruises and a block finish

Thursday I went into hospital at 10.30 for my lung biopsy, the staff could not have been nicer and put me at ease. The procedure meant lying...