Tuesday, 20 September 2022

A Finish and a Start

 I thought that it was about time I gave this lovely blanket it's time on the stage.  I finished it a few weeks ago but have not had time to show you until now.  I am talking about Flora's Fauna Blanket of course and here is the lead up..

Week One  - The Ladybirds

Week Two - Snails and Hedgehogs

Week Three - Acorns

Week Four. - Squirrels

Week Five - Leaves

Week Six - The Owls 

Week Seven - The Butterflies

Week Eight - The Border

and here it is in it's full glory ta daaa.....

I embroidered this little message on the back. not the neatest of stitches but readable almost..

I have yet to gift it to Mikey, I'll wait until the weather gets a little cooler, I'm thinking it will be a lovely little throw for him to snuggle under in the evenings while he watches TV.


It's Flora's Fauna Mosaic Crochet Blanket which was a CAL run by Rosina Plane.  You can find the pattern here.

I loved making this and I can't wait to get started on the next, the HoHoHo blanket I showed you in my last post is going to have to wait because I have set myself a huge challenge I would like to make a blanket/throw for a lovely lady called Jennie, she's in my u3a and suffered a stroke late last year.  The progress she has made is amazing, it has affected her mobility but she is driving again and does try to attend as many u3a events that she can.

I'm hoping that I can complete this in time for her birthday mid October, if I can't I will gift it to her for Christmas, my progress so far..

Still a long way to go.

Why aren't there more hours in the day because I have found something else that I would love to do and it's The Festive Forrest Stitch A Long it starts tomorrow! and it's hosted by Stitchdoodles, I have bought the pre printed fabric and have all my threads at the ready, I have no idea where I will find the time as work on my bathroom starts next week can you imagine the disruption! 

You can find information about the SAL here

Friday, 2 September 2022

A Quick Hello and a CAL

 Hello all you lovely people, I'm just dropping by to say hello and to let you know that I'm fine and still around and to tell you about a new CAL that is coming soon.

 I have lots of issues that I'm trying to deal with at the moment and they are eating up my time.  Some are health related and others are home improvements.

 I am hoping to replace my bathroom and kitchen but it's proving to be more stressful than I ever thought possible. I could write a book about the ups and downs and they haven't even started the work yet, my builder keeps moving the date back so I organise everything for that date then it's pushed back again, now the date is set for around the last week of September.

I'm looking for kitchen reviews, so far I have had a quote from Wren and Howdens so if any of you have had any dealings with them I would like to know or perhaps you could recommend another company, I'm looking for budget range I can't afford high end although it would be lovely if I could.


It's another one from Rosina Plane the same designer who ran the Flora's Fauna CAL which I took part in and I did finish the blanket which I will show you once I have some decent photos.  

The HoHoHo CAL is starting on the 16th September and runs for 6 weeks.and the price of the pattern is discounted until the end of the CAL with a further reduction from Rosina's Facebook page, you can read all about it here

Wouldn't that make a lovely Christmas gift and if you follow the CAL it will be ready in plenty of time for Christmas. 

In case you are wondering yes I have purchased the pattern you know me I can never resist haha, if you haven't tried Mosaic crochet yet I urge you to give it a go it's so much easier than it looks.

Right I'm off to wash the car, it hasn't been washed for months and it's white so I'm sure that you can imagine the state it's in.

Have a great weekend and I will try to get round to say hi to you all and post more regularly! 😘😘

Sunday, 24 July 2022

A Bit Of Garden Chat

 You just can't beat salad picked fresh from your own garden, I don't do it on a grand scale but what I've planted this year is keeping me going nicely. My favourite salad leaf is rocket but it seems to bolt very quickly, spinach is another all year round favourite. I am growing baby beets and have picked one today for the first time, still too small really but I just couldn't resist.

My parsley is finished but I have more to plant out, it has been growing for over a year so I can't complain and I love lots of different types of mints just a couple of leaves makes all the difference to a salad along with a sprinkle of fresh chives.

I'm really happy with my little raised bed that I erected earlier in the year and I'm already planning what I can overwinter in it, Spring cabbage springs to mind along with some broccoli perhaps and I have leeks growing away nicely, it's amazing how much you can pack into such a small space.

I have also planted cosmos in my raised bed, I was hoping I could use these as cut flowers but the stems are very short so I am just putting a few into a rose vase. 

I had the same idea for the dahlia's they are just coming into flower now but the earwigs are loving them! I have started using upturned plant pots filled with straw and they work, I always find a few earwigs sleeping in the top.

I am a massive fan of Hydrangeas but have never had much luck with them until this year! At least some of them, one of my plants hasn't flowered at all and theres no sign of the tiniest bud, I may have been overly generous with the fertilizer and fed the leaves to the detriment of the flowers but just look at these....

I'm awe struck I can't believe that I have actually grown such beautiful plants after all these years the pink one is from a cutting which I took three years ago from my sons garden, his plant is blue, mine is pink obviously my soil is more alkaline. I can't tell you how much pleasure it gives me to gaze upon these beauties.  

The roses are gathering their strength for their next flush of flowers after giving me these lovely displays

The garden is giving me so much pleasure now as one perennial fades and goes to sleep for another year another wakes up and takes its place or I slot in a little pot of bedding plants to fill the gap, I do wish Summer would last just a bit longer but I know it's days are numbered a few more short weeks and it will all be over but no more sad thoughts, here is something that put a huge smile on my face the other day in fact I had to do a double take I wasn't quite sure if I was seeing things....

I have never seen the like in my little town before haha

Along with the garden I am enjoying the Flora's Fauna Cal so much, I am behind but that doesn't matter in the least, the hedgehogs are done as are the acorns ....

 Squirrels are almost done so it's moving along nicely 😊

I must dash as I have a bus to catch to Newcastle I'm going to see my little grandson Mikey he hasn't been well so I haven't see him for a while, he graduated from Nursery last week bless him so it will be big school for him in September.

Have a great Sunday 😘😘

Sunday, 17 July 2022

A Visit To RHS Harlow Carr

 Our u3a Garden Group have visited three different venues so far this year and each have been lovely, the weather could have been better but although we had intermittent showers it didn't spoil our enjoyment.

We visited RHS Harlow Carr earlier month I hope that you enjoy the photos, it is well worth a visit if you are able to go. 😊 

Looking around the gardens is tiring work so it's an added bonus that there happens to be a Betty's tea rooms on the site. 

Have a great Sunday and stay cool in this heat. 😘😘