Every day is a beautiful day if you walk on the sunny side of the street

Every day is a beautiful day if you walk on the sunny side of the street
Summer days will surely return.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Canal calling

In my romantic mind I think I could happily live on this boat. It is one of many we saw this Summer.

Having spent a week holidaying on a barge I know that it is hard work ~ locks, clearing debris from the engine parts etc.

But the ability to untie the ropes and quietly move on is very appealing.

I love canals and canal boats. I feel relaxed as I walk along listening to the gentle chug of a passing barge.

My family tree mentions several boatmen. As I walk our local canals I often think that I am drawn to the canals as it must be in my blood!


Saturday, 12 November 2016

A lovely start to the day.

This past 2 weeks I have slept such a lot. Whole days spent in bed as my sticky blood condition worsened and I had to do injections again. I felt a tad fed up at times.

So I think you will appreciate the thrill I felt this morning when I went into the spare bedroom to check on my amaryllis bulb which is finally growing. This year's bulb is a late developer.

Then, a cursory glance through the window......

.... a green woodpecker!!!!!
We get lots of the great spotted woodpeckers but this is the first time we've seen the green one at home. We watched for a good five minutes as it pecked at the grass - poor worms.

So a promising start ~ happy weekend!

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

You will not have my hate ~ Antoine Leiris

This powerful book challenged my thinking.
I am so glad I read it.
I wish it had never had to be written.

Slow, knit, slow.

Half term, indoors, chest infection; the knitted blanket grew a wee bit longer.


Saturday, 29 October 2016

A fancy card without a die cut machine

I think I'd like a die cut machine but I keep putting off buying one.
Here is the card I made for Daley and Zoe's wedding.

I cut the die cut work from a card I bought in the supermarket for £2 re-arranged it and added beads and hearts. I cross stitched the padded heart very slowly. Zoe is an expert cross stitcher ~ I am not!
I then added beads to that too.

The colours matched Zoe's bouquet and bridesmaid's colours.

I did a few minutes some days over a couple of weeks so I could make a neat job of it.

I now need to think of a card for Greg and Alex's wedding!


Friday, 28 October 2016

Steve showing off the socks Daley gave him.

Camera lens was dirty ~ hence the white spots !

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Playing with tape.

 When I had my own class I had a large stock of the cheaper washi type which the children used to stick their notes, letters and pictures to any available space!

They loved using it in their art work too.

I have quite a lot left so played with it myself!

I can quite see now why they liked it so much.