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.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Remembering Sheila........

For many years, except last year for some reason, I bought an amaryllis kit as part of my mother in law's birthday gift in November. I usually bought myself one too and we would have a kind of "amaryllis race" reporting growth progress when we chatted. Whose would be the first to flower? Who would have the most flowers? And in recent years would the flower colour show any resemblance to the one on the box? Lol.

I bought a kit this weekend. It is at the brown dead looking stage. Funny how I always think I've bought a dud and it will do nothing!

It should be in flower just after Christmas hence why I chose white ~ much more Spring like than Christmas red!!

Am tempted to buy more for myself. Am tempted to start some off for my daughter in law and my soon to be daughter in law ~ I could give them as Christmas presents when they will be in bud.


PS I seem to recall I was working so hard at school that I felt too stressed to grow an amaryllis last year ~ salutory note to self ~ never get that busy/work stressed again. Life is too short.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Momentous, marvellous Monday.

As I write this the clock says 10:30am and this is already proving to be a momentous, marvellous Monday ~ well for me anyway. Today, dear friends, I have managed to download photos from my new camera to my tablet ALL BY MYSELF!!!!!! This is a first and naturally I am thrilled so those of you shrugging and losing interest at the back, think on and humour me!!!!

As you know this is proving to be a difficult year so looking through the camera downloads I found some cheering moments ~ walks, gardening, cooking, crafts and happiest of all ~ the wedding.

Left to right Son Alex best man, Son Daley groom,  Son Greg best man, the boys' friend whom we call an "honorary family member"!! Scott the Usher.This was an official "waiting for the bride" picture taken much better by the official wedding photographer but I kinda like my version.


I really like the relaxed " and breathe" leaving the pose type photo I took.......

Such a lovely day. I shall post more on this. I need to record it all. Hughes Syndrome has scuppered my memory and I need to write it all down.

In other news, today I am tucked up in my bed, sweating cobs. I am now Snow White's 8th dwarf "Snotty Coughin' " a double - barrelled name as I intend to be the posh dwarf of the bunch☺

So a quiet day for me. I shall get up later and potter a while, thinking about the wedding which was a sunny break in a stormy year.

"It takes but one positive thought, when given a chance to survive, to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts." Robert H Schuller.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Funny conversation

On Monday I stayed in all afternoon for an engineer who finally turned up at a quarter to six.

He quickly mended the cooker but moaned as he started on the washer dryer. " I never understand why people have washer dryers, they're never as good as a separate washing machine and separate tumble dryer."

"They save space," I said waving my arms round my teeny tiny kitchen.

'Well they're not as good," he continued now well into his thread.

He leant against said machine, "I mean it's like shampoo and conditioner ~ great separate but really bad when they're "all in one" ~ can't do the two jobs, just like this machine."  He turned back to the machine and got on with job leaving me pondering on shampoos and conditioners and his very bald head.

Thursday, 13 October 2016


One of the schools where I do supply teaching uses TBQ (the big question) instead of Learning Intention at the top of the page in each child's book.

I realised yesterday that I have my own big question at the moment......

Is it wrong to start knitting a blanket for charity, like it a lot and think about keeping it?

The colours remind me of the colours on a recent walk when we had breakfast by the water.

It's rare for me to do any knitting for myself ~ it is several  years since I last knitted for me. I have made some "me" knits in the meantime but gave them away but now I am sorely tempted. 

"Colours are the smiles of nature" Leigh Hunt.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Knitting therapy

My days seem sad and slow right now.
My father in law is currently receiving respite care in a nearby hospice.
We sit and watch and wait. He chats and naps. Time is held in  calm suspension.
Outside the sun shines, the birds sing, seemingly oblivious of our inward commotion.
On Saturday evening Steve and I went to watch football on tv with his Dad. We all enjoyed it.
Whenever there is stress in my life I return to the comfort of knitting.

Easy, no need to think, garter stitch~ using up my yarn leftovers to make a charity blanket.
I have let my supply agencies know that I am unavailable for work this week.
It is time to slacken the pace and support family.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Blankets r us

I have done a little sewing in of ends and then taken these blankets into the knit and natter group.

They will be sent off to different charities.

I have three more that need finishing and sending off.
Then I have plans for a very easy knitted blanket to try.

I think my crafting mojo is returning. Over the past few months I felt too exhausted to bother. Now my life seems to have some free moments to have some me time.


Friday, 30 September 2016

30th September ....

                         .... and this isn't the first fire.

And there are many more to come.