Saturday, 17 March 2018

Keeping warm

Hello. I was out delivering Parish Council newsletters this morning, oh boy was it cold. The snow was swirling all around, I was battling against the wind, my fingers were numb with cold, and I was flippin freezing. I stuck it for as long as I could, then gave up and came home. I'll go back and finish it tomorrow, or the day after if the weather is no better. 
I've got the heating on, the cats are snuggled up to the radiators, and I was still a bit cold even with a six sizes too big fleecy dressing gown on over my clothes. I needed something to cover up my head and neck, I know, I have a very large headscarf in the wardrobe. 
If a headscarf is good enough for the Queen, it's good enough for me. 

What do you think, stylish eh!. I may even be brave enough to wear the scarf when I go out tomorrow. I don't think it matters what you look like as long as you keep warm. I think these girls who wear skimpy dresses and go out in the cold should at least wear a head scarf. They must be barmy tottering around on six inch heels, with chesticles over flowing and their arse hanging out. Get covered up girls, get yourself a granny scarf. 
Thanks for popping in, keep warm, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

Friday, 16 March 2018

A pot of flowers. Latest art project

Hello. At last, it is finished. The Dorset Buttons-curtain rings wrapped in wool-pot of flowers thingy. I'm very pleased with it. The size is 22 inches by 18 inches. Same dark blue fabric on the back as the front, added after it was all finished on the front. In the middle is a piece of thick wool type fabric to give stability to the rings and hold the weight without sagging. 
Two shades of green felt for the stalks and leaves, the darker one is a bit I had left from the snooker table which was recovered at the club.

The rings are stitched on with matching cotton The larger ones are stitched close to the centre, and also around the inside of the circle close to the ring.

One row of running stitch in a lighter shade of blue around the edge. I was going to do three rows, but it is not needed. Orange felt for the pot.

The light today is not good for photographs. As daft as it sounds, the best place is on the kitchen floor with light coming in from two sides. I took some with the old Fujifilm camera, and the new Canon, the Canon is better. Thank goodness that is finished, it's taken a while, now I can move on to other things.

Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
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Thursday, 15 March 2018

Goodbye my little friend.

Hello. I was invited to go and see Garcia yesterday, as his owner J, thought he wouldn't be here much longer. When she came home from work I went straight round to the house and found her on the phone to the vet. It was obvious that he had to go straight away. I offered to go with her because there were no other family members around, and she was understandably upset. I couldn't let her go on her own. We were there in ten minutes, and Garcia went off to pussycat heaven. 
This is how I will remember him, lying in the sunshine, sleeping peacefully on my window sill. Almost every morning he would be waiting for me to open the back door, and would stroll in, and help himself to whatever food he could find. He sometimes stayed a while, and sometimes went for a wander, but would come back later looking for more food. He didn't have a cat flap at his house, but he knew he could get in here. 
He was wary of Rocky and warned him off a few times with a hiss if he got too close, even though Rocky liked cats. Garcia would sleep anywhere in the sunshine, in my garden, in next doors hedge bottom, even on the tarmac pavement somewhere between his house and my house. He was always at his own front door waiting to be let in when they came home from work. He will be buried today in his own garden. Rest in peace my little friend.

I've just found a little video of three cats mooching around the garden. Bugsy, Lily, and Garcia. Had forgot about it, can't remember doing it. I can't find it on yoootooob, and there are no links to embed  it here. If you click on this link it will take you to the page 3rd April 2011, scroll down to the bottom. All the cats are gone now, but this is a lovely way to remember them, in the sunshine, in the garden. 

Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Looking forward to a new adventure.

Plans are afoot for another walk. After much consideration......... I thought about going to Norwich on the train and walking back towards home and possibly finishing at Lincoln where I can get a bus home. But, it would mean buying more maps, and carrying them with me, too bulky and heavy. So, I am going back to the beginning, the first walk I did was from Blackpool to the Humber Bridge, 137 miles in seven days. I already have some of the maps.

I will choose a different route, coming across the country a bit lower down, Preston, Blackburn, Bingley, Leeds, Selby, Howden. I will start at Cleveleys at my friends house, so a bit further north than Blackpool. Should be a similar distance and time as the previous one.

So, planning to do, what to take with me, travel light with the bare essentials, scale everything down to fit in a backpack, and buy a train ticket. The weather here is good, I am hoping for a rain free week.

Other news, the new wall hanging is progressing nicely, not far off finishing, it's looking good. The room looks a lot more tidy now the cross trainer has gone and I have more room to spread out with the arts and crafts.

Sadly, it's looking like the demise of Garcia is looming. I have been invited to see him later today. One last chance to say goodbye.

Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon. I'm leaving the comments settings as they are at the moment, because it's bliss not getting any junk coming through.
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Sunday, 11 March 2018

A stomping good party

Hello. I had a lovely time at the party yesterday. The house was full to bursting with friends and family, the very posh shed in the garden was also open for people to sit and chat. It was an open house so people came and went to suit themselves. I met new people, which was very nice. 
The buffet tables were laden with all kinds of scrummy food, something for everyone. Hot food was brought out later. The home made cakes and fresh fruit kebabs looked very colourful.
All under cover waiting for the hungry guests to help themselves. Apologies for the poor quality of the photo, due to the light from the window.

Two birthday cakes, lucky Kerry.

After the speeches, they were cut, and demolished. Not much left Kerry.

It's Sunday, and dry outside. I have to get my house ship shape, I think I have a visitor coming tomorrow for a few days. Still got one toilet seat to fit, got to find some screws of the right size. You would think they could include screws in the fixing kit. The place looks a tip, spare room a dumping ground, need to get it sorted.

Thanks for popping in, enjoy your Sunday, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip.

PS. I'm going to have to put restrictions on the comments box again. Spam and all kinds of crap are coming in by the bucket load, and they are not being filtered by Blogger. It means I have to be very vigilant and carefully check every one, a hassle I can do without. So, sorry, no anonymous for the next few days. I will review it later.