Thursday, 20 December 2012

And the rain came down

I haven't stepped outside the door today, it's been non stop rain the whole time. There are more terrible floods in other parts of the country, here is not too bad, the water seems to be draining away down into the river below. I was listening to the traffic reports on the radio this afternoon, there was a lot more reports than normal, due to all the road closures because of the floods. I'm glad I don't have to go anywhere, home is the best place to be at the moment. I would like to go a walk though, as soon as it stops raining.
Today I've been pottering. I have a big bag of apples given to me, so I stewed several in a pan. This will do for putting on porridge, or bran flakes, and for puddings with some yogurt on top.
I remembered that I read on a blog somewhere about making some coasters, but don't ask me which blog, I read so many. I read things then forget where I saw it. Was it your blog? Think it could have been Mum, or Briony. It is a simple idea, something to pass an hour or two. I cut four pieces of foam. 
Then cut eight pieces of cotton fabric slightly bigger than the foam. Sew them together right sides in, making four pockets. Turn the right way, stuff the foam inside, and hand sew up the openings. Then run round and round in a spiral with the machine. Four coasters. Thank you for the idea, whoever you are.   
I spent a couple of hours catching up with TV programmes on the iplayer. Oh dear, more weeping over 'Last Tango in Halifax'.  Did you see it? It was so emotional at the end, I thought Alan might die. Such a relief when he didn't. I do hope they make a follow up to it. I also caught up with Coronation Street, poor Tyrone, he's certainly going through it at the moment. I caught an episode of Last of the Summer Wine on Yootoob, it's great that you can see tele programmes on there, when they are no longer on tele.

Anyway, I'm off to read a book. Oh nearly forgot, I have enabled comment moderation, something I have never done before. I am getting more and more spam, need to get rid of it before it gets to the publish stage, and I can't be having any more bun fights.
Toodle pip.

36 comments:

  1. Yes, second series of "Last Tango" should air next year. Love the coasters!

    Lesley H in Livingston.

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    1. That's fantastic news. The writing and acting is superb. I can see that these relationships are not going to be all plain sailing, more twists and turns. My guess is that Caroline and Gillian are not going to find happiness in their new relationships and will be drawn to each other. I hope it's a happy ending.

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  2. Love the coasters :-)

    Rain finally stopped here. Hope it has where you are.

    I think comment moderation is a good idea.

    Toni

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    1. Raining here as well, actually managed to get 2 demi-johns of wine bottled, strawberry and apple.

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  3. Hello Ilona from House Fairy
    Those costers would make lovely pressants.
    It has rained all day here in Hampshire.
    This morning I braved some Christmas shopping, mainly one shop. Good old M&S.

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    1. Hi HF. I see there was flooding in Hampshire. I rang my friend, she is near Alton, she said she is ok as her house is on a hill. Hope you are alright.

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  4. Need that comment moderation to keep the spam and unwanted stuff out. I think it`s fine for you to have that facility on your blog.

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  5. I watched last Tango in Halifax yesterday - and loved it! only problem - I haven't seen the other 5 episodes, so feel a bit like I've started at the end!
    Sorry to hear you are getting more spam, that is a pain.

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  6. Like the coasters. I read through all those comments last night, gee what opinions there are! Rained on and off here today but not so bad as you. Had to have X-Ray so had to go out. I haven't seen Last Tango in Halifax.

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  7. Glad you put comment moderator on. after lots of umming and arghing I have decided to restart blogging and that is the first thing I added.

    Zap them with the big delete button. They will soon get tired of writing stuff when they don't get the reaction.

    Don't feed the trolls!

    Love the coasters

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  8. Love your mug quilts! Due to the few I have comment moderation also.

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  9. I looked fpr Episode 5 of Last Tango on youtube and only found small snippets and not the whole 50 odd minutes...just as I was getting into it! Such a good show.

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  10. Hi,from Jan.The coasters look great,wish I'd learnt to sew!Thought Last Tango in Halifax was brilliant,glad there's another series to come.Rained here (West Mids)all day aswell.No floods,so I guess we're lucky.Comment moderation sounds like a useful tool,spam certainly appears to be a pain,maybe that will make it dry up.Bit like junk mail,sure we've had less since postage prices went up so much.That was one good thing about it,I suppose.

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  11. What a wet and windy day. Had to collect grandchildren from school and got wet and chilled through. Like the coasters, might have a go at some after Christmas.

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  12. It rained here today too, but not enough to cause any flooding....thank goodness. The garden loved it.
    Love your coasters...very simple to make.

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  13. I loved Last Tango in Halifax. At least the first three episodes which were showing when I was on holiday there. Had to come home to the US and missed the last ones. Can't wait until they are available to view over here. Downton
    Abbey 3 starts here after New Years. Looking forward to that.

    You're having rain, we're having snow. Trade!

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  14. Love your coasters! We have been enjoying "Last Tango" too - and I think it is returning which is great.Best wishes, Anne (SW)

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  15. Your coasters are so pretty. I'm going to sort through my bits of material and make some of these to use at Christmas.
    Glad that you are feeling a lot better now, we didn't like to think of you being upset.
    Wendy (Wales)

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    1. I'm trying Wendy, but a certain little fella is always on my mind.

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  16. And a chilly evening to you from my frigid side of the big pond! Like your endless rain,we are getting it also, but in a firmer form, LOL.
    Your coasters, or mug rugs, are just lovely! You've done a super job on them, very well done. You can also substitute quilt batting or old terry, etc for the foam. And odds and ends pieced together works well for the top side and then proceed as you did. Hope you get some relief from those showers soon. Hugs, Finn

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  17. I just wanted to say that i love your blog. I think your a very inspirational lady! thank you for sharing your life with us through your blog! :) x

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    1. Thank you sammie, you're very kind.

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  18. Nice idea for coasters whoever originally came up with it, not much fabric needed, would be a good idea to make a set with any left over fabric from curtains, cushion covers etc., why not take it a step further and make place mats ?

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  19. Good morning Ilona from HouseFairy
    I pressed the reply button and got nowhere!
    I road has flooded once in the 23 years and it is a flat main road. Lucky our bit of a slope on our full width drive - takes 3 cars stopped the rain coming in our house. Others were not so lucky.
    Today I am catching the little buss into town again! for the dentist, I had part of a tooth break away so thought it best.
    I went mad and wrote one card to be posted last night, a bit late I know so now have to take it and que at the post office. Gone are the days you can just pop it in the box.

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  20. Loved youe coasters what a brilliant idea Now I just have to make some. Thank you. Ivy

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  21. The coaster idea wasn't me Ilona, but it is a good idea and yours have turned out great.

    Briony
    x

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  22. What a great idea! Will definitely make some of those, although my teenagers have some sort of medical issue 'coaster avoidance issues'. Best wishes to you Ilona, must say I really enjoy reading your blog . Julie

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  23. What a great idea! Will definitely try and make some of those....although my teenagers seem to have coaster avoidance issues. Best wishes to you Ilona . Julie (I've been anonymous for ages but remembered my password at last! Hooray)

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    1. Hello Butterfly Julie. Passwords are a pain, I try and stick to the same 3 or 4, then I need to write them down in a notebook.

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  24. Re Last Tango in Halifax ... have watched the last 4 episodes & thoroughly enjoyed each one. However, I can't get episode 5 on YouTube but can get 6! Don't wish to watch this until viewing episode 5 - can't get it through BBC or ITV player (or whatever it is called). Do you have any pointers?

    DeeJay in NZ

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    1. I will take a look. It may come onto yootoob soon.

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  25. It was Mum, it was Mum! She did a tutorial on coasters. Your coasters look great. Not seen Last Tango in Halifax - must do so if it's so good. Not much rain here.
    Love from Mum
    xx

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    1. Thank you Mum for the idea. Yes, definately watch Last Tango on the iplayer. Then you will know what has happened when the next series starts. It is so good, very very good. Extremely good.

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  26. I've recorded Last Tango and will watch it tomorrow. Now you've said that Alan nearly died but didn't, I'll miss out on a weep!

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  27. You will still weep LBM, the drama is very intense, you will be sitting on the edge of your seat.

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  28. Hi Ilona, I have been absent for a while from blogland. I am just catching up with your blog now. Very sorry to hear about the Rocky saga, I truly hope this resolves itself very soon for you (and Rocky). I haven't heard of the Last Tango, maybe I will have a look at that it sounds like everybody on here has been enjoying it.

    Lots and lots of rain here..my arden is a quagmire as its heavy clay soil that just doesn't drain...ever! It was flooded this morning all around the apple tree near the hen coop. Luckily the coop is slightly higher so never floods...phew! x

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