Thursday, 16 April 2015

Birthday and Spring Bouquet

It was my birthday yesterday.  Had lunch out with Alex, it was the only way he was going to get me to the new hardware shop that has just opened in town!  Boy I know how to live!  Out to lunch again today with my friend Janice and seeing "the fab beatles" on Friday, and Fish and Chips with David and Jane  on Saturday.  It was my our friend David's birthday last week.

Just the spring flowers in my garden







Sunday, 12 April 2015

Bloggy holiday.


I thought I would take a a little bloggy holiday.  I haven't been idle though.  I have started making a quilt.  I have so much fabric I need to use it!    

I haven't quite finished my quilt, and I will show you when it is completed.  This blog post will make me finish it now.  I am also hoping to write out the instructions on how I made this quilt too


using just the equipment you see above.  As you see there isn't a special plastic template and there isn't a special cutting wheel, and now I can hear sharp in-takes of breath and seething through gritted teeth from all you hardened quilt-makers but when this particular quilt pattern first came into being 

sourced from internet
I'm sure the immigrant German lady's only used a pen ruler and scissors and their "special"  Dresden plate in the 1930's.  I will show you all in my next post.  

Monday, 30 March 2015

Amaryllis, chapter 5 - Week 12 - time to say goodbye..............


The blousey Amaryllis is no more, it has come to the end.  Time to say Goodbye.  The green leaves are growing tall.  Never had an Amaryllis that produced three stalks as this one did.


My mothers day lilies are fading


These few pink flowers are left from my mothers day Interflora hand tied bouquet.


The Sumac tree has been cut down.  The man who did this only came to clear the gutters..........  I asked him if he knew anyone who cut down trees and he said he did, and that was where he was going after he cleared our gutters.  He did stayed and did our tree too.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Happy Birthday


Happy Birthday to our Eldest son Michael 34 years old today - OK where did those years go?

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Amaryllis, chapter 4 -Week 11 - its been a funny week..........


I will miss it when it isn't there anymore.  This Amaryllis seems to have gone on forever and a day!


........but as you see it is coming to the end now...........  The leaves are starting to grow now too.  If anyone knows how to keep this bulb till next year please tell me...........



My flowers from mothers day last week are still going strong.  These photos were taken this morning.


This week I made and sent off two more seagulls to a new home in Essex.


I made a cheesecake, the recipe can be found on Frugal Queen's blog here 


I topped mine with blackberries we picked last autumn and froze, and used Morrison's Lime Marmalade because that is all I had.


Which watched the eclipse through the pinhole in a piece of card


and made pretty patterns with a colander 


Purchased another shrub for the garden.


Just a reminder that any of my Daffodils sold during March I will be making a £3 donation to Marie Curie Cancer Care Fund

That was the things that went right, the things that went wrong!  One husband lost his tooth, a crown he has had for years, normally if it comes out whilst eating he retrieves it makes an appointment with the dentist and it get put back, not this time..........no........... this time is got swallowed.  I did say he could look for it but would he want it back in his mouth........ and probably about time he had a new one.......... he is going to have a new one but at a cost!  Two, The fuel pump in the car has gone so another repair, car trapped in town, last time this happened he was across the road reversing into the drive, next thing I see the neighbours pushing the car onto our drive,
so we thought it was just a flooded engine because the car started straight away the next day and that was before we took the trip to Okehampton and thought nothing of it,we could have easily been stuck in Tavistock on a very wet day!  Three, The man was suppose to come and check the rampaging woodworm but never turned up at the allotted time, rang us past the time he should have arrived and said he wasn't coming our way because another appointment has been cancelled.  Husband rang them back and said he was going to take his business elsewhere, they are suppose to be coming next week now!  As they say watch this space!

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Amaryllis, chapter 3 - Week 10


Third stalk in full flower.  The second stalk had three flower heads, and the third one has four.  I will miss this Amaryllis when this bulb finally dies down.  You can follow its growth from here.  I have to say it has been stunning, and I have loved watching it grow.


I had these gorgeous Lilies from my son Robert and daughter-in-law Anneka.


At the beginning of the week the postman delivered this gorgeous felt brooch and key-ring from Rae


Found these shrubs in my local Poundland to plant at the bottom of the garden.


And some gorgeous flowers which have just arrived from Interflora from Michael and Lizzie

Monday, 9 March 2015

Amaryllis, chapter 2 - Week 9


Well as you see its still flowering.  


But this stalk only has three heads................ and the other stalk is doing well too.


More flowers, Morrison's white tulips 75p


two pots of mini daffodils 5p per pot!


Just lately I just cannot get motivated.  So many many ideas are spinning in my head, so I have been knitting!


I have quite a few balls of King Cole Splash yarn from when I used to work in a craft shop.  The yarn is lovely to work with and as you see I have taken some balls and separated the colours,


and knitted it up as fair isle.

The garden is coming on a treat


we've gone from this


this!

The plan is to perhaps plant roses and other flowering shrubs.  There was a lot of brambles and once we got to near the fence lots of dead wood.  Its a lane which once ran along the bottom of the garden, it was once probably a bier trail we think because beyond the oak tree always in the back-ground of the amaryllis is the graveyard.