Tuesday, 20 March 2018


Its the first day of Spring *Equinox today in the northern hemisphere.  
The days are longer! 
The equinox does not always fall on the same day each year due to the fact that the earth orbits the sun on a slightly elliptical path, meaning that the spring equinox can happen on either the 19th, 20th or 21st of March.  Its all to do with when the sun crosses the equator.

Spring is traditionally celebrated as a time of rebirth  such as Easter and Passover.

Silly Symphonies ~ Birds in the Spring 

Silly Symphonies ~ The Goddess of Spring

*word equinox literally meaning ‘equal night’ in Latin.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Week Nine 2018


Taken 7,30 am 2nd March 2018
Nothing much happened this week, except after watching the lunchtime news, we decided to do a top-up shop Monday afternoon, intuition said buy two large bottles of milk, glad we did, we also dug out a flask to fill with hot water in case the power went off.  We certainly did not go overboard with the shopping just essentials.

I am old enough to remember the winter of 1962/1963, the winter they covered recently in the BBC series "Call the Midwife" recently.


It lasted from Boxing Day, to my birthday which fell at Easter. 
I always remember walking to the corner of the road to look for my grandparents who were due to visit travelling from Chingford London, to Southend, that Boxing Day and not having a house phone - no mobiles then!  They did eventually turn up but stayed a bit longer than they had planned to. 


I don't remember them closing the schools in my area, but I do remember drinking yukky warm milk which the teachers thought was a good idea to warm on the radiators in the little third of a pint bottles. 

My husband tells a story of how he used to help his dad with delivering the milk leaving full crates on the side of the road to make the electric milk float easier to drive and going back to find they had become covered in snow and had to be dug out.


Friday, 23 February 2018

February Scavenger Hunt

I have created a separate blog for scavengers hunts, which can be found on the right-hand side at the top.  

The scavenger hunt is linked with 

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Week Seven 2018

Fun week
this week, usual, tidying, gardening, crafting/knitting not much to show or say.  
I did have coffee with my friend Denise, and lunch with with Janice, definitely No Birthdays, but last week saw the Chinese New Year.

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Friday I gave a class at my local craft shop to seven little girls.  
Here is the pattern I created for them.  You are welcome to copy it and use it for personal use only

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insert your name in the gap

If you cannot read the pattern properly and would like a copy of the pattern email me and I will be happy to let you have a copy

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Week Six 2018

Not much this week!

There are only so many times to talk about the garden, tidying and family before people get fed-up, so last time family mention for a little while.  Birthdays seems to start immediately after Christmas in this family since grandchildren have arrived!

Monday saw our youngest son's 32nd birthday.
We saw the whole family on Saturday.  Read about it in the previous post.

For some reason mid-week I couldn't get to sleep so whilst awake I laid in bed working out how many words could be found in the word February.  Bearing in mind I didn't have a pen and paper only memory and counting on fingers I got 31 words, apparently there are 96 to be got.  I couldn't be bothered to get up to make a hot drink because is was cold, and I was in hope I would go back to sleep!  I did I think.........the next time I looked at the clock time read 6.30am

My words found in the word from memory

fury, fur, bury, berry, ferry, fare, fear, year, yea, bear, bare, rare, rear, area, ear, era, are, bye, buy, buyer, fry, fryer, bray, ray, fray. bay, ruby, rub, bar, bra, aye,

Thursday evening we went to our local theatre to see
The Pasadena Roof Orchestra,
and very good they were too.

Saturday went to my friend Lizzie's Pop-up textile sale.
She has other fairs listed down the side panel on her blog.
I met lovely Sarah with her husband there and had a long natter.  She has a wonderful blog

(click on red words to take you to other places)

Made a carrot cake!

Wartime Recipe
I used butter, but the recipe calls for margarine or other cooking fat, light brown soft sugar and I used a little apple juice 

8oz Self raising flour, 3oz Butter, 3oz Sugar, 4oz grated Carrot, 2oz Sultanas, 1 x egg, little milk or water.

Rub the butter into the flour, then add sugar, carrot sultanas and egg and mix in.
Mix in sufficient liquid to make sticky.

Pour mixture into cake tin and cook on 180 degrees C until cooked through and golden brown.

Topping optional - the cake can be eaten without 
250 tub of Mascapone, 3 level tablespoon icing sugar, and teaspoon vanilla essence

Cut cake through middle
Mix together and spread icing on cake

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Week Five - 2018

Monday morning and  washing on the  line!  It was a lovely windy morning, and for the first time in what seems ages my washing was pegged on the line.  Could not wait to bring it in smelling fresh.

Tuesday a lovely silvery frosty morning, went into the garden and pruned some old branches from bushes and hand pulled out nettles

Wednesday, last day of January.  Looking back in January, we had flu. three grandchildren's birthdays in three weeks, two cancelled visits to see them in as many weeks because of flu and other bugs.  

We also had a Super Blue Moon.  
"once in a blue moon"  
It is when you get two moons in one month

Thursday, back into the garden more pruning.  If we don't do it now it will never get done then the bushes will start to grow again with new shoots and will just get out of hand even more than it is already!

Friday, made Lemon Drizzle Cake(s) for the weekend.  
One to take out tomorrow and one to have on Sunday.  
Recipe is here

Saturday morning it was a bit like Christmas with presents waiting to be distributed

Liam and Scarlett's belated birthday presents
Scarlett's costume is Moana

Saturday, belated birthday presents and one birthday present which is tomorrow.

Sunday, Eldest son and daughter-in-law came and we went out for lunch

Then we came back to Nanny and Grandad's 

to celebrate Abigail's first birthday


* SOLD *

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Week Four - 2018

A busy week

Monday morning early saw my dental appointment.  I had to cancel this appointment a couple of weeks ago because of the flu bug thing.  I wasn't looking forward to it as it was a filling.  But it was done very quickly I have to say.  Then a quick bit of shopping and home.

Tuesday morning we went to the cinema, we saw Dunkirk.  A film that really does keep you on your toes!  
I actually wanted to see this film as my paternal grandad was one of those soldiers in 1940.  He must have been on a troop ship, because he swam to the Daffodil which was a flat-bottomed ferry boat.  
We go here.  We know the film has "been and gone" but we don't mind waiting, it is much cheaper.  Before we go to the cinema we leave home early to have a 'breakfast special' in Dunelm as part of our going to the cinema.

Wednesday, I had coffee with my friend Ginny.  We often meet up after Christmas to swap presents.  Her birthday also falls at Christmas too.

Thursday, we had a day in pottering about, trying to finish decorating our bedroom which has been ongoing for a while now, well a bit too long,  Cannot wait to put the new curtains up then we are finished  Had a tidy and sort for the weekend to make the house child proof as our year old grand-daughter is coming to play whilst we were listening to the radio.  We have taken to listening to Radio 4 Extra on the i-player.  We listen to vintage comedies like the Navy Lark, Hancock and Round the Horne, and the story, currently Inspector Grant - The Daughter of Time, having finished Agatha Raisin, and Dr Finley.  Sometimes get disappointed when I miss the end of the story because I have forgotten to look how many days are left to listen......

Friday, third grandchild's birthday in three weeks.  Our third grand-daughter Abigail was a year old, and as I keep saying where did that year go.......?  It only seemed like yesterday I posted a photo of her wearing her daddy's cardigan I made thirty-seven years ago.

Saturday - We just pottered and tidied again, did some knitting, sorted some fabrics for a another patchwork

Sunday, we took my dad out to lunch.  The above little-one and her mummy and daddy should have joined us, but they have gone down with yet another bug, so sadly they didn't make it but perhaps next week.