Thursday, 31 December 2015

The end of...........


It's next year tomorrow.........
I wonder what it will bring......... 
this year there was 
Unhappyness. Sadness, Upset, and Sorrow, 
not just around the world 
but to me too. 
wonder what the ghost of year yet to come will bring*.


One thing I do ask that next does not whizz by so quick like it did this year.  
One minute it was January, then December and Christmas was upon us!














*Ghost of Christmas yet to come ~ Christmas Carol ~ Charles Dickens

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Christmas.......there it was gone!


Christmas this year was spent with my 83 year old dad.  We arrived at his flat about midday on Christmas Eve, and didn't leave only for a quick bit of shopping for something extra for lunch on Christmas Eve at 9.30am on Boxing Day.  Its a good job we don't suffer from cabin fever that's all I can say!  It rained from the time we arrived to the time we left, which left me thinking of the poor people in Cumbria and Leeds and other surrounding areas on how they spent their Christmas.  Those poor people who were throwing their Christmas and their homes into the street.  No words can express the heartbreak for them.

I cooked Christmas lunch, on Christmas day, but I cooked the meat when we arrived so it was ready to use.  It was so much easier, I was using a cooker I knew nothing about, but everything turned out well.


Boxing Day, we packed up as we were going home via our youngest sons house.  We took dad too,  It was lovely to see them,  Steph goes to her large family on Christmas day so the children were thoroughly spoilt on Christmas Day, then Santa arrived again on Boxing Day in the form of their other nanny and grandad and great grandad.  This time we had a lovely meal out in the local pub.  Then Peter took his grandad home and we came home.


Alex and I opened our presents from our wonderful friends on the 27th December.  We had lots of lovely goodies, mostly edible.  My lovely best friend Jane knows me very well and knows how much I  love Amaryllis bulbs and bought me another one, I also purchased one for myself.  Jane's is the larger on on the left, and mine is the one on the right.  They are both........ no I won't tell you the colour of them I'll keep it as a surprise for all to see.  I will blog a post about them every Saturday or Sunday.  

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Advent Calendar - Door 24


The Night Before Christmas
1933

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Hope everyone enjoyed the cartoons.
I would like to thank everyone who joined in this years Advent Calendar, 
and hope we can do it all again next year...............



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~ MERRY CHRISTMAS ~

Look out at Easter time for more cartoons





Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Advent Calendar - Door 23




Tom & Jerry Night before Christmas
1941

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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Advent Calendar - Door 22


Bottles
1936

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Monday, 21 December 2015

Advent Calendar - Door 21


Porky Pig "Ali Baba Bound"
1940

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Sunday, 20 December 2015

Advent Calendar - Door 20


The China Shop
1934

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Saturday, 19 December 2015

Advent Calendar - Door 19


Water Babies
1935

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Friday, 18 December 2015

Advent Calendar - Door 18


Donald Duck Snow Fight
1942

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Thursday, 17 December 2015

Advent Calendar - Door 17




Bugs Bunny Looney Christmas
1979

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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Advent Calendar - Door 16



Toyland Broadcast
1934

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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Advent Calendar - Door 15


Popeye's Mistletoe
1955

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Monday, 14 December 2015

Advent Calendar - Door 14


Donald Duck - Toy Tinkers
1934

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Sunday, 13 December 2015

Advent Calendar - Door 13


Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
1948

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Saturday, 12 December 2015

Advent Calendar - Door 12


The Pup's Christmas
1936

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Friday, 11 December 2015

Advent Calendar - Door 11


Midnight in the Toy Shop
1930

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Thursday, 10 December 2015

Advent Calendar - Door 10


The Cookie Carnival
1935

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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Advent Calendar - Door 9


Jolly Little Elves
1934

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Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Advent Calendar - Door 8


Betty Boop in Poor Cinderella
1934

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Monday, 7 December 2015

Advent Calendar - Door 7


Broken Toys 
1935

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Sunday, 6 December 2015

Advent Calendar - Door 6


The Captain's Christmas
1938

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Saturday, 5 December 2015

Advent Calendar - Door 5





Santa's Surprise
1947

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Friday, 4 December 2015

Advent Calendar - Door 4


Winter
1930

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Thursday, 3 December 2015

Advent Calendar - Door 3


Alias St Nick 
1935

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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Advent Calendar - Door 2


Santa's Workshop
1932

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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Advent Calendar - Door 1


Christmas Comes But Once a Year 
1936

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All twenty four cartoons will be sourced from You Tube

Joining in so far are..........

Our Quite Life in Suffolk

Kezzie AG

I Live, I Love, I Craft, I am me

Mad About Bags

Me My Camera Eye

Mum's Simply Living Blog

Daisy Row

In My Playroom


From My View

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Proof Reading

My husband has been accused of being part of the "grammar police", as whenever we see spelling that isn't correct, I'm the worst at that!  Apostrophe's and Commas in the wrong place, something that doesn't read right because it has two meanings if the full-stop or comma is in the wrong place, or when the correct word is there but the wrong spelling (i.e. waste or waist, or, to or too) etc. etc.

We sometimes sit and correct a menu from one of the local take-away's which is regularly put though the letter-box whilst having a cuppa!  




Case of not proof reading properly 1935 - I wonder how many people noticed (not noticed) at the time? Not the editor obviously!

The word is BALLOONS

Friday, 27 November 2015

HOORAY! HOORAY!

Think I may have solved my problem!  
Well I have managed to leave comments of blogs yesterday that I couldn't the day before!
I went into the insides of the computer and found the settings, and unclicked the "third party cookies" box.  As soon as I did that I was able to leave comments!  

So the people who I normally leave comments on and I haven't recently I think I can now.

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Don' forget about the Advent Calendar.



Thursday, 26 November 2015

Happy Birthday


Happy Birthday to my son Robert, 33 years old today

Monday, 23 November 2015

Who would like to join in...........

...........Its that time of year again, and this year it seems to have come along a lot quicker!

Please say you will.........?  

Join me again in putting twenty-four little Christmas pictures on your blog as if it were an Advent Calendar?

Next Tuesday is 1st December which means we start opening doors on the advent calendar!  

Do any of you remember Advent calenders without chocolate?  I used to love opening each door to see what the little picture that was hidden behind.   Think my favourite pictures were the Angel and the Donkey.
Chocolate Advent calenders were quite expensive in the sixties, that is if they even existed then.

It could be a wintry scene, it could be just a picture of a Christmas card, anything leading up to 24th December.  There are lots of Christmas pictures online, or it could be something from YouTube, or just a Christmas picture of your own 



It would be lovely if lots of people can join in........... 
Just leave a comment and I will list you all who are joining in.  If you are unable to leave a comment email me (caisey (at) talktatalk.net)  

Rules..........

1) You don't have to follow this blog if you would like to join in but would be rather nice if you were.....

2) Put a photo of something christmassy on your blog everyday from 1st to 24th December.  
This can be from the computer, You Tube, or your own personal pictures.

3) Have fun choosing pictures and go and see what others have put
on.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Union Jack Quilt

After a worrying few days of the quilt flying across the Atlantic to Los Angeles the quilt finally  arrived.




The recipient sent me an email which read....

I just received the quilt.  It is so beautiful--beyond my expectations! 

I think she was pleased with it!

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Armistice

We will remember them




Ode to Remembrance

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in in our labour of the day-time;
The sleep beyond England's foam

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

FAILED!

No matter how many times I try, for some reason I cannot leave comments on blogs, and I'm sure it is the same for people leaving comments on mine too, and I cannot even leave comments on mine!
This seems to be happening more and more and the list is getting longer and longer, some blogs I could leave comments last week I cannot this week, and not being very tekkie I don't know how to solve the problem.  I think perhaps now after emailing a friend a thought occurred, this problem may have something to with Windows10 which is what we are on now.  Is anyone else on Widows10 having this problem?  If you cannot leave a comment please email me, at least I know I will have readers.  I read everyone's blogs on my list and others too,  this problem has been going on a while.  I have gone the help box, but it was no help because I didn't understand what was written.

I cannot believe there only about eight weeks to Christmas. I was going to make and do so much instead of buying! I have run out of time!  

The Daffodils I was going to make may get finished but that has seemed to have come to a stop! I was going to knit fingerless mittens too, I have had the yarn for these since February, still in the packaging it was sent in!

Still working on the Union Jack Quilt, nearly finished and will be blogged about very soon, watch this space.

I did finish.......








We had a lovely day with them last Saturday.


Sunday, 18 October 2015

I've finished the top of the quilt.......


......and the lady you commissioned the quilt cannot wait to receive it!

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Well that's the corners done!

Sunday I started a commission


The corners are now done, 
at the weekend I will put on the red for the St. George cross and the edgeing

Monday, 12 October 2015

Wonder what they are discussing.......................






I photographed these three pigeons in the Oak Tree.  
My friend Jane thinks they are plotting something...
possibly aerial bombardment of cars they have taken a dislike to?

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Commission

The other day I had a request via a good friend Helen asking would I mind taking on commission.
This is just what I needed, something to kick start me back into crafting!  So I contacted the customer and said I would make it.  We discussed via email what was wanted and size, the deposit was received and I ordered the fabric!


Created the patterns


Now to cut the fabric!

The pattern can be ordered from Bustle & Sew.  

Friday, 2 October 2015

The best dressed puppy.......






Just knitted this little coat for my friend's puppy. 


The pattern is a vintage 1934 pattern from Needlewoman


* if anybody would like a copy of the pattern please email*

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

I might as well just give up now............


How is everybody?  

At the moment I am just feeling sorry for myself, feeling a bit fed-up, but at least I have got back into crafting and knitting now.  I stopped for a reason I don't want to go into here.  Didn't really feel like blogging either.

On my needles apart from the aran cardigans for the grandchildren.  I am knitting a 1934 dog coat for one of my friend's dogs, if it fits she'll want another six!  (She has seven dogs)  I will show all when finished.
  

I am making some daffodils mostly for Christmas pressies, 


and making some sculptured brooches.  

The reason for the fed-up-ness is because I know the world is a big competition and lots of people are selling too.  But I have two things on Ebay on a buy now is nearly coming to the end of thirty days.  I have been trying to sell some Christmas items for the last three years, and whenever we do a boot fair people want things for nothing!  I may as well just give the things to charity shop at least they will benefit!


but saying that I have recently sold lots of Cyril the Seagull patterns - Knitting Today magazine, but that will end soon when the next knitting magazine comes out.  

I give away more of my crafts than sell!  Don't get me wrong I don't mind giving my stuff away, but occasionally I would like to sell something!

Thank you for reading my moans and groans, but my real gripe is, and has anybody else having this problem?  I CANNOT leave comments on some of the blogs I love to read.  If there is an email I will email the owner of the blog, but if not I cannot get in touch, so please don't think me rude if I normally leave you a comment and  now all of a sudden don't.  I an not computer savvy enough to sort it, so any advice would be helpful..........

Just edited this post
Just discovered I cannot leave replies on my blog for the no-reply bloggers either

  

Monday, 14 September 2015

Didn't know it was there!


We have lived in West Somerset for twenty-five years but didn't know there was a WW2 Radar station on our doorstep!

Last Saturday the National Trust opened some properties for free and some properties were opened for the first time.  Normally this building is used for storage.





computerised impression of what it may have looked like


Monday, 7 September 2015

The garden again..........

A couple of weeks ago our old lawn mower gave up never to go again, halfway through cutting the back lawn too, so a trip to local Argos for a new one!


After bringing it home, and putting it together.....


It took all of thirty minutes after I sorted which way the washers and the wire connector went!


Smart new mower and lots of long wet grass!  It had rained and the grass was quite deep since the old mower stopped working!  When I hung the washing out I couldn't see my feet for the long grass, and the birds that landed in the garden you only see there heads and tails bobbing along.  I noticed on the box for small to medium gardens.  How big is a medium garden..........


Well it survived cutting two lawns!


Shortly after this picture of this pretty Dahlia was taken it completely disappeared on the only the petals left on the ground.  After watching Gardener's World with Monty Don on Friday, apparently there is something that eats Dahlias, need to watch again to catch what it was!  I know there is a leaf cutter caterpillar eating my rose leaves I have seen it!



My Alpines




Flowers in my garden this week


This caterpillar had landed on me from out of no-where!  I brushed off took its photograph and it wriggled off!

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My Chocolate and Lime Madeleine recipe here for you to try

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Re-Opened!

Thought I would revive one of my old blogs.


I shall be selling anything here from craft stuff to tablecloths.........

Please take a look


Thursday, 13 August 2015

Monday 10th August

Sorry I haven't blogged anything for a while, really I haven't had much to say..........  There only so much can show in the garden, and I haven't done much crafting or knitting recently either.


sitting in the car waiting for the rain to pass

But Monday was our Grand-daughter Caitlin's sixth birthday.  
Let's all go to Crealy they said.  We travelled from Somerset in torrential downpour with our picnic, presents and (extra) cakes and waited in the carpark for everyone else to arrive. The rain stopped about 11am


By lunchtime the sun was out and quite warm
We had a wonderful tiring day.