Sunday, 11 November 2018

We will Remember Them

For the Fallen 
By Laurence Binyon

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children, 
England mourns for her dead across the sea. 
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit, 
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal 
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres, 
There is music in the midst of desolation 
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

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 our labour of the day-time; 
They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound, 
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight, 
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known 
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust, 
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain; 
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness, 
To the end, to the end, they remain.

Poppies - BBC CBeebies

Last Post and Rouse

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

I am One in Five

They said on the news this morning that one in five of us have done Christmas shopping.  Yes I am one of those but my shopping consists of bouquets of flowers to be delivered near Christmas.  I have ordered them for the people who have helped me throughout this year because  I don't drive. and they have kindly taken me to the hospital, to either visit my husband or my dad. done my washing (washing machine broke when husband first went into hospital) and shopping or taken me shopping.

Flowers sent to me from one of my sons 
via the lovely company
*Bloom & Wild
Christmas is from the internet this year, I actually prefer looking round the shops. Mostly just for the grandchildren's birthdays three birthdays, in first three weeks of January (more choice this time of year I even buy  birthday presents for July and August now).  I don't buy them Christmas presents any more.  A few years ago we decided birthdays were their day not Christmas, am I being a bit Bah Humbug here?  But, saying that they have an Advent Bag with twenty-four gifts and clothes on Christmas day, though.  The bag is mainly unread books from the charity shops collected throughout the year. One family of three older children, twins born in July they won't need presents this year - sounds mean I know They have eight presents. First child opens on 1st December then again 4th December, second on 2nd and 5th and so forth. Their cousin gets all twenty-four this year but if she gets a brother or sister she will have to share. 
Last years Advent gifts
I start in January looking for books.  I get very neat books, ones that have not been written or scribbled in. You be surprised how many there are.  Last year (January 2017) I saw and picked off the shelf a compendium of stories, could see it was a brand new book and I can still see the inscription to this day, written in the neatest script I have ever seen.  To Alfie, Merry Christmas love Grandma and Grandpa 2016.  Seeing this actually made me quite angry,  To me it seemed the parents hadn't even opened the book, well I knew they hadn't because the pages clicked as they were flicked through.  This year I have noticed a lot of the expensive colouring books normally priced at £9.99 priced in the charity shop 99p.  

My daughter-in-law sorts the books they don't want to keep from last year and returns them to a charity shop to be re-purchased and read again.


*Bloom & Wild are here.  
The picture is NOT sponsored, I just thought I would mention these people as their flowers so lovely

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Would anybody like to.........

...........join in.........

Please say you will join me again in putting twenty-four little Christmas pictures on your blog as if it were an Advent Calendar?  
Saturday 1st December is the day we start opening doors on the Advent Calendar or in our case one picture per day for the blog posts.   You put a different picture on everyday leading up to 24th December.  You can use your own photos, taken recently or from the family album/archive taken years ago, or use little films/cartoons from You Tube.   

See my previous post here, I was wondering if you lovely readers could help me this year by suggesting two or three things for the Advent Calendar.  It can be a picture idea, a cartoon from YouTube, even a recipe or anything to do with Christmas

I will list the names end November of who are joining in  
The Advent Scavenger Hunt has a new home here

Friday, 26 October 2018

I think I'm back

Thought I would put this lovely rose called Silver Jubilee on as we are heading into dark nights and winter, we can remember the lovely summer we have had this year in the UK  I didn't see much of this year's beautiful summer

I have had a bit of a bad year to say the least and it hasn't finished yet.  We had three field mice who invaded our house.  Caught two humanely, one was set free on a grass-verge near the local public gardens and the other was set free up near the stables by a lovely couple of friends, not sure what happened to the third.......  My husband spent six months in and out hospital with a brain tumour and the day he was discharged my poor dad went into hospital with another mini stroke which has left him quite noisy so have had to resettle him in another care home.  Mini strokes and Dementia do not mix.

Regular readers as you know I like to do an Advent Calendar blog each year.  Its nearly that time of year again!  I would still like to do the Christmas Advent Calendar as it has become a tradition on my blog for the past few years and this year despite of not having the time or the brain power to think of twenty four ideas I was wondering if I could ask for a little help of you wonderful people who join in for two Christmas words that mean Advent or if you remember the pictures from the old Advent Calendars before chocolate ones, yes there were such things, and I will use the words in this year's list. 

Please say you will join me again in putting twenty-four little Christmas pictures on your blog as if it were an Advent Calendar?  Saturday 1st December is the day we start opening doors on the Advent Calendar or in our case one picture per day for the blog posts.   You put a different picture on everyday leading up to 24th December.  You can use your own photos, taken recently or from the family album/archive taken years ago, or use little films/cartoons from You Tube.   I will list the names in November of who is joining in  The Advent Scavenger Hunt has a new home here

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Say Hello to.......................

Maisie Jane 5.13lbs and Amira Alexandria 5.10lbs

These two beautiful girls were born on 4th July 2018.

Maisie                                        Amira

at a week old

Saturday, 7 July 2018

People of a certain age may remember............

YouTube videos are sourced for this post

Back in January I booked tickets at our local little theatre for my husband and I to see the sixties band Manfred Mann,  My husband alas couldn't get to the concert, so I asked a good friend if she would like to go with me.  Janice enjoyed the concert as much as I did.  It was her first time seeing them, my third.  Each concert I have seen was completely different and this concert was completely different again as Mike D'abo and Mike Hugg were not on the line-up last night but nonetheless very enjoyable and in my opinion a far better concert.  The keyboard player last night was Zoot Money.

Paul Jones, sang lots of Rhythm and  Blues stuff as well as the Manfred songs from when he was in the group (Mike D'abo took over when he left)
Tom McGuinness when he left the group formed McGuiness Flint.  Their songs Malt and Barley Blues and When I'm Dead and Gone.
Others sang songs too, and Zoot Money played the keyboard solos and well as Simon Currie playing the saxaphone

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

1st May

Happy May Day

This is what happens where I live!  
Everyone in the town is woken up at 5.30 am by the bang of the drum to wake the Hobby Horse

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Week Fifteen

Its a new shoe day...........  

Its my birthday!

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Week Thirteen

Quarter of the year gone! 
We've had snow, lots of snow!  We've had rain, lots of that too.  Now can we have sunshine, please?

It was my eldest's 37th Birthday on 26th March

I have completed this.  
It is a cardigan for my youngest grand daughter.  My son above requested it just after she was born, she is now fourteen months old.  I didn't start it then, I started it a couple of weeks ago.  I thought I would wait till she was older and walking.  They like comfortable jackets for when she is sitting in her car seat rather than big bulky coats.

Friday, 30 March 2018

March 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 

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.

Click on picture to make larger
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

Click on picture to make larger,
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.

Friday, 26 January 2018

January Scavenger Hunt 2018

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, 21 January 2018

Week Three - 2018

Still have the dregs of the flu the whole country seems to have gone down with, mostly the cough now but I have to say I am now feeling much better than I did, and now my brain is back into gear of sorting and cleaning and crafting.  I love crafting, but I have to put it at the bottom of the list otherwise nothing will get done!

Wednesday our second grand-daughter Scarlett was another year older.  She is four now.  We were hoping to  be able to visit her and her family last weekend but the flu for us had taken hold, so hopefully we'll see them all very soon at the beginning of February.  Yesterday we should have seen eldest son, his wife and our youngest grand-daughter (her cousin) but they have succumbed to the flu too,  so hopefully see them next week. 

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Week Two 2018

Coughs and Sneezes and all that!

Had to cancel a dental appointment at the beginning of the week, don't like going to the dentist at the best of times, but I would never cancel an appointment, but on this occasion it was necessary. I have spent a week under a blanket watching old black and white films, wish sometimes I could do it every day, but even that has got boring! I wish this flu bug thing would fly away! Sore throat, tickly cough, sneezing, streaming eyes, aching limbs, I have had this over a week now!

Wednesday saw our grandson another year older.  He is seven now.  We were hoping to  be able to visit him and his sisters today.  His little sister will be four next Wednesday, and their cousin will be a year old a week after that. But alas this flu has taken hold, so hopefully we have re-arranged to see them the first weekend of February which will be Liam and his sister's daddy's birthday.

I had a lot of crafting planned to start, so a bit delayed in doing that.  I have been knitting, and on one occasion I was knitting six stitches and unpicking seven!

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Week One 2018

First  week of the New Year.  
Not much happening, or done, just sorting of junk, charity shop giving, and knitting.  

Decorations down and put away on 31st December, to start the new year afresh.

Flowers my friend Jane gave me are still going strong.  
These were given me on 22nd December, so two weeks on and still looking pretty.

(above three photos taken 5th January 2018)

 Trees, who doesn't like trees? 
I see trees everyday. 
The old Oak, the Poplar trees, and the Laburnum in my garden.

Thought I might take a photo of these trees the first week of every month to see how they change.

(click to take a closer look)

Mr Robin sitting in the old Oak Tree

Monday, 1 January 2018


Another year, another mystery to what lies ahead of us all, another story to tell...........

This has been my motto for the last few years, and this year I have added a word, a very little word consisting of just two letters


DO it now, not tomorrow.  
Then the word that follows is DONE because you have done it, 
and the first two letters of DONE is DO.

I did FAIL on something last year (here).
Apart from Life getting in the way, I think I failed because I told the world, perhaps I shouldn't have done that!  But as they watch this space........

One thing I haven't failed on was the extra box I added all the council recycling boxes, the large cardboard we use as a charity box.  I have taken lots of things to the charity shop since adding the box.  Read about it here