Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Autumn Jolly

My Autumn blanket is coming along nicely. I'll put a link to the pattern when I can find it. I'd kept a copy on my computer and hadn't put which blog or site I'd got it from. Even copying and pasting the text into the search engine hasn't come up with the original post. I'll keep looking. It's a very easy pattern and the repetitions are extremely relaxing.

My friend and I had a relaxing Autumn Jolly walk along the sea front at St. Anne's with a quick saunter down the pier.

Not many people out and about at the end of the pier today.

No hurricane or winds either.

Just peaceful views out to sea.

It's only a short pier and this link will tell you why.

Very interesting!

The cat think's it's very interesting too!


PS Please let me know if you wish to join in the 'Party'.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Party Time

I mooted the idea of a virtual party a few posts back. We have plenty of room in the Bloggysphere to accommodate everyone and everyone's ideas so wouldn't it be good if we could wear what we like, do what we like and eat what we like? Our party can start at anytime, the early nighters could arrive early and leave before it gets late and the owls could have an all nighter.


Mum invites you to a blog party on
Saturday 22nd November 2014

Time - anytime during the day.

Please post on the day and do one or more of the following as you wish -

1. dress up in whatever takes your fancy
2. bring a guest or guests - real, stuffed, alive, dead or imaginary!
3. bring a party food plate
4. suggest some music
5. suggest a virtual present for another guest or reader
6. offer a suggestion for a party game
7. supply a party decoration
8. perform a party piece
9. provide scintillating conversation!
10. visit all the other party goers and leave a comment or have a chat
11.  read, laugh, sing-a-long, enjoy

I shall provide a link to all the party goers who are posting on the day. All welcome.


PS - if you are posting a party post please put the date in your diary. I hope I've given you plenty of time to prepare.


Saturday, 18 October 2014

It's a raid

I've decided to raid the yarn stash for wool to make an autumn blanket. These were the nearest autumnal colours I could find.

What a motley selection but I hope they will crochet into a cosy blanket for this season.

I think I may need a few more browns - I'll have to search another drawer. I'm sure I've got some stashed away somewhere!


Saturday, 11 October 2014

A whole new lease of life

We used our £5 Lidl-iddle vouchers this morning, stocking up on staples. (Go to Lidle Facebook page to download vouchers. They last for just this weekend.) Round and round again saving £5 for every £30 spent. This afternoon I tidied up and cut down some plants in the garden. Some of the dead flowers make a lovely autumnal display.

I picked some 'older' runners and will boil to death the beans to add to my curry at tea time.

Don't they look colourful?

The outside table was brought inside for the winter.

Hello smilies.

The old chicken nest now houses this year's conkers.

I bought myself a present while shopping - look at these for only 99p.

I couldn't walk past these, now could I?

Monday, 6 October 2014

Drafts that never realised the light of day

The following posts were sitting in the Drafts area - ideas started but not finished or posted. I'm having a tidy up so here they are - unfinished, unposted (is that a word?) posts. The first one is entitled 'Trees'. Did you ever see the film whence came this song? I think I've got the piano music somewhere. Alternative lyrics are under the picture!


I talk to the trees
That's why they put me away!


The next post was supposed to be a tour around the house highlighting little corners. I only managed 2 pics and then forgot all about the post. Here are the 2 pics. I love my Ikea cake fruit stand.

Views around the house

Here was a post about CS finds. I'm always popping back with bits and pieces from the shop and have never had the discipline to take pics of everything. Only one pic from the Drafts folder here but I've added 4 more pics underneath.

CS finds

I'm reading all the Nick Oldham books as they are set
locally. Wool I can never pass by especially at 50p a ball.

Now what do you think of this latest find? - 2 boxes of craft materials, brads, stencils, labels, papers and  Christmas figures to stick on cards. This lot was £5 from …

… oh no, it wasn't the CS it was the CB. Anyway it's recycled stuff so I'll leave the pics in.

Here we have a post that missed the letter P day in my Alphabet Blogging earlier this year. (I've just noticed that there are 25 posts under this heading? I wonder which post I forgot to label? I had thought of having a bloggy party but it was not to be. 11th April has come and gone. Maybe we could have a party another day before the end of the year. What do you think?

Alphabet Blogging - P - 11th April

P - frequently


P is for party

Mum invites you to a blog party on Monday 21st April 2014

Time - anytime during the day.

If you can be there all that is required is:

1. A blog post about 

- who you'd like to invite to a party
- a theme for a party
- party food
- music for a party

- clothes suitable for a party
- a bring-a-long present for a party
- a party game
- a party decoration
- party nails!

2. A willingness to visit all the other party-goers and leave a comment or have a chat.

There are still some posts left in the Drafts section which I hope to finish and post completed but for now I've had my 'tidy up'. I'll go and have a look at the Template section now and have a new look for October.


Sunday, 5 October 2014

Dressing up

The time had come to dress up the dresser. It had become too cluttered and too dusty.

Flowers without a home, odd bits and pieces everywhere ...

and bits of Christmas and Easter still lurking about.

I've always said that a dresser should be cluttered but this one had far too much going on.

Can you see the dust here?

I wonder where the vase went!

Poor little chick  - it's supposed to go tweet when it is picked up. This one doesn't, even with new batteries. It had to go!

Aha, can you see the dust now?

I know that cats turn up in the most unusual places. This one's in with the detritus.

My lucky piece of heather - I daren't get rid of it - is dropping flowery bits everywhere. Can you see the Christmas plate? I wonder if I should leave it up as it's nearly Christmas this year.

I stopped looking at it and started 'doing'. Everything came off.

The dresser was dusted ...

… waxed and buffed.

Now is this more showroom standard with artistic and interesting groupings of our ornaments and collections?

I do like my dresser legs. They are now all dustless, shiny and polished - 

shame about the floor!


PS Welcome to Simple Living.

Saturday, 4 October 2014


1. It is raining today. (What I said to myself when I woke up.)
2. Il pleut aujourd'hui. (What I said to myself next.)
3. Es regnet heute. (ditto)

I wonder how long we can make this list from our knowledge of different languages!

1. Make 2 loaves.

I prove the dough in a warm oven.
Made and put in the freezer.

2. Tidy the kitchen.
Swept and wiped down, dishwasher put on and emptied.

3. Put a wash on and dry it.
Folded, put away and a few items ready to iron tomorrow.

4. Walk the cats.
This morning and this afternoon walk in the garden and a play inside.

5. Dust the dresser.

Grotty light, grotty pics today
It was very dusty!

6. Wax the dresser.
Not enjoyable as wax gets up my fingernails. Polishing is much more pleasurable.

7. Put items artistically back on the dresser.
Had fun arranging and re-arranging.

8. Make a cake.

Two fruit cakes made and one frozen. The other in the process of being eaten.

9. Take stuff to the CS.
Clothes and magazines.

10. Call in at the shop that's closing down to say thank you to the staff.
This high street supermarket closed its doors today with some staff taking voluntary redundancy. I've had a few bargains this week as items have been reduced and yesterday they gave me 3 large bunches of bananas. These have been eaten and some frozen (minus peel) for later use in smoothies or banana bread.

11. Buy cat food and cat treats.
I think their food bill surpasses ours. I also bought a cat toy for 'playtime'.


PS 1. Pam, I left you a reply to your question about the paint.

2. Welcome to my new follower.