Sunday 30 October 2011

Weekend reminder

Virtual Tea Party
Tuesday 1st November
All welcome
Do pop in and say 'hello'.
Visit our guests' blogs and say 'hello'.
Love to see you there.
We'll keep the kettle on the boil for you.

Saturday 29 October 2011

31 Day Challenge - part 3

16. Another pair of flip flops bite the dust.

Here's the next pair - Primark specials.

17. Pair of trainers taken to the Charity Shop.
18. Carpet and underlay in one room recycled at the tip.
19. Magazines taken to the hairdresser's for her customers.
20. My one and only bag, which I use when I have no pockets handy, mended because the strap broke.
21. Novels, procured from various sources, taken to the Charity Shop.
22. Music CDs (bought from CS) now taken back because I've put them on my Ipod.
23. Card used for home-made sympathy card.
24. Small balls of wool made into a crocheted Nativity. (Confession - I have been working on these figures off and on since the beginning of the year!)
25. Old bits and pieces (wood, plastic) taken to the tip.
26. Two books given to a friend.
27. Old floppy discs disposed of.
28. Old tapes taken to Charity Shop.

Friday 28 October 2011

Nearly there

 I was looking through this book for ideas for the Tea Party in 4 day's time.

and came across these chapters on crochet and embroidery.

It shows embroidered or crochet borders for table linen. Nice ideas but too late to put into practice.

On the opposite page was this lady. Now I think it's going a bit far to embroider all your underwear!

Thursday 27 October 2011

What can we bring to the party?

I hope we can cater for everyone's tastes at this Virtual Tea Party. I think I could link each of these thoughts about the Party to many of your blogs. Whose blogs would go well with each of these?

Baking - breads, cakes, scones?
Fashion - hats, dresses, accessories? style?
Flowers - pink ones? - garden ones? - crocheted ones? - decorating?
Home grown produce - allotments, gardens?
Topics of conversation - travel? - singing and music? - charity shopping? - car-booting? - art? - frugality? - seeds and growing? - walks?
 Collections - tea towels? - table linens? - crockery? - books?
Knitting - tea-cosies?

Wednesday 26 October 2011

So just let me be beside the seaside

Only a short walk today from the pub, where we had lunch, through Heysham Village to St. Peter's Church on the cliff. (Thank you to whoever took the video which I found on Youtube.)

The churchyard is on the cliff looking out to the bay.

It was one of the highest tides today.

These appear to be sandstone coffins for very little people!

Here's some more information.

 We liked the inscription on this gravestone.


Welcome to my new followers. I hope you enjoy reading this blog.

Tuesday 25 October 2011

Where the brass bands play:


I couldn't find a brass band, just this fairground organ ...

... with monkeys, rabbits, cats and badgers.

The promenade is now open after a long time closed for a complete re-vamp. Now what are all these people looking at?

It's the Comedy Carpet, a project created by Gordon Young

This is a favourite song.

Always look on the bright side of life!

I said 'hello' to the sea for you.

Monday 24 October 2011

It must be love


PS Hello and welcome to my new followers.

Sunday 23 October 2011


There's always such a mess whenever I make a card.

The cat thinks so too.

Saturday 22 October 2011

JS and CS

Oh my. The lady had a whole plastic linen basket full, FULL, of wool. I was tempted but I resisted and only bought a few (5) balls @ 50p each. I did feel a new granny blanket coming on ( similar to this) but I will not start it (no I will NOT start it) until all my other projects are finished.

Junk shop

I sounded convincing there, didn't I? We also bought a wardrobe from the shop to go in the bedroom we're decorating. This was a little bit more than 50p but considerably less than a trip to Ikea. 

These leather boots were hardly worn, fit and I liked them. I don't know when I'll wear them or what with, but I still like them.

Charity Shop - £4.50

Friday 21 October 2011

12 days to go ...

... until our Virtual Tea Party. I feel I should officially issue an invitation to this event. So here goes. I've taken the wording from this book,

 which, of course, is a handy book that every handy housewife should own!

Dear friends,

I shall be very pleased if you can come and have tea with me on Tuesday November 1st at anytime o'clock.

Yours sincerely,

Even if you are not going to join in the party please drop by and say 'hello'. If you wish to join in please leave a comment and then I can link up with your blog on November 1st. We are posting Tea Party related bits and bobs on that day to celebrate our Virtual Tea Party. Love to see you there.

Thursday 20 October 2011

Finished - finally

Shawl for DD's birthday - finished, finally - 

all the ends SEWN IN.

Granny blanket (on the go and used since I don't know when) finished, finally - 

all the ends SEWN IN.

Thank you to Bunny Mummy for the double V edging.

Oddny, if you are reading this, hope everything is OK. I'm not able to access your blog. Take care.

Wednesday 19 October 2011

Still gathering

These are the outdoor tomatoes I harvested a few days ago.

The bed looks a little scruffy now.

As the tomatoes ripen indoors then we eat them.

The greenhouse tomatoes have also had a haircut.

There are still plenty of Ildi tomatoes ready.

I feel a soup coming on again!

Welcome to my new follower. Please enjoy your visits.

Tuesday 18 October 2011


I hate sewing in the ends ...

... even though I've got help!

Maybe not.

Sunday 16 October 2011

Fun Guys

I thought this fallen tree looked a little like a deer with antlers.

I found these mushrooms peeping through the fallen leaves.

Saturday 15 October 2011

31 Day Challenge - part 2

8. Old duvet that had seen better days now gone.
9. Desk and drawers in the guest bedroom not needed anymore and now Freegled.
10. Does turning veg from the garden into soup count?
11. New home card made with recycled card and ribbon.
12. Old laminate flooring from the guest bedroom now gone.
13. Pair of flip flops now sent to the great flipfloppery in the sky (bin).
14. Boxes of bits in the office sorted - all pencils sharpened, all pens in one place and tested, drawing pins, staplers, paper clips and fasteners sorted and stored neatly away.
15. More bags made for Christmas.
Doing well so far - I wonder if it will carry on.

Friday 14 October 2011

Kitchen window - October 2011

Flowers - a thank you for help pressie
Peppers - given to us from friends (hot, very hot!)
Cucumbers - the last from the greenhouse. I'm letting the two that are left go to seed.
Cress - for salads
Yellow chrysanths left over from a larger mixed bunch.
Roller and paint brush - re-decorating (slowly) starting at the top of the house.
Rolling pin - rolled the crust for the meat and potato pie
Shell - not been moved yet
Plants - always there
Electricity monitor - monitoring (Turn the lights off quick!)

Thursday 13 October 2011

Collections - Flip flops

They finally bit the dust.

Good job I've got plenty more to choose from for my next 'wear to death' flip flops.

Wednesday 12 October 2011

Helping a friend

We had to go out today to help a friend. Our favourite pub of the moment was on the way so we had a bit of lunch etc. before we offered our services.

We needed sustenance for the busy work ahead.

Suitably refreshed we went on our way.