Tuesday, 14 November 2017

November and a time to celebrate.

Hello  all, time for a catch up me thinks. Last week was the graduation of our eldest grandson Jack. We are extremely proud of him ,we decided that Martin would attend  as  he only had one spare ticket. He did take  some photos of Jack and  his fiancee  Katie. Here he is gaining his First with honours degree in Engineering.
So so  proud of him  ,another with his mum  and  dad.Our  daughter  Kate and  her husband  Iain.
One with his fiancee  Katie.
They all had a lovely day. We are all  going  out for a celebratory meal  for those  that could  not go ,this weekend.
So that was the big celebration.
Now  onto stitching  and  I have been trying to keep  to the projects on nights I have planned for them. I think maybe I will have  to put Jane Austen away until later ,as I have chosen  a more to it chart than  I thought for a christmas exchange. I have had one finish but not "finished"it yet. It is Jump for joy ,if anyone would like the chart leave a comment ,if more  than one I will draw a winner.
 There is a mistake  ,but I was not going to correct it. I stitched this along with  my dear friend Sally.Last Friday we both started Born  in  a manger by LHN,and this is how far  I got.
That  is a Friday night  stitch .  I had got as far as this before  picking it up again on Saturday and Sunday, whilst  Strictly was on as I  am doing  this as my stitch for Strictly with Julie on Needlecraft Haven. 
Here is last weekends  progress.
I am  really enjoying this now, Away we ride by Blackbird  Designs. Monday I stitch with Sally but I am stitching her Christmas exchange piece so cannot show that.  Tuesday ,which is tonight I shall be stitching some more of my Christmas list.  This is over one  and is a Silver Creek design.
Another one I am  really liking. Tomorrow I shall be in the parlour with Boughs of Holly ,here is where I am at the moment.
Sorry about the crumpled look .It is coming along though and I am wondering  if  to make  it into a cushion. I have a free night on Thursday so I will  get one of  them  out and stitch a bit more. I am  wanting  to knit  but not sure what so maybe next time you pop  by I will have something on  the needles. 
I asked my friend  Barbara if she could get this chart for me  ,I could not get it in  the UK so she kindly got  it for  me  and posted  it for me which was a lot  cheaper than having it sent from the store.Thankyou so much Barbara if you read this. I am  going to have a dogs  we have had  wall and thought this would be a lovely stitched piece to go in the middle.
 The only thing stitchy wise I have bought ,is fabric and threads for In a manger. So I have been good really, I can hear you saying you do not believe me , well I have bought a few bits but not for stitching.
Books .oh dear yes more books.One I can  blame Miss Julie for  enabling  me  . These are this times  books.

I just cannot read  fast enough. I am  reading  Things  we never  said  at the moment. About a week ago we had a phone call from  youngest grandson  ,he had a day off school  due to teacher training. He wanted to know if  we would like  to go  for a walk.So we went out to Kates and  walked over Lorton  Meadows.  It was a beautiful day and  we thought Effie  would not get into mischief  , about  2 minutes  in  she  found the deepest muddiest puddle she could ,and  wallowed.So  our clean  pale golden  retriever was chocolate coloured.
She certainly looks pleased with herself.We walked for  about an  hour and a half ,found a bench  and  sat and admired the view. 
She is so lovely and after the initial bark  when people come,she loves nothing more  than  a cuddle  ,here  is  Martins  Mum with her .
Back to the walk  ,I got a picture of Alfie  which I was pleased with  as we have not got  many of  him.
I love  woods and the smell  of woodsmoke. I  have always wanted a woodburner but having no chimneys it  would be a costly thing to do.   So  when  I saw  this I  just had  to have it and  it  really does smell of  woodsmoke.
Oh and  I saw this  last week and added to the pile.
Almost there , I had a nice surprise  from  my grandaughter Ella she sent these down   for  me  with her mum  and  dad.  She  is hoping  to visit this  weekend.Looking forward  to  that.
I looked out of the window  at  the side of  the house  at the neighbours  apple tree and  saw this  blackbird  enjoying an  apple on  the tree.
We went out to try and take a picture but it wasn't going  stay for that.
So that  is  all my news for  now ,I hope  you are  all   well  and if you would like to leave a  comment  I  really do love to get  them. I  shall see  you again  in a couple  of weeks for the November Scavenger Photo hunt. Thankyou for visiting.
Hugs Barb.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Octobers Hawthorns Scavenger Photo Hunt.

Well here I am with my Octobers  choices. Some of these  are a  little old  but hey ho ,all in the spirit of  the list.
1.Making

The most of a sunny afternoon  walk today with the dog.In the fields  looking toward  Portland.



2.Empty.
Oh dear it is getting worse ,started small and getting  bigger, nice while it  lasted.


3.Starts with an F.
A
A photo  of the fireplace in the Drovers Inn near Loch Lomond  in Scotland. Really a fascinating  place  ,we visited  when  we went to the Outer Hebrides.

4.Paper.


A different use for old  paper  back books.

5. Neat.
A friend stitched this  for  me as part of  a Halloween  exchange  and it is pretty neat for our October  scrapchallenge.
Pretty neat stitching too.


6.Street.
The view down our street from the gutter.

7.Kettle.
We went to a pub  for lunch yesterday and it just so happens   this row of   kettles  were on   the windowsill.

8.Unexpected.
My grandaughter Ella  who is  now almost  18 ,  this was taken  during  an unexpected and  for us unusual fall  of snow.

9. Vase.

This was blown  by my other half,  he did a glass blowing course locally as  a birthday present from  our daughter.  I have not  dared  use it as a vase  yet.

10. Own choice.
A very sleepy Effie after her walk.
Thanks Kate  for the opportunity to  do this again   this month .I am  sorry I did  not get round to leaving comments last month but tomorrow  I will be  seeing everyones photos ,really looking  forward to it.  
Barbara.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

October and time for all things Halloween

Hello my fellow bloggers.
Yes it is  that time of year again ,and Halloween is  almost upon us.Tina my friend  who  I have been  doing a Halloween exchange for many years with now has been  busy with her needle and thread. She stitched me this .
I do not  know  who the design is by but it is now sitting  in the lounge.She  also sent  me these wonderful  goodies  , she   spoilt   me,  so thankyou so much my friend. Also sheepie bits.
 
 I  will share mine to her  later.I  stitch LizzieKate on Mondays with Sally another of my stitchy friends  of  many years,  I am so lucky with  all  that I am  in touch with.  Anyway back   to LK, I saw this and  thought of my grandaughter Caitlin who really this fits to  a T.  Finished  last week,I gave  it to her  when  she brought her new  boyfriend round to meet us ,must be  serious as she has  not  done  that before. They are  coming  for a  meal this week.They have chosen what  they want me to cook  too.This  is what I did for  her.
Yes  I did  fill it with chocolate ,although I expect it was empty soon  after. The back is this.
She loved it, although I think  it was  the chocolate really.
Now I will show you what I stitched for Tina. Halloween exchange  2017 ,
I asked Martin is he would make us both one of these and this is Tinas ,mine is cut but not put together.
The witches house candleholder.The October Moon  behind it was  a previous exchange piece from Tina.  The Pumpkin house design  was in this years edition of JCS Halloween  .
I have  not finished anything else but I am  working  on several bits. I have put Mondays onto the exchange  I do with Sally at  Christmas  , it is a bit bigger than an ornament so it will take  me longer. I do not  stitch as quick  as I used to . Arthur has attacked  the hands ,  age does not come alone.
I  will not  be  able to show  you that one for a while. I have picked up boughs of Holly again!!! This is Wednesdays in the parlour , I can show you here as  I cannot  get photobucket to let me share it with Needlecraft Haven.
Will share with you a bit more next time. Tonight I am  continuing with My Christmas List that I started last week. I am   stitching it over one so again it will take a while.
This was a new edition to the stash which arrived  last week. Also last week this beauty arrived it is all kitted up for a new start ,really got itchy fingers  to start it .
I will be doing this over one too. On Fridays I stitch sheep with Sally again  and here  is my progress on  Jump for joy.
Saturdays Strictly is back  so I join Miss Julie and Mr Stick in the parlour and I have picked up Away we ride again ,hope to get it finished by Christmas.
Sunday is Jane  Austen ,which is coming along very slowly.
I want to get back to the lettering but i need to finish the pattern at the top. So that is my week   of stitching . Now for Books. Well not so many this time as  I  need to get some finished. Martin did buy me this as I am   enjoying the series.
I also bought this ,as I could not resist the temptation. It is on its side sorry.
This is one of the illustrations  inside.
Lots  of  bits and bobs  about the festive season ,extracts from books and just a nice book to sit on the coffee table during the season. It will be here sooner than we think  . Martin saw  these and thought of me they were only £10 each from    Postscript. 53 cds , I will listen while I sew. I love the descriptive writing of Charles Dickens.
We have not been  out and about much so nothing  to share there.  We  do walk Effie everyday though but it is  usually the same place. She has  settled  down really well,been spayed so we are waiting for her fur to grow back . She is  in  her favourite  place with  me as I write this on the settee. I only have to move though and  she is right behind  me. She has grown a  lot  more confident both with people and dogs and loves to play with any dog  that is game. So lovely to  see her full of  life.
The garden is not at its best now as winter is around  the corner but I did take a  couple of photos for you to see,
Roses just about hanging on  in there. Don't ask me what the plant  is that is   next it  turns  red in  the middle and then the middle  goes  turquoise. Very unusual.
Very prickly too.
So  I now have family news to  share. My grandaughter Ella passed her driving  test first time on Saturday last . Now G &S will not know   where she is. Then this last weekend our eldest Grandson Jack and Kate his fiancee moved into  their first home together.I have not seen  it yet but have been  invited for the grand tour on Saturday. Such a special time for them  although the wedding date has been set for 2020  , so I have time to save for a new hat lol.

I think that is about it for  this  time  ,the next post will probably to a photo scraphunt which is due in a couple of weeks. Get thinking head  on  for  that.I will leave you with  a witch I have on my Patio door courtesy of Tina.  Off now to practise the cackle. lol.
OOPS she  is flying sideways.

Thanks for reading my rambling  and  even taking time for  a comment. They mean a lot to this elderly woman.
Much love and hugs
Barb xx

Friday, 29 September 2017

Septembers Hawthorns photo Scavenger hunt.

Hi everyone, I have got my photos for you to see.
 1.Shut .
Not very inspiring  ,however this box has a history,  predominantly it was used in  the age of steam on  the railways.It was used to hold tokens that the drivers had to pick up at the beginning of a single  track rail. To  prevent another train entering single  line working as  only the owner of the token  could be on  the line. The age of steam  has  passed and so this  box  is "Shut".

2. Copper.
The other evening the light was so good I  managed to get a  shot of  this tree  by the roadside outside our house.
 I love  this time  of year and the colours of the trees.

3.Wrist.

Our new  retrievers wrist. I struggled  with  this one  as I did  not want an  ordinary wrist or a watch. So hope this complies.

4.Quarter .

Again this one kept coming  as a  quarter to ,or a quarter past.  When  I suddenly thought of this.
Fat quarters  of fabric. Ready for a bag.

5.
It  starts with a C.
 
A cross stitch Cushion. I made.

6. Foam.
Cheated a bit with this as it  was going to be C ,but it  is  standing  on  the foam  I used to stab him  with.

7.Scarf


A woven scarf and pin from  the Hebrides.

8.Line.


A line of mugs  in the kitchen.

9.
Nostalgia.

 This was taken  in a black house we visited in Scotland.I  remember  Vim well.

10.My own  choice. 
Our golden  retriever Effie  wondering  what on   earth it is. A friends tortoise  Mork that we  were  looking after whilst they were on  holiday. 
Not  a very inspiring set this  time ,will try harder next time . Off  now  to see some of  your  tens.
Barb.