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Hello :)

Can I just begin by saying thank you to everyone for your lovely kind words about our gorgeous Foxy :) She is on steroids now, to try to control the cancer, and she is doing really well, she is happy, healthy and waggy, and that is all we wish for :)

I crocheted her a special little blanket, Foxy’s very own blanket, not to be stolen away by our other animals, lol, and she loves it. I crocheted it for her been such a brave girl after her surgery a few weeks ago, she had major surgery to remove lumps that were thought to be cancer, she had lumps removed from her elbow, side, part of a lump on her leg ( which is where the cancer is ) and her neck, but with these lumps been suspected cancer, they had to cut a lot away, so the surgery was major, and the lump on her neck which they removed, they could only remove by cutting away part of Foxy’s neck muscle too, so she was in a lot of pain, and it has took a good while for her to recover, but she has recovered, and is doing marvellously well now, thank God. I will not be writing to much about Foxy’s illness, as I find it too upsetting, as she is our little princess, and we love her so much, but I will write about it as and when, to keep you informed, but it will not be too much.

Here is Foxy snuggled in her new blanket :)

 

and here is the blanket, done all in soft fluffy wools, so it is extra comfy for baby Foxy :)

It is hard, to have this constantly hanging over our heads, but we are trying to keep life as normal as possible, as we do not want to stress Foxy, or our other animals, so keeping things as normal as possible does help, and on that note, I will get on with the rest of this new blog post :)

 

I am still working on the Venetian Opera Bag, from 1914. It is the most frustrating and difficult pattern I have ever done! If you remember a few posts a go, I said I had improvised on the first part, well, I did not like it, so I pulled it out and started again. I posted in a few groups on Ravelry, asking if anyone could help me decipher this pattern, as with it been such an old pattern, the wording is totally different to what we are used too today, plus it is extremely vague, as in the old days, they used to expect you to know what your doing, without it been wrote in the pattern, so a lot of guessing goes on, trying to get things right, by looking at the photo in the pattern, and trying to fathom the vague instructions. So, a few ladies joined in on this pattern, and it has turned into a Crochet Along, which is lovely! And we are all helping each other figure this pattern out, and we are finally getting there with it. I have almost finished mine now, I am currently crocheting the decorative baubles for the bag, then will crochet the handles and line the bag and it is done. I am seriously thinking of crocheting this again, in better thread, and entering it into one of our County Shows, as it is so pretty! So here it is so far ( it does not blocking to bring the frills out, I will do this when it is finished :) )…

 

Oh, in-case I forget to tell you, I am now an official member of The Townswomen Guild! And as an official member, I get posted out to me their quarterly magazine which really is a good read, this quarters magazine is a Jubilee Special, which I am so pleased about, as I am really looking forward to the Jubilee :) Speaking of which, if your on Ravelry, I am having a Jubilee CAL~KAL in one of my groups on there :)

( can you also spot my little badge I got when I became a member too :) ), I am a huge fan of Our Royal Family, and am especially fond of Our Queen :) I am going to crochet a filet crochet doily, with the words Elizabeth II 1952 on it, to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee, and use this for the Jubilee CAL~KAL on Ravelry, and also enter it into one of our County Shows in September, I will start work on it once the bag is finished, but it will be the first time I have crocheted using a chart, and done filet crochet, so it may take me a while to do :)

I have been enjoying all the programmes on telly recently, about the Royals, I watched one the other night, and saw old footage of The Queen knitting! She was helping Princess Margaret :) I took a screen grab of it via Youtube, want to see :)

Are you looking forward to the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, are you doing anything special?

Hasn’t this weather been gorgeous lately! And about time too, I was sick of all that rain, finally, I am able to get out into the garden! our fruit is all coming on a treat, and our flowers are doing wonderfully well :) The other day, we rescued a frog and a newt from our garden, bless them :) And we spotted a woodpecker in our garden too! I wish I took photo’s! I adore nature, and love to watch the wildlife, it soothes my soul to be in nature, but it is hard to be in nature when you live in a city, you have to make do, so our garden is a wonderful place to sit and watch the wildlife, and also, we take advantage of our local parks, when we want to see some greenery, and be soothed by Mother Nature :) We went to one of our local parks at the weekend, for a picnic, and it was lovely! I love picnics :) I took some photos to share with you :)

The above photo’s were taken from where we sat for our picnic, this was the view, and the following few photo’s were taken on our walk around the park…

And the rest of the photos are of the pond, flowers and shrubbery :)

We had a lovely day, the weather was perfect, and it soothed my soul :)

And on that note, I am going to say bye for now, as I am going to quickly get my days chores done, so I can sit out in our garden, and enjoy this beautiful day :)

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog and leave your lovely comments, take care everyone, bye for now :) :) :) :)

Hello :)

Sorry it has been so long in posting, but I have been so busy! Isn’t this time of year a really busy one, what with the gardening, cooking, preserving, and everything else, phew, I’ll be glad when winter comes so I can have a rest!

John and I have dug over a new veg patch, about 10x20ft, and we have planted it up and are now anxiously waiting for our yummy veg to grow :)
We have also been working on the front garden to try to get it looking lovely, as someone has pulled down our arch, which was over the gate, with the wisteria growing round it! I was so upset about this, as I love the wisteria, but we managed to save the stump of the wisteria, which we are just going to let grow, without training it around anything, as we do not want anything else to be vandalised in our garden. We have been plating out loads of flowers, and the front garden is starting to look lovely again, I really must remember to take photos!!

This is going to be a really picture heavy post, as I have been taking photos of everything, so I can post them on here, but I did mean to post them a long time ago, but with been so busy, I just have not had the time, so I am afraid they are all going on in one go, lol, so I will try to keep my writing to a minimal, so the post is not too long :)

On the cooking front, I have been going a bit crazy really, making all kinds. I tend to bake on a Saturday, but if the mood takes me, I bake during the week too :) Here is what I have been making :)

John and I love cheese, onion and tattie pie, so I tend to make these quite often, and I always make my own pastry :)

Here is the mixture to go into the pie, I could eat it just as it is!

And the pastry cases…

Filled…

Ready to go into the oven…

Yummy!

I have also made a selection of lemon cakes, a lemon icing cake..

I loved this one :)

A normal lemon cake for Johns uncle..

and a lemon syrup cake for us…

I have baked quite a few batches of almond biscuits over the past few weeks, for John and I, and for Johns parents, and my dad and Pam..

I like to wrap the biccies in greaseproof before putting them in the tin, so that they do not break..

I’ve also baked two trays of choccie chip cookies..

A Victoria sponge cake filled with double whipped cream..

A days baking, with a special big biccie for John saying Love You :)

I have baked a rhubarb crumble with custard when we had Johns parents over..

And I have baked a choccie cake…

And I have baked some ginger bread people using a very old fashioned recipe from my Lark Rise Recipe Book :)

Oh yes, and I made some tattie cakes for supper one night when we had some left over mashed tattie, yum , love these :)

And still on the subject of food, John and I have been blackberrying, in our garden, and round about where we live, and really enjoyed doing it too, I love to forage with John, it is so enjoyable and a lovely thing to do :) We have picked lots of blackberries, and will be going blackberrying again in a few days, as I plan on making a lot of things from the berries this year, for now we are freezing them until I need to use them :)

I am really loving the fact that all the berries are coming out ready to pick and be turned into delicious things, not just blackberries, but elderberries too, and soon, I will be gathering rosehips to turn into syrup to eat on our morning porridge, yum! I love this time of year, the weather turning just a fraction cooler, hinting that Autumn will not be far off, and I love Autumn, and winter, in all its cosy glory, and I can not wait for those Seasons :)

Okey dokey, now for the crochet :)

I have been doing a lot of crochet lately, I do so love it :) I have crocheted a family of blankets, for a little boy, a little girl, and a baby girl, which I have traded with Nicola from Smilernpb, for lovely smellies which now fill our bathroom shelves :) Nicola and her children are absolutely over the moon with the blankets, so I am very happy about that :)

Firstly, the little boys blanket…

The little girls blanket…

I have shot through some dark colours every now and then , just to give the little girls blanket some contrast and interest :)

The baby girls blanket..

and the family of blankets together :)

Still on the subject of blankets, I have crocheted a baby blanket for our niece who is due to give birth this Friday! she is having a little boy, hence the blue ribbon :)

I have crocheted two pretty petals cushions, the idea of which, I got from the wonderful blog, attic24. The pattern is for a potholder, but add a back, stuff it, and you have a fabulous cushion!

The first one I made, I made very big, so it now lives on our bed :)

and the second one I made, I crocheted smaller, and it now lives on our settee..

I have crocheted  new wash cloth, which I love to use, as it is so soft :)

And I have crocheted a  football scarf,

And last, but not least on the crochet front, I have begun work on my Autumn crochet projects, starting with a pumpkin tea cosy :) I am also going to crochet a carved Halloween pumpkin, to sit on our hearth on Halloween, and I may crochet some mini pumpkins, and ghosts, for Halloween too, when my Autumn projects are done, I will start on my Christmas projects, I know I know, it is only August I hear you say, but I think it is never too early to be thinking of what to make to decorate your home, and to give away at Christmas time :)

Phew!!!!!! Now that that’s the cooking and crochet out of the way, I can tell you the other things I have been doing :) The other day, I decided to make another little cat basket for our two kitties, so that they did not have to share, bless them. I took an old wicker washing basket, and two old crochet blankets I have made, which now have holes in them thanks to the kitties, and made a very comfy basket for them. Jack has claimed this basket, and Whiskey sleeps in the other, iglow type cat basket, but, during the day, when the Jack is not in the basket, Scrappy decides to squeeze himself into it for a snooze, lol, now Scrappy is a big dog, and he hardly fits in the basket, but he loves it! John and I were in stitches the first time he did it, here he is here..

Lol, silly doggie! :)

I have also been working my way through all 4 series of LRTC, getting snug on a night, watching these wonderful programmes..

I love how snug and cosy our sitting room looks on an night :) I always watch my programmes before John and I get settled to watch a film together, then the room is all set up, cosy and comfy for John, I and our 4 pets to all get settled together, it is my favourite time of day, I love it :)

I took the next one quite late at night, when we were all settled, as you will see by the time on the clock, lol :)

I have been gathering and drying lavender from our garden, here is a small selection of it, I still have a lot more hanging up drying..

and I have turned the lavender into lavender bags, which smell divine and are scenting my drawers :)

I did make more, but I have gave some away, and I will be making more lavender bags from the other bunches I have drying :)

And finally, let me show you some of the gorgeous floral things I have been buying recently from the fab shop, B&M :)

I love this shower cap!

I have been after a floral shower cap for ages, then spotted this in B&M for only 99p!

Right, and thats it I believe, that is everything I have taken photos of over the past few weeks :) So, until next time,. which will hopefully not be so long, can I just say, thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog, and leave your wonderful comments, which I really do love to read :)

Take care everyone, bye for now :) :) :) :)