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Catch Up

Hello everyone :) I hope you are all feeling well on this fine Summers day :) This is a catch up post, I have lots to share with you :)

Do you like the floral arrangement above? Myself, and a few others made it in this months Women’s Guild meeting :) We were all shown, by our lovely Chairwoman, how to arrange flowers, as she is an expert and is a member of a flower club, then, 4 people, including me, were selected to be heads of a team, and we 4 had to then go and choose another 4 members to be in our team, once we did that, the heads of the team were given a bunch of flowers each, and what we had to do was, each member of the team took something from the bunch, and placed it in the wet oasis that was set out on a table infront of us, thus creating a floral arrangement :) It was fun, and I enjoyed it, and my team kindly voted for me to take the floral arrangement home, which I did, and I love it :)

It was a great night at the Guild, the Chairwoman kindly brought in some old copies of the Guilds magazine for me to bring home with me, and I have read them all already, and they are great magazines…

and with the Country celebrating the Queens Diamond Jubilee this month, and with the Guild been very big on the Royals ( The Queen was once a Patron for the Guild, and now Princess Ann is, and at the end of each meeting, God Save The Queen is sung ), we were all given a present in honour of the Jubilee! How lovely is that! All the members in our Guild were given a tin of Ringtons Tea, I do not know what the members of the other Guilds up and down the Country got, but I know that the members in our local Guild, including myself, were very happy with their Jubilee presents :) Here is the tin of tea…

and even the packet inside the tin, containing the teabags, is a special Jubilee packet :)

And whilst on the subject of the Jubilee, my kind dad and Pam kindly bought John and I a Jubilee pressie too, a tin of biccies :) So we can drink Royal Tea, whilst eating Royal biccies, lol :) ..

I really enjoyed all the Jubilee celebrations, and watched all the coverage on TV, it was wonderful :) And I really enjoyed this months Guild meeting :)

I thought I would share with you all a book I have recently bought…


I love the Country Diary series, and someone on Ravelry told me about this book, and how it has crochet patterns in it, so I just had to get it! The photos in this book are delightful!…

I can not wait to make a start on some of the patterns in this book :) And speaking of patterns, would you like to see my latest crochet? Well, remember in the last post, I showed you the Venetian 1914 Opera Bag I was crocheting, as a possible contender for one of the County Shows I am entering this year? Well, I have finished it, and love it! I love it so much, that this is the bag I am going to enter, but I am re-crocheting it in white thread, which is better quality, and will line it in a pink, or blue satin like material, and that will be my bag entry for the Show :) But here it is, my trial run version of the bag :)

And some detail shots of this bag :)

So that is the bag I am currently re-crocheting, ready for entering into the Seaburn Show :) I had crocheted 2 bags, and chose between the two which to re-do and enter, here is a photo of the two bags together…

So the little one, is the other bag I was thinking of entering..

But I think I have made the right decision in deciding to re-do and enter the Venetian bag, out of the two :)

I have also just finished crocheting an entry for the other County Show I am entering in September :) This entry is for the craft section, under the category ‘Something to commemorate the Jubilee’, so I have crocheted a filet doily, to commemorate the Jubilee :) Here it is blocking….

And once it is blocked, I will mount it, and then put it away until September, to then enter into the Show :) So the Show where this doily is getting entered, I only have one more thing to crochet for this particular show, as I am only entering 2 pieces of crochet into this one, the doily above, and a small dressed doll, as stated in the schedule, so I will crochet an outfit for my favourite childhood doll, my Tiny Tears doll, and enter that too :) The other Show I am entering, where I will be entering the bag, I still have that bag to finish, and also a flower corsage, a hat with a side decoration, and perhaps a Christmas tree skirt to crochet too :)

And another thing I have crocheted, which was just for fun, for a Garden Themed CAL/KAL I started in one of my groups on Ravelry, is this….

A cute little fairy :) The CAL/KAL was to make anything you associate with a garden, and just for fun, I crocheted a flower fairy :)

Speaking of Ravelry, I am also having a Lark Rise To Candleford Read Along, and Watch Along, in the LRTC group, so if you are on Ravelry, please feel free to join, and to also join in with the CAL and KAL that are going on in the Thriftiness group :)

I think I have caught up now, on all my latest bloggy news, lol :) I am actually unwell right now, I have caught this flu that is going around, so am feeling quite under the weather :)

I hope you have enjoyed reading this post, thank you for leaving your lovely comments :)

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




Sunny Day

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 :) :) :) :)