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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 :) :) :) :)

21 Responses

  1. #1
    Pom Pom 

    Nice to see you, Melanie!
    Oh, your Foxy blanket is very sweet! I am not surprised that you are caring for Foxy in such a loving way. You have a heart of gold!
    I am very excited to hear about the Jubilee celebrations. I like the queen, too.
    I don’t know how you get your brain around those complicated patterns! You are such an expert crocheter!
    Have a happy week! :)

  2. #2

    Hiya Pom Pom :)

    Thank you so much for your lovely words :) Your such a kind and sweet person, thank you :) xxx

  3. #3

    Am thinking of your sweet Foxy and hope that she is feeling a bit better, she certainly seems to be enjoying that cuddly blanket that you have made her. I can’t wait to see your opera bag when it is finished. I am not sure that I could do something that complicated!

    I am relatively new to Ravelry and not sure how it all works, how would I find you on there? Anyway, enjoy the sunshine while it lasts. Dev x

  4. #4

    Hiya Dev :)

    Thank you for your lovely comment :) Foxy loves her blanket :)

    To find me on Ravelry, search for mrsgalloway ( that is my username ) by clicking on the ‘people’ tab, type my username in there, and you should see me, add me to your friends, if you like :) And I will add you, and on my profile, I have links to the groups I run on there, so please feel free to join, the CAL/KAL is in the Thriftiness group :)
    What is your username on there?

    I hope your having a lovely day :) xxx

  5. #5

    I’m so sorry to learn of your little puppy’s health problems. But, she is certainly blessed with a sweet loving ‘mum’ to take care of her so sweetly.
    All your crochet projects are wonderful as usual! You’re an artist!
    And love the pics of the queen knitting – so cute and sweet!


  6. #6

    Hiya Georganne :)

    Thank you for your lovely comment :)
    Foxy is doing well, which we are pleased about :)

    What a lovely compliment, saying I am an artist, wow! :)

    I love seeing the Queen knit too :)

    I hope your having a lovely day :) xxx

  7. I’m so pleased to hear that Foxy is doing well!
    Vivienne x

  8. #8

    Thank you Vivienne, we are too :) xxx

  9. Sorry to hear about your beloved friend foxy

  10. #10

    Hi Melanie,
    So pleased to hear that your dear sweet Foxy is doing well. Our pets are so brave and never complain do they? That’s what makes it hard to bear sometimes. You are being so strong and you are giving her the best care,which she knows I’m sure.
    Hope you have all enjoyed the wonderful Jubilee celebrations.I have been glued to the TV and loved watching the films of the queen when she was a child and with her growing family too.
    Hope you have a lovely weekend doing what you love.
    Love Bellaboo X

  11. Sending lots of love to Foxy xxxxxxxxxx

  12. #12

    Thank you Qiviut Fairy :) xxx

    Thank you Bellaboo :) They are so very brave, and never complain, they just get on with it, and yes, that does sometimes make it hard to bear.
    I have loved all the Jubilee Celebrations, I have been watching all the programmes on TV about the Royals, and watched all the live coverage too, it was wonderful :)
    I am so pleased you enjoyed them all :)
    I hope you have a lovely week :) xxx

    Thank you Kitten :) xxx

  13. #13

    Hello Melanie, Yes you are welcome to take part on the blog its open to knitters and crochet’s world wide. You do Gorgeous Crochet…so beautiful & i Love your blog.
    Hope Foxy’s ok !

  14. #14

    Sorry forgot to ask Is that Roker park ?

  15. #15

    Hiya Lorraine :)
    Thank you, I am pleased I can enter your give away, and what a wonderful give away it is too :)
    Thank you for your lovely compliment on my crochet work, and I am so pleased you love my blog :)
    Foxy is doing good today, she has just been playing in the garden, as for once, it is not raining!
    Nope, that is Barnes Park, which is about 10 minutes walk from where we live :) Roker Park is on the other side of the river, about 15 minutes drive away, both parks are lovely :) xxx

  16. #16

    Gorgeous photos Mel! Wasn’t the Jubilee something! I watched it on tv and picked up HELLO magazines commemorative issue.

    I’m so pleased Foxy is doing better

    Ali x

  17. #17

    Hiya Ali :)
    Thank you, pleased you like the piccies :)
    The Jubilee was fantastic, I watched as much as I could on telly, I did not want to miss a thing! I have got a few Jubilee memorabilia too :) I loved it :)

    I hope you’re having a lovely week :) xxx

  18. #18


    Those photos of your parks were wonderful. I know England is known for the beauty in their landscaping, etc., among other things.

    I appreciate so much your Queen, I am not as adept in all the information associated with the Royal Family, mostly because there’s so much trash out there in print you have to weed through it carefully. I love the new couple and hope they have many many years of wedded bliss.

    Congrats on the induction into your group The Townswomen. Do you focus on any charities?
    Love the photos of your Foxy, being a male dog, you’d think he’d be somewhat embarrassed with the pastel colors, but I think he’s taking it quite well and looks quite comfy too. lol
    Take some photos of your garden in bloom, I’d love to see your handiwork, I have a brown thumb so the only thing I do well is weeds. lol…:)
    I’m out of school for the summer and am enjoying my down time. I need it.
    I’m going to email you about something but I wanted to respond to this post.
    Have a wonderful summer and congrats.

  19. #19

    Hiya Barb :)

    I love our local park, it is a beautiful place to picnic :)

    I am so pleased you love our Royal Family :) I really enjoyed watching all of the Jubilee celebrations :)

    Thank you, I love the Women’s Guild :) They raise money for various charities :)

    Oh, Foxy is female :) So she loves the pastel shades, that is why I chose those colours and fluffy wool, because she is female, lol :)

    I would take photos of the garden, but I get embarrassed if the neighbours are out, lol, I may try to get a few though :)

    I hope you have a lovely Summer holiday :) xxx

  20. #20

    so sorry, I thought Foxy was a boy… forget the neighbors…snap anyway…:)

  21. #21

    Lol, that’s ok Barb :) I may take some piccies :) xxx

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