Tuesday, 30 September 2014

What a Weekend!!!

Morning All

Miss me???  It seems ages since I last posted!!  We had our local Annual Lace Day on Saturday.... I collected my crazy Dutch Friend from her house in the morning.... after I'd spent almost half an hour waiting for a van to move out of the narrowest part of our entrance!!!  Trying to track down the driver was silly.... 8 cottages only down here and I'm the furthest from the road.  The track between numbers 4 and 5 is just wide enough to get a single car or small van through.... so where does the bed delivery van park??  Yes!! Just there!!!  When I eventually tracked him down.... he was 'far too busy' to move!! So.... after mutterings about legalities and access n egress.... I eventually got out!!

We got to the Lace Day, and I went into the kitchen (committee members work at lace days - drinks, cakes, keep suppliers watered, raffle stands, entrance, look after speakers, help to man stalls....) my job is the kitchen!!  Went into my bag to get my purse out.... not there!!! Panic!!!!  I remembered where it was.... in my shopping bag at home!!

Said friend was a good 'un.... she went to the bank for me and lent me some pennies!!

We went out for a meal in the evening, me, Sir and Young Sir!!  They'd been at a Radio Rally all day (we're all Radio 'Hams').

So, on Sunday, I went to friends house to return the pennies.... out of debt to friends again!!

Yesterday I went to school in the morning, to find that there were roadworks right on the crossing!!  I'm having to wait for the stop go boards to stop traffic both ways, and the traffic to clear before I can cross kids!!!  The challenge was, the traffic kept slowing down for me!!  Hey ho!! Fun had by all!!

So.... I've got no new tatty bits to show you today (Big Sad Face).... mind you, I've got a happy smiley face on as well when I tell you that Li'l Miss came with Mummy yesterday for a flying visit.... she looked at me and said..... "Annmarrr"

Chat later

Thursday, 25 September 2014


Red ones!!! LOL

This is the 'snowflake' I was talking about yesterday....

Red Bubbles!!

Couldn't resist the title of that.... it just reminded me of bubbles when I was doing it!!  The pattern once again, was from the 24 snowflakes!  The thread is Cebelia 20

Well, this morning we had a 'bit of a shenanigan' on the crossing!  The house near where I stand had an ambulance parked near it.... and when they decided to take the patient into hospital, they had to pull right up to the crossing!  I ended up 'helping' traffic for a short while.  At least all the kids were in school by then and parents are capable of 'crossing' themselves!!

Right.... Now I NEED coffee!!!

Chat soon

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

It's Autumn and....

.... a few days ago someone said it was only 3 months to Christmas!!  Now that IS scary!!!

I loves the leaves falling and crunching under me feet (unless they're wet leaves that is.... I doesn't like wet leaves!  Why?? Because you can 'slip' on 'em and then you end up with bruises on your ....!!

So, over the last few days I've been 'gearing up' for the round of Christmas swaps!!  You know, those things that you say you'll do because it seemed like a good idea at the time.... LOL  Anyhow, I decided that that book what I got last year (I think) or earlier this year, could be put to good use.... What do you mean I didn't tell you??  Oh Yes I did!!!  The 24 snowflakes one!!!!

Also, not wanting to 'admit' that the weather will be turning cold and wintry over the coming weeks & months... I decided that snowflakes need to be made to remind you that warmer weather is on it's way... eventually!!

So.... First up is.....

Ice Cream Snowflake!!!  

Summer sky, and neapolitan icecream colours!!! VBG  Now that should make you all feel warmer!! I'm also doing a red snowflake.... but don't ask me what I've done with it at the moment.... cos it's been 'borrowed' by the Borrowers!!  Please tell me you've either read the book or seen the film of Pod and Araminty!!  They have a multitude of uses for household items and I KNOW they live under the floor in our house!!

Anyway, coffee methinks....

Chat soon

Monday, 22 September 2014

She's Back!!!!

Now I'll let you decide whether I mean Jane E, who has returned home after being at Palmetto and now sporting a grand pair of silly slippers..... or do I mean Pigmini???

Well, as you are aware.... that naughty Pigmini has a 'thing' about those nice young men in the garage!! So much so that she decided to let them work on her brakes, lights, service, MOT..... she's been there over a month!!!  Anyway, I was told at the end of August, that she now has an MOT, been serviced, had her brakes and lights sorted.... AND, she needed to come home after that 'low flying' tree branch decided to leap in front of Sirs car!!!  Did she come home straight away??  No!! she decided she just HAD to wait for a new tax disc before she would deign to arrive here!!  That took a week to arrive!!

Right, I promised to share last Friday.... and, as you've probably worked out now I'm talking about Pigmini actually returning to where she lives!!  She arrived on a Friday evening at the beginning of September, and in order to get my own back on her waywardness.... I MADE her drive to Bristol for the day on the Saturday!!!  Over 400 miles!! That'll teach her to behave herself in the future!! LOL  While I was chatting about tatting with others from the Ring Of Tatters... she went for a little drive with Sir to let him take a walk along the Monarch Way.... along the River Avon!  No he didn't do all of it!! VBG.... but he did tell me that the buffet at the station made superb coffee n cake!!   We did let her have a bit of a rest while we had coffee at the new Gloucester Service Area on M5 (remember.... I 'shared' pics with you the other day), and again when we stopped for a meal at Fradley Junction.... I think she enjoys there because she can sit facing the canal and watch the narrowboats!!

While we were at the Service Area we got chatting with a couple, and, as you do, I mentioned tatting!! Now the reaction from most people is 'What's that??' but not this time!!  Turns out they know Brenda who used to be on the committee of the Ring Of Tatters a few years ago!!  Hows that for a small world??

So, whilst we were driving.... or rather Sir was driving.... I sat tatting!! (No surprise there then!!)  I made the first one of yet another pair of earwigs (it's 'THAT' pattern again!!)  I'm not showing you tho.... What?? you mean you really WANT to see the same pattern??  Ok, Ok, Ok, I get the message.... nosey lot!! VBG

Here you go:

Must get the other earwig done!!  And I want to start Umi & Tsuru's 'challenge', and there's the Hat to finish, and....I'm also test tatting, but I'm NOT showing you that!!!!  NO!!!!  You will just have to wait!!!  UFTB's!!!!  (Of course you know what I mean.... Un Finished Tatty Bits!!!) ROFL

Spent yesterday visiting.... made Sir take HIS car for a long run up to Bridlington!!  He went walking (again) with his mate John, and they got LOST!!!!  They say thank heaven for mobile phones and 'satnavs'!! LOL  They dropped me off at the home of an old school friend, and we spent the WHOLE day chatting, sharing memories, taking her dog for a walk.... you know the sort of thing!  Also met her hubby and her daughter and the dog, rabbits, hamsters, and gerbils for the first time!  Didn't get home till gone 11pm!  Did a WHOLE motif on my long term hanky edge.... from AGES ago!!!  All of 5 minutes tatting!!

I'm also busy.... still making pear jam, although the pears are rotting faster than I can use them! Li'l Miss isn't eating them fast enough!! VBG  School and school kid squishing this morning.... getting them out of bed sometimes is a nightmare!!  You know what kids are like.... particularly teenage and almost teenage ones!! LOL  Also Li'l Miss decided last night that she would NOT sleep!!  Mummy had a VERY late night with her!!

Right, coffee and then use some of they there pears in muffins for lunch (american style muffins, not english ones)... and then back to the jam!!

Chat soon

Friday, 19 September 2014

There's A....

.... Triffid in the middle of my garden!!!

What?? You don't believe me??  Well there is!!!  It's masquerading as a multi headed sunflower!!!  3 years ago when Mummy got married, they gave all the guests sunflower seeds to grow in their gardens... each year we've saved seeds and they are the 'babies' of the original seeds!!  Want to see?

See!!!  It's a VERY dull day today tho...

This is another 'baby' dropped by one of the birds... not as huge as the Triffid tho...

Busy at the moment with pear and apple jam.... our pears do NOT keep!!  We've given some away, they're only small and perfect for.... Li'l Miss:

She also loves balloons!! 

So.... no tatting for me just now (Boo....) And I've got this wonderful idea in me 'ead wot won't go away (you watch, it'll disappear just as I've time to 'ave a go'!!

Got the cars back, but somehow we've managed to 'do a swap', he's got mine and I've got his!!!  

Oh, we've also got pumpkins!!!  Baked one the other day.... they're only small but there was still enough to do 2 batches of muffins, a savoury pie and a crumble with leeks, cheese & chicken!

Ooh.... before I forget.... a couple of weeks ago when I got my mini back, we drove to Bristol!!  On the way back, we called in at a service area near Gloucester on M5.... Wonderful!!! The place was set up in conjunction with Westmoreland Farm Services on M6... a LOT further north!!  Here's the outside... Well worth a visit if you're in the area!!!  ('Scuse the finger....)  I may share the rest of the story with you tomorrow....

Busy, busy.... back to the jam....

Chat soon!

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Just 'Eard....

Ok.... being the devoted housewife that I'm not.... I've just been watching a VERY old episode of 'Last Of The Summer Wine'!!

The conversation went something like this:

"We may have already died to get here"
"You mean this could be heaven?"
"Well it might be t'other place...."
" Not possible!!"
"Why not?"
"In Yorkshire??  It'd be further south wouldn't it??"

Right, that should have sorted out a few ageing undergarments (or at least it will if Jane E is reading blogs!!)  So, what else have I got to tell you....

Well.... still waiting for my tax disc to get that Pigmini back where she belongs!!  And, still waiting to hear that Sir's car can go in to be mended!!  So... I'se on Shanks's Pony I'se is!!  What do you mean you've never heard of Shanks's Pony!!  Really??? Well I never did.....!!  Ok, ok, I'll tell you!!  It's slang for your legs!!  In other words I'm walking!!  3 hours a day for 1 hours pay!! Crazy or what??  It takes around 20 minutes to walk to where I 'work'.... but there's a railway line in between, and the gates can stay closed for 10 minutes!!! So I have to set off in time to allow for that, being as how I usually get caught by them!!

We're back at lace class tonight.... if the dratted disc don't arrive today, or I can't get me mitts on Pigmini, then my Crazy Dutch Friends hubby and lace bobbin maker will take us instead!!  Isn't he good??  I'll be taking the Commission, and me shuttles with me, however I've also gotta send out the newsletter (which is at Teach's house) because of aforementioned cars!!  Had to persuade Teach to go get them for me (Thanks Miss!!!!)  (See, I KNOW she reads me blog....)

No pics today!!

Chat soon

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Commission and 'Watch out for Low Flying Trees'!!

Well did you miss me??? Been quiet haven't I??? Bet you hoped it would stay that way!! Lol

Kids are back at school today.... well, most of them!! and all the littlies are crossing!!  I've also been cuggling Li'l Miss this afternoon!  Well, she wouldn't cuggle me so I did the cuggling!! VBG  She's now 10 months old!!  Where did that time go?? (and the first person to say it's getting old that does it gets crossed off me friends list!!!)  One of the Mums is getting sent the link for this, as we got chattin' this mornin' when she were eating cob nuts!!  an she's decided we're as bonkers as each other!!  So, as we're the sane ones.... I don't hold out much hope for the rest of you!!! VBG  Hiya Caroline!!!

So, it's September.... season of mists and mellow fruitfulness... or something.... Got that wrong didn't they??!!  No plums on MIL's tree, no beans came up in the garden, flippin' caterpillars et the caulis before we could, soft fruit no where near what it was last year!!  Mind you, the squash did come through so we've had a few and there are some pumpkins as well....

Onnyhow... what've I gotta tell you.... Well, I've decided August should've been torn off me calendar and thrown away!!

Apart from Sir and his mate 'walking' and using me as car support, and all it's 'added blister' factor, and my car deciding that that 'nice man at the garage' should look after her for a month!!! ...  last Friday a tree branch decided to commit kamikaze in front of the car... And this was the result!!

So now Sir's car is 'off the road' too!!!  Mind you, once the tax disc has arrived in me hot sticky little mitts, I'se off to retrieve Pigmini from her month long holiday!!!  She'd better be warned.... she's not in me good books at the moment!!  (Don't tell her I said that.... otherwise she'll sulk and refuse to come home!! VBG)

On a better note....

On Thursday night I gotta commission!! These:

Yes I know there's only one here... The other one is finished too!! And it makes my 25 in 8 1/2 months!!!! Got there!!  Rofl

Must tell you... While looking for something else... I found these masquerading as socks!!

Now do they look like socks to you??? Rofl!!  I know the top one was a Chris Parsons one cos I got its partner as a lace bobbin!!

Bought them last year almost a year ago!!! Pleased I've found them!!

Right, gonna post this before I forget what I did with anything!!

Chat later