Saturday, February 17, 2018

Kantha projects

Spring has sprung here, thanks to my beautiful girl bringing some back home with her.
These are just delightful and my favourites
Rebecca carefully wrapped them up and protected them in her hand luggage by using cardboard tubes
They were really tightly closed and I have had such enjoyment as I have watched them slowly unfurl these last few days.

I don't know the name of this plant, but we know it as a money tree
My Mum had one of these in Surrey when the kids were young and she wove enchanting stories for them around the bush, sometimes even hiding small coins amongst its leaves for them to find. Not every time they went there of course, just to add to the mystery.
I noticed this one coming into flower
 Little star flowers. It made me smile a lovely way to remember Mum

Fiona made a post about kantha stitching, I mentioned that I love this technique, so relaxing, Fiona asked what sort of projects I had made using it, so I thought it an idea to make a post of it.

Years ago now I attended a workshop by Surjeet Husain, who was born in India and trained in music, art and design. She was a mind of information and I thoroughly enjoyed using shisha glass and the traditional stitches she demonstrated, making several small projects, little purses and bags.

A little table runner
I didn't follow a pattern as such just let the needle flow,
I stitched this whilst sitting by my sons hospital bedside as he battled with Guillain barre syndrome, the rhythm was comforting. That was about 13 years ago now.

I used some of the techniques on this wall hanging, again just letting the flow take its own course.

I used perle threads and silks, sorry its a bit hard to see in the photo.
The hanging now rests on the wall at the bottom of the stairs.

Today has been a lovely bright day and warm enough to sit in the naya, so I took up my hexie cot quilt to continue stitching, nice way to pass the afternoon. Still a way to go on it!!

take care

Monday, February 12, 2018


Wish it would make its mind up, one minute freezing the next its 16C and tee shirts, then today rain and freezing cold.  Rebecca has just returned from a trip to see Antoni in Reading and she said she just wished she had a button for central heating here. Have to rely on the good old hot water bottle!

They have been astounded at the spiralling costs of renting in the UK, what with month and half deposits plus another half month because of the cats, even in unfurnished! then the credit and police check costs plus moving back over from here, they are now feeling very disheartened.

Rebecca has always been a people person and is the first to offer a helping hand.
Whilst in M & S at the weekend she passed a lady who was obviously having problems and no one was helping her, so she stepped forward and after being told a chair was in the furthest part of the shop began to clear a mannequin display so the lady could perch on the boxes. She subsequently stayed with her for half an hour until the ladies daughter arrived.

The next day Rebecca headed off to Birmingham airport, was transferred to a coach at Banbury due to track closures so was rather worried over timing for her flight. She was fine but going through security they spotted a pot of hummus in her case and even though it was sealed etc they confiscated it and threw it away. She was a bit cross!!!! So they put her case through again for a rescan, by this time she was getting rather flustered, quickly collected said bag and the rest of her belongings from the trays and headed off. It was only after she had nearly exited the security that a couple approached her and suggested that she may have left her ipad behind and security had it safe.
Sure enough upon checking after all the kerfuffle it wasn't there but she was reunited with her ipad.
Reason for the waffle of a story, I just thought it was so lovely that she had done her paying forward so to speak and then she was rewarded.
I think its called karma.

So many times people are ignoring their instincts to help because of possible repercussions which is really quite sad, when sometimes a friendly hand of friendship is all that is wanted.

Update on Feliz, poor little chap, back to the vets today, couldn't open his eyes again this morning, at least he is eating a little but has no interest in anything at all. Something I thought interesting was the vet told us to bathe his eyes in camomile tea solution, they do seem slightly better now.
Something to note for future reference. Back to the vets tomorrow

I spotted this cloud yesterday afternoon, actually I saw its reflection in a window first then saw it in the sky, beautiful rainbow cloud. No enhancement or photo shop, just how it was

take care


Friday, February 9, 2018


Today is our 2nd wedding anniversary
Hard to believe two years ago we were in Gibraltar, it was certainly warmer than it is today
Where does the time go?
Chris gave me a beautiful rainbow bouquet

Poor Felix is in the wars again
He has made friends with Tammy making her his Mummy but she has had a nasty cold
and he has now caught it
Although today he is eating better again and is bouncing around like Tigger
Here he is feeling a little sorry for himself in the log basket by the fire

He still likes his little hiding place in my jumper but I did manage a little knitting for a while as he dozed but it was impossible when he woke up!

Take care


Saturday, February 3, 2018


We have gone back to jumpers and scarves, the rain yesterday turned into snow and sleet. We had travel warnings from the town hall regarding the state of our mountain road, which consequently meant Chris having to cancel two appointments. Better safe than sorry though.
However it had all cleared up by late afternoon and today we have sunshine again

But its cold!

The sea view from our courtyard
Nice bit of colour

Not much going on with the crafting, have to wait for Felix to drop off before knitting. I had started another jumper but decided as it has no particular shaping, the size I had chosen to do was too big. So as I was near the end of the yarn I started again and am undoing it as I reknit, shame I had knitted roughly ten inches before deciding that.
I think the other one is destined to be unpicked too as I realised this was too big too.
Better that than being shoved in a drawer never to be worn.
Have a great weekend
take care

Friday, February 2, 2018


We have been getting funny wet stuff from the sky since early yesterday evening. Yeah!
Its supposed to continue today, break tomorrow then a further three days, its so needed
The pool has been topped up by about four inches already
Mind you its driving the furries wild, they go from one door to the other in hope its not wet there then brave it and come back very soggy lol

Talking of furries, last Wednesday Rebecca was taking a walk around her village when she spotted a young lad with a rucksack depositing something by the bins, he ran away and as she passed she realised it was two tiny kittens, no more than 4 weeks old
A Spanish couple had walked passed in front of her and didn't bat and eyelid, but Rebecca scooped them up. popped them in her jumper and took them home.
She realised one of them had a broken leg, so she took them round to the vets for a check.
Yep, one broken leg, but too young to do anything about it except hope it mended well.

Her two cats were none too pleased a having their space invaded and she knew she couldn't keep them, the vets had told her they don't rehome. Good old social media after a couple of posts one of the kittens was rehomed, but no one wanted the poorly one.

One of the local shelters first said she was out of their area, then they would only take him if he came with a sizable donation!
Having gone to stay with Rebecca for a couple of days, I´m sure you have guessed the rest of the story! lol I just couldn´t see this beautiful black and white kitten with a lovely temprement being put in a large cage with older ones only to have his leg hurt even more.
He just had to come home with me

So I´m pleased to introduce you to Felix
He looks quite big here, but he is really tiny.
He is so sweet and after another check up with our vets, I´m pleased to say he is getting better, compensating a little still, but bouncing around so perhaps it was more of a green stick fracture
He loves to snuggle up in my cowl neck jumper and has great fun tossing the mice I knitted around, dancing and chasing anything he can. The others? some walk away, others sniff then wash him

As usual Chris had to video camera to hand and this is what he caught

At the moment he is sitting on the sofa fascinated by the rivers of rain pouring from the roof
Hours of entertainment, along with a pin cushion leg from his climbing lol
Better go and see what the little rascal is up to
take care

Thursday, January 25, 2018

In the pink

We have had some lovely warm tee shirt and shorts weather recently, even a few nights without lighting the log burner. Mildest winter for 20 years so they say. This produces some beautiful sunsets
and with 9 furries some one always gets in on the act.

This time is was Monster, posing quite happily
I have enjoyed sitting in the Naya, in the sun just relaxing, I caught some horrible tummy bug last weekend which laid me low, so the warmth and rays were welcome.
Quite a change from last year as we had lots of snow at this time.  The almond blossom is making its appearance slightly early, always beautiful pink and white hue to the landscape

Although they are forecasting a gotafria style storm over the weekend, so just hope it doesn't get knocked off before its begun.

We have just had 5 cubic meters of logs delivered, a huge pile! It takes about 30 wheelbarrow loads to get it from the drive into the wood shed, we did 10 yesterday so a third of the way, must be done before the weekend though, just in case, no sense in getting it wet.

Have fun
take care

Monday, January 15, 2018

Lush, beading and knitting

I´ve probably mentioned before about the strong bond Rebecca and I share, so much so that one only has to think of ringing the other  and the other rings too.
Would you believe, as like last Christmas, this year we bought each other the same gift, even the same product.
Although it was difficult, I kept a straight face when I received my gift first, wonderful pampering from Lush, lovely Rose shower gel, argan cream and bath bombs.

It was such a lovely moment when Rebecca opened her parcel to reveal her Lush goodies
Then we fell about and had huge hugs.
Last year we did the same, giving beautiful mandela colouring books, along with colour pencils, even down to the pencil sharpener. Amazing.
Wonder what next Christmas will bring.

I have spent several days making bracelets to put on my display board at our local restaurant
I decided to just make the one pattern but in various colourways for quickness as the restaurant had opened after the holidays and I needed to fill some spaces.

I thought I would add different styles later on

Last year I knitted a cushion cover for some serviceable  cushions, just didn´t like the material, basically making it up as I went along, I think it was a double moss stitch
I finished and fitted it, then started the second. Turned into a bit of a UFO so I finished knitting it, altering it slightly then sewed it up and I am quite pleased with the result.
Only thing is, the first cushion has been there for several months and has been loved by some of the furries, hence a slight colour change lol

Ages ago I purchased some random skeins and balls of yarn that were being offered at knock down prices. Some were ribbon, others merino or llama, various thicknesses and colours. I just wanted to see what they were like, its always difficult to order on line without the luxury of a quick feel first.

Today I had a ´moment´ and found a 50g ball, lovely colourway, very soft merino and decided to knit something, again using the double moss stitch, this is what I made
I have several large spider plants that usually stay outside full time, I take the ´babies´ pot them whilst still attached, then separate them when they are established. I have found they become much sturdier plants that way. It also allows me to replace any that may get damaged by the cold or sat on by the furries.

Spider plants are also good for removing chemicals from the air and for their ability to absorb carbon monoxide, so thought having one in the lounge with the log burner going would be a good idea. I didn't have a decorative pot holder, so I cut down an 8L water bottle, dressed it in its new coat, and popped the plant inside.
Think there may be a bit of yarn bombing going on soon

Have fun, take care