Monday, 21 June 2021

Monday 21st June


In the Northern Hemisphere, the summer solstice occurs when the sun travels along its northernmost path in the sky. This marks the astronomical start of summer in the northern half of the globe. 

The word “solstice” comes from Latin solstitium—from sol (Sun) and stitium (still or stopped).

Vivaldi's Summer

Sunday, 11 April 2021

Sunday 11th April


Joining with guest presenter Astrid for this months Scavenger Hunt

My vintage blocks of the "Farm"
Not easy to do when you haven't got all the copy pictures anymore....

Friday, 2 April 2021

Friday 2nd April


Joining with guest presenter Astrid for this months Scavenger Hunt

Not an Easter Egg but chocolates from a dear friend 

Friday, 26 March 2021

Friday 26th March

 First of all I would like to say

Big Happy Birthday to my eldest son, Forty today

How did that happen..........?

Joining in with I live, I Love, I craft Scavenger Hunt 

Light & Dark

I still have my Mothering Sunday flowers.  
The Lilies are just opening

Saturday, 20 March 2021

Saturday 20th March


Vivaldi's Spring

Spring Equinox is the first day of spring season and occurs when the sun passes the equator moving from the southern to the northern hemisphere. The North Pole begins to lean toward the sun again. Day and night have approximately the same length. The posh name for Spring Equinox is Vernal Equinox.

By the meteorological calendar, spring will always start on 1 March; ending on 31 May

All this week I have been feeling bleurgh.... Not helpful being on your own either, so I watched too much television and knitted.  Think I feel better now!


Sunrise and Sunset

Joining in with I live, I Love, I craft Scavenger Hunt 

I live in an East West house.  I see the sunrise and the sunset
Sorry the photos are not brilliant I know. The sunrise and sunsets this week were brighter than they look.  The photos were taken this week........

The sunrise.


Friday, 12 March 2021

Friday 12 March

 Look Up!

Joining in with I live, I Love, I craft Scavenger Hunt 

When I was younger I always wanted to do photography but couldn't afford to.  There was no instant pictures then, no digital cameras, no phones with cameras attached!  The photographs had to be developed by yourself or taken to the local chemist for developing.

I did know a photographer and he always said "look Up! when you want to take some photos. 

I learnt a lot with just that phrase..... always look up you never know what you may see...........

Warning:  Just remember to look where you are walking........

Friday, 5 March 2021

Sunday, 28 February 2021

Sunday 28th February


Highly pleasant in taste!

 Joining in with I live, I Love, I craft Scavenger Hunt 

I made some Rock Cakes - Recipe can be found here

There were ten buns

One was extra delicious straight out of the oven!

When I make these for my grandchildren I use chopped coloured cherries

Friday, 19 February 2021

Friday 19th February


 Joining in with I live, I Love, I craft Scavenger Hunt 

Two video calls from my son in New Zealand.  One last Sunday and one just now, both occasions, as I answered my 4year old granddaughter's beautiful smile saying Hello Nanny.  This morning for me was her opening parcels, book for her and the jumper for her brother.

This is unexpected too!  

My friend knows I love Amaryllis bulbs. Big blousy show off of the bulb world.

This poor bulb had a bit of a rough start

I opened the box to find it had been packed upside down. 

Turned it up right way and potted it up

And it grew......
Its very pretty though with white petals pink edges

Friday, 12 February 2021

Friday 12th February

 Spent all day Wednesday sorting out the Freeview Box.  I rang my provider, who came back my phone line is OK.  I quite clearly said You View, then my husband's cousin rang we nattered for about an hour or so.  When I put the phone down from her I rang my provider back, answered the questions hopefully clearly as I could and then the question is it about the problem already in hand, answer Yes!  I got a voice I could just about understand and she said can you do this and and this with the box, I obliged.  After about and hour she said I needed a new box.  I knew I needed a new box, I needed an upgrade as it had been on its last legs over the last couple years and gave yesterday.  I had had the box since day one of Freeview.  It made me think though.  There was someone taking control of my telephone, internet and TV at the other end of the phone line!

Thursday morning off to the hospital.  

I was OK.  Found I couldn't sleep on that side but other than that fine.

Last Sunday was my friend Jane's birthday.  I made the above daffodils and Ascot scarf and the bag, card, cakes and flowers as I did Val

Made this jumper for my new grandson in New Zealand, when it gets there it should fit!

 Scavenger Hunt

Joining in with I live, I Love, I craft Scavenger Hunt 

Starts with W

This one was quite difficult so I'm afraid another lesson..........

W for Wisdom


Goddess of Wisdom. war and the craft, and the favourite daughter of Zeus. Athena was, was perhaps, the wisest, most courageous, and certainly the most resourceful of the Olympian gods.


Roman goddess of Wisdom, medicine. commerce, handicrafts, poetry, the arts in general, and later, war.


 Goddess in Germanic mythology. In Norse mythology, the source of most surviving information about her, she is associated with foresight and wisdom, and dwells in the wetland halls of Fensalir.


The owl was a symbol for Athena, goddess of wisdom and strategy, before the Greeks gave their pantheon human forms. According to myth, an owl sat on Athena's blind side, so that she could see the whole truth. In Ancient Greece, the owl was a symbol of a higher wisdom, and it was also a guardian of the Acropolis.

According to ancient folklore in the West, the owl is considered a wise, silent and solitary bird of prey associated with lunar deities - symbols of wisdom, wiser even than the eagle - the totem bird of the Sun Kings. 

It goes back to the ancient Greek goddess of wisdom, Athena, having an owl as her symbol. I had one Naturalist tell me once that owls came to represent wisdom because of their large eyes and their success in hunting at night and catching creatures that humans weren't able to detect.

 (All W for Wisdom sourced from Google)

Friday, 5 February 2021

Friday 5th February

First of all I would like to say a BIG Happy birthday to my youngest son 35 years old today

It snowed this week, but nothing spectacular.  I helped a friend to make marmalade.  It would have taken her all day if she'd attempted it on her own.  I'm part of her bubble as her husband has Parkinson's so she needed help.  I just helped to peel and squeeze the oranges she did the rest in the afternoon.  I haven't done much else this week just knitting and sewing.  

 Scavenger Hunt

Joining in with I live, I Love, I craft Scavenger Hunt 

Lovely Memory

My last Happy Memory I had with my late husband, we went to see the 

Agatha's Christie's The Mousetrap.

Tuesday, 26 January 2021

26th January 2021

 I would like to say Happy Birthday to my granddaughter Abigail, 4 years old today

Saturday, 23 January 2021

Saturday 23rd January 2021

The Moon 

This weeks photo, joining with I've joined the I live, I Love, I craft Scavenger Hunt again. 
I'm sorry I do not have any moon photos and everyone else's are so beautiful. 
My post is a bit educational  -  sorry........

  • new Moon.
  • waxing crescent Moon.
  • first quarter Moon.
  • waxing gibbous Moon.
  • full Moon.
  • waning gibbous Moon.
  • last quarter Moon.
  • waning crescent Moon.

The next full Moon in the UK

The next full Moon can be seen on 28 January 2021. The so-called ‘Wolf Moon’ will appear for around three nights.

A full Moon happens roughly every 29.5 days, the length of one lunar cycle. You can see details of each full Moon of 2021 (including every Moon’s dedicated name) below.

28 January: Wolf Moon

27 February: Snow Moon

28 March: Worm Moon

27 April: Pink Moon (supermoon)

26 May: Flower Moon/Blood Moon (supermoon)

24 June: Strawberry Moon

24 July: Buck Moon

22 August: Sturgeon Moon

21 September: Harvest Moon

20 October: Hunter’s Moon

19 November: Beaver Moon (micro full Moon)

19 December: Cold Moon

Blue Moon

When the Full Moon appears twice in the same month which, it doesn't happens that often hence the saying Once in a Blue Moon

(Sourced from google)

Sunday, 17 January 2021

Sunday 17th January 2021


First of all I would like to say Happy Birthday to my granddaughter Scarlett,7 years old today

Think Positive, my words for the year - Huh!

Two block toilets in the matter of days, not happy.  I thought the guy who came to sort the upstairs loo and all was OK... No.... by Saturday morning the downstairs was blocked!  Not sure the blockage had flushed through properly, anyway I'll be on the phone tomorrow...........

I've joined the I live, I Love, I craft Scavenger Hunt again.  

This week  New

Another photo of my new grandson Aidan

**May I just say last weeks Gifts were all for my friend Val**

Sunday, 10 January 2021

Sunday 10th January 2021

Think Positive

Well my weekend started well!

This little person, a second grandson was born about 8,30am 9th January UK time.  

He is in New Zealand.

If his parents and sister were still living in UK I still wouldn't be able to see him yet..... 

My eldest grandson is 10years old today
Happy Birthday Liam

 My late husband use to say to me Think Positive.  Wise words! 

That is my word(s) for the year!  

So I'm thinking positive!  I'm having a eat out of the Freezer January!

Someone who doesn't like injections or blood taking I am looking forward to having my Coronavirus Vaccine.  I could be in one of three groups 64yrs, 65yrs if its after April or the 75yrs and vulnerable as I have had cancer.............

I've joined the I live, I Love, I craft Scavenger Hunt again.  

I haven't done it for a while but one picture a week, I can do....

This week GIFTS

Vintage Style Market bags made using a pattern from 1942

Ascot Scarf or Bow-Tie Scarf or Miss Marple.  
My pattern, I found a few free patterns on line but they did nothing for me.  
This is for walking on Exmoor so I wanted it warm around the neck

A cross-stitch card.  
The pattern was kindly given to me by a fellow blogger.

Fairy Cakes

and sent some Flowers

It was my friend Val's birthday on 4th January, she said her birthday is so near Christmas that she doesn't really celebrate it.  I thought this year she was going to.

She is one of three lovely friends in my little bubble

Friday, 1 January 2021

Friday 1st January 2021

2020 a Year to Remember.........

I'm reluctant to say it but......


2021 has got to be better than last year, hasn't it?

 What will this new year bring?  

What a strange year 2020 has been.  All of a sudden we had this virus which went worldwide which came from somewhere in China, and now it's getting worse.  Well they do say things have to get worse before they get better don't they.....?

Like most grandparents I haven't been able to see my grandchildren.  

Last seen last August!

Part of my family live in New Zealand and I haven't seen them for well over a year and miss them all dearly.  

Yes I have regular photos and little videos of my grandchildren but quite honestly I just want to physically see them.  I miss my three sons and their lovely wives. I did see middle son and daughter-in-law in September and had a lovely time with them. 

I do see really lovely friends who have been so kind to me since my husband passed away April 2019  if it wasn't for them I'd have gone crazy long since!  So a huge thank you to them.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel!