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Friday, 28 August 2015

Spanish holiday

Up early Tuesday 25th August to catch the 6.55am plane to Murcia. All went well and we did not have to wait long for take off.

€28 for a camera to iPad connection means I can now blog a few photos even though I don't seem to have a minute to spare. (Yes I forgot my thingy to be able to connect)

It has been wonderful having the children with us and they have made loads of friends and rarely want to leave the complex and the pool!

 

A local market to buy fruit and for the girls to spend some Euros.

Eating at Venni International Resturant.

Sun set over the salt flats at Mar Menor.

 

Jumping in, swimming, and diving is all they want to do!

Shopping trip to Zenia.

 

Fun in the Zenia Play barn.

 

Friday, 21 August 2015

Crochet stool


A big thank you to those who made a comment on the two posts my granddaughters made. They always like looking at the blog and wanted to make their own contribution, they loved the comments..

My latest crochet adventure... a new top for my foot stool. The colours are not " me " at all but they look good on the stool that has been in my family for more years than I care to remember!



Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Emmaus and country park day

Granddad showing us how to do it!

Us trying some ourselves.

On our second day of staying at Grandma's and Granddad's we decided to go to Emmaus and Odell country park. At Emmaus we bought purses and a handbag mirror. We got ice-creams from Odell country park(Grandma paid for it) and played on the play equipment for a while before coming back and watching Despicable me with cheese and and crackers and rice crispy bites for tea.

Today we are embroidering sunflowers and doing ladies that lunch + 1 at Toby carvery. For the rest of the day we are playing games. Blog written by Abigail, 11 and 3/4 and Eleanor 7 and 3/4.  

Monday, 17 August 2015

Granddaughters post

We're here to stay at grandma's and granddad's for 3 days. This is our first blog post.
Abigail at her sewing machine 

Eleanor machining her skirt

Crazy hats for the BBQ!

Granddad cooking the cheese burgers

Our finished skirts and Eleanor's t-shirt

Picking the juicy raspberries for the raspberry jelly 
We made our skirts by sewing together long strips of fabric together with normal stitch and zig zag stitch. Grandma was very happy with using up some of her fabric stash.
The BBQ was very yummy and well cooked.
Blogged by Abigail, 11 and Eleanor 7.  

Friday, 14 August 2015

Where did the week go?

Guess I'm playing catch up again it has been a busy week and suddenly its Friday and I have not blogged all week.
Tuesday we went off roading and enjoyed a lovely bright sunny day travelling Byways and lanes in Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire. One of the routes was so overgrown Chris had to lob off a branch blocking our way, who would have thought travelling with a saw would come in handy!

Rutland Water, a nice place to visit on route
Pretty spot chosen for our lunch break
Out with the man and a saw!
Wednesday the postman delivered FIVE parcels, four for me and one from Chris. The Jane Crow Persian Tiles crochet kit was probably the most exciting, although the new sandals for my holiday came in a close second. I also received a new packet of stitch markers and the keys to the house we are renting in Spain, they just made me want to go to Spain NOW!
Parcels galore

Thursday was a sewing day at Bedford with Sue and Annette. I decided to do my own thing as I wanted to make a cabin bag and matching handbag for our holiday. I found the cargo bag pattern on NoodleHead web site and the only thing I would change if I made it again is to put in a loose lining. I am really pleased with it and it will fit nicely in the overhead locker on the plane. To complete the 'outfit' I adapted the owl bag pattern I made earlier this month and made it in fabric to match the cargo bag. I added a zip to the top for better security and a zipped pocket inside to hide passports.
Bags for the journey

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Poppy Patch Course with Helen Coverley

A few weeks ago I met up with friends from my distant past! They mentioned they were going on a workshop at Poppy Patch, a place I attend at least twice a month, so I said I would try and get on the same course. Needless to say I got on the course not having a clue what I had signed up for!

Helen Coverley was teaching a workshop making a trug, so armed with my equipment I joined Annie, Helen and Beryl, plus four other class members to make the trug. It was a fun filled day, starting with cutting the heavy card, much moaning went on, it was heavy work. Then the gluing started and there seemed to be more glue on our hands than on the trug. Finally we started sewing with small curved needles, always a difficult thing to handle.
The finished items were great and all eight of us had very different trugs.
Helen was a great teacher and gave us lots of hints and tips.
My fun trug

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Colemans workshop


Lovey morning spent at Colemans Warehouse taking a class with Trish Ablett.

The atmosphere is very relaxed and all the fabric and pattern is provided. I love this Owl bag, pattern by Debbie Shaw. He will probably come on holiday with me next month.

Friday, 7 August 2015

August IAM carft day

Five of us enjoyed a lovely IAM craft day, with lots of laughter, great desserts and Oh! yes some craft work.
Ann had resurrected a tapestry from Australia and was busy with needle and wool. Pauline was busy making robins on her sewing machine, Clare switched from sewing a scissor case to practising crochet, Shirley was busy with her crochet hook, while I cut out patterns and fabric for an owl set and then switched to working on my Winter scene crochet.

After lunch we had our usual "show and tell"
Pauline getting ready for Christmas

Just adore Pauline's owl cushions

Shirley [Mrs Crochet] with her latest blanket

Shirley's cushion complete with mini caravan!

Her caravan must be a wash with crochet items!

Ann showed us her latest decoupage picture

Clare had been on a Gail Lowther course to make this beautiful cushion

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Sewing day in the Happy Room

Today was voted a sewing day in the Happy Room.
Both girls need a cover for their gym hoops. They made a long strip of fabric by sewing together cut pieces of fabric and they sewing both edges to take elastic. As I did not have any elastic the right size, Granddad took them to Hobbycraft to buy some while I cooked lunch. After lunch the completed the hoop covers. Next the embroidery machine was used to make a present for a little girl at my church, also called Abigail.
Abigail preparing her fabric
Abigail's hoop cover
Eleanor at the sewing machine

Eleanor's hoop cover

Grandchildren stay for three days

Abigail and Eleanor arrived on Monday for three days. I love when they come to stay even though they wear me out! First thing is they sorted out what they wanted to do and drew pictures on the laminated date sheets.  Monday was spent shopping and playing games, plus helping Grandad demolish an old shed and put up a new one to house the lawn mower and garden tools.
Tuesday off we went to Woburn Safari Park, both girls had made lists of the animals they hoped to see. As soon as we are inside the park they both climb into the front seat as we travel slowly through the different enclosures.
Ready for the drive with notebooks to cross of animals as they see them

Black bears and wolf enclosure

Kasanga rear view!

Lots of giraffes

Feeding the birds

This one likes Eleanor's head

A new perch

Abigail found some green ones

Fun fun fun

One trying to get down Eleanor's shirt

Meerkat

They had to stroke VERY goat!

After a burger lunch play in the Ark

We all loved this baby monkey