Wednesday, 15 September 2010

I Am Beyond Proud

I cannot tell you how proud I am of my two eldest sons who cycled 241 kilometres for charity this past weekend. They cycled in  tandem to cover that huge distance. When you bear in mind, that although both are very fit, and play football regularly, they have never cycled any where near that distance. So it makes their feat even greater. This was the first time they had ridden in tandem and they did so well to complete the course and still continue to smile!

The ride was for the Prime Movers Against Disorders charity which helps those with diabetes, dyslexia, leukemia and lymphoma.

Then just for the last few miles they were joined by Alastair's son, my Grandson Dylan, on his new bike.

Having read this you can  understand why I feel so proud of them, and indeed, of all the participants who gave their time and efforts to raise money for this cause.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

My Brush With Royalty

Last Friday The Mann Ladies (Janet and Heather to the uninitiated), Chris and myself went to Clarence House Eco Garden Party.
Prince Charles, whose initiative this was, opened up his Clarence House,Lancaster House and Malborough House Gardens to many companies who supported his eco friendly initiative. The event is part of the Prince’s Start initiative, which promotes a more sustainable lifestyle. He said that the festival would help to demonstrate how everyone could make a difference.

These are some photo's of the event

and my own brush with Royalty

Finally we all decided that this was truly 'The Way To Go' in a completely biodegradable woollen coffin complete with a blanket stitched edge!

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

I Said I'd Be Back

Here are a few more photo's to amuse you

This sweet piece is from Chessie & Me and it's called 'Chessie's Fern with Linen' As soon as I saw this I fell in love with it. It's so sweet and such a quick stitch.

I've been babysitting quite a lot this summer and I thought I'd show you my football mad elder Grandson. He's as football crazy as his Father and I often feel sorry for my DIL being the only woman in a house full of potential football stars.

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

It's Me Again

I know it's been a long time but I have been incredibly busy and not too well.

Way back in June I was lucky enough to be invited to the home of a wonderful friend called Mary Bruce to attend a private class with Jackie du Plessis. Many of you will know Jackie from last May when she taught for The Sampler Guild. This time Jackie tutored us through the finishing for Lady Jane's Garden.

This picture shows the fob and cotton reel holder. Whilst the pictures below shows the inside of the needle case and the finished basket.

We also took Le Petite Triannon but, of course, I haven't finished stitching this yet let alone done any finishing. This project has the most beautiful needle case in the form of a little bootie and sole. The picture below shows how many queen stitches I had to stitch before completing the bootie sole.

This shows the side panels for the bootie. And I'm afraid that is as far as I got with this piece.

Tomorrow I shall be back with some more pictures.

Monday, 22 February 2010

Bonjour Mes Amis

Yes I have returned from the French Needlework show (Les Fete en Aguilees) a somewhat poorer woman in monetry terms but richer in experience.
Although the weather was so cold, mostly below freezing, after our initial day it was fine with none of the expected snow.
Here are just a couple of the beautiful charts that I bought.


Due to Bertie's diligence we were able to pay a visit to 'Sajou' at Versailles. If you ever get a chance give these ladies a telephone call and they will welcome you to their small wharehouse full of the most wonderful Sajou items. So here is Bertie, interupted just once, from her shopping mode.

 And finally, the palce of Versailles in the late afternoon sunshine.

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Another Puppy Problem

This puppy jumps from one problem to another. Having only just got over the campyla bacter infection he decided to try and leave his crate without removing his paw from the the wire of the crate's side. Another £52 lighter we returned from the vets and Merlyn is blotto after the pain killing injection. This poses a problem only because I am supposed to give him NSAID pain killing syrup on his food and he's too out of it to eat. He looks so relaxed that I'm thinking I want some too !! In the 7 weeks we have had him (he's 15 weeks old today)there has not been 1 week when I haven't either been to or telephoned the vet. Luckily he's so lovely that he's worth all the worry.

Thursday, 4 February 2010

A Beautiful Present

It was my Birthday early in December and I was very lucky to receive this wonderful pin cushion from Patti. I love the way she has finished it and I have it sitting on my needlework table all ready to use. The problem is that it seems so lovely I don't want to stick pins in it. So I shall have to keep it on display.

Yes the date on it is a dead give away of my quickly advancing age. It's funny how I never feel that old inside.