Saturday, June 12, 2010

Festering Filth

I'm not very well.  In truth I have been poorly for several months, but of course, I just kept going.  On several occasions I almost passed out.  Fortunately I was always near a chair and I was able to sit down for a few moments, not for long, though, fainting is for whimps!  And so I pressed on.  Working hours that were too long, enjoying every moment, but just not feeling on really top form.

This week everything has 'come to a head'.  Results from blood tests show that I need a little bit of TLC, so today I did something that is so unusual I am having to blog about it!

I had a lie in!

Yes, I've had 'lies in' before - but never beyond 07.30.  The alarm regularly goes at 06.30 and I am always up before it sounds.  I'm not one for going to bed early, either.  Our family routine is such that I'm on duty until 11pm or later, so you can see that I don't usually take time out.  Well, yesterday I just had to throw myself onto the bed in the afternoon, and I slept for 2 hours.  I was in bed by 10 last night, and asleep almost before my head hit the pillow.  Undaunted I slept until just before 09.30 this morning!  AND THEN I DOZED UNTIL NEARLY THREE O'CLOCK!

Yes, I must have needed it, and I do feel more rested, but what on earth does the title have to do with all this twaddle?  Well.....  You know what it's like when you are neither awake nor asleep.  Sometimes you just drift with eyes open, seeing, but not really looking.  This happened today.  I meandered backwards and forwards from sleep to not sleep, and every now and then my eyes alighted on what looked like a book title - 'Festering Filth'.  I didn't think anything of it at first, after all, I wasn't really awake, and the title meant nothing to me.  Finally, however, as 'awake' took over I looked harder.  The title was out of focus... meaning it was time to pop on my specs.

Wish I hadn't!  The title, one of DH's, was in fact 'Ffestiniog Fifty'.  I was quite disappointed.

At least 'Festering Filth' might have had some 'meat' to it!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Dyeing today!

Sold out of these at the weekend, so off to dye more.  Watch this space!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Where is the month going?

I refuse to believe that it is because I am getting older, but this month is just speeding by!  I have just returned from another weekend's teaching - this time at Missenden Abbey - and already final preparation is well underway for Brockenhurst Needlework Fiesta next weekend......

Landscapes on the Embellisher was the subject, and I had such a lovely group of students.  Some of them had been on previous courses, but several were there for the first time, and one student had never used a machine before (in fact another had only bought hers on Wednesday!).  They gelled really quickly, and I am really cross with myself because I now find that I came home with no photographs of them working!  And work they did.....   I have photographs of the beautiful work that they did, but none of them are very good as I didn't get time to really set up the camera.  I have tried to post the pictures now, but Blogger is having a hiccup, so I'll try again tomorrow.

In the meantime - if you are in the area of the New Forest this Saturday and Sunday why not make a trip to Brockenhurst to the Needlework Fiesta.  It will be worth it - and you can always pop over to the Winifred Cottage stand and say 'hello' too.  Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Happy Birthday

April is the month when we celebrate three family birthdays.  In fact, all three people feature in this photograph that you have seen before

Fortuitously it is the three in the middle!  One was last week, another next week, but the one in the middle celebrates today and I would like to tell you a little story that also includes the one to her left!

It seems a long time ago that I was pregnant with my first child.  We could all move a little faster in those days, as will become apparent!  It was in the days when babies were expected to arrive when the doctor said they would arrive, and if they didn't arrive on time the medical staff would do everything in their power to induce them to do so.  This was the situation in which I was!  Due today - but nothing happening and a hospital appointment to check that all was well.  Then came the threat.  'If nothing happens by 7pm this evening you must come into hospital and we will induce you tomorrow'.  Of course, nothing happened, and later that day I was in a hospital bed.

Sometime after midnight I began to have the first pangs of labour.  They aren't easy to recognise when it's the first baby, so I walked the floor for a couple of hours before being found by a nurse.  'Telephone your husband' was the command, so I did - knowing that the chance of him waking from a deep sleep was virtually nil.  The phone rang and rang, then, to my surprise he did answer and promised to get there as soon as possible.  The hospital was about 5 miles away from where we were living, and the roads were winding and dangerous, so I made him promise to take care.  I was popped into a wheelchair and taken to the lift.  Down we went, one floor, and along a corridor.  It was fairly long, but not that long.  We turned a corner and into another corridor, finally reaching the delivery ward.  It had only taken a few minutes.  Guess what!  The new Dad to be was already there!!  It still amazes me when I think about it.  I was also curious as to how he had heard the telephone.  Worried that he would miss something he had hit upon an ingenious 'device'.  He had placed the telephone on top of an empty tin box so that it made much more noise than usual! 

Happy Birthday S

Belated Happy Birthday R

And as for J - I'll wish you a Happy Birthday when it comes!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Here and There

Well, maybe the title should be There and Here, because we are home now!  However, I have to report that we had a really lovely weekend in Lancashire at Sticky Fingers.  The workshop was great fun, although I made them work hard

I forgot to take photographs of the samples, mainly because the camera was mostly out enjoying itself in the countryside while I worked hard at teaching!

It was a lovely part of the country, but I was only able to get a quick glimpse of it as we drove through it on the way there and back.  The journey on Friday was awful, with several accidents on the M6.  We were glad to arrive in one piece.

Yesterday saw the start of the Little Bookies online course.  You can sign up for this until the end of the week.  I've seen evidence of activity by the students already!  Here's a glimpse of just one thing they will be doing.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

There are some days when it's all worthwhile!

It has been a difficult few weeks, and I must confess that I feel shattered!  We've been out selling today, and although it was a good day, it was hard work.  Tomorrow we leave early as I'm teaching over the weekend and we have to travel up to Lancashire, then we hurry back on Monday for the start of the online Little Bookies course.

We arrived home from our selling to a mountain of post.  No, not all bills, but quite a lot of paperwork that needs seeing to - and a couple of packages.  The first was a lovely surprise, it was one of my hand-carved printing blocks that went astray when I was making the second DVD - and today it arrived home.  I have to admit that it's one of my favourites (it makes a repeat pattern in a number of different ways), and I have been hunting for it - well, I'll hunt no more, it's now home and safely stored with my others.

 The second package was a bit of a mystery.  DH grumbled (he's tired too) - had I been shopping again?  No, I hadn't!  It was squidgy, and yet hard in places, I really had no idea what it could be, but the surprise when I opened it was even greater than finding my printing block.  It was wrapped in blue tissue, and tied with a burgundy cord.  What was it?

I'm cheating here because I've copied and pasted the photograph from this site, where it all becomes clear!  The post is worth reading, but you'll have to wait until you get to the end before you find out about this lovely item and see more pictures.  I can only say that it is even better in person than in the photographs, and is not only beautiful, but also very useful.  In fact, it will be packed and on it's journey with me tomorrow - I have just the perfect use for it.

Thank you Jan.  I can see that I'm going to have to watch out - you are progressing at an enormous rate.  I love the way you have combined materials and colours - and the further embellishment is just perfect.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Easter Day with the Family

It was a bit cloudy, but we went for a picnic anyway!

Following an invigorating walk we stopped to look at the view
This is one of my favourite places, and somewhere I have visited since childhood.
It was remarkably warm, and a really lovely day.