Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Workshop Information

The information in the sidebar has been updated. A few workshops are still in the planning stages but most of the information is linked. The rest will be posted as soon as finalised.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Monday Memory

It's been a busy time, so very little opportunity for blogging.  It wasn't until I looked at the date today and realised that it is about a month until Christmas that I remembered this from my childhood.

Christmas was always an exciting time, but wasn't heralded by street lights or shop displays that appeared months before the actual time.  Our Christmas Tree didn't make an appearance until about a week before the actual day, and presents were always a surprise, with no promptings on TV to persuade children that the latest toy was a definite 'must have'.  Christmas cakes and puddings were always made in advance, but out of sight once they were cooked.  

So what is the significance of the date?  We lived in Surrey, within close proximity to London where my father worked for the BBC.  My grandparents lived a couple of hundred miles away, one set in the north-east of England and the other in the depths of the Welsh countryside.  Each year they would travel by train to spend the holiday with us in the slightly milder south of England.  The holiday would begin at the end of November and go on until March or even April.  Their imminent arrival was always heralded by a delivery of their luggage sent in advance.  It would arrive from the local railway station, brought by something that I have today discovered was a Scammell three wheeled lorry.  You can see a picture of a vehicle here

In retrospect it must have been very difficult for my mother.  My father's father had very bad rheumatoid arthritis, and my maternal grandfather suffered  from chronic bronchitis.  This long holiday was a way of giving both grandmothers a break from their caring roles.  As children this passed way over our heads.  We just remember it as a very happy family time - for the whole 3 or 4 months. 

Friday, November 14, 2008

It doesn't take much....

This has been a very busy week.  It began last weekend when I went away to teach a course on the embellisher at Missenden Abbey.  We had a lovely time, lots of enthusiastic students and interest from a number of other people, including Richard Box.  I arrived home on Sunday to find many orders waiting and over 3000 emails.  These alone have taken a lot of going through.

During the week orders have been processed and we have been out selling too.  Last night we had a lovely evening in Woking when I spoke to the Embroiderers' Guild Evening Branch.  It almost began in disaster as we approached.  An accident had occurred along the final stretch of the journey and the police closed part of the road.  As a result we had to retrace our steps and take a long detour.  To our amazement the other end of the blockade ended exactly at the entrance to the hall.  If it had been any further along we wouldn't have been able to get there.  I can't tell you what actually happened, but the one car that we saw will certainly not be driven again.

Consequently I haven't been able to add much to my blog this week, however, as it says in the title, it doesn't take much - to get a post going, that is!  I thought I'd show you this photograph of our kettle spout.  Not a very inspiring subject, but I couldn't believe what I saw this morning.  I hope you can see it too.

The quality isn't brilliant, but it is just about visible.  We live in a hard water area, the kettle is just due for a clean.
If you want a bargain check out my Etsy shop because I'm offering free postage and a surprise gift this weekend.  If you haven't shopped that way before I can assure you that it is really easy to do.  In fact, if you want to grab a bargain of another sort I suggest you look here.  The Bbest team are also having a sale weekend so maybe now is the time to start your Christmas Shopping!  The more you spend the more chance you have of winning one of three prizes.  If you follow this link you will see what you could win.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Thursday Theme - Thankful

Everyone in my lovely family is represented in this photograph. It was taken on my Mother's 90th birthday.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Monday Memory, on a Tuesday.....

We had a busy weekend visiting a couple of places, and everywhere we went people were suffering from sniffles and sneezes. It reminded me of our old family doctor who had this cure for the common cold. I'm sure it wouldn't be recommended by any living doctor, but it may give you a giggle.


A bottle of whisky
A pair of slippers
A comfortable cosy bed.

What to do:

1 Prop the slippers up at the end of the bed

2 Get into bed

3 Drink the whisky until the slippers merge together and become one

You are now well on the way to recovery.

Need I add that he was a Scot.....?

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Great excitement - or - 'Can I find anything more boring to blog about?'

Fleet in Hampshire has a population of about 30,000 (apparently)!  Tomorrow is a day of great excitement.  Tomorrow we await, with great anticipation, the opening of a new SUPERMARKET.

Thankfully it is coming to replace a branch of Somerfields.  I only visited the shop twice, and the last time was probably 16 years ago.  The selection of goods and standard of fruit and vegetables left a lot to be desired and I preferred to walk across the road and shop at Waitrose where the choice was always good.  In actual fact I haven't shopped in Fleet for several years.  I should rephrase that, I haven't shopped for several years.  I hate shopping, and if I can persuade someone else to do it I most certainly will!  So for this reason I won't actually be visiting the new shop tomorrow, or, probably, in the near future.

So why all the excitement?  Which shop is actually coming?  Why, Sainsbury's!  Now, at last, the overpriced branches of Tesco's Express on the outskirts of the town will have a run for their money.  Don't ask why I'm getting so excited, as I said, I don't shop .....!