Monday 12 April 2021

Strange Weather

 The weather has been strange to say the least, more snow on Sunday.  We awoke to this...

It did snow several times during the day but thankfully didn't stay around for long.  The stove was lit and it was nice to sit together  and chat about holidays that we have been on and places we would like to see.  Its nice to hold on to a few dreams.

The sewing machine has been out and I have made a few bags for the Church doorstep blessings project.  I used the same pattern but made sure each bag was different fabric, doubling up on the fabric for the handles to give them extra strength.  The perfect shopper for when just a few bits are needed.

I also try to use up some of the scraps of fabric that I save, so once again tissue holders were made.

It is nice to have a few projects on the go and keep myself busy.  I have decided that I am going to start gathering some fabric together over the next few months so that I can make a quilt (using the English paper piecing method) over the Winter months.

The seeds have finally been sown and are on almost every window ledge throughout our cosy cottage.  A little later than usual but that may be a good thing with this strange weather that we are having.  Time will tell.

As always I thank you for your visit and for your uplifting comments, I also thank you for visiting my daughters blog I have left the link again in case you missed it on my last post.  She is hoping that travel restrictions will be lifted soon so that the family can get together and plan some more holidays and adventures.  I am hoping for some better weather so that we can get out and about and explore our little Island once again.  I must add I am looking forward to getting my hair cut.  What are you looking forward to?

See you soon.

Saturday 10 April 2021

Haiku - Japanese Poetry

 The snow disappeared as quickly as it came, several times.  More is forecast for over the weekend but it isn't likely to last long thankfully.  Nothing stops Mother Nature so even this terrible cold snap and the intermittent snow has not stopped the unfurling of the rhubarb and the growth of the mint starting back on its journey.  Daffodils are also starting to show their beautiful trumpets.  It has been a slow start but Spring is beginning  to make an appearance, teasing us with a promise of so much to come.  I have finally made a start on some seeds.  I love this time of year when our little cottage is filled with seed trays on every window surface, giving us hope of some tasty salads for the Summer and dried herbs and sauces for the Winter.

I celebrated my birthday yesterday, such a wonderful day where I was spoilt.  We did manage to go to town and had lunch at the Crown Hotel, it was such a treat to be able to eat out and enjoy food that I had not had to cook.  We had a family gathering via the computer and once again I am so thankful for this amazing technology.  I was also blessed with lots of cards and gifts and was thoroughly spoilt.  I just love the handmade cards the Grandchildren make and the progress they have made each year with there drawing and writing skills.

Gerard and I have had so much with Haiku, a form of Japanese poetry consisting of 3 short lines that do not rhyme using 5/7/5 syllables, 17 syllables in total.  When we first started this little adventure together we had remembered it wrong and was writing the poem using 5/7/5 words not syllables.  I had started to record some of them and had fun with watercolours.  

An artist I am not but I have enjoyed the process.  These are some of the poems written wrongly using the word format not syllables but I decided to keep them as they are part of the journey.  The fun is in the journey taken and not necessarily the end result.  It has been an unusual adventure, playing with words but one that I have enjoyed and will continue.

My daughter has just started a blog recording some of her travels, it does make for a good read.  Here is the link should you want to visit let her know I sent you.  She calls herself Tor but she will always be Victoria to us.  Its a nice way to record some of the amazing days out they have with those gorgeous boys and is an honest review regarding finances too.

Hope all is well with you and that you are safe, well and enjoying life.  There are times when this pandemic and the restrictions imposed have been tedious to say the least but the separation from family has been so hard to bear.  I yearn to be able to plan a trip to catch up with them all and whilst I am so thankful for technology and the joys its brings its not quite the same as seeing them in person.  The sad death of Prince Philip and the wonderful tributes made to him highlighted how short our lives are.  Such a special man that will not get  the state funeral that he so richly deserves.  We need to remember to make every minute count and enjoy what we have making as many memories as we can along the way.

See you soon.

Wednesday 7 April 2021

Catching Up

 Oh my word I hadn't realised that it had been so long since my last post.  Nothing wrong, just life taking over.  I have been keeping myself busy, mainly in the craft room. Winding yarn...

Having fun making pom poms...

Folding and cutting strips of fabric...

Browsing and enjoying craft books/magazines/patterns...

Enjoying the moment and filling my days.

The cottage has had a good Spring clean inside, we are awaiting some better weather before work begins outside.

Easter came and went which we celebrated with good food and the amazing joy of technology enabling us to meet up with family and listen to the Church services.

The weather has been strange to say the least bringing plenty of snow and frigid temperatures.  

We are so thankful for the stove as a heat source, it is a joy to sit in front of a blazing fire watching the flames flicker.  

Hope all is well with you.  I have some parcels to address and take to the post office and a few deliveries to make and then I am hopeful that I can sit down to catch up with you all.  As always I am thankful for your visit to my blog and your uplifting comments.  Take care and stay safe.

See you soon.