Tuesday, 17 March 2015


Sunday last was my Birthday and my Daughter and her husband picked us up to drive up to London to meet up with our Grandson Tom for a pub lunch.
Tom works in London and lives in the east end of London in Bow and had found a pub that served really good roasts.

Thle pub is called the 'Lord Tredegar' and if you ever get to visit the east end I recommend that you visit this very traditional pub if you want a good helping.

The pub looks small from the outside but goes way back and as you can see from the photo, the meals are cooked in front of you.

 Anyone for belly pork roast.  I've already made a start on this and you can see how large the meal was.

The pork was so huge that I couldn't eat it all and took half back for foxy.

Here's the card from Grandson Tom..... just hope he didn't buy it because it reminded him of me, hairy chin and wrinkles, lol

And my daughter thought this one apt as it is knitted penguins and I make woolly animals.

All in all we had a lovely day and it was good to see Tom and catch up.

Saturday, 14 March 2015


I feel a bit like this some days.

Thursday, 12 March 2015


Today was a lovely warm Spring day so we decided to visit a Nature Reserve just a few miles away called 'Woods Mill'

We haven't visited this place for years and were pleased to find it still the same, a haven for birds and wild life.

I thought this was such a good idea, a home for insects made from palettes , bricks with holes and various bits of wood and pots.

One of the good things about this place is that it's an educational outing for kids and once the Spring and Summer get under way there will be parties of them learning all about nature.   These logs are obviously little seats for them to gather around and listen to the wardens.

This was rather a surprise as we rounded a corner, I don't know quite what to make of it but it looked like a fallen statue that had got itself covered in moss, it was quite creepy actually.

What with the mossy man and this sinister looking root I wouldn't much like to walk around here at night. lol

Finally as we were nearing the end of the walk we sat on a bench near the pond and a couple of gorgeous Robins wer hopping around in the bush and on the ground really close,  Tom held his hand out and they were flying over to it looking for food.  Had we had any Robin mix they would have landed on his hand.
Next week we are going back with some food and hoping to get some more pictures.
I was so pleased with this shot as my camera isn't overly fancy, but just look at the slate blue colouring of the feathers.
All in all, we had a lovely walk and can't wait to return there.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015


I've really got to get my act together with this blog, I haven't posted for so long and its just a matter of being lazy, there's been things going on and I've not bothered.

Meantime, who can resist a Tiger Loaf when it's placed just inside the supermarket door asking to be taken home?

Tom's bacon Sarnie..  and no, I didn't have any.

Saturday, 14 February 2015


Fancied making a key fob for the kitchen and made this carrot one.  Turned out really well.
instructions found here

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

ROWAN....my best bits.

Rupert and Mummy Polly have been hogging this blog lately and so I thought it time to show you MY best bits for a change.

 First thing are my eyes, a deep amber colour and quite serious looking.

Then the nose, I started out with a small attractive little black speck on the end but as I grew so did the speck and now my nose is half and half.

Here's my wonderful big rounded chin, much bigger than the rest of them, they all have such thin chins.

Just look at that chest full of white fluffy fur, I've Mummy Polly to thank for this.

Now here's an oddity... this looks like a felt tip mark but is in fact part of my fur.  I'm not unique in this, all of my sisters have the same mark.


 Toe hawks a plenty that's me and look how clean I keep them.
Why they are called 'Toe Hawks' is beyond me, I'm nothing to do with that bird.
This is a funny shot but its shows my really long whiskers off very well don't you think.

And finally here I am in all my glory, still looking very serious but so beautiful don't you think?

Sunday, 8 February 2015


Today was the first really Spring like day we've had this year and so we took ourselves off the 'The Tip'.
Well, this is what we call it as it used to be a valley used for tipping rubbish but when it bacame pretty full it was left to return to nature and is now known as 'Sheepcote Valley' and is a nature reserve.

Situated close to the coast, you can see the sea in the background.
Recently they have started to graze sheep here and today there were plenty.

But not the usual type of white sheep with spindly legs.  These were like mini bison, so rough looking with long tails and much bigger furry legs.   I wonder what they are? I'm sure 'Countryside Tales' will know.

We took a circular walk and were so lucky to see a Kestrel perched on top of some branches posing for me to take pictures.  Now, my camera hasn't got the best zoom lense but I managed to get one decent shot before it decided I'd got a little too close for comfort.

I love the little feet curled around the branch and the enquiring look he's giving me.
We returned home with a good feeling that the real Spring will soon be here.