Thursday, 23 May 2019


I've finally got around to finishing the Weeping Willow page for the fabric journal.
Now I must get on with the cat.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019


I've bought a new Ukulele.
The box is the perfect size for Rowan to take a nap in. 

Friday, 3 May 2019


I was so distressed watching the mother squirrel moving her babies, and after reading some of your comments, I wrote to the council.
Here is the reply

Dear Briony

Thank you for your email.

Unfortunately we have a large tree stock in Brighton and Hove that needs to be pruned in a relatively small window of time. Due to fresh Elm wounds attracting Elm bark beetles which carry Elm disease, we have to operate in the colder months in order to carry out our duties.

Our contractors Connick Tree Care are aware of their responsibilities and check every tree for birds nests before they prune each tree. Unfortunately we cannot clear trees of all wildlife before we carry out works but we ensure that we do everything that we can to minimise the impact of the tree pruning on the local wildlife.   

Kind Regards

Not much help there.
I replied explaining that in Scotland and Wales there is a cut off period for pruning the trees.
Also I wouldn't call May a cold month.
Let's see if we get and answer to that.
I know that we have the last big standing of Elm trees in the country, saved due to the Downs I think, but then they should concentrate on them first in my opinion.

Can't you tell I'm all fired up, lol

Thursday, 2 May 2019


This morning while wasting time looking out of the window I witnessed something I have never seen before.
There running up the pavement was a squirrel with a large lump of something in its mouth.
On looking closer I thought it was another, maybe dead squirrel but then I realised it was a baby she had in her mouth.
She kept stopping under each car  I guess to make sure it was clear to move on to underneath another before taking a run across the road and up a side street.
They have been trimming all of the trees that line our long road and I am thinking that maybe they have disturbed the squirrel's nest and it was moving all of the babies one by one.

I know lots of people think that squirrels are a pest but I like them and lets face it they don't live long either being caught by a cat or run over so I say live and let live.

This is not my picture but shows one carrying its young.

This made me think..
Why do they trim the trees when all the birds and for that, the squirrels are nesting??

Tuesday, 30 April 2019


Finally got round to doing another post and got my crafting mojo back.  I've let things get in the way just lately and lost my ideas head, lol
I go like this from time to time but I feel all fired up again and have been having a go at felting.

I bought a felting machine a long while back but could never get on with it and didn't like the end result, but my mind took me to felt for the surround of the 'Willow' embroidery so I got my felt bits out and had a go.

This time I did it all by hand, punching in with one needle.  It is a bit time consuming but therapeutic as well if you just let go.

Here it is , not finished but you can see the effect.

A blend of different greens for the bottom which I intend to embroider on.

And the sky to finish off the top.
I still need to punch a bit more to keep it all in place.

Meanwhile over in the corner minding his own business is Tom getting near the end of his tapestry cushion.

So lets hope this creative phase stays for a bit.
We have got all of the doctor's appointments out of the way and can now relax and try to enjoy each day.

Sunday, 28 April 2019


Just a quickie to say that I often post on my facebook page when not posting here, find me on side bar.

Friday, 12 April 2019


As I have written before, Tom is suffering from IPF (Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis) for those who do not know what this is,
Idiopathic  means that nobody knows what causes it and therefore there is no known treatment at the moment that cures it.
One of the things that goes with this complaint is a dry uncontrollable cough.
He has been given Codeine linctus for this but has not taken it as he has found the CBD drops to be fairly effective.  However, he temporarily ran out of them and so tried the linctus.

The result of this was that he was up half of the night with terrible tinnitus and when we looked into why this was we found that the linctus contained 'sunset yellow' colouring.
I rang the chemist this morning explaining the situation and was told that 'yes' it was probably the cause.
He is going to try to get some without the colouring for us, but as a new supply of CBD oil is in the pipeline he will not need it for now, just as a backup thank goodness.

I thought that all of these E numbers were being phased out but obviously not.

I then got to thinking of all the kids that are so angry and the knife crime etc that is rife and the thought crossed my mind  that if this could annoy Tom so much what are the additives in our food doing to us all.
Is this why kids are so bolshy, irritable and  hyper (not all of them of course)
Have you ever found yourself feeling a bit ratty and not knowing why? 

Just a thought a me and my enquiring mind. lol

Wednesday, 10 April 2019


Now that I'm in a better frame of mind having got Tom's horrible consultant and my Arthur  sorted I have started back on my needlework.
I couldn't find any enthusiasm for it while things were all up in the air and we were both in the doldrums a bit.

So, I though I would make a start on getting the fabric journal put together.
A light bulb moment said that it could be a good idea to use the serger to neaten the ends of the pages and use some of my multi coloured cottons.
This meant re threading the serger,  Whoooooaa!
Every time I change the cottons  I know that I will have trouble.

Its taken most of the morning to sort it out and I had to get in my trusty mechanic (aka Tom) who has infinite patience (unlike me) to sort it out.

Straying from the serger for a minute I'll tell you that I'm the kind of person who only likes the good bits, lol
I once had a sort of lambretta scooter but only wanted to ride it.
I didn't want to put petrol in or all the other  bits and I'm like that with any machine.
So you see why I got in the mechanic. ha ha.

Please to say he has put everything right and its working fine now.

I have quite a few pages now with a couple more in the pipe line.
Above is the edge that I was going to finish with the serger but after a lot of trial and error I think I may hand finish.
 Thanks to all who commented on the Arthritis, I guess most people have it and it's a case of living with it.
When I look around I realise how lucky we are  after all, we could have worse to cope with.
We are both still able to see, use our hands and laugh together, that's a lot isn't it?
even if we do walk around the supermarket like the couple on the road signs, lol

Tuesday, 9 April 2019


I haven't mentioned it much before but I'm suffering from Arthur.
Arthritis  I mean and for ages now my hip has been giving me jip to put it mildly.

I often find myself involuntarily shouting when it catches me, thankfully I've managed to contain it when I've been out or it might be thought I was auditioning for a carry on film, lol

A while ago after sitting in a cafe for a meal I genuinely couldn't stand on my left leg (no alcohol was imbibed) when I got up to go. Good job Tom was there with a chivalrous arm for me to hold on to or I couldn't have got out to the car.

This told me it was time to go to see the Doctor.
 I hate going to see the Doctor and avoid it at all cost if possible.

I was sent for an x ray and the decision made was that it was indeed the Arthur.

My left index finger was a good pointer,  even if it does point the wrong way. lol

The Doctor has advised taking paracetamol and codeine pills 4 times a day.  WHAT?
As a person who hates taking pills this seems a bit excessive, and have I got to take them for the rest of my life, because the arthritis isn't going anywhere soon is it?

If things do not improve (not likely) then I could take a look at steroid injections or a hip replacement..
I have told the doctor that I am not interested in a hip replacement having been given some details of the op from a nurse close to me.
 So am looking to try to lose some of my 'warm padding' to see if things improve.

I'll keep you posted.

Monday, 8 April 2019


2 or 3 times a week we visit Waitrose cafe for a coffee and a read of the free papers.

It seems like a simple thing to do but to us it's a break in the day and we enjoy it.

But on totting the cost up the other day I realised just how much this little pleasure was costing us.

And so, we bought ourselves some biodegradable bamboo mugs to take advantage of their free coffee machine.

Today we enjoyed a relaxed read of the papers and a free coffee, lovely.

On another subject altogether.

I've been pondering on the meaning of the phrase 'Just the ticket' I know what it means but how did it come about?
Also, when we kids were at home I remember my Mum often saying she'd give us a clump if we didn't behave (don't worry, it was a saying and nobody ever got 'CLUMPED' lol
But where on earth did that word come from?

I could come up with so many of these phrases, my Mum was full of them but they do not seem so prevalent these days.