Tuesday, 25 July 2017


Recently our daughter spent a couple of weeks holiday in Turkey.
She was worried about her little sparrows not having their seed and so we offered to go out to her house every other day to refill the bird feeders.

The weather was lovely and so we spent a bit of time sitting in her garden.

And look what we saw.  A little mouse gathering up the loose seed and nuts and scrambling back under the fence to next door.
I haven't mentioned it to her yet.

Saturday, 22 July 2017


Princess just about manages to squeeze into the box these days.

The rose we planted for kitty after the recent rain.
The name of the rose is 'Simply the Best' and she was..

Friday, 14 July 2017


First can I thank all of you for commenting on the last post.  It had been a while since I last posted and I'm always amazed that people are still looking in.

My latest good read was this book.

I got through this book really quickly it was so interesting and a true story.
Set in America in Maine, its all about a teenager who drives his car as far as the petrol allows into the woods, abandons it and makes a home in the woods living there alone until his late 40's.

I found my copy in the library and both Tom and my son have also enjoyed this book.

The new glasses purse at the beginning, blue velvet another cameo and of course beads and lace.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Cooler now.

Thank goodness the hot weather has gone at last, 2 weeks of sweltering heat did nothing for both of us.  Neither of us are any good when it is that hot and there was lots of flopping about.
Today its perfect and the cats say so as well, they dislike the heat as much as we do.

Finally they get to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air.
Rupert and Princess watching Mummy Polly down below.

The Bijou garden is overflowing at the moment and we have had some lovely blooms this year.

 The jasmine (on the left) that climbs up the stairs has been the best ever and in the evening th scent is gorgeous.

 The crazy embellished patchwork heart is now framed and on the wall and a new project of another glasses purse in on the go, I'll show this in the next post.

Hopefully I can now get back to more regular posts.

Oh, and Polly is fine, she is on new food for intestinal problems and seems to be happy enough, no weight loss and playing again.  Phew  !!!!!

Man Helps Baby Robin Find Tasty Worms

Monday, 26 June 2017


For a few days now Polly's bowels have been a bit loose.  I attributed this to the hot weather or something she had eaten.
She was a stray that we took in and so she still seems to have the habit of scavenging.
But this morning she wasn't interested in eating and so we thought it best to get her looked at.

So we craftily got the basket out while she was sitting in the garden and Tom carried her in and locked her up.
Meanwhile everyone else had heard the basket and scooted. lol

After having her heart checked, mouth looked at and tummy prodded the verdict was that there didn't seem to be anything wrong.
An injection was administered and some granules bought to put on the food and we are to keep a watch on her.
Meanwhile we came home £58.00 lighter in our funds.

Lets hope that things improve or it will be back for blood tests etc.

Sunday, 25 June 2017


I feel as though I am living in a Buddhist retreat.
The neighbours on each side of us have installed wind chimes.
Bamboo to the left and tubular to the right.
As it is very, very windy here at the moment we are having to close all of the windows to stop the continual clonking on one side and ringing on the other from invading our home.
The tubular one's sound like someone running a wet finger around the rim of a glass and the clonky one's sound like nothing on earth.

Some say that they bring peace and harmony but I can tell you they are doing nothing of the sort here.
I could approach the neighbours but one lot are tetchy and the others have only just moved in and I don't want to get off on the wrong foot with them.
So the windows will remain closed until the wind dies down.

Thursday, 22 June 2017


Rooting around in the cupboard today looking for some essential oils and came across this box.

  I thought I had lost it but there it was.
What is it?
A plastic sandwich box containing cat nip and 4 smelly bags (cotton bags full of catnip )
And the result is that they are all off their heads now. lol

Oh well, here's for a quiet evening.

Saturday, 17 June 2017


Today has been hot, hot, hot and the cats are scattered all around.
Mummy Polly and Princess are flopped out in the garden, its so hot I don't think they realise how close they are to each other, lol

You can just see my green man in the background, this is one end of a set of book ends found in the car boot, they have been in the garden for several years and are withstanding the weather okay.

The Bijou garden is once again in bloom and the Blue Angel Clematis is extra good this year with lots and lots of blooms.  Tom has been feeding everything regularly this year and it has paid off.

A couple of years ago we had a new staircase fitted which was just so ugly, the previous one was victorian and although going rusty had more appeal and was quite attractive.
Last year we purchased a couple of honey suckle plants to climb up and hide the ugliness.
The one above was so successful with loads of blooms and smelled wonderful.

The added bonus was that it attracted so many bees, so if you want bees to visit your garden then I recommend this type, we have never had so many bees visit the garden.

The other honeysuckle was lovely but nowhere as good as this one.


I feel like I'm back from the dead right now.
Wheat is my downfall and I know that when I eat it it makes me ill, but eat it I do.
I get to a point where I feel so bad, no energy, no interest etc that I have to stop and give it all up.
Once this is done and after a few days I feel myself coming back to where I should be.
I accept that some people poo poo the idea that wheat / gluton can make you ill but take it from me it can.
Now all I have to do is keep clear of it, but it's not easy.
Anyway as you can see I feel like blogging and showing you the heart that I found the other day.

I began this heart in 2014, you can see the beginnings on a post dated 14th November ,   that long ago??
I actually put this in the bin once as I fell out of love with it but retrieved it and have finally finished it all bar the framing.

A row of diamonds from the pound shop, vintage heart from car boot, and bit of my tatting.

Ribbon roses

Another small piece of tatting plus pearls.

Couple of embroidered birds some more tatting and a vintage heart.