Friday, 8 December 2017


Morning all before I drag myself off for a shower, I thought I'd better do my rocking post because I was sooooooooooooo late last week.  So without further ado.

First up this beautiful morning shot I got, reminded me to enjoy the season when we get blue skies! 

Next up my first advent gift 

Which turned out to be 

Bacon butties on a weekend morning when we have loads to do, we normally grab breakfast and then don't eat until tea time

Finally finding the time to finish off all the parcels and cards that needed to be sent, I'm sure Royal Mail's profit margin will have gone up as a result!

We battled for much of the 1 December resolving the tree situation, I'd forgotten how difficult the lights were on these two main trees

As a result of this we ordered in on Friday night (and they kept us going through Saturday too). 

My second advent gift came in my favourite 12 x 12 size meaning scrapbook papers!

Look what I got

I popped to the local retail park at the weekend and as I was the passenger tried to get a shot of the tree in the middle - white with green baubles made me giggle!   the rest of the shot is appalling which also made me laugh!

On Saturday afternoon we walked around to the local church, they always have the outdoor nativity set up.

And we enjoyed the Christmas tree festival in the church, decorated by local groups both children and adult groups.  We get to vote for our favourite in each of the categories and enjoyed a wander around looking at all the decorations but also sitting and enjoying the peace and tranquility of this beautiful little church. 

A little nativity set up at the end of one of the pews

I liked the Baboushka tree telling us the story of Baboushka 

I also giggled at the angels, which all appeared to be lacking hair

the nativity set up in the centre of the altar table

And the silhouettes either side of the display showing the kings

and the shepherds

the trees really do look fantastic when you see them all together

And the beautiful stained glass window

We headed home then and enjoyed a couple of hours watching Wales versus South Africa Rugby match before collecting said 17 year old from work and then we wandered around to the Christmas craft fayre and Victorian market at the Community centre, it took an age as hubby is still really struggling with his back, we've found he can stand or lay but sitting is a no go at the moment which is rather worrying, plus his leg is still numb, which is another worry!

Day 3 

Brought some wooden elements and the saying made a perfect start to my journal for Christmas!

I played with some battery lights that we had left over and covered the window stars in them, they look OK if I'm honest. 

Mid week we had the trials and tribulations of finishing his college work (hand in day was yesterday).  Lots of my craft items got used, my double sided tape (including my red tape) are now somewhat depleted, my washi tape and my glue sticks! 

He worked his little socks off bless him

He sent us his 2D work in progress piece and asked us to guess the building - I guessed right at the Crucible theatre in Sheffield

Which became more apparent when he turned the picture

His 3-D piece proved entertaining as he kept adding to it (which involved paint flicking which meant I had to be aware when it came to the soft furnishings). 

Here is said piece complete, after extending the box.  The actual house has been made from card all by his fair hand, hours and hours and hours of hand cutting with a craft blade, initially it folded up, but once he'd sorted the box, he stuck everything in place to give it the rigidity it needed!

The very back layer was the inner elements of the house, predominantly floors and stair cases but I loved it.  

My niece also managed to finish her final piece, a wedding dress, I think she has done fabulously particularly considering she hasn't made any garments before she started the course in September. 

All made by her using her own pattern, I love the different fabrics she has used.

so that was my week there was also lots of work (as usual) including a couple of late nights and a couple of issues, but dwelling on the negative isn't what this post is about.  I hope you've had a great week, if you fancy joining in pop a post together, come back and link up so we can come and visit. 

Friday, 1 December 2017


Good Evening lovely people, there is nothing like being late to one's own party! 

I'm so sorry, I've said it multiple times today that I must do my post, but I find myself at 8.45pm with the first proper time to sit and write the post, so please accept my sincere apologies if you've been waiting for this one. 

So first grateful last weekend, was getting out and about a little bit, venturing to a local Christmas fayre, the actual fayre was quite poor if truth be known, but we bumped into fundraisers from my son's old school who were doing a tombola to raise funds for the next cohort of pupils who will be heading off to Lesotho.

I also managed to get this beautiful photo! 

Next up the arrival of my advent calendar courtesy of a group of us on UK Scrappers.  This is the contents of my box, how luscious does it look! 

Then there is the time I've spent making mini books recently which has been much fun

Forgot to mention the epic wood move last Friday and with hubby incapacitated and said 17 year old working is was down to yours truly to move this lot! 

I don't think I did a bad job do you?

Early in the week, I dragged out my very first journal that I did for Christmas which was 2008, I can't believe I've been doing these for 9 years now, they really are a delight to look back and read.  I was complaining that year of the cost of a second class stamp at 27p anyone in the UK will know that this is now half the price give or take a penny of a second class stamp!

I shared a new canvas that I made recently on Facebook it sits just above my computer screen and makes me smile whenever I read it!

Last Sunday was stir it up Sunday, the traditional Sunday in the year where you make Christmas puddings.  This year I've made two (no idea why because we only need one), but they are rather lovely and make the house smell of Christmas.  It is a low fat recipe and I've used it for years now and only 10 minutes in the microwave it's cooked and ready to be fed!

Here is hubby

said 17 year old

and yours truly, all partaking in the ritual of making a wish

as part of the Christmas tradition. 

Work has been busy busy busy and I've had a couple of nights when I've been so shattered I've just chilled on the sofa, but they are fun too.

I hope you've all had a lovely week, if you fancy joining in pop a post together, pop back and link up so we can come and visit. 

Friday, 24 November 2017


Good Morning lovely people

Tis Friday 

So it's been a funny old week if I'm honest.  

Friday was an epic phone catch up with not only my cousin but also my Mum, I thoroughly enjoyed the natter!

Last weekend said 17 year old worked all weekend both Saturday and Sunday which meant that our initial plans went to pot slightly, we decided to finish off the mass clean, which meant dragging out every morsel from under the stairs and also whilst we were at it, the utility room for good measure.  Exhausting - yes absolutely, but happy now it is finished - absolutely!  So I'm at the end of my Autumnal spring clean and I'm sooooooooooooo glad because before you know it I'll be bringing decorations down from the loft. 

Monday was a bit of a disaster (now you might be thinking why is this in my rocking post but hear me out).  Hubby on his way back into the bedroom about to leave for work managed to pull his back, we think it was a full blown sciatica attack and it rendered one leg useless and the pain made him black out (he's not great with excessive pain, his body just shuts down).  However, on the plus side, work were great with him and the Doctors were happy to prescribe something having spoken to him and work were good enough to let me work remotely, so I'm incredibly grateful for all of that.  He hasn't improved by much if I'm honest so grateful said 17 year old was around on Tuesday morning to keep an eye on him and glad work didn't mind me taking TOIL Tuesday afternoon.  Also grateful that he managed to get into the Doctors on Thursday as he's ended up with a numb leg, the verdict a physio appointment on the 27 December 2017 to release a trapped nerve! 

Anyhow, the rest of the week has been pretty much work, cook tea, sleep and repeat.  You don't realise how much work the other person does until they are incapacitated! 

Over this last week I've been sharing further black and white images on Facebook (it's one of those things that is doing the rounds at the moment, so I thought I would share the doctored image and the original which capture glimpses of my life. 

So first up this shot of our local Post Office, it really is a treat to go and shop there because the aroma of all the sweeties is fabulous!

And here is the original, together with the post office sign! 

Next up one of the things I tend to do at Christmas are cookie jars and we save our lovely Douwe Egbert jars all year around.  Then I put them through a hot dishwasher wash to sterilise them and pop the plastic lids in some milton fluid to do the same.  This photo was after I'd got them out of the dishwasher on the trays ready to use. 

And here is the original image

At one point, hubby mentioned using a photo of his Orangecello that he's made this year, but it didn't make for an exciting photo!

It has been a cold week in places this week, so we had a fire earlier in the week

The colour photo is sooooooooo much better

Then Christmas cards, I tend to make them at the beginning of the year in all honesty because I find this time of year too hectic for making them. 

And here is the original photo, I also did a batch after the Kate Crane weekend I did in autumn and that is what you can predominantly see here. 

Later on in the week I shared this photo which is the filled jars (not completed as they need decorating). 

And here is the colour photo, I've attempted a vegan one this Christmas for a friend, but I've no idea if the chocolate will be appropriate (it's a dark chocolate but mentions that it should be eaten by people with lactose problems as that is made in the same factory, however the ingredients are all vegan and I know she isn't lactose intolerant). The rest with the Smarties in are obviously not the vegan ones! 

And then another sign that the festive season is almost upon us, historically I've done a Christmas newsletter, I know they fell out of favour in recent years (hand written notes being so much more personal than a round robin letter apparently), but I've done it for so long I honestly think I'd get complaints if there wasn't one included in the Christmas cards I'm sending!  

And the colour picture!

And then I find myself at Friday, a whole day stretched out in front of me, said 17 year old working (again) and tomorrow and Sunday, so he is going to be shattered bless him, apparently he thinks he will be unpacking Christmas trees today! 

I've no specific plans for the weekend and hubby is still hobbling around (although I'm guessing he is also four walling it now so I might try and drag him out to get some fresh aid and see something different). 

I hope you've had a fabulous week if you fancy joining in pop a post together, come back and link up and we shall come and visit!