I have just done a work post over on our work page about Christmas, there are things that I nearly posted, but thought it was better to keep those comments for my personal blog!

So, Christmas! The crowds are starting to build in the City, shops filling up with shoppers, gifts being bought, but how many of these items are actually wanted? How many are bought and given, through obligation, without too much thought. How much money is being spent on poor quality items, plastic, trends and must haves? Children these days (gosh I sound like my Mum!) confuse needs, and always want! Adults must have the latest iphone, and fashions. How many 3 for 2 gifts do you buy, just because you are obliged to give someone something? How many of these things are needed? useful? or even appreciated?

If I am going to give a gift, what is more important is that what I am giving, I am giving with love, with thought, and imparting some of my energy. At the one extreme that would be thinking about someone, having an idea of something that they would appreciate, and hand crafting the item. Now, I don’t, and many of us won’t, have time, or the skills to make something from scratch. But alternatively, take a step back, and think carefully about the person that you are buying for, choose something suitable, and know that it will be appreciated.

I am fond of giving items that are personal, or capture or invoke memories, or things that can be treasured, or useful things.




Tooth Problems

It’s been a while now since I posted about my tooth, the TN went away following root canal treatment, but I still had underlying pain, and couldn’t eat properly, as I couldn’t chew on that side of my mouth. So, yesterday I had the tooth pulled out. It feels weird, it feels uncomfortable, but even though I now have a different pain, the painful swelling on the roof of my mouth has gone, and a strange pressure feeling in that side of my face has gone, I did not notice the pressure feeling when the tooth was in, but now it has gone I am relieved of it. Another couple of days, and hopefully I will be painfree in my tooth, palette and face! **HAPPY** now!

Having a clear out of Craft Materials

I used to do lots of crafting in my spare time, but now I just don’t have the time to do it. I have boxes and boxes of materials and supplies, whatever project I fancied doing, whether it be Embroidery, Knitting, Cross Stitch, Crochet, etc. I had the ‘stuff’ to do it with. I am now having a clear out, because I just haven’t got the time to do it, and my eyesight isn’t as good as it was.
If there is something that you are looking for please give me a shout, I will be listing items on our Etsy shop when I have the time.

In the garden

Today we have planted out the Squash and Courgettes.

We have potted on some Tomatoes, planted the Runner Beans into loo roll tubes, and sowed Spring Onions into a trough.

The potatoes are growing well, as is the wonderfully coloured Rainbow Chard. The Beetroot has come through, but a little sparse, so we have planted some more seed in the gaps.

We have uncovered the Gooseberry, trimming away the long grass growing around it to reveal a plant covered in mini gooseberries, won’t be long before we can have a crumble or fool.

The Apple trees and Greengage are in full bloom. But the plum trees are yet to flower.

Next jobs include trimming back the nettles that are growing behind the greenhouse, and hopefully we will find the Redcurrant and Blackcurrant bushes that have been hidden by them. And very soon we will need to dig another bed for the runners. We have a pond, to plant!! Not entirely sure where to place it, away from the trees, close to the plot, but not in the way. The grass really needs cutting too, as it’s been around 2 weeks, and we need to get some foundation in the Hive so we can give some Honey Bees a home!

It’s been a busy week trying to juggle work, and caring for Mum. Today we really needed a bit of time off.

I’m a Grandmother!

day 1Tyler Mark Estcourt Lawn, 12th March 2015 5.30pm, &lb 2oz
My Grandson Tyler is now 1 week old, this week has flown by, he is slowly settling in to a routine. We are really looking forward to giving Baby Ty his very own little Monkey with his Birth Details embroidered on it, and a snuggly fluffy Monkey blanket with his name on it.

We are now finishers of lovely Cubbies, they are personalised stuffie soft toys which are personalised to finish.They can be embroidered with names, special messages, designs and birth squares, and are a great gift for everyone, not just a baby! I have seen them with Valentines messages, Wedding messages, and as presents for 60th Birthdays. Ideal for Christenings, Christmas, Birthdays, and even gifts to your page boy/page girls. And they really are beautiful.

There are also Blankies, lovely soft blankets with the head of your favourite Stuffie soft toys, these make ideal comforts for a baby, so very soft and snuggly.

We also have Dumbles, elephants with Jumbo ears, and Rucksacks, and coming very soon are the Harlequin range, made of a patchwork of different textured fabrics.

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I am starting to feel like Spring is definitely on it’s way.

There are lambs in the field next door, and a new addition to my family is due any day, over due in fact, any day now I will become a Grandmother – gosh that makes me feel old!

Today we have been out in the garden, we had a bit of a tidy up, have planned what we will be growing this year, and then took a walk to the Nursery to buy some seed potatoes and vegetable seeds. We re hoping for another couple of nice days over the weekend where we can all get out and really get to work.

We are now waiting for the first of our Martins to return, not sure when it will be, but think it should be some time this month or next, I’ve tried searching on line to get an approx. date of their return, but as yet cannot find anything more than Spring, Mar/Apr, or Apr/May. Do you know?