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Thursday, 22 June 2017

A new seat belt - on order!

Let's start with the good news - Daisy slept through last night.  Or, rather, I didn't hear her whining until I got up around 7:45 am -what a result!  She then proceeded to turn on her "aren't I beautiful" look as she went straight back to sleep as I had breakfast!


A couple of weeks ago, I took the dog guard out of my car so that we could take some tall step ladders up to Mum and Dad's new house.  BAD IDEA!!  Several days ago, Dad sat in the back of the car and noticed a rather dog eared seat belt - Daisy had clearly been attacking it - the dog guard had kept it away from her before!  So, the first job today was to visit my friendly garage and arrange for a new one to be bought (I'm picking it up tomorrow) and then fitted - next Tuesday.  It's a good job that no one has been sitting there!  The garage suggested that I bought a muzzle as well!

After that excitement, it was on to Lidl (which has just been rebuilt) to buy some of this week's special offers for Mum, before coming home and walking the dogs - dodging the shot outbursts of rain that have come our way today and are much needed.

This afternoon was really indulgent -working on that birthday gift (the end is in sight now) - whilst nipping out to the garden to pick a bowlful of raspberries for tea - mmmm.

Tonight I plan to start knitting some yellow hearts - the WI near Grenfell Towers has asked for knitted / crochet hearts to be sent down to them so that they can surprise the local residents (yellow being the symbol colour for missing people).  I thought that I would do my bit.  Although I would normally do a link at this point, it occurred tome that you may not be able to see the request if you are not a member of the WI page - so please forgive me for pasting the whole message below.  If you can help in any way then please contact the organiser for an address to send them to.  Alternatively I do have it so please contact me if you are able to.

Many thanks

"Solidarity with Grenfell Tower Through Yellow Ribbons and Hearts
Thank you to all members of the UFWI page for their ongoing interest in the on-the-ground relief efforts for those affected by the tragic events at Grenfell Tower.
Many of you have contacted us to ask what you can do to show your support in these early days - especially when the call for donations of provisions has now ceased due to overwhelming response. Our time will come when we will be able to apply more practical support and we will pass on instruction accordingly, but until then…
As long-time residents of the area surrounding Grenfell Tower, we write to you as an appeal to direct as much light and love to our neighborhood in its time of need. At a peaceful protest yesterday we walked alongside victims of the terrible fire and representatives of every community to launch the Justice 4 Grenfell campaign. It was here that we were inspired to engage with you, fellow members of the WI, to show these very people your love and support through this dark time.
The yellow ribbon is internationally recognised as a symbol of the missing and many people in and around the Grenfell site have adopted this to represent those that they have lost in the fire. Local residents have started to tie ribbons around trees and fence posts to remember those of our community who we too have lost.
Our proposal is that we show our support in the form of crocheted/knitted yellow ribbons and hearts which can be added to this area to bring about a feeling of love and above all, support.
What's next?
You crochet or knit as many BRIGHT yellow hearts or ribbons as you can and post them to us by Sunday 2nd July. Go as big or as small as you like, as long as the finished result is made of yarn! On the evening of Monday 3rd July we will take everything to the Grenfell area and will work alongside volunteers from the local area to enhance the environment with everything you've sent to us so that when residents awake on Tuesday 4th July (nearly 3 weeks since the fire), they will have a sea of beautiful yellow yarn to make them smile. We will be attaching them to fences, light posts, trees and anything we can find. Please consider this when sending (i.e stringing hearts in to bunting or providing extra string for easy attachment to objects). We will take photos of the final results and post them here for all to see.
How do we get them to you?
Please drop either of us a message for the best postal address to send them to.
PLEASE BE MINDFUL - we are two people who would appreciate you to organise your collective efforts to donate as best as you can so that we are not inundated with messages. We are both dedicating a lot of our time to the relief effort on the ground at Grenfell so would appreciate your respecting that by getting together to donate if you are doing so as a WI or collective of friends.
We look forward to receiving your beautiful, handmade displays of love.
Joanne and Melissa
(Gothic Valley WI, Middlesex Federation)

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Take five phones - please!

Today was allocated as a day to help Mum and Dad unpack endless boxes - made all the better by taking the pooches with me.  So, after an early morning sewing session (things started to go wrong after yesterday's post!!) off we went.  Over coffee, the jobs started to stack up - starting with trying to solve their phone dilemma. They had a phone line, allegedly, and had bought new phones on Monday, yet nothing worked.  I think that its fair to say that Dad was at the point of throwing them out of the window!  Having been forewarned about this particular problem, I took my phone with me and plugged it in - nothing!  Then i took the front plate off which, I had learnt last year, has a test socket hidden inside.  Upon plugging the phone in everything started to work.  Brilliant - we had a line.  Yet, when we plugged their new phones in there was no signal and i could ring them but the phone didn't make a ringing noise. After a number of different combinations and endless reading of the user guide, I rang the BT hotline - who declared the phones to be not working, gave me a reference number and told me to return them to get the money back - cue a visit to Tesco's!  Long story sort, I have left them with my spare phone and their two old ones - every should be okay now!

Next up was Bedroom 2 - you could hardly get into the bedroom for all the boxes and bags.  After some judicious tidying away, not to mention filling a bag with enough surplus towels to supply a small army, it was then out to the car and round to their local recycling centre where a charity bin requested sheets and towels -amongst other items.

Then it was a quick phone call to the washing machine supplier - mum had lost the receipt and needed it for the 10 year warranty - could they email a replacement?  No sooner said than it was done!

Of curse the dogs had had a great day - playing and running around in the garden (Daisy chasing Maisie around the gazebo was a sight to behold) - with Daisy finding a hole in the fence to escape into the next door garden - not once, not twice but three times.  Fortunately (Did I really say that?) she came back each time and the hole is now blocked!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Phew - made it! Bunting fest is over!

With the temperature dropping by 10 degrees overnight, it was a real pleasure to have to wear a jacket to walk the dogs today!  I don't know - we moan when its too hot / too cold / too wet / too dry!!

With a day at home planned, it was a quick tidy around and then down to some serious sewing.  My brother is getting married in the summer and they asked for 100 m of "bish bash bosh" bunting as my wedding gift to them -well, I kept going until I ran out of fabric but they should have more than enough - it was a relief to get it finished and will be posted tomorrow - hopefully.

With sewing dictating the mood, I then set to making an overdue birthday present - can't show you yet but it is coming along really nicely.   I also received a much waited for email from Lynette Anderson with a swap challenge for her workshop in August - an embroidery pattern which then has to be incorporated into a mug rug - which we will then swap with someone at the workshop - my mind is full of ideas at the moment!

Of course you have to have some background "noise" whilst sewing and normally I would have the radio on.  However, today I was watching (more like listening) a quilt version of the Sewing Bee.  I was both impressed with their ideas, relieved that my finishing seems to be better than theirs and appalled by the bitchy comments.  However it made interesting viewing and I certainly didn't agree with the judges decision as to who to eliminate - you can watch it here (well, the first three episodes anyway!)

The main event of the day, however, was not the copious amount of sewing, or even the finishing of the bunting, but the spotting of the lesser spotted council employee cutting my verge.  Never, in the 26 years that I have lived here, have the council cut my grass verge - yet someone does it today (three days after I had done it!)  Could this be a new service?   Doubt it - maybe Britain in Bloom judges are about to appear!

Monday, 19 June 2017

Cruella de Vil !!

Well, my crafty plan worked - sort of!   I slept upstairs and didn't hear Daisy until around 4:30am.  I then turned the radio on low and dozed for another couple of hours - by which time she was really giving it some welly!  I say slept - did anyone sleep last night. It was really hot - especially upstairs!

The first task of the day, after some housework, was another round of bunting - 90m down, 10 to go!  Of course both Daisy and Millie were in the craft room fast asleep at this point - great eh?  Then it was off to pick a friend and her husband off ad take them to the train station.  They don't often go away for a holiday together and it was cute to see her husband really quite excited!

After that it was onto Slimming world for a morning weigh in (stayed the same - Mum reckons its her fault!) and then onto Mum's via Tesco.  Mum and Dad wanted me to pick up some new phones and a fan (they literally only had 3 left!).  I also picked up a small gazebo that they were selling for £15 - it won't be the best but it will offer mum and Dad some much needed shade!  Mind you, its a good thing that no one was watching Mum and I put it up!

The main event of the day would be the delivery of the large fridge freezer (they have been using cool boxes for the last week and are getting fed up of things going off!), washing machine and tumble dryer.  As we chatted over lunch it was agreed that i should ring the firm to see what time they would arrive.  Er, they said that we were down for delivery tomorrow and not this afternoon - er, no!  I gave it to them with both barrels (politely of course) - I pointed out that we had agreed this afternoon and I was not prepared to see my elderly parents suffering in this heat for a day longer!  Everything arrived by mid afternoon!

Over an afternoon cuppa, we decided to try those fancy biscuits that I had bought them as a house moving present - they were very nice!  However when Mum decided to eat "Maisie" - and feed Maisie with a piece of "Maisie" then it all seemed a bit Cruella de Vil - hence the title !

With a kitchen emerging from the chaos, I am promised that my next visit on Wednesday will astound me!  Meanwhile I can start to focus on the much neglected hand sewing!

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Happy Father's Day xx

Today started far too early - Daisy was at it again - whining and howling, getting noisier by the minute, from 2:30am. She never wants to go out just to get up - so I did like the experts suggest and ignored her the best I could.  TWO HOURS later she was still at it but getting so loud I began to worry about the neighbours and so gave in.  Tonight I am planning on using the upstairs bedroom -Mum and Dad say that they never hear her so let's test that notion!

The plan, today, was to drive Mum and Dad to church this morning.  They had gone to a Jo Cox inspired afternoon tea yesterday and this is all part of meeting new people and, hopefully, making new friends.  After I had dropped them off, I popped to Morrisons and then found a shaded avenue to park on and wait.  My cousin would be proud of me - I even did some knitting whilst I waited!


With temperatures rising (the car read 30 degrees this afternoon!) we enjoyed a leisurely lunch with the arrival of one of my brothers, Graham, and his wife Janet.  Graham had bought Dad some cricket wickets and some special balls so that they could get some practise in before my younger brother's wedding in August and an inter-family cricket competition.  As Dad and Graham measured out the correct length for the wicket (22 yards we are told) we were all surprised at how long it was - mum said that it didn't look as far on the tv!  Dad plans to practise his bowling -although he may just regret that in the morning!

As the power washer emerged from Graham's car to clean the bench we all gave Mum and Dad for their 40th wedding anniversary, I took my leave and came home to open the windows and sort the dogs out. With a little breeze here, it was really nice to sit inside and sew bunting for the afore mentioned wedding - 70m down and 30m to go - I've nearly  cracked it!

Saturday, 17 June 2017

It's a catch up day!

or maybe I should have called it a wilting day - given the weather!

With nowhere to go, I had planned a day of getting on top of things.

First up was some sewing - its been ages since I have had a chunk of time to "play".  Sewingbuddy and I had found a free pattern on craftsy which we both fell in love with.  Called a magic pouch, it is a small clutchbag with two pockets for your keys and phone - complete with a wristlet handle for ease.

Next up was more general housework - hoovering, tidying and washing - before settling down with a second sewing task.  My partner in crime has created a second pattern to be published so I am one of the testers.  I have to say that it goes together like a dream so I look forward to showing you all in the near future.

It was a real joy to have lunch in the garden - if under a big parasol - but I couldn't put it off any longer - the lawn just had to be cut!  Dad had cut the back one last week and that was long enough - but the front one - yikes!  We keep being told that Britain in bloom will be round to judge our village - erm that would be a no then!  Let's just say that I emptied the mower once doing the back lawn and 4 times doing the front - I won't say which one is bigger (but its not the front!)

The final sewing task was the completion of a Christmas present - this was started nearly two months ago and kept being shoved to the back of the list - it feels really good to cross it off!

I have saved the ironing for this evening, when it will hopefully be a tad cooler.   I am also going to enjoy my first batch of strawberries and raspberries - mmmmm, I love just going out and picking my pudding!  There's not quite enough - but its a start!

Friday, 16 June 2017

Don't give up the day job!

Today, my taxiing skills were required (Mum and Dad's car should be fixed by the middle of next week and then it has to be transported from one end of the country to the other!).  When I arrived, Mum had an extensive list of shopping to be bought (can they honestly fit anything else into the house you might well ask!) - with items such as toilet brushes and pedestal mats.  So, naturally , our first stop was an Oak furniture place on the way into Grimsby to see if Dad could get another bookcase into his study - he can!

Next up was The Range for a cuppa (we all think better with a cuppa in front of us now don't we and I did have a voucher for a free drink!).  Having opened my bag of mini party rings ( 4 1/2 syns per bag) in walked someone from Slimming World - now why did I feel compelled to explain myself?

 Next up was a pop into Dunelm to buy said toilet brushes etc (after much discussion about colour schemes) before heading into the middle of Grimsby and Mark and Spencer for lunch.  I will confess - I took my own SW lunch with me and really enjoyed it! (I also bought a coffee - well I had another voucher for a free drink - so no one challenged me about eating my own food.)

After a stop off at B & Q for padlocks - they now have a "he cave" and a "she cave"!! - it was nearing 3:30pm by the time we got home.  Whilst the kettle boiled I sorted out their "youview" box and how to retrieve recorded programmes - it's the high life as you can see! -before leaving them to have a nap and coming home to walk the dogs at the beach.

The visit from my brother and his wife last night has resulted in a cut lawn and more boxes being unpacked so you can definitely see progress.  The next job has to be the removal of this corner cupboard (Sorry Wendy!) before Monday afternoon when their new fridge freezer arrives.  They also have to do something about all of these boxes!

Tonight I am at home, chilling, and enjoying some finishing off crafts.  At the moment I feel as if I am drowning in craft projects!  Thank goodness I am staying at home tomorrow.