Saturday, 13 June 2015

Walking

I'm going through a bad time again. There is no real reason in the present...the greyness just descended.

One of the ways I try to get through it is by walking, albeit with a rollator. In an ideal world, I would walk every day. Somedays, I just cannot face the thought of walking the same route again. Other days it rains!

So a few days ago, I took my camera with me to record some of my walk, and I was pleasantly surprised with the pictures I took.

When we first moved here, one mile from the city centre, my youngest son described the area as similar to a Butlin's holiday camp. I guess the terraced houses are somewhat reminiscent of rows of chalets!

Just 5 minutes, at my slow pace, brings me to large areas of greenery...grass, trees and even a bubbling brook.





The last photo is the route I took back to our "chalet". 

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Memories

Memories





walking
then cavorting
skipping along with me Dad
singing a song
inside my head
until we reached the red phone box
where me Dad called his Ma
like he did every Sunday
cos she lived so far
away
then a silver sixpence
fed a machine
for a chocolate bar
that tasted better then
and me Dad did the same
for a packet of ten
and a guilty smoke
on the way home

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Farewell to 2014

So
Farewell to a year
I thought was my last
I'd really rather
you didn't ask

Oh...you have
Ok then...just for you
I'll tell the tale
that made me blue
(red actually!!)

An allergic reaction
to pills prescribed
Left me in a state
I'll now describe

Covered in wheals
itchy & sore
My eyes, my mouth
Need I say more?

Repercussions
for days on end
Antihistamines became
my very best friend

So I'm rather pleased
that I'm still here
and able to wish you
a Happy New Year

Friday, 12 December 2014

Framed!

For anyone who has been following the progress of my cross stitch, here it is framed by my lovely husband.

Cards for those special people

Recently, my Kindle, one of the original 3G ones, broke down. The screen froze on the page of a novel I was reading, and nothing I did could unfreeze it. I was so upset, because reading has become so vitally important to me. Anyway, my lovely brother rang up and told me to order myself another and that he would pay for it. To say I was overwhelmed is an understatement. I ordered it Thursday afternoon and it was with me Saturday.

Needless to say, I have got him a special present for Christmas and wanted a card to go with it. The one I chose is from the Hunkydory Elegant Christmas kit from a couple of years ago. The topper is in the shape of an open book.

















I also made Rod's card from the same kit, with the appropriate sentiment!! I love that the 2 hearts lock over each other.



Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Today's cardmaking

I managed to make 2 cards today after my final counselling session.

The green and pink card is another acetate domed card. I wasn't sure about the colours at first, but it all came together as it was made.

The blue card has the picture behind snowflake acetate with a cute robin stuck on afterwards.

Monday, 8 December 2014

A batch of Christmas cards

It's the latest I have started my Christmas cards because I needed to make real progress with the cross stitch of Dad first. I'm also knitting a couple of outfits for Harry.

I have had to choose cards to make that wouldn't take a great deal of time. I've been through my stash and here are some of the ones I've made in the last few days. I won't write too much about them...just haven't got the time!!


These cards were made quickly for younger members of the family from a Dawn Bibby collection of a few years ago.


These are from the same collection, but using card blanks from a different set. I really like the way the mince pie sits behind the aperture. The card on the left has a folded base too.


I love these cards from a kit I bought at Lakeland years ago (the shops have been closed for years now, so it must have been a long time ago). The decoupage elements all had to be cut out by hand. I embellished the cards with flowers from Sweet Lilac and with glitter glue.


This is the type of card I have decided to make for older family members this year. It is from a Kanban kit of a few years ago. The pictures have a matching domed acetate over the front.


And, finally...this is the card I will probably give Mum. It is based on a card in the Crafter's Companion Christmas magazine. It involved a great deal of work to cut out all the poinsettias and holly leaves and then they were sprayed with glitter.