Monday, 4 May 2015

Not much to 'show and tell' but....

Last Tuesday, saw us 'ex-water aerobics' girls on another walk through the countryside and I have to say this one is my favourite so far.  We started off in the village of Maidwell, Northamptonshire. The girls with the maps did a splendid job of navigating and what a beautiful part of the county! We walked to Bluebell Farm where the Hawk and Owl Trust look after an area which is noted for its bird life , and some of the fields looked like they had been left to grow naturally with meadow flowers and grasses to give a natural habitat for the creatures.  We met at about 7 o'clock and as we approached the conservation area it must have been the time for the Owls to beginning their hunt for supper and we were able to watch these wonderful birds swoop and soar in search of food.  It was a bit of a chilly evening, but once we got moving we all soon warmed up and the skies gave us another wonderful sunset.

Rapeseed fields, so bright and cheerful

At home we found a local guy to replace our central heating boiler and what a nice chap he was.  I now have a warm house and piping hot water for baths and showers.  On the other hand my radio/iPod docking station is once again back with the manufacturer.  They have sent two replacements and both have had different problems.......in the end I phoned the shop and said I was bringing the radio back and wanted their guys in the audio department to make sure it wasn't me messing up the b#**#* thing.  The last we heard the 'head honcho' of repairs has phoned the manufacturer, given them a piece of her mind and we are now hoping for a 'tested' replacement soon.  I won't mention the fused plug sockets, the fridge, and the fact that the car drove backwards into one of the garden pots and smashed it....yes- the car did that not me!  Thank goodness the sun is shining and we have a holiday to look forward to!

As our holiday is not so far away, I thought I had better get cracking on making some more summer pants....... I had a practice run back in January and thought they turned out O.K. so Tah Dah!

As for crafts, they have been put on the back burner, but I am still working on my 'lacy' scarf and trying to add at least two rows on the crochet blanket each evening.......slowly, slowly getting there but they will get done!

Quite a few more inches to do

Lots more inches (if not metres) to make this into a blanket

We have been given the destructions instructions for the May 'Mini Mania'. The three of us had to choose a colour a week ago. Lesley chose green, Lynda chose yellow and I chose pink but until the instructions arrived we had no idea of what or why we had picked the colours.  All has been revealed!.... We have to cut 6 x 2 7/8" squares in each colour i.e. Pink, Green, and Yellow. We can use different fabrics, but have to stay with the colours.  We then have to cut 18 x 2 7/8" squares of background fabrics and make half square triangles which we can then arrange into a mini quilt.  Sounds good doesn't it!  I think I've got my fabrics, now what to choose as my design.........I will show you once it's up and running, but why don't some of you join us in this 'mini challenge'.


  1. I'm taking up the challenge Jo! Fabric is cut and hope to get my HSTs sewn this afternoon!!:) I'm gonna blog about it too!!:)

  2. I would love to but I haven't got time to finish my own stuff let alone a challenge!!

  3. Its a lovely time to explore the countryside Jo, and a great photo, those pants look really comfy, and will pack up easily too.

    Great to have you on Board "D"!