Thursday, 7 June 2018

My Home

I am gritting my teeth

Actually it feels as though I have grit between my teeth

How much dust is too much?

The oak dresser used to be a sacred place

No dapping down of lost bits

Let alone power tools!

This is going to be our new kitchen door to the extension

This door I knew many years ago

It was the dairy door on the farm where Dad worked

I would watch whilst the churns filled

And swop the pipes over to the new churn

Then call to him to fetch another

The farm was up for sale a few years ago

I instantly recognised the door

And confirmed it with the seller

Hubby kindly bought it for me

We hope to turn it into a stable type door

It has a convenient split in it

Happily it is the exact size we need

Nearly makes up for all the dust

Someone else is less than impressed with all the goings on

She doesn't know it yet

But she will be going to work with me today

Visiting a gentleman

Maybe for the last time

I hope she behaves appropriately

She will

The stripy blanket

With the oops mistakes in it

Is slowly getting re-used

And turned into

Our weather on the whole has been beautiful

A welcome change

I have turned the Aga ovens off

So cooking is slightly limited

However I may pop it on before I leave for work

So we can have oven cooked goods tonight

Well I will if I remember

Next stop is to hang out the washing

And check the greenhouse


Blessings J. x


Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Going Crazy For Crochet



I've been doing a bit of crochet

Now that I can

Sitting on the swing seat



Birds singing


Trial blanket from stash

Pleased with this cutie


Just because

And on the hook

A stripy number

Destined to be a patio blanket

A quick trip out with Heidi today

Led us here

She had a lovely paddle

And then lay down in the river

Happy mutt

The extension has had its tiles put on today

And I have just noticed

My stripy blanket has lost some stitches

It may stay stripy

Or morph into granny squares

Oh well

Practice makes perfect

Or just more work!

I do hope everyone is enjoying the lovely sunshine

I've been topping up the old

Vitamin D levels

Blessings J. x


Wednesday, 23 May 2018

More Ideas Than Time

With a grandchild on the way

I seem to have found my making mojo

Crochet is my addiction of choice at the moment

BlackSheep Wools have been handed some lots of my wages

In exchange for an array of colourful yarn

Scheepjes colour crafter to be precise

I am practicing with an old ball of yarn

A big ball I might add

As I've only just taught myself how to crochet

Apart from making eldest a dolly blanket

Sometime during the last century!

The extension...

Well you know the house that Jack built

As in twice!

Lash it and Leg it

Namely Hubby and Son in Law

Made a bit of an error

As in trusting that the neighbours path was straight

As our house wall isn't


Block work up

Frame up

Roof trusses on

Roof trusses off

Frame down

Side block work down!

Made for an interesting evening

When hubby realised their Son in Laws mistake?!

All put right now though

To be fair they've done a good job

But they are learning

Someone is coming this evening to look at the extension roof

Else it's going to have to be Lash it and Leg it I'm afraid

Eldest and Son in Law have 'sold' their house

As in it's going through the process

And have 'bought' the in need of complete renovation house

In the same vein

I only hope their mortgage valuer

Won't query the sellers instance

That he has two steels running the length of the property

That were already installed

When he removed walls

Not too much of an issue for Hubby to sort

But not good in the eyes of a mortgage assessment

We found several holes in the ceiling

But no evidence of any steel!

He had kept his lambs in one of the bedrooms last year

Can you imagine?

And yes daughter is with child!!

An unplanned free day today


And it has been lovely

Hubby requested a cake

This is what I made him


I've hung out washing

And pootled in the garden

I suffered a mild concussion a week ago

And my head still doesn't want to know about touch typing

I actually managed to bang my head three times in a week

All in different places

It is sore

And I still have headaches

Three weeks

Recovery could take three weeks

The above was written last Thursday

So what has happened since

Sadly yesterday

The house move halted

Vendor no longer selling

Tearful daughter who is with child

Upset for the house

That isn't 'loved'

And for their purchaser

Who will be let down

There is no way they can sell

And take a risk

With a baby on the way

Such is life

Lots to show and tell

But not a lot of time right now

Back soon

Blessings J. x


Sunday, 13 May 2018


As many here in blogland are

We mourn the passing of Colin

May his soul rest in peace

And may Sue find the strength to

Live in honour of his memory

Blessings J. x

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Where We're At

My goodness

Building work really is a dusty business

I'm not house proud

But even I have standards

Things are coming along apace now though

There has been much sawing banging and drilling

Lovely front door

Back to front as that's the way it's made

A sale bargain

According to hubby

Just until the oak ones are made

Which will open inwards

We also have a greenhouse type construction

Not sure this is quite finished

We have some gaps


Ventilation maybe?

See the window above in the middle photo

The greenhouse was supposed to come past that

Wifey was not happy that it didn't

Hubby was not happy that Wifey had noticed

The marriage saver

The piece of wood in the top photo

Heidi has not been forgotten

We have been having evening walks in the warmer weather




Happy girl

I have been attempting to teach myself crochet

A really dreadful photo

I have managed a scarf

And am planning a baby blanket

I've also done a round flower type coaster

Makes a change from knitting

I have not been online much

But will soon catch up with you all I'm sure

Blessings J. x


Thursday, 3 May 2018

When Life Takes Over


Missing in action

I know

Lots on at the moment

But all good

Hope to be back soon

Blessings J. x


Thursday, 26 April 2018

Frothy Blossom


With your sunshine

And chill winds

When I step around a corner

Your sharp showers

When the washing is almost dry

For your busy birds

Making homes and families

For your buds

Bursting with promise

Of flowers and fruit

For your frothy blossom

So beautiful

But then

You invariably

Blow your winds

So the blossom falls as confetti

You are a middle child

Winter is your elder sibling

You like to copy Winter sometimes

With hail and storms

Even snow

Summer is your infant sibling

You play

And show Summer how to behave

But then get bored and

Remember what Winter taught you

You can be a rascal

Messing with our plans

For outdoor pursuits

You are a weather forecasters nightmare

Changing at will

A season of extremes

Should I let on that

I'm about to peg out our bedding

Or will that tempt you to play games

You rascal

Blessings J. x