Saturday 20 April 2024

Buts and Bonuses

I heard back from a lovely Welsh Choir in Conwy.   While unable to attend their rehearsal we will be able to listen to them perform at the Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza.   Fancy that!  A bonus concert!  And a Victorian Fair on the pier and promenade!   Maybe I can also cross Punch and Judy off my list too.   Such a lovely email from the choir’s “secretary gentleman” who asks that we make ourselves known so they can “Croeso i Gymru”    I had to check with Google what that meant but I fully intend to say thanks for my “bonus” (and see if he looks like I imagine him - a handsome silver headed well spoken gentleman).   

But, the temperatures look a little cooler than I had expected so Little Sister and I will be packing puffer jackets and merinos and hoping that the weather warms up as we move around.  I am carefully weighing each item that will go in my suitcase to ensure I’m not over the limit.   We travel Easyjet from UK to Holland with a strict 23kg limit on that leg so the generosity of Emirates on the long haul becomes rather irrelevant.

Excitement is ratcheting up and I’m having sleepless nights filled with dreams of adventures to come.   Only a few more sleeps until departure and hopefully Dubai will have dried out by then!

Wednesday 3 April 2024

The Great UK Adventure #1

 Dreams of this first began when I was about 13 and I wrote in a notebook the things I wanted to do and see when I visited the UK.   Mostly gleaned from my avid reading,  the first item on the list was "kippers for breakfast".   I opened a bank account for this when I had my first holiday job and saved carefully since so now I can indulge.

In four weeks Little Sister and I will be leaving on the great adventure and I will be enjoying spending my savings on an itinerary that ticks off so many items and places.   I plan on having a travel diary up on this blog.   In the remaining days before departure there will be the boring parts like packing, cleaning the house, arranging for the neighbour to do my lawns and all the other life admin.   But excitement levels are rising sky high.

Sunday 24 March 2024

This was Not The Plan.

 I’ve been knitting socks.   I needed a replacement for one pair knitted years ago by the DBEM so off I go. But disappointment.   They didn’t come out identical despite my care. 

So away to the store, another ball of yarn and another start.   And again, these are not quite identical.

After yet another trip to the store and a different brand of sock yarn, these look to be satisfying.  Not identical but almost.  

And any way I’ve decided I don’t need any more woollen socks.  After all it is supposed to be Global Warming!!

So now it is back to embroidery and a determined effort to finish my current projects.

Sunday 25 February 2024

And a finish!


I took the class for this last September and am very pleased to have it complete.   There was some reverse stitching as the blue DMC floss required a second skein and was a different batch number so I had to unpick and ensure that the full bandwidth was the same batch.   Can you notice the difference?   Probably it’s only me who can tell!

The local quilting shop lady insisted that a plan weave linen would be a good lining fabric.   I’m not totally convinced but as this piece is only going to be stored in my cabinet and not in use it was a price decision in the end.  And all is well.

So now I have something ready for the March Show and Tell stitch group I attend.  Happy happy.

Sunday 18 February 2024

Progress Report - I am doomed !

 Two panels on my Wessex Drawstring Bag are now complete and instead of stitching, unpicking and re-stitching I have decided to do the mathematical calculations and stitch tacking threads first.   But given the obstacles to date I am still pleased with progress.

So I did calculate, measure and count but still.  Can you see the error?   So tonight I will be “unstitching “  I am so annoyed with myself!  This project is doomed!

Again, it is another fine day here if a little windy, so I am going to sit outside and get a good dose of Vitamin D.  But first I must “slip slop slap” with the sunscreen.

Friday 2 February 2024


 Well, persistence has paid off and finally panel one of the bag is finished.   That’s it for tonight! 

There are four panels to this bag so I’m hoping for more control and less reversing for the next panel.

Meanwhile my evening chores call so I’ll sign off and be back again it’s another report soon.

Wednesday 31 January 2024

Yes! Again!

 I’m beginning to wonder why I even started this dratted project!   This time I did read the instructions and I closely inspected the photographs I’ve taken of my friends finished piece.   But still, every stitch on this panel has been unstitched and redone!   I’m fed up with the whole thing and it’s gone into the naughty corner for the night and I will read a book before bed.  And tomorrow I will pull out all the cut incorrect threads and start this band again.

Monday 29 January 2024

From this to this….

 My good friend Fiona always used to remind me to “read the instructions”.  She was correct!   I have had to undo every last stitch of this piece and will start again.   One thread of floss on 32 count linen taxed my eyesight but the “reversing” is now done.

From this

To this

So now to begin again and this time follow the instructions!

Tuesday 23 January 2024

Long Time No Blog

 It is ages since I have updated my blog and I hasten to reassure any who are still reading this that I am quite well and indeed have just returned from an extended holiday in Japan visiting friends.   After a break of 36 years I had a Japanese Christmas and New Year - and the cold weather that accompanied this season.   New Zealand may have been sweltering under a hot summer but the days were cold in Japan.   Still it was a lovely time.  I took lots of photographs, ate a lot, walked thousands of steps each day and did no embroidery.   Such was my guilt about the latter, I packed my threads and fabric in my cabin luggage for the return flight but was so tired I slept all the way.

Now I’m home and catching up on washing etc I fully intend to set a regular schedule and make friends with my needle and thread again.   A Wessex Stitchery Drawstring Bag is started and I have promised my Japanese friend a hardanger “curtain” for her to hang over her dressing table mirror!   Yes, I was surprised at that too but she definitely wants such so I’m in the process of purchasing the 32 count linen and appropriate DMC Perle on line and will soon make a start on that.   Meanwhile, there’s laundry, shopping, garden, catch up with family and friends and generally a resetting of daily life.

And on Friday, Little Sister and I go to make bookings for The Great UK adventure.   I have an interesting life:)