Thursday 25 November 2010

Happy Thanks Giving Day

For flowers that bloom about our feet;

For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;

For song of bird, and hum of bee;

For all things fair we hear or see,

Father in heaven, we thank Thee!

Ralph Waldo Emerson
The First Thanksgiving

When the Pilgrims

first gathered together to share

with their Indian friends

in the mild autumn air,

they lifted the voices

in jubilant praise

for the bread on the table,

the berries and maize,

for field and for forest,

for turkey and deer,

for the bountiful crops

they were blessed with that year.

They were thankful for these

as they feasted away,

and as they were thankful

we're thankful today.


A lovely way to thank God for all our blessings.  Not celebrated in a big way outside US but I think we all have blessings that need a thank you. I know I certainly have.
So I say a big Thank You to all those of you that read my blog and also to those of you who leave such lovely comments.
Enjoy today!

Saturday 13 November 2010

From one house to the other!

We left my house in Billericay in Thursday's blustery winds and rain, a dreadful journey home with gusts of winds up to 60mph on the motorway, quite frightening.  At one point on the M1 a couple of apple trees on the embankment shed their apples in a whoosh of wind. They hit DH's car and spread across the carriageway. By the time I went past some were squashed but some were rolling all over the road. Quite amazing! We arrived home exhausted from the drive and I was really glad of an early night.

But before we left I had to go into my garden with my camera and here it is in the rain just before we left.
In the bottom left corner you can just see my water feature.'Gladys'. I bought her several years ago at the Garden's World show at the NEC, with money left me by my Aunty Gladys! The water comes out of a flower on her hat and runs round the brim to trickle off one side. I love her but quite a few people have been horrid and said they thought she was ugly, what a cheek!!  LOL  But to me she is beautiful. Verdigris bronze and cute!
And tucked away under an over grown bush was this.. a hellebore. This was given to me by Nicky a young teaching colleague for my 60th birthday, It has survived the four years of neglect! We did manage to plant some spring bulbs although the ground was very soggy and heavy. It is impossible to weed out the thick thatch of celandines and buttercup runners so come the spring I shall dig up any flowers that are there and pot them up and spray weed killer. It will be the only way to get rid of the worst of the weeds.
And... I needed some retail therapy and this beautiful jug was in one of the lovely nik-knack shops in  the High St.
And now its mine!

Hope you're all enjoying the milder weather we are having again. DH and  I have just planted some polyanthas in the front garden here to brighten it up.Can't let the garden go here and I do like things to look tidy.
Roll on spring!!! I can't wait to get my garden in Billericay full of flowers again.
Happy gardening and stitching!

Thursday 11 November 2010

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow.

In Flanders Fields

By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)

Canadian Army

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields

The original poem handwritten by John McCrae

Saturday 6 November 2010

TA-DA.... A happy dance!

I started this 8th August 2010 ... it is  a design called ABECEDAIRE by I have  used 28 C Linen and DMC threads 561 and 598 and I am very happy with it.
It was lovely to stitch and although I am 5 days over the October ending  I feel I have met my pledge to finish an UFO each month.. and here is it finished!
For November my pledge is to finish my Golden Bridge Houses which still has a lot of back stitching and french knots to do. I am now making  gifts for Christmas and have nearly finished my wavy crochet pattern scarf for my friend.. so lots to do!
After Christmas I am starting Rosewood Manor Quakers Spring and I have signed up for another RR with the Stitch and Stash group... my UFO to finish along side with these projects will be my Celtic Lady, 'Summer'

Happy stitching everyone and hope you too are enjoying this extra-ordinary warm weather.

Monday 1 November 2010

DH has reached the new 40!

I booked this show way back in June and we had fantastic seats, seven rows from the front.
It was fast and sizzling and sexy! Amazing dancing and singing.
However one thing I hadn't anticipated were the ghosts and ghouls and witches in London on Saturday night. When we were walking back down Shaftsbury Avenue at 10:30pm  for the tube station at Piccadilly Circus, they were all queuing to go into night clubs! But the noise and buzz of the youngsters all added to our evening. London is at its busiest at night. We were squashed on the tube but arrived at Liverpool Station just in time for the train home. We were back in Billericay at 12:30 and dropped into bed at about 1 o'clock... but as it was the night to put the clocks back we had that extra hour in bed, well sort of because Nell didn't know that the clocks had gone back! We had a great time I loved the show and was amazed at the high leg kicks, splits and fast dance routines, I kept thinking if I could do that I 'd be thin in no time!!  I had to have an afternoon nap on Sunday and after our sunday carvery meal out, I collapsed into bed and woke up two hours later still wearing my glasses! LOL
DH went walking in Mill Meadow in the rain with the dog!

Today Nov 1st, is his birthday  and we have had a lovely morning Southend on Sea

It could have been the French Rivera, the sun was blazing hot, and the new palm trees along the promenade give the town a continental feel. The whole area that over looks the prom is quite beautifully kept, with wide sweeping grass areas, flower beds, all winter planted with wallflowers and pansies and well kept paved areas. And the trees all now in their Autumn colours, quite beautiful.
It was lovely to sit outside  Rossi's cafe and eat ice-cream and drink coffee, real Italian ice-cream!! And look out across the bay, we saw seals and herons on the sand banks, how amazing is that to sit and watch!!
Mike was delighted!
And here are his birthday cards and pressies, the huge big basket of flowers and fruit with the balloon is from Mike's son and wife and grandson and to see Mike's face when he saw it, was delightful. He was so pleased and at the risk of sounding corny it made my heart sing to see him so happy, that they had thought of sending it. Although one thing is the balloon moves in the heat of the lounge and our wuss of a dog Nell, keeps skitting past it and barking! My pressie is the very nice watch which we bought together on saturday at Lakeside, although it might have be better if I had gone by myself as DH was like a child in a candy shop and we looked in several jewellers as he couldn't make up his mind! In the end I said I'll show you what I might have bought with out you and thats how we choose the one he has.... men??!!!
We had toasted tea buns and cups of tea when we got home in my best china tea service... and later tonight we are off to town for a meal at the ASK one of the many restaurants in Billericay.
Happy Birthday Mike xxxxxx (A kiss for each decade!)