Tuesday, 13 April 2021


 I'm still here, living each day as it comes. . . . . .

I don't seem to have the patience any more to mess with my laptop AND blogger so I am ignoring them both.

I will catch up with my cardmaking, ATCs and my adventures . . . . . yes, still having adventures . . .  they're nearer home for now though.

Hopefully, if the good weather continues, I may get out into the garden.  I have plans for the greenhouse, not for growing tomatoes but plants that I really like!!

By the way . . . . the island does really look like this now . . . 

Saturday, 3 April 2021

Six Months

 Six Months to the date - 3rd

Six Months to the day - Saturday

Six Months of loss, pain, tears, need I go on.

Six Months of fighting HSBC to obtain access to my money

I am really trying to go forward.

I keep hitting hard patches and want him here 

To help me out

To sort it out

To do it for me 'cos I can't

I didn't know it was going to be like this.  When we spoke of being the one left behind, which we did often, we saw only the greenness

We would have all the room in the bed . . . . . .the big empty bed

We would have all the quilt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . on the big empty bed

We would eat what we wanted . . . .  . . . . . . .  even though it has no taste

We would get up when we wanted  . . . . . . . . .but what for

What fun we would have

On our own


It's not like that at all

It's not like that at all

I know that life goes on

I am trying to embrace it

Trying to remember I am very Blessed, I have so much . . . .

and Jesus loves me

Why? I don't know

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

WOYWW #614

 WOYWW - All the deets on how to link up etc. and, more importantly, why you should, can be found at the top of the page.  Thank you Julia for hosting another week of fun and mayhem.

Good morning!

It's pouring with rain and a gale is blowing round the bamboo . . . . . but I don't care . . . ..  it's WOYWWednesday and I have the time to link up  . . . . . . when  I can get a 'new post' page (10mins today!)

The desk

I am creating my swap cards and ATCs for March.  There are several with the theme of Spring or colour yellow.  While pondering what to do I found these stamps on the Chocolate Baroque

website so what could I do?  Chocolate Baroque was introduced to me by HelenH back in the days of 'broken chocolate' . . . .

After sorting out several different cards and papers, I am having a great time, whether my partners like the cards . . . . different matter!!  lol

Fx is here today, so lots of colouring and reading and watching Thomas and jigsawing . . . .  busy, busy.

Have a good day and enjoy no matter what the weather.

Friday, 26 February 2021

A tale from Springtime

Once upon  a time there was a little boy who went to playgroup at his local Church.  He used to do lots of activities there, painting, sticking, bead threading. . . . even planting.

One day in the wintertime he brought a polystyrene cup home from his playgroup with a label saying 'with love'.  The cup was half filled with soil and he told his Mummy to leave it until Spring when she would see what he had planted.

Come the springtime a small shoot appeared and over the next few weeks it grew into a very pretty flower.  The little boy insisted that it stayed in the cup and so it did. . . . every year small leaves of green and white appeared above the surface of the soil followed by a purple flower.  Every year the Mother smiled to herself as she thought of the little boy.

Eventually the soil and small flower was planted into the garden of the house where they lived.  The Mother told no-one but every springtime the little flower popped its head out of the soil and warmed the Mother's heart.

The little corm has multiplied and now there are three flowers popping up to tell me that Spring will be here soon . . . . 

There are even more signs in the garden now, the clematis and other climbers will need to be pruned back soon.  Their green shoots belie the fact that it is soooo cold still.

The Auriculas are freshening up, their tiny buds will soon start to appear and the Sambucus Nigra, Black Lace, also feels that Spring is coming as it puts it small maroon shoots into the sunshine.

Such an exciting time of the year, each day brings hew hopes and expectations.

Sunday, 21 February 2021

The Button Box

I have had this old tin of buttons for years, I think it includes some from my Mother's tin!!  My youngsters played with it and more buttons get added to it, especially some blue ones for Dx.

I brought it into the room so that I could sort some small white buttons for my preemie cardigans and, of course, it has remained there.  I could not put it away if I wanted to, a special someone just loves playing with them and we spend many an hour counting and batching.

It was really tiring this week as we had ventured into building . . .

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Saturday, 20 February 2021

Encouraging Signs of Spring

 Mother Nature really is a Queen and royal in every sense of the word.  She is not inhibited by epidemics!

I chanced to walk the 'estate' while the sun was shining and the rain had stopped.  I sorted out the chickens, they don't seem to miss Olive at all - she died at the beginning of the week, old age and all that.

I wandered down towards the water feature which is covered with weeds and duckweed, sad but it doesn't stop the birds from getting a drink.  Further over in the 'blue' garden the bulbs are pushing through. 

They look like hyacinths and bluebells, which is surprising as I thought that I had moved all the bluebells to the top of the garden, this will be an interesting space to watch!!!

The Tamarisk pot also has signs of life.  I have planted daffs and hyacinths there so that the scent of the hyacinths can drift indoors. . . . . . 

The Hyacinths are going to look gorgeous!  When you consider that these small green leaves have been subjected to snow and heavy frost . . . .

Looks like blue, red and white!
Now these ARE bluebells, planted by Dx when he was a toddler, I think aged about 2 or 3.

He was too young to remember the planting day but I recall it, maybe I blogged it!!
Changing the subject, as I do . . . .
Although I am having terrific trouble with accessing any accounts at HSBC, they inundate me with requests for forms to be filled etc., I have to say that their Bereavement Line has come up trumps again.  Although I wanted nothing more to do with Solihull Branch after my treatment by 'Customer Service', a lady named Pauline rang me up  . . . . ref all the problems (they all boil down to the fact I would like to access my account) . . . . and offered to drop some papers off to me on her way home as it would be quicker than waiting for the post.  When I opened the door to her, she presented me with these gorgeous roses!

Pauline wanted to give me the flowers by way of an apology for the trouble that is going on and etc. etc.  I was quite taken aback!  They are stunning and I love them.
Kindness still abounds in the world out there!!!


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