Saturday, 10 November 2018

My latest weaving.

 This is my second attempt at weaving on my loom and I must say I am pretty pleased with it.I devised the pattern myself and I was so much quicker.I started it one evening and had finished by the next evening just doing the odd ten minutes here and there.So far I have only used fairly cheap wool but I think I shall try something better next time.
I have got a 1,000 pice jigsaw on the go and am still working on my crochet blanket.This is a great project for colder venting watching TV as it keeps you warm!
I am reading Miller's Valley by Anna Quindlen.Not too sure about it yet.
What do you do in your spare time,if you have any.I think most of the people who read my blog are crafters which is why I follow them,others just have interesting lives but I also like to read what people are just doing day to day .Blogland is wonderful and long may it continue.

Friday, 2 November 2018

I love /hate Autumn.

I love this time of the year .The colours of the trees are beautiful,I quite like drawing the curtains and being cosy and warm inside.
I don’t like (I don’t like the word “hate”) Autumn because we have three huge trees in our garden and there are leaves everywhere.The sycamore and horse chestnut have lost all their leaves so this morning we raked,blew ,gathered all the leaves we could.We filled our brown recycling bin.The third tree is a beech and that still has loads of leaves still on it.It has been a beautiful day here in North Wales so although it was hard work at least the weather was ok.
This afternoon we went to our U3A Gardening Group(as though we hadn’t had enough of gardens).The title of the talk was “Mediaeval Gardens”.The talk was excellent,well illustrated and well presented with a bit of humour thrown in.
Yesterday we went to the U3A Open Meeting.The subject of that was The Story of the Conway Tunnels.That is the tunnel that went under the River Conway to relieve traffic in this historic town with its wonderful castle etc.It is good to go to these events as it keeps the mind sharp but is also good socially.
Now time to wind down for a quiet weekend.
Have a good weekend.Bx

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Had a great day yesterday.

Sarah( our daughter) and Emily and Ruby (our granddaughters) came over for the day it being half term.It was lovely to have them here as we usually go to them.They arrived quite early as they are only forty minutes away.We had suggested bringing walking boots or wellies so we could have a little walk.After Ruby had told us all about her PGL weekend with Guides we headed to Loggerheads.This an AONB area only ten minutes from our house.We had a lovely walk by the river among the trees.The colours were wonderful.The girls went clambering up rock faces ( even at 13 ) and it was great.We then went out to lunch at one of our favourite pubs and then back home for the afternoon.They love playing games so we had a fun afternoon doing that.They went about 5pm but we were due out with friends for a meal at 7pm.Originally there were 11 of us ( 5 couples and a widower) who ate out at least once a month.However in August two of the couples moved south to be nearer their children.This means there are only seven of us and one of the couples are really showing their age.The husband is very forgetful.I don't like change andI have found it very hard our closest friends have moved away and our happy group is  changing.
Do you find change hard or do you welcome the challenge?

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

I have bought a weaving loom.

 I have bought an Ashford weaving loom.I have wanted to try weaving for a long time so took the plunge.I could have gone on a course but it was all day and £50 so decided to try and work it out for myself.I must say I am really chuffed with my first attempt.
Anyone got any tips for me or can recommend a good book with ideas and instructions.



Tuesday, 9 October 2018

To continue.....

My blog post yesterday got cut short.No idea why.My I pad sometimes freezes and loses everything.Anyway, to continue,we went up to Ella's room.It is quite small but she has made it hers,lots of things on the wall,cushions and a rug.We met some of her flat mates,still in their pyjamas at 3pm!!!!!Sudents eh.We have been busy this week painting the kitchen and painting the shed blue.This was my idea,not sure it was a good one but I won't admit it.
We are off to Cambridge this Friday to stay with our son and family.It will be very strange without Ella.On the way we are meeting up with our friends from Mold who have moved ,four weeks ago, to be near their daughter.Chris was keen to go ,her husband not so it will be interesting to see how they are coping.

Monday, 8 October 2018

Progress on my blanket.


I am following Lucy at Attic 24 's pattern called Hydrangea blanket.It is very easy to follow.I am not following Lucy's colour chart but have come up with my own selection.It is a pity the colours never come up true on the blog.I am really enjoying doing it.A nice cosy project for these cooler evenings.We went up to Manchester on Saturday to see Ella our granddaughter and she seems fine.We met in Manchester City Art Gallery.,had coffee and mattered and then went to look at some art.There is a major,free exhibition of work by Annie Swynnerton which I loved.She was elected the first female member of the Royal Academy in 1922.She was a passionate supporter of women's rights  and way ahead of her time.We then went to have lunch in the Slug and Lettuce(what a name) and took Ella back to her Hall about 3pm.She invited us to see her room and 
                                                                                         


Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Theatre

We went to the theatre last night to see Lord of the Flies.It was brilliant.The set was amazing.The cast all female where in the book it is males.However,they kept the boys name.I didn’t quite get that.The cast included identical twins.On Saturday The Guardian gave it four out of five.It is a joint production with Sherman Theatre Cardiff and our Theatr Clwyd.We are so lucky to have this theatre five minutes away.Two theatres,a film theatre ,a smaller studio theatre and a function room for Comedy Club and recitals etc.We live in a small market town in NE Wales.Population 10,000.
My blanket is moving on but I have started knitting mittens for the homeless,am doing a 1,000 piece jigsaw and reading the book for my next Reading Group session.Three Things About Elsie.Anyone read it.I am finding it a bit close to home!!!
On Saturday we are going to Manchester to take our eldest granddaughter out for the day.She started Uni there two weeks ago and is feeling a bit homesick.Mum and Dad and brothers are four hours away .We are about an hour away so looking forward to seeing a lot more of Ella.