Saturday, 24 January 2015

grow your own blog.

just a little about me.
Just had my 70 th birthday(the new 50).
I am a retired school teacher.
I love crafting-crochet ,knitting and cross stitch.
I love reading and going to the theatre.
I live in North Wales which is very beautiful
I have 76 followers.
my name is Barbara

Paris was great!!

 No visit to Paris would be right without sad thoughts of the Charlie Hebdo tragedy.This was on the Hotel de Ville..There was definitely an increased security around with both police and the army.
 We had a brilliant time but we walked miles and all those steps at the Metro stations.Up and down.Up and down.The weather was kind to us.It was very,very cold but dry and sunny.We had to go to the Eiffel Tower.What an amazing structure.To conceive such an object and then build it.
 The Arc de Triomphe.From there we decided to walk,arm in arm,down the Champs Elysee.
 Looking back from about half way.
 We wlked on and on until we got to the other end where you find the Louvre.I googled it when we got back and it is 2.4 miles.We didn't go in there as we had already been to Musee D'Orsay and the Orangerie.
 Walking by the Loire.
 The previous day we had been to Montmartre.This is Place du Tetre.A favourite haunt of artists.In the background you can see Sacre Couer.
We saw wonderful art.This is a painting by Renoir.We saw works by Monet including his famous rooms of waterlilies,Cezanne,VanGogh,Seurat ,Picasso etc,etc.So much.
We arrived home late on Thursday evening tired but thrilled we had seen so much.A really memorable birthday week.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

70 is the new 50!!!!

 Last Friday was my 70th birthday!I can't believe it.In my head I am still 50 or less.Our daughter took us out to lunch on Friday and the the whole family met up on Saturday morning at the Littleton Arms in Penkridge near Stafford.Matt coming from Cambridge ,Sarah from Cheshire,us from North Wales.We had a light lunch and then a walk on Cannock Chase.
 Then it was time for dinner.This is my birthday cake with yarn and needles made of icing.
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 This is one of the presents from the children.I have long admired Cathy Daniels ceramics(Potter Jotter formerly) and my daughter commissioned her to do this p[ece for my birthday.Sorry it is on its side but I can't move it.I hope you can see it features knitting,gardening,reading and my grandchildren.My main interests.The children also bought me a new camera so expect some better photos!C bought me a new,small laptop to replace my anci.ent netbook.
Here they are my 5 grandchildren.

We are off to Paris tomorrow for three days.I have been spoiled rotten and really do appreciate it especially all eleven of us being together for the weekend.70 years ago there was just me and now look at me.I am so lucky.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Three knitting projects for the New Year

 Can you believe I have started knitting a Xmas present?I had this 2ply lace yarn in silk and thought it would just suit my sister in law.I always make her something but not in 2014 as moving house really took it out of me and no knitting was done for two months.New Year.New Start.Project 1.
 Project Two.Making a v neck jumper with raglan sleeves for me.This is "watching TV" knitting!
 Here is a close up of the wool.It is Stylecraft Alpaca with a fleck and is pale mauve.It is DK.
 Project Three.Socks.I can't resist making socks.Another good thing to do watching TV.
Suggestions please for Project Four.I have loads of stylecraft DK and want a crochet project.I have done lots of blankets so want a different idea to use up this wool.

A beautiful day here in North Wales but very blustery and cold.I had intended to go in the garden but have chickened out and am inside,central heating on and having a lazy afternoon.
Barbarax

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

try again!

thanks for your comments on my other blog saying you can't access this one.Hopefully you now can!What a pickle I have got myself into.Let's hope it is sorted now.

Monday, 5 January 2015

good news!

I have managed to get rid of the blog that was putting adverts on my blog.Dozens of them.So annoying.So now I can rejoin Blogland and know I am not putting anyone else within his reach.Barbarax
P.S.Do pop in and say"hello" to me.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Better late than never!

 Just a few photos from the last ten days.
Christmas morning with OH,daughter inlaw and our three Cambridge grandchildren.Two hours after returning from spending Xmas in Cambridge our daughter,son in law and our two Northwich grandchildren arrived for the weekend.
 There is nothing to beat an Emily cuddle watching the TV!
 Not a very glamourous photo but waking up on our anniversary morning to cuddle with Emily and Ruby was great.OH was making a cup of tea.

So,we had a really lovely Xmas and anniversary,saw lots of the family and enjoyed quiet New Year in.
My first make of 2015.Second sock to follow.I have also started a 2ply lace scarf and ordered some wool to make myself a sweater.I have started the year with good intentions.Long may it last.