Tuesday, 23 August 2016

A busy few days.

 I did all this last night and was just about to press publish and it all disappeared.Fingers crossed.
Last Thursday we decided to have a little tripto Biddulph Grange garden.We havn't been for years and it seemed much smaller than we remembered.Quite a hard walk round as there are 400 steps.
                                         The Chinese Garden.
                                             The Stumpery.
 As we didn't spend as much time here as we thought we moved on to Little Moreton Hall.This is 500 year old timber framed hall and has wonky floors everywhere.A real Tudor treasure.
 The day after,Friday,was the 40th birthday weekend of our wonderful local theatre.Penblwydd Hapus is Happy birthday in Welsh.We took along our granddaughters Ruby and Emily with us.
Theydid a drumming workshop which was amazing.A poetry workshop with the Welsh children's Laureate
 They tried on masks and costumes.Some,from the pantomime, were so heavy.
 We went to a dance performance which at the end the audience joined in and suddenly realised the dancers had gone and they were stillcarrying on!A great day was had by us all .

Yesterday we went to the Lady Lever Art Gallery to see an exhibition of lino cuts by Picasso.
This afternoon we have had a guided tour of Chester Cathedral.Sorry,no photos.
Tomorrow I am meeting up with 15 others who were in college with me.We left 50 years ago.Will we recognise each other and will I come back thinking I look the oldest with my white hair and wrinkles.

Friday, 12 August 2016

I had a bit of a spend earlier in the week!

 Last Monday we had arranged to meet my brother and his wife for lunch halfway between their house and ours.Looking at the map I realised we would be going quite close to Black Sheep Wools.They have a great craft barn and stock all makes of wool including all 58 shades of Stylecraft DK which is brilliant for blankets.They have a cafĂ© so with OH with his coffee and a paper I indulged my self for 45 minutes.
I bought some extra wool to complete the above blanket(only started to use up some stash but I always run out and have to buy more)
 Over the winter I want to make a blanket for the conservatory.The rug is various shades of greens and cream.Obviosly I couldn't take the rug so it done out of my head and although on here they don't look to match,they do.
 Thenin the bargain bit I spotted this Debbie Bliss reduced to £2.49 a ball.Bargain.I will have someof that.
 I only bought one ball ofsock wool.Very restrained!
I treated myself to a new cross stitch kit(why it is on itsside I have no idea.

I find buying yarn off the internet very tricky.Colours are never accurate so this was an opportunity not to be missed.This lot should keep me busy over the coming months but I must say the amount of wool is a little daunting.Watch this space!!!
Watching the Olympics will get me started.
Have a great weekend everyone.Babrbarax

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

what is happening in Blogland?

No photos in this post.I just wondered what is happening in Blogland.A lots of us seem to have lost our "mojo.I have 93 followers (I would love more) but don't hear from many and lots of blogs I followed in the past have stopped blogging.
So,I thought if I did a little resume about me it might inspire others to do the same and kick start us all again.
Here goes.
I am a retired Primary school teacher.I used to teach little ones but retired when I was50 due to dodgy knees.I am married and have two children.Matthew lives in Cambridge and works in London(going into Kings Cross/St Pancras each day.Abit worrying with all the terror threats)He has three children.Ella 17 this Saturday.Finlay 13 and Angus  9. Matt's wife runs a coffee shop in Cambridge cb4.Sarah lives in Northwich in Cheshire and is a teacher.She has Emily who is 11 and about to start Secondary school and Ruby who is 8.
I live in North Wales which is beautiful.Lots of mountains ,castles and lovely coastal scenery.We live ten miles from Chester ( in England) which is a lovely city.
I love any form of crafting.Knitting,crochet ,tapestry and cross stitch but love try new things.I read a lot,go to the theatre and to see films .We enjoy going to France as my OH speaks French fluently.I have IBS which blights my life and I do get down at times.Do you fancy doing a little resume to get us all going again.
Lots of love to you all.Barbarax