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.

Monday, 24 September 2018

Latest projects.

 This is my latest shawl.The colours have come out pinkish but actually it is mainly orange,brown and red and very striking.The pattern is Be Simple Variations available free on Ravelry.It is a very easy pattern ,one to do watching TV.


 I have started another blanket.I am doing Attic 24's Hydrangea .I am rather daunted by all that wool!!!
But my latest venture is into weaving.I have bought a 10 " Ashford loom.I have yet to start it.Watch this space.

Other things....We went to see The Thirty Nine Steps at the theatre.It is a spoof on John Buchan's book and was hilarious.It does you good to be in a full theatre and everyone is laughing.What a tonic in these gloomy days.
We also went to see the film The Children Act based on the book by Ian McEwan.Not a bundle of laughs but very thought provoking.At the theatre again this Friday to see Julie from the National Theatre and on Saturday to see Lord of the Flies.

The latest book I am reading is Take Nothing with You.Patrick Gales's latest.














Wednesday, 5 September 2018

This week so far.

 On Monday we felt like a bit of a walk so went to Errdig NT for a stroll round the gardens.We didn't bother with the house as we have been many times.On the way back we went to visit a village I wanted to see and then got hopelessly lost...
Last night we went to Theatr Clwyd to see Duet for One.It was a two hander.How do they remember all those lines?
Today we have been to Northwich to look after tEmily and Ruby after school and do tea.Lots of news about new classes and teachers.All great.




Friday, 31 August 2018

Isn't this great?

My OH and our youngest granddaughter ,Ruby, playing ukulele together.I bought C this ukulele for his birthday last December and he has loved it.He has tried to learn guitar in the past but found it difficult.Our local U3A has a "Music live" group which he has joined. They have 4 or 5 guitarists,one mandolin,two ukuleles ,African drummers and three singers.They play Beatles songs,Lonnie Donnegan and folk songs and other things they have composed.They play gigs to care groups,over 50 s clubs,care homes etc.He is having the time of his life!
We were looking after Emily and Ruby yesterday.Ruby plays recorder ,clarinet and oboe but they have a ukulele so when we were there they were playing together.How great is that.( I must say Em and myself did get a bit fed up with repetition!)
This was followed by a trip to the cinema to see "Incredibles 2",a film about Super Heroes!!!A little bit out of my comfort zone but I actually quite enjoyed it.With all the gloom and doom that is around it was good to escape for a couple of hours.
We had a great day.Mummy was having a spa day with two colleagues before term starts on Monday.
P.S.We also enjoyed Mamma Mia 2,another bit of escapism.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Kerria japonica.

Do any of you in the UK have this shrub in your garden .I always considered it a toughie but two of mine have died this year.It seems,according to the RHS ,that it is being attacked and perishing.What a shame.They provided welcome yellow in the Spring.