Wednesday, 22 March 2017


This red shopper is finished
 Useful large front pockets
 Plenty of room inside
sorry about the blurr
 I'm pleased it looks a well balanced bag, with plenty of space.
 More cross stitch, I'm trying to do the huge blocks of colour
I loved this book, it told the story of 5 generations of the same family
 I love the Orchid flower, so interesting
My work mate loved the bag, after work she took it for a test run, a bit of supermarket shopping and it passed. I am pleased with the design, it all worked well, I did like the large size of the bag, it balanced with the longer straps. I have found another different bag on Pintrest to try, this one will be navy and green, it will be for me.
I have done alot on my cross stitching, I really want to get the big blocks of colour done, it's a badge from The Welsh Guards, hubby is an ex guard, I have promised to make him a cushion for ages. Most of the stitching is easy, I just have to be neat as any mistakes will show.
I enjoyed The House by Princess Park, it was set in Liverpool from the early 1900's, parts of the book was predictable, I'm not sure I would buy a book by the author, but I would try reading another.
I don't have much to say tonight, after work, I sat with hubby watching the news from London, the attack on Westminster, another sad day here in UK and Europe, why can't we all live together in peace. I grew up thinking we could stop war's and terror, sadly not the case.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Pottering about

My potting bench is in the greenhouse, and already in use, it has everything I need, lower shelf, storage drawers, and the top small shelf. I am really pleased with it. Some of my seeds are showing, so it's a pleasing view in here. 
 Loads of new growth every where, 
I am really happy with the progress on my fruit bushes, 
below blackcurrant, strawberries and raspberries.
 I have always loved this view, I still have a couple of plants, which I will put in the bucket, and move them around until I can find a permanent place, hubby has already put holes close to the bottom of the bucket for drainage. 
 This photo sums up today, really dull, our Magnolia tree is a bit later this year,
 but we are waiting for these buds to bloom. 
 I planted this bowl for my table last September,
 I love Snakeshead Fritallery, such perfect little flowers. 
It's been a busy weekend, my sister and her partner are now driving home, we have had loads of fun. Leanna loved shopping in Chichester on Saturday, there are such a good mix of different shops, plus it's an interesting place to be. They got to meet Will and had loads of cuddles also on Saturday. This morning we all popped to Lidl's for shopping, we came out happy, so many items for £59.00, including another 4 bottles of wine.
I have been in the garden this morning, it was nice to have my sister working with me for a while.
My sister loved the pot I created for her birthday, which now I can show you.
We have loads of plants coming back in the garden, my outside tulips are in bud, soon every where will be full of colour. I am unhappy with the rose arch I put in last year, the roses are woody at the bottom and loads of new growth on the top, so I have decided to cut it back to the base and start again, allowing it to grow on only one side, I will get another climber for the other side, at the same time I am going to add a couple more small shrubs in front in the hope they will grow and hide the bottom of the rose, that's a job for next Saturday.
I have done more stitching, the red bag is almost done, and the cardi is done, I will show photo's next time, I have not had much time for crafting and reading over the weekend, but having family to visit is always fun.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Coming together

The handles are on the bag, I have sewn the side and bottom panel in, so from the outside it looks good. I have to hand stitch the inner side and bottom panel, and tidy the top. These photo's look very pink, but the bag is red. 
 Plenty of room inside, I love you can see the handles on the inside, stitched to the front handles, making it a feature. The two pockets add the the pretty feel of the bag as well as being very useful.
 My sewing order came yesterday, these will last me for ages, I always get them on line and from the same company, I do have to pay a small postage amount, but I do not have anywhere local where I can get 28dpi, which is my preferred size. 
My potting bench came today, we were not expecting it until Thursday, delivered by DPD, who kept me up to date via email through the whole delivery day, great service. I don't think we will have time to build it before the weekend, I can't wait to get it into the greenhouse. I am also looking for staging, I have seen what I want, but I'm still looking to see if I can get it at a better price, it is so expensive, I don't want a cheap one and have to replace it again. 
Each evening this week, I pop to my green house to check my seeds, I had a pomegranate in October, I saved some of the fruit, I allowed them to dry out and have planted some in pots, one in greenhouse and the other on my desk, not sure if I can get them to grow, but fun trying. 
We have also started walking after work, the evenings are much lighter, and our local park is so pretty to walk through. 
I finished reading Dead Scared by Sharon Bolton, and have The house by Princes Park, Maureen Lee, loaned and recommended by a friend in work.
Nothing much doing just work and home, soon it will be Friday, we have visitors this weekend.  


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