Monday, 3 August 2015

The Long and Winding Road. And more than a few bumps!

I totally love people's honesty when they write on blogs. Some of my favourites are not picture perfect,sweet, or full of perfectly posed pictures. I read about the bumps and lumps in their lives.I can almost be in their house. I can empathise as they are dealing with teenagers. I remember being full of self doubt, I have had hardships and battles. But I rarely talk of them........

Sometimes I ask myself " what actually is my Blog here at Chalky's World about?"

Does it actually mean anything significant?

Is it enriching anyone's life?

Is it enriching mine?

I think I have got to a very big crossroads with Blooging. I know many others have too. It's so easy to blog when life spins along happily downhill. But, my goodness it's hard when you find yourself on a steep uphill climb. I never swear... Well not publically,or in print but life has been pretty SH1t around here just lately .

Not sweet Wiilam of course . Our 2 legged alarm clock and all day entertainer was amazing. But enjoying him so much makes " goodbyes " even harder. It will be a long time until we see him again and my goodness he is growing so fast!



I should have sat down with him for this photo he looks almost as big as me!

We miss him,but also his mummy and daddy.


But they are so happy and that is just as it should be.

I see my Grandson and my son rolled into one wonderful bundle here.

So, there we are.

Just a little gap in the family line up for our lovely youngest daughter and her fiancé as they are still sailing the seven seas.



But, someone once said to me "that you are only as happy as your unhappiest child " and my goodness that is so true.Our eldest daughter has a bumpy road to navigate just now!

She is so lovely with a smile that lights up a room.

It's not my story to tell but I just wish she was freewheeling .That would make me so happy.... But let's wait awhile and this time will pass. And until it does I will swear repeatedly under my breath and hope the sun is just behind a cloud!


Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Milk Bottles.

I can vividly remember having a little glass bottle of milk at ' Playtime ' in Infant School. I was madly in love with a boy called Peter Haslett and I always tried to sit by him whilst we drunk it. I think he was more interested in football than me!

I was in the amazing ' Home Bargains' shop the other day. The one you enter needing nothing and come out with a bag full! I love their cake boxes,their preserve labels and doilies and the other day I fell in love with a box of 4 small milk bottles. They cost £1.99 I think. A snip! And talking of snips that I how I continued. Snip with the lace!

Snip with raffia and add a pretty button.
And snip in a Summer Garden!

I love sets of three best of all.
What a treat at the end of the table!
And one spare for the windowsill in the loo.
I love flowers there so much.
And a little playing around with the photo arrangements on Instagram and what a pretty collage.

Of course I should be doing housework or sorting or something but actually I am all ready. Two more sleeps until Sweet William comes here for their Summer holiday. And flowers are the best way to greet people I think .

Thank you as always to all my lovely followers who take the time to leave such lovely comments. I think I will be having a little Blogging break as I have a fest of cuddles and fun!



Saturday, 20 June 2015

The wonderful Moors and Christians Fiesta in Mojacar.

We have just returned from a wonderful holiday in Spain.

In a little hilltop village about two miles from us called Mojacar Pueblo they celebrate the Moors and Christian Fiesta. A Festival that celebrates the expulsion of the Moors from the area. An amazing spectacle where there are re-enactments and mock battles . And a lot of VERY noisy blunderbusses! I simply love it! The costumes are amazing. My goodness the Spanish know how to party.

The Fiesta begins on the beach on Mojacar Playa and it just gives you a little flavour of the weekend's party atmosphere.

Handsome Moors.


And Christians at the ready. Not quite so handsome in my humble opinion!

The Moors and Christian soldiers gallop with lances aloft hoping to catch the tiny ring which unfurls a banner to impress the ladies watching from the stadium.


Lucky Is the valiant warrior who gets win the colours of a beautiful lady.


Tied on with pride!

But the main event is the parade that wends its way through the hilltop village on the Sunday evening.

It lasts for two and half hours,and is spellbinding.

Here are just a few pictures to give you a little flavour of such a special event.



The next few shots are my favourite photos, they encapsulate the joy of the participants.

Equalled by the joy of my sister in law who we took to share our little part of Spain and its traditions .

The horses were amazing .


And we will be back. I don't think I will ever tire of seeing the magnificent costumes and setting but we will never party all night like the Spanish manage. Not just for one night but for a whole weekend!


If ever you get the chance to visit Mojacar Pueblo in June when the Fiesta is in full swing you will love it!


























Friday, 29 May 2015

Angel Pockets.

The joy of holding a new baby is like no other. The sorrow of a dear baby dying in childbirth or before is beyond my words or comprehension.

These little crochet pockets are my way of showing I care. For the parents to be able to hold their baby swaddled in a little pocket may not help the pain but at least that little one has something made with love around it as they say their final goodbyes.


Little pockets to add to my parcel for our local hospital . My goodness they are sadder to make than these little jackets full of hope.

Tiny jackets for premature babies who now have every chance of growing and becoming happy children full of fun and laughter .

If you would like to make some have a look at this lovely blog where the patterns are available for free for charity work and good causes. It's a great place where people show what they are making for these tiny ones.