Friday, 27 March 2015

Chasing a Butterfly!

I am only chasing a butterfly metaphorically speaking of course. I am trying very hard not to think about it,but,a week today we shall be in Dubai visiting our son,his wife and Sweet William.

Of course we Skype them often. He manages to change his clothes twice during each call generally. I love that so much. How a child's mind can be just like a butterfly. Slipping from pirate to cowboy in a second!

My IPad is full to overflowing with pictures if him as he has grown and developed.
This was his first Fancy Dress outfit for a party. They were still living in a North Devon then. The cutest pirate ever!
So grown up last Christmas.
And isn't it just the best thing on Christmas Day to pause a while and read a story to Captain Hook!!

So, I am trying not to think about how wonderful it is going to be to wake up each morning and spend three whole weeks there. Reading,pretending,playing,watching him play football and cheering his efforts as he learns to swim. I can't wait.

But, just for now I am trying to stop my tummy doing somersaults of excitement. I am trying to calm my butterfly mind. And it's working.

Preparing packs of fruit for the freezer to use in the Nutribullet when we return home. You certainly need never throw away any fruit .Perfect.

We had our eldest daughter for a meal last night and the Pavalova with an Easter theme was just perfect!


And Mary Berry's recipe needed Lemon Curd. An added bonus was that the recipe gave enough to make a yummy jar for another time.

Chocolate and fruit makes a winning Combo!

I got my sewing machine out the other day and made some Appliqué cards.

It blunts the needle but I love the effect these blues create. I keep that needle tucked away for the next stitchy card efforts.

And cute birds and Beach Huts.

I have been making these cute sweet Bootees with my small balls of yarn lately. They are really welcomed at Hannah's .

"Rabbit Big Feet " was a whisker away from the bin when I found him abandoned after a winter in the garden.
He looks like new but I can feel a story coming on about his nibbled ear!

And probably the most calming activity of all. Walking on beautiful Dartmoor. It was cold and chilly but yet so beautiful. Being near water always calms me.

We love keeping up with our youngest daughters escapades in the USA .

And to end, an Update on my BIG Elmer blanket. Sigh! Phew! Keep on keeping on! I have 6 squares to make before I start on the border. I have to work with it in situ now. It's hard on the knees I can tell you!
The light at the end if the finishing tunnel is definitely on!
And, if I really am stuck and need to find something quiet and meditative to keep my mind occupied it's staring at me .
Ends to sew in by the zillions.

So, my lovely Bloggy followers I am going to say "Toodle Pip,See you later,Au Revoir, Hasta Luego." And a massive " Thank You" for taking the time to leave all your lovely comments. They make my tummy somersault as well.... But in a nice way.

I will take a little break now to concentrate my efforts on my family afar and hope to see you here at Chalky's when we get back. I think that border will be finished in super quick time when I am trying to get over leaving them behind.








Thursday, 19 March 2015

Hedgehog Love!

I love living in Devon.

Of course lots of the really old,quirky places have been modernised,upgraded and dragged into the modern world. You know when you are getting old because all these amazing improvements don't seem amazing at all. In fact you find yourself longing for the halcyon days of your youth.

Rose coloured glasses do not help!

But some things never change. The Spring flowers in the hedgerows. The new born lambs in the field. The garden springing into life. New shoots and blossom. Catkins swinging merrily on the branches.

The bunch of beautiful daffodils to celebrate Mothering Sunday.


And as Spring arrives I think of a very special place in our village. The Prickly Ball Farm.


Everybody seems to love hedgehogs and they do amazing work there looking after hedgehogs who often weigh just a few grams. It is a special place high on the hills looking over the River Teign and Dartmoor. It's a special place where the simple things in life are valued. Feeding baby animals, collecting eggs, stroking new born lambs. I think every child should have the chance to do such things. We took William when he was little and he loved it.



And I have been supporting their efforts for quite a few years now. Today I have A basket of fluffy hedgehogs all ready to be delivered. And the best thing for me about this lovely basket of fluffiness is that the wonderful friends I have made whilst belonging to an Internet Charity Group help so much by sending flat packed hedgies just waiting for a makeover.

So here we have the latest delivery.

I wonder who will choose Clementine,Mrs Tiggywinkle or Princess Prickles?

Or Happy, Humphrey or Prince Quilliam?

If ever you are in the area I think you would love this little corner of Devonshire. I bet the Cream Teas are good too!


Tuesday, 10 March 2015

All delivered!

We head back to the Uk tomorrow! So it was great to clear my Spanish Craft room decks!

I shared this little lot between 2 Cancer support shops and an animal Charity Shop in our village.

Hope fully the Euros will help make the love go around.

Leaving the sunshine behind will be hard but how lucky to be seeing my favourite little man soon. Excited? Ummmm .... YES!

Skype is good but not like the real thing. Cuddleathon, bookfest, singing, dancing and some craziness. I hope he is ready!



Friday, 6 March 2015

Cheep,Cheep! A Tutorial.

I love to think that Spring is on its way. Baby animals epitomise that breath of new life,a new beginning and just the joy of warmer sunny days being around the corner.

There are Charity shops here in Spain too.

They do amazing work helping both people and animals.

And each year,in the Spring I like to make some chicks to help swell their funds.

They really are as easy as 1,2,3 and you can work a few whilst sitting in the evenings,and they do look cute.
  1. Chain 32 and add 2 chain to turn. Working in the 3rd chain from your hook work 32 Half Trebles across the Foundation of chains you first worked. Chain 2 again to turn.
  2. Work 16 rows in this manner. You end up with a rectangle like this.
3. Fold the rectangle in half and either sew it together with a needle and a tail of wool or just join the edges using a double crochet stitch.
4. Tuck one Half of the rectangle inside the other. You end up with a sausage roll shape.

5. Using the tail,stitch a running stitch all around the top of the open end and pull up tightly. Work some loopy orange chains on the top to represent the chookies comb.

6. Make 2 wings. Chain 6 and using half trebles work one stitch in each chain. Work along the other side of the chains to make a leaf shape.

and sew it on to the chicks body.

7. I stuck on some googly eyes and embroidered a beak. Tah Dah! Tuck a small egg inside and Cheep Cheep they are done. I can never just make one.

A clutch for the Charity Shop is best I think!


After the chocolate egg has been enjoyed these will make the sweetest egg cosies.


Monday, 2 March 2015

A Two Week Siesta!

I did not realise how much I needed a break. How much I needed to rest. How much I needed to stop. But now that I have done all these things in our little Spanish house since our arrival last month I feel better. I feel refreshed and rested.

Thank you for waiting and thank you to all my followers who inspire me so much.

My mornings have been filled with joy.


My Days relaxed and refreshing.

And my evenings totally magical.

Sometimes a Siesta is just what you need. I did!