Monday, 19 October 2015



Firstly, Thank you so much for such a lovely welcome back to Blogging. It was heart warming and encouraging. Life continues to be hectic here but I hope everything soon calms down, some balance is restored and I stop fretting in the deep, dark recesses of the middle of the night!

On the upside we have been awaiting the arrival of our nephew,his wife and their two little ones Oliver and Ava from America. Ben met Sarah,fell in love moved to America and now have 2 little children.Such a happy story. But of course we rarely see them.

Ava was born last February and she us such a happy, pretty little girl and growing so fast.

We haven't met her at all yet and not seen Oliver since he was six months old. So, no wonder we are looking forward to seeing them later today!

When Oliver was born I crocheted him a blanket . I wanted to make something different for Ava and asked her Mummy if she would like a Play Mat! A resounding "yes" came across the pond.

So, here we have it already for sweet little Ava!

All tucked up in a bag of pink!

Backed and cosy.
And six different activity areas for her to enjoy.
First of all a ladybird with a zip hiding the babies!


An apple tree with poppers spelling her name!

A sailing boat with Velcro parts and a jaunty flag.

A dinosaur marble maze and dinosaur buttons.
They have a dog called Maybury and he loves bones too!

And lastly a pretty flower garden with some colour matching fun.

I hope she loves it and it will become a little reminder of her family so far away in the UK.

Have you ever made a play mat or quiet book?

Look no further than Pinterest if you need ideas. It will keep you busy for hours and the hard bit is knowing which ones to choose.

P.S.... Ava loved it!
















Saturday, 10 October 2015

Tiptoeing back with the three "A's," and a bonkers hat!


Firstly " Thank you" very, very much for all your kind messages about our lovely daughter. It's been a long summer and we have been quietly accepting,adapting and accommodating . Or at least we have been trying very hard to.

Andy and I have popped over to Spain for a short break,and in my weekly Yoga lesson my teacher was talking about the importance of these 3 A's in life. My goodness it rang the bell of truth to me! And I have been thinking about these three words so much. Accept,Adapt and Accomodate. Easy to do on the downhill slope of life,when you can freewheel with the wind on your face and through your hair but harder, on the uphill struggles. But, I believe we have all hopefully made it to the last climb and soon we will be taking a well earned breather.

Our lovely eldest daughter.

Still smiling!

Our youngest daughter is still travelling the world and is experiencing wonderful things and places. She has announced that even though she has now travelled far and wide around the globe she wants her wedding to be in Devon in 2017. One happy and excited Mum here!

Here is a picture of her and Bernie, her South African fiancée going under the Golden Gate Bridge yesterday .How exciting and what a beautiful day.

And as for sweet William. We miss that lovely little family as much as ever but are so assured that they are happy and enjoying every day. He has started school now and my dear Daughter In Law has started working part time. So big changes there too. They have just been to the zoo with friends and I love seeing the pictures, which allow us to share their lives.

These lovely photos just make me smile. Making friends and having fun.

When I wrote my last post I wondered if maybe I had come to the end of the road with blogging. But I have always been very thankful for the support my lovely followers have given me. And this week 2 months after my last post I received a lovely message from Wendy at "September Violets."

Just by taking the time to leave such a supportive comment after so many weeks made me miss my blog, not just my blog but the lovely people and friends I have made.

So, with a lighter step I have also been trying to get a joint venture going on the charity crafting thread I belong to.

"Knit your Square to Give Your Share "

We are going to make hats for good causes and see how many we can amass before Christmas.

Then we will donate them to various good causes close to our hearts and think at least we have helped someone who might also be climbing a steep hill in life.

Here is my first effort.

Well I am smiling again..... Thank goodness.