Monday, 31 December 2012


As the clock ticks around to midnight and the start of a New Year I wonder what is in store for us in 2013.  I won't try to second guess but 2012 has been challenging for us as a family and I yearn for a bit of peace and stability.  Time to reflect, regroup and draw close.

Happy New Year to all my Friends, Family and followers. 


Thursday, 20 December 2012


 This is the new addition to our family.  She just appeared one day in our cul de sac.  She is very affectionate and when she first arrived she was starving hungry and so we fed her.  This went on for a couple of weeks, she would come and make a fuss, running around like a mad thing and squeaking, she doesn't seem to have a proper voice.   We would feed her and then she would go off and be back again when she was hungry.  Then one day, she plucked up her courage and  came through the door.  As we already have three cats and a dog I was a bit afraid of a war breaking out but she was very careful and I made sure that the dog didn't chase her off.  She is quite capable of looking after herself and once when the dog was a bit too interested he got a smack around the face.  She is a true Tortie and stands her ground but knows her place here in the heirarchy.  She is a mystery as she still disappears like clockwork at certain times of the day and evening and this makes me wonder if she has been abandoned and goes home to see if there is anyone there. She wasn't wearing a collar when she appeared so I have bought her one now and written our telephone number inside just in case there is an owner out there who may be interested in how she acquired a jazzy collar but so far no one has claimed her.  Of course she has taken over the place and me in particular.  When she is here, which is most of the time, she follows me about, sits on my lap, interferes with what I am doing, wont let me use the sewing machine or my 
computer.  Its like having a small child again.  I have to try to get things done when she has gone walkabout or is sleeping next to the radiator or on my chair.  I find it a bit annoying as I am always doing something and am not the sort of person to sit around watching television during the daytime BUT when she comes back after one of her jaunts she is so pleased to see someone that my heart melts and I have to give her a bit of time.  Once she knows she is safe indoors and fed she settles down.  The other cats have accepted her now but mainly ignore her.  My ginger tom turns his back on her, and Margie my Tortie hisses and growls at her but so far no fights!!  I think she has adopted us !!! I ought to give her a proper name I suppose, but for the minute she is known as Squeaky.  I shall miss her if she decides to move on.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012




It's been a long time since my last post and just in case you all think I have been in France all this time the answer is No.  We left Ste. Marie aux Mines on the Sunday and started making our way West and North.  One of our stops was at Chartres and we went to have a look at the Cathedral.  There is a huge amount of restoration work going on and some parts of the Cathedral were out of bounds.  Nevertheless it was completely spellbinding.  We passed lots of fields of Sunflowers past their prime but still very decorative.  The weather was still gorgeous and looking back now we were so lucky to have sunshine every day for almost two weeks.  There was a slight blip when we were caught up in the Ferry strike and had to stay with our friends an extra two days.  We finally managed to get a Ferry booking by changing from Britanny Ferries to LD lines but this meant driving to Le Havre instead of Caen.  We set off for Le Havre on another beautiful day and were looking forward to a change of route.  We stopped at Lisieux for lunch very close to the Basilica.   We didn't have time to go inside this time but took some pictures and carried on with our journey.    We were treated very well by LD lines but it does not have the sophistication of Brittany Ferries.  It was a very good trip again and we managed to buy some very interesting things.  The quilt show was amazing made even more enjoyable by meeting up with old friends .  We have already started planning our next big trip.   This time in April and will include a visit to Nantes to the stitchcraft show held there every year - ' Pour L'Amour du Fil'.
After a short rest - I was exhausted when I got home from France - it was back to work.  I had a stand at the lovely Country House Vintage Fair at Arlington Court, North Devon, at the beginning of November.  It was a lovely day and  I was happy to be back in Devon.  The week-end was made all the more pleasurable by my staying with my friend  Loveday at her house in Appledore.  Ten days later Linda and I set off for Cornwall to Cowslip Workshops for the Christmas Craft Fair.  This is always a lovely weekend - combining business with pleasure. 
And here we are now a few days from Christmas!   I seem to have some sort of foul virus.  One minute I am alright and the next I feel like death. I still have lots to do to get ready for Christmas Day.  There will be eight of us for  Lunch so I hope it goes away soon. 
Thanks to all my followers for bothering to read my ramblings and I wish everyone a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and a  Healthy New Year.
Our first Fair of 2013 is on 5th February 2013 at the Makarness Hall, Honiton, Devon.