Tuesday, 29 March 2016



I hope that you have all had a wonderful Easter or just a wonderful time whatever you did over the weekend.  Thank you so much for your Easter greetings, so much appreciated as always.

Sorry that I haven't been by to comment, I have however just spent a looooooonnnnngggggg time reading all of your posts, but I would have been here till next week if I had commented on them all, gosh we are a prolific lot us bloggers!

Congratulations on your good things, I am very excited for you, sorry about the not so good, I hope that things improve and even if I haven't said so in a comment, I am celebrating or commiserating with you and sending hugs and all good thoughts to you.

I have been absent because it has been Easter and that isn't for me a time to be online.  Also we have been busy with visitors and then I got a bout of my incredibly painful jaw problem which has meant that I have either been awake all night or asleep all day so again, not conducive to blogging or much else really.  I am still in pain at the moment, but I know that it will go away as it always does, but gosh it is literally a pain while it is here.

So on to the random...

I went shopping for a 21st Birthday gift and bought one for myself!  Not a 21st for myself obviously, just a gift for myself!

The necklace is the gift, the earrings are for me!

Biscuits have been baked and I used some of the random bag of semolina that I found in the cupboard recently.  They are from a Mary Berry recipe.

Lovely flowers I received for Easter.

It has rained a lot over Easter, but hubby started to jetwash the driveway, he had to stop when the great big hail started to fall on him.  Not good to be out in a hailstorm!

Cake has been eaten - simnel - and was very tasty. 

Flowers that are looking beautiful on the windowsill.

More cake has been eaten too - chocolate - and this was also very tasty.  You cannot see the missing piece but I didn't want to unwrap it again!

I have been crocheting, but cannot show you anything yet.  I have also been working on my tapestry and I am nearly there!  Yay!  Then I just have 7 more to do this year...

Our clocks went forward an hour on Sunday so it is now lighter so much later.  Very pleased about that!!!

I need to menu plan for next month and choose a book to work from.  I am thinking perhaps my favourite Bill Granger.

There is blue sky amidst the clouds today, but it still doesn't look very promising does it.

Did I mention that my husband is a gem, I love him so much.  He loves me and takes care of me and I really appreciate him!  Thank you my dearest.

Chocolate bunnies came and haven't been eaten yet.  But they will be...

The wind is blowing a lot and had a go at our fences, but didn't do too much damage.  We will be doing fencing this year though...  The lighter bit of wood is the repair that is holding it all together for now.

The front door swelled up and stuck.  Really stuck as in we couldn't get in or out and this keeps happening.  So my hopes for a new front door might come true this year.

That is it really, I am sorry that I don't have much to say.  I am off to nurse myself and I need to post that birthday present too.  Better get myself into gear.

I hope that all is well with you, or as well as it can be.  I will be by to visit as the week goes on.  In the meantime, have a good one!


Sunday, 27 March 2016

Sunlit Sunday - Happy Easter

Happy Easter!

I hope that today is bringing good things, light, life and happiness to your day.


Thank you for bringing all of those things to me and giving me sunlight in my life.

This is the last Sunlit Sunday for this year.  Thank you Karen for hosting and for bringing sunny moments to our lives in 2016.


Thursday, 24 March 2016

Daffodils en masse

This year at Basildon Park each month is being themed around a big event that is happening that month, or one of the wonderful flowers that we have growing in the gardens or grounds.  March is the perfect time for daffodils, so this month everything has been all things daffodil.

Yesterday I arrived early so that I could get some photos to share with you.  There are masses of daffodils growing in the gardens and grounds and make such a welcoming sight when you go for a walk. 

There are also arrangements of daffodils in all of the rooms which are done by the house team and the flower volunteers.  We are incredibly lucky to have such a talented team, I wouldn't have the first idea where to start making some of these amazing arrangements.

I hope you enjoy seeing the daffodils!

There is no Five On Friday tomorrow as it is of course Good Friday.  It will return next week.  After today I will not be posting - other than a scheduled post for Easter Sunday - until next week so I hope that you have a very happy and blessed Easter, get to spend lots of time with your family and friends and do some relaxing.  If you do not celebrate Easter at this time, I still hope you have a happy and blessed weekend with your family and friends.

Easter is for me a time of new beginnings, new starts and hope of all good things to come.  Perhaps this year Easter will be the start of some changes for us all.

Happy Easter!


Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Primary Stripe Scarf

You might remember that in January I shared this lovely scarf with you.  I have so loved wearing it. It is cosy and warm, long enough to really wrap around my neck, but not too heavy so that is uncomfortable or too bulky.

The colours are great because they go with, well, just about everything that I have in my wardrobe!

I don't think that you could ask for more than that in a scarf could you.

Two other bonuses were that I really enjoyed making it - it was very quick - and I got to use a new stitch for a whole garment which again was very enjoyable and satisfying.

When I shared the scarf with you earlier in the year I promised that further details would be forthcoming and I am pleased to tell you that I have (finally!) got the pattern written up.  It has taken quite a lot of time to get the details of all the different stripes of colour together.

The pattern is now for sale in my Ravelry Shop.  You can find it on Ravelry by pressing the button below or via the links to my shops in the sidebar - top right.  All of my patterns can be found this way.

The pattern includes a tutorial with photos to show how to work this stitch as well as full details of the colours and order of the stripes.


There is an introductory offer on this pattern if you buy it through Ravelry until Midnight (GMT) 28th March 2016 which gives you 10% off the price of the pattern by entering the code

Primary Stripe

This is just for the use of readers of my blog and can only be used once by each purchaser to buy this pattern.  The cost does include VAT which the sellers are obligated to charge you.  Sorry about that!

You can also buy the pattern via lovecrochet.com by pressing this button.  The price is the same, although there isn't an introductory offer on the price on lovecrochet.com.


I hope that you will really enjoy making your own scarf and wrapping up in it and keeping cosy!  Let me know if you decide to give it a go!


Monday, 21 March 2016


Last week I wrote about how I was starting to try and use my notebook as a "bullet journal".   I am pretty sure that what I am doing doesn't follow the "actual" bullet journal however, so far it is working for me.

As many of you were interested in it I thought you might like to see some more and to see how I have developed some of the pages.

First up is a month at a view.  I don't have this in my diary and it is so useful to be able to see the whole month at a glance.  This is just for appointments.  I have also added important dates - as you can see things like Easter - and a note for birthdays.  I have blanked out the actual appointments which is what the fuzzy bits are - please excuse these, I didn't think you really wanted to know everywhere I had been in March!

This page works really well for me, I have already also done one for April and will certainly continue this through the year.

Although my fitbit tracks my steps - or as you can see lack thereof on many days! - and you can look back at what you have done, I haven't found a way to see what you have done over time at a glance.  I started off writing these in the back of this notebook, then switched to a separate book.  Now though I have returned to this notebook and as part of my other pages fitted in as and when.

Again, I like the fact that I can easily look and see just how badly I have been doing.  I realise that knowing what you haven't done isn't necessarily the most thrilling thing, but it shows me that I need to keep going and also I can see the days where I have done better.  The activity is what the fitbit calculates as the active minutes of exercise, so I need this number to be 30 or more each day.

There are also some more fun pages.  I have a page for gardening jobs - none detailed yet! - and one for yarn purchases made this year.  Yes, for those of you on Ravelry I am also loading yarn purchases on there as I make them.  As I don't have a "stash" though I am not so worried about that.

I had also started a separate book for books I had read, but again I have incorporated this into this book.  As I understand it one of the ideas of a bullet journal is to have everything in one place rather than separate books and I have to say that it does motivate me to update the pages with them all being together.

Finally the weekly pages which are the most active.

Last week I had the layout above.  It was OK, but didn't really work as I had to write a lot of things out day after day - diary, dinner etc - and didn't have a space for meals.

This week I put the daily items and the meals at the top, but as you can see this hasn't left me much space on the individual days.  Better, but not quite there yet.

This is how next weeks layout is looking.  The daily things together and easy to mark off - I only worry about them Monday to Friday on the other days they happen automatically or I don't worry if they don't.  The meals will be entered on the top of the left page.

This then gives me more room on each page for the different things that day.

I add the appointments, special days, birthdays and tasks to do on specific days.

One other page I have added is an annual layout month by month for birthdays and anniversaries so that I can again see them easily all at a glance.

So, so far as good!  It does take a bit of time to write things out, but is taking less time each week and as I get going more I will not have to spend time fiddling with page layouts.  I think I have that figured out now.  Also having done the monthly pages, book, walking etc pages that will be easy to just fill in now and then add as and when.

The only bad thing is the non laying flat notebook, but as I have about six of these I will just bear with that and keep using them.  The only time it is really difficult is when I am photographing the pages, but as I won't be doing that all the time it isn't so bad.  That is why there is washi tape on the pages, it is holding them flat!  I peeled it off after the pictures.

I hope that this has been useful to you and inspired you to have a go at making your own diary and making it work for you!