Showing posts from September, 2008

Desacration of Sacred Hosts.

Looking through some blogs I came across The Aussie Coffee shop.and this post regarding You Tube. Please petition You Tube regarding this appalling behaviour.

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Sky Watch

This was the scene on my morning walk yesterday. It was about 7.30am and the sun was breaking through. If you click on photo you can see the wonderful colours in the sky.
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Lucky me...

The postman delivered a wonderful surprise today.As you can see by the photos I've won a sewing book. This is from a draw in Classic Stitches magazine. I'd forgotten all about this as I entered the draw about 2 months ago. I'm so pleased with it . All the designs look wonderful; duvet covers, cutlery rolls,placemats and padded coathangers to name but a few. They all just take an hour or two to complete. I must finish my cross stitch soon!!

ABC 3rd Round

This alphabet seems to be going quickly. Here we are at J. and this is my selection for this week.Books with 'J' in the title. I can't say I've read them all, only two; Jane Eyre and Romeo and Juliet.I'll get around to the others one day!
You can see more 'J's' here.

Christmas preparations?

Had a couple of rough days with my duodenal ulcer, this hasn't bothered me for months and I can't work out what I ate that flared it up, I'm happy to say it's much better today.I did manage to attend a meeting to discuss our Church Christmas Fayre last night. This year it will be held on 22nd. November, which seems a bit early I know but there are many people needed to use the same hall , someone has to be first.
Although there is a lot of work going into the organisation, the day itself always turns out well , both in monetary funds and companionship.
I'm now off to visit a sick parishioner in hospital , she's a wonderful old lady of 92 who has a great positive attitude to life, however I have heard that she is very sick so prayers are needed.

Sunny Sunday

It's a beautiful day up here in Co.Durham, are we going to get an 'Indian Summer' I do hope so. I spent yesterday gardening, the rain over the last weeks(maybe that should read months)has played havoc with the garden and my planters so there was quite a bit of tidying to do. After that I went to Mass and sat down for a couple of hours of stitching. Will post pics soon. Today is a quiet day , I've just made Lasagne for lunch so I'd better go and get the table ready. Hope you are all having a good weekend. How are you spending it?

This week's stitching.

As you can see I've finished the first cat picture for my daughter. I'm going to put it in a card so that will frame it for her to put in her wooden frame. The grey stitching is the beginning of 'Country Cats' the top left hand design, it's going well. I've always enjoyed small designs as I lose my way easily!! That said I do admire these stitchers that can produce'works of art' on a grand scale.

I'm back

Well the computer is fixed at last. The problem was the router needed setting /rebooting. I'm not much good with comp. jargon , all I know is that it's working and hopefully will be good for a long while.
I have some catching up to do , as I'm sure you've all have been writing some interesting posts. I'll get around to reading them all.
These last few days I have finished one of my cat x-stitch pics. so all was not lost. Will post a photo in the next couple of days.
This is a queston to all you x-stitch ladies do you know if there are any FREE sites for Nativity Christmas cards. I've just had a quick look on the web and can't find any, thought someone may be able to help. Many thanks.

Computer woes.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend. I am having troubles with my computer so this is a brief post.
I'm nearly finished my first 'Country Cats' crossstitch and I want to start my next Bronte book soon, I think I'll make it 'Villette'.

ABC 3RD Round.

This week it's the letter 'H'.
This is a photo of the Bronte parsonage , in Haworth(another'H') in Yorkshire.


by: Anne Bronte (1820-1849)

How brightly glistening in the sun
The woodland ivy plays!
While yonder beeches from their barks
Reflect his silver rays.

That sun surveys a lovely scene
From softly smiling skies;
And wildly through unnumbered trees
The wind of winter sighs:

Now loud, it thunders o'er my head,
And now in distance dies.
But give me back my barren hills
Where colder breezes rise;

Where scarce the scattered, stunted trees
Can yield an answering swell,
But where a wilderness of heath
Returns the sound as well.

For yonder garden, fair and wide,
With groves of evergreen,
Long winding walks, and borders trim,
And velvet lawns between;

Restore to me that little spot,
With gray walls compassed round,
Where knotted grass neglected lies,
And weeds usurp the ground.

Though all around this mansion high
Invites the foot to roam,
And though its halls are fair within--
Oh, give me …

Next stitching project

This is my next stitching project, the bottom right hand design. I'm making this for my daughter. I chose this design as I liked the colours and it will fit into a frame she already has bought. Will keep you posted on the outcome, I'm alittle underway with it but not much to show yet. If you click on the photo it will enlarge and you can see the details.

A Stitcher's Paradise...

Yes that's where I have been today. It was the Needlecraft and Northern Quilt Show in Harrogate, and I had a wonderful day.There was so much to see , charts, kits, books , fabric. Everything for the stitcher and some of the quilts on display were marvellous. Really inspiring. As you can see from the goodies on the table I spent one or two pennies, but it was worth it.They'll keep me busy for a while, now I must finish two cat pics for my daughter so I can start some of my new kits. The 'horse' material is going to be a cushion cover for my daughter, I will quilt parts of it if she'll give me the time, lol!The fat quarters at the bottom are to start a quilt for my youngest daughter, this will be quite a challenge but I'm going to try. There are charts(LHN needlebook), Sunbonnet Sue designs(which I love!), a kit -Rowandean(a picture in a picture, KWIM) and a patchwork pincushion. So lots of different styles to keep me busy through the Winter. A great day,all in a…

Sky Watch

The weather these last few days has been appalling, therefore no new photos to share. However I found this one that I'd taken a couple of months ago. As I got out of the car these wonderful llamas came rushing over to see what I was up to. They are so lovely!
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Book Review ------- Bronte Challenge.

I have just finished 'Agnes Grey' by Anne Bronte as part of the
Bronte challenge. This is the second time I have read it and imho it is as wonderful as ever the second time around.
It follows a familiar theme with the Brontes works; governesses, the material wealth of some and the heroine's quest to find happiness against all the odds. It was written at around the same time that Charlotte and Emily wrote 'The Professor' and 'Wuthering Heights'.Having visited the Bronte Parsonage in Haworth I can imagine much discussion of their respective books as they go about the routine of the household.
Saying that I love 'Agnes Grey' is an understatement. As you can see by my favourites list to the right 'Agnes' is top of the pile. I enjoyed the plot, and the anticipation of the heroine's fate. A storyline that is not always seen today where right overcomes wrong and God is glorified in Heaven makes a refreshing change. A change that I will welcome man…

Booking through Thursday

This is the discussion for this week,

'I was looking through books yesterday at the shops and saw all the Twilight books, which I know basically nothing about. What I do know is that I’m beginning to feel like I’m the *only* person who knows nothing about them.

Despite being almost broke and trying to save money, I almost bought the expensive book (Australian book prices are often completely nutty) just because I felt the need to be ‘up’ on what everyone else was reading.

Have you ever felt pressured to read something because ‘everyone else’ was reading it? Have you ever given in and read the book(s) in question or do you resist? If you are a reviewer, etc, do you feel it’s your duty to keep up on current trends?'

I scan the best sellers list in the sunday paper every week, but very rarely am I tempted. In the past one or two titles have appealed to me but on checking out the reviews I've changed my mind. I suppose many would say that my reading is quite 'narrow' but t…

ABC 3rd Round

This week the letter is 'G' . These are photos of Claude Monet's garden, near Giverny. They are really beautiful.
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"The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze."
- John Updike, September

Poem courtesy of this site.