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Taking stock!

I read Patch’s taking stock post and followed her links to Pip’s who was taking stock last month and thought that if I took stock right now I might clear the haze from my brain which is in overload and heading for melt down.

Here goes:-

Making- one knitting project on the go for Little Miss F

Cooking- lots of vegetarian food but today I made a chicken and almond curry and it was delicious

Drinking- I am a tea drinker- Earl Grey in the Spring and Summer, Lapsang  in the Autumn and Winter. And at this  time of year am in the change over from one to another depending on mood and temperature outside.

Reading- have just finished my book and am in a happy stage of indecision as to what to read next. Anything rather than the half completed Power of Attorney documents my brother left me to finish off for our Mum.

Wanting- the fog to lift from my brain

Looking- at the birds in the garden as they select a nest site and suitable building materials.

Playing- happy that I finished the Sudoku in the TV mag today.

Deciding- that I will have to be firm with my Dad and tell him he can’t run a holiday cottage from a hospital bed aged 90! Especially when he had already said he had cancelled all bookings… and now it turns out he may not have.

Wishing- that Mr E was not still working away- only two weeks to go and he will be home

Liking-the sunshine

Wondering-why on earth people fuss so much about a few wrinkles, they are aging anyway!

Loving- my family

Pondering- should I go and make some tea right now

Considering- which sewing project to do next, finish a doll I am making or start a wall hanging. You will all know which has the greater appeal

Watching- the Great British Sewing Bee- still haven’t decided who I think is the front runner

Hoping- for lots of hot sunny days this year

Marveling- at the human desire and will to live

Needing- a hug

Smelling- the hycaynths which have just come into flower in the garden

Wearing- comfy jeans and jumper

Following-Run around ranch who may be taking on the Friday Fences meme. Yippee.

Noticing- these jeans feel a bit on the tight side- OH NO

Knowing- that no man/woman should be an island

Thinking- how much clutter we still have to go through, will it never end

Feeling- a bit over whelmed at the moment

Admiring- the hospital staff who are taking care of my Dad and the Social Worker who is helping us keep Mum safe

Sorting- CLUTTER

Buying- the bare essentials only, but a new pair of shoes would be nice…

Getting- it takes me ages to get a joke, but I did this week and I will tell it to you in May

Bookmarking- I am trying to go through my books too and I am amazed at the number of book marks I own. I bookmark a lot of recipes in recipe books with old postcards and photos. Brill. Last thing I bookmarked blogging wise is this

Disliking- myself quite a bit at the moment- guilt is a hard thing but I can’t be in four places at once!!

Opening- hopefully we will be opening a new chapter in our lives this year

Giggling- a little at myself right now for being a bit of a Moaning Minnie! Now wouldn’t that be a great blog Moaning Minnie? Yeah just Googled it and it is a shop on Etsy!!

Feeling- better, taking stock was a good idea thanks

Snacking- Ginger Nuts…jeans/tight? Connection?

Coveting- nothing,well maybe stretchy jeans, or non fattening ginger nuts

Wishing- I had gone and made that tea

Helping-Next week Mr E and I are painting the front door- I am definitely the help.

Hearing- the radiator as the boiler clicks into life

Enjoying- the times I can get into the garden and weed with my friend Spot the blackbird

Waiting- any minute now, for the kettle to boil for that tea.

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Feeling a bit  better, taking stock is good from time to time.










Worth the effort!

I was totally convinced that if I really tried and used all my spare time I could finish the hooded jumper in time for Master T’s birthday and our visit to see him at the weekend. I was right !

Here is the completed garment.

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And here is T wearing it whilst waiting for his Sunday lunch to appear. The first time I made a hood and I was delighted that it fitted him.

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And here is the beautiful Miss F wearing her latest offering from her devoted Nana.

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We had a lovely family day amidst a whirlwind of a weekend away.

You see we- that is Mr E and me- may be on the move. We are tired of the A1, M1, M6,M42, M25,A14,M11, M3,M4 etc, etc , etc that lies between us and our family. We moved to my home town 12 years ago fully intending to be here forever. We didn’t realize then that all our sons would have to move down South just as I did aged 18, in order to earn a crust. And so reluctantly we are thinking of moving again..hence all the de-cluttering as we get our home market ready. But are we 100% sure of where exactly to move too? Well NO! .Because we too have a crust to earn as well. So we spent most of the weekend location hunting .

Meantime the only thing to do is to put one foot in front of another and keep calm and keep crafting on… Oh the solace of knitting needles!

Linking with Frontier Dreams

10 Random things!

Last night I read this post by Rachel. Who in turn had been inspired by another blog- do go on a blog hop now, but don’t forget to come back. The subject that caused the posts was Why do we blog, are we just self indulgent. Well I blog because I enjoy it, I love sharing the things that catch my attention or that interest me, but above all I love to read my favourite  blogs, and yes hop about a bit. I don’t do anyone any harm and no-one has to read my posts. But if you’d like to I will consider myself privileged.

Then Rachel was inspired to share 10 random things, and I thought what fun. And so here are ten random things from me.

First because it is Yarn Along day, I will share my knitting which is going very slow, and I am forced to admit that it won’t be ready for Master T’s birthday next week. I had forgotten how much bigger a 3-4 year old’s jumper is compared to a baby knit.

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I have only completed the back and half the front. At least today you can see it is navy. But the stripe is yellowy gold.

Recently Mr E and I have been attempting to de-clutter. It is very hard going. We have been up in the loft and I really really am trying to whittle down the treasures and memories that are up there, but it is very hard. I came across a pile of old letters, let’s just say they are pre Mr E, if you get my drift.  I read a few… I decided the time had come to burn them. The person who wrote them wouldn’t want them read by anyone but me. It was like saying good bye to a previous life. But strangely freeing- you wouldn’t think it could make a difference after so many years but it did. And why did I keep them for over 40years? Plenty of food for thought. Some nights I have trouble going to sleep, Mr E is away for work at the moment, so I listen to the radio. That night I caught a programme about fire and yes it’s therapeutic value for letting going of the past.

I have managed to contain my treasures to one old suitcase, but only because I took out this book.

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The pictures are gorgeous.

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I shall enjoy reading the stories again, and a change from the Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan. Now on chapter 23. Fascinating but tragic, I have read of the dust storms and the death -of crops, of animals whose stomachs were rock solid with the dust and of people, babies and old folk, and  of dreams. Now I am reading of the attempts to reverse the dust bowl, tree planting on an industrial scale and new grasslands.

Moving on there was a sprinkling of snow in the garden this morning, I was just be moaning the lack of snow this winter, but this barely counted. I tried to take a picture of the fairy dusting of snow, but it was not good, better are my snowdrops.

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So early compared to other years. We are so lucky in North Yorkshire, we haven’t had the rain that the South of England has endured. Mr B lives near the canal in Reading- thankfully a flat on the second floor, but his water supply could be effected. My heart goes out to everyone. We used to live in Oxfordshire and every day on Facebook my friends are monitoring the river, fortunately Combe is up on a hill. But the river floods the road to anywhere else.

As usual in January I prepared myself to take part in Big Garden Bird watch. I couldn’t do it on the Saturday as we were car shopping. That left Sunday, we went out at 12 and the ironing had to be done first. That left one precise hour for the Bird count. It rained the entire time. I had two feral pigeons and a blackbird! Quite frankly I didn’t see the point of recording them, but the RSPB reminded me that I should, I felt sure there would be questions about weather, but there wasn’t, so if anyone checks from the previous two years to this year then something would look catastrophic, when really it was down to weather.. And actually the birds have done really well this year.We have starlings back again. I was treated to some of them having a jolly good bath the other day.

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And then a pheasant came visiting.

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The tumble down roses in the background to these two pictures are the result of last winter’s snow when the rose arch gave way under the weight of snow. I have just got round to ordering a new rose arch.

One of the reasons for the slow knitting progress is down to side tracking myself with this crochet giraffe hat.

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From the wonderful Repeat crafter me, and if this wasn’t enough she has now designed the most gorgeous tiger hat.

Found this bargain for 69p in Morrisons the other week.

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I so agree with Rachel about daffodils- they are my all time favourite. However, last week I found in the garage something I had forgotten all about. A Christmas present no less, of some crocuses to plant- I didn’t hold out much hope for them as you are supposed to plant them in September and I only got them , well on the 25 December. But I planted them and they appeared to have come through.I brought them indoors to the kitchen window cill. I was a little perturbed on Monday night to see one of them had a black spot on the end. The next morning I realised my mistake.

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Of course another reason the knitting could be taking so long is the sewing project I started, from another Christmas gift.

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I am quilting it by hand and so enjoying making a …..

Which just leaves me one more random thing. I have taken two pictures for Skywatch Friday because I just love the colours and the light. On Monday night coming home from work the sky was a wonderful pink and it was reflected in the flooded fields and so so beautiful, I almost cried. No camera of course. I have to say that my journey to and from work gives me such pleasure, the light can be just amazing, the colour of the fields in the autumn was just breath taking, warm and golden. And the winter skies with the bare trees as silhouettes are fantastic. I wish I could do justice to the light.

One day I shall take better pictures but in the meantime this is the best I can do.

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Love to hear your random thoughts….





As the year closes…

It was more than worth the months of preparation to have two sons, two partners, one Great Grandad, two grandsons, one granddaughter, one husband and yours truly around our table for Christmas.

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Just a prefect Christmas.Here’s the delectable little Miss F who is missing from the picture above.


with her Nanacathy- my perfect Christmas gift

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and here’s Master T looking like I feel…


The Father Christmas is now nearly 40 years old and he just loved being the centre of attention again.

Photos by Mr E and Mrs T.

So what now? A time for reflection as this year draws to an end? A time to hibernate a little, to curl up by the fire, read a little, drink tea and think? Maybe a walk or two in the crisp winter air?

I have been so extraordinarily busy for the last four months, I need to stop, draw breathe and think,what next Nanacathy, what next?

Friday’s Fences!

After the car had it’s service it needed an MOT the next day- so another chance for me to explore the side of town I don’t visit so much. Camera in hand of course.

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Quite a nice field through this fence.

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How about over the gate?

Is this where you would build over a 100 hundred houses for the elderly? With restaurant, shops etc? Maybe not? The nearby residents have taken up the “Not in my back yard” stance, but where can elderly people live?

My father in law is losing his sight and recently took the decision to go to a care home. My own Dad is getting very frail, but at least lives near me and has friends. My Mum on the other hand moved to Wales 40 years ago, and is now getting forgetful, confused, sad and lonely. The friends and neighbours she had have either gone into care or died, and the incomers are all out to work every day. It is a worry which we as a family are trying to resolve.

Older people need somewhere to live where they feel safe, have company and yet keep independence, a purpose built place is ideal. But here in this field where  the lumps and bumps tend to suggest it has been farmed along a medieval strip system at sometime, yet now is used only for sheep occasionally.

The house I live in was once a green field- less than 100 years ago- as are the homes of the people who live near this field.

Sad though it is I am on the side of building good accommodation here for the elderly, what do you think?

Linking with Fridays Fences


Nana Cathy Knits!

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That’s why I knit!

Love to know who is your inspiration for knitting, crocheting and crafting?

Photo by my daughter in law Mrs T.

PS Apparently the flower on the shoulder is edible!

On being a good Grand Parent.

I have been thinking about what makes a good Grand Parent.  I loved my Granny- she was the best person in the whole world. Mr E loved his Granny- she was the best person in the whole world. But why.. what were their qualities.

My Granny was 70 when I was born, she was quite a reserved person – quiet. I don’t recall her making me laugh, in fact I recall very little of her. But there her memory sits in my heart- best person in the whole world. She was a good cook- well I do know she made the best lemon Victoria sandwich cake ever- years later when I made my own lemon curd I realized that homemade lemon curd was what made hers special. Mr E says his Granny made the best ever biscuits. But it’s more than food that makes a special grand parent.

When it comes down to it, Granny was non judgmental , at least of me, gentle , kind and had time. She would take me on tours of her house and show me her special things. Granny made me feel special. She was quite a contrast to my bossy whirl wind of a mother- who ran her household as if we were all her 5 years old pupils who needed Sorting Out. Several times in the last week I have heard Mum described as feisty or fierce!

Sadly Granny died when I was just 10, and still a child. I wish I could know her now- so many questions… so much love.

All of which takes me to how we spent a large part of last week- looking after Master T for his Mum and Dad. Master T loves to climb- everything.. but he also loves stories and jigsaw puzzles. He was utterly delightful to be with, but maybe, if I am honest, a bit tiring. I hope we were good Grand Parents. I’d love to hear if you had a Grand Parent you adored and if you know what those elusive qualities were.

Meet Master T

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At the Steam Museum

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playing trains

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doing puzzles

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sort of helping Grandad build a bridge

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wolfing down pasta- note the Nana knit with his favourite tractor buttons

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Trying to find a suitable toy for his Baby Sister- who he thinks is called OLIVER!

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