Friday’s smiles and feline harmony(ish)

Here i am joining in with another Friday Smiles hosted by the ever busy/happy/lovely/talented/funny Annie. Thanks for cheering up our Fridays.  If you fancy joining in her blog can be seen HERE
This is what made me smile this week
Meg on left and her son Tom cuddling up with each other again.
Ever since Tom was seriously ill and had to spend days in the vets back in April, Meg has either ignored him, growled at him or batted him. We’re not sure why but i reckon its her way of telling him off for disappearing and making her worry so much as us mothers tend to do.  However, she has finally forgiven him and they have fun chasing games again and snuggle up on the settee which is lovely to see.
Whats made you smile this week?  if you fancy sharing it then pop over to Annies blog and join in the Friday funnies.
Im off to look at more myself.
Gill x

Lest we forget

Whilst we remember, thank and honour all those who gave their lives for us in both world wars, i would like to mention just a few of my own ancestors who took part in WW1
Arthur King
Harry Finch
John Lilley
James Reynolds
George Brazier
The five men listed above all lost their lives in either the army or the navy. They were distantly related ancestors and one of them; John Lilley is commemorated on the Menin Gate in Belgium.
Harry Brazier
Charles Turnbull
These chaps were my grandfathers, both of whom survived WW1 and returned to their families to live another 40 years or so.  By a strange coincidence;
Both left home young to join the army at the turn of the century.
Despite one coming from East London and one from Glasgow in Scotland, both ended up in the Royal Army Service Corps based in Woolwich
Both became drivers in the RASC
Both met their future wives whilst at Woolwich
After the war both lived in East London just 2 miles apart
Both died within a year of each other and are buried in the same cemetery
The widow of grandad Charles ended up living in the house of grandad Harry after his death
Both died before i was born.
We owe such a huge debt to all those who fought and died or survived.
We must never forget them
Gill xx


Poetry Friday – Apples by Laurie Lee


Behold the apples’ rounded worlds:
juice-green of July rain,
the black polestar of flowers, the rind
mapped with its crimson stain.

The russet, crab and cottage red
burn to the sun’s hot brass,
then drop like sweat from every branch
and bubble in the grass.

They lie as wanton as they fall,
and where they fall and break,
the stallion clamps his crunching jaws,
the starling stabs his beak.

In each plump gourd the cidery bite
of boys’ teeth tears the skin;
the waltzing wasp consumes his share,
the bent worm enters in.

I, with as easy hunger, take
entire my season’s dole;
welcome the ripe, the sweet, the sour,
the hollow and the whole.

Laurie Lee


Good morning fellow desk snoopers. I have the day off today using up holiday so i can join in on time for a change.

For those of you who havent joined in before, shame on you where have you been. Simply click HERE to visit Julias lovely blog Stamping Ground and all will be revealed.

I am about to embark on making a rag doll, something i havent done for many years. Hence the sewing machine is seeing the light of day for the first time in yonks. It and i have never really been friends. I inherited the machine from hubbys family and i’m not very good with it but im determined to master it.
I can only make rag dolls from kits though as im rubbish at designing. I bought a Tilda doll making kit as the dolls are so gorgeous but have to say how shocked i am by how much they cost and how bad the instructions are.

However i will not be daunted. So wish me luck those of you who can make such beautiful quilts and toys and any tips you have would be much appreciated.

Right better get on dont want to waste my day off waffling to you lot. Ill be along to snoop at your desk soon. Have a great week.

Gill xx

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More to smile about – week 40

If you have lots to smile about and want to share them you cant do better than to link them to Annies blog and make them part of her Friday’s Smiles. I promise you’ll come away with an even bigger grin on your face.
This weeks post is about a visit to a local church which we have literally just come back from. St. Peters church, Nevendon is a 13th century building which is hidden away behind a huge Sainsburys supermarket on one side and industrial estate on the other. In fact i didnt even know it was there until a year ago and we have lived here for 22 years!
 Its just 5 mins or so by car for us and i’ve been meaning to visit it for ages. Today we finally got round to it.

This is a later window as original was destroyed by a mine in WW2

Its a beautiful place. Sadly we didnt get to go inside as like a lot of churches now they have to lock their doors but i wandered round the churchyard grave spotting. I know it might sound creepy to some but as i love local and family history i can happily spend hours wandering around graves and reading the inscriptions. I feel that it keeps the deceased persons memory alive a little longer, plus i’m just a nosy old woman.
Its such a peaceful place and you completely forget that you are in the middle of a very urbanised town. I feel very uplifted after having been.
I will be blogging about the interesting graves i saw in another post.
Now i’m off to have a smile at others blogs, why don’t you do the same.
Until next week
Gill xx

What’s on your workdesk? Wednesday 228

Happy WOYWW everyone. I’m pleased to be back taking part again in this fun, snooping, desk hop Wednesday lark. 
Fancy a sneaky peek at clever and crafty peoples desks?, you do? then go visit the Stamping Ground for more information. Julia will guide you through.
This pic is taken late Tuesday evening as i work Wednesday morning and its a bit of a rush otherwise. 
 You can see my trusty laptop, my Life Story book which I’m having so much fun filling, and a pile of photo albums and other bits.
I’ve been collecting my old pics and papers together to go into my book but i had trouble finding some photos in particular so i braved the creaking ladder and ascended to the loft in search of them. I’m pleased to say i found what I was looking for along with other bits n bobs I haven’t seen in years so you could expect embarrassing photos of me sometime in the future as I haven’t had time to sort through them yet. 
No, I’m not making an excuse honest! (hides crossed fingers behind back)
The blue folder on the right also holds valuable documents and photos. For someone who dislikes mess I am very disorganised with my photos and must do better or they may get lost permanently next time.
Don’t forget to stop by some more desks, it’s very addictive and the only time you can be nosy without someone setting the dogs on you or in my case the guinea pigs (don’t mess with Cookie and Teddie)
Till next week
Gill x

Friday’s Smiles Week 39

Reasons to be cheerful 1, 2, 3…

or so the song goes and i have three reasons to be very cheerful this week.

1.  Whilst searching through some drawers for old photographs the other day i found an old wallet that used to belong to my uncle which my mum kept after his death and used to store old papers and keepsakes in.  Tucked inside one pocket was a letter my dad wrote to her before they were married when he was convalescing after his brain tumour.  I dont know how i never saw it before. It is beautiful and more so because he died when i was just a child so i saw a different side to him than i can now recall. It is going in my Life story book as a very precious momento.

2.  I found my crafting mojo again after many months and am enjoying making things and getting on with the fun side of life. Perhaps now i can finish off those projects which languish in drawers all unloved.

3.. I am proud to be a Great Auntie again for the ninth time! Yes, i know i dont look old enough, its all in the genes dont you know.  Baby Jake was born yesterday all the way over the pond in Australia. I thought you’d love a pic to coo over.

Now thats enough from me so pop over to Annies lovely Friday, smiley, bloggery and join in the fun

Have a great week

Gill x

easy NO SEW blanket is made

Now that my mojo has been found, hiding in a drawer would you believe, i decided to have a go at the blanket making project i posted about a few weeks back (see post here)
I chose a patterned and a plain fleece for the project so it would have a reversible design.
I layered them and used safety pins to keep them together while i trimmed the edges square.
I made a 4 x 4 inch template to cut off the corners then used it to draw 1 1/4 inch lines down the edge which would be my knotted tassels
Snipping the bottom of the folded tassels was the trickiest part as you dont want the slit to be too large or the knot wont be tight enough.
I carried on like this all around the fleece and finally got this
And the beauty of the whole thing is that it took me less than 2 hours to make. Yes, honest!
I couldnt resist modelling it to test its warmth on a chilly day like today so feel free to have a chuckle
This isnt meant to be a ‘how to’ post as the link to the snapguide above does it much better than me.
I dont know whether to give it away or keep it and snuggle up in it on cold nights in front of the telly whilst munching tasty things.
Decisions, decisions
Give it a go, its so quick and great fun.
Just off now to let my aching fingers recover
Gill x

Bootfair bargain – update

This was my cabbage patch lady who came to me via a bootfair for 50p (see post for details).
I love rescuing unloved cabbies and bringing them back to life. So, after a good face wash with soap and a spot of Cif (other cleaners are available), a hair wash, a body sponging and some new clothes this is the end result
I am quite pleased with how she looks now, not bad for a doll which was just lying on the floor.  She is all ready to go to her new home, even though i do get attached to my cabbies and hate to see them leave.
Gill x

My Life Story – 100 year diary

If you’ve ever wanted to write down your memories and thoughts for your children, grandchildren or just yourself you might like one of these
They call it a 100 year diary and it is over 2 inches thick and a beautifully bound hardback book. It has pages for journalling and photographs.  It comes in a nice slip case too.
Its a bit pricey at around £26. I got mine from Amazon as a treat to myself. But it would make a great present for a newborn baby so that the parents can keep a record of it until its old enough to take over or for anyone who wants to record their past or future life.
Im looking forward to getting started with mine.
Gill x

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