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

things to smile about – week 38

Its Friday, its early and its time for….
Friday Smiles! 
If you fancy sharing whats made you smile this week then clicky this here LINK to visit Annie’s lovely blog A Stitch in Time for more information. I warn you though it will make you smile, laugh and giggle your head off.
Last Saturday gave me so many smiles my face began to ache. The reason being I finally got to meet a special lady and her family who live in Australia but had come over to the UK for a short visit.
Veronica is my hubbys second cousin who emigrated from UK as a child many moons ago. She is a published author having written three volumes of her families stories which are excellent reads. She also writes a blog
 We have been corresponding for many years now so when she mentioned she was coming over last year i knew we had to meet up. 
I arranged a family meal at a local pub/restaurant and it was as if we’d known each other all our lives, we got on like a house on fire. I would have loved to have spent more time with them but they had a tight schedule and are now back in Australia.
We laughed and chatted and ate and 3 hours passed in what felt like 5 minutes.  Despite me not being a blood relly to any of them Veronica and I call each other cousins which means a lot to me.
Gill x

52 weeks of happy – 50/52

Well i think i have come rather late to this lovely idea. Its hosted by Jen at Little birdie  
 I’ve only just found out about it via another lovely blog called thistlebear. I’m presuming that it may go on for another 52 weeks so here is my first post and some photos of things that have made me happy this last week.
We met these eight lovely people for the first time over the weekend. They are relatives or ‘rellies’ as they call them of my husbands who live in Australia and are over here on a short holiday. We had a smashing meal with them and wished we could have spent longer.
This was my unexpected bootfair bargain from Sunday. 50p for a cabbage patch doll, can’t be bad eh?
Autumn is such a special time ‘the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ and i love photographing the dew on spiders webs.
This is one of our cats, Domino curled up and cosy on his hammock. We have five cats and they are very theraputic and relaxing.
Hopefully i’ll be doing another one of these posts next week.
Gill x

Family restoration

I’ve been researching ancestors a little less distant recently such as my late father and his World War 2 records.  Back in January i came across some photos of him in uniform which i’d had for years without realising as they were in the left along with all the rest of the junk up there.  It was a real thrill to find these but one of them had a few creases and spot marks but weren’t bad considering they are 70 years old now.
So i thought i’d have a go at restoring this picture using some software.
and I’m quite pleased with the result.  I’m sure if spent more time i could make a better job of it.
This and some others are very precious to me as i dont have a lot of images of my dad who sadly died back in 1971 when i was a child and before i took up photography.
What photos do you have that mean the world to you?
Gill x

the magpie in me

Its true I am a magpie. I love small, bright, sniny and especially silver objects. Trouble is i cant afford to collect pure silver but have found items which are just as beautiful but are silver plated pewter instead.
Behold the beauty of these little darlings
Its a pig pin cushion which forms the lid of a very small box which you could keep your pins in. Its approx 4.5 cm x 3.5 cm.
Around the box sides it reads “You can’t make silk out of a sows ear”
I got it from eBay and paid a bit more than i wanted to but had to have it. (promise not to let on to the old man though please)
This is a letter opener which on one side of the handle has acorns and oak leaves and on the other
a piece of prose “Tall old oaks from little acorns grow”
These two items are made by a company called Silver Scenes. It was originally established in 1984.
“All the designs are the unique creations of either Maureen Story Jones, one of the Company’s co-founders, or Caroline Beddoes who joined Silver Scenes in 1997. The range is heavily influenced by the plants and wildlife found in Mid Wales as well as fairies, nymphs and other mystical creatures.”

I first came across them when i bought a small trinket box at a boot fair a few years back, fell in love with it and have searched for more since but without any success.

What do you think? 

Any other collectors out there?
Gill x

Whats on your workdesk? Wednesday 221

As you can see my workdesk is tidy. (Sorry i know how much that might offend you lot)
It is also boring.
This is because…
*dramatic pause*
I am a lapsed crafter!!
*gasps of horror*
Yes i can finally admit that i have not done any crafting for months now. 
Phew, that feels good.
Instead i have been reading, gardening and doing some family history.
I can feel the stirrings of something crafty though so watch this space and have a fab week.
Now go visit more fun and interesting desks by clicking HERE
Gill x

Fridays smiles – the sky and the earth

Hello all you lovely bloggers, its good to be back sharing my Friday Smiles again.
I’ve had a bit of a break to do some heavy duty family history and it has paid dividends. I may share some of my findings soon on my blog, it has blown me away and made me grateful to be living in the 21st century (is that a teaser or what?)
So, as the title suggests my smiles this week have come from above and below.
Okay i expect you are wondering why i have a photo of lots of black with a white dot in the centre, well, the white dot is the International Space Station which i have been watching go over every evening for the last week. It is such a thrill to see it illuminated by the sun which has long since set on us.
Still up there but much closer to home was a fairly dramatic cloud effect with the sun trying to poke through just before the last rain we had. I adore clouds and love taking pictures of the more unusual ones we see.
coming back down to earth now i always have to smile when my Eucomis or Pineapple Lily is in flower each year. I only get the one stalk but its such a fascinating plant the way the flowers seem to open from bottom to top.
and finally my basil seeds which are doing so well now. The funny thing is i dont even like basil as a herb much but I am sure ill try it in a dish just so i can say i grew it.
Thats me for this week now head over to Annie’s blog for more things to make your face split.
Gill x

Herb garden UPDATE

I have a feeling that the garlic chive seeds i bought may have been duff as they still have not shown themselves so i have re-used those pots and thinned out my basil plants.
I am so pleased with how these are doing and now my two pots of seeds have become eight pots of basil
plus a few more i have re-planted in my lavender tubs.
I figure they should go together okay and make very pleasantly smelly pots.
My marjoram is growing well
and the chive cutting has now split into two bulbs so i may give one back to my lovely sister in law as hers got dug up by a mystery animal.

I’m loving this edible plant growing lark
Gill x

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