Monday, September 01, 2014

How to be Happy

Robert Louis Stevenson

) ‘How to Be Happy' 

1. Make up your mind to be happy. Learn to find pleasure in simple things.
2. Make the best of your circumstances. No one has everything, and everyone has something of sorrow intermingled with gladness of life. The trick is to make the laughter outweigh the tears.
3. Don't take yourself too seriously. Don't think that somehow you should be protected from misfortune that befalls other people.
4. You can't please everybody. Don't let criticism worry you.
5. Don't let your neighbour set your standards. Be yourself.
6. Do the things you enjoy doing but stay out of debt.
7. Never borrow trouble. Imaginary things are harder to bear than real ones.
8. Since hate poisons the soul, do not cherish jealousy, enmity, grudges. Avoid people who make you unhappy.
9. Have many interests. If you can't travel, read about new places.
10. Don't hold post-mortems. Don't spend your time brooding over sorrows or mistakes. Don't be one who never gets over things.
11. Do what you can for those less fortunate than yourself.
12. Keep busy at something. A busy person never has time to be unhappy

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Yarn along

My few of my favourite things are yarn and books ,so Ginny's yarn along is a great way to spend an hour reading what others are reading and making with yarn
I joined the Natural dye studio rainbow club awhile back , and this is my selection all lined up. I seem to have one month missing ,I cant find it .I have a lot of yarn and I am usually very good at putting this club in the right box but hay ho , I am only human.

                                                                        Isnt it yummy?
 I'm sure you have noticed but I have added a few more skeins for my stash.I am thinking about a new warm wool rainbow blanket and I am working on some new designs .
 I now have the rather unpleasant task of wounding these skeins into balls I m afraid it isn't a task I relish. When the girls where little I am not ashamed to say I was not adverse to child labour. Winding wool for their tea ,haha .
I usually bribe the Mr as I have that terrible carpal tunnel thingy I make him feel sorry for me and I always bake him a cake but  when he saw the scale of yarn he said "Not on your Nellie", charming!!
Incidently, if you are admiring my gorgeous hand crafted skein winder I bought it from here.

They also make Nostepinne” or “nostepinde” .It is a Scandinavian word that means “nest-stick.”; the original Ball Winder. It is a tool used to wind a center-pull yarn ball. A nostepinne is portable, easy to use, and creates a center-pull ball that can be used without changing the twist in the yarn. I know you it is easily to  the wool winder but there is something nice on occasion about using the old fashioned way. It connects me with the way women did it hundreds of years.
After all that I have decided to continue with the rainbow club. I really want a full spectrum of the rainbow. I will of course share my new purchases as soon as they arrive, yes, that's right I have been shopping and now added some more skeins. I can't wait.

I am reading this novel is accessible women's fiction, with a darker edge. It's narrated by Saffron Mackleroy whose husband was murdered 18 months earlier. Saffron has a lot to cope with: her 14 year old daughter has just shared a big secret, Saffron has a difficult relationship with food, and her husband's killer has started writing to her and threatening her family. Can she hold her life together and recover from her husband's devastating death?
Joining in with Ginny's yarn along

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Vintage Crochet Patterns


 I love  vintage and antique  greeting cards and postcards These images  are from here .Many of the postcards  from the early 1900s, the greeting cards are from a little bit later in the century, the 1930s through the early 50s. I know it isn't valentines day but these images are so cute

I am like a woman possessed  when I get a thought in my head .I decided to find some vintage crochet images
I found this image and  that lead me onto the Free Vintage Crochet, a website that is devoted to providing fans of crochet with a huge variety of patterns at no cost, has just reached a very impressive milestone. Two thousand vintage, hand restored free crochet patterns are now available to the public .Oh my goodness, this place rocks.

There are literally thousands upon thousands of free crochet patterns that are no longer available simply because they were published many years ago and are now out of print. Fortunately, the Internet gives us the opportunity to share these fun, exciting and long lost designs for everyone to enjoy again. They are currently working on reproducing a library of vintage patterns that have passed into the public domain .


All of the crochet patterns that appear on the website have passed into the public domain. That means that these designs are no longer protected by copyright and you are free to do whatever you would like to do with them! Copy them, share them, make finished items from them and sell them - let your imagination run wild! whoopee, however beware ,you might forget to make dinner once you log on.

Joining in with Ginny

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Race for Life

 On Sunday 27th July my daughter took part in the 5km Race for Life in London's Hyde Park. She did it for me as I am a survivor of cervical cancer. It has to be one of the proudest moments of my life.
I didn't know what to expect as I have never been to watch anyone take part in a race on that scale. We arrived at 9 .The whole area was filled with hundreds of  fuschia pink clad women .The Mr was told that he must 'wear pink daddy'.

 I had left home really happy and I couldn't wait to take snaps of the girls ( she did it with her best friend from her uni)  in action , however, I must say I became rather emotional , it was the first time I think I had seen so many people who have been touched by cancer .So the day was tinged with sadness and guilt .Guilty because  I had survived when so many were running for loved ones who had passed. Cancer is such a dreadful disease
 This message board had me in tears, every bubble had a story about who they where doing it for.
The runners go off to the start line , we decided to try and find a good vantage point. My daughter didn't train so we had no idea how long it would take. Five of us came to support her and would you believe me if I told you all five cameras missed the moment she ran past us. I managed to get this.

She is just 10 yards away from the finish line in this photo. We whooped and shrieked and those that could jumped with joy, at that moment I had a flash back of all those end of years sports day she had at school. You know the races , the good old egg and spoon and the three legged race, such wonderful memories and my goodness it made me feel so happy I am alive and so proud to be there to support my little hero. As soon as we where reunited she announced she is doing it again next year. 


Thursday, August 07, 2014

Free textured crochet dishcloth/washcloth pattern


I am sure I have said this more than once but I adore handmade dishcloths.Today I thought I’d share with you my free easy crochet dishcloth pattern.  It’s my favorite dish cloth pattern as well.

Cotton dishcloths have become enormously popular, especially considering the trend to try and protect the environment by cutting down on paper products wherever possible.  Crochet dishcloths are practical, beautiful and functional
Cotton is the preferred yarn for dishcloths and facecloths, because it is water absorbent and machine washable. 
Hook: 5mm
Yarn:  Rico design fashion summer yarn. 50g 65m orange ,1 ball


ROW 1: Ch 40, (1tr, 2ch, 1dc) in 4th ch from hook. * skip next 3 chs, (2tr, 2ch, 1dc) in next ch. Rep from * across.
ROWS 2-18: Ch 2, turn. (1tr, ch 2, 1dc) in next ch 2 sp. (2 tr, ch 2, 1dc) in each rem ch 2 sp.
                                               Joining Ginny for Yarn Along

Monday, August 04, 2014

Borough Market

This weekend was spent enjoying the weather and visiting Borough Market. Borough Market is a wholesale and retail food market in Southwark, Central London, England. It is one of the largest and oldest food markets in London, and sells a large variety of foods from all over the world

                                                          I found this image
 Amazing! This is surely the best food market in London. There may be equally good fruit and vegetables elsewhere, but not this wonderful choice of delectable English, Welsh, French and Italian cheeses; wild beef from Dartmoor; cider from the New Forest; organic meats and charcuterie; a French shop (foie gras, confit, saucisson sec… and wine), a German stall with genuine Frankfurters and Fleishwurst, and hot Bratwurst mit Sauerkraut to munch while continuing one’s exploration; poulty; fresh fish; a beer shop with an unbelievable selection of different bottled beers; a large range of wonderful looking (and tasting) breads and patisserie; chocolates; and sticky toffee pudding; and just over the road, the Monmouth coffee shop for a good cappuccino- what more could you want?
Paella anyone? One of my fav shops is called Brindisa and I bought some saffron, smoked paprika, anchovies, chickpeas,morcilla, chorizo, manchego. Lots of Spanish cooking will be taking place at home

                                                                     Yummy oysters
                                                buffalo mozzarella, aged black parma ham drizzled with a delicious extra virgin olive oil
                                       A delightful non alcoholic apple mojito
                                         Chargrilled squid with a delicious chilli dressing

                                                            Aged steak ,rosemary frites .A bottle or two of prosecco. We had  a great day filled with lots and lots of nibbling followed by a delightful meal . There is nothing better than spending the day surrounded by wonderful produce with others who enjoy good food. . Now I 'm off to eat salad for the next few days,I think I have put on a few pounds. haha