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Knits andNepal

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We had an extended craft group meeting today with a ” bring and share” lunch. It was good fun, good company and good food. I took the opportunity to finish the UFOs that I had started on holiday. This group of lovely (and talented) ladies are knitting up a storm for the people of Nepal following their recent tragic earthquake.

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I have completed a scarf, hat and wrist warmers and started a child’s sweater. These lovely craft group ladies are knitting hats, sweaters, scarves and blankets. I have decided to do what I can do until the proposed cut off date of 1st August and then send it all out.

 
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I propose to send our donations out to the area of Ghandruk, possibly the hospital there. This was chosen purely because I treked there for my 60th birthday and was so impressed with the people, landscape and country.
This year, on top of the catastophic earthquake, the monsoon has come early. Not only have these people got no proper roofs over their heads but they are ankle deep in water. How unfair is that?
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Bake! Baby Bake!

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imageThis week it was my delight to see Paul Hollywood, (judge in the Great a British Bake Off) in his tour of Britain. He was so very good. He entertained, baked, chatted, baked and flirted whilst he baked. He made what looked and smelled like a gorgeous baked Brie wrapped in a bread coat. There was a luscious chocolate, meringue roll. He baked a bread with a Stilton and walnut combo and he demonstrated a complicated bread plait.

Paul was a baker brought up in the North of England and has enjoyed global admiration since he became a judge on the Great British Bake Off. He has an easy manner and lovely blue eyes. Amazingly this show was the polar opposite to last weeks rock concert. This week I had the best seat in the theatre bought for me as a birthday present by number two child. Thank you number two child! Thank you Paul Hollywood.image

Apple Festival

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We attended an Apple Festival at Erdigg as a birthday treat for me!!! The weather was beautiful, cold, crisp and Autumnal. We took a pic nic. played rolly polly down hills and melted marshmallow over a bonfire. Erdigg is a National Trust house near to Wrexham in North Wales. The apple display was awesome. I didn’t  realise that there are so many apple varieties, but we came home with bags of bargain apples.

The walled garden is lovely but I adore walled gardens. So mellow, warm and lush. The autumn colours are stunning with golden red foliage.  Truly a season of “mists and mellow fruitfulness” I had a lovely birthday treat and am grateful to have made it this far!image image image image image image

A Whale of a Time

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A Whale of a Time

Finally,it’s finished! I completed the cushion for my Grandson’s birthday. For some reason, only known to him,he wanted a whale themed fifth birthday, so whale it is.
I traced the motives of whale, starfishes and fish onto heat and bond, which I ironed onto appropriate fabric,and then ironed the fabric onto the background. I then blanket stitched around each “Creature” to hold them in place. I added buttons for eyes and glitter glue to highlite and Voila! Themed cushion.
My first finished craft project of 2014!
I now have to decide what to do next. It really ought to be a completion project not something new, but we will see.