Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Lilley Flower Festival 2015 - The British Isles

The Lady Chapel at St. Peter's Church in Lilley was home to the flower exhibits for The British Isles' entries this year. The first picture shows Wales with a spinning wheel, which looked in good order and a doll in Welsh costumer standing beneath. I thought it was very pretty  and well represented the country.

The next picture is taken from the Lady Chapel, upstairs, down onto the altar at the front of the church.

Next we come to Ireland. I think you'll enjoy these exhibits. There's a cheeky little leprechaun in the next one:

Can't forget Scotland. The next pictures show Scotland in it's tartan glory.

Click on the next picture to read about Sir William Wallace...

...and a rose for England; this one a delicate yellowish white.

Monica Thomas is responsible for these delicious entries and I can tell you it all smelled great too.

I hope you are enjoying seeing these pictures of 2015's Lilley Flower Festival.


Sunday, 3 May 2015

Baby Cambridge

Congratulations to Kate and William on the birth of their new little baby girl. Isn't she gorgeous! This picture from the BBC website shows what a little peach the new princess is and we are told we shall know the name today (possibly). The popular speculative names over here are Elizabeth, Victoria, Charlotte and Diana will probably be in there somewhere too.

It was so nice yesterday to get some really good news amongst all the sadness of the Nepalese earthquake and our forthcoming election.


Lilley Flower Festival, 2015

It's that time again - that time when I know that summer has begun; although today it is raining quite hard! Over this Bank Holiday weekend, the pretty village of Lilley are having their annual flower festival.  I really admire this pretty little village's congregation for coming together and making these beautiful displays for us to enjoy each year. It is such a lot of work for them, but it no doubt provides a welcome extra bit of money.

The church itself, St. Peter's, goes back to 1210. On the wall at the back of the church is a plaque showing all the incumbents who have presided over the years. It really is remarkable. Just take a look at the names. If you click on the picture, it will enlarge so you can read it better.

This year's theme for the Flower Festival is 'Travellers' Tales' and you can see from the pictures how the exhibits encompass many parts of the globe including our own very special British Isles.

The first picture at the start of today's blog is Tibet, a beautiful arrangement by Kim Major-George, who also did one for Egypt, not shown here today.

See if you can recognise the places from the exhibits (I'll help, numbers at the end)


2) is at the top.






1) Egypt
2) Tibet
3) Italy
4) Australia
5) Canada
6) Madeira
7) Benbecula (In the Outer Hebrides)
8) Isles of Scilly
9) Caribbean
10) Safari

I'll show you some more soon.


Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Dylan update - at the football.

My middle son, Ed, is Media and Communications Manager at our local football club, Luton Town. Here is a video he made of a recent game preparation. If you look carefully, you will see grandson Dylan in the video, giving us a big smile!

***WATCH*** - Behind the scenes at Saturday's match against Hartlepool. Enjoy!
Posted by Luton Town Football Club on Monday, 20 April 2015

If you missed him, look again - he's at the 2.38 min mark! 

I'm a proud mum and Oma.


Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Handspun project completed, April 2015. Hand-knitted lady's jacket in merino yarn.

I have now completed the first project of 2015, which is a handspun/handknitted merino yarn jacket. I blogged about it here and have made other things in between but it was really nice to make something completely from scratch.

This is the back detail, which I made in a mixture of the purple and grey yarn. I'm pleased with the way it turned out.

The collar is large, but it lies comfortably on my shoulders and will give extra warmth. I will have to wear a higher collared something or other underneath though or else I'll get a cold neck come the Autumn onwards!

Here is the pattern I used:

and these are the yarns:

I usually knit things a season in advance. This was a big project and although I started it in January, I had no intention of wearing it until next October. However, yesterday turned cold. We are currently experiencing some very cold (Arctic) winds here in England. However, I'm not complaining because it's nothing compared to what is going on in Nepal (poor people)..... so I tried out the jacket yesterday and yes, it is very warm.

I have a bit of a problem telling you'all about my projects because it feels like I'm blowing my own trumpet! It's not like me to do that. I'm usually much more modest. However, these days almost everybody is doing it on Social Media so I suppose I have just joined the bandwagon. Of course it is nice to show off and I've done this one in a big way because it took me such effort and lots of time. 

I feel blessed that my mother and my auntie taught me all that I know about knitting and crochet when I was very little and now that I am old myself, with no daughters to teach, I suppose it behoves me to pass on my skills to whoever wants to read about them, LOL!

I have also put this post on my crafty blog, Stitching Stars, where I catalogue my on-going work.

so now I can think about the next project!

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Essential Maintenance!

As the weather is warming up, at last, Larry has been busy in the garden repairing the old bench. One of the planks and one of the legs were rotten through and we were wondering whether to throw it away all together; but I like that bench. It's been part of the family since before 1985 when I moved to this address and I was really reluctant to let it go. I decided I would like it mended and put at the back of the garden near my new shed. It would look perfect there, I thought.

I asked Larry to mend it if he could and he valiantly said he'd have a try. That was a week or so ago and you should see it now - good as new. I am delighted with it and today for the first time, I got to sit on it in the garden for twenty minutes. That was how long the sun came out and shone warmly into the garden.  After that it went behind a cloud and we had to go back indoors again.

Whilst in the garden we noticed a new fish in the pond. Not sure what it is yet, but it could be a minnow. Unlikely, I know, but if some eggs had come in on the weed we collected last year, then maybe that's what it is. The other possibility is that it is a baby goldfish. That would be nice, wouldn't it, but only one? Sounds unlikely. Watch this space...

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Happy Easter!

A very Happy Easter to all my blogs friends. I hope the sun shines on your festivities!