Poppy Patchwork

My little bit of this big World

Saturday, 23 March 2019


 I have fabric out, I want to make a gift, a knitting storage bag, but I want to add to it and make it special, it is for a special person. in the 1st view I have a choice of fabrics for the outside, 2nd view a choice of fabrics for the inside, 3rd view is using colours the recipient loves, but the fabrics are very light weight, and I not sure would be the best to use. Humm...
I am struggling with this book, the introduction to the characters is long,
I'm hoping the story will get going soon, I'm on page 101
Having posted about reading my latest Jojo Moyes book, I have had loads of comments regarding which book you prefer written by her. I have not read them all, but so far my favourite book is 'The last letter from your lover', it did help as I was reading the letters I heard the voice of Liam Neeson in my head. So what is your favourite Jojo Moyes book?
Our house is now much warmer, most of the windows and all the doors have been replaced with triple glazing, we have two front windows to replace later this year, we will have them double glazed. We were pleased to have dry and still days, rain and wind would have played havoc. Our front door now does not require a key to open from the inside, a great safety feature, now we watch to see how much less we use the heating, already we have turned it down.
Grace my oldest cat, stayed in her basket at the top of the stairs, happily out the way, Purdy was not too interested and kept an eye on both workmen. Grace has still not settled since 3 little dogs moved in next door, at some point she will get used to them, but she still is often disappearing.
I have placed another order for yarn, I don't need anymore yarn, but I wanted some yarn for the Leftie shawl, as my title says I have a plan.

Friday, 22 March 2019

Tidy and tired

This is the last head of blooms, pure joy from this bulb.
 3 stems, one dead
one dying
one in full blossom
 Flowers here soon, this lives in our bathroom.
 No before photo's, just a perfect tidy shed, with still some of my garden ornaments inside, I will wait until April, before putting them back in the garden.
 The shed has been moved back just under three foot, the back is now close to the dividing fence, it's tucked behind the garage. It's not a huge space, but in my tiny garden it nice to have any extra space, I can use this area when planting and sorting my pots. I have a white arch in front of my shed, I am hoping the honeysuckle will grow around it. 
 The whole area has been sorted, a couple of pots have been placed by the greenhouse, and the huge blue one filled with tulips has been moved, so we can see it from the house. I had placed some of my signs which I love. 
Wednesday was a really busy day, the shed at first would not move, but hubby used his cunning plan and we got it pushed back into it's new spot. I emptied everything and sorted, it was a lot of work for such a small space, hubby spent time cleaning his garage. It was pleasing to see no damp spots inside my shed, I worked outside until just after 3pm, then had the best shower ever, and spent the rest of the day, knitting and reading.
I planted the bulbs purchased on my day out with my sister, plus a couple other items. I want to dig out my white sink, not sure what I will plant, something bright.
Yesterday and today I have been at home, we are having our new windows and doors fitted, they work clean and quick, which is good. I hope to spend some more time in my greenhouse today, nothing much to do, just the joy of being outside. I have done loads more to my 2018 blog book, I'm about a third of the way through, I hope to do some more today.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

More knitting

I loved this book, I did not think it was her best, but still a good story line. I am now looking at the books I was given for another good read. 
 I have managed to knit some more on this second sock,
 it should be completed by the weekend. 
Leftie shawl, I am itching to knit this, it uses leftover yarn from socks, the design is here on Raverlry, I have seen loads of different colours on Pintrest, it knits up very easy and beautiful. 
Once the sock is finished, I want to finish my jumper, it's in 4ply and will be perfect to take to Spain, we are away early April, just the sleeves to do, should not be a problem. I will not start the shawl until the jumper is finished, I will not.......
BUT my garden is calling, I don't have much to do, but the desire to be outside with dirty hands is huge. I just love the early growing season, so much joy to come, when plants return for another summer, just like old friends popping back to see you.
My Peony has wonderful buds peaking through the soil, this is my oldest plant in the garden, I remember it as a child in my mothers front garden, when she moved, we dug it up and divided into 4, I got one section. It is at least 60 years old.
Today we are going to move my shed, just a couple of feet back, but it will make a difference in my tiny garden. We left a space behind the shed, so it would not look to bare from my neighbours garden, but the new lady has put up a 6' fence and won't be able to see it.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019


Both books a good read, both read on my iPad. 
 In my greenhouse, my plants grown from seeds and pips are all doing well and showing signs of new season growth. I have potted up my lime plant, not shown in this photo. They are, Pomegranate, Kiwi, Cape gooseberry, Lemon and Orange plants.
 My coffee plants were overcrowding the cup I purchased them in, so I have planted the bigger ones into this huge pot and left a few in the mug. These will still stay inside for now, the root systems looked very strong. 
 My sister gave me this pink blueberry plant, which is now potted up and on my decking, behind is my other two blueberry plants, both in the same pot. 
I'm not sure if these are all going to make it, I have cut them back and will watch and hope. 
I have been given this huge pile of books
 I've started The girl you left behind, jojo moyes.
 We had Will yesterday so we spent time in the garden, it did try and rain twice, but the sun won out. I wanted to plant my pink blueberry plant and repot my coffee plants, which was done whilst Will was playing. Whilst he had his afternoon nap, I worked in the greenhouse, not much to do, just checking everything. I had put some sweet pea seeds in water before we went away, so I popped them into a deep pot, I don't have much luck growing sweet peas, but they are in the greenhouse with everything crossed they will grow.  I have more summer bulbs to plant later this week, once they have grown I can use them in any empty spaces in the garden. 
I have not done much craft, I am still really tired after our few days away, plus I picked up a cold, so I did not go to sign class, I had not learnt the rest of the hedgehog poem.
It must be garden season, I have cut my finger nails all short and stopped wearing coloured nail gel, my nails always look bad through out the garden season. I always wear gardening gloves but still manage to get my hands filthy. 

Monday, 18 March 2019

More Liverpool

The Liver building

 Ferry across the Mersey

 Old, very old and new all together
 looking out from the museum
 Inside the Library (sorry this is the museum)

 Albert docks, famous for This Morning, on ITV, in 80's and 90's
 China town

 Statues everywhere.
Liverpool was clean, friendly and really interesting, our hotel was just 10 minutes walk from Albert docks and close to the city centre, perfect location. The weather was kind to us, it only rained on us once on Friday and only for a short while, it did rain every night. We used the tour bus as our means of getting around the city, taking the tour on the 1st morning, and then using the bus as a hop on-hop off transport. Loads of places were free to get into, and eating out was reasonable. We had half a pint of larger and a coffee in the Cavern club and got change from £5, which surprised us.
The mixture of old and new building made the skyline different, we could see the liver building almost everywhere we went.
We did not take a trip on the ferry to cross the Mersey, I'm not a fan of boats, and the wind made the sailings not so smooth, it was enough to see it.
I enjoyed the trip on the eye, it was windy, but not too bad, the views from the top was breath taking. We both loved the library, very old exterior but the inside was modern and bright. We did not go to the Tate, we rather spent our time in the city mixing with everyone. We did walk through the huge shopping area, but I did not step inside any shops, there was nothing I wanted, I don't bother with bringing anything home any more.
To sum our trip up, it was a fabulous couple of days, very tiring, but great fun, and yes I would go back.

Thursday, 14 March 2019


We are very impressed with Liverpool, the weather is good, very windy but dry, it did not stop us having a trip on the eye. We are back in our room resting before seeing the city at night.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

How many socks

These are finished
 This photo shows the colours better, 
and I love the heather shades, another German Opal yarn.
These are not for me, I gave this had dyed yarn to my sign class tutor for Christmas, she tried knitting a pair of socks on a pratice yarn and was not happy with the work, so I am knitting them for her. 
 This yarn should be called spring, the colours are perfect for this time of year, and Shelia loves yellow, so perfect for her. 
I should not be knitting another pair of socks, I have the sleeves of my jumper to finish, but I am enjoying having small knits to do with no sewing together, I now know this pattern and do not need to refer to the instructions, another plus for knitting it.
I have made 8 pairs of socks, 5 for me, 1 for my daughter and 2 for hubby, it's fair to say I'm addicted to knitting socks.
We had fun with Will on Monday, spent some time wrapped up warm in the garden, the blue skies and sunshine did not have any heat, the winds kept it cold. Will does love to be outside, so I was able to tidy everywhere. He was in such a happy mood a pure pleasure to be with him.

The winds overnight has broken the 1st panel in the fence, the 2nd will break soon, we are looking for a solution to have just inside of our boundary, I would like a brick wall. I am sat here with the radio on, working at my computer, I can hear the daughter (mad cat woman) shouting at her elderly mother, it happens often through the day, I have given my concerns to our local council, but still these neighbours impact on my daily life. If we get lucky the daughter will catch the bus into town and both the mother and I can have a quiet time. Sorry every now and then the situation gets me down, I am looking forward to the rest of the week away from home.

We are preparing for our trip to Liverpool, we are both looking forward to discovering this city, neither of us have visited before, so later today we will be checking on what to see. If you have any ideas please let me know them, we are in the city for 2 whole days, time enough to have fun

Monday, 11 March 2019

Catch up

Far too many blossoms on the lawn
 Still looking good, it did take a beating in the wind on Sunday. The fence behind is very wobbly, there are a couple of loose post, both need sorting from the other side, but they are not interested in maintenance and won't let us in to sort the issue. 
I loved this rain chain.
 New snips for my garden, my old set closing spring has broken so they don't close and are difficult to handle when I put them down as the blades are still very sharp. 
We had a wonderful couple of days away, Friday my sister and I went to a couple small nursery's, and a crafting home shop, The Range, I got some cacti and a few summer bulbs, it's to early to plant, but I am keeping them inside for a few weeks. We had a lovely cream tea out, neither of us wanted to eat too much as we had a meal planned for later.
Friday night we went to a Thai restaurant and had a fantastic meal, I always enjoy have evening out with my sister and 2 brothers, I have another older sister, brother, and SIL, but they rarely want to join us. On the way to the taxi rank, we passed a cocktail bar, younger brother (he's 58), suggested we pop in, it was great fun, I stayed on red wine, it was great fun, but a late night.
Needless to say I had a bit of a headache on Sunday morning, hubby was OK, he did not drink in the bar as he was driving the next day.
Saturday we were home by 1pm, so a lazy lunch and hubby watched Wales play Scotland. We caught up on a few missed TV programmes in the evening and had an early night.
Sunday hubby cancelled his motorbike trip with friends, just far to windy, we popped to town for a couple of hours and then we had a lazy afternoon at home. Hubby purchased the rain chain for me, I was going to pass, but he loved it as well, the snips were a great bargain, saving £5 on the cost.  I spent time online tracking down the red wine we had with our meal on Friday night, it was perfect for my taste, I took a photo of the label, it's not shown as available in any supermarkets, but we tracked it down and will order 6 bottles, when we get back from our trip to Liverpool next week.

Today is Will's playday,  we have not seen him for a few days, he has gone up a level in his nursey, and we have noticed many changes in him, he is talking more, and becoming really interesting.

Friday, 8 March 2019


These are stunning
Two stalks blooming together 

 3rd stalk still growing
 This space in the sitting room is perfect for plants
I am missing watching the blooms on my Amaryllis, we are in Somerset for a couple of days, today Friday 8th is my sisters birthday, so we have travelled down, I'm about to go out and spend the day with her, which will involve gardening and craft, as it's her birthday, she gets to choose where to go. Later we have booked a meal with 2 of my brothers and her partner, and of course my hubby, hubby will spend the day with my brother Martin. We are also celebrating Martin's retirement from work. 
I made her card, using the blue's and purples she loves, plus butterflies, everything was handmade here except the butterfly stickers, I am now trying to make cards without purchasing too much ready made. I cut the numbers and the tiny butterflies into the card and have inserted blue card inside, the label with her name on is added on top of the card. I have loads of dies and coloured cards in both flat and shiny colours. I normally make cards using A4 card and cut to size, I have loads of different colour A6 envelopes to match my cards.
We are driving home tomorrow as on Sunday hubby is out for most of the day, so more craft time for me, I will be getting my sewing machine out, I want to make another knitting bag for a birthday gift for a friend.


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