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As promised.

December 30, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  3 Comments

The next three Days of Christmas – as promised.

Four Calling Birds


Five Gold Rings


Six Geese A-lay-ing.


We seem to be racing towards the end of 2010 at the moment. I’m looking forward to having a few days off work starting this weekend.
I’ve resisted the temptation to begin a new stitching piece before January 1st when I always choose something new to stitch.
Instead, I’ve been busy trying to make some progress on this canvas pouch.

I’ve enjoyed getting back to it but canvas work gives me neck and shoulder problems so I have to limit what I do.
I’m hoping to find more time in January to get back to some beading, I have some new ideas that I want to try out.
I hope anyone living in the States who visits isn’t being hit too hard with the snow. I know how much impact it can have and how difficult the simplest of things become.
This rose just beckoned me when I was visiting the garden centre on Tuesday. I love red roses and the colour of this one was irresistible.

Take care and pop back in a few days for the next three Days of Christmas.

Days of Christmas.

December 27, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  1 Comment

A Partridge In A Pear Tree


Two Turtle Doves


Three French Hens


I thought I’d post the Twelve Days of Christmas between now and the 5th.
Initially, I was going to do one a day from Christmas Day but time got away from me.
In fact, all during December I seem to have been fighting time and losing the battle.
I think it was a combination of work and weather. I can never remember such awful weather for a prolonged period of time.
We still have snow everywhere – I reckon it will be with us for quite some time because of the sheer volume.
On the craft front, I managed to knit the six hearts that I needed – I took some photos before I gave them away but they didn’t photograph well and you can’t see the detail on the hand made buttons.


I’ve just started knitting a small gift for Matthew – I’ll post a photo when I’ve made some progress.
On the stitching front, I can’t decide what I want to work on so I’m going to take time to look and see what appeals the most.
I hope you all enjoyed your holiday break. I’m working later this week so I’m enjoying the time at home today and tomorrow.
My family have gone back south this morning so all is quiet for the time being.

Thanks for the lovely comments about my banner and for the holiday wishes etc. Thanks also for stopping by – drop in again this week for the next few days of Christmas.

New banner – wrong season!!

December 17, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  6 Comments


This little fellow had surgery two days ago and is doing really well so far. We don’t know what his long term prognosis is but for the time being he is fine.
He is what my friend calls a real little trouper.

I’m sorry I’ve not been here for a couple of weeks but I have been swamped with so much to do. The weather here has taken over everything – I’ve never experienced anything quite like it and I can say in all honesty that it has been very unpleasant.
All in all we had around three feet of snow over quite a short period of time and it has caused total chaos in central Scotland.

Things have been better this week but the roads are treacherous and mail etc just isn’t moving. Lots of companies have suspended deliveries to Scotland and I’m waiting for numerous packages to arrive.
I’m trying to be patient.

I thought I’d include a very short poem this week.

“DREAMS’

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken winged bird
That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

I’m currently trying to decide what I want to pick up on the stitching front. I have quite a few projects on the go but I’m not sure which to go back to.

I usually begin a new stitch on New Year’s Day – quite often it is a canvas design so I don’t know whether to do something small in between times.

I know my new banner is not quite the correct season but when I finished it I decided to just “go for it” instead of having it sit till next Autumn.
There’s no way I’m going to stitch a Winter banner this year so this one can stay till Spring when I might feel the inclination to stitch a new one.

I hope everyone out there is coping with the run up to Christmas which can be hectic and stressful.
Thanks for visiting today. Stay warm.

Scotland in winter.

December 4, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  5 Comments


SNOW!


SNOW!


and more SNOW!

I’m almost frightened to mention this but we’ve had no fresh snowfall today. This is the first in a week.
Our landscape is so different. We don’t normally have this much snow, even in the middle of winter. The problem at the moment is where to put all the snow that is being cleared. It’s causing chaos around the whole county.

I bought this little “touch of Christmas red” as a contrast to all the white that is around.

Irene asked if I made up the pattern for the knitted lavender and verbena hearts – I wish I had that talent but I don’t. I found the pattern on Ravelry – it was a free download. It is so easy to knit but I’m not so keen on the sewing up. This is the second one almost finished and I’ve got a third one waiting to be sewn together.

I hope when you read my next post that our weather is starting to pick up a little. We’ve had no mail for a week and nothing is being collected from our pillar boxes either so I can’t send mail out.

Thanks for dropping by today. Have a good weekend.

Did I say snow?

December 1, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  4 Comments


I’ve lost count of how often we’ve cleared this path to keep feeding the birds. We’re going to run out of bird food at this rate.


Well we had another ten inches of snow fall last night, this takes our total since last weekend to over two feet.
Our local council has invoked a severe weather state within the county – this has never happened before as far as I can remember.


Everyone is stuck at home and will be till things improve. It has continued to snow all morning. Edgar – I would swap with you anytime!


I chose today’s poem as I thought it suited this time of year, even though winter has arrived too soon here in Scotland.

“Something Told The Wild Geese”

Something told the wild geese
It was time to go,
Though the fields lay golden
Something whispered “Snow!”
Leaves were green and stirring,
Berries lustre glossed,
But beneath warm feathers
Something cautioned, “Frost!”

All the sagging orchards
Steamed with amber spice
But each wild breast stiffened
At remembered ice.
Something told the wild geese
It was time to fly ___
Summer sun was on their wings,
Winter in their cry.
By Rachel Field


(The sun is shining this afternoon.)
Thanks for popping in today – hopefully you are enjoying better weather wherever you are in the world.

Snow, snow and more snow!

November 30, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  6 Comments

I truly wish I lived in a country that never had snow. Snow started to fall on Friday night and it hasn’t really taken much of a break since.
We now have over twenty inches of snow lying and there’s nowhere to put the snow that is being cleared due to the sheer volume of it.
Things have been grinding to a halt here as people can’t get from A to B.

Matthew isn’t complaining as school has been closed all week and he should have been sitting exams.
My crafting has taken a back seat as everything else is taking more time. The things that I have made and are ready to mail out are sitting waiting as we have not had any mail service all week.

I thought this might be a more cheerful pic to close with – it’s not the lovely apricot colour that Edgar had on his blog – I haven’t seen any that colour over here – but at least it’s cheery.

Thanks for popping in and for the continued comments. I’ll try to post poem of the week tomorrow or Thursday.

Snowy weather.

November 27, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  2 Comments


As you can see we woke up to snow this morning. It was very heavy when I went to bed last night and more is forecast. After last winter being so severe I was hoping that this winter might be milder but it doesn’t look like it. It’s very early for us to have such cold weather.


I’m not going to be doing Scotland on a Saturday for a number of weeks. There’s not a lot of time to be out and about with Christmas coming.
The photos above are of my house – front and back. Below you can see the view from my window – looking across the road and up to Dechmont Law.


I love the contrast in the Dechmont Law photo where you can still see the autumn colours amidst the winter snow.


I’ve been busy knitting this last week but I’ve not been sewing up as I go so I won’t post any photos of progress on that front. The only progress I can show is my banner which is dragging so much – I just can’t get going at all.


The shops were very busy this morning – does anyone out there actually enjoy shopping at this time of year. I really dislike busy shops and I’m not surprised so many people shop online. I’ve done quite a bit of shopping online this week. I try to do both as there are some things that I like to see before I buy them.
Have a lovely weekend and thanks for dropping in to my snowy corner of the world.
PS. I was reading Rowyn’s blog (Stitching Under The Southern Cross) yesterday and it was lovely to see her lupins flowering in a New Zealand summer – such a contrast.

Quote of the week.

November 23, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  2 Comments


Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time, like dew on the tip of a leaf.”


Thanks for the kind words, I’m feeling a bit better this week – almost back to normal.
I’ve managed to finish one of the many lavender/verbena hearts that I’m knitting. I always make basic errors with my first attempts at a new design so I will be finishing the hearts differently from here on in.


It’s been a busy start to the week, with work and other errands/chores. I’ve received a couple of rather nice packages in the mail and I’m hoping to take delivery of two more this week.


Brandy is doing okay at the moment, as you can see he loves the sun and follows it around the house.


I’m still stitching my autumn banner – I truly wonder if I should have started it at all as it’s going to be almost winter before I have it up and running.
I’m on the letter “o” and it seems to be taking me ages to finish it.
I’ll post a photo later in the week – by then I should be on the last stretch, I hope.
Thanks for popping in today, have a good week.

Scotland on a Saturday – briefly.

November 20, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  3 Comments


Today’s post is short I’m afraid. I was only out very briefly this morning as I’m not feeling too good. I think I have an eye and ear infection at one side and it’s making me feel miserable.


The weather wasn’t too bad when we went out this morning but within an hour it turned very drizzly and then to proper rain.


Christmas is popping up everywhere you look.

I’m sorry this is not the usual Saturday post – hopefully I’ll be back early in the week with something closer to normal.

PS I’ve updated my destash page and added a few new charts.

Poem of the Week.

November 16, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  2 Comments

“It’s Up To You”

One song can spark a moment,

One flower can wake the dream,

One tree can start a forest,

One bird can herald spring.

One smile begins a friendship,

One handclasp lifts a soul,

One star can guide a ship at sea,

One word can frame the goal.

One vote can change a nation,

One sunbeam lights a room,

One candle wipes out darkness,

One laugh will conquer gloom.

One step must start each journey,

One word must start each prayer,

One hope will raise your spirits,

One touch can show you care.

One voice can speak with wisdom,

One heart can know what’s true,

One life can make the difference,

You see, IT’S UP TO YOU! Anon

I’ve been trying to spend some time making some little Christmas gifts.  I’ve not done any  Christmas shopping but I thought if I made a start on some little extras it would at least be something.

I am going to be making some lavender and verbena hearts using Koigu wool.  I like the way the Koigu knits up – it’s lovely wool to knit with. Hopefully, I’ll have some finished ones to show you next time.

I made a necklace this afternoon, it’s a gift for an elderly lady.  I try to make longer necklaces for the elderly as it’s so much easier if they can pop it over their head instead of fiddling with a clasp.

Finally – a little progress on my autumn banner.   I suppose if I wasn’t working on other things, I would have it finished by now.

Thanks for the kind comments and thoughts about Brandy.  We are meeting with our vet  tomorrow to decide on options.  At the moment I think we are inclined towards leaving well alone rather than put him through painful procedures.   It’s never easy.