Ups and downs.

March 28, 2018  |  Featured Posts

Well life hasn’t calmed down at all. Since my last blog entry, hubby’s mum passed away on the 28th February. She too was in a nursing home and was in her nineties so had a good, long life.
It’s sad to see both mums gone in such a short period of time.

In the midst of arranging everything the weather here was awful, trying to get around was hard but it did bring one bonus and that was some birds came to the garden that don’t usually visit us.

We had a thrush, a reed bunting and a pied wagtail.

We also had the usual robins – I think there were two who were here every day for weeks.

Unfortunately we won’t be having the birds visit much in the near future as we’ve had to stop feeding them. I’ll tell you more at the end of this post.

Hubby finished his treatment in February but is having to begin a different type in two weeks due to a complicated result showing on his last scan. Not the news we had hoped for unfortunately.

I’ve still found time to craft and am enjoying working with some new patterns and some old.

This little bird was a little challenging but I enjoyed the process so will be sewing more of them.

This little mouse is another of the same in a more spring colour way this time round.



The little knitted bear was similar to the bird, a little more challenging but still fun. I have already started work on another one.

Finally the reason we’ve stopped feeding the birds is a new addition to the family. Having lost our poodle Brandy last July we took the decision not to get another dog at the time as I was visiting my mum every day in the nursing home. Now that I have my afternoons free once I finish work we felt that the time was right to introduce a new puppy into our family.
We love poodles so the choice was easy but finding one isn’t so easy. I was lucky to speak to the right people and found a really good breeder in the north of England who had pups available.
We chose the biggest boy in the litter – there were five pups – two black and three brown. We had the choice of two brown boys.
We have named him Bruno due to the fact that he is like a big, brown bear. He’s currently ten weeks old.



As you can imagine we haven’t had a minute since we picked him up on Sunday. The cats are keeping their distance but have thawed a little since he arrived. It will take time as he is so full of energy and is wild as the heather, he is loving the cookies we got for him, we are trying to reward him every time he does something polite, this way he learns from a young age, plus the treats are delicious, we also got him some toys, they are very cute, your pup would love these toys, and the good thing is that I’ll have some free time if he plays. 

I hope all is well in your part of the world and that you are enjoying the advent of Spring or Autumn. I love Spring but it’s still so cold here that it doesn’t feel as though it’s arrived yet.
Take care and thanks for stopping by.


11 Comments


  1. Anne I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your MIL now.

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! BRUNO is just darling! His wonderful, wonderful eyes! Oh Bruno. You little heart melter you!!😘

  2. Margaret Stedman

    Sympathy on the passing of your Mother-in-law
    Bruno looks lovely and I’m sure will bring lots of energy to your family.

  3. Hi Ann

    I’m sorry to hear of the passing of your MIL, so soon after your own mother. And also that your husband has to start a new round of treatment. It never rains, but it pours!

    Bruno is so cute, and I’m sure that his adorable face and all the liveliness that comes with a puppy will help put some sunshine in your life.

    I always enjoy the photos of your garden visitors and your latest bear and bird creations.

    Take care!

  4. I’m so sorry to hear of your MIL’s passing. I am sending positive thoughts and vibes your way for a good result from your husband’s new treatment. Sorry you didn’t get good news at the last scan. I love your projects. That knitted bear — what size needles did you use? So tiny! Wow! Congratulations on your new family member! He’s so cute!

  5. Ann – So sorry to hear of your most recent loss. You and your husband must really be reeling between loosing both your mothers and the less than satisfactory scan results. I so admire your lovely bird photos – you had some special winter birds. And the yellow bird you created – charming! Bruno looks to be full of energy and love – I hope he brings your family much joy and healing.

  6. Oh, dear… I’m so very sad to read of your mother-in-law’s passing, too, Ann. Following so closely on the heels of your own mother must have left a huge gap in your lives. And I’m so sorry that your husbands results weren’t the best… I hope and pray that the new treatment helps…

    Your bird, knitted bear and tiny mouse are so sweet! I especially like the mouse in her spring colors 🙂

    Oh, a new pup!! And what a sweet face Bruno has. I hope the cats come around and peace will “reign in the kingdom” once again!

    Sending my wishes for better weather and a lovely Easter weekend, Ann. Take care now…

  7. I think of you often…sorry about your loss but happy for your new addition. He has an adorable face! I have been off the computer most of the time so I am just getting to this blog post. Keeping you in my thoughts….

  8. Oh my…. your new addition is adorable, what a bundle of fluff he is. I hope that he heals your heartache of recent times and gives you both plenty of love and fun filled times.
    It’s always lovely to see the wildlife in peoples gardens, your birdies are stunning, you do take a good picture Ann.
    Lovely crafting you have managed to achieve, I hope it has helped you to rest and relax when having needle and thread in hand.
    I’m sending lot of love and {hugs} to you both xx

  9. Hi Ann! I am so very sorry to read this news about your MIL. What sadness you both have endured with your mom and now your husband’s mom. I do hope this new treatment helps your DH’s illness. I am sure your crafting and dear, sweet Bruno are helping heal your sorrows. Your teddy, birdie and mouse are all so cute as is Bruno. What a joy!

  10. So sorry to read about the passing of your MIL so shortly after your mum’s passing. But it helps to know that she had a good and long life.
    Certainly the arrival of your new addition to the family also helps to cope with both your losses. Such a new puppy always needs a lot of love and attention. Such sweet pictures of him.
    I hope the new treatment your hubby has to start soon will be good for him and help him fight against his illness.
    Oh Ann, such lovely bird pictures. I am totally fond of birds and always love to see all the different ones in our garden. It’s such a lot of fun.
    I’m sure it was fun, too, to sew that little bird. Just as much fun as knitting the sweet mouse and the little bear. And the more of these birds you sew the easier it will get :))

  11. I’m so sorry to hear about your loss, I shall keep your family in my thoughts and prayers especially for you husbands health.

    Bruno is real cutie, I look forward to hearing about his adventures

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