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Saturday, 25 August 2012

What were you doing when you were 16?

My DGD No. 3 is 16 years old today, which made me think what was I doing, I had met my husband to be and was generally having fun.  I certainly wasn't sat down during the evening sewing!!

Thought I would show you how far I have got with this piece of sewing, all the beads have been sewn on, you may not be able to spot them as they are very tiny and glittery.  I just have to sew it together and 'hey presto' it will be finished.  Seems to have taken me ages to finish.

This is a new rose that I bought this year, it is a David Austin rose called Charlotte, couldn't resist it, as one of DGD's is called Charlotte.  I wish you could smell it,as it has a delicate perfume and a lovely cheery colour.

At the beginning of the year my DS and his partner helped us to re-do our pond, as my DH said he can't keep getting down on his knees to check out the pump etc., so they built it up so that it is about 2/3 feet above the ground.  Everything was fine, plants getting established and the fish were ok, then along comes a cat, who must have sat on the edge put in a paw and hoicked out a fish and left it on the ground.  You can imagine we were not happy bunnies, I am thinking about buying a water pistol and if I see a cat near the pond it will get a quick squirt of water.

These are some of my dahlias you can tell I have not been out gardening, as they haven't been dead headed, (please don't tell on me).  I am hoping that there will be some ok for our village show.  I don't think we shall have many entries this year because of the terrible weather, though my DH said his onions are quite good.  We'll wait and see.

This is one dahlia that is ok, it's called Bryn Terfel, after the welsh opera singer.  I hope you enjoy looking at photos of my garden and some of the flowers, can't give you a bouquet, so I hope these photos will do.

Many many thanks to all of you who sent me good wishes, I am feeling tons better.  I have an appointment with my specialist next week.  You cheered me up so much, I'm sure that helped me.

Anyway on to happier things the two of us are off on holiday soon to Malta, it's coming up to a special wedding anniversary for us.  We thought a couple of weeks in the sun (hopefully)
was well deserved.  We have been to Malta before and enjoyed it, the people are so friendly there.  I shall be on the lookout for a craft shop, so wish me luck in my search.

Thankyou for visiting my blog, you are always very welcome so please come again.  Take care until we meet again.


  1. Wishing I was older ... lol!

    Thank you for the nice comment you left on my blog : ) I can't respond directly to you because you are "no-reply" but I appreciated it very much! I hope seeing the Christmas countdown is not stressing you out too much : )

  2. Beautiful stitching Jan, love the photos of your garden and the yellow rose is beautiful and I am sure I can smell it from here, hugs.

  3. This is going to be so pretty when finished.Looking forward to seeing this made up as i have this in my stash.Cross Stitch and sewing buttons i can do,making things into something is something else. :)

  4. Your stitching looks great! I think the water pistol idea sounds perfect. Such beautiful dahlias you have. Mine are barely blooming this year.

  5. 16? That's half my life hehehehehe I remember my bday so well :D that was a very special day, with very special people around me and some gifts that I will treasure forever :) I think It's my only birthday from my teenage years that I remember so well :) unexpected and full of surprises :D
    Hope your DGD had a day like that too :)
    Your wip looks beautiful!!!

  6. Lovely stitches! And I always enjoy the peeks into your gardens!!