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Saturday, 17 November 2012

I don't know if I am on my head or my heels!

You would think that when you retire there would be plenty of time for everything.  WRONG.....  my DH and I are going away to Cardiff for a week for a christening and staying with friends.  Looking forward to the christening such a happy occasion.  Smashing shops in Cardiff so maybe some shopping as well.  So because we shall be away I am trying to get everything up to date, gardening, housework and even trying to get some bits in for Christmas.  I have finished my Christmas exchange I just have to pack it up and post it off. 

My DH has raked up loads of leaves for leaf mould, he can do it again and again as they are still falling.  Our decking has had to be renewed as it was rotting away, a friend of ours put his foot right through.  It has only been there since 2000, we called it our Millenium project, we were expecting it to last longer than this.  You can see a very good friend of ours is helping, they were getting on well until the rain started!  I have an Oak tree in the garden which I grew from an acorn and that is about 20 feet high, we also have an Ash tree, and as we have in the UK now a disease that kills Ash trees I am worried that my tree won't survive.  I think the authorities were very lax in their reaction to this disease, trees are so important and they should be treasured.

Moaning over.  I can now show a photo of the exchange I received from Marjorie, I was so thrilled with it.  I can't show a photo of the Christmas exchange yet.

Confession Time - I have been into Marks and Spencers and bought my Christmas cake, I know I am a lazy so and so for not making one, but I shall do everything else.  The cake has been iced so I don't even have to do that.

June's club had their Christmas meal out last Tuesday, we had a lovely meal, I couldn't eat all mine so I had a doggy bag.  The only trouble is I don't have a dog so guess who ate it up.  I did take some photos but as the lighting was so poor in the restaurant they are not very good.  I will try to do better at our party next week. We have great fun at the meetings lots of laughter and banter, whilst we are producing some lovely stitch work.
  I bought some wool to crochet a blanket, but I couldn't remember how to do it, so I go onto Youtube to follow a video.  There I am crochet hook poised, wool held in my left hand, computer on and running, but I just couldn't keep up with the instructions, I nearly threw my hook and wool out of the window swiftly followed by the PC.  June has kindly offered to show me (after Christmas) what to do.
Whilst I am in Cardiff I shall be taking photos to show you what I have been up to. 
Thankyou for visiting me, please come again or else I would be talking to myself, keep warm and dry and good luck with all your Christmas preparations.
As they say in all the best places - That's all folks.


  1. That deck looks like a big project, but well worth it. I love your Autumn exchange pillow, the colors are fabulous.

  2. What a lovely exchange Janet. How wonderful to have grown your oak tree from an acorn.♥ Quite the project you have going on with the deck!!

  3. oooo gorgeous exchange ... have a fab time at the christening and staying with your friends ... sorry about the decking ... and hope your trees stay safe :) love mouse xxxxx

  4. Is that who I think it is down on his knees, ha.
    Your decking will look wonderful Jan . hope ours lasts, now you have me worried , I only had chance to sit on our's twice this Summer! Have a lovely time in Wales see you soon, Hugs.

  5. Janet ... You are definitely right about there NOT being plenty of time for everything after retirement! I had the same expectations & can't imagine how I got everything done when John & I were working, when the kids were small, etc. I think it just keeps getting worse! Sorry to hear about your decking : ( I love trees & how great that you grew one from an acorn! Your exchange is lovely. I can imagine the fun you had at the Christmas party ... wish I could've come along with you : ) Have a wonderful time in Cardiff & a very safe trip there & back.

  6. Great exchange! I know you will be happy once that deck is finished! I do hope your tree stays safe!

  7. I'm sure the work on your deck will be worth it when it is finished. I hope your Ash tree stays infection free. Love your exchange, those buttons look way too cute and what a lovely pillow. Looking forward to seeing your Christmas Exchange, I am still mine. I would love to live close enough to join June's club it sounds so much fun.

  8. It's better to be busy, doing nothing makes us go older faster :p heheheh
    Lovely exchange! :)

  9. this is a very lovely exchange you made =)
    the little pillow you received is really gorgeous
    indeed, such a big project in your garden (which is really beautiful by the way =D)
    but when it will be finished it will be very great and when the sun comes back you will enjoy your garden so much
    hope you're having a great time in Cardiff

  10. A beautiful exchange, lovely pillow and goodies.
    Guess what .... i made my Christmas cake at the weekend, and DH and little grandaughter came round for thier traditional wish stir (little ones first time so very special for her at 18 months, and she thought it such fun).
    Enjoy your week away and also the clubs Christmas party, i just saw all June's lovely goodies on her blog for the event... how exciting.
    I do hope your Ash tree will be safe, i too love tress and greenery.