I was out every night last week so not a lot of stitching happened. Monday was something new. I was invited to a knitting group at the café in a local supermarket. It's been running for over 8 years and I never knew it was there. A good evening meeting some new people and I'm looking forward to going again. I was knitting one of my little bunnies, and we chatted about how many are around the world, over 70 at the last count!
I had an email from Gillie over at Random Thoughts from Abroad. After seeing my Nature Alphabet start last post, she made a start on hers and we are now SAL'ing on Tuesdays. **Waving to you Gillie** You can see Gillie's progress on her blog. I added the letter 'E' to mine this time with an couple of hours stitching after my evening tai chi class.
Wednesday... ahhh a quiet evening.... but no.... that didn't turn out as it should. Our individual meeting with the councils head of services that had been arranged for Tuesday at the Book Borrowers had to be cancelled so I went along to a meeting about neighbourhood services in our area Wednesday evening. With the major budget cuts to local councils there will be changes to our community centre and that might involve my Book Borrowers and the volunteers who help and lots of the other services and groups that meet. A long evening with some irate people who feel so very passionate about their own centres and the services that happen there and are not happy at the cuts that have been proposed.
Not a stitch Thursday either..... a craft group meeting at the Community Centre in the evening putting together a project that sadly didn't go as planned in the first place. The working party are doing well and all is moving along nicely with that now. I was crafting, but with a wider group of people on a final piece that will be hung at the Community Centre.
I'd missed parlour evening with Barb and the girls on Wednesday so Friday evening, after an afternoon at the hospital with DH whilst he had his brain scan and then a couple of hours babysitting my granddaughter I spent some time on my Santa Village - Christmas Tree Farm. The top border and the chimneys added this time.
The weekend came around again and it was time to pull out the UFO Irish Garden but I wasn't well on Saturday and then Sunday i spent the day sleeping off a migraine so no update on that this week. Oh dear, what a poor show of stitching for a whole week.
I have been having a crafting fix though, with a magazine instead, the March issue of Style at Home.
I was given an annual subscription to it and when it dropped through the letterbox and I looked there were some crafting things this time....
Last time I said I would share with you the series of books I've been reading recently.
The Poor Relation Series by M C Beaton. They are old books and were written 1993/94 but have been re-released. They are set in the regency period about a group of people who themselves are 'the poor relations'.
What do you do if you are of noble stock - but impoverished, and living in London with a certain style to maintain? One has to work... but One's relatives will be appalled when One turns One's hand to trade - and opens a hotel, The Poor Relation, offering employment to others of the same social standing and in the same awkward situation. This is precisely what Mrs Fortescue decides upon and, together with friend Colonel Sandhurst, transforms her decrepit Bond Street home into a posh hotel, offering guests the pleasure of being waited upon by the nobility.
Easy reading but funny, the folks involved do get up to some strange and quirky antics. If you are a fan of Agatha Raisin you'll love this collection from M C Beaton, I did. But you do need to read them in order beginning with Lady Fortesque Steps Out.
What are you reading at the moment? The BB choice for February is The Thread by Victoria Hislop, that's the book I've just started. I loved The Island and am hoping this one will be just as good.
I've seen some lovely pictures on blogs from people's windows looking out at snow and beautiful sights in their gardens. Not a pretty sight outside my window with the arrival of these yesterday......
and some signs that say 'Road Closed' oh dear, it's going to be a noisy week around here with workmen replacing the speed humps that have not stood the test of time. Perhaps i'll be able to have a quiet week and get lots of crafting done if I can't get my car off the driveway ..... a girl can hope!
Enjoy your week, whatever way you plan to spend it.