This time the chart was Happy New Year, something a little different from Gazette 94.
I made a card with mine .....
Burns Night has also been celebrated by Scottish friends. I've seen some fun celebrations on blogs. We are not Scottish but when doing the weekly shop last week DH picked us up a treat so we could sample some Scottish fare on the night...
A bag of Scottish crisps made using Scottish potatoes lol not quite the same, but enjoyable!
The usual SAL's have been worked on this week...
Irish Garden has the final border added
A new start for the LHN and CCN SAL on Wednesday with Barb and the ladies at NH. This time I chose Winters Eve by CCN from the 2006 JCS ornament magazine.
It was a lovely day on Sunday. The RSPB annual garden birdwatch done DH and I decided we would have a ride out to somewhere we have not been before. Breedon Priory often advertises in the local newspaper. The advert states antiques shops, tea room, golf, garden centre and crafts and more.
I met the lovely Tracy who runs the wool shop, it's called Knittiquip. She also has a facebook page and there are classes that run each week for crocheters, knitters, Tunisian crocheters and spinners.
I took a couple of pics of the lovely little shop to show you, just in case you are ever in the area, a lovely place to browse and Tracy is so friendly.
I didn't buy any wool, nothing I needed right now, but I did get 6 perfect buttons to finish off Isabelle's cardigan. I'm still procrastinating the neck and front bands - I don't enjoy the picking up the stitches bit, but hopefully this week will see it finished now I have the buttons - no excuse for not completing it now is there?
I also found this lovely Peter Rabbit mug and plate - hubby thought I'd bought it for Isabelle (granddaughter) but you know how I love a bunny, so I might just keep it myself.
We also had a visit to the church. St Mary and St Hardulph sits high on Breedon hill, the site of an iron age hill fort looking out over the three neighbouring counties.
It's a very interesting church, anglo saxon and originally a monastery founded in 676. It has carved alabaster tombs which are magnificent in memory of the Shirley family. There is important Saxon relief sculpture, some of which may be amongst the earliest to survive in England You can read all about the church here.
A very nice trip out and something we really need to do more this year.
Time to review last weeks book. Tangled Lives by Hilary Boyd. Did you read her first novel Thursdays in the Park - about a grandmother of 60 who finds love in the playground when taking her granddaughter to the park? That was very good and this one is just as good.
Annie Delancey has a wonderful life, a successful cake making business, an accountant husband who adores her and three grown up children. She harbours a secret from the children though, her husband has been aware but they are not. Out of the blue a letter arrives from Social Services to say that her son that she gave up for adoption when she was only 18 - some 35 years ago, would like to get in touch. The story follows what happens when Annie meets Daniel and how she has to find the right words to tell her children of her past. How and why it happened and also time to tell the biological father too, he never knew. Hilary Boyd has the knack of getting to grips with emotions that are felt and you are carried away with this story finding yourself at times when not reading the book thinking about what impact it would have on a close knit family if someone told you a secret like that and how would you react, would it alter your view of your parent and rock the foundations of your family. Its one of those thought provoking books. A good read.
Finally, at the craftshare last week I tried a new to me craft - decoupage. A little birthday gift was made, a glass covered in decoupage paper and silk flowers inserted around the bowl of the glass. We made the cardboard bottom that it all stands on too. A thoroughly enjoyable and fun evening and the end result is something quite different.
Wishing you all a week full of fun and happy times. Stay safe those of you who are overseas and in the throws of the winter storm that's coming your way. For us, there was no snow last week, just a sprinkling that lasted all of a couple of hours and was soon gone.
Blessings to you all