Friday, 28 February 2014

59/365 Post again

Well, I'm delighted to say that it's the last day of February, and I managed to complete my challenge to send out 28 items of hand-written post, this is the last bundle, which went out a couple of days ago,


together with a couple of postcards received through Postcrossing, one is from Belarus and the other from the Netherlands. Yesterday I received two lovely letters from two lovely friends, I now have 5 letters which I shall be replying to, so will be starting the new month in the same fashion.

Also today I shall be posting off a package to New Zealand as part of my "Share Your Country Swap" organised by Kimberley, and I know my swap partner has already posted hers to me so I look forward to receiving that soon, and will blog about it when it arrives.

Tomorrow is the first day of spring, another very good reason to be happy.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Kitchen stools

About 18 months ago when we built a breakfast bar in our kitchen, we bought ourselves a couple of stools to sit on. Gas lift, with bright red melamine moulded seats, really comfortable . . .


. . . but sadly not very robust. Recently one of the seats cracked (thankfully it was GM who sat on it, not me, so no remarks about excess weight), and the other one is showing signs of imminent cracking, so we decided to buy a couple more stools. These were cheap and cheerful from Argos, and to be honest they are a bit too high and not too comfortable.


I suggested to GM that he could perhaps shorten the legs a little bit to make them less high, but he had a better idea, this is what he came up with.


I do love being married to an engineer.

58/365 A new shopping trolley

My 365 this year is loosely titled "things that make me happy and that I am grateful for", and this little beauty makes me ridiculously happy. As you will have seen from my post a couple of days ago, if I walk home from the supermarket through the park I have quite a steep hill to climb, and as my old trolley was wearing out, especially the wheel bearings (making the wheels wobble about in all directions), it was becoming increasingly difficult to haul up the hill. So I have treated myself to a new one. A light, bright new one. A non-granny type one. I love it, and it makes me smile, I cant wait to go shopping with it.


Wednesday, 26 February 2014

57/365 Early this morning . . .

. . . GM came in to my studio and said I should look out of my window, so I pulled the curtain back and saw . . .


. . . Venus (our home planet, for those of us who've read the book) and the moon.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

56/365 The Park

I may possibly have mentioned that I really, really love living in Warminster, and the location of our house in said town is practically perfect in every way. We are a short walk from the Market Square (the main shopping area of town), the library, the doctors' surgery, the railway station and all the other services that a rural town provides, and we are almost at the top of a hill, so in no danger of flooding. But the best part is that we are only a couple of hundred yards from the park, through which we can walk to our nearest supermarket.


See the path that climbs the hill? If you follow the road between the gap in the houses at the top, our house is just a short walk away. And now that spring is virtually upon us the daffodils will soon be in full bloom and then the trees will start to leaf, and the park will look wonderful. I am so fortunate, and very grateful to be so.

Monday, 24 February 2014

55/365 silver birch

Now that the weather has calmed down and the winds have abated, I'm able to visit the park once again. I really love the bark on this silver birch tree.


Sunday, 23 February 2014

54/365

When I first saw this rainbow through the kitchen window it was quite stunning, very wide, very bright and extending to the full arc. By the time I had dashed upstairs to studio to grab my camera it was fading fast. However, I was very grateful to have seen it at all, it made me happy.


Saturday, 22 February 2014

52 and 53/365

Things that have made me happy this week.

52. Miniature daffodils in a pot by the front door.


53. Pelargonium buds in the conservatory.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

47-51/365

47/365 We took my 89 year-old mum out to lunch and then she walked all the way back home on GM's arm.


48/365 I spent the day with FO, CH and GD2, who is gorgeous


49/365 I spent the day with DO, JP and GD1, who is also gorgeous


50/365 GD1 laying down the law to her two half brothers GS1 & 2, and Indi the dog.


51/365 Moby the dog who is fascinated by GS2's new baby tortoises.


Saturday, 15 February 2014

46/365 more post

Another four items went in the post yesterday, 2 brochures with hand-written letters in them, one to London, the other to Norfolk, and two postcards (of Southampton which I just happened to have on my desk), one on its way to Taiwan and the other to Germany (18 items sent so far this month).


Also received two items in the post, a letter from Australia (a post-circle friend), and one from a friend in another part of Wiltshire.

I'm going away tomorrow for a few days - to see the lovely boys and girls in Surrey - so will see you, with lots of photos, when I get back.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Spread the love blog swap

Back in late December of last year I signed up for Tracy's Send a little love blog swap, and I was partnered with the lovely Linda at Vintage Hearth.

Yesterday the postman delivered me a very soggy, wet box


but thankfully, the contents were still dry.


I had great fun opening up the various little gifts


The lovely red heart-shaped tin contained choc heart-shaped truffles



(oh dear, look, one of them is gone already - naughty postman!)
Actually, I cannot tell a lie, it was me, and they are now all gone, they were yummy, as was the cookie


The other gifts included were some bath smellies (which sadly got slightly damaged in transit, but made the package smell wonderful),


a scented candle


a gorgeous red bracelet


a dear little notebook with really attractive stitchwork on the front


and a mug with a sachet of coffee and a biscuit,


whoops, where's the biscuit gone? That pesky postman again?

Thank you so much Linda, for being a great swap partner. Linda posed me a problem with my gifts to her, as one of the items was "something deliciously edible", which of course for most of us - me included - would probably mean something sweet, but as Linda is diabetic that wasn't an option. So I asked her if she liked cheese, and as she said she did, that was what I bought for her instead, along with these other things


A big Thank You to Tracy for once again organising a lovely swap to make us happy during these last few cold, grey, damp weeks of winter.

44/365

Another crocus shot


Wednesday, 12 February 2014

43/365 more post

A short break from reflections, and back to post. Four items yesterday, although I think cheques to the bank don't really count, so there were two letters to Post Circle friends and a brochure with a letter off to Surrey. So far this month I have sent 14 items of handwritten personal post and today is the twelfth so I'm well on track for one for everyday. If you would like to receive a hand-written letter from me please PM me your address.


Also yesterday I received a letter from my penfriend in Virginia, U.S.A.


which gives me another letter to write before the end of the month.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

42/365 another reflection

The window in my back door, sooc.


Monday, 10 February 2014

41/365 another reflection

On the decking outside the kitchen


Sunday, 9 February 2014

40/365 reflections

Yesterday while blog-browsing I came across a blog where all the photos are of reflections, and I have to say I really loved the unusual effects, so much so that I decided to have a go myself.

Here is my first offering (sooc).


Saturday, 8 February 2014

39/365

A crocus in my garden


Friday, 7 February 2014

38/365

You may have gathered by now that I'm a bit of a stationery-oholic, I love paper, cards, anything at all to do with stationery, including letter writing and receiving. Last Autumn I joined Post-Circle (I won't put a link as its closed now due to massive over-subscription), and was placed in a group with five other ladies, four in UK and one in Australia. We got off to a brisk start with our letter swapping, and then Christmas got in the way, and now we are slowly starting to pick up again. So far this month I've had two letters (I showed one of them briefly here), the second one arrived yesterday, and I just love this colourful notepaper.


I've also sent off more post, here's yesterday's, two brochures, each with notes in, and a postcard to Belarus,


and here is today's waiting to go to the post office, a brochure with a book and a note, a letter to a friend with a quiz sheet enclosed, and a postcard on its way to Ukraine.


Thats 15 items of post sent so far this month, and its only the 7th, so I think I'll have the weekend off, and show you pictures of something else instead. As the sun is shining today I might pop outside and see if the crocuses are opening yet.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

37/365

Another day indoors due to the fowl weather (yes, it's raining cocks and ducks again), so just enjoying some (more) me-time at my PC on FB and blogger. I joined FB in 2008 and have been blogging since 2010, and over that period of time I have met some really lovely crafty people. As I'm a bit of a stationery freak, a couple of my favourite "virtual" friends are Becky and Gabriella, who both design and produce greetings cards and other lovely stationery items.


Becky, who is responsible for the lovely range of decorative tape, is "dots and spots" and you can see her range on her website here.

Gabriella designed the wrapping paper, these are individual A4 sized sheets from her Christmas range, and are just right for small gifts. She is "Moobaacluck" and you can view and buy her lovely range here.

It makes me very happy that I can find and befriend so many lovely people from the comfort of my chair.


Wednesday, 5 February 2014

36/365, and more post

10% through the year already? Goodness me, how time flies.

I love, love, love home-made soup, and potato and leek is my very favourite


This was the pile that I posted out yesterday,


there's a postcard on its way to China, a birthday card for GS2, a welcome to your new home card for a friend, a letter for a virtual friend, and two card orders, one with a note and one with a letter, plus on the far left you can see a letter I received from one of my post circle friends.

I think that makes 9 items of post so far and its only day 4, so I'm well ahead of the game, plus I have another pile ready to go out today, which I'll show tomorrow.

Views from my windows, and Five on the Fifth

I forgot about taking the views from my windows at the beginning of the month, so have taken them today instead. As the conditions are so, so bad (and thats not a typo!) I have taken all photos through glass, except for the back door one, when I braved the elements for a few seconds. As it's also the fifth of the month and conditions are far too dire to venture out, I decided to take a photo in each of the rooms that I took a window view of, so here we have the window views, each one followed by something from that room, so my five on the fifth becomes 6, with apologies to Sandie for slightly breaking the rules.

View through the back door, with snowdrops and crocuses just starting to show


and look at those funny plant support thingies, which we'd quite like to remove, but they are so intertwined with jasmine it will be quite difficult.


View through the kitchen window, with a very soggy bird feeder hanging from the pergola


and an ashtray on the kitchen windowsill, with pegs and paperclips (see if you can guess why they are there).


The view through the lounge window onto a very soggy and unkempt front garden, but also a few daffodils starting to poke their heads above ground.


And in the lounge, on the mantel shelf, our Valentines day cards, we celebrate Valentines Day on 3rd Feb instead of 14th, as that's the day I moved in with the Green Man twenty seven years ago.


The view through the bedroom window onto the spare parking area where we keep our bins and recycle boxes, and currently one of the kitchen bar stools which broke and is waiting to be transported to the tip.


A selection of bottles and potions in the en-suite shower room.


The view through my studio window over the wet rooves of the eastern side of Warminster


and a couple of little plastic containers on my windowsill, one with a conker and another with a stone, just because.


Finally a view of the rather unkempt and soggy garden, taken through the conservatory window


and a trug full of broken egg shells (guesses again?).


So, there you have it, from a wild, windy, wet Wiltshire on Wednesday, my monthly window views combined with 5 6 on the fifth. Linking with Sandie at Itchifingers