Hello 2014



We spent last evening with friends old and new. One has been a faithful friend for over 30 years and another we met for the first time. However, we were all united in a common cause, to celebrate our friendship and share the highs and lows of the last year.

It has become a tradition for 10 of us to get together on New Year’s eve for this purpose. We are an eclectic bunch, one has lived in the same house for over 60 years having been born just around the corner, others have, and some still do, travelled the world for both work and pleasure. Others join us too, and last night was no exception. Around the table were people from England, Wales, Scotland, Russia, and India. The hostess is Russian, and we were treated to a veritable feast of food – good healthy food.

Thanks to the internet we were joined, via Skype, with friends from Switzerland. We watched the celebrations in their small town as midnight struck just outside Geneva. We saw a dark, black sky filled with splashes of bright lights and heard the sounds of cheering as locals welcomed the New Year. An hour later we too watched the clock turn from 2013 to 2014.


Our celebrations were not quite so noisy, but just as happy and heartfelt.

2013 was not a good year for me, for various reasons. I’m looking forward – with a new vision for  2014 – full of anticipation for things that are already planned. I also have new creative projects lined up that I must complete. I’ll mention them from time to time here, but I’ve also need to document them more fully, and I have talked about that here.

Thank you for joining me during 2013. I’ve enjoyed your company even though circumstances have often meant that I haven’t been able to reciprocate. I’m intending to do better this year.

A Happy New Year to you ALL


Weekly Photo Challenge – Nostalgic

There is one plant that always reminds me of my grandparents garden.

June 2013 014a


I spent so many happy hours with them.

Full details of the challenge can be found here. Just Snaps is here

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The last few

Well, the month is up! Here are the last few cards that I made to raise money for the Alzeimers Society.

I’m delighted to have raised £175.00  I’ll leave them up for a while as Just Giving leave the page open for a few more months. Thanks so much everyone. I really appreciate the encouragement you have all given me. If you want to look at the cards you can find them all linked from here.

Mum’s birthday was on June 26th. I spent some time with her, she is so precious. I love her to bits. It was good to reflect on the good and bad times that we have been through together. There have been far more good times than bad – and nothing can take those away.


Capture the Moment, June #14

So far I’ve kept up with the challenge  of one a day. Here’s today’s

June 14

All sponsorship very gratefully received

You can also donate via text message. Send a text to 70070 quoting reference MHJG47 and the amount you wish to sponsor – any amount from £1.00. Please choose a card for £5.00 or more.

Capture the Moment – June #4

The sky is blue, the sun is shining. The temperature is perfect (and I don’t say that very often ;) ). Today I shared the walk around the garden with some other visitors.

…. and that was in just one small corner of the garden.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Unique

I took this photograph this morning. Not only is the puddle unique – there isn’t another one exactly the same – that ripple is caused by a single unique drop of rain!


Isn’t nature wonderful! Find out more about the challenge here. Lots more to see linked from there too, and you’ll find a few related posts from others below.

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Today’s 100

Did you take the walk with me last week? You wil remember that I said I had more! The place is the same, but futher down the canal. Just a few steps, but more inspiration. Some of the pictures fit perfectly into the current Weekly Photo Challenge too, but I wanted to keep them for this post.


So, you will have gathered that I’m looking for stitching patterns, colour combinations and design elements. I won’t go through them in quite the same way as before, so refer to that post if you don’t understand what I mean, but maybe you can already see some machine embroidery being inspired by the water in the above picture






It was impossible to take this shot without the sun interfering. However, it introduces another element that might not have otherwise been considered. A sheer fabric can change an underlying element in just this way. A new inspiration?



And this marks the point of the end of this 100. The blue boat that featured last week is just out of sight. However, by just standing still there is much to see.


This pair of swans is resident in these waters. They hatch their young on the far bank each year, they are very curious, and always come to say ‘Hi’.


Don’t let them distract, though, look at the refelections too!



More sheers for the magical effect on the far bank?


The picture above and the one below were taken by just spinning round 180 deg (actually, I don’t do spinning, it was a little slower than that).


We are so blessed to live with such a beautiful resource on our doorstep.

Incidently, we took a walk to the bridge yesterday. Evidence of work shown last week is still there, it is being cleared this week, but the barrier has been removed and everything is getting back to ‘normal’

Thanks for coming on the 100 with me. I hope you will join in. Chris and Barbara did last week, and show that you don’t have to go far to ‘indulge’. Full details are here.


You remember that it was in the post?

It was a food package to a(n almost) starving student!

Arrival was a little delayed due to the Royal Mail, but all was delivered safely today.


Just for fun

I sent this too

Mounted and ready for hanging on a student wall! Bright, cheerful, and a chicken.

A chicken?!

Well, why not? :lol: