Gone but not forgotten……

We couldn’t allow the things to leave without celebrating their visit!

As you can see, they were really excited to visit an Indian Restaurant!

Becoming even more excited when they realised that the Poppadums were all for them!

It didn’t take them long to finish them off.

But soon perked up again when they saw what followed…….

Then it was time to prepare them for their journey :(

A gentle roll in some special tissue paper, must keep them safe.

Next, a gentle wrap with special string.  We can’t have them escaping en route

Finally, they were popped into a padded cell  envelope

They are now in the care of the Post Office and on their way to pastures new.  I’m looking forward to following their adventures in another part of Europe next.

Chapter Four – The End is Nigh

If you have been following this blog you will have read this post from last week.  I knew that the time for The Things to move on was fast approaching, so I had a treat in store for them!  This time they were OFFICIALLY going on a trip (official in the sense that I knew they were going……)

You can understand that I couldn’t trust them to be loose in the car, they might have escaped!  So, you can imagine how pleased they were to be let out of the bag

They were very anxious to look at the hotel room and see their surroundings

They even posed for a shot

They preferred the view outside, though

even though they weren’t really tall enough to enjoy it properly

Taking charge of the TV control was no effort, though, and before long they were channel flicking.  It’s ironic that they chose to watch this one for the longest…..  read on!

Yes, the day had arrived for my next visit to the TV studios.  Now the fact that it is a shopping channel may not really qualify for the title of TV as far as some of you are concerned, but I have to say that the boys and girls in charge of the programmes are lovely, and I hoped that they would welcome the Things with open arms.  Sure enough, they were allowed on set, but not just on set – they were allowed to make their debut!

Just being part of the scenery was not good enough for them, of course, slowly they worked their way onto the table….  If you look closely you can just see them

I think they hoped for a closeup!

And lo and behold!  Ellis obliged!  Look at those faces – they were in heaven!

Who knows what tomorrow may bring.  Today is a very special birthday for someone, and it’s just possible that they may make their way to a birthday party tomorrow night.  I have warned them, though….


Chapter Three – Trying to be Helpful!

It hasn’t all been bad!  I thought I’d just show you some of the ways The Things have tried to be helpful.

No, they aren’t playing Hide and Seek!  This was their endeavour to be invisible while we did the stocktaking at the beginning of the month

This was all we could see!  Then I heard them….. ‘One…..Two……’  They can’t count any higher than that!

They tried to help with the packaging of parcels, but mostly just got lost in the bubblewrap.

Tea and coffee making became a little difficult when they fell in love with our new kettle.  ‘Mommy’ was all that they would say!

It was a while before I could convince them that getting into the bread machine didn’t help with the finished product!

Fresh Basil is lovely in Italian cooking.  I’ll miss their help with plucking the leaves when they go.

Vegetable Soup has become their favourite!  Take notice that they now need their fill at least once a day.


Below are the links to the three previous ‘Thing’ posts for today.

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Four

Chapter Two – Almost a Step Too Far

Yes, another post from me today.  Here is the first one, it will explain why there are more than one!

I had hoped that The Things would have a wonderful time visiting attractions like Buckingham Palace and Hampton Court.  However, it’s been a busy time, and sometimes it’s been necessary to leave them at home.  We recently visited a large group of ladies in the West Country, for instance, and I made sure that they were comfortable tucked up in a secure place before we left.

We duly arrived, and set up

The tables were suitable arranged in readiness for the gathering,

and it wasn’t long before they were all filled.

Shopping, lunch and an interesting speaker were the order of the day.

However, an eagle-eyed delegate noticed a movement in the floral display

They were determined not to miss a thing!

They jostled for the best vantage point

One was happy, but the other decided to move again

Of course, they couldn’t stay still for long

And they even tried to escape by hiding in someone’s bag

However, I knew the time to leave had come when they went missing for some time.  Finally I found them, but they really should have known better!

Not only did they have insane grins on their faces, they also had crossed eyes………………!

Chapter Three.

Chapter One – A Cautionary Tale

There will be several posts today.  It is catch up time, and I’ll link each one back to this first one.  You may have thought that THE THINGS had already left, but far from it – they have continued to cause madness and mayhem as we travelled from place to place.  The time will soon come for them to move on, so this cautionary tale (and the ones that follow) are indications of what to expect for the next host or hostess.  I had hoped that a visit to our cultural and historical country would have given them a chance to mature, however, this first post will probably convince you that that is just NOT going to happen…..

So, it is a while since we travelled to South Wales.  It was a teaching trip at Busy Bees in Newport, and the last place I would have wanted them to come as I knew there would be too many opportunities for The Things to get lost.  Sadly, they have obviously learnt a thing or two on their travels, and I had not sooner removed my coat that to find…..

….. Two little Things trying to get out of my pocket!

What a shock for 14 lovely ladies!  It was meant to be a workshop on the embellisher, but as you will see, once they saw the colour there was no keeping the Things under control, and most of the time was spent chasing them around the room.

What a squeal went up when they saw these colours, they thought it matched their hair, and wanted a coat.  I can see they need some colour lessons!

Frankly, I think this went well with their hair, but they were more interested in hiding underneath it.  Thing One disappeared really quickly

It wasn’t long before they found this one.  Thing Two thought it made them invisible.  Thank goodness for turquoise hair!

At coffee time they found this flower!  They wanted it for a buttonhole……..       We had to drag them away.

They were only left alone for a minute.  Off they went again – this time find some pretty fibres.  It took us ages to untangle them,

and, undaunted, they just went off to find some more mischief.

We had hoped that they would take an afternoon nap, but no such luck.  They were desperate for a ‘go’, however I feel that they are too young to play with needles

So, another tangling seemed to be the order of the day!

They soon found more

More squeals announced that they had found another ‘buttonhole’

Then, just for a moment, they went quiet, and we thought they had gone to sleep!

We were wrong!  Off they went to play roly poly on another partly made cushion

but this was once again changed for some more quick tangling.

Finally, though, something took their eye, and all was peace until they saw something really unexpected out of the corner of the eyes


At last, we had some peace and quiet was negotiated!

Chapter Two is here

Another Day of Travelling

Yes, I’m pounding the motorways again today.  M3, M25 and M1.  Travelling north towards the snow….  Hopefully we won’t meet, but you never know.  I’m off to Create and Craft TV again, so if you are free tomorrow these are the details.

Wednesday 4th April 2012 at 10am and 4pm UK time

I hope you will join me, but don’t forget that all programmes are transmitted LIVE, and will change to another if all stock is sold.  Find it on the internet here, where you watch it live.  To watch it on TV tune into one of the following channels.

Sky 671 | Freeview 36 | Freesat 813

If you are wondering what I mean by ‘again’, take a look at the photograph and follow the link for a few more details.

I’m hoping that the Things will appear on C&C!  Watch this space if you can’t watch TV……

Vanity, thy name is…….

….  I’ll let you decide!

For reasons that I’ll explain later today included a visit to the hairdresser!  As always it was a time of pampering and relaxation.  Soothing music, expert attention…… you get the idea. I couldn’t wait.  It doesn’t happen every week, so I intended to make the most of it.

However, life doesn’t always give you what you expect………!


The problem was that I had to spend a lot of time sitting in the chair.

Leaping around to keep them under control was difficult

so, as you can see, they had the time of their lives!

They even tried to phone home!

So many bottles, so much temptation for inquisitive creatures.

So many implements, too, as you can see Thing 1 couldn’t wait to dive in.

In spite of everything Claire managed to remain her calm and cheerful self.

And why was all this titivation so essential?

TV tomorrow (Wednesday)!!  10 pm and Midnight on Ideal World

More information here

No Time for Customers!

Yesterday I told you how ‘helpful’ the Things were when we went to one of our selling venues.  Today we visited another, somewhere we go regularly, and I had expected them to take part in a similar fashion.  How wrong could I be?  Firstly, the weather was much too good to stay inside for long.  Unlike the rain of our day in the Chilterns yesterday, Wiltshire was balmy and sunny.  So while we got down to the business in hand our little blue haired friends were adamant that they wanted to investigate.

Of course, it was my fault!  I began by showing them where we made the tea and coffee

They loved the colour of the teabags, and then they spotted the clock

It is very old, and they were truly excited, as you can see.

Before I could blink, they were off.

They nipped into the Craft Shop, studying the pictures

and some of the handmade jewellery that was on display.

However, they were desperate to go outside, and before long they had left us to deal with customers and went off on  a mini adventure.  They were surprised to see the Green Man

and wanted to take him home with them, but I don’t think he’ll fit into an envelope.

This isn’t an instrument of torture (which is what they thought), it’s just something to use on the cricket pitch!

This definitely won’t fit into an envelope, I had to be really firm with them when they asked.

However, they loved the view of the back of the house

almost as much as the view of the front.

All in all it was a good day, and the best bit was that they even managed to keep quiet while we viewed a secret visitor from afar

So, that was our day at Urchfont Manor.

Customers, be warned

This is a little late for those at Missenden Abbey, but I had decided that this was the weekend to introduce The Things to our customers.

Some of you know about our mobile shop

Today we set up in the Reception Area at Missenden Abbey.  Although mostly rebuilt in the 1980s following a fire, it is an area steeped in history, and the wall at the end is one of the originals.

We were no sooner set up than our little friends were demanding a tour.

Sadly it was a dismal day, so the lighting in some areas was abysmal.  The original stained glass are always an attraction, though

Things were very impressed!

They liked the newer windows in the bar, too,

Sadly I think the fact that they were in the bar went to their heads, this photograph is decidedly ‘off’, in spite of the fact that they were apparently stone cold sober…..

They really wanted to go outside

But frankly, it was almost too wet even for ducks.

Now I have to be honest, I’m not sure if they were more interested in the games or the biscuits.  I think it could have been the latter because…..

from there they went straight to the coffee cups.

Finally the tour was over, and all they had to do was make sure the change was ready for the customers.

I tried to encourage them to help by packing the customers bags, but they were more interested in hiding IN the customers bags……

The highspot of the day?

Why, burying themselves in a large bowl of candy that was sitting at reception.  (They’ve asked if we can go back tomorrow to find some more, but tomorrow is another day and something else is planned…..)