One of my projects!

At Christmas I got given a Dolls House kit to turn into a station based on the Welsh Highland Railway to go with hubby’s model railway. Today I made a start on putting it together. Sometimes I wish I was an octopus! I could have done with the extra hand!

Anyway here is the progress so far!

The garden:

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The station:

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Jammin’

Although it’s a bit late in the season I am making Strawberry and Goosegog jam – except it’s more Goosegog as in my part of the world there has been a rush on Strawberries. According to the shop assistant “it’s a bank holiday you know!”

Yes I do hence why I have time to make the jam!

Every time I make this jam I end up remembering my Grandma. I’ve probably blogged about this before but I’ll type it anyway!

The recipe is in my grandma’s copy of Mrs Beeton. When she died I inheriated it. She always had a pot of this jam in the house and when I got into jam making I wanted to make it. Of course where was the recipe? She sadly wasn’t around to ask but one day whilst flipping through the book I came across it. I cannot tell you how happy it made me feel!

The inscription always make me smile. My Grandma was a fabulous cook and this book was given to her one Christmas by my Grandad. It says simply “Joan Xmas 1973 Frank” nothing more. No love, no kisses. There is love though – love spread through food, love through the time and making of it, a way of showing love to others. A way of me today to say to her up in heaven I still love you and think of you often. I’m sure if she was still here she would pass on some tips.

Maybe one day when I’ve developed a few of my own I’ll pass them onto you dear reader.

However time is short and the jam needs my attention so I’d better get back to it! 😀

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Busy!!

Okay. So I’ve not blogged for a bit.  It was my full intention to blog about recent events in my life but life has been full of some wonderful things that I’ve not had time to put finger to keyboard – I guess the modern equivalent to pen to paper.

I was going to blog about some thoughts about taking a personal Sabbath – having a full day off – the day did materialise but the time to write my thoughts didn’t.  I was going to type about the Roxette concert which was FAB!!  Yep you guessed it not enough time.

My time though I feel has been well spent.  Although I feel I never have enough it is the one thing I can give away freely to good use – like helping out a friend deliver some leaflets to promote her business (I got an excuse to do some exercise) and helping stitch together the panels that finally made the K2TOG and BMAG pillars!

We had the team photo yesterday.

This meant I had to get up bright and early to make my way into Birmingham.  There were lots going on in the centre.  A fair to celebrate 50 years of Jamaican independence, a craft and vintage fair that my friend Ana was at (managed to pick up a Christmas present – yes I’m already thinking about it!), beautiful flower displays for Britain in Bloom – reflecting Birmingham’s heritage and the Olympics (as Brum is looking after both the USA and Jamaican teams); and last but not least my two big loves combined!!!  Wool and Narrowboats = The Wool Boat.

My idea of heaven!

Since I’m trying to be good with the old pennies and I like to help try and support small independent businesses I went armed with a pattern in mind (or should that be in hand?).  I did have a little birthday money from hubby’s family (Yes I’ve had a birthday and yep I was going to blog about that an’alll – blog has also had birthday – it’s one year since I’ve started blogging!) I had also checked out the website to see what they had on board.  So with this info I went.

It was love at first sight as it is with me and all narrowboats – hey I’m proud to be a gongoozler!  Carole and Colin are very welcoming friendly people (even if they would not let me stow away with them!)  There is a lot of knitting treats compacted in a small space!  They are here in Brum for one more day and then they travel onto Wolverhampton.  I hope that they do come back one day.  To find out if they are near you then see their website – www.thewoolboat.co.uk

BTW I brought some yarn to make a waistcoat for me – so if anyone asks what I brought with my birthday money  I’ve brought a waistcoat – it’s just that I’ve not made it yet!