Wednesday 3 April 2024

March blogging

Hello and thanks for popping by.  I’ve had a few problems with disappearing blog photos so I’m hoping that this lot stay put.

Above is a screenshot of my Instagram account and a look around my studio, housed in the centre of our 1950’s country cottage.

Im weaning myself into blog writing as I’ve a bigger project coming up and need the practice.

Spring is on its way, the first signs in our garden are the snowdrops and the camellia which is a beautiful bush but the heaviness of the flowers mean it doesn’t last long as they drop off.

This pic made me chuckle.  It’s my 20 year old VW Beetle Frida getting a good wash.  How I love my car, I’ve had it since new and will never part with it.

I’ve done a bit of crafting in the form of an Easter wreath using dried flowers.  There’s been some fiffing and faffing about curating the studio wall.

And we had a meet up with some of the members of The No Rules Textile Society members.  We met up at Jayne Emerson’s home and studio in the beautiful village of Dumbleton, Gloucester.

And of course the wandering welder came along as well.
He loves a good rummage through the fabric stash.

We’ve visited the magnificent newly renovated Rochdale Town Hall.  You may recognise it from the tv series Peaky Blinders.  It is well worth a visit if you are in North West England.  There’s a great pub over the road for lunch as well (The Flying Horse).

As April brings us longer daylight hours it’s good to get outside.  Hope to see toy again soon. 
Lynn x

Tuesday 26 March 2024

I’m still here - What’s on your Workdesk


Happy new year one and all.  I’m still here, albeit in the background of blogland.  How do you like my Wonka coat. Did you see the film.  I liked it so much I’m going again next week with friends.

I’ve not been out the house for three days, we are snowed in. On top of that the front door handle has snapped off on the outside so the wandering welder is having to do his stuff and repair it.  We’ve not been short of company though as we’ve had mice since before Christmas.  The joy of living in the countryside I suppose.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading recently.  If you’ve watched the Netflix series Fool Me Once with Joanne Lumley and Michelle Keegan, read the book it’s gripping.

Here’s another great read and a new author to me.  I watch Sara Cox’s, Between The Covers programme on bbc2, Watching the programme has led to me discovering authors I wouldn’t have given a second glance.

There’s been many a late night and early morning spent with a good book already this year.

Craft wise there’s been nothing going on apart from a Christmas wreath I made for my sisters’ new door

I’ve done a bit of fiffing and faffing in my studio, rearranging stuff on the walls

Hopefully writing this post will get me back into the swing of things. 

I mustn’t sign off without telling you what the wandering welder is upto, beside mending things and chasing mice.  He’s now co-presenting a country music radio programme on a local radio station. I have my very own Vernon Kay haha.

  See you soon.
Lynn xx

Wednesday 30 August 2023

Woyww - Eeh! August you’ve been a busy month

My August has been a busy month. Tomorrow I’ll finish my ‘Walk 31Miles In August’ charity walk for Maggies Cancer Centres. Then I am walking for Dementia UK throughout September.  I’ve got new walking boots at the ready for that one.

We’ve had two lovely breaks with different friends in the Lake District, one at our little caravan and one stay at the beautiful family run Clare House Hotel in Grange Over Sands.  If I could live there I would, it’s so welcoming, relaxing and the food is some of the best I’ve ever eaten.

Lunch with best friend Sue 

It’s years since we visited the house and gardens at Holker Hall so we scheduled that into our plans during our Cumbrian break.  It’s a grande place that is still a family home to the Cavendish’s.  One of the guides told us that the family must have been playing billiards the night before as they found an empty wine glass. Everything in that room was large scale including the 16th century games table.  

The thing I loved best was all the textiles and patterns. In one room I counted ten different patterns of varying colours and designs.  No minimalism or matching up in there and it all worked together.

In the library there were over 3000 books including this one 

Some shots of the gardens

Weird garden gnomes haha


We’ve also had another trip aboard the steam train at the East Lancs Railway in Bury, Lancashire.
This time we did the fine dining evening. Good company, a four course meal and good wine for the drinkers amongst us.

But the best thing about August is that my sister has at least moved five minutes
up the road to us from Oxford, after 15years away. The bad news is her furniture is still
in storage and will be until the house has been rewired, replastered and a new staircase fitted.

We can get through all that though because at the end of the day
at least she is home.

So crack on Philip there’s tons of work for you to do.

Hope August has been kind to you all.
Who knows I may even get to my desk at some point in September.

Wednesday 9 August 2023

WOYWW …… an accordion, a packet of crisp and a mile a day

No craft desk again this week because I’ve been
concentrating on the start of my Walk 31 Miles in August
for Maggies Cancer Centres.

I’m having great fun and it’s so nice to get
out in nature every day.

Here’s a few collage of my first week.

Sunday I was taken out for the day by
my best friend Sue for my birthday

Then I did a quick dash home to change into my Maggies
charity T-shirt and off I went again.

Walking around our local reservoir and waterski centre
is 1.5 miles and is a beautiful walk.

How many folk can see say they bumped into an accordion
playing ex football player while out on their walk.  Not
many I’d bet haha.

On Monday I found a packet of Quavers and five minutes later
found a tinfoil wrap of sandwiches.  Eh up I thought, I only need
a drink and a biscuit and I’ll have my lunch.

Someone’s rucksack must have been open and they had fallen
out.  Poor thing, imagine sitting down ready for your picnic after
a long walk, only to find you’d lost it all.

Well here’s me ready for another outing.  I’ll be joined
by my friend Jane today, wonder what we will encounter
this time.

Saying hello to all Julia’s desk hoppers and hoping you
have a good week.