Wednesday, 5 January 2022

2022 Lets be having you


So despite having Covid and being quite poorly I want to say happy new year to everyone and to say aren’t we lucky to live in a country that has made sure we have all been vaccinated and is doing its best to keep us safe and well.


I may look a bit rough around the edges and have had to self isolate, but I’m here to tell the tale and can start to look forward to going out again and having the energy to do more than drag myself around the house. 


So I’m wishing you all the very best for 2022 and I will be back at my desk soon with some crafting, creating and chatting.


Just before I sign off, I did manage to knock this little banner up yesterday.

Remember though we still need to take care out there, we are not out of the woods yet.





Lynn
xx

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Tuesday, 21 December 2021

Christmas what’s on your workdesk wednesday


I’ve no desk to show you because it’s been a full on time with family.


We met up with Philip’s cousin Stephen who lives in Florida
and was over here visiting his family.  It’s over 35 years since we’ve
seen him.  


Then last weekend our beautiful niece Kimberley married her
soulmate Dan at Mitton Hall in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire.


What an amazing day and what an amazing venue. Built at the end
of the 15th century.  The crowning glory of the building is the magnificent
oak panelled Great Hall.




LINK TO MITTON HALL


Our bedroom overlooked the River Ribble


It’s the first time we’ve seen some of the family for two years.
In that time our nephew Tom and his wife Chloi have had their
first baby, Louii Frank Foley.


and it was so lovely to be with our nieces again.


Our great nephews did a fine job on their speech which was
in the form of a cheeky poem.




Kim’s stunning dress was a charity shop buy with all the
money going to a local hospice.


The happy couple are honeymooning in York for now and
when time allows will be jetting off to warmer climes.


I’ll hold my hand up and say I’m not comfortable being with
lots of folk but there was no way we would miss out on such
a special day.

So I’ll wish you all a happy Christmas and let’s hope 2022
is a better year for everyone.  Thank you for your good wishes
and cards you lovely lot.


And remember to
See you on the other side

Love 
Lynn
xxx

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Friday, 3 December 2021

Life opened up in November


Looking back on November I can see life opened up and looked
a lot more sociable than the November of 2020.

There has been in person craft workshops where it was good
to spend time with folk I haven’t seen for a long time.

There was a surprise afternoon tea for Mum’s 89th birthday with
two of her friends and a birthday treat with my special friend Bev as
she celebrated her 66th birthday and joined me in becoming a
pensioner this year.

There’s been lots of great zoom talks and meetings with
textile artists and the lovely No Rules Textile Society group
I’m in and I’ve carried on with my Pilates
practice via zoom classes.


And there’s been cosy days snuggled up with a few good
books from the library when the snow arrived and the
temperature plummeted.




Then boy did we start December off in style.



Along with our special friend Angela we have been saving for
months for a trip on the Northern Belle Pullman train.



We took the normal train from a local station upto Leeds where
we boarded the historic diesel pulled Pullman and took our seats
in the elegant Alnwick carriage.


Each carriage bears the name of a stately home or castle and has
been individually designed and restored by some of the country’s
top craftspeople including marquetry experts, muralists and
mosaic artists.





It was the most fabulous day




Delicious food, the champagne and wine flowed as did the
chat with fellow passengers.

Harold and Vanessa, an 80 year old couple who were sat
across from us regaled us with tales of holidays abroad and
their wedding eight years ago aboard a cruise ship. They have
known each other since childhood and always been friends, finally
becoming a married couple some years after Vanessa’s first
husband passed away.

I wish I had taken a photo of this charming couple as Vanessa
looked wonderful in a lilac lace cocktail dress and matching
faux fur trimmed cloak.


We were entertained by musicians and a magician as the train
took us on a round trip from Leeds via Hull and York.


The wandering welder was in his element as Mr Dapper Chap
in his vintage and charity shopped outfit.  His liberty tie was a
£2 Age UK find and his English wool overcoat £40 from a
vintage shop in Portbello Road, London some years ago.
I think the only thing he had on new was his thermals.


The three of us agreed it was a wonderful memorable day.


None of us wanted get off.


But here we are the motley threesome full of food
and wine at the end of the day.


We’ve already started planning our next adventure.


What a lovely start to the silly season of Christmas and
the month of December.

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Wednesday, 24 November 2021

WOYWW - it’s a busy life being retired


It’s been a busy week in the Holland household.


After the Shibori dyeing workshop I did recently, I started
using the dyed pieces to create festive ornaments, bunting
and cards as part of the No Rules Textile Society latest
prompt - Festivities


Here’s a few bits and pieces on the cork wall in the studio.


Tuesday morning was a 6.00am start.
I took a friend to hospital for her hip replacement operation.
Once back home I ended up sat at the desk stitching after a
my Pilates practice.


I may have revolutionised my days by earlier starts.
The ideas and work flowed well, accompanied by a mug of tea
and Alexa playing music by my current favourite band
Hollow Coves.

Zoom talks have become a new source of inspiration as well and
after a talk by textile artist Susan Briscoe on Sashiko and Boro
stitching I went onto produce this little framed piece.


Those folk who know me for my love of charity shop and
vintage clothing might like this.

Here’s an Instagram chum showing off her St. Michael’s denim
dress that she has had for over 30 years.



Here’s me wearing the same one that I bought from a vintage
trader friend for £5 a few years ago.
Isn’t the shearing gorgeous.


Well folks that’s all from me this week, apart from my Mum
celebrating her 89th birthday yesterday with a surprise afternoon
tea party at the restaurant/bar that I did my courting in with
the wandering welder 


There were no afternoon teas 43 years ago as it was a steak
bar and posh drinking hole.




Have a lovely crafty week ladies
Take care, stay well

See you soon
Lynn
x

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