Wednesday, 19 January 2022

What’s on your Workdesk Wednesday

Good morning everyone, I’m still here, albeit still not firing on all cylinders
and suffering with what looks like long covid.

Even though I’m on the mend, I’m learning that the fatigue can hit at any time
along with bouts of joint pains.  So I just take each day as it comes.  I’m not used to having
to put the brakes on but heyho it’ll pass.

On Friday I had a walk around the local reservoir, we live in a beautiful part of Lancashire
and are lucky enough to have lots of moorland and Healey Dell nature reserve within
minutes of home.

Something we have always been short of in the area is somewhere to meet up with folk for a
coffee or a bit of lunch.

Well not now as two fabulous local lads have opened a trendy coffee shop
which we tried out after our walk.  

We loved it, so much so that I’ve been again with my friend for lunch.
I think they will be a great success as you’re sure of a friendly welcome, great food
and a relaxed environment.  Good on em I say for having the confidence to invest in
the local area.  

Back home and I have managed a bit of craft work at my desk.
This week I’m joining in a series of short daily textile workshops with

Well when I say I'm joining in that’s the theory.  I had to go and lie down after the first
workshop but at least I put in an appearance.

Day one was mark making on fabric with acrylic paints and using things like twigs, credit cards, brushes,
sticks, in fact anything that you could make marks with.

Day two was Deconstruct to Reconstruct

Cutting up the painted fabrics to make new pieces.
Stick with me to see where it goes next.

Until then enjoy your week and stay well.

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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.


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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.


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


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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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