Saturday, December 30, 2006

A Photo a Day and The Pip Challenge 2007

Photo a Day!

On my friend Lotties site, a suggestion was made about taking a photo a day during 2007. Apparently there are lots of blogs that do this and it helps on the days when you have nothing to write about!! I never seem to have a problem about finding something to write about but I thought I might do this anyway. So if you fancy joining in then let me know and I will add a link to your blog here!!

The Pip Challenge

My Nana was always growing all sorts of pips so I thought why not have a go!!!

The Challenge: to produce a beautiful plant from unwanted material!

Don't forget you are dealing with unwanted pips and great as the potential is of the pip to grow, your efforts will be a bit of a gamble as well as a test of skill!

Some suggestions of pips you could use:-

Avocado, Date Palm, Peanuts or Monkey Nuts, Orange, lemon, Grapefruit, Cherry. I'm sure there are loads more to choose from!

So who fancies a go then???

Friday, December 29, 2006

Finished the first one!!!!

This was so much fun! I randomly threaded the beads onto the wire, but I can see if you want any sort of pattern they need to go on in a certain order!! This could be very addictive. I still have another one to do, so will post pics when its done!!!

Fine today!!!

What a depressing read yesterday was!!!! I am so sorry, probably put everyone off my blog forever!!!!!! I think it was the shock that Mark had been hit by the shadow!!!! Never in a million years would I have guessed he would have been 'got'!!!

Anyway, on to more cheery things hey!!!

I'm crafting again, Kathryn and I went out yesterday and went round lots of charity shops, she bought more handbags!!!!!! I visited the one and only wool shop open in the area at the moment and bought these ingredients

I'm sorry its not the best picture in the world, but the ingredients are, copper wire, beads, seed beads, bugle beeds and sequins, plus 2 small buttons! Now what do you think I am going to make with these??????

I have also recieved an order for 2 pairs of fingerless gloves, I need to make a new laundry bag for Kathryn to take back to Uni, (I shrunk her last one in the wash!!) and a friend gave me some wheat, so I fancy having a go at some wheat bags!! The ones you warm up in the microwave!! So plenty to keep me occupied in the craft department!

It is that time of year when you start thinking about what you are going to plant in the garden in the new year!! I know some of my pictures of the garden make it look quite big! It is in fact long and thin. But there really isn't a huge amount of room. I have been toying for a while about enquiring about getting an allotment! It would give me the space I quite fancy having, to grow all the fruit and veg we would need, the big disadvantage is the distance I believe I would need to travel to get to and from it! Also my lack of dry, frost free storage that I believe I would need for all the goodies I hoped to grow!! I have one small chest freezer and 2 small front opening freezers, I can always invest in another freezer to go in the shed. But what about storage for onions, garlic, potatoes, squash and I'm sure many other veggies I haven't thought of!!! I had to bring in my garlic and onions as I did have them in the shed but it got too cold, they are currently hung up round the house, shedding onion skins everywhere!
Living in a, nearly 150 year old cottage, there is actually very little storage and definately no garage, I did suggest to Mark that we get planning permission to convert the shed into a brick built building, but to be honest I don't fancy all the muck and stuff coming through the house again! (we have no rear access!!) So any ideas and suggestions gratefully recieved and I will be discussing favourite veggies that you have and I have growen and other veggie garden stuff as we move along into 2007!!!

My good friend Lottie, link on the side, has a friend who came up with what I thought was a good idea, a photo a day for 2007, so I will have a go starting January 1st.

We are also going to try out new craft ideas, maybe trying something new every month, so pop back and see what we get up to!!!

Thursday, December 28, 2006


Latterly things have been odd in my household! Well since the summer really! Mark has been under a heart specialist who we saw again just before Christmas who said he could find nothing wrong (thats good!!). So why does he get so tired and always want to sleep, or watch telly? Motivation is lacking dreadfully unless he is at work, when I think routine is what keeps him going!!
Kathryn has commented since her return from Uni! how 'down' everyone appears! I wondered if Mark misses Kathryn more than he lets on!
He has changed alot, this frightens me, because he was (is) my soul mate! We have always worked as a team, we have had to, because of Tori! I'm not sure anyone Drs, school, occupational therapists, and to some extent family realise what hard work Tori is!!
Kathryn has been unbelieveable with her since she came back, I had forgotten just what a knack she has of getting her to do things which she has dug her heels in with me!! I've just realised, how nowadays, I rarely let Mark deal with Tori, it usually ends up in a blazing row which takes me hours to sort out, so I just get on and do it, sort it or whatever!!
I have been so busy with Christmas I hadn't realised how I felt, Kathryn and I chatter away, laugh away and she asks some very deep questions which start you thinking!!! I miss this so much! Are family always had so much fun, always laughing and joking, it doesn't happen at the moment!!
Then my sister phoned and as usual we chatted and she asked how things where, so I told her............. she said that they (Cal & Jay) had been chatting and to cut a long story short,wondered if Mark had depression!!! They thought it all started back Christmas 2004 when we had Christmas in South Africa with Marks sister and she kicked us out and we had to come home early! To be honest its a longer story than that but it was all to do with their mothers 'Will' and she (Marks sister)thought Mark was trying to 'do' her out of her share!!! Stupid woman, if she knew Mark she would realise that, that thought would never enter his head!!! Anyway prior to be kicked out of her home they (brother & sister) had a blazing row, I have never ever seen Mark so angry, in fact I had to drag him away because I was scared he might 'pop' her one (something definately not in his nature), and she would most certainly have called the police!!!
This affected the girls very badly, they and neither had I, had ever seen Mark in such a state. This is where we believe Toris' deppression problems started on top of everything else! Kathryn and I muddled through because we 'girly chatted' but is my sister right could this have affected Mark more than I thought??? He came home and handed the 'Will' over to a solicitor because we where scared his sister would never believe him even though he was executor!!
So we chatted yesterday and he agreed to go and see the Doctor! He still has to have a few blood tests to finalise the heart report but the wheels are set in motion, the 'Doc' is aware, and more importantly Mark thinks it is a possibility!!
So now, I am beating myself up, how on earth did I miss this, I suffer with bouts of depression. I suppose because he has always been my rock and just being so close, I didn't see it!!
So thank you Cal, and Jay I can assure you he doesn't sleep when your around to avoid you!!he really does enjoy your company!!
Kathryn returns to Uni on Saturday, then is off to Derby with her boyfriend for New Year!! But will be back with us on the 11th Jan, the day before my next Op!!! until about the 26th Jan when the next semester starts!
I think I might go and spend some money today!!! I need to do something.... Crafty!!

Wednesday, December 27, 2006


I have been out blog hopping today, and have found some of the most amazing blogs, crafty blogs, gardening blogs, wordy blogs. It has been quite an experience, I will be visiting some again and looking for some new ones too!and eventually if the other bloggers agree attaching a link!!

We as a family have also been out, I went to Waterstones to exchange a book I had been given for Christmas which I already had, I tried to find a craft book that would inspire me to try new projects! But unfortunately I could find none! If anyone has any suggestions I am looking for inspiration!!
So after a battle they agreed to give me vouchers until I could find something I liked!
We then went to the cinema to see the new James Bond film!! Entertaining!!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Boxing Day!!

Well thats Christmas over for another year! All that preperation and its over in 24 hours!!!
We had a lovely time with just the four of us, very relaxed, lovely presents, plenty to eat and drink. We bought a new game 'Articulate' it is brilliant and I recommend it to everyone.
Not sure what we have planned for today. Take it as it comes I think!

I managed to finish these for Kathryn, just!!

I got this book which has lots of different crafts in. I'm looking forward to having a go at ....

these beautiful crocus bulbs which are sat on purple crystals, they are currently in a dark place!!!

I have made some changes to my blog in colours and fonts, please let me know if you have any problems reading or whatever!

Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all my new and old blogger friends!

We had a great meal last night with our friends from up the road joining us. We nelieve my Mum and her partner Bruce arrived safely in Guernsey!! My sister got back to her home ok and I believe is having a 'chill out' Christmas this year!
Kathryn said she would be up early as she was so excited............. I'm still waiting!!!!!
Bit busy at the mo! But will be back to updating my blog etc, in the not to distant future.

All the best, be thinking of you at mid-day

Libby xxxx

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Please join me!

I will be probably posting again, but I thought it would be great if...........

at 12.00 (GMT) (mid-day) Christmas Day we all joined in a toast to absent friends? This has been a family tradition for all my family as we had many seafarers who where often away at this time of year. So wherever they where in the world all of us family , friends, relatives raised our glasses and joined in the toast.

I will be thinking of you all

Merry Christmas