Monday, 12 September 2016

Birthday Thank You

Thank you so much for all the lovely cards and gifts I received - they were all very much appreciated.

I did take all my cards and gifts to London. Our son, his girlfriend and our daughter were also with us for the weekend so my birthday had the traditional 'all on Mum's bed' opening session, something that hasn't happened for quite a few years so an added treat.

My lovely cards 

My lovely gifts

Thank you to: 

Julie - for a beautiful set of cake forks, just perfect especially as our son's girlfriend gave me Delia's Cake Book, it's just a case of which one to bake first. 

Christine - for the wonderfully smelling bath soaks; Gin and Tonic !!

Angi - for the lovely handmade bookmark, perfect as I have a few books on the go.

Barb - for the online voucher, it's always good to have a bit of retail therapy.

Mary - for the pack of needles, you can never have enough needles. 

Niki & Sue - for the very clever wine bottle umbrella and very useful spoon plate.

I've also had an M&S gift card, a bottle of white wine (sauvignon blanc my favourite grape), and a book about the Staffordshire Tapestries. 

Hubby spoilt me with tickets to see Leicester Tigers play Harlequins in November; Michael gave me chocolates (now his tradition) and a very nice bottle of Picpoul de Pinet; and Philippa gave me some perfume. They also bought me a London Big Ben charm for my Pandora bracelet. 

The biggest surprise of the day was something Philippa had done on behalf of them all - it was a video she'd put together with personal messages from some of my favourite Welsh rugby players and amazingly Leicester Tigers too. I was in floods of tears - I still cannot believe the players did that for me, I keep replaying it haha (still brings a tear) 

I also had some birthday money and in Greenwich Market yesterday we saw these beautiful coasters, such a clever idea. 

Saturday night Nick and I had tickets for Proms in the Park - in the day we'd all walked my final 3 miles in my Challenge. I have a separate blog about it HERE.

My legs were already very tired but I wasn't going to miss going so we made our way very slowly to Hyde Park. We did sit at the back, one reason because it was already packed with people and the other because I just couldn't walk any more.

Proms in the Park was amazing, we arrived just in time to hear ABC and Frankie Valli was amazing. Alfie Boe (swoon) sang with Michael Ball (swoon again) who was comparing with the final part being the live link up with the Royal Albert Hall just across the road - a really amazing night.

Such fun 
My final photo this time is one I didn't share before - our exchange at the April Needlecraft Haven Meet Up was to stitch a coaster for our partner on the theme of their birthday month. Julie picked my card in our secret selection and stitched a beautiful coaster celebrating my challenge - thank you Julie it really is perfect.
My beautiful coaster from Julie 
It's been such a birthday in so many ways - thank you to everyone x x 

Sunday, 4 September 2016


I have no stitching to share but as always some on the go so maybe soon :) I do however have a photo full blog from last Monday.

Hubby and I went to Brinklow Scarecrow Festival - a gorgeous little village we drive through quite often. Last Bank Holiday weekend the villagers craft work was out with an amazing display of scarecrows.

So many - I hope you enjoy the photos - we loved the new residents :)

On the march 
All together now 
Very hungry caterpillar 
Starting school
Cop and Robber
Railway Children
Anyone need a lift?

Bill and Ben with Weed
Hi Ho Hi Ho - it's off to work we go 
Mary Poppins
Dorothy & Toto
Nick Skelton - our Warwickshire Rio hero
Anyone for bowls
Grubs up !
Mr & Mrs 
It's certainly an event we'll be looking out for next year :)