Sunday, 23 February 2014

Every one should have a Janet

Half term didn't quite pan out how I expected - when do they ever!  It's been a productive week though. I had to go in to work on Monday but Tuesday was mine.  Roots done, a quick visit to the farm shop a drive round cos I got lost but hey ho.  Thursday was mine too - up at 4am to go to Oxford. I got the days mixed up and thought we were going on Wednesday.  In fact we went down and back in one day.  I got to visit a lovely little quilt shop just south of Oxford City in a village called Wallingford.
It was full of lovely things but I was very reserved and came away with some homespun - more of that later as I have plans for that.  I went into Oxford after that but I have to say that I much prefer my lovely Durham as a city. I had a look round the Ashmolean, bought some grub from the Farmer's Market and mooched round but I preferred Wallingford. It was full independent shops, even a little department store which reminded me of 'Are you Being Served?' No multi nationals in sight! The rivers were all in full spate many had burst their banks and the water lying in the fields and roadsides was jaw-dropping.  I think we got off lightly in Durham. There were roadworks on and off all the way up the M1 and we got back to our little corner of the North East by 10pm.

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and this morning I was busy at home with work stuff but took a break this afternoon to meet my friend Janet to watch a rugby match -Northampton against Newcastle Falcons. It was a breath of fresh air, physically (maybe a bit too windy!) and mentally. Everyone should have a Janet - she is a rough diamond, with a big emphasis on the diamond.  She makes inappropriate comments about the physique of the players, she makes noises that ladies shouldn't make, she's loud and funny - on school trips everyone wants to be in her group because it is a laugh a minute. She's honest, generous and will always help you out even when she's run off her feet. I hope everyone has a Janet in their lives somewhere.

Not much to report this week except I finished knitting the bunny I have been working on - just need to sew it up!
I have cracked the problem picking up stitches on the tiny little ballet shoes. I use my mini needles (actually 'pins' for sewing up jumpers) to hold the stitches and a tiny double ended needle to sort the right ones to pick up. Love knitting. Love sewing and gardening and painting too.  Oh and baking and my lovely chicks and the snowdrops and smiley friends and my beautiful family. I know I have to get up and go to work tomorrow but it's been a good week and I'm ready to hit the ground running.

I've uploaded June from Picture the Year - just click on the link on the right hand side. Good sewing everyone.


  1. Hi Brendie, Sounds like you had a wild week cramming in a visit to Oxford and a rugby match with your friend. We missed you on Thursday at High Street Quilting but Hilary stepped and and spoiled us with mini chocolate gateaux and fabric samples to drool over (and I did!) Pleased to hear the chickens are growing well. It doesn't seem five minues since they were the size of my hamster and now they would probably eat said hamster!!! I went to Harrogate on Saturday and found 4 craft shops on the same street all selling different things! I lost my resolve and bought a charm pack! Got a book about Canadian heritage quilts (with pics) in a charity shop for £1.50 - bargain! Still working on my blocks - might just squeeze another line of stitching in before bedtime! Hace a good week. K x

  2. That shop looks very interesting. Well done for being so reserved with your purchases! Stephen's cousin lives in Wallingford so we may just have to pay him a trip one of these days! x