Friday, 6 March 2015

we have a diagnosis

C Sorry this is a bit of a moan but I need to get it off my chest.was summoned to the doctors this afternoon following his blood tests yesterday.He has got acute rheumatoid arthritis and has been referred to see a rheumatologist urgently.At first I was relieved it wasn't Parkinson's but this is still going to have a big impact on his life and mine.At the moment I am feeling really down.He has had six years of various medical conditions and now this.Our friends all seem to be going through life without any problems.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Our trip to Madeira


 These are some of the flowers we saw in the Botanic Garden.This was reached by cable car.It is not the best time of the year to visit Madeira but we still saw a lot of wonderful sights and had much better weather than we had anticipated.


                                         Weird looking cacti.The tall droopy thing is the flower!!
                                          Strange looking fruit /veg!!
 We had a great week and it was so good to feel the sun on your face.It rained for ten minutes when we arrived but that was all.Sunshine hours varied each day but was enough.
This was taken at the hotel just before we left for the airport hence the long trousers.We had to be prepared for the cold of NW England and then home in N Wales.

We have been back two weeks now and I have only just found time to do this blog.We were only back two days when our Cambridge family came to stay for four days.I couldn't believe how much food we went through!!!Since then it has been catching up with all the washing etc.

In Funchal duty free shop we bought some wine which we put in our rucksack and C carried.Following this he has had pain in his neck ,knees,hands,shoulders and arms.We put this down to carrying the wine but last Friday he had a funny episode.His hands had been swollen and he had trouble getting his wedding ring off.We went out for the evening and when we came back he couldn't get out of the car.Eventually he managed it and I got him upstairs but he couldn't undress himself.His hands were so painful and sswollen and his whole body was stiff and aching.It frightened the life out of me.I didn't sleep.I had checked he hadn't got a temperature(he has no spleen).Saturday morning he could move a bit better and today just has tingling in his hands.I am insisting he goes to the doctor tomorrow to find out what happened(if he can get an appointment).I don't want to go through that again and neither does he.Fingers crossed it was a virus and not the start of something more serious.

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Another project!

 I love making blankets,especially in the Winter.Before we moved to this house in November I thought I had destashed.Well,I still have so much left over wool from other projects that I decided another was calling to me.Below is my selection of colours.It is going to be single bed size and I am following Lucy(Attic 24) in the one she has just completed.Watch this space for progress because I also have three knitting projects on the go!!
                     
                    A pair of socks.
                    A jumper for me.
                    A lace scarf in 2ply.

Hope the weather is better for you than here.We have had snow this week ,its very cold and windy and possibly more snow on Tuesday.

Enjoy your weekend.Barbarax

Saturday, 24 January 2015

grow your own blog.

just a little about me.
Just had my 70 th birthday(the new 50).
I am a retired school teacher.
I love crafting-crochet ,knitting and cross stitch.
I love reading and going to the theatre.
I live in North Wales which is very beautiful
I have 76 followers.
my name is Barbara

Paris was great!!

 No visit to Paris would be right without sad thoughts of the Charlie Hebdo tragedy.This was on the Hotel de Ville..There was definitely an increased security around with both police and the army.
 We had a brilliant time but we walked miles and all those steps at the Metro stations.Up and down.Up and down.The weather was kind to us.It was very,very cold but dry and sunny.We had to go to the Eiffel Tower.What an amazing structure.To conceive such an object and then build it.
 The Arc de Triomphe.From there we decided to walk,arm in arm,down the Champs Elysee.
 Looking back from about half way.
 We wlked on and on until we got to the other end where you find the Louvre.I googled it when we got back and it is 2.4 miles.We didn't go in there as we had already been to Musee D'Orsay and the Orangerie.
 Walking by the Loire.
 The previous day we had been to Montmartre.This is Place du Tetre.A favourite haunt of artists.In the background you can see Sacre Couer.
We saw wonderful art.This is a painting by Renoir.We saw works by Monet including his famous rooms of waterlilies,Cezanne,VanGogh,Seurat ,Picasso etc,etc.So much.
We arrived home late on Thursday evening tired but thrilled we had seen so much.A really memorable birthday week.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

70 is the new 50!!!!

 Last Friday was my 70th birthday!I can't believe it.In my head I am still 50 or less.Our daughter took us out to lunch on Friday and the the whole family met up on Saturday morning at the Littleton Arms in Penkridge near Stafford.Matt coming from Cambridge ,Sarah from Cheshire,us from North Wales.We had a light lunch and then a walk on Cannock Chase.
 Then it was time for dinner.This is my birthday cake with yarn and needles made of icing.
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 This is one of the presents from the children.I have long admired Cathy Daniels ceramics(Potter Jotter formerly) and my daughter commissioned her to do this p[ece for my birthday.Sorry it is on its side but I can't move it.I hope you can see it features knitting,gardening,reading and my grandchildren.My main interests.The children also bought me a new camera so expect some better photos!C bought me a new,small laptop to replace my anci.ent netbook.
Here they are my 5 grandchildren.

We are off to Paris tomorrow for three days.I have been spoiled rotten and really do appreciate it especially all eleven of us being together for the weekend.70 years ago there was just me and now look at me.I am so lucky.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Three knitting projects for the New Year

 Can you believe I have started knitting a Xmas present?I had this 2ply lace yarn in silk and thought it would just suit my sister in law.I always make her something but not in 2014 as moving house really took it out of me and no knitting was done for two months.New Year.New Start.Project 1.
 Project Two.Making a v neck jumper with raglan sleeves for me.This is "watching TV" knitting!
 Here is a close up of the wool.It is Stylecraft Alpaca with a fleck and is pale mauve.It is DK.
 Project Three.Socks.I can't resist making socks.Another good thing to do watching TV.
Suggestions please for Project Four.I have loads of stylecraft DK and want a crochet project.I have done lots of blankets so want a different idea to use up this wool.

A beautiful day here in North Wales but very blustery and cold.I had intended to go in the garden but have chickened out and am inside,central heating on and having a lazy afternoon.
Barbarax