Thursday, 30 November 2017

SNEEZING, HOT AND FRUSTRATED

Oh my! I have been quite a sight the past few days with swollen eyelids, runny nose and itchy ears. It all started with a sore throat I developed after sitting in front of a fan trying to get some stitching done in the heat. I got rid of the bad throat only to break out in hay fever so badly that I couldn't stitch. Prior to that I was trying to complete the 2nd last block of Jenny's free BOM but I still haven't managed to finish it. Sorry about the creases. I just took it out of the hoop for a pic.


 


 


I am feeling so much better today but it is still too hot for me to stitch or crochet. We are seriously looking into getting some air con now. Since my last post I have made some progress with the first crocheted octagon. Still some more rows to do which shall magically transform the circle into an octagon. ( Well, I certainly hope so).

 
There are 9 granny squares in this blanket but I can only do them up to a certain row before something goes wrong. So, I have crocheted 7 of the granny squares as far as I can go before everything falls in a heap.
 
 
The other 2 need to be un pulled, I have tried several times to work the pattern out and I end up with the right amount of stitches but something is definitely not right. Things start to go wrong when I crochet those big crosses despite counting all the stitches and inserting the hook into the right one. I am getting splinters from scratching my head so much.  
 
 
Ah well. when the weather cools down a bit I shall keep making the octagons. I am hoping for a light bulb moment to happen so I can get on with those squares.
 
The one thing I have completed is another pot holder.
 
 
I have also finished another book which is the latest and final book in this particular series. Phillipa Gregory has started writing a whole new series which I am looking forward to reading.
 
 
It is so nice to have visited some of the places she writes about. One of them being Hampton Court Palace which I have yearned to see for well over 40 years. On the 30th June, 2015 we spent our 2nd last day in London. It was 29 degrees C when we boarded a train to Hampton Court station and walked to Hampton Court Palace. It was a long long path to the entrance.
 
 
 
Once through the main entrance there were other courtyards. This the Clock Court where the most beautiful clock sits high above. Unfortunately, you can't see how beautiful it is but it is rather decorative and also indicates the time of high tide which was useful for those travelling on the river in barges such as Henry V111 and his court.
 
 
 
The Great Hall where they held huge banquets . There are carved and painted "eavesdroppers" in the wooden roof. These were built under HenryV111's orders to remind all at court that everything said could be overheard. Clever! The walls are lined with large tapestries which were first hung in the 1530's.
 
 
 
Amazing ceilings throughout.
 
 
 
You know that you are in a palace when you see HUGE fireplaces.
 ( That's my daughter standing in front of it).
 
 
It's blurry but this is where King Henry V111 and Kateryn Parr knelt in the chapel to be married. She was his 6th and last wife and the only one who survived after his death. Whew! Was she the lucky one!
 
 
The Chapel Royal is in the gallery hall lined with several paintings. This is the famous iconic one that Henry V111 commissioned to make himself appear large and regal despite his ailing health and morbid obesity.
 
 
The chapel has the most ornate ceiling painted blue with silver stars. Unfortunately, the photo is not on the computer. It was this hall where Catherine Howard, his 5th wife, discovered that she was charged with adultery and ran along the hall in search of Henry in the chapel to plead her innocence. They say that several people have seen her ghost still running along the hall.
 
The kitchens.
 
 
 
 
Big vats of stewed meats. Ewwwww.
 
When one needs to serve wine with 600 meals twice a day, you need a big wine cellar.
 
 
Of course there were many other royals who lived in the palace long after Henry V111.
Anne Boleyn's apartments eventually became Queen Caroline's and this was her State Bed almost 2 centuries after Anne had lived there. 
 
 
Her private bed chamber. No idea why she had 2 beds.
 
 
The Queen's Privy Chamber.
 
 
Well, I think that is enough overload of my pics and history lesson for today. Yep, I can see you all rolling your eyes. We did a lot more that day, Madam Touseaud's Waxworks and Baker St. Thanks you so much for stopping by again. I hope you are enjoying stitching in air conditioning unlike me LOL.  
 
Angel Blessings.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

CROCHET HAPPY

                                        Yey! The crochet pattern finally arrived to make this


 
I was so excited to start this project even though it will most likely prove to be a bit challenging for me. I started to make the 1st octagon and decided to stop at the fan part to start off all the other octagons. "But they're circles" I hear you say. Yes, they are circles to start with. Magic will happen.
 
 
I decided to try making the first square in the pattern and I have almost completed it. I had a few hiccups with those big crosses . Lots of head scratching, sighing and un pulling stitches were involved in this little production.
 
 
I love the way they have put different colours together, colours I would never have thought of being compatible.
 
Back to London now. We are on the last couple of days of our big adventure.
On 29th June, 2015 we made our way by train to see Westminster Abbey. I have more pics than these but they are not on the computer for some reason.
 
 
 
I did take some pics inside but many failed. I tried to take pics of the many tombs where Kings and Queens were buried. Poets corner was amazing. It was a bit eerie walking on top of many who were buried under the floor. We spent quite a few hours in the Abbey and then walked past Big Ben and Parliament to get to the Florence Nightingale Museum.
 
 
Then we caught a train to the Tower of London. I have always been fascinated by this place so rich in historical executions. Rather macabre .
 
 
 
Traitors' Gate. This is where prisoners such as Sir Thomas More and Anne Boleyn arrived by boat to their fate.
 
 
The White Tower
 
 
There are many towers and I can't remember which was which .
 
 
 
 
 
 
A recreated interior of the Medieval Palace.
 
 
Sir Walter Ralegh's room in the Bloody Tower. This tower was where the 2 little princes disappeared. 
 
 
Edward 1st's little chapel in St Thomas's Tower.
 
 
Oh yeah! The Crown Jewels. We queued up in quite a long line and then walked through the huge vault but no pics are allowed. Everything is behind glass right in front of you .
 
 
 
 
I don't know why I have such an interest in England's castles and palaces but I have always wanted to visit Hampton Court Palace since I was 16 years old. I finally got there! But that can wait for next time. Thankyou so much for visiting again.
 
Angel Blessings.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
 
  

Thursday, 2 November 2017

IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN

 
 
 
 
Yes, it is that time again and I nearly forgot. Here is my rather small list of finishes for October.
  
                                                                1 crocheted knee rug.

 
 
2 more crocheted pot holders. These are proving to be a bit addictive. I gave the beige one to someone today.
 
 
 
My munchkin is crawling! ( That is great grandma's legs and slippers in the background lol).
 
 
This evening I am going to finish stitching last month's BOM from Jenny's blog and I am about to print up her latest one to prepare for stitching.
 
I hope you have managed to finish a few projects too.
 
Angel Blessings.
 
 

Saturday, 28 October 2017

FINISHED


                              Yey!!!! I have completed my crocheted granny square knee rug.

 

As it is only a small knee rug I thought that 2 small borders would be enough. I really enjoyed learning how to crochet all the squares together.


 
I have finished another book this month. Whatever happened to the days when I used to read 4 or 5 books a month! It is by an Australian author based on a true female spy from WW11. I found it to be a very light enjoyable read.
 
 
So, back to London now.
 
On the 28th June, 2015 we awoke to a drizzly day but it was 21 degrees C . We had planned to visit Harrods and a couple of other sites around London . I loved their rail system, almost a station on every block. We caught 2 trains which took us right to Harrods doorstep. Oh what a store! We spent the afternoon there looking at everything. 
 
 
The ceiling in the fruit and vegie department where we had lunch.
 
 
Elegant elevator doors. Rather nice inside too.
 
 
The toy department was amazing and my daughter was being chased by a Minion. She couldn't shake him off until we spied the human culprit operating the Minion from a desk . We had a lovely afternoon tea at the Disney cafĂ© there.
 
 
At some stage we went to visit the opposition.
 
 
 
Only 3 days left in London after this.So, I shall save these for another time.
 
Thanks so much for visiting my blog.
 
Angel Blessings..