Sunday, 29 May 2011

Another good week with friends

As the title says, we have just had another very good week with lovely friends who have never visited us here before and the weather was amazing.  I only hope they enjoyed themselves and feel they would like to come again one day.  They were very generous and we had some fabulous meals out and some very yummy food bought for us.  I really should have taken a photo of one of the meals which I wasn't eager to try.  Globe Artichoke!!!  Actually I still think it is an awful lot of work for the amount of vegetable you get at the end of it, but the truth is, I liked it.  Whether or not I would cook it for Richard and I, who knows. 

Robin and Gillie after a wonderful lunch

A rare photo of me and Richard
When I was in the UK Gillie and I used to craft together, in fact it was Gillie who started me with my quilting.  We spent very many happy hours stitching, sometimes without having any conversation at all and it didn't seem to matter that we sat in absolute silence, concentrating and just enjoying the moments.  You can do that with good friends can't you?  While she was here she was showing me how to knit a blankie which seems to be all the rage at the moment and a lot of fun.  Gillie is into knitting beautiful shawls so I thought I would make her a couple of stitch markers.  First attempt and she loved them, I may have to make myself some. 

The pink angel has clear glass wings, shame you can't see them here
The weather here is still very, very hot and would you believe we have lost most of our lawn, we just have a sort of brown short hay.  So bizarre for so early in the year.  We are starting to get ourselves ready for going back to the UK as we are celebrating my mum and dad's 70th wedding anniversary on the 28th June, then hopefully if they are both well enough, we will be bringing them back here for a few weeks.

That's it for now, much love to my family and friends, especially my children.  Vicki, have a lovely half term with our beautiful grandchildren.  I wish we could have them here.

Friday, 13 May 2011

More photos than words

I can't believe the time has gone by so quickly.  No excuses for not posting except that we have had our wonderful friends Sue and Jim staying with us for a week, and we have had the most amazing time mainly relaxing, catching up and Sue and I have been crafting as well.  The weather was perfect and we had every single meal, including breakfasts, outside, so what more can I say.  Our next guests arrive on Wednesday so I will be madly cleaning again in a couple of days!!!

Now for some photos.  The first one is of a beautiful little lamb that our nephew and neice have and because they had her at 3 days old, she goes everywhere with them and she is certain she is a dog and follows Nat wherever she goes.  I had the pleasure of bottle feeding her, what a poppet.
Margurite (or Maggie) Just adorable
Sue spotted this little chap in the garden one evening.  Sorry about the quality of the photo as it was pitch dark.  Not sure what is going on with his back though ???

I just love hedgehogs

Picked this morning and loads more just waiting

A couple of needle cases

Inside of needle cases

Some lavender bags, left on a pillow for my guests
I will leave it at that today and hopefully will come back later on in the week.  Take care one and all, much love to my family and friends.