When the World Wearies
And Society ceases to Please
There is always
The Garden.

Heres wishing you all a merry Christmas and hope one and all has a happy, healthy New Year for 2010.

Here are a couple of pictures of my fireplace and tree, an artificial one, as pine needles in a dogs paw can be fatal (dogs are allergic to them I believe) My animals have to come first! My dear old reindeer and sleigh on the mantlepiece has been with me since I moved here about 28 years ago. I rescued him from a neighbours bonfire in November, and since then he has been on my mantlepiece every Christmas.He is rather threadbare now, but it wouldnt be Christmas without him! I made some little Joyeux Noel hearts for the tree and garlands and a stocking each for myself, Damon and Kate.

I had a nice surprise on Christmas Eve, a parcel arrived and I excitedly opened it to find an Andy Murray Fred Perry Tennis Shirt from his own collection! I had donated £15 to Malaria No More the charity Andy is involved with, and the first 100 people to donate would get a shirt from his collection. As I hadnt heard anything I was sure I would not be one of the lucky ones....I havent had much luck over the years so it was a lovely surprise.

 Kate and Damon think I am mad, they know how much I admire Andy as a tennis player, and even Kate is warming to him now he is girlfriendless! Damon noted that he was the same size as Andy and the shirt would fit him (normally I would give my son the world, but he is not having my Andy top!)
Well merry Christmas to everyone, and I hope you all get some peace and happiness this Christmas and for 2010. And roll on a Grand Slam for Andy, thats my wish for 2010!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all
love Elizabeth (Betty) xxx

Heron has eaten 11 of my fish...... 17:00

Fell rather sad and guilty today as a couple of herons or cranes have eaten 11 of my fish.  Noticed this morning that rather a lot of water was missing but didnt realise the fish were also. Then as I was waiting for my cousin Deb to pick me up to take me shopping I noticed one heron/crane on the rooftops. I had netting over the pond but when I had replaced the pump in the summer I hadnt put the netting back on properly.... When I returned from shopping I thought I had better refill the pond, only to realise that there were only 8 fish in the pond instead of 19. Daughter Kate then heard strange noises from my dads garden which we later identified as a heron. Then son Damon saw two swooping down on the field at the back of us while he was walking Max our German Shepherd. I caught sight of them in the distance and thought that was the last of them. So I refilled pond and put new pond protection net over and thought that the fish would be fine now... Then this afternoon my dad came home and came running in to tell me that there was one large and one juvenile heron on our roof! I rushed out into my garden to make sure the fish were alright, only to find the fish in only about 6 inches of water...the herons beaks had cut into the butyl liner without me realising it. So now the poor remaining 8 fish are in a temporary plastic box in the garden with lots of metal grilles etc over them to protect them. My poor fish.... I feel really guilty. If only I had put the old netting back on properly, Ive had the new netting for about 2 months now and hadnt bothered.... I love birds, and normally see the cranes or herons fly over my garden early in the morning on their way back to the Thames marshes and never see them in the middle of the day. Just hope they leave the remaining fish alone.

My gingham and linen makes 13:47

Well its been weeks and weeks since I started sewing my lovely raspberry gingham, powder blue/duckegg
gingham and laura ashley linen bits and pieces and finally today got around to photographing some of them.
Shame I didnt iron the piece of gingham on the left of this pic......

I printed words onto white and natural linen, the one above has faith, a silver hope charm, and then charity
Some are hop and lavender pillows and hearts

I also made some sweet little bags with Laura Ashley Clarice and lined with cream polka dot lawn, and these have appliqued faces or scenes on with vintage mother of pearl buttons and guipure lace Also some little brooch pillows or can be used for pin cushions.

I love this red gingham one, with faith and charity words and a rose printed pocket
I made loads and loads of victorian style hanging boots (my mum used to call these Luton boots that she wore when she was a little girl-shame she is no longer here to see what I have been sewing recently)

Am keeping some bits(made far too many, got carried away! And am running out of friends to give to!) So might put some on ebay later as it is free listing today, thats if I get time, West Ham are playing Man United, so will be watching the match, then its tea time for the hordes (dad, brother,son and daughter) so I might get to list some before midnight! Come on You Irons and beat Man Utd today!!