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Friday, 20 September 2019

This week's smiles....week 338

I'm sorry to those that came here last week to see my smiles and missed me but as you will probably now know were were away for the week in our motor home making memories up around Scotland [if you'd like to see more please click here]. We had a really lovely week catching up with family and friends and enjoying the freedom of being on the road together.

Before we went we celebrated Theo's 3rd birthday with a party at his house and managed to get all 6 of our Grandchildren to sit still long enough to snap a pic or two.

They all lead busy lives so it's a rare occasion that we now all get together so this photo is very special for me.

Sam is starting guitar classes this week.  We are really hoping he enjoys it but as a left hander he may struggle so we will see what his music teacher says.

Ed Sheeran eat your heart out :-)

He's always loved drawing and this week has won the competition to draw a new road sign for the new estate they now live on.  His design will be put on the road signs around the estate and I think he won a book voucher too....Well done Sam. 

My last pic for today is this one of Theo with his Grandad.  Whilst looking after Theo on the Tuesdays he's always made my heart sing but watching him with his now retired grandad give me so much pleasure.

They were sat here discussing something very important I'm sure.  :-)

Please leave me a little message so I know you've called by before you link to your own smiles below.

Before I go I must say Happy birthday to Sam and Lexi who are 8 today and a special Happy birthday to Gina who is 30 today too....we have so much to celebrate and make us smile.
Annie x

Wednesday, 18 September 2019


Date for the diary alert....

The hall for the crop 2020 has been booked for Saturday June 6th....same venue as last year.....details to follow.

Now the important bits are done here's what you came here for....my desk [or what's not on my desk today]....as many of you will know I was away last week on holiday travelling around Scotland in the motor home and if you'd like to see more please scroll to the post below....you just may see a few faces there you will recognise :-)

Since we got home the only sewing I've done is to shorten these two dresses so nothing really exciting there for you to see.

....on my desk this morning is a lovely new purchase that I can't wait to have time to play with.  Jan had been using hers to make little purses then Catriona showed some little bags she'd used some of hers to finish off beautifully so of course the temptation was just too much to bear and I just had to have some.

My creative juices have been flowing as to the 101 uses for my new poppers snap fasteners [no don't search for poppers on Google as you may get more than you bargain for!!].  I'm thinking of ideas as to what I can use them for to make the little Christmas tree decorations that I make each year for the Grandchildren so watch this space.

That's all I have to share with you for this week....hopefully, now my batteries have been recharged, I will find some free time to be creative......but who knows?
Annie x

Monday, 16 September 2019

Our holiday in Scotland

As most of you will have noticed I was missing in action last week because we had headed north in our motorhome.  We intended catching up with family and friends on our journey so you may recognise a few familiar faces along our travels.

We left Shropshire on Sunday 8th and headed to our first stop on Haltwhistle Campsite in Northumberland.

The campsite was by the side of the river and this is what we looked out over....beautiful.

The purpose of this stop over was to meet up with my second cousin Sally and her husband Graeme who we met up last at Michelle's christening 35 years ago.  We've kept in touch since then at Christmas and on Facebook of late but not seen them since then so they had changed a little....in fact I guess we all had :-)
It was really lovely to see them again and we felt as if we had lots in common....not only our walking sticks eh Sally?

On the Monday we travelled on further north to Calzean Castle campsite looking out over the sea....as you can see Biscuit bear loved the view as much as us and was excited to see who was already on the site waiting for us.....

Catriona and her hubby had stayed over there on the Sunday night and had the kettle on ready and waiting for our arrival.  It was so lovely to catch up and as you can see Biscuit bear was just as excited to catch up with his friend Harris bear.

We spent Monday evening in our motorhome chatting and catching up with them both and on the Tuesday morning they left fairly early to continue their travels further south....we relaxed and waited for the next excitement.....

Elizabeth and her hubby drove over to us and picked us up to take us out for the rest of the day on the Tuesday.  We went down to Ballantrae where we met their friend Alfie the donkey and treated him to some carrots then we called in at Girvan on the drive back where we posed for a few photos and I snapped the local RNLI boat especially for Jan :-)

The Tuesday night was very windy so we were rocked to sleep but thankfully we survived and there was no damage the next morning.
On the Wednesday we travelled further north through the hills and passed some really stunning scenery...as you can see there were some black clouds above us but we headed towards the blue sky :-)

We stopped for a toilet and coffee stop by the side of one of the Lochs and also saw a hydroelectric powerstation en route to our next stop near Oban.....this was a small campsite inside what was an old walled garden.

Our next stop was on the Rosemarkie campsite looking out over the sea....a lovely site and we enjoyed a walk on this beautiful sandy beach.  There had been sightings from here of seals and dolphins in the bay but alas we didn't see any while we were there.

The following morning we travelled south to our final site to spend our last two nights at Beadnell Bay site in Northumberland.
En route we stopped on a layby on the A9 for a coffee and my darling hubby picked me a bunch of heather....it's now tied with ribbon and is hanging in my sewing room :-)

We called by to see the Kelpies but refused to pay the 5 pounds they were asking just to park the motor home so I snapped a quick photo as we passed.....stunning and much bigger than you think.

Before we reached our next site we passed Bamburgh castle....really stunning building so just had to snap a pic.

The campsite at Beadnell Bay was much bigger than all the rest and for the 150 pitches it only had one toilet block at the opposite end to the pitch we were given so it was too far to walk to use...thankfully we have our own facilities in the van but I did feel for the ones in smaller vans and tents around us.

Over the road from the campsite there was a rocky beach [just the sort I use to love as a child for hunting in the rock pools] so of course we had to have a little walk over there on the Friday evening.

On our last day we drove to Alnwick and enjoyed a walk around the grounds [much further than normal for me so have been rather stiff since!]..It was really lovely there and we even saw a Japanese couple getting married there in one of the rooms.

The swing seats were really lovely there.....there were lots of them up through the bank of flowering cherry trees....I bet they were even better when in full bloom.

There were many water features through one area of the garden so I snapped several of them as we were passing through....even one where Dod could go down some steps and stand in the middle of....feel free to zoom in to spot him :-)

Every time we stopped [even for coffee stops on laybys] we spotted a little robin.  I know there are lots of them around at the mo but it did feel like they were watching over us and keeping us safe during our travels so thank you to the little robins....we had a wonderful week and are now safe back at home.

Friday, 6 September 2019

This week's smiles...week 337

What a week it's been and it's been filled with smiles here so I shall share some of them with you....

Whilst away at Euro Disney last week Lexi challenged Micky Mouse to a dance off....I think Lexi won don't you?

Just wish I could!!

At the weekend, and before the children went back to school Amy, Dave and the children enjoyed a few days away in Anglesey....I really love seeing the three of them playing together and enjoying the freedom of a beach to themselves.

On Sunday we went for walk in the Dingle in Shrewsbury's Quarry Park....just look at those gorgeous flowers.

I love this photo of Milly...she's sat on the arm of the chair by me looking out of the window...probably for cats daring to walk past!

We pulled the first carrots and beetroot from our little raised veg garden at the weekend and I just had to share them with you....there's nothing quite like freshly pulled veg is there?

We had Theo for a full day on Tuesday so we went out for the day in our motor home for a day of adventures.  Sadly the beach we were going to had been fenced off but we found a country park we could enjoy our picnic at and on the way back we found a garden centre with a play park and ice creams.....just perfect.

Before going back to school Phoebe, Lulu and Steve wanted to have a baking session to make treats to go in their sandwich boxes.....don't the results look yummy?

Each year Amy makes up a collage of back to school photos...oh how they have grown!  It doesn't seem 5 mins since the first pic in the top left corner was taken when Phoebe started school and she goes to big school next September!!

Here's the back to school pic of the twins too...Year 3!! The years pass so quickly don't they?

There you go.  I hope you've made it to the end this week.  I had so many smiles I wanted to record on my blog for this week.  I hope at least some of them made you smile too.  I will probably not be able to post smiles next Friday, as we are off North on an adventure in the motor home, but trust me when I say I will have lots to smile about so will have two weeks of smiles to share with you the week after.
Annie x

Wednesday, 4 September 2019


Here we are at the weekly catch up with all out creative friends around the world to expose our desks and share what we've been making during the week.  Last week it was trousers, trousers and more trousers for me and this week....

....yes, there's been more trousers to shorten.  I guess it's what I do being a sewing lady eh?

But this week I've also.....

...made three new Memory bears to remember a very special Dad and posted them to their new home  in Nottingham....I'm conquering the world slowly with my bears :-)

I've also been giving knitting lessons to Phoebe and Lulu.....they were brilliant little students too and were very proud of their achievements.....we're making little bunnies so watch this space [It may take a while yet but I'm sure they will want to show you them when they are finished].

That's all from me for this week.  Next week I may well be missing in action again [depending on the wifi] as we are going on an adventure in the Motor Home and travelling north to meet up with some very special friends....watch this space.
Annie x

Friday, 30 August 2019

This week's smiles....week 336

Here we are at my weekly catch up of smiles from the last week....and I'm thankful that there have been many so I will make a start....

Sunday saw us going on our [almost] regular walk with Milly to Attingham Park.  We went early before  the sun had burnt the cloud off, while it was cool enough to be comfortable to enjoy our walk.

This photo is from my favourite seat by the side of the water...its so lovely here.  We watch the birds and dragonflies and just generally enjoy the day from here.

Shell, Brent and twins are enjoying a few days at Disneyland Paris before the children go back to school so we've been sent many photos of them enjoying their holidays.

Tuesday was the first day for week's of us looking after Theo while his mummy went into school to set her class up ready for the start of the new term.

As you can see we joined Amy and her three for a play and picnic at their local play park....it was so lovely to see the children all playing together.

Our raised veg garden has taken on a new look....the cabbage white butterflies made use of our salad leaves and radishes to lay their eggs on and the caterpillars ate the best part of them so before sowing more seeds we have invested in a cage and net to keep them off.

As you can see the beetroot and carrots are growing well and we will soon be harvesting some.

After several quiet weeks of sewing while many of my customers have been holidaying I was thrilled to get a new order for three Memory bears this week and.....

.....even persuaded my new apprentice to do a bit of stuffing for me during a coffee break.

I doubt I will be giving him a full time job though cos when he'd had enough I had to add lots more stuffing because it looked rather thin....I think he was on an economy drive with the stuffing :-)

And finally but by no means least I thought I'd share a collage of some of the gorgeous colour that we still have in our back garden....we have really enjoyed an ever changing garden this summer and hope you've enjoyed sharing it with us.

Please leave me a little message so I know you've called by and, if you can then link to your own smiles below.
Annie x

Wednesday, 28 August 2019


Did you miss me?  I was MIA last week.  We had a long weekend braving the weather on the Welsh coast in the motor home and were back late on the Tuesday so I had nothing whatsoever to show you on my desk...and I'm sorry to say there's nothing very exciting this week but here goes....

It's nearly back to school time here so...

On my desk there's trousers to shorten and.....

.....on my rail are yet more trousers [no not school ones] that have already been shortened.

Exciting or what?

That's all I have to share with you today I'm sorry to say so I hope you've got something more exciting on your desk to show us this week....I will be over soon to pay you a visit.

Annie x

Friday, 23 August 2019

This week's smiles....week 335

Another week and I've had lots to smile about so I will share a few pics with you....and hope you will all leave me a little message to say you've called by and will hopefully then share your own smiles with us.

Little Theo has been on holiday this week with his Mummy, Daddy, Uncle and the other set of Grandparents so they have sent us many photos to share what a lovely time they've been having together.

While the cat's away.....as the saying goes :-)

While Theo was away we popped round to their house to fit the little curtains I made for his new play house and as you can see Grandad had to climb inside to fit them....it was a bit of a squeeze but I'm pleased to say he managed to get back out :-)

We had a few days away at the Welsh coast at the weekend in our Motor home.  Sadly Michelle, Brent and the twins, who were supposed to join us but on Saturday they tried and failed to get their tent up in the strong winds and ended up breaking one of their tent poles and going back home.  The weather was awful and I was so glad they weren't in their tent on Sunday night because in the middle of the night it was blowing a gale and we were woke by a very heavy rain storm.....I really wouldn't have wanted to be in a tent in that!

The middle photo shows how the sea was whipped up by the wind....and if you zoom in you will see in the bottom right photo that Biscuit bear, Milly and I  stayed warm in the motor home while my darling hubby took the photo.  :-)

The top two photos were taken on Monday at Aberdovey and it was a much calmer day and we actually saw some sunshine. :-)

The twins very proudly picked the peas they had grown from seed,  podded them themselves and added them to their pasta tea.....yum yum.

And last but by no means least here's the latest photos of our little footy star.  Steve's been going to football training each week during his school holidays and really loving it.....he was chosen to go for a full day's experience at Shrewsbury Town FC where he went on a tour of the ground/changing facilities, met the players and also played on the pitch at half time during the game.  His big sisters, and Mum and Dad proudly went along to watch him play.  

His trainers have requested that he also went to special training sessions for goalkeeping in Ludlow because they say he has real ability and skill for it.

He was given a skills award during his last session and they have now passed his details to the development team at Shrewsbury so watch this space....I'm so proud of him and love just how excited he is about it all.

That's all my smiles for this week.  I really hope you are all fit and well and have lot of your own smiles to share with us below.
Annie x