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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

South Africa Trip

I havent blogged in ages. I am taking a City & Guilds online course in patchwork and quilting ( )  and that, together with my church work and travelling into London to look after Eugene on Mondays, just takes up my days.

But we have just returned from visiting our eldest daughter and family in South Africa and I would love to share our trip with you.

We hadnt seen our daughter for three years nor our son in law and grandsons for over five years and we hadnt met the youngest so a visit was well over due. 

They work as missionaries and have adopted their boys. They work with the homeless and sex workers in Durban. 
Our trip was amazing, so lovely to see them all and to get involved with the ministry that they are part of.

We arrived on the Wednesday afternoon and went straight into ministry work the following morning at 8.30am. The team meet on the sea front to rake and clean the beach. The purpose of this is to eventually employ homeless people to do this work and therefore help them out of the never ending circle of begging, receiving just enough for a night in the homeless shelter, or not, if they dont raise enough money and then begging again the following day.

Although our family have been in SA and working with orphans and homeless for nearly thirteen years, this ministry is in its early days. This work of cleaning the beach is attracting lots of attention and people are really encouraged with what the team are doing. The weather was hot, about 30 degrees and a number of homeless join the team a few mornings a week to carry this out.I will post more soon :)

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Recent knits

I have recently been knitting, and made the little brown jacket that Eugene is wearing before he was born but now it fits him just right. 
The twins found patterns in a wool shop that they liked, I was pleased they chose different styles as I find it boring to have to repeat the same pattern just after finishing one. 
I was a little concerned when I saw the patterns but thankfully they weren't as complicated as they looked :) 


I don't have great photos of them wearing them. Here they are cuddling either Pom or Clouds, I'm not sure which

Hair brushing time :) 

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Fortieth Wedding Anniversay

Back in February we celebrated our fortieth wedding anniversary. On the actual date we were in Devon for our grandson, Gilby's birthday party. After the fab space party we all went out for an anniversary supper. 

It's not easy to get all our family together, our eldest daughter and family are missionaries in South Africa so they weren't able to join us and the rest of the family weren't able to get together until March when our son organised a great meal out in London at Roka, an amazing Michelin star contemporary Japanese restaurant. 
We met up at the London Museum where the grandchildren enjoyed some time before going on the the Barbican area and then moving on to Canary Wharf where the restaurant is.
The meal was amazing, we all enjoyed the food including the children who all love sushi. The atmosphere and service all added to the great time had by all. 

Grandpa and Ptimrose were trying to avoid the cracks in the pavement 
Eugene enjoyed some special time with Auntie Amy and the children always love being with their uncles 

As well as it being hard to get everyone together it's also hard to get everyone to look normal, I did say 'nice faces please' but clearly some one didn't hear me

They gave us a lovely big table right near the 'all you can eat' buffet 😊

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Easter Break

I hope you all had a lovely Easter, our son, daughter in law and grandson Eugene came to stay Thursday to Saturday.  The sun shone and we sat in the garden, it's been a while since we did that!  I can't believe that Eugene will be one year old later this month. 

Our daughter in South Africa sent Eugene a voice message telling him how much she loves him, he loved hearing his name. I look forward to the time they all meet for real. 

As my husband is the church pastor we waited till after lunch on Easter Sunday before we headed over to Dove Cottage in Wales. We had planned on doing some work in the cottage and taking some trips out. 

We woke on the Monday to snow on the field and mountains opposite but had decided to head to the coast where the sun shone and we managed a picnic. I will post about that trip another time. 

We had taken a trailer with us of items for the cottage, we have oak and glass doors for when hubby builds his studio down the garden and new windows for the front of the cottage. These jobs will be done at a later date but we managed to lay new oak flooring in the kitchen and upstairs landing which is looking great. 

Molly loves to sit on the bedroom window sill looking out at the sheep and new born lambs :) 

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

red oak quilts

Now we are in February and I have hardly blogged at all, just once so far this year, my quilting has been just as slack...
These are a few gifts I have made for the some of the family. I love the Flying Geese design but haven't made much in it. The first two photos below are of a quilt I made for my youngest daughter for Christmas. I have used lovely plain cotton fabrics on calico. I dont know if others have noticed but IKEA sells beautiful calico fabric at just £2 per metre.
I have hand quilted this using very fine embroidery/crochet cotton in a natural colour. This is lovely to use and glides through the fabric and wadding smoothly.

The following photos are cushions I made for my eldest son, one for his birthday and two for Christmas, I have one more top waiting to be hand quilted and then made up into a cushion cover. I have use Irish linen for these cushion covers and hand quilted with sashiko thread which is also lovely to quilt with.

We have just returned from a week in Devon celebrating Gilby's fifth birthday, Amy's birthday and our 40th wedding anniversary.Hopefully I will get to blog about those events before the month ends :)

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Post Christmas

I realised I haven't posted since before Christmas and here we are nearly in February!

We enjoyed a lovely peaceful Christmas, our two sons, daughter in law and newest grandson came to stay. It was Eugenes first Christmas so lots of excitement!

Eugene loved unwrapping his gifts and we all enjoyed lots of cuddles, my favourite cuddle times were when I let his parents go for a nap and I had him all to myself. He is such an easy baby and loves to cuddle and nap on our knees which is something I particularly treasure. His final surgery happened two weeks ago and he is doing so well. From April I will be going to look after him one day a week when his mummy returns to her nursing job. I can't wait!

The day after Boxing Day we drove to Devon to spend time with our daughter and family, the weather was mostly wet but we managed a trip to the beach on the rare dry day. 

We then drove to our cottage in Wales for a few days, again very wet weather but nice and snug inside, my sister and husband joined us for New Years Day

Last week we saw snow for one day, nothing like the east coast of USA have been seeing!

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Fine Linen meets Grateful Prayer

It has been so long since I have blogged! 

Back at the beginning of the summer my lovely blogging friend Lorraine from contacted me to say that in September she would be travelling to the UK with her husband John and could we meet up?  

I was so excited and we planned our meet up and day together carefully. Together with my hubby we drove to Kent, picked up John and Lorraine from Tonbridge Wells train station and took them to Scotney Castle which is a National Trust property. 

We had a great day together, it was as if we had met up on a regular basis over the years, we got on so well. We do have a lot in common, big family, each have a child who has adopted a child/children and we all have a faith in God which was so lovely to share with each other. 

The sun shone, the sky was blue and formed a beautiful setting for Scotney, I think this is the only NT property in Kent that we hadn't already visited and so was a first for us too. We had a lovely lunch sitting outside in the sunshine and walked around the buildings and gardens, taking lots of photos. And chatting non stop :)  

We ended our day sitting in the car, sharing gifts for one another and praying together for our families before dropping John and Lorraine back to the station. 

I have enjoyed reading Lorraine's blog over a number of years and to be able to meet her and John in the flesh was an experience we will always treasure.