Mine has been busy and eventful and started on the Wednesday before the holiday. I bought my dishwasher in 1995 for my late husband's 65th birthday as he was having a party and I didn't want to wash all the dishes. It has been feeling its age lately and I knew it was on its last legs so I decided to give it a clean through with very little crockery. I went upstairs to my workroom and luckily didn't turn on the radio because I suddenly heard a bang, came downstairs and when I opened it smoke came out. I ran next door to my neighbour and he could see flames inside it, so I called the Fire Brigade who came within 5 minutes. Huge men in dirty boots, poured into my small house and with giant pliers cut the waste pipe and electric cable (that I had already disconnected) and carried it out into the front garden. The water that had been sloshing about in the bottom (it hadn't drained at all) was now on the kitchen floor and it took me an hour to mop up and clean up after they had eventually gone, but I realise I was very lucky as it could have been worse.
The best thing was that when I came back from shopping the next day my old dishwasher had disappeared from my front garden, so maybe the scrap metal man had gone past.
Friday following this I went to Kent to stay with my eldest son and family, for Christmas and we were joined by No 2 son and family the next day and so the holiday had started. We went to the beach on Christmas Eve and No 2 son did a 10K run -
|Notice the kite surfers in the background!!|
I went for a walk with my daughters in law and we watched horses being exercised.
Christmas Day passed in a blur of church, food, presents and more food, followed by games and all too soon Boxing Day came round with No 2 son, wife and children having to leave to see in-laws. I stayed on and we went to see the hunt assembling near a local pub ready to ride out, but the town was packed with people and cars and prevented any decent photos and then my camera battery ran out!! This is a very popular annual event with huge crowds.
|The inconsiderate girl kept getting in the picture!!|
All my Christmas presents this year for the females were my own handiwork. Remember the hexi bag that I blogged about here, well I made one each for my daughters in law and filled them with little goodies.
I love these Japanese 'Cranes'; aren't they beautiful and elegant.
Way back and I don't know when, I made a craft carry caddy for myself and that gave me the idea to make one each for the grandchildren and put a few little things in them.
|Grandson's Star Wars fabric|
|Clockwise from left: Cinderella, Tinkerbell and Frozen fabric|
Ellie was eight just before Christmas and I decided to make her one of the counter change smocked sun dresses with a little glittery T-shirt underneath. I love these little dresses as all you need are the chest measurement and the height.
|Little hearts and I loved this fabric as soon as I saw it|
Anyway I must get on as so much to do and not enough time to do it!! Is this going to be my 2018??