Thursday, 15 December 2011


Well, haven't been around lately as I have been ill.  I slipped a disc and had spinal surgery on Tuesday evening!  The pain has been horrendous, but thanks to a wonderful neurosurgeon, it has almost gone.  I still have some nerve damage in my left leg, which is quite painful and the op site is very sore (to be expected), but I already feel 100% better.  Will be a couple of weeks before I get back to making bobbin lace, but at least I can crochet and tat.
It's amazing what challenges life throws at you, and I have had my fair share and more over the past 10 years, but life goes on and I see every day now as a new challenge ... something to strive for is a wonderful thing .. and I want to live a good life to be able to enjoy my wonderful family. I am sooo lucky to have a wonderful husband, who tirelessly looks after me every day, without any complaint ... despite working full time!  He calls home every day to make my lunch and leaves my breakfast and pills out every morning for me.  He's done all the washing, ironing, cooking, cleaning etc for a couple of months now ... that kind of love can never be repaid .. but boy will I give it a good go when I am well again!   

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Bobbin Lace Design

Check out my Bobbin Lace page where I have begun the process of trying to explain how I design and make lace.  It is not conventional lace as I love to give myself a challenge! Let me know what you think. Happy lace-making. xx

Monday, 7 November 2011

Christmas is coming ......!

Well, it's a few weeks since my last blog - mainly because I've been ill and partly because I have had crap WIFI connection where we are living right now ... in our caravan .. which is most of the time!  I love it here - a much simpler life - leaving lots of 'crafting time'.  I have finished a few things for Christmas, including: a hooded sweater for Pip (number 3 grandson); sweater for Michael (number 1 grandson); a gift for my dear daughter-in-law, 'Angry Bird' hats for my number 1 and 2 grandsons for birthdays; an Irish crochet lace yoke for a blouse (for ME) etc etc.

I know it's the first tme I have mentioned our caravan, but I do really love it here and wish it could be full time (watch out for the future!!!). Everything is so simple and much more environmentally friendly ... I know what you're thinking ..well no-one says we HAVE to live in a house and NO it IS NOT cold! There is so much to do here and still not enough hours in a day.  You simple cannot beat waking up to glorious sunshine in a place like this! (We 'live' on a farm site and it's so peaceful)  The days are spent enjoying the scenery, walking, talking to my other half (yes we actually talk) and lots and lots of making and designing!  

Check out my Crochet, Tatting, Sewing, Romanian Point Lace and  General Crafts pages for samples of my work so far!

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

4th stop Journey Home: VIENNA

We left Budapest after two wonderful nights to head for Vienna ... what a let down!  I must admit there were some really good parts - the fabulous Hotel Stephanie; the concert at the Hofburg on the 2nd night; some beautiful buildings; but I hated the city!  It was very claustrophobic ... never in my life have I seen so many people in one place, and all the buildings seem to be exactly the same.  I know it's an exaggeration, but that's how I found it. Also the main street along the canal side was awash with fast food places and it stank! I hate the smell of fast food at the best of times, but this seemed overwhelming, and to top it all,  the seating under the trees was covered in so much bird sh*t you couldn't sit down!  I wanted to find some examples of Viennese lace - but it eluded me. I don't think I will go back, but am glad I have been - for the experience!

A precious new grandson

Well ... what a week!  A new grandson is born - Matthew James - weighing in at 71b3and half oz.  He is beautiful.  Am still trying to sort out my holiday photos, which is taking far too long - but should finish soon!  
Have been busy making things - crochet mainly, and have so many design ideas don't think I'll ever get them all done.  Just finished a baby bunting and cardigan for my new grandson  and 2 crochet baskets and am working on a hairpin shawl, bobbin lace picture, crochet fruit and a cardigan.  No rest for the wicked (or madwoman)!

3rd stop - Journey Home: BUDAPEST

Our journey through Hungary was lovely ... then we arrived in Budapest! Wow! What more can I say - an absolutely amazing place - quite possibly the most beautiful city I have been to.  The photographs give a good overview - but if I could recommend anywhere to visit in the world (outside the UK that is) then it would be here!  We had 2 amazing nights, but I unfortunately had a little accident! I fell down 2 steps onto a tiled floor in the hotel spa and my knee came up like Mt Vesuvius!  I had to miss out on a cruise on the Danube .. sitting with my leg up in the hotel room - lots of ice! I made Dave go though so that I could at least experience the photographs!  The 2nd day was very painful walking, but nothing would deter me from seeing more of this amazing city.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

2nd stop - journey home: DEBRECEN

The roads in the Romanian mountains can be particularly poor, but often because of roadworks... so our next leg took a little longer than anticipated!  We arrived in Debrecen, Hungary to the Best Western Hotel.  What a lovely place.  Only one night here, but I would stay again.  There are some beautiful buildings and the people were extremely friendly.
The only downside for me was that I could not find any examples of handmade Hungarian lace.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Beginning the Journey Home: CASTLE DRACULA HOTEL

Well I said it - leaving Romania was so hard .. but I am DEFINITELY going back next year.   I had the most amazing time.  However, leaving Dave at home for over 6 weeks was very difficult and I'll never leave him for so long again. It was fantastic to see him when he finally arrived in Iasi and I'm so happy that he loved it there too.
We had the journey of a lifetime on our way home.  Our first stop was Dracula's Castle Hotel, Bistrita, Romania.  Dave had booked all the hotels for the trip and here we had the honeymoon suite for one night!  Dave had kept it a secret and it was very special, especially as we never had a honeymoon. The rooms were beautiful but the views were to die for!
The hotel is set in the mountains, high up overlooking the village.  The architecture is worth seeing, as is the internal décor.  In the basement, of course, they have Dracula's coffin .. for a unique experience!  There are creaking doors; beautiful paintings and a fabulous restaurant with a patio balcony with views to remember for a lifetime.  We were so lucky to visit this place and I would recommend it to anyone!

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Romanian Travels

For the past month I have been living in Iasi, Romania, with my sister-in-law's family... and I still have 3 weeks to go.  It has been an amazing, life changing experience. I have experienced highs and lows; laughter and tears; extremes of heat; meeting new people; learning a new language and customs; getting to know my way around a very large city; shopping and sight seeing; long train and coach journeys; swimming in the Black Sea; the crumbling concrete constructions from the Communist era; poverty and wealth; family and neighbourly love ... and much, much more.

I feel so fortunate to be able to spend this time here ... to live with a family who treat me as a daughter, sister and friend.  I know that I am homesick too ... missing my children, grand children and especially my darling husband of 32 years, who I have never left behind for so long, but I also know that it will break my heart to leave here.  I have found peace here - something that has been missing in my life for a number of years now because of ill health  bereavement, being bullied at work and losing my job.   There is no pressure on me here to do anything or be anyone other than myself.

For much of my time, I have been indulging myself in some of the crafts that I love - crochet and tatting.  I have designed and made new pieces  and shared them with friends. I have designed new patterns for bobbin lace and developed ideas about what I want my future to be like.

If you follow this blog - then God Bless you and keep you safe.
More to follow soon.