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Monday, 24 October 2016

Update 24th October 2016

Hi Blogger Friends,

Thank you for the comments on my previous post.

So I decided from the 17th October until 18th December to work on some projects that are fairly close to being finished just so I can reduce my ridiculously large UFO pile. So although I will be continuing to work on Prairie Schooler Alphabet, Lakeside Fantasy SAL, Death by Cross Stitch and Viennese Waltz,  I will be working these Focus for a Finish projects and I have decided to pick one of my UFO's that are larger to be my main evening focus project and I have chosen to work on Mirabilia Christmas in London. Below is where I left it last time.
I am stitching her on 32 ct Heirloom linen from Polstitches. I was looking at the bead pack that I bought for her and she is going to be so blingy it is unbelievable.


So here is what happened over the last week.

 Monday - 17th October

I did lots of walking as it was a really lovely autumnal day, quite fresh but bright. So I took my dog for her regular morning walk, I then walked to and from town as I needed to go to the library and I wanted to browse around town and later in the day we walked the dog on the common and timed that just right as we could see the progress of rain coming up the Severn river, we had been home about five minutes when the heavens opened.

Stitching wise I worked on Prairie Schooler Letter H
and listened to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows whilst doing this. I am pleased with the progress. In my next session I am hoping to complete at least the left hand side Bee Hives.

After dinner I did my first session on Christmas in London and below is the progress made. I worked the green area to the left of the photo.
Viewing wise I watched the opening episode of Season 18 of  Law and Order - SVU, this is my favourite police procedural show and this first episode was a good one and I  caught up on last weeks episode of The Level. I then watched a programme  called Sleuths, Spies and Sorcerers : Andrew Marr's Paperback Heroes, the programme I watched was all about the crime novel and was very interesting. In bed I read from Victoria.

Tuesday - 18th October 

As it was a Tuesday and hubby goes to the office on a Tuesday we were up early. So after breakfast and before taking Lily for her morning walk I worked on my first Focus for a Finish project for about an hour below is where it was when I last worked on it followed by what I got done. I managed to stitch 3.5 colours onto the project and I am pleased with the progress
I did a lot of reading having had a bad reading week last week I thought it was about time I caught up with some of the books I have started to read recently.

After taking the dog for an afternoon walk along the canal I did an hours stitching on the Lakeside Fantasy SAL. I am now working on part 2 of the border and below is where I got to. Whilst doing this I caught up on last nights episode of Cold Feet.
After dinner I settled down to work on Christmas in London and whilst stitching on this I watched an old episode of  A Touch of Frost (yes a crime drama) before watching the new series of Ordinary Lies, although it has the same title as the previous series this is a new story with new characters. The opening episode saw a husband think his wife was playing away so installed cameras in their home. Only to find out at the end of the episode that she was actually trying to catch paedophiles. It is interesting in that I think if you go looking for something you will eventually find something that does not please you. Below is my progress on Christmas in London
I continued working on the left hand side and am pleased with the progress made. This project has such cheery colours, even the greens which are my least favourite colour are lovely shades.

In bed I made a start on a bookmark from the Bookmark for all Seasons leaflet I purchased recently
I am working on the first Winter one and have changed the floss from what is listed to DMC 4010 Color Variations (Winter Sky), I also read from both The Moving Finger ( and still Miss Marple has not appeared) and Victoria.

Wednesday - 19th October

As it was Wednesday that meant working on Death by Cross Stitch
Below is where I left it last week
my goal was to finish page one which I achieved

and I continued down into page 5 ending up here
I am very pleased with this weeks progress and it was over 7 hrs of stitching. It's quite a slow process as I am using a variegated thread which does mean I have to do the stitching as complete X's and not the quicker back and forth method which I would use if stitching with a solid colour.


I also did two dog walks today and watched The Great British Bake Off and The Missing - this weeks episode was easier to follow so that was good. In bed I read from The Moving Finger (Miss Marple still hasn't appeared but from the last line of the chapter I was reading I think she will be in the next chapter, there is only about 45 pages to the end of the book so I hope she shows up soon) and I read a sizable chunk of Victoria - it is quite a long book just under 500 pages and I am now just over half way through.

Thursday - 20th October 

As I was up early, I decided I might as well stitch so I first updated this blog for Wednesday and then settled down to watch some of my You Tube watch list, mainly Book Tube videos and stitched on my Scotland Santa. I managed to get quite a bit done and now only have the cross to add on the right before it will be just beading to do.


I had a real pottering day today and did not do a great deal. Normally I do some stitching in the afternoon but  I think I was suffering a little burnout from yesterdays session and my wrist was a bit painful too.

Any way after a lovely dinner of Veggie Stew with Olive Oil Dumplings I settled down to working on Christmas in London and I did just over 2.5 hrs on her
I worked the section on the left hand side, so we now have the full width of the design in view. I will continue working on this top half of the design until all the cross stitching is done and then scroll up and do the bottom.

TV viewing wise  I watched the opening episode of the new series of The Big Bang Theory, which gave us a good chuckle we love this show. An episode of Top of the Pops from 1982 and I knew all the songs so I was happily stitching and singing away. Because I could not be bothered to change the channel we then saw a programme on the railways and the development of a town specifically because the railway was built there. It was strangely very interesting. And as it was Thursday we watched this weeks episode of The Apprentice - a better one tonight but they still are a pretty hopeless bunch of candidates.

In bed I finished reading The Moving Finger and Miss Marple finally turned up on page 121 of 167 pages and solved the crime. It was an ok read not one of my favourites, I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads. It told the story well enough and I did like the final line of the book it made me smile. I also read about another 10% of Victoria, this is a very easy read as it is so in line with the TV series with a little extra flourish here and there.

Friday - 21st October

Up at stupid O'clock again (5am), I let the dog out into the garden and it was one of those very clear cold nights and I think we have probably  had our first frost of the autumn. I could see The Big Dipper and a half moon lighting the night sky.  So up early, got myself a cup of black tea and updated my blog for Thursday before settling down to work on Scotland Santa and watch some of my You Tube watch list. Because I subscribe to so many Book and Floss Tubers I always have a good selection come morning even if I have cleared my list the day before.

So my progress on Scotland Santa
I have now completed the cross stitch part of this project so just all the lovely beads to add and we will have a finish - Yay :-)

Because that only took an hour and as I was up on my own I decided to do a little more work on my HAED Capricorn. Below is where I left it last week
and where I got to today I did 1 hr and 45 minutes
on it. This is a very long term project and only gets worked on when I want a break from my main projects. So you may not see an update on this each week. We will see. I am currently enjoying it and I would like to at least get the first page finished before the end of the year.

In the evening I caught up on my crime dramas from Thursday and finished the stitching on my Daffodils Bookmark
I then made a start on the next one I am going to do and this was blind chosen by my husband - Mackintosh Rose
Only a little progress but a start has been made.
We watched some comedy together - Have I Got News for You and the new N series of QI now hosted by Sandi Toksvig  who I think is a great successor to Stephen Fry. In bed  read some more from Victoria and I do not have much to go in the book now so I think it will be completed over the weekend.

Saturday - 22nd October

I was yet again up at silly o'clock and spent around 5.5 hrs excluding having breakfast and getting dressed on finishing off my Daffodils bookmark and my Scotland Santa.
This probably would not have taken so long had I realised I had not done the back stitching on the Santa the beading was fairly straightforward and then I had a bit of fight getting the beard and moustache to an acceptable state. However, on the whole I am happy how it has turned out. I will back and attach hangers once I have the Ireland one done then all three Celtic Santa's will be done and three new ornaments for my tree this year at least.

In the afternoon my husband and I tackled some gardening and I think being in the fresh air initially and then bonfire smoke from another garden later tired me out a little. So I decided not to work on Viennese Waltz this weekend. I have decided that next weekend and on Monday 31st October I will do some stitching on this project to make up for my less than adequate efforts on this project recently. So in the evening whilst watching Strictly Come Dancing (on the whole a good show this week) I continued doing some stitching on Mackintosh Rose Bookmark. This one is just cross stitching in very pretty colours so should not take too long.
Later we watched some comedy show repeats before going to bed I think we were both tired after the gardening which was quite physical. In bed I did finish reading Victoria - it really did follow the series with a little extra flourish but stopped at the wedding proposal. I enjoyed it and would have enjoyed it had I not seen the series. I gave it 4 stars. Daisy Goodwin is a very competent writer, I have read her first book  which I enjoyed and have her second on my Kindle ( just another book that needs reading).

Sunday - 23rd October

As usual I was up early so I decided I would read. I had a book that needed finishing as it is due back at the library on Monday 24th and I cannot extend it as it has several reservations against it. So I finished reading The Girl at the Savoy. This is the third novel by Hazel Gaynor that I have read and I can say she writes great stories. This was 4.5 stars for me, only because a little bit toward the end seemed a little too convenient. That said if I see she has something coming out I will be reading it. And I have just checked her Goodreads listings and apparently her next book is called The Cottingley Secret - I do hope it is about the fairies as I have always loved that hoax and really loved the movie Fairytale - A True Story, fingers crossed, something to look forward to reading in 2017. I then picked up a thriller/crime book I started about two weeks ago called The Primrose Path and this one is getting better now I have got past the establishing of characters and situations. I should finish this one in the coming week and I also started another library loan that is due back on Halloween called A Rustle of Silk by Alys Clare. This is the first Gabriel Taverner mystery set in the early 1600's and he is a doctor or physician. So far I am only two chapters in, it seems promising. I have read books from Alys Clare before but from a different series.

After breakfast and walking the dog, my husband and I did some more gardening and dump runs to clear the mess. I made Roast Gammon, which was accompanied with cauliflower cheese, red cabbage, green beans, carrots, peas and  roasted new potatoes and it was delicious.

In the afternoon and evening I settled down to working on Christmas in London and whilst working on this I watched the first episode of an Amazon series called Goliath - it was ok. We then watched the second half of the first season of Stranger Things (having watched the first half a while back), we both thought that was good and in the evening I watched the more recent version of Far From The Madding Crowd with Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba. It was an ok film but for me it wasn't as good as the early 1970's version with Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Terence Stamp and Peter Finch in the main roles. I know the story reasonably well having read it for O level English Literature. I think the 70's film was more visually stunning and a young Terence Stamp was definitely more dashing as Sergeant Troy than the actor they have in this newer version. So progress on Christmas in London is below. I have done 13 hrs over the last week on this project so I am pleased with that as 10 hrs was my goal and the total project time so far is 38 hrs of stitching
In bed I read from a new book on my Kindle (well new as in fresh start I bought the book in 2014) and it is a romantic suspense/Gothic book called Cauldstane by Linda Gillard. I have read a couple of books by this author before both of which I really enjoyed so I have high hopes. I managed to read 30 pages before my eyes said enough, but I did enjoy the story so far.

So that's it for this week. Very pleased with both my reading and stitching progress over the last week. Since I started making rough goals at the beginning of each week  I do seem to be achieving more.

Bye for now
take care

Lisa x







Monday, 17 October 2016

Update 17th October 2016

Hi Blogger Friends,

Firstly, a big thank you for the comments on last weeks blog and yes Simon (Orangutans) is a lovely project and when finished I know I will be so pleased with it.

So what happened over the last week

Monday - 10th October 2016

The morning was spent on dog walk, housework and going to town to visit the library. I had a couple of books to go back and of course a few reservations to pick up. In the afternoon I worked on Prairie Schooler Alphabet Letter H
and listened to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I am pleased with the progress.

After dinner I settled down to do some  more work on Simon (Orangutans by Jayne Netley Mayhew) and ended up watching 4 episodes from Season One of Outlander - a bit of a comfort viewing. I know the story fairly well having read and listened to the book several times, either way I enjoyed my evening and am very pleased with the progress I made
I worked on the browns on the left hand side, in my next session I think I will fill in the gaps on the arm. We were a little later going to bed and for this reason I did not read but wish I had as I had another lousy nights sleep.

Tuesday - 11th October

Up early as my husband goes to the office which is two hours away on Tuesdays so I updated my blog whilst having breakfast then sat down and stitched on my Heaven and Earth Designs Capricorn - artwork by Josephine Wall.

 I did another hours stitching before taking the dog for her morning walk which was quite spooky as the mist had not lifted and it was cold.

Later in the morning I worked on my Lakeside Fantasy SAL and I am making good progress
After doing housework and taking the dog for another walk. The afternoon was bright sunshine so we walked along the canal and I saw a fox sunbathing on the opposite bank to us - a lovely sight. I sat down and did a little more on my Prairie Schooler Alphabet Letter H
and in the evening I worked on Simon again
TV viewing wise I watched a few more episodes of Outlander Season 1 before watching the final episode of National Treasure - it was a strange ending in my mind. He was found not guilty although from flashbacks it was implied he was guilty and his wife ended up leaving him. Still well acted but for me an unsatisfactory end to the story. In bed I continued reading Victoria, it is very much following the plot of the TV series but perhaps with a little more detail. I suppose as it is based on factual things there are only so many ways it can be expressed. Nevertheless I am enjoying it and managed to read about 40 pages which is good for me. I also had a better nights sleep even still being in pain with my shoulder. Perhaps it was all the fresh air plus the early start that helped.

Wednesday - 12th October

I did not get up until after 6 am today which in recent times is good for me. After breakfast I took the dog for her walk accompanied by my husband today before he went off on the train.

I decided to spend the day working on Death by Cross Stitch as I only work on it one day per week I thought I might as well give it the whole day. So after housework I settled down to stitching on it and listened to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

In the evening  I watched some more episodes of Outlander Season 1, Bake Off  and the new series of Missing. This one is going to be a struggle I think as it keeps flitting back and forth in time and therefore you need your wits about you to keep up.
This is where I got to with the stitching and I am really pleased with the progress. I am hoping to complete page 1 next week. As you can see from the photo I have already worked across into Page Two and down into Page Five. I wanted to get to where the border patterns ended.

In bed I read a very little from Victoria but I was quite tired and thankfully had a good nights sleep.

Thursday - 13th October

I think I was suffering from a little bit of burnout on Thursday having stitched for over 6 hrs on Wednesday. So I did no stitching whatsoever until the evening. It was another lovely day so I did a bit of garden clearance cutting back more brambles and I cleared a good area of the garden so that was good. I read from four books - The Blue Fairy Book and Lady of Hay during the early evening and The Romanovs - The Final Chapter (non fiction) and more from Victoria at bedtime. We watched this weeks episode of Lucifer and then this weeks Apprentice ( a hopeless bunch this year). I did eventually do some stitching on my Daffodils bookmark by Textile Heritage,
and I am pleased with the progress I made.

Friday - 14th October

We had a new shower installed which will make life easier and quicker to get going in the  morning. I finished part one of the Lakeside Fantasy SAL border. This took me just over 10.5 hrs over 5 days.
Whilst I was stitching on this I continued listening to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows I am now 2/3rds through this final book.

In the evening I caught up on Thursday nights crime drama, Paranoid and The Fall before watching Have I Got News For You and Gogglebox prior to going to bed. Whilst watching the crime dramas I continued working on my Daffodils bookmark
and this one is getting there too. I read from Victoria again in bed but only for a short while I was very tired and was probably asleep by 10.45pm which is early for me.

Saturday - 15th October 2016

We went to Coventry to see our daughter and her boyfriend. It was lovely to see her and where she is living for her final year. Because the journey to see her takes an hour and a half each way we only stayed long enough to go  out for a meal before returning home. The reason for this is  I do not like leaving the dog alone for too long, as it was we were gone for over 5  hours.
As it is Saturday I worked on Viennese Waltz and I am really pleased with the progress I made this week
I got the ladies arms and sleeves done and filled in some of the purples above arm area. Next week I need to sort out the mans sleeve as it doesn't appear quite right on what I have marked on the chart so I think there may be a bit of frogging to start. Oh well never mind. And of course I watched Strictly Come Dancing and it was a good one tonight. The standard is high this year and those that are less competent seem to be at least trying which is all you can ask really. In bed I read from The Moving Finger (still no Miss Marple) and a little from Victoria but my eyes were saying sleep.

Sunday - 16th October 2016

 It was quite rainy to start so we waited until it had dried up before taking the dog for a walk. After lunch we went to the cinema and watch The Girl on The Train. I read the book last year and they changed the location from London to New York but apart from that and the fact that even trying to make Emily Blunt dowdy, she wasn't quite as I imagined the character. That said I enjoyed the film.

Later in the afternoon  I worked on Simon (Orangutans) for the last time until the New Year, whilst watching The Golden Compass which happened to be on as I was flicking through the stations. Here is were I got to with Simon
Still an awful lot to do on him but he is part of my main rotations system for next year so with a bit of luck he  may get completed in 2017.

In the evening we watched Bridge of Spies which was very good and I worked on my Daffodils bookmark. Just some blue stitching to do and the back stitch, so I should complete this in the next week.



I then watched Tutankhamen which is now on in the place Victoria occupied for the previous weeks and I was really enjoying it but made the mistake of laying on the couch and I did drop off to sleep for a few minutes. I don't think I missed anything important.

I did no reading today just too tired come bed time.


So that's it for another week. Quite a bit of stitching and progress and some reading but not as much as I would have liked.

Bye for now

Take Care

Lisa x



Monday, 10 October 2016

Update 10th October 2016

Hi Blogger Friends,

So what happened over the last week

Monday - 3rd October

As usual I was up early. So I got  my  morning reading in before my husband got up for breakfast (he was working from home). I continued with my daily reading from The Blue Fairy book and read a sizable chunk of Holy Island which being a crime book I am enjoying.

I was a little naughty today in that I had a new start. I was going to start this back in January and as I was doing loads of other things it got put away but I am me and these things happen so below is my small start although several hours of stitching on Capricorn from Heaven and Earth Designs artwork by Josephine Wall, it is on 18 ct white aida 2 strands over 1 block of aida full crosses.
We are looking at years of work here as I know I wont be able to concentrate on it for weeks at a time.
Later I did some more on my Prairie Schooler Alphabet Letter H
and I am pleased with how this is coming along.
In the evening I worked on Simon actually Orangutans by Jayne Netley Mayhew, I decided to work on some of the leafy bit just to break up the continual browns and rusts
and again I was pleased with the progress made.
As it was Monday I watched this weeks episode of Cold Feet and I enjoyed this one more than the last couple. In bed I continued with Winnie the Pooh which is just charming and The Moving Finger which I think is a Marple book but four chapters in she is yet too appear.

Tuesday - 4th October

I was up earlyish and cracked on with getting my blog post up having not done it on Monday like I normally do. After breakfast, showering and taking the dog for her walk I pottered about for awhile and sorted out some fabric to do the Lakeside Fantasy SAL on after deciding to order this. It has been running for a couple of months now and having seen the updates on it I want to do it. My goal is to do the border between now and the end of the year and then do one block a month Jan - Dec 2017. Once the thread pack has arrived I will start on it. Below is the fabric which is from Crafty Kitten - it is Icicles with added pink on Opal Brittney (I bought this with a specific project in mind that I never started so it is good it is now getting used)
In reality it does not look quite as pink and you cannot see the sparkle which is there.

As we have had a couple of good bright dry days I got out and mowed the lawns and picked up all the apple fallers from out big tree in our front garden. The mowing although weather was dry was very damp with dew, but at least I got it done before the rain returns.

I worked on my Prairie Schooler Alphabet Letter H - I am currently doing about 1 hr a day and that seems to be my comfort level of stitching on 20 ct aida 2 over 1, after that length of time I seem to get sore fingers as it is quite difficult at times getting needle and thread through fabric.
My aim for my next stitching session is to complete the  lower box and that should not be too difficult.
In the evening I worked on Simon again and although I did about two hours stitching I was a little slower as my right eye was a bit weepy, it might be a result of working in the garden grass pollen possibly.
I added more browns to the left hand side. I think in my next session I may try and fill in a bit of the Orangutan itself.

I watched the third part of National Treasure it is still very good and I have a feeling it is the wife that holds the key to what did happen in the past. The storyline is quite sordid at times but is very well acted and we shouldn't shy away from things that are unsavoury or unpalatable. I did not read in bed due to my eye being weepy and I think that effected my quality of sleep as it took  me an age to get off to sleep.

Wednesday - 5th October 

So Wednesday was a day of reading, stitching, baking and watching too much TV.  So I did approximately an hours stitching on Prarie Schooler Alphabet Letter H as I have done on the previous days in October and I finished off the bottom section which was my goal.


In the afternoon I baked a Chocolate Victoria Sandwich I have not made one for a long time and I just fancied one so I made one.

I read from several books and made good progress on my October TBR list. Since I have started writing down what I am reading I seem to be getting through more. I am particularly enjoying the Kindle loan book Holy Island the first in the DCI Ryan mystery series by LJ Ross, I think I will continue with the series when I have completed this book.

After dinner we settled down for a night of TV, we watched this weeks episode of Lucifer which we both love. We then watched last nights Westworld premier episode on Catch-up and both me and my husband think it has promise. I vaguely remember the movie with Yul Brynner but it is a long time since I saw it. As it is Wednesday it was Bake Off night and tonight's episode was OK and think this whole current series has been a little flat if I am honest and I have not liked all the rounds they have chosen which hasn't helped. Finally we watched DCI Banks I think it might be the last in this current series as we finally got to the bottom of what has been going on in previous episodes, it certainly wasn't a two part storyline like previous weeks have been. Whilst I was viewing TV I was of course stitching and tonight I decided I needed a break from all the browns and greens on Simon and so chose instead to work on my variegated floss piece Death by Cross Stitch by Long Dog Samplers and below is where I got to
I worked on the diagonal bit coming down toward the left hand side from the right of the Unicorn, I managed about 2.5 hrs stitching I am not managing quite as much as I normally do as I have wrenched my left shoulder/neck and it is quite painful and being a left handed stitcher the pain is slowing me up, but as I keep saying one stitch in is one less to go and I am really loving how this is looking.

Thursday - 6th October

I was up around 6 am  so I decided to read two stories from The Blue Fairy Book, this is an ongoing book for October, I read one or two a day. The stories I read were familiar Cinderella and Aladdin and I am enjoying this book far more than I thought I would. I don't read many short story books and if by reading this helps me look more at them it will have been a good move and I really like fairy tales and some in this book I am not familiar with so I am  learning about new ones as well. I also did my hours session on the Prarie Schooler Alphabet Letter H. I worked up the left side border and whilst doing that I watched Book and Floss Tube videos on my watch list.
When I went shopping today I finally received one of the new £5 notes in my change. Surprisingly I quite like it. I think the security features are pretty cool and it does not feel as plastic as I thought it would
and my Amazon pre-order of the book Replica arrived
This is a book where you can read a couple of chapters from this characters story and then flip the book and read from the other characters viewpoint
Or read the complete part of one and then the other it is up to you. I really like the concept of this book I just hope the story lives up to it. Having never read anything by this author I have no expectations and I actually don't know a great deal about the plot and for me that is a good thing. If I get through my current TBR I will then read this - if not it is definitely in November reading plan.

My shoulder was still paining me in the afternoon so I had a nap - I clearly needed it and did feel more refreshed after.


In the evening I watched a bit of TV including  last nights documentary by the actress/comedian Sally Phillips on Down Syndrome it was very thought provoking and having raised a child with special needs albeit not Downs, it did resonate quite strongly with me. Are we headed towards Eugenics again I hope not.  On a lighter note I also watched the start of the new series of the Apprentice - I never understand why they come out with such utter tripe to try and sell themselves they just come across as prats. Oh well it is entertaining if nothing else. I worked on Simon filling in bits of his face

He is going to look superb when completed but it is going to be a long haul with this. So far I am just over 57 hrs of stitching on it. In bed I finished reading Winnie the Pooh such a sweet book and read another chapter of The Moving Finger  - Miss Marple still has not appeared yet.

Friday - 7th October 2016

We were up early as my husband had a long drive to work and I like to make sure he has had breakfast on such days particularly when he has been so tired of late (he is always tired but more tired than usual), also I needed to get the dog walk in a little earlier as I was having my hair cut first thing. Well I say cut just a tidy up and my curtain (fringe/bangs) trimmed so that I can see out again. Just before leaving for the hairdresser the post came with my floss for the Lakeside Fantasy SAL and below is the floss on the fabric I am using
I think it will look just fine on this and I am going to attempt to get all the border done between now and the New Year. Of course I made a start on it and here is where I got to
I also did some more work on my Prairie Schooler Alphabet
and in the evening I finished the back stitching on Medieval Garden bookmark and did a little more on the Daffodils one but not enough to warrant a photo. We were a little later to bed so I did not read bedtime, but I did finish two books Persuasion by Jane Austen which I have been listening to - Juliet Stephenson was the narrator and I thoroughly enjoyed it and I also finished a cosy crime book called Wicked Autumn - this sadly wasn't as good as I thought it would be but I will probably continue with the series as the book did pick up in the second half of the story. I also started to listen to the final Harry Potter book and I hope to finish listening to it this month.

Saturday - 8th October 

October 8th is a sad day for me as it was on this day 9 years ago my eldest sister was determined to have died after suffering an aneurysm the previous day. I miss her terribly and although I am now no longer filled with sadness, it does sadden me to think she never saw what her children ( of whom she was fiercely proud) have achieved.

As always I was up early and so worked a little more on my Lakeside Fantasy SAL border whilst watching You Tube.
We were very slow in getting going and the dog did not get her walk until nearly 11 am. After lunch we decided to go to Gloucester and have a wander about and that made a pleasant change as we rarely go somewhere in the afternoon. If we go out it does tend to be in the morning. On returning home I finished my Medieval Garden bookmark by Textile Heritage
and then I did a very little on my Viennese Waltz by Heritage Crafts just before watching Strictly Come Dancing and then a little after it. Not much progress this week just filled in the gap by the mans face and worked up to where you can see the unfinished stitches.
Next week I will do more on this as I would like to get it at least half done by the end of the year.

In bed I read from Holy Island I was close to a finish but I was just so tired I had to put the Kindle down and try and get some sleep. I am still suffering with pain in my left shoulder all the way across to the bottom of my head on the left. It means I am not sleeping so well (well worse than normal I never have lots of sleep) and am finding it hard to get comfortable. I sure it is muscular but I wish it would sort itself out - fed up with it now.

Sunday - 9th October 

I was up early and decided to read this morning as I did not feel up to stitching. So I finished Holy Island which I enjoyed and have now borrowed the second book in the series from Kindle Library Loans (Prime member perk), I also read two fairy tales from the Blue Fairy Book - Rumplestiltskin which was as I remembered it and Beauty and the Beast which although same in outcome the actual story is different from what I remember. I am really enjoying this book and I have had it on my Kindle from when I got my first one about 5 or 6 years ago and it was a freebie download. I then started another crime/thriller book called The Primrose Path - I read a couple of chapters and it looks promising. I also started to read the book you can see above undeneath my bookmark finish The Girl from the Savoy. I have read Hazel Gaynor's previous two books which I thoroughly enjoyed and this has started off well so I have high hopes for this one also. I need to get this one read as it is a library loan and it has reserves against it and is due back on the 20th. I should be able to get it read this week without too much difficulty.

After walking the dog we did a dump run with all the garden waste that I have bagged recently. We needed the car windows open on the journey as the smell of silage and rotting apples is not the best fragrance to start your day with.

In the afternoon and early evening I worked on Lakeside Fantasy SAL and caught up with some crime dramas that I have been watching
I am pleased with the progress I have made. Later I did a little more stitching on my Daffodils bookmark
We also watched the final episode of Victoria. Both my husband and I have really enjoyed this series and it will be back next year. This current series went up to the birth of her first child so there is plenty of scope for more considering she reigned for 60 years. I enjoyed it so much I started reading the Kindle book by Daisy Goodwin called Victoria (fiction) as it was on offer for 99p and it is good so far. I managed to read 7% before my eyes said enough.

So that's its for this week.
Bye for now

love Lisa x