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

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Update 4th October 2016

Hi Blogger Friends,

Firstly thank you for the comment on my previous post and apologies for being a day late posting
This is what we saw whilst walking the dog sunshine through the trees on a lovely autumn day.

So what happened this week
26th September - Monday

I was up quite early and because we are on holiday until Wednesday I let my Hubby lay in whilst I drank a cup of tea and read from three books. After breakfast and walking the dog, I received a reel of blue aida band which I purchased from a Facebook friend to do more bookmarks the photo below is the one she sent me to see if I wanted it. Which I did and I will be able to make quite a few bookmarks with this - so thank you Lynne for offering it to me.
We then went to Cirencester for a wander and to do some grocery shopping at the Aldi there (are town does not have one yet). Normally when I go to Ciren I have a pasty for my lunch, on this visit however the shop was under refurbishment so I did not have one - boo hoo!!!. Nevermind it was probably better for my waistline.

After lunch I continued with reading and later listening to Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - I am trying to complete this by the end of the  month.

In the evening I added the back stitching to the Scotties and Westies Bookmark and also had an hour long Facetime session with my daughter.
I am always amazed at how long the back stitching takes, generally double the time you think it will. I also made a start on my next bookmark which is the second in the Medieval series and this one is called Medieval Garden

I watched Cold Feet (it's OK but I am not enjoying it quite as much as the first episode, just finding it a little predicable which is a shame) and in bed I read 3 chapters of The Secret Garden.

Tuesday - 27th September

Today, my husband was still on holiday so we went out for lunch and then went into town for a short while. My husband kindly bought me a new Kindle Paperwhite in white. I have wanted this type of Kindle for some time as it will make reading in bed much easier being back lit. I went to get a cover for it but the one they had available was £25 and very  ugly I was able to order a pretty one form Amazon later in the day.

I spent quite a bit of the day reading and I did do stitching working on Prairie Schooler Alphabet Letter G - slowly but surely getting there.
I finished off my Scotties and Westies bookmark
and made a little more progress on my Medieval Garden one
I watched the second episode of National Treasure this evening. It is still fairly ambiguous as to whether or not the main character did rape/ sexually abuse the victims and with the character of the daughter having memory issues makes it even more hard to work out what you think has or hasn't happened. It is a very good drama on a very unsavoury topic.

In bed I read more of The Secret Garden - still enjoying it.

Wednesday - 28th September

I was on my own on Wednesday so it was a case of housework, changing beds etc. Whilst doing other things.

My Kindle cover turned up this morning and I love it

It became a day of finishes. In between housework I read and I finished my library book The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. This is the first in a series of crime mystery books featuring an 11 year old girl called Flavia de Luce. They are set in 1950's England. I really enjoyed the book, my only issue was that Flavia did seem older than 11, but in his afterword the author calls her precocious so perhaps that is what I was feeling.
I will continue with the series. I also finished listening to Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - this is the 6th book in the series and having only read the first three prior to this year I did not realise just how dark the books get. It was very good and Stephen Fry's narration was excellent as usual. There is something to be said for a good narrator if you are listening as opposed to reading a book as I think it really effects your enjoyment of it.

I also finally finished my Letter G from the Prairie Schooler Alphabet this one took me 22hrs and 50 minutes to complete. Over the weekend I will start on Letter H - probably on Sunday.
As it was Wednesday it was Bake Off night and this weeks was more enjoyable but then there was cake involved - I think this probably has more to do with me than the programme. We then watched this weeks episode of DCI Banks and you  may remember last week I stated that it ended with a main character being stabbed. Well to my surprise they did kill her off and so the episode was about her boss who also happened to be in love with her searching for who did it. Now don't get me wrong it was a really strong episode but in reality even without a personal involvement DCI Banks would not have been allowed to deal with the case they would have brought in an outside team. A little quibble and also as a professional he would not have put his coat over her dead body and contaminated the scene so unprofessional. You can see I get a bit involved.

Another aside nothing to do with my usual Stitching or Books but I was watching some You Tube a  book tuber talking about their October TBR and they mentioned a Roald Dahl adult short stories book called Deception. Well when I think of Roald Dahl and adult short stories I think of Tales of the Unexpected and so then I had the TV theme tune going through my head - I absolutely love it. So this got the old cogs ticking over and I decided to ask others on Facebook what their 3 favourite TV theme tunes were mine are Tales of the Unexpected, Black Beauty and Kidnapped (David's Song). I got some interesting answers both Game of Thrones (whose theme I am not familiar with) and The Big Bang Theory came up quite regularly. A couple of answer like Inspector Morse and Jonathon Creek I do also like a lot and of course there are things like Dr Who and Star Trek that stick in the brain. The things I think about, but that's me.

In bed I read again from The Secret Garden and it is a very enjoyable book.

Thursday - 29th September 

Today I read quite a bit, spent too much time on the computer and had a major panic about having lost my Forever Project  (HAED Large Treasure Hunt Bookshelf by Aimee Stewart)chart. I could not find the PDF on the computer and I only have about 10 pages of the 168 page chart printed out and although I only have one page completed fully it is many hours work and I really do not want to start over. Anyway to cut a long story short  my husband found the PDF on a back up drive that was specially bought for me for my precious charts. We really do live and learn.

My order from the Book Depository finally came three more classics for me to read.
I got Sense and Sensibility and Howard's End because I really love the films of these books. I have read Sense and Sensibility before but have never read any of E M Forster's works. War and Peace is going to be read January and February next year and my reason is just so I can honestly say It's like reading War and Peace - which you hear as quip quite often and having seen the TV series last winter I don't think I am going to dislike it as much as the title itself does not inspire me.

The evening was crime heavy. Over the last couple of evenings I have kept seeing trailers for a documentary called Conviction : Murder at the Station and it peaked my interest so I watched both episodes it was very compelling and quite worrying that someone could be convicted of a murder with very little forensic evidence which then was destroyed. Now I am not sure whether the chap was innocent or was very good at manipulation but nevertheless the actions of the police force were worrying and is interesting to note they have now changed their procedures. If you are in they UK and have access to BBC iPlayer it is well worth 120 minutes of your time. I also watched the opening episode of the final third series of The Fall set in Northern Ireland with Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan - it is a very good series this episode I thought a little slow but I believe it will get better and having watched and thoroughly enjoyed the previous two series I will see this through to the end.

I worked on my Medieval Garden Bookmark and below is my progress. I think this one has very pretty colours used in it.
And has been the case for the last week I continued reading The Secret Garden, I may finish it on Friday which would be nice to complete it in September but if not it will definitely be done Saturday.

Friday - 30th September

I decided that as we are coming to the end of September I would  plan my TBR (to be read) list for October. Below are photos of my very overly ambitious plans.Thankfully several of them are on audio so I will listen to those when I am doing housework, cooking etc. The bottom two books are carry overs. Lady of Hay I am nearly halfway through and Persuasion I have just started listening/reading.

I have planned to read a couple of Victorian books - Great Expectations and The Blue Fairy Book because on Book Tube there is Victober and it is my attempt at joining in. I am  also reading Winnie The Pooh as he turns 90 this October and I decided to read a biography for my Non fiction book in October and  as Cary Grant is my favourite actor from the golden age of Hollywood, I thought why not read the biography on him that I have. It is quite possible that I won't get to them all but I will give it a good go.

Well Friday was a day of reading. I finished Better than Before a non fiction book about habits, which had some very good points if a little preachy at times. The Elizabeth Papers which was a Kindle loan as I am a Amazon Prime member, this was a continuation of Elizabeth and Darcy's story from Pride and Prejudice plus a current day story of a descendant - I really enjoyed this book and I finished reading The Secret Garden, so I have a fresh start for my Mahoosive TBR for October (see above)ow

I continued working on my Medieval Garden Bookmark and below is my progress
It is coming along nicely. I watched a couple of crime dramas whilst stitching Paranoid episode 2 which was taped from Thursday and a new one called The Level. I did not read in bed as I was tired and knew I was getting up early the next day.

Saturday - 1st October

I was up before 5 am, so the day was going to be long. After an early breakfast I stitched on Viennese Waltz and caught up on my book tube and floss tube video on my watch list. I read the first story from The Blue Fairy Book (I will read one a day during October), it was ok but really killing dogs isn't high on my list of good things, but fairy tales can be very dark. I also read a couple of chapters of the biography of Cary Grant and I think I am going to enjoy this book. I also started on my latest Kindle Loan which is Holy Island a crime book and so far I am hooked. And because the weather was pretty dire in the morning ( so me and the dog did not go out) I read from Wicked Autumn. So a good start to my October TBR lets hope I can keep it up.

The post came mid morning and  I received another bookmark kit this time Celtic Jewel and I received a bookmark chart booklet called Bookmarks for the Seasons
After lunch I took the dog for her walk, we went along the canal today and I saw the kingfisher so that was a pleasant surprise. I made a start on Letter H of the Prairie Schooler Alphabet
before returning to work on  my Viennese Waltz.
I listened to an audio book whilst stitching until late afternoon when I watched some TV an old episode of Agatha Christie's  Marple (Geraldine McEwan version) and as it was Saturday I watched Strictly Come Dancing which was very enjoyable, although I will be honest I like it when it gets to less contestants. In bed I read from both Winnie the Pooh, which is very sweet and The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie.

Sunday - 2nd October

We were up and about much earlier than we normally are on a Sunday, and before my husband got up I did some reading. After walking the dog we drove to Cardiff to take our son out for lunch and to get him some shopping. Strangely he did not want a great deal as he had done a shop earlier in the week but he had run out of a few things. He seems to be really enjoying being back in Cardiff which is great. I have one small cause for concern he seems to have a touch of eczema on his arms, I think he is either using too much shower gel/shampoo when showering or too much washing powder when doing his laundry, so I told him to reduce both and if it doesn't clear up go see a pharmacist/doctor as he might need some cream to clear it.

On returning home I decided to watch the Disney film Beauty and the Beast whilst working on my Prairie Schooler Alphabet. I love that film, I think it is one of the better ones and it is one that I actually saw when it came out at the cinema. I took two of my nieces to see it.

I then worked on my Medieval bookmark which I have nearly finished, just more back stitching and the making up to go. It will be completed over the next week.
As I was bored with back stitching I started on my next one. Now I have around 10 bookmark kits so I fanned them out and my husband picked one. Below is my progress on Daffodils. I worked on this whilst watching this weeks episode of Victoria which I am loving. To be honest I was not a great fan of Jenna Coleman in Dr Who, so she has been a pleasant surprise as Victoria and the chap playing Albert is very easy on the eyes.
In bed I read again from both Winnie the Pooh and The Moving Finger and I am enjoying both.

So that's it for this week. I know I ramble on but heigh-ho this is as much an aide memoir for me as anything else.

So until next week which will be back to Monday, bye bye

love Lisa x