Monday, 16 April 2012

Bits and Pieces

I seem to have blogged about all sorts of things over these last 2 weeks since I started blogging
I thought it time to show the next step
hence the name......

Bits and Pieces

When I talked about the rabbits I showed you
 my idea
of getting large pots that they,
wouldn't manage to get into!

I went to the garden centre

and bought a selection of shrubs and pansies...

now potted out this afternoon

We'll just have to wait and see......
if the rabbits discover how to get to them!


I told you about the mess the neighbour's cattle made on my lawn

They came round this afternoon to try and sort it out

Bless them!

Notice hubbie out there with them.

No doubt ....

helpfully... telling them what they are doing wrong


how to do it right...

(If my experience is anything to go by!!)


I told you a couple of blogs ago how my mother used to do a lot of the real fairisle knitting.

I found a lot of jumpers etc that she had knitted for my children. 

The jumpers had been folded up in a box so don't look their best.

These are just a few...there are at least another couple of photos of them

and ...finally!!

When Mum was down a couple of weeks ago

she brought an embroidery she had done when she was 14

It was done on old corn sacks as there wasn't much other material available at that time.

She found, the other day when she was going through her things and wanted to know if I'd like it

I thought I would have it framed for her and picked it up last week.

I am hoping to go to see her next week and will take it with me.

I found it difficult to pick frames, mounting boards etc so I hope that she likes it!

So...that's it

I told you that it was a lot of bits and pieces

If you are like me, though, it's always good to know what happens next!!


  1. Best wishes with your new potted plants. I hope the rabbits will leave them alone. I love the knitting your Mom did. How wonderful that you still have these pieces that your children wore. I also love the embroidery and the way you had it framed/preserved. You should write a little note on the back of the frame explaining its history and maybe include a pic of your dear Mom for future generations. A lovely post today!

  2. This is my first time here. You live in a beautiful area – your photographs are gorgeous. We are also planting some flowers in pot this week as well as some herbs. I started a fairisle sweater for my husband before we were married, then was so busy that I stopped. When I tried to get back to it I had lost the pattern – it is still in a box, unfinished (45 years later....)

  3. What cute jumpers!
    I really like the embroidery...nice you could frame it for your Mum. 8~)
    I have a baby blanket that I started embroidering for my youngest daughter...before she was born(she is now 13 1/2) my plan it to get it down before she has I think I have few years.ha,ha
    Your husband sound alot like my husband(from this post & a previous post about fixing his chair). ;~)
    I hope the bunnies cannot reach your pretty flowers.
    Take care,

  4. Love that old piece of your Mums...and it looks like she was a good knitter. Love all those sweaters she made for your kids. So...your hubby was out there giving instructions? Yeah...I think I married his brother. We do NOT work well together...especially if I have scissors in my hand (if you know what I mean). Blessings - xo Diana

  5. I am happy for you that the cattle owners came to take care of the damage. That is what makes a good neighbor.
    Your mother made some beautiful jumpers and the embroidery is very nice.

  6. I just think framing that embroidery of your Mums was the loveliest thing to do,just beautiful,her knitting is wonderful,I too find it hard to part with wonderful pieces,hope the rabbits don't work it all out lol..and every job has to have a foreman and hubby seems to be doing a great job lol.

  7. Great catch-up post! I do hope your new plants stay safe in their pots....they look very pretty!

    The embroidery is lovely and you did a great job with the framing.

    Have a great week!

  8. I love the way you had your mom's embroidered piece framed. What a lovely surprise that will be. Hope your week is great. Tammy

  9. Good luck with the bunnies - I waged a similar (all out war) with squirrels a few years back.

    Love the jumpers. They remind me that I have some dresses that my grandma sewed for me and that my daughter also wore . . . . maybe someday I will be lucky enough to have a granddaughter that will wear them too *s*

  10. What beautiful work your mum has been doing - all her life. I love that musical sweater, and the embroidery is amazing. A great idea to have it framed for her.

  11. Hello Joan I am so glad to meet you! What a lovely Blog you have my Dear.. your Mum did beautiful work! I am your newest follower. Have a great week.


  12. Hi Joan: I am so happy you found me so I could find you. I absolutely think your header is the most gorgeous thing I have ever seen. Marina from Evelyn-May has a very beautiful one too. Both of you from Wales. A beautiful country. Thank you for visiting the Cottage and hope you will return soon. Your mum's (I love saying that) mine was just plain Mom, (I loved saying that too) stitchery is very beautiful and I'm sure she will like what you had done to it. Thanks again, now I'm going to catch up on some of your other posts. I've been at this since February and you say only two weeks. You have almost as many followers as I have. Good Work..Happy Tuesday..Judy

  13. What a lovely blog you have. It is a delight meeting you. Thank you for visiting my little blog and for your kind words.

  14. Hi Joan,
    Thank you for your recent visit and kind comments on my blog. I was delighted to see that you live in Wales. I was in Wales one time in 1999 and found it to be a beautiful country. Your header photo proves that :).
    I hope you are successful at keeping the rabbits away from your new plants.
    Your mom is a very talented lady. Her needlework is just gorgeous. The piece you had framed turned out so well and I am sure she will be so happy when she sees it.

  15. Well hello,
    I believe this is my first visit - the little rabbit is cute! I don't have to worry - we have three cats - I have to convince my husband they're good for the garden - they sleep on his car and it does not make him happy one bit!
    Love how you framed your mother's embroidery - a treasure! I am happy to be your newest follower,

  16. Oh my goodness, I haven't been by to visit in a few much to say! First, that needlepoint your Mom did is fabulous! How lovely it is all framed up!!!! She will be thrilled!!! And your pretty potted plants....I also love this time of year, when everything is blooming so prettily! Lastly, the mess your neighbors cattle made in your yard!!! Oh my!!! But how nice that they came to try to make it better. I hope that they were able to fix it. lastly....excuse me....I was fascinated with your Mom's knitted "jumpers" as you call them. Those are stunning. So nice that you saved them. Such work went into those!!! They are lovely!!!
    Have a wonderful day my friend, way across the pond!!!!
    XO Kris


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