So five randoms, in no particular order!
1. My hands may not have been busy writing over the last few days, but they sure have been busy crafting - and gardening and cooking and a thousand other things! One of the things that I finished up was this needle/scissor keeper thingy. I am not sure what the proper name for them is, can you tell!!
It is made from two little cross stitch pictures. One that I had already done and another that I had hanging around for several years just waiting to be used. So I made up the little bunny, backstitched the two pictures together and added a plaited strand of the same embroidery floss that I used for the backstitching as a hanger.
It looks very pretty on my stork scissors and is also great for keeping my scissors to hand as it dangles over my tapestry frame really well and also keeps the scissors from diving off the arm of my chair!
2. Over the weekend we celebrated the birth of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge. Isn't she beautiful!
I just wanted to add my congratulations here to all of the Royal Family and especially to their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince George as well of course!
You know, just in case they do read my blog.... hee hee!!
3. Thank you all so very much for all your kindness, support, thoughtful comments and e-mails that you have sent over the last few days. Really I did not imagine such kindness and was overwhelmed by all you had to say. I cannot express my feelings other than to say THANK YOU!!!!!!
Now, I am one of those really annoying people that always think that there is some good to be found in every situation. Don't believe me? Think about these examples. That appalling earthquake in Nepal recently. Of course there is no one in their right mind who would think that was a good thing and I am not suggesting that it is. But if you look to the positives. All of those who have given money to aid recovery. The incredible work done by rescue teams to save people from collapsed buildings. The work that will be done to aid people and rebuild the country. If we acknowledge the tragedy, but focus on the good and amazing that will keep us all going forward.
After my post I had e-mails from a couple of people and chatted with them about things that we would never have talked about had it not been for my post and they gave me and hopefully I gave them in return some support. I will not go into details, but good come from bad that would not have happened without the bad. Sorry to say and I know that it isn't always the case and it isn't always a simple thing to find, but good coming from bad really has worked this time!!
For months now I have been singing the "let it go, let it go" mantra in my head to myself. I had a couple of suggestions for new mantras in e-mails from some super lovely people - you will know who you are when you read these!
"Always look on the bright side of life", I know you now have images of Eric Idle in your head don't you!
Also "Keep your face to the sun and the shadows will fall behind you" not a song, but so very true.
So from now on, thanks to all of your love and support, my new mantra is "always look on the bright side of life, facing the sun with the shadows behind me". I just need to work out a way to get that all into the whistley tune!!
So do not fear thanks to you, I will keep moving forward, even if I do have an annoying whistle thing going on, because I will keep looking to the good. It is too powerful not to. I just hope that you can too.
4. The Thing.
What, what is The Thing I hear you ask. It is this.
I have been crocheting it for what seems like months and every time someone saw me working on it and asked what it was I said The Thing as I wasn't totally sure myself what it would be!
It has turned out to a longish cowl, wraps round once, is longer than a cowl, much shorter than a scarf. I made the pattern up to my own design.
I will do a fuller post, but it was one of the things I finished this week and I wanted to share it with you and ask for your name suggestions. Any ideas? I don't think that a post titled The Thing is really a very good idea!!
5. Clandon Park update.
You might remember that my post last Friday was all about Clandon Park, a National Trust property that suffered a catastrophic fire on 29th April. Some of my colleagues at Basildon Park have been to Clandon to assist in the efforts to protect and store all of the items which were saved from the collection in the house. From what I understand the situation is not only as bad as the pictures portray, it is far worse and the smell of the smoke and burning is overwhelming.
Work is progressing to keep everything as safe as possible, including the building. It will be some time though before investigations are completed by the fire service and I don't suppose the high winds we have had in the last few days in the south of England will have helped matters either.
All of that said, there was some wonderful news yesterday. We had heard that one room seemed as though it might be fairly untouched - the one and only room I might add. On Wednesday Clandon Park tweeted some pictures of the room, which is in remarkable condition considering all that the building has been through. To see pictures so soon was also amazing. You can see the pictures here on the National Trust website. I probably won't mention this again unless/until there is something of real note to share. However, if you want to keep up to date, you can follow @ClandonParkNT on twitter to get their updates, or follow @lovemademyhome (me) as I will retweet anything of interest - as I already do for @BasildonParkNT.
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