Tuesday, 3 May 2016

No Time for Post Retirement Blues

This weekend I am looking forward to doing something very special. Be in my own house this coming weekend! The last few weekends have been a helter skelter of busyness, on the whole very enjoyable but still a hive of busyness.

We had  trip to the States to visit our son and have some fun. The next weekend was again fun, my twice yearly weekend with my scrapbooking chums. We head up our north coast, eat way too much, drink way too much, talk way way too much and do a little crafting. This time we made a flower arrangement in a cup or teapot - cue lots of exaggerated moaning from those not so inclined. Me ... I loved it. The scrappers don't really get the blog thing so their faces are disguised to protect the innocent.

Next up was my aunt's funeral. Of itself not  jolly  but very much a celebration; And as it is in families, a rare chance to catch up with extended family. The conversation usually starts with "I know we are related, but who are you~"  One of my favourite cousins has kindly rehomed  the quilt and cushion I made for my aunt.

And, last weekend we were in England visiting our other son. Absolutely no crafting done, no time, but we did get a hovercraft trip to the Isle of Wight and a trip to Osborne House, home of Victoria and Albert. It was a great weekend, the only disappointment being Queen Vic's voluminous bloomers weren't on display as I had hoped.

the new hovercraft. we were on the old one
Queen Vic, Princess Louise and Princess Helen knitting blankets

the gardens of Osborne House, Isle of Wight

In between times I have more or less finished Mrs Hot Hot Hot, just the loose ends to trim off. Here's hoping for a heat wave soon.

My red plus squares have been tumbling through the letter box. Literally tumbling. I have been the lucky recipient of lots of bee crashing. I count myself very lucky to have so many quilty friends. I have been taking loads of photos and will post then all soon.

My other bee, I did say I was only going to take part in one bee this year, is the bubble bee. This is fun but hard work. Its paper pieced and really stretches the stash with all the teeny tiny bits of fabric.
my bubble received from Michaela

And lastly, I have been sewing away at a wedding quilt for one of my son's and his partner. Progress is being made. Slow progress. But progress. Who says a wedding quilt has to be finished by the wedding? The Quilt Police?
9 of my completed 14 blocks to date

This Saturday is National Scrapbooking Day. So apart from the scrapping workshop I'm looking forward to a quiet weekend. Not to take anything away at all from all the fun of the last few weeks.

See you soon
Helen x


  1. It will be great to spend some time at home Helen, although all your trips sound like they were fun. Too bad you didn't get to see the bloomers though. The bubble looks great.

  2. The quilt police sound scary!!
    Enjoy your quiet weekend. :)
    V x

  3. It sounds like you are rather enjoying retirement! And there has been some sewing progress - I do enjoy seeing the blocks for the wedding quilt grow.

  4. Sounds like you have been enjoying yourself. There is no Quilt Police!! LOL

  5. I enjoyed your adventures vicariously! Sounds like fun, although probably a little subdued for your aunt. I have been working on my daughter and son-in-law's wedding quilt. I can only sew when my pain isn't too bad, and, wouldn't you know it, once I got all those little hst's sewn together, my pain (spine and hip) went through the roof, and I'm afraid to try it for awhile. I think it was from using the foot pedal for so long. I wish I could think of a way to lessen the pressure on my leg. If anyone has any ideas, I'm up for them!

  6. Your life is like a whirl....enjoy your quiet relaxing weekend.

  7. Your life is like a whirl....enjoy your quiet relaxing weekend.

  8. You are far too busier than me. Great to see your retirement photos though.

  9. Ooo! I love a quiet weekend at home - I hope you do enjoy the coming weekend after all the busyness away from home. The blocks you've made for the wedding quilt look amazing - definitely not to be rushed!☺


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