Sunday, August 30, 2009


Felka last Christmas opening his gifts from Santa

Felka and Kitten girl share a moment after Christmas dinner

Kitten Girl looking meerkat like

Leiny has always been a cat lover

Felka as we will always remember him, our lovely cat died last week, aged 12 years and 7 months, we will miss him very much.



Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Crafting and creating

This is the item I purchased at the Borris Fair, an old singer sewing machine (I now have two) it is fully intact and functioning,

but does need some tender loving care, it came with an original book, and I purchased a little box of spare parts in addition.

I have always found it difficult to get good wool locally, last week I was thrilled to find this wool, an Eco wool that is 100% undyed virgin wool, at a local store, I love the earthy colours and I managed to find some cute buttons too, heart shaped wooden ones, and flecked ceramic ones.

In the last few weeks there have been four births to friends, some entering the world rather unusually, Sophie was born in the back seat of her parents car at a local petrol station, and has made headlines on a number of newspapers while her Mum, Andrea has been talking about the experience on radio too. There are still two babies due to be born, Ana at Boladeberlin is expecting her first any day now. Leiny and I have been knitting baby gifts each evening trying to keep up with the birth rate. This pattern the Aviatrix Baby Helmet is used by the knitters on Ravelry and Leiny found it on Just Jussi, who has some amazing baby knits. We have four finished in different colours (two without the strap).

Last Sunday, I finally managed to get motivated and make the cushion covers for the living room, I have the fabric for over a year, and just never got the time up until now. The living room now looks like it had a mini makeover.

I made this little gingham cushion for Morris. It looks very cute with the CK throw.

Here is a little update on the granny squares. I am not sure which colour I should use to join them together. Any ideas?

Big Hugs,


Saturday, August 15, 2009

Borris Fair

Today the Margie and Mr Margie Saturday trip was to Borris Fair, en route Morris rolled over to 70,000 on the mileage counter.

At the Fair there were horses of all shapes, sizes, and colours for sale

and ladies in high heels of all shapes, sizes,

and colours

the most shapely of legs wearing those heels.

The men were trading and many deals were done, on what proved to be a sunny afternoon,

a long standing tradition continued for another year.

Mr. Margie purchased a two toned calla lily to add to our collection, I too made a purchase, but more about that in my next post.

These are the birthday gifts my sister Neady gave me, the perfect pressies are two pretty pink china cups and a CK book, all wrapped up and finished with handmade by Neady tags, tied with pink satin ribbon and in a cotton bag she personally pimped up with vintage fabrics. I love them.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend,

Big Hugs,


Sunday, August 9, 2009

Mr. Margie

This morning I drove Morris to Naas, to see the start of the Martin Earley Tour of Kildare Charity Cycle

Naas cycling club also launched their new specially designed cycling gear

All the club members were out on this dry morning, some riders nervous and thinking of the spin, times and energy levels, while others were just out for the fun. A huge turnout of local, national and international cyclists lined up, a tremendous sight along the main street.

Mr Margie was there in his new role of club sponsor and as such enjoyed a quick chat with Martin,

before the official presentations of the new gear to Mr Margie and a specially commissioned rainbow collared zippy to Martin in recognition of his cycling achievements

The four hundred cyclists took off at 10 am with Linda Keating of the Marie Keating Foundation lowering the flag signaling the start on what was a very well supported event

gaining much needed funds for this worthy cause.

Big Hugs


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Summer Vacation 2009 (France)

Mr. Margie and I went to France for our Margie and Mr. Margie Saturday on my birthday. We filled two days looking at houses and barns all for sale and all with the potential to be our second home. We saw two we were really interested in. Mr. Margie would love to take on a project he can work on with some family and friends joining in too. We looked around Rodez.

The cathedral there is a hidden gem, as is the city itself. Mel and Chris joined us and we explored the cathedral thrilled to find items of handicraft and beautiful altars.

This Christmas scene was so pretty and the colours so vivid, I really enjoyed the relaxing and serene feeling inside the cathedral.

We promised some friends we would visit. On day three, we took a three hour car journey to Canet passing fields of golden sunflowers en route.

We stopped near Montpellier on the drive for an iced tea and look at who was taking shade in the
picnic area.
When we arrived to stay with Jacques and Sandrine, they had converted the recording studio into a bakery and this pretty lady provided us with our croissant and pain au chocolate each morning (by far the best bakery I have ever visited). We met Jacques and Sandrine a few years ago at Camping La Yole.

We spent five wonderful restful days with our friends. CK a la plage.

The sun and the sea were fantastic and a perfect opportunity to read, swim and look stunning in polka dots,

I do so love the olives served with the aperitif, and there were so many perfectly charming beach restaurants to choose from.

The sea was so blue, it mirrored the sky and what could be nicer than a cool glass of rose, by the waters edge in late afternoon, watching the boats go by.

We took a visit to Perpignan on Thursday evening (each Thursday musicians and performers take to the streets for the evening) and were thoroughly entertained, this tight rope walker had us gasping and delighted at his efforts.

Our visit also included an evening of excellent food at Domaine De La Rombeau, the restaurant where Mel and Chris had their wedding reception in May this year. Pierre Henri, the owner, was very pleased to have us visit.

Our trip had a high point in Alby, a wonderful brick city (said to be the largest old brick city in the world), and just look at the museum in the town..ooh la la....

we dined in a wonderful little courtyard restaurant in the cloitre, salads with local roquefort cheese.

A visit to the cathedral brought our trip to a fitting end, its beautiful filigree stonework near the entrance were so intriciate, true craftsmanship and the colours of the frescoes were incredible, the organ music, however, was very ominus.

The statue of St. Cecile, was so beautiful, many of the wall paintings looked like three dimensional patchwork.

Big hugs,