Tuesday morning Pitch and Stitch - 10.00am to 1.00pm

Tuesday morning Pitch and Stitch - 10.00am to 1.00pm
This hanging from Annie Downs' Hatched and Patched book should be in every caravan as a cushion or decoration!

Thursday, 28 December 2017

A Merry Christmas

Well, Christmas hurtled towards me in a haze of going out, carolling (in churches and barns), shopping, shopping, shopping, panic, panic, panic, but now, like the in the eye of a storm, all is calm.

I'm actually at a bit of a loose end because Victoria and Ben's flight from Jersey has been delayed (surprise), so I'm filling in time.

We are having a lovely Christmas and its helped by the very festive weather

That was yesterday morning, and all was very dark because we had a power cut for a few hours, but it came back on around lunchtime.  Good job it did because the Rabbitts are pretty bad at rising to any occasion.  We lit the fire, and I sat doing the Christmas puzzle.  George kept rushing upstairs and bringing down all his musical instruments to strum, bang, squeeze and pluck - each just for a few minutes.  Jonathan sat in an armchair and discussed (with himself) how awful life was with no electricity.

But today the sun shone beautifully and we went for a long scrunchy walk through the fields up to the top of the valley.

We had some excellent workshops in the lead up to Christmas, and all well attended.  I might do a summary of them next year.

Bringing the Christmas tree home was the usual adventure.  A giant tree was brought in, and out came the tape measure.

Hmm, seemed quite big so, as ever, lop the top off

It does look pretty in the hall though

As usual my crafty friends and I exchanged handmade gifts - and theirs to me were amazing - at first I thought they must have been shop bought.  Mine to them were a bit feeble, and particularly Sandra's.  I couldn't find the little star I'd made her to go with the star cookie cutters anywhere, and Jonathan and George denied any knowledge of it.  Then it turned up and had been very much loved by Millie so it was dirty and had been slept on and drooled over.  I'm sure Sandra loved it though.....

I was pleased with the other presents I gave people though, and particularly my older sister's.  She's very keen on Japanese things, so when George and I went to the Japanese exhibition in London, I found a sweet little pin cushion made from Kimono silk.

Then, at Pitch and Stitch, Eileen brought her friend's grandmother's button tin, and said I could have any buttons I wanted.  I was thrilled to find four Satsuma buttons, so that made a lovely gift

Anyway, I'd better head off to Southampton now, but I hope everyone is enjoying the Christmas break - and eating, drinking and socialising too much!