Monday, August 3


I often share the fact that I LOVE these curtains - they hang in the snug and lounge.

In fact I used the colours to inspire the decoration of the downstairs of the house.

I think the downstairs is pretty much sorted - save a touch of touching up in the porch and the inevitable de-clutter of tat which creeps in when we are sleeping. Reading other blogs the word
de-clutter does seem to crop up on many occasions, together with downsizing and recycling.
We have lived in our house now for 24 years - the amount of possessions we have between us
is quite a huge amount. Jon's workshop is a mile up the road and whilst he has a large shed and garage at his disposal here, he also has a workshop where for 21 years he has collected a large collection of machinery and tools for all aspects of the business.

One day we will downsize but the project needs to be organised - long, medium  and short term plans need establishing and become part of our day to day living.

Any suggestions?

Monday, July 27

Catching Up

A few months ago one of the girls from Slimming world asked me to organise her wedding stationery. The theme was blue - to match the bridesmaid's dresses. The order was quite a big one re numbers - this is what I came up with.

I added embelishments ie "Wedding Invitation" but you get the gist.
RSVP's and addressed envelopes included.

I know a lot of money can be made from weddings so I suggested I helped her with the reception flowers. I incorporated the table numbers - there were 14 tables in all. Total spent on flowers £35. The blue carnations were artificial - but when placed amongst the real flowers it difficult to tell them apart.

The seating plan - individual table details attached to the decorative heart I keep for resources - last time I used it was for our silver wedding celebration back in 2013.

I had a few bits and bobs floating about which I added to the postbox. As Joanne and John had been living together for a while they really had everything they needed - so contributions towards a honeymoon were requested.

I enjoyed creating the invitations etc. and one of the guests has made an appointment regarding her own wedding stationery etc so it will be another large commission. Whilst the wedding itself is a few months away by agreeing a theme early on makes the job more manageable, The seating plan is always the last thing I do as changes can take place right up to the last minute. I find it quite rude of people to leave the bride and groom hanging on before they let them know if they are attending, this is why I use a design that is easily managed.

I have also been busy with a lady's 90th birthday invitations. 20 in all, but she wanted something special - she loved the butterfly idea I often use.

Needless to say we didn't include "Wedding Invitation" - just leaving the front blank. The customer loved the invitations which is all that matters.

Whenever I do a wedding commission I order extra materials - which tend to mount up so once in a while I have a good clear out and pass the surplus materials over to people I know - an effort to cut down on clutter!

ABC Wednesday - Catching up and clutter issues!

Tuesday, July 21

Bev and pals.

Our hens love the company of humans - this photo was only taken a couple of weeks ago, sadly we have lost Olwyn, pictured here on the right.
As you will recall we lost Eva a short while ago which I wrote about here and then there was the attack on Bev, which I wrote about here.
We had no idea what had attacked the hens but to our horror we found out on Sunday evening.
We were sitting in the lounge when through the window as quick as a flash we saw a movement in the garden. Bev scattered away but Olwyn fell victim to next door's dog. We flew outside - the dog disappeared as quickly as he had arrived - through a gap in the metal fencing between the two properties. It had all proved too much for Olwyn who had staggered behind the greenhouse, but as Jon picked her up she died in his arms.
Hens often die of shock and whilst her suffering was short it proved too much for her.
The very awkward matter however is we had to speak to our neighbour - Robbie, who I have known from when he was 12. We are very close and ironically I let their dogs out for a run whilst Robbie and Emma his partner are at work. Emma looks after my hens when we go away.
We went round and spoke to Robbie (Emma was away.) I left Jon with Robbie, investigating their fence, returning home to ensure Bev and Mabel were okay. As it happens they were fine. I ushered them into their shed and dealt with Olwyn.
Of course I blamed myself for not getting the hens in sooner - but it was a nice night and they do enjoy a wander round the garden pond at that time, catching any flies hovering above the water.
We were both upset.
Yesterday morning on his way to work Robbie called round. He was  noticeably upset and said how badly he felt about everything. He offered to buy me some more hens but I explained our 2 Bev and Olwyn are 5 and any new hens would be a major issue and would be best just left together.
Allowing our hens to be totally free range has it's drawbacks - but we wouldn't have it any other way. Robbie has fixed the fence and we all carry on as normal.
Olwyn did have a limp but managed to live as normal - always keeping up with the others.
Bev and Mabel developed a close bond when they both had their broody moment a few years ago, which I wrote about here so they will be just fine together.

So now we know what has been attacking our hens - it was right under our noses and we didn't suspect it for one minute.

Life is getting back to normal here in the Nesbitt household.
B - Bev and pals ABC Wednesday.
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