Is it Graffiti?

Part of the Walnuts has got more colourful…

I’m not sure how many people will notice the name of a popular computer operating system painted on the wall!

The stairs up to the leisure centre have also been painted:

Rocco doesn’t seem impressed:

First meal out in a while

Phil and I decided to try out the new restaurant in Orpington.  Called GPO, it is in the building where the Post Office used to be.  We had a good lunch, very tasty burgers.  It was a bit echo-y for old fogies like us, but the staff were very helpful and friendly, and the space has been well laid out.

The Stays are finished!

The last phase of making the stays was the eyelets for the lacing, for the shoulder straps and back fastening.  I was pleased to find that my small hole punch went through the layers of fabric and interfacing.  Stitching them was strangely therapeutic!

So, they are now done.  I will have to make another chemise to go under them.  Black t-shirt definitely not authentic!  Although they look baggy on the dummy, they are fine on me since I am rather fuller of figure…

How one thing can lead to another…

Phil’s bath towels were getting threadbare, so I bought some new ones.

So then, what to do with the old ones?  Well, they can go in with the pet stuff.  Which triggered a sort out of the doggie box, with help from Rocco…

… which, in turn, triggered a sort out of the outside storage box, and the crates of games stuff from the garage.

Very satisfying!

Office Changes

This is photo of the north west corner of the office taken in 2001 – what a lot has changed since then, including the “old” monitor, a record player and lots of cassettes. But the desk is clear, which is unusual…

The corner behind the door has evolved since then, and by 2013, you can just see a rack of DVD’s, a rack of books and just a few cassettes behind the door:

The cassettes are now past history, but the number of books has increased, so after a bit of reworking, I’ve ended up with this:

Note that the main shelves on the left were rebuilt in 2017!

 

A different kind of Guiding weekend

This weekend, there were two different Guiding events on-line; SammyLand2020, an on-line festival organised by Chislehurst Division, and the GLK Picnic at Home, organised by the County.

To begin the festival, I made a flower crown.  It was too small for me, so I put it on Jingle Bear.  He also then had to have a wristband!  And I thought he should wear a necker for good measure.

One of the activities was making a “peg portrait”.  So here is his:

There were various other videos to watch and join in with over the weekend, and on Sunday Phil’s mother came round for afternoon tea as our picnic, and I continued the creative theme of the weekend by making scones and jam.

 

More creativity

Last week, a set of extra large crochet hooks arrived.  The plan is to use them to make rugs, but that will have to wait while I finish off some other stuff.  The bracelet I’m wearing in the picture was an old Guiding one which I adapted by using some embroidery to cover over the wording.

Meanwhile, using quite other techniques, I am preparing some resources for the children at church.  Buried treasure! After making some coins, they will fold some paper to make a “box” to put them in.

Then, a field to bury the box in!