Monday, 19 August 2013

The Joy of Computers..

Hello again my friends,

When computers work they are the most wonderful invention, but alas when they do not work they are the most frustrating and annoying thing you could ever find.  My wonderful computer I received for my birthday, very soon became a nightmare.  To start with I could do hardly anything for ads all across the screen, we turned on the pop up blocker, but it only eliminated a few of them.  A friend said they were more likely banners so we found the spot and blocked them.  Hurray I was free of the beastly ads, but I am afraid I was not free of the problems.  I could not load many of the web sites I normally visit.  I could not post on here and I could not access any of the blogs I follow.  After it going back twice they admitted they had been having a lot of problems with Windows 8 and gave us a refund.  The result of this was that my lovely hubby took my old computer to our local computer shop where it was fitted with windows 7, the memory was extended and it had a new wifi chip installed.  It is now working wonderful and the only problem I have had is that my signature has disappeared from here - hardly world shattering lol.

At last I can announce that the winner of the beautiful "Garden Bounty" chart is Christine, from the Alchymysts Study.  I was thrilled about this as Christine has been following my blog almost since it began. 

I am off on holiday in the morning but if you email your address to me Christine then I will get it in the post to you asap when I return.  We are taking our 11 year old grandson to Malta for a week before he begins his first term at "big" school. 

I am spending my coffee breaks browsing through all my favourite blogs and for once being able to leave comments, so if I haven't reached yours yet then be assured that I shall get there soon.

I thought I would do some catching up on my knitting after finishing Garden Bounty, but I am not really enjoying knitting like I used to so a couple of rows and I start to get bored.  So out came fairies again.  I haven't done and awful lot on it but am almost to the top of the foxglove, with each tiny flower using 4 colours and the tiny leaves using three there is a lot of starting and stopping but I think I have made fairly good progress. 
 I still have quite a way to go on this but it will be mainly backstitch and adding all the beads.  The only cross stitch to do is finishing the flowers and a few little creatures to add. Luckily the main backstitching has been done as each little section has been completed, but the trellis frame and the vine that goes round it will take quite a lot of work I think.

Thank you once again to one and all for reading my ramblings and the those who do find the time to leave a comment for me, I appreciate them so much so a big thank you.

Till next time, hugs to all


May your frogs stay in their ponds.

Thursday, 8 August 2013


Good Afternoon to my lovely friends,

Monday was my birthday and what better start could I have than to celebrate with a Happy Dance.
On Sunday night I was so close to a finish that I told my hubby I was not going to bed until it was done and I actually finished 11 minutes into Monday morning.  Its a wonder my cheer didn't wake the neighbours.

So here it is for all to share

My lovely hubby bought me a new computer for my birthday and although its very different to my old one I have been having fun.  I am hoping that I can now make my photographs look a little more interesting for you.  I am always so envious when I visit a blog where the photo's have make you want to see more.

I also had lots of lovely craft goodies so I have been rather spoilt this week - but its been fun.

I am also getting back slowly to reading blogs, though time as always does not allow me to read as many as I would like.

As a thank you to my blog readers, I would now like to give this chart to one of you.  As I always use a working copy the original chart is as new and the threads used are DMC.  If you leave a comment on this post then your name will go into the draw and I will also include the thread I have left over.

Thanks again for taking the time to read my ramblings

May your frogs stay in their ponds.

their ponds.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Hello folks,

At the moment my computer is driving my mad, I think it really is time I thought about getting a new one.  For the last week I have been trying to do a new post to my blog but although it seemed to load OK and I could come onto the page for New Posts it would not let me write anything.  I have now discovered theat if I delete my signature and keep typing then I am OK but if I stop typing to add a picture or anything the only way I can start again is by deleting something else lol.  O this is going to be fun.

I have done a little more on Water Pump but I can so temptingly see the end in sight so I am sticking with it.  This picture was taken on Monday and I have done a little more since then. 

Progress has been slow due to lots of time out with my grandson but as we speak my hubby is heading to collect them and take them to the airport as they start their two weeks holiday.  This means we are now doggie sitting for two weeks but apart from walks the dog doesnt need as much attention as my beloved grandson so I am holding out high hopes of happy dancing soon.

As we go away a few days after their return - taking my grandson with us - then the computer is not going to get a lot of attention until later in the year, so please bear with me on this.

I was going to share some of the pictures from our days out but as this is being so troublesome I won't bother.  Enough that I got a picture of my stitching up

Hope to see you all soon, thanks for the kind comments and for visiting

Helen xx
May your frogs stay in their ponds.