Friday, November 8, 2013

More Friday Fun.

I bet you thought I wasn't going to make it this week. Well here I am, and I am starting this week with another photo of my rascal Kim. I showed you last week that we had just bought a bed each for the dogs, so I dug out Miki and Foxy's favourite blankets, which slightly resemble Gruyere cheese, as they have had them since their puppy chewing days. (That is when they were puppies and chewed everything - not when they chewed up puppies!!). As this is Kim's first winter he didn't have a blanket so I found the last piece of the sheepskin bedspread I had used to make the other two. The next morning he dragged all three onto the yard and promptly set about making his match the girls' ones! For now we are keeping their house closed during the day so his blanket survives until it is really cold!

Other positive things that have happened this week:

I did some gardening and replaced a dead geranium with these winter flowering pansies. Aren't they sweet? Pansies always remind me of my sister Brenda because they are her favourite flowers. I love their little faces.

On Wednesday, at my usual craft group, one of our ladies had made up kits for us to make this padded tree, wall decoration.

Here are some of us hard at it. There were a lot of little triangles for us to stuff and stitch across, but that didn't stop us all having a good natter and a laugh together, though we are all concentrating very seriously here!

I dipped my knife into a new pot of Marmite! I wonder if anyone else appreciates the little 'tingle' that gives me. It's the little things in life.....

Today I tackled my dining room. The table looked like this!

But that is very positive because this is all the things that generous friends have knitted for my Knit for Africa project. Aren't people great! I sorted it all out, and then bagged it up, ready to take to my courier friend Phil. He is so kind, and whenever he has space in his van, he takes our knitting to UK and delivers it, free of charge. In fact we couldn't keep going if we had to pay postage on it, so his generosity has made a world of difference to us. When I counted everything I found we had 28 blankets, 72 jumpers and cardigans, 64 beanie hats, 9 teddies, and 21 cotton vests and T-shirts. They make a lovely colourful pile don't they?

If you would like to know more about my project, there is a link in my right side bar. At the end of the file there is a link to my photo file with some lovely photos of the families receiving our work.

I waked into the sitting room the other day and two of my cats were curled up together on my chair. They looked so comfy that I didn't want to move them. The little tabby Luna, rarely stays in the house by day, but it was windy and even Paco came away from his usual sunny patch, and dozed indoors.

Then in the evening I looked out onto the porch where the dogs were and two of them were on the cane settee! Foxy is a little in awe of Kim, but she was obviously comfortable enough to share a bed with him. Poor Miki is on the floor, but she jumps up on the settee too when one of the others moves. It is a wonder we have any furniture left. It will us sitting on the floor soon!

And finally yet another sky. We have had some beautiful sunsets just lately. The best one was Monday night, but I was out with a friend and for once I didn't have my camera with me, so I couldn't get a photo. But I quite liked this one. It reminds me of the song 'I see the bad moon rising' only , of course, this is a new moon not a bad one! It's just the way my mind wanders!

I shall post my naughty Kim on Annie's Friday Smiles again this week, and also link this to Rocking my World on Virginia's blog.  Have a positive week everyone.


  1. You have so much here to make us smile Kate esp that naughty Kim. :-) :-) thanks for sharing.
    Annie x

  2. Wonderful sky pic. Oh your furry babies are so fab! Love the kitties. Thanks for visiting me and Baby.

  3. What a lovely post today Kate. Your dogs sound like fun! I would love three but it is not fair as we work! Mind you the one we have is enough trouble!
    That knitting looks great and well done to you and friends.
    See you at the hippo racing!

  4. I got a laugh out of Kim and the blanket. THAT was funny.

    I loved the cats (as did Bleubeard), and that tree is beautiful. You have a great craft group to play with.

    Speaking of play, what a wonderful way to honor the children of Africa. And I totally understand the high cost of postage and how much your friend is saving you. There is help everywhere we look, as long as it's for a good cause. Bless you for what you do and happy rather belated Friday Smiles.

  5. Wow that is some serious chewing and I'm glad to hear they don't chew puppies .... Anymore.
    Love marmite I have the best marmite recipe you might like I will try and find the link to the post if you would like me to and then send it to you very easy and incredibly delicious... If you like marmite that is
    Thanks for the smile

  6. Brilliant post Kate! Brightened up my day no end here :)

    Hugs, Di xx

  7. Oh what a fabulous week. the knitting you've done is amazing, how wonderful are you and all those amazing ladies doing that - makes your heart happy and a good Samaritan bringing them back too! Amazing stuff! Love the padded christmas tree ornament - beautiful!

    And photos of your pets, loving both of them particularly the look on your dogs face enjoying tearing up that blanket!

    Hope you have a fabulous week ahead.

  8. Hi Kate
    I have finally found the marmite link. . . enjoy
    Doh, I don't seem to be able to copy it.. anyway if you go to previous posts on the right side bar dec 2012 and post WoYWW 142 there it is . if you have any problems just let me know


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