Wednesday, 3 June 2020


Hello all. Thank you for all the kind comments last week. I have I think visited all who visited me. I was very late linking in. Discovered two new comments today - I will reply.

Sending special thoughts to all in the US - so sad to read of events over there. 😪
Despite still bring confined to barracks as it were it has been busy.
I think I am busier than before Lockdown!

My workspace and whole room need a good tidy up before I begin putting the kits together! I was up early this morning ordering all I need. Stampin Up have a new catalogue- live from today so new things to play with and use in the kits.

My work area - I took the photograph last night but it looks the same this morning!

I made only one card since last week as I have been mostly in the garden!
The above card was the  example for last week's Thursday Challenge for my ladies. It was to emboss- either dry or heat embossing. I stamped on vellum for the daisies and heat embossed , ran thew layer behind daisies through Big Shot in embossing folder. Quite pleased with this one.

I have practically finished planting. There are areas to tidy up and I am making plans for a few future changes- not practical at present.

We sat for a while outside after dinner last night. Enjoying last of warmth for a while ( had rain this morning and it's cooler)
We only have a small garden now but it is enough!

Last Saturday I had a lovely video call with Mum. She looked well and was telling me a story she had made up- it involved her, two boys, a boat, alligators and a box of frogs. She was chuckling away. The carer had taken her iPad in so we could do the call. She contacted me afterwards and said it was lovely to hear Mum laughing. I was very touched that she also said how much better mum was after my calls as I was so positive. I am lucky that the carer is so kind and keeps in contact with me.
I will be sending more cards down there and some goodies soon. They were all recently tested for the virus. They are all clear- such great news.

Another lovely surprise was getting flowers from family in Yorkshire and then a visit. All four came down, we sat in the front garden. They brought their own food and chairs and we kept two metres apart. It was such a joy to see them. First time since February. We thought Matthew a little quiet but I think his experiences with patients with the virus have taken its toll. He is now longing to get back to some sort of normal - but it is taking time to set up safe environments.
They stopped for two hours, popped to see Jonathan and family then home.
We were also able to visit Jonathan & family in their garden and watch girls having fun. We kept apart but it was a lovely change.

Matthew, Carolynn and grandsons

Ralph -  their Beagle!

Above the flowers they sent beforehand. So pretty.

Well I think that's it for this week. I will visit as many desks as I can. Also catching up with housework! :-(

Stay safe everyone


  1. How wonderful that you were abelt osee your mum via the video call, that's just brilliant and very reassuring. Your garden is looking lovely, mine is very grateful for the rain today, you can hear the plants sighing with relief.
    Hugs LLJ 5 xx

  2. Happy WOYWW. New goodies to play with. That sounds fun! I love that daisy card. One of my favourite flowers. Wonderful to see family again. All of my family are many hours drive away, so not sure when we will be able to meet. We are still in full lockdown in Wales (apart from a slight relaxing of the exercising rules and being able to meet people from one other household, but only in our local area). Ali x #23

  3. How lovely to hear about your Mom and family. Makes me smile! - The card you made is superb!! WOW..

    Thank you ever so much for sharing!

    Happy WOYWW
    Mariane #8

  4. Hi Anne. Goodness - what a week. Busy, busy. Glad you had such a good time with your family - and such a positive talk with your mum. That's lovely. A great card - and a beautifully tidy garden - she sighs!!!
    Take care. Stay safe. God bless.
    Margaret #1

  5. How lovely and what a lift it must have given you to see your family and share time with them. We have been so lucky with the weather haven't we? Glad it has rained though as the poor gardens needed it and it won't hurt us to stay in for once. Mind you it is quite cool today up north.
    Love your daisy card, what a lovely bright card it is and so clean looking. I do like daisies.
    Hugs, Neet 9
    ps stay well and safe, we should have been sitting together at weekend, ah well, maybe later. xx

  6. It's so lovely to see our families even at a distance isn't it Anne. The children are all old enough to understand but before we left our son's little Theo was getting tired and I could tell he was feeling rather sade we couldn't have a hug....hopefully soon.
    Annie x #6

  7. Hi Anne, how lovely that visit must have been, and what a wonderful carer your Mum has. She truly sounds like an angel. Wonderful she called you to let you know how much your Mum clearly enjoys your chats, it must all be such a weight off your mind. Great card, very pretty. Stay safe,Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #12 X

  8. Fantastic being able to 'see' your mum and great to hear it perked her up. Amazing how good these little get togethers are for our spirit - I have managed a coupl of 'driveway chats' this week and I feel much better for it. We obviously do all crave interaction even if we can cope without it. Those daisies are really bright and happy looking - great card!! Stay safe, stay well, Cindy #25

  9. How good that you have had a chance to see family again Anne and that the carer helps you keep in touch with your mum. Great news that the home is clear of Covid 19 too. One less worry I am sure. Stay safe and happy WOYWW. Sarah #4

  10. I hope I am forgiven for not callinglast week... !! lovely to see pics of you catchingup with family, and how lovely that your calls cheer up your Mum. take care, stay safe.. Helen #3

  11. So good to hear your mum has a kind and loving caregiver, that makes all the difference in the world. And to hear how happy she was, too. And that they're all tested and fine! Wonderful!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  12. It is such a treat to spend time with our loved ones isn't it. So glad your family could get down from Yorkshire at last. Lovely to hear about your Mum - what a relief for you that she seems happy and so well supported. Your little daisy card is a delight - anyone would be thrilled to receive that. xx Jo

  13. So nice to see your garden, and lovely to hear that you had a good chat and laugh with your mum. How special to be able to see the family in person - I wish I could see my Mum! Happy Belated WOYWW. Stay safe and I hope you have a nice week. With love & God Bless, Caro x (#7)

  14. I continue to be grateful for a small garden Anne, I love having the outdoor space but am not a natural gardener, so its the perfect size really! What a grand surprise to see Matthew and family, I’m delighted for you, it really has been a long time without each other hasn’t it. Especially for Matthew, it must be a great sense of normal for him, and probably badly needed. Good for you too, it’s important to see them for yourself isn’t it! I love the card you’ve made for the group, great that you’re continuing with challenges etc, a life line for some, I don’t doubt.

  15. I am glad you had such a nice time with your Mum online, Anne. Your garden is so pretty! Ours is not large, but full of interest and my hubby loves doing things out there to make it look nice for us. We've had so many days being able to sit out for our meals etc. and I feel quite deprived now the weather's gone off and we've got to eat indoors!

    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi #14


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