31 December 2010
Hopefully 2011 will be a new beginning.
24 December 2010
22 December 2010
21 December 2010
First the water wouldn't go down the sink in the bathroom. The pipe outside the bathroom was frozen solid. I poured boiling water over the pipe and managed to unblock it but it is so cold here it probably wouldn't take long to freeze up again. I know they say you should lag your inside pipes so I've wrapped the bathroom pipe with some foam wrapping paper, you know the sort that sometimes comes wrapped around electrical goods. Hopefully that will help.
I tried to get out to do some shopping this afternoon. I got about fifty feet from my front door trying to cross the road and the next thing my feet slipped from under me. I tried to save myself but I ended up flat on my back on the road and banged the back of my head. Luckily a taxi driver and van driver where passing and they stopped and helped me up but it did shake me up. I had to turn back it wasn't worth trying to walk any further. I'll see what it is like tomorrow.
20 December 2010
It is so cold here in Liverpool today -6 degrees at the moment. We had about 4 inches of snow last Friday night but it has turned to ice now. Luckily I stocked up at the supermarket on Friday afternoon. Hopefully it will thaw a bit later this week so I can venture out.
15 December 2010
11 December 2010
10 December 2010
08 December 2010
I was looking for a video to include and found this. I've never seen it before.
and of course one of his best known songs post Beatles.
07 December 2010
I found this on Pebbledash's blog and I hope she doesn't mind me using it here. I found the last 2 lines particularly moving.
A Pueblo Indian Prayer
Hold on to what you believe,
Even if it's a tree that stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do,
Even if it's a long way from here.
Hold on to your life,
Even if it's easier to let go.
Hold on to my hand,
Even if I've gone away from you.
06 December 2010
05 December 2010
04 December 2010
See Liverpool from a whole new angle this Christmas, 60 metres above the famous Liverpool skyline aboard a swinging chair ride.Located on Chavasse Park, the ride opens on Wednesday, 10th November and is the only one of its kind in the UK.
Take a ride into the sky and experience the amazing views of the city whilst spinning at an exhilarating speed.
I felt sick just looking at it going up and spinning round, no wonder you could hear screams from those on it.
03 December 2010
02 December 2010
BUT it is so cold I feel like hibernating until spring. I envy those with central heating. I've got the gas fire on full blast, thick socks on, a jumper with a cardigan on top to keep warm. I even resorted to putting the gas stove on so it warmed the kitchen up and through to the bathroom so I could get washed. Takes me back to when I was a teenager when we huddled around a coal fire. Thanks goodness I don't have to go down the backyard to the toilet like we did before the house had a bathroom put in.
Icy leaves taken earlier this year.
01 December 2010
Well to start with I got my C & G certificate in the post from Sian today. So I have officially passed Level 3 Certificate in Design and Craft - Stitched Textiles (Embroidery).
So this post isn't photo free here's a piece I did ages ago from a freebie by Carol McFee.
14 November 2010
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
06 November 2010
My brother and I laid my Mum to rest with my Dad on Thursday. I know in my head that she is out of pain and at rest but there is such a large hole left in my life.
I don't have the enthusiasm to get back to my studies just yet but I know Mum wouldn't want me to give up on them.
26 October 2010
24 October 2010
But at £849 they are out of my price range at the moment........I can but dream.
22 October 2010
I wouldn't want her to be suffering or in pain and I know it is selfish of me but I don't know what I would do without my Mum, she is my best friend. Get well soon Mum.
03 October 2010
The OCA was recently confirmed as an approved degree provider by Student Finance England, SF Northern Ireland and hopefully SF Wales so now degree student on low incomes may qualify for Government funding.
As I got funding for my OU course I am pretty sure I qualify so early in September I applied. I got an email to say I would be officially enrolled on my degree course on 1st October and I should receive my 1st Module in the next week or two.
I am now officially a part time undergraduate studying for a degree in Textiles (when it is validated by their accrediting University).
Alongside the Textiles 1: A Creative Approach for which I received an A 76% I am planning to study
- Textiles 1: Exploring Ideas
- Understanding Art 1: Western Art
- Textiles 2: Developing Creative Textiles
- Textiles 2: Finding Your Style (should be ready by the time I need to do it)
- Textiles 3: Advanced
- Textiles 3: Your Own Portfolio
26 August 2010
My C & G registration runs out on Saturday so I've been hard at work on my wall hanging so I wouldn't have to pay another 3 years registration.
I've enjoyed my 3 years C & G and learnt a lot although I'm still not as adventurous as I could be but perhaps that is just my 'style'.
I could go on to do the Diploma but I've decided to go back to studying Textiles with The Open College of the Arts as each Module will be assessed and count towards their BA Hons Textiles degree when it is validated by their accrediting University which is Bucks New University hopefully some time next year.
27 May 2010
We had a laugh though when she said the pysio was teaching her how to breath, as if she hasn't been for the past 84 years. But that was part of the problem I think she doesn't breath deeply enough into her lungs, it seems she doesn't breath out the carbon dioxide so it builds up in her lungs.
I hope they will let her home soon because this travelling up to the hospital each day is killing me. I keep forgetting to take my blood pressure medicine and I think I'm anaemic again because I have to keep stopping every few yards because I'm out of breath. I forgot to take my iron tablets for the past week so that hasn't helped.
21 May 2010
We phoned next morning and they said she was still critical but talking to the staff so we went up to the hospital and they let us see here again for a few minutes and I can't believe the difference she was so much better. They must have pumped her full of antibiotics to get the pneumonia under control. She's still in ICU because they are waiting for a bed in the chest ward for her. They've taken out all the needles that where stuck in her and reduced the oxygen she needs.
As my brother said earlier today 'The Power of Prayer', it is indeed miraculous.
NB I've just looked up Aintree University Hospital (although we know it by its old name of Fazakerly Hospital) and the Critical Care Unit is state of the art and the Chest ward (one of 3) she'll be going to is one of the largest in the country and many of the consultants are national or international experts so she is getting the best treatment possible.
04 April 2010
Have you see the new i pad that has just come out in the US. It’s due out here at the end of the month. I don’t usually go in for all the latest gadgets like some people but this does look as if it will be useful. As I’m an OU student I’m eligible for a discount so I think I’ll be having a look at this when it arrives in the Apple store in Liverpool One.
21 March 2010
If I got marks like this for the rest of the TMA's and the exam at the end I'd get a Pass 3 (C) which I'd be very pleased with.
19 March 2010
Well now I can get to the window that looks out on to the road and as it gets a lot of sun so I've decided to have a go at growing my own tomatoes. I've been so fed up of buying tasteless one's in the supermarket.
I've put in 2 different kinds, Gardener's delight and one called Minibel a dwarf variety that you can grow on a windowsill.
12 March 2010
I mentioned I was starting an Open University course well to my immense relief and with 5 minutes to spare I've just submitted my first TMA (tutor marked assignment). It is the first time I've ever had to write an essay of this sort so I'm a bit apprehensive about how I will have done. To be honest I won't be too upset if I don't get a high mark, it would be nice but I'm really only doing it to learn more about Art history.
01 January 2010
When first got up it was foggy but by lunchtime it had cleared so I nipped to town and got this in the John Lewis clearance sale for £20 instead of £40.
to all my blogging friends may you all find
love, creativity and peace.
Finish Module 5 and 6 of City and Guilds Embroidery before June otherwise I will have to pay another 3 years registration.
Finish OCA The Art of Photography so I can put in for Augusts assessment. I should get Assignment 2 in by the end of this month and 3,4 and 5 don't seem to have as much work to do so I should make it.
Start OCA 'Printmaking 1: Introduction to Printmaking'. I'm looking forward to this course. I can see how I can use it in Textile work as well as Fine Art.
I must be a glutton for work because I've enrolled on another Open University course. I have always been a doer i.e. using my hands, being artistic as apposed to using my brain (not that I don't) but I've never really been good at maths etc so I thought I would attempt something more cerebral.
I've never really been very good at expressing myself especially in written work - probably why I failed my O'level English exam so I hope I will be able to do this with 'Art and its Histories'. It should be an interesting challenge for this year.
Update 8th January, because I get certain benefits I've got the funding of £630 for this course so I've just finished registering and now await the arrival of the course material if they can deliver it through all the snow that is currently gripping the UK.