31 December 2010

Happy New Year..............

I spent yesterday and most of today in hospital again getting treatment for anemia, so on top of losing my dear Mum in October .... this has been an awful year for me.  I don't know about anyone else but I can't wait to see the back of 2010.

Hopefully 2011 will be a new beginning. 

24 December 2010

Happy Christmas ....

and best wishes for a creative and peaceful New Year to everyone.

22 December 2010


I managed to get to my local supermarket to get some shopping in.  It isn't far but I wasn't taking any chance on slipping again so I got a taxi there and back.  I'm hibernating until after Christmas now and hopefully there will be some sign of a thaw soon.  I don't know about anyone else but snow is nice when it first falls but once it gets trodden underfoot and turns to ice it looses its allure.

21 December 2010


The snow here in my part of Liverpool has turned to ice what fun, NOT! 

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

Day 20 Advent Blog.......Brrrr!!

Well blogging every day for advent hasn't really worked for me has it.  Not had much to write about really. 

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

Day 15 Advent Blog

I got a letter on Monday to say I've got the funding for 2010/2011 for 2 modules with OCA where I'm working towards a Textiles degree.  I've been given a Tuition fee grant plus a course grant for books etc.  I just have to pay £205 as a contribution towards the 2 modules I need to complete Level 1 of the degree which are Textiles 1: Exploring Ideas that I started in October and Understanding Art 1: Western Art that I hope to start sometime in 2011.

11 December 2010

Happy Birthday

It is my nephews 15th birthday today.  Where have the years gone to?  It only seems like yesterday I was holding him in my arms when he was a few weeks old and here is is taller than me.

Happy Joey hope you have a great day and see you at New Year.

10 December 2010

Arts Cuts

Well the government cuts are starting to bite in the Arts.  The Conservation Centre here in Liverpool will close next Friday.  They had a 15% cut in funding on top of 3.5% earlier this year so it isn't viable to keep it open to the public. 

08 December 2010

It was 30 years ago today.........

that the world was robbed of one of Liverpools' best known sons John Lennon in a senseless act of violence.  There will be a vigil down at Chervasse Park in Liverpool tonight hope everyone wraps up because the weather forcast says it will be bitterely cold.

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

Day 7 Advent Blog

I can't believe that it is 6 weeks since my dear Mum passed away.  Life does go on and each day it is getting a bit easier for me.

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 is good,
Even if it's a handful of earth.
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

Day 6 Advent Blog

Blimey the weather in the UK is throwing everything at us over the past few weeks isn't it.  Luckily we didn't have a lot of snow but last night we got fog.  Flights from John Lennon airport have been disrupted as the airport had to close, flights have been cancelled and diverted to other airports.

05 December 2010

Day 5 Advent Blog

Some of the lights in Liverpool City centre leading up to the Bluecoat Gallery.

04 December 2010

Day 4 Advent Blog

I took this photo down at Chervasse Park in Liverpool.

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

Day 3 Advent Blog

I'm on my last assignment for OCA The Art of Photography.  I hope to put it in the post next week so that my tutor can get it back to me in the New Year so I will be spending the weekend working on printing the photos I've taken.  I've applied to have it assessed in March so all my work and log book has to be delivered to OCA in Barnsley by 15th February otherwise I'd have to wait until next August to get it assessed.

02 December 2010

Day 2......Brrh!!!!

I must be living in one of the few places in the UK that hasn't had a lot of snow.  We had a dusting of snow earlier in the week which is still a bit icy in places.

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

Day 1 Advent Blog

I've been very lax at blogging over the past 6-9 months so Gina over at Fan My Flame has come up with the idea of blogging each day as a sort of Advent Calendar.  I'll give it a go, though I may not having anything very interesting to blog about I'll perhaps post some photos.

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.