Friday, 25 January 2019

It’s been a long time!

Well it has been a long time since I posted on here. Bet you all had given up on me.
We are still living in Crete and enjoying it very much. Hope brexit doesn’t cause us much bother. We will just have to wait and see. Nothing final yet.

we Still go out for doggie days out. Rosie and Sam love going in the car, even just down to the shop.
 Sam just loves the water. Even in the winter he just runs in and lays down.

Rosie is more a land lover unless it’s a rock pool with no waves.

The last doggie day out we nearly came unstuck. We went down this concrete track that ended up a 
dirt track and we came face to face with a river where the road should be

Couldn’t see how deep it was or if there was any pot holes or anything. Thought we better give it a miss. We had to shunt back and forward a few times to get turned around. Then came the interesting bit getting back up the hills we had just come down. Our little car got back to the main road without much bother. We don’t have 4x

I joined Bonnie Hunters mystery quilt this year again

This is on Ringo Lake that I did last year. It is still not sandwiched but hopefully soon.
This years is called Good Fortune, I put the last border on it last night

Good fortune top finished. The lighting is not very good but this was taken at a quarter to midnight.

Last year was a bad year for me and my whole family. My lovely sister was diagnosed with Lymphoma. This knocked the wind out of our sails. It was very aggressive and she lost her fight on the 7 August. 2018. My mother died when I was eight and my sister played a very big part in my upbringing. I miss her terribly, miss our long chats on skype. I keep thinking, oh illl give Lily a ring, and then it dawns on me she is not there.


Lily and Steve.

I hope this year is a better year. Fingers crossed it is.

Cya Judith. X

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Quick update

I now have 5 blocks done of my extra 9 that I am making. Do you think I will finish them all by next week. before I go on my travels to England?

So much to do and not enough time in the day.
Wish me luck.

Cya Judith. x

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

The Time Was Right.

Well yesterday I had an urge. I started sewing my pineapple blocks again. I have one complete and one nearly half done.
Still enjoying the process.

Judith. x

Thursday, 16 June 2016

A day out in Chania

We took a day trip to Chania last week. We being my friend Jude and my husband, who kindly offered to drive us there and me.
 Someone had told my friend that they where selling material on the outside street market for 2euro a mtr. Well that was enough for us to go take a look. It is about a 3 hr drive from where we live so we got up at 5.30 to leave at 6.30. Nice early start.

The market was huge compared to the ones around where we live and sure enough there was a stall selling material for 2 euros.
We dug amongst the piles of fabric and made our purchases

A nice little haul.

With our purchases safely stowed away in our car we took to the streets. No, not to shop but to wander through the old town like tourists do.

Nice entrance to a taverna

 A working fountain.

An old church

This is Rega, lovely horse who took us for a nice little jaunt.

We had lunch at the harbour and even visited the Maritime museum and had a horse and carriage ride. A good day was had by all.

Catch you all next time
Judith x

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

My Pineapple

A while back I posted a photo of a pineapple block. I found the free pattern on the Fons and Porter website under log cabin. I finished the 16 blocks and sewed them all together.

Well it's just not big enough for my bed, which I already knew. So I printed off another 9 patterns, but due to having visitors and having a cataract removed I have not started them yet. I don't know when I will get back to it as our holidays are looming ever closer. The extra strips are already cut so it's just sitting waiting for the right time to start again. Really loved paper piecing this.

That's it catch you all soon,
Judith. x

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Still creating

Ok so I might not be posting very much, but that doesn't mean I am not making stuff. These photos are a few of the things I am working on.
I started these ages ago. The focus fabric is vintage and I rescued it from the back of a van full of rubbish. I made four cushions.

This is called chaos as it is just a humble of colours.

I have make a bundle of scrappy blocks. 36 in total. I was not sure how to finish these off but Bonnie Hunter gave me some great inspiration. You will have to wait a bit longer of these to be completed.

I go to my local knit and matter group in Neapoli. I have been crocheting this long jumper for ages, but I only do it when I am there. I don't have a pattern. I am just winging it. I have the back and front done and the two sleeves just need to do the yoke. There's no hurry as the weather is warming up nicely here. Got a bit of a tan already.

This pineapple block is the first of 16. I have just started it. I spent two evenings cutting 1 1/2 inch strips. The blocks are 18 inches square. There is no new fabric in it. They are all recycled fabrics.

I also bought myself a new sewing machine. Still learning how to drive it, but it's great. Still haven't tried all the features yet.

It's a Pfaff  Performance 5.0. Super pleased with it.

Well that's about all for now, must go and dig a bit more garden now.
Cya. Judith.x

Friday, 27 November 2015


  • Well hello to anyone who is still following me. Christmas and New Year was quiet for us. Think the least said the better for I saw the New Year in with two black eyes. Not a pretty sight I can assure you. No I was not in a fight or anything like that. We went out to collect some wood for the fire and I got in the way of a small tree truck that decided to flip over and hit me right between the eyes. It knocked my specs clean off my face. Miraculously they never broke. I had a scrape above my  left eye and both  eyes puffed up and went black. No photo proof either.
  • We have had all sorts of weather recently to. 
  •  Sun, rain, thunderstorms, snow,  cold winds and more rain. Lots of places have been flooded and blocked in by snow. Don't for one moment think because Crete is a hot country that we don't get cold weather in the winter because we do.
 Things I have been making recently were this cushion cover for our secret Santa at the knit and natter group I attend. 
The above passage was from last year and never got published.

This year 2015 has had a few ups and downs.
 We still have a lovely view from our door.

 We have seen some lovely sunsets
 I am still making things. This a a shawl made with a lovely variegated yarn made by Alize.
 We have had plenty visitors. My sister and brother in law. My son, Graham and my nephew Stephen and his wife Tracey. (pictures above).
 We have visited many beaches. This is Vai beach. Much more commercialized than the last time we were here.
My plants have flowered continuously all summer.
We have had loads of tomatoes, beans, onions and melons from our very small garden. We still have cabbages and broccoli and tomatoes to harvest yet too.
 They put fibre optic cables through our village.
 Very quick method for digging the hole to lay it on.
 I have visited England this November and we saw some snow.s
Went to visit Lucky. This is the spot where she is buried. She used to love getting her feet wet in this stream.

The downs.
I fell down the steps outside and split open my head and broke my left wrist and I am left handed.
Ian fell down taking the dogs for a walk and broke his right wrist and he is right handed.
We still haven't got the outside of our house painted because of the heat and our wrists.

 I think that sums up our year up to now. We still have Christmas to look forward too as my son Graham is coming so that will be nice.

That was a quick catch up, sorry if it has been a bit long winded. I am really going to get back into blogging so watch out for my posts and thanks for bearing with me.

Judith x

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Progress report

Well a few more days have gone by and here is a progress report.This wall up our steps to the roof has been done

The outside view

and one from the road.
It is really taking shape now.
Judith x

Thursday, 13 November 2014

What a difference a day makes.

Well they seem to be pulling out all the stops here.

They  are certainly making big changes.

 Our fourno is going to look great.

The roof is going to be sheltered from the wind


It won't be long before she looks her best.
Cya Judith x

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

It's All Happening Here.


My poor house is naked. The builders came and removed her clothing and left her stripped bare. Soon she will have a whole new look. She is going to look real smart. It has been a long time coming only New doors and windows left to do.
Don't forget you can click on a photo to enlarge it for a better look.
We have dust everywhere and the poor dogs can't run free in the courtyards. To be honest they have been really well behaved and haven't barked much at the builders. They are stuck indoors but having lots more walks.

Will keep you posted on developments.
Cya Judith x

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

My New Look Chairs.

Well I did it. My chairs have been revamped.

You will notice that Sam and Rosie had to be in on the action.
I am really pleased with the way they turned out. I didn't have much to cut off. What do you think.
Cya Judith x

Friday, 7 November 2014

Hot off my sewing machine.

These little beauties
 All six of them. Nothing matching. All lovely colours. Destined to be my new seat covers.

 My dining chairs are due a makeover.

These are sure to brighten things up a bit, em! A lot.
 Thing is now they are made up can I bear to cut them to fit? That is a big question. You will have to wait and see.

 All the materials were just scraps. Off cuts. Bits and Bobs that I have collected from other projects. So they have cost me nothing except my time and effort.

I am really pleased with the way they  turned out.   

My next project was a cover for the dogs bed. Here is the lovely Rosie trying it out for size and comfort.

Perfect she reckons.
Oh! I have also been knitting but I will keep that for next time.
Cya, catch you all soon.
Judith x

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