Crafting and fundraising

This months raffle for Kiwoko hospital in Uganda will be drawn end of January.tickets £1 can be purchased directly from me or the just giving website. http://www.justgiving.com/Jayne-Browne-Mcclenaghan

Below the winner of our December raffle for Kiwoko.

Coffee and craft continues and I have been trying to finish projects and not just crochet.

Watercolour complete

Top of quilt still needs an edging before I start quilting.

Start of a crochet puppy and below my Sophie cal to date.

Christmas

J and I were working most of Christmas apart from Christmasday itself which we spent with friends, even Smudge had a friend.

Present opening is the best part for Smudge even when they aren’t hers and when she got something that was hers she ran off with it.

She did get a new bowl as well but the donkey was more appealing.

We open our pressies when I get in from work just before 1am.

Christmas morning I don’t like to get up too early which I suppose isn’t any different to any other time of year.its just time to get up finish off the trimmings and pack the car.

Lunch before our traditional afternoon walk.

This year we got drenched so most of us had dinner in our PJ’s.

Then time to relax.

Christmas gifts and more

We don’t have many gifts to buy but even my Christmas cards I consider as gifts as I like to make them myself either from. Scratch or recycled cards.

The friend I made these for just loved them but never laughed so much when I walked she was wearing them upside down so next year must remember to attach instructions for use.(above) the yarn was from Lulus stash online store- rumba stylecraft DK with some buttons from my stash which probably date back around forty to fifty years. Matching cowl from a completely different designer below.

These items were fairly quick to make and more so in crochet than previously knit. Items.

These above are also in stylecraft DK with more modern buttons.

The mits above were done in stylecraft Aran parchment with the matching slouchy beanie again from different designers in parchment DK and various odds and ends of stylecraft DK and buttons.the slouchy beanie is by Sarah Jane designs, an American pattern and the mits by hopefulhoney.com

Shortbread for the neighbours and this year I got some lovely cranberry,orange and cinnamon jelly from a new neighbour which was such a treat.

Then for Christmas Day 

Edinburgh part two

Despite having seen all the sites before we enjoyed a walk around the castle grounds and a visit toGrey friars  Bobby.

We had one day of rain and even that didn’t stop as we walked around.

Grey Friars Bobby above

£1.48 per sweet

Excellent choice of food no matter where we went and plenty to entertain you whatever time of the day. We thoroughly enjoyed the spectacular light show which was free and something I doubt North Fown and Ards would ever pull off

This was at the bottom of the Royal Mile each evening. You could walk up the middle or just stop and listen to the choir music that was played in conjunction with the movement of the lights

Edinburgh

We reckoned its at least ten years since we had been to Edinburgh and if work allows we like a city break in December as we both work over Christmas so off we went.

We always went by boat before but I suffer severe sea sickness so it was a delight to fly at least for me as J nervous in a plane!!! Edinburgh lodge was a perfect place to stay.just between the zoo and Princess St with regular. Buses stopping at the door.however we walked for the exercise and the weather allowed it.

The staff were incredibly friendly but then everywhere we went the people were friendly.what we found though which was similar to our trip to Dublin was that it was hard to find a local as most folk were Eastn European or other nationality.

Was lovely to meet up with our nephew who is a chef in Aisle for the last two years. I didn’t get to try it out but maybe next time as we plan to go back next year.the Christmas markets were excellent and that was comparing them to both Belfast and Paris.a few more than Belfast and a few less than Paris but the quality was excellent. We certainly enjoyed trying the foods and the beautiful marzipan chocolates from Hungary.

We did a lot of shopping as we rarely shop outside of our holidays and we had a number of coffee stops

Above Jenners department store