Christmas is over and New Year approaches

What a restful time we had as well as some friends dropping by. The weather was so mild it was hard to believe we are mid winter.we always enjoy a walk in Christmas Day so this year as we were at home and MountStewart is closed we went to the floodgates.

We opted not to have turkey this year but went with all the timings and roast chicken. Smudge had roast beef dinner because she is worth it.

christmas night some friends dropped in for games and Minnie came to stay for a few days whilst her mum was away. Boxing Day it was roast beef for all and Margaret joined us then back to work for me.

I did get some sewing done in Christmas Eve for January class but now it’s back to coursework.


Time to ourselves

it’s almost Christmas and this year we are looking forward to time for ourselves. TodayI planned to sew but it didn’t come to pass. It was a lovely crisp winter morning and MountStewart was calling which is Dmudges most favourite place to walk. She was also delighted Joanne was in the national Trustshop as she was then sure she was in for a treat or two.

Then the usual winter boiled cakes that have been in my mind for some time


What is there to do at Christmas time?

I am not one for shopping unless I have to and J has cut down on Christmas gifts over the years so what else is there to do apart from shopping and eating at Christmas. Any gifts I do give are hand made. Lucinda and I had a very interesting visit to Belfast poor house


We were more than impressed by the work Mary Ann McCcracken did for the poor especially the women and children. She certainly was a woman of power and not celebrated enough.


We can highly recommend the tour and although we learned a lot about what happened at Christmas there was so much more history about Belfast included. From the pipes that provided water to the black hole which is the equivalent to a child’s naughty chair for bad behaviour.

Clifton house still has residents but nolonger a poor house but residential accommodation.

Every Christmas meal  I was invited to but one was on the same day when I had my tap concert. The afternoon tea at the potting shed and demonstration by Beth of Spring cottage crafts was such an enjoyable afternoon with crochet friend smof Lulus stash.


Then there is my own Christmas baking and making with some regulars coming to make Christmas decorations.

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to  Priory SingersChristmas concert. Margaret and I had a very enjoyable evening at Campbell College listening and nibbling on mince pies and cake. It’s a yearly event now for me.

this year




Have a very Happy Christmas and May God give you many Blessings in 2019


So how has 2018 been for you? Some may say a bad year some may say a good year but if we were all to sit down and reflect I am sure we can find both high and low times. The world certainly isn’t a better place. However God keeps his promises and he clearly states in the Bible all the things that will happen as end times approach. If you do study the Bible or decide to start you maybe horrified to discover there is worse to come. The good news is that those who believe in him will not perish and what we are promised in the next life overcomes all of this.

…so back to 2018. We have had births and deaths, laughs and tears, struggles and joy which I foresee again in 2019. At least one more baby due in our family so the crocheting will continue. I also plan to travel although not quite sure which destinations yet.

Coffee and craft will continue once a month to raise funds for Kiwoko hospital as well as taught classes in embroidery and patchwork. Some of us have already planned a little retreat in Donegal in February to get the year going. My last New Year resolution was to finish projects and that I did although some still lurking. This year I hope to finish my present city and Guilds in hand embroidery. I will also be doing some work with the museum on the Game of thrones tapestry again and have other work of my own inspired by my voluntary work at MountStewart. I hope to tapdance with our little group also as much as work allows and regarding work a few changes maybe in order there as well.


Christmas kits available


The kits below are for sale now by order only at £15+P&P (colours vary fabric colour in photo sold out)



Snowman chicken scratch kits are reduced to £10


Only one full Christmas bauble kit available for £12. Only one bauble left that kit includes all gold threads but not the coloured threads for £9