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Hi, again guys
Wed 6-Jan-10
12:25 am
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David B

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I must post here more again - I miss the place.

Not much has been happening on the wild food front, since it's winter, and I've had lots of things go wrong recently - my car is basically on it's last legs, so I'm using it for work only, I have a long running insurance claim following a lightning strike, which wiped out hi-fi, TV, dvd recorder, sky box and washing machine. And lights, but they are fixed.

Didn't find any wild service tree fruit, since reluctant to drive. I've been waiting to buy a new old car, the garage guy has offered me a good deal on a Hyundai being traded in for a new one, but the new one hasn't arrived.

Weather terrible - ice on roads, snarl ups, and drive home today gave the sphincter muscles a good work out.

That's my news, really.

David

Wed 6-Jan-10
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Glad you haven't disappeared entirely David. I don't think I will be getting much wild food either, nor from the allotment. I always have a laugh at folks who can still pick their sprouts and kale and I think "no chance", frosted and -20C is a bit different.  As for ice on roads, our roads are ice, that is what we drove on last year from December through to nearly April last year, and so far that is all we have this winter just a little later on in the year ie week before Christmas. Difference is everyone has winter tyres (or at least they are supposed to by law)WhistleWhistle

Wed 6-Jan-10
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Great to see you are still alive and kicking (old car tyres), David Laugh

Sounds like you have a lot on your plate. Lightning strike, eh? Sounds scary.

I know there is a joke in there somewhere linking your trail of disaster to the term "down to earth" Doh

But it would be in really bad taste. RunAway

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Tue 12-Jan-10
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Where's everyone gone?

Hardly any posts lately - anywhere ........

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Tue 12-Jan-10
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I'm trying to get on with an embroidery and do all the stuff I should be doing before I start back on my studies in February.WhistleWhistle

Tue 12-Jan-10
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Well done Joanna - you've been able to get down to it - I am still in a state of limbo.

What shall I do next?

I have a 3-yr-old granddaughter, and a 15-month-old grandson.

I have bought two of those picture frames which are deep - I'm not sure if they have a special name. I would like to make a scene in each for each child - and so far I have knitted a tiny fisherman's Aran jumper, and I intend to make a beach scene with a little hut, etc for grandson.

For granddaughter - a pretties box - hearts and fairies and butterflies etc.

Any ideas for me?

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Tue 12-Jan-10
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Oh you are both so clever.I am absolutely hopeless at crafts.  I never seemed to have the time when I was working and I do envy you your skills.  I love to cook and devise recipes and I really enjoy working in the garden and trying to grow things, but the last time I embroidered  anything I was a pupil and that was a long time ago.  Mind you I did teach  lots of craft lessons in primary school, but not at your level.  It would be nice to do things for my grandchildren, but to be honest I know I never will.

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Tue 12-Jan-10
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Never mind, Danuta.

Fiona's sister used to have saying:

"All part of life's great tapestry.

 . . . . f****n needlework!"

Manual dexterity is something that I have always totally lacked. I always envied my mates who could build you a house or fashion a beautiful dining room table.

Some day, I will tell the story of the shelves I once put up 25 years ago. And the shelves for shoes in the wardrobe. Not tonight, though Confused

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Wed 13-Jan-10
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If you have deep frames you can cut into them from the middle to the corners where the wooden part of the frame is and fold the canvas back around the wood frame. Put a piece of board on the back and you now have a recessed frame that you can mount your items in. You can see some I did DSCN1415.JPGImage Enlarger.

Danast you don't have to be really clever to be able to do this sort of stuff, you just have to be able to have time to play. It is amazing how easy some things are to do and I have taught ages from 3 to goodness knows how old because it would be rude to ask. I had great fun doing Christmas workshops in our church when I lived in England. I always set the challenge that kids stuff had to look good if they were going to give them as presents and yet try and leave as much creativity as possible to them.

Thu 14-Jan-10
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Joanna is right - just do what you enjoy doing. Enthusiasm generates a love of things crafty.

I thoroughly enjoyed working with the 7/8 yr-olds just before Christmas creating their own Christmas cards and sharing some of my pretties with them, which they loved. Even simple things like the hole-puncher machines - I emptied one, and that became the snow falling on the landscape scenes.

I have cut up sparkley Christmas wrap into A4 pieces for when they have to make collages/mosaics and other similar tasks.

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Thu 14-Jan-10
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Yes you are both quite right.  I do lots of other things.  I have to admit I really missed all the Christmas activities in the school this year since I retired.  It is a time of great excitement and happiness.  And yes I did always do cards and gifts with the children to take home.  Joanna I totally agree with you about creativity, but still being  good quality

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