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My name's Alison but for reasons too long to go into I'm known as Cockney Blonde or CB for short. I've been rubber stamping for several years but now spend most of my time either knitting or crocheting. However, with the advent of a New Year I have bitten the bullet and am tackling my usually hated pastime of sewing. I've even bought 'Sewing for Dummies' to guide me on my way. I've been with my hubby Dave for 24 years and between us we have 4 kids and 5 grandkids. We also have 2 cats and a dog, the latter features as my 'photo' image. I used to be able to blog daily but these days I struggle to blog weekly. Hopefully now we are settled into our new home in the country, I can get back to a daily (well almost) update from the room I now have to share with hubby. No more personal crafting space for me!!! Thanks to all the blogs and sites I follow for all your brilliant inspiration, and thank you to everyone who finds the time to comment on my blog.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Coffee in Delamere and 50 Shades of Grey!!!

Good afternoon peeps and what a cold and miserable day it is. It started off with a trace of promise but soon deteriorated into a cold and damp Friday:((
This is another owl doorstop I've made, adapted from a cushion pattern, but this time on the needles rather than the hook.
This morning my I went with one of my neighbours' to the Community Centre for coffee. There is a coffee morning and book swap held on the last Friday of the month, and having moved to a village environment over 20 months ago my hubby and I are keen to try and support whatever local activities we can, on the basis that if you don't use it you lose it. I first popped in on one of these mornings in April and was made so welcome that last month, and again today, I dragged one of my neighbours with me. My first visit coincided with a trip to our visiting Post Office (2 mornings weekly a 'satellite' PO sets up at the Community Centre) which was put in place after they closed the local sub Post Office!!!
Anyway, this morning, more people introduced themselves to Janet and myself and we were discussing, amongst other things, how important it was to maintain the community links as our village is not like your traditional village. Its quite sprawling, with no real centre, and with little mini communities within it. We don't have a church, a pub or a school as such, although they are very close by. We do have a little shop which supports the community well. So the hub of the village, if you like, is the Community Centre. The area is also largely populated by more elderly people and another subject for discussion is the recent introduction of local volunteer befrienders, especially in the winter months, to ensure people are safe within their homes and feel supported.
Some of the other interesting things we learned about from our new 'friends' was the voluntary work being done in the Romanian Orphanages, and the day the area near the old Roman Road was bombed during the war leaving a huge crater. I also met a fellow Southerner....we get everywhere....

Finally....50 Shades of Grey!!!....yep, you've guessed it.....it was on the table for the book swap...hilarious!

Have a good weekend folks, x


  1. I like your doorstop. I need something child friendly by the door - used to have an old rusty rabbit doing the job, but the ears are unfortunately too sharp if anyone falls on him. He now decorates the greenhouse just being pretty and the door is left with nothing. So an owl is definitely an idea... also a popular bird in this house! Have a lovely week-end! Anna x

  2. Love that owl doorstop, it looks great! Lovely colours and design! Maria x

  3. Love love love your owl! So cute :)

    It's great to be able to support your local community. We used to do the same when we had the static caravan but we live in a town where there is absolutely no community spirit. You're very lucky.

    btw I still haven't read 50 shades - not even sure what it's about lol

    Take care xx


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