Thursday, 22 September 2016


Today is our PAULA's birthday, 1/3 of the Stitches with Witches membership!

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY my special pal πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸŽ‚πŸ·πŸΆπŸΆ

Tuesday, 20 September 2016


Today my step granddaughter turns 19. Wow! Seems only last week she was a baby.
She's a stunner now for sure.
Have a fab day then back to uni.
Luv you lots. Xx

Saturday, 17 September 2016


Big emotions for our Susi today (her sister, brother, dad and me!) because our gorgeous Natasha left home for university. She is now settled into John Moors University, Liverpool ready for the next stage in her life. 
Just love this girl to bits xxxx
No. 1 grand child.

Thursday, 15 September 2016


The gorgeous warm sunny weather has brought the butterflies out today. At one point there were 7 small tortoiseshell butterflies, 3 large white and this beauty on the verbena.

Made me very happy indeed.


This post just got better. Not just one Red Admiral, but TWO!!

Wednesday, 14 September 2016


I don't know what day it is any more. Hubby has been caring for our Tony every day together with his sisters when they can, they both both work full time and one has been on a well deserved holiday this week. 
Another hospital trip today brought better news. It's possible that the full leg caste may come off in 2 weeks to be replaced by a lower leg one. This means he will at least be able to bend. Fingers crossed.
As for me, I've been sewing like mad. 
The 100 blocks in 100 days challenge has taken over my life. I'm having such a blast with them.

 Just a couple to show you. The challenge is on Instagram so pop over to #joanneckp and have a peep.
I'm going away on Sunday and will be taking that Singer machine with me that I bought when I thought my Husquvarna had broken. Xmas present needs sewing!!!!

Sunday, 4 September 2016


The heading says it all.
Our Tony is doing OK as his sisters and Dad have taken on the caring roll. I feel like the outsider, being the step mom, but rather than going round and invading his place, I'm taking the roll of shopping, when required, and have offered to do some washing (but not his socks!!!).
His Dad took him to his first hospital check up last Wednesday and will take him again next Wednesday. Thank goodness his leg appears to be mending although he has probably got around 4 months off work. At least the woman driver who knocked him off his bike admitted fault to the police and as its a serious accident, will have to go to court. I just hope she has learnt a lesson.

As for me, well I've been sewing quite a bit and also changing a little part of my garden. I need a new greenhouse next year as my 21 year old wooden one has quite a bit if rot in it. Sadly I will have to buy an aluminium one to cut down on maintenance. 
I dug up the bed that was here and gave installed sleepers to match the other side of the greenhouse. It's a WiP so watch this space.
The sewing of both the 1930s blocks and the 100 a day ones is coming along nicely.
Two thirds of the Stitches with Witches got together today ie our Paula and me, and tried my blocks on Paula's batting wall. Here are my 100 blocks so far

And these are my 1930 ones

I'm so happy with my efforts and intend to complete both challenges.
Thanks for looking.