Tuesday, 15 April 2014

WOYWW Past, Present(s) and Future

Hi Everyone - sorry if this is rather a long 'un for WOYWW, Julia, but it's mostly pics, and you can whizz through them.

Before I start, thank you for all the lovely comments last week. I didn't want (or expect) to hear how great I was to help my friend with her blanket - I'm definitely no Mother Teresa, it was no big deal! I just couldn't imagine how cobbled together it was going to look, after so much time, sweat and tears going into something that wasn't going to be at all square, and simply sewn together. It would probably have put her off crochet for life!

PAST

School holidays have a tendency to fly without us doing anything special so, as the weather was so wonderful on Monday, DH and I took Mum to Ann Hathaway's Cottage (Shakespeare's wife, for anyone who didn't know). We had a great time, and the guides were so helpful, making sure that Mum saw as much of the house and grounds as she could. 



Apparently, no matter how many colour tulips they plant, after 3-4 years, they all seem to revert to yellow or red.





The house is beautiful, and very different from the two room home that Ann was brought up in. It belonged to the Hathaway family from the time Ann's grandfather was a tenant farmer (late 1400s) to 1911, and has been added to and updated down through the ages.


The entrance fee of £9 each sounded expensive to me (cheapskate!! LOL) until I realised that it was for a year's pass. We have decided to go back in June, when the 16 little beds of sweet peas are in flower, that they were planting yesterday, and all the other summer blooms.



PRESENT(S)

Nothing spectacular on the crafting front this week - I spent yesterday afternoon in the garden, digging over one of the veg beds. I'll do one each day (four in all) so I don't do myself in.

This afternoon, I just took 6" off the bottom of Mum's dressing gown, so she can wear it without tripping


I finished the back of DDs cushion, having finally decided on a pattern. The first couple of tries came out too thick and chunky for the front, so I ended up doing two trebles above each pair below.



I haven't shown you Mum's finished room yet, so here it is. I just have to put her family photo's on the long wall above the bed.




She's very happy and cosy in there, I'm pleased to say.

FUTURE

Hopefully, little heaps of stuff like this around the house will soon be things of the past, when I get all my crafty bits upstairs, and sorted in my new craft/guest room. Whoop whoop!!


Before I forget, a warm welcome to all the lovely peeps who have joined my little band of followers. It is much appreciated. xx


In the meantime, I hope the sun is shining for you as it is here. Have a great week, and don't forget to pop over to see all the work going on around the globe, via Julia's blog.

Lots of love,

Chris xx






47 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post Chris, glad things are working out better for your mum in the new room, she certainly looks happy on her day out and you had such glorious weather too! I put the finished punchinella card on my desk for this week, and I also posted it properly on my blog on Monday if you'd like a closer look. Sorry I'm late from last week, but at least that means I'm early this week lol!

    Hugs
    Brenda (no number yet) www.butlersabroad.wordpress.com

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  2. I thoroughly enjoyed your post, Chris, especially the photos of Ann Hathaway's home as that's likely the closest I'll ever get to it! How nice that your Mum was able to see a lot of it, too. Her new room looks very warm and inviting! It won't be long now and you'll have a new craft/guest room to show us on WOYWW!!

    I'm not joining in WOYWW this week. Thanks again for following me. I hope some of my readers get a chance to drop in after they see my introduction of you on my post! Have a great week and very Happy Easter!! Hugs, Darnell

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  3. We were in Stratford last August for a wedding, and enjoyed visiting Ann's cottage - looks like you had lovely weather too :)
    Happy WOYWW!
    no. 27

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  4. Interesting to know about the tulips! Your moms room looks really pretty. I know all about piles of piles of stuff...#36

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  5. What great photos Chris and your Mum looks very happy and what a pretty lady. I would love to see England and Ann Hathaway's home, it looks so beautiful. Your Mum's bedroom looks great. Thanks for dropping by my blog earlier happy WOYWW and have a wonderful fun filled week.
    Janene #5

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  6. What a charming cottage!Glad your Mum had a great day.Soon you'll be all organised.It's been a big project eh?
    Judy #32

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  7. Hello Chris. What a lovely day out you gave your mum - and yes, I agree, £9 sounds a lot - but if it lasts a year - well - you can get to see it in all the seasons A real extra bonus!
    I see excitement is mounting at the thought of your new room...enjoy it!
    Have a special Easter celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus.
    Margaret #18

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  8. Ann Hathaway's garden looks so pretty. I saw Shakespeare's birthplace when I was in London back in September. Very small house. Brigita #58

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  9. Hi Chris...well your mums room look lovely and she would've enjoyed your day at the cottage immensely....isn't it gorgeous..nothing like that here in Australia. Glad the sun is shining and you can get out in the garden. Cheers and have a great week RobynO#43

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  10. Ann Hathaway's home is gorgeous and would love to visit it someday. I also love how you used your creative talents to decorate your mums cozy room. Your quilting work is beautiful!

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  11. Hi Chris, thanks for visiting earlier. Love what you have done with your Mum's room and how nice that you all went on a day out. Love the cushions...are they crocheted? Cx #25

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    1. Hi - yes, that's the back of it. I'm just joining it all together, and will post a finished picture next week. xx

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  12. Aw, lovely day out in Stratford there! Hasn't the weather been glorious? I've been out diggin my veg beds over too...I've got lots of plants on the greenhouse, but this sunshine has got to break and I don't want to lose the first lot of seedlings to ta frost!
    The crochet is looking very smart, love the colour way :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 37 xx

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  13. What a cozy room you have prepared for your Mom.
    Thanks for the earlier visit, and have a blessed Easter
    Krisha #3

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  14. what great photos looks like your mum had a great day out and the weather was good too. the room looks great and as you say once the photos are up it will be very cosy ..you must be pleased. hope we get to see photos of the craft room when its sorted you know what a nosey lot we are lol have a wonderful Easter weekend crafty hugs Andrea #24

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  15. Thank you for sharing your lovely photos! Beautiful tulips even if they are only yellow and red! :) It is the same with mums here. It seems only the yellow one prevail.
    I am glad your Mom is cozy in her new room. I will never get all my clutter cleaned out! It is a lost cause. Happy Easter. #79

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  16. Well you have been a busy bee, haven't you? Gorgeous photos and lovely you did some "safety sewing!" I love the colour of your crochet..sounds like you are like me....I never seem to be able to just follow a pattern, I'm always altering them, by design or by mistake!
    Better late than never :)
    Happy WOYWW!

    Mary Anne (23)

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  17. Thanks for calling by at mine earlier. I'm a little later visiting today cos I've been cleaning, sorting and tidying [again] ready to put our house on with another estate agent....got to get this house sold!!
    Fab photos. Your Mum's room looks fab....I'm sure she will settle in very happily there.
    Hugs,
    Annie x # 40

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  18. What a lovely newsy post, you certainly are one busy lady! It will be wonderful when you get settled in your new craft room, I can certainly recommend it, just close the door at night without worrying too much about tidying...... well that's what I do anyway! Hugs, Anne xx

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  19. Hi Chris, looks like everything is coming together for you.
    Your mum looked really happy on her day out.
    It is great having a dedicated room for crafting but don't fool yourself you will still have piles of stuff on the floor lol! that's life, Angela x45

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  20. So nice to have your mom with you. I live next door but her health is getting so bad that my brother is coming to help make some major decisions as dad is having difficulty taking care of her. Anyway, thanks for popping by and Happy Easter.
    Carol N #63 (62?)

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    1. Hi Carol - I wondered, on your post, what decisions you and your brother were going to have to make. I'll be thinking of you all. God bless, Chris xx

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  21. Lovely pics. Looks like you had a lovely day. Thanks for visiting.

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  22. Hi Chris ... Lovely post, I remember going to Anne Hathaways cottage when I was a child and it looks just the same as I remember, but then its been there a long time lol. the gardens look glorious and your mum very happy.... she is very lucky to have such a caring daughter
    janet #22

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  23. How springlike -- thanks for sharing your lovely pictures. Happy WOYWW (and thanks for your visit.) ~ Laura #64

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  24. I love how you split the post in 3! Very clever! And what a lovely Mum you have! I'm sure that you all had a wonderful time!
    xxDaniella#6

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  25. A lovely post. I love the room you done for your Mum and that she is there with you. I have a lot of worries re my mum and I wish she lived nearer. She is quite near my one sister but sadly she is always very 'busy' I have visited Ann Hathaway's House but a long time ago now. Hope you have a very Happy Easter. Anne x #51

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  26. Hi Chris, thanks for your visit earlier, You have been busy decorating your Mums room and gardening and finishing that cushion. And getting to Ann Hathaway's cottage and taking all those lovley pictures. The sun seems to have encouraged lots of folk to put photos, other than craft, on their pages, both God's glorious creation and man made scenery.
    Bless you.
    Chris #39

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  27. Lovely post. Your crochet cushion is gorgeous and matches my crocheted Poof (I used the same wool). Mums room is looking lovely too
    Famfa7

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  28. Love your past, present and future pictures, Chris! It looks as if your mum had a lovely outing. Mine is now 93 and extremely fit for her age - she does use a stick when out and about these days but it's mostly for balance. She's pretty independent in the annexe but has us just through the door, keeping an eye on her every day.

    Thanks for your visit and your nice comment - so glad you like my knitting! As for the Big Surprise - it's imminent now! Got some news today. So keep watching my blog!!!

    Happy belated WOYWW and every blessing as we celebrate the Lord's Resurrection Day.
    Shoshi #64

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  29. What a lovely family outing! Such a beautiful place! Your mum's room is really nice and cheery! Have a wonderful day and Thanks for the visit!
    donna#74

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  30. wonderful indeed seeing the cottage again.. saw it years ago now when over there in Summertime .. lovely room for mum too how special!
    God's blessing on you and those you love this Eastertime, Shaz in Oz.x #60

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  31. I've been to Stratford several times, but never went round Ann Hathaway's house.

    Your mum has a lovely bright room.

    Jealous of your crochet:)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Sue 39

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  32. Ann Hathaways home looks like a wonderful place to visit and it looks like your mum had a wonderful time. Her room looks lovley too! Thanks so much for your earlier visit to my blog I haven't played along with WOYWW in ages so love finding new places to visit. Hope you have a wonderful week and Easter. Danie #29

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  33. Sorry I'm so late to visit your WOYWW this time: loving your theme and photos. I haven't been to Stratford in years and we really aren't that far from it! Your Mum's room looks wonderful and so does your crochet! Hugs Carole Z #49

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  34. Lots going on here. Ann Hathaway's cottage looks like a lovely place to visit. Being NT members, we tend to stick to their properties as the entrance fee is already covered. Leaving us pennies for tea and cake! Thanks for stopping by yesterday :o)

    Fiona #72

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  35. Now they are stunning pics of Stratford and it looks like you all had a lovely time. So nice to have these gorgeous photos with your mum. Well done with the crochet.
    Sandra

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  36. Looks like a lovely day out and you get to go back and see the seasonal changes! Love your Mum's room - I can imagine that she is very happy with the way you have done it! Oh! and yay! to having a craft room!! Thanks for visiting and apologies for being late coming back to you! Chris 69

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  37. What a pretty room for Mum. Looking forward to seeing your new craft room!
    Karen #36

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  38. Hi Chris,

    What an adventure you had at Ann Hathaway's home. The garden is so stunning. I wonder if the tulips change color due to the soil? I've read something about hydrangeas and if you want them a certain color then there has to be a certain balance to the soil. I can't wait for your return in June as I love sweet peas and can't wait to see the garden.

    Is your mother living with you? Her room is so sweet - love the wallpaper and the bed spread. A cozy, lovely room for sure.

    Thank you for visiting me earlier.
    Happy belated WOYWW
    Hugs, Kay (13)

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    1. Hi Kay - thanks for visiting. Yes, Mum moved up here to live with us a year ago. Thankfully, she's settled really well and seems very happy with her new home. x

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  39. Oh wow the cottage looks so nice, and love the black white and grey is it crochet or knitting? :)

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  40. Wow Ann Hathaway's home, what a wonderful structure. The garden is so stunning and thanks for all the lovely pictures.

    Hugs Diane

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  41. What a lovely little trip you had. Ann Hathaway's home looks like a storybook cottage! ... I love how your Mom's room turned out. It has such a warm cozy feel, and such pretty wallpaper! xo

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  42. What a fabulous day out that must have been and your Mum's room looks very pretty and cosy, I'm sure she will be very happy in it! :o)

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  43. Super pictures and what a great day out, your Mum's room is looking great too. Thanks for visiting me and Happy Easter BJ#44

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  44. Beautiful photos of your trip with Mum. Present and future crafty goodness looks fun! ~Sandy in Texas

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