Lyla has arrived! (and makings).


Quilting Mouse’s “Tumbling Cotton Reels”.


I got busy  yesterday with the webbing I bought when I was making a collar for Lyla (on left in cerise Kaffe Fassett fabric).


I used most of the metalwork I had as well as some fabric and some braid, Celtic greyhounds on the orange fabric.


Most of the leads were heavy duty 6ft ones which can be used in half for short lead work.

These got handed over to Jodie Cyprus Rescue last night when we picked up a tiny and exhausted Lyla up.

We got to bed at 4am so just imagine what a journey she had had since 5am the previous day to fly to us.


We waited until morning when we were all a bit rested before taking her on a walk to introduce her to Bungle and Squeak.

Everything went really well they were all polite and ended up having a romp in the garden. Lyla chased Bungle so he ran to Master with an “Eeek girls!” worse than a public school boy. He really does think he is smaller than a chihuahua which is silly for a 29″ lad. It makes for interesting lap cuddles though when he tries to squeeze into a small space.


Right now Lyla is in her quiet corner downstairs behind me. Squeak has the little sofa beside me and is asleep. Bungle is hanging out with son in the study. This room is obviously far too girlie for him now. 🙂


She is much smaller than we expected- more the size of a Jack Russell than a Beagle. I can’t understand how someone could just dump her in Winter with snow due and a tornado. Just look into those eyes and try to justify it. I can’t. She was too terrified to even eat.



This is how she is now- sleeping after nearly 24 hours of drives, flights, and more drives. Her foster mother for the month in Cyprus for her rabies vaccination period has done wonders. It has taken a whole team of people both in Cyprus and the UK to make this miracle happen from Christina spotting her hiding in a tyre. There are 4 videos of Lyla which tell her Cyprus story including one from her foster home. It is wonderful what can happen when people work to a common good.

Right now though I am going to have a nap 4 hours sleep wasn’t enough. Will pop in on everyone as soon as I can.

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Farewell 2014


Big Bertha has been decorated and  lit over Christmas.


The tree was decorated and presents given, even to naughty hounds like Squeak.

Thank you to those dear friends who sent me things.


On Monday I wall papered the chimney breast in this room. I had been wanting to do this for quite a while once I saw Laura Ashley’s “Cottonwood” design in white and shiny pearl. It looks like the shadows falling on the wall from outside plants.


This is my little computer corner where I am currently sat typing this. I always leave the quilting rods empty in January – a white walled room where there is space to think of new ideas, new beginnings, and replenishment.


The tea light houses look like they are cottages in a wood.



Now as darkness falls for the last time in 2014, I’ve been thinking over the past year. We’ve got rid of a lot of clutter (some of which we moved here with!) but there is still more to sort through. My aim for the new year is to use what I have  already and recycle what I can’t use, whether it be at a recycling centre or a charity shop. I want to live more simply. I want to eat more naturally. I want to live more in the moment instead of worrying about the “what ifs” or “should haves.” Yep it’s going to be tricky! 🙂

Quite a few of us have lost loved ones and I hope that 2015  helps us to enjoy life again. We need to surround ourselves with people who make us happy and things which make us smile. I really wish that all of you dear Blogland  friends get filled with a new creative spirit this coming year which leaves you loving what you do. We could all do with more time, love, joy and peace.


I have looked at different forms of social media over the holidays and decided that they aren’t for me. There isn’t the space in these more instant, quick hit types of communication my children’s generation seem to favour, for building the kind of friendships which I have here. We are in Blogland sharing our experiences, time and expertise, getting support and being supportive, with one another in friendship. I don’t think a simple click “like” to someone’s words can do that. Blogland is special and it is the people who have made it so. We give our time and a little of ourselves to one another selflessly.

Thank you dear Blog-Friends for sticking with me in the chaos which was 2014. I hope we will continue with our  blog adventures together in 2015.

Happy New Year!

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