Friday, 26 March 2010

Coughing! Favourite Fing Friday!

Ages since I last blogged ~ finally managing to do my favourite fing Friday on Friday!

I've spent the past week endlessly coughing and once I start there's no stopping me (crossed legs as well ~ if you know what I mean).  Went to the doc; I have viral bronchitis ~ great! I used to suffer with asthma, but haven't had an attack in years; now this coughing has aggravated it and I've got to take a blooming inhaler for a while. Took me ages to ween myself off the things!

As I mentioned illness I picked my favourite thing as a lovely little book I discovered a few years ago in a secondhand book shop.  It's called 'Primitive Psychic' and was published in 1824. It has gorgeous olde handwriting inside the cover and I can just imagine it being carried in the pocket of a doctor in the regency period ~ flicking through the well-thumbed pages in search of a treatment or remedy.

Some of the treatments listed in the book are quite peculiar and it's hard to believe that this was a serious book written by John Wesley and originally published in 1747. 

Some of the suggestions for treating a cough are chewing Peruvian bark (?), a slice of turnip spread with sugar and drinking a pint of water while lying down. Interesting though, it has a honey and lemon remedy to ~ so not so strange!
One of my personal favourites though is one for a deep cut ~ bind on toasted cheese! Interesting!
Love these old books though, they really fire the imagination!

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Favourite Fings Friday!

Right, I was planning to do a favourite things each Friday.  I know it's Saturday today, but as I forgot to take the photos I was going to include I'm doing it a day late this time.

I'm told that I'm really nosy (probably true) so as I like nosing around in other peoples 'stuff' I thought I'd let everyone else nose around each Friday at something I have in the many boxes and cupboards that I fill with what I'm told is junk! To me it's treasure, of course.

This 'mizpah' brooch is one of my favourite things; I inherited it from my Great Grandmother, Beatrice (known as Minnie). It was a gift to her from my Great Grandfather, Albert;she wore it while he was in France during WW1.  He was a blacksmith from the East End of London and during the war he rode horses which pulled the artillery guns to the front line.

Here they are with my Grandad in about 1913.

Monday, 8 March 2010

Bodiam Castle & brass monkeys!

Sunday we decided to take a trip to Bodiam Castle ~ we go there quite often as it's not far away; we usually walk, but not this time ~ far too cold!

It's one of my favourite places ~ I have a 'thing' about castles and this one has a great feeling about it. Don't let the blue skies and sunshine fool you ~ it was freezing!
We didn't have our usual cream tea this time ~ it's a National Trust property and while the fresh cream and scones are all very nice, they are a bit pricey.
We'll be rejoining the National Trust and English Heritage as it's well worth it ~ with free entry or discounts to loads of places; we have a great time trying to see how many places we can cram into one day!

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Three Sunshine Awards! Wow!

In the past week or so I've been nominated for no less than three Sunshine Awards ~ my thanks go to:
Ali at Ali's Craft Studio, Tracy at Cinnamon Jewellery and Emma at Urban Sophistication ~ thank you all so much! I'm really chuffed!

The sunshine award is awarded to bloggers whose positivity and creativity inspires others in the blogging world!

The rules for accepting the award are -

Place the logo within your blog or post

Pass the award on to 12 bloggers

Link the nominees within the post

Let the nominees know they have received the award by commenting on their blog

Share the love and link to the person from whom you received the award

Now for three awards I need to pick out 36 other blogs I enjoy ~ just as well I follow loads!

My nominees, in no particular order, are:

Phew ~ check out some great blogs!

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Spring has sprung & over the garden fence!

Has spring finally sprung!? March has started well ~ loads of sunshine even though it's still cold.  Not much is stirring in the garden; the daffodils seem to be later this year.  Had a scoot round this morning, all I could find was a single lonely crocus and my Christmas Rose has finally bloomed!

What's happening over the garden fence? ~ all the sheep have had their bottoms shaved as we'll soon be greeting the new arrivals!

I've been working on some more earrings for my website

I also sold my first item on Folksy, but for some reason the buyer didn't pay; I had to relist it which is a bit disappointing ~ why do people do that?

My amarylis has finally bloomed!

And granny squares are coming along ~ thanks to the arrival of the Ladybird book! Whoopee!

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

And the winner is!

A big thank you to everyone who entered my jewellery findings giveaway ~ sorry I'm a couple of days late in announcing the winner.  Work has kept me away from blogging : (

The random number thingy picked Shary as the winner ~ well done to Shary! The goodies will be on their way to you shortly.  My next giveaway will be towards the end of March ~ I haven't picked a theme yet, but please watch this space.


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