My dear ladies and occasional gentleman as you all know HER MAJ is a dear friend of mine and I must say as we approach the YULETIDE SEASON she has excelled herself.
This arrived in the POST on Friday.
I was a tad surprised to receive her CHRISTMAS CARD so early and I am afraid I took her to task. “It’s only the 21st of November” I chided her.
She replied (a little churlishly I thought) ” Oh it’s DUKEY, he’s always been a little PREMATURE!”
I thought it wise not to comment.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY PILGRIMS!
My dear ladies and occasional gentleman I am sure you will join with me in CELEBRATING with OUR COLONIAL COUSINS the 400th ANNIVERSARY of THE MAYFLOWER leaving PLYMOUTH DEVON carrying the PILGRIM FATHERS and making that historic journey to what they called PLYMOUTH MASSACHUSETTS.
I am lighting this CANDLE as to quote GOVERNOR WILLIAM BRADFORD in his book Of Plimoth Plantation which states, “As one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled has shown unto many,” and will inspire a sense of unity among all those participating.
SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES!
My dear ladies an occasional gentleman, I realize I may upset some people by today’s little ‘Bliss’ but I just wanted to share with you my thoughts.
Yesterday Ronald and I visited a very dear friend who unfortunately is stoically enduring a prolonged stay in our local hospital (when I say local it is about 14 miles away). The dear lady is being very well looked after under our wonderful NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE.
The hospital boasts that the site is a SMOKE FREE SITE.
Unfortunately visitors whether attending appointments or visiting at the main entrance have to RUN THE GAUNTLET of PATIENTS in various states of dress
AT THEIR CIGARETTES clustered around the entrance!
Almost to prove a point three people were stood directly in front of the sign!
Although the NHS might feel they may ENCOURAGE people to smoke by providing an area away from the entrance for SMOKERS. I think most visiting non-smokers and ill people would appreciate not having to breathe in the smoke or gather the smell onto their clothing.
CREATIVE JUICES have been flowing in the LADYGARDEN, Ronald has had to take cover!
My dear ladies and occasional gentleman, I apologies for my absence but my CREATIVE JUICES have been flowing and I am sure you’ll agree that you have to enjoy it and go with the flow.
Since we last had a little converse I have written a PANTOMIME for our annual village production (oh no you didn’t, oh yes I did), I appreciate the concept of PANTOMIME is a little obtuse to my COLONIAL friends. It is truly a strange English form of THEATRE.
It isn’t as easy as it might sound writing a PANTOMIME, there are the absolute necessities that have to be included. I have to make sure there is a part for every EGO and each character has to have some dialogue and a song. Then there are the whole cast DANCES , PANTO HORSE, audience participation,choosing all the MUSIC……… It’s OK I’m stopping now, I can hear your yawns of boredom.
I have also written more of my novel!
If you were wondering how I did at our ANNUAL VILLAGE SHOW here are the results and thank you for all your well wishes.
BIRDS OR ELVES? My dear ladies and occasional gentleman THANK YOU for your kind interest in my entries for our ANNUAL VILLAGE AUTUMN SHOW.
In the FAIR TRADE ZINC FRAME is my ART TEXTILE entry of free-style hand stitching.
I am on the HORNS of (a dilemma).
Shall I enter the BIRD BUNTING or THE ELVES & SANTA HAT BUNTING? (The elves hats have red Swiss embroidery and bells on)
Shall I enter the SHAWL or the FURRY SCARF?
Which of the HEIRLOOM CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS shall I enter?
These are freestyle hand stitched using aged lace and fabrics.
Thank you for the lovely comments about the POM-POM HAT, I am afraid Ronald has rather taken a fancy to it!
My dear ladies and occasional gentleman, I appreciate what busy lives you may have but if you can spare a few moments to give me the benefit of your advise, I would really appreciate it.
THAT BURNING RING OF FIRE to quote JOHNNY CASH.
My dear ladies and occasional gentleman it is our ANNUAL AUTUMN SHOW on Saturday and here I am making a POM-POM for a hat to be entered into class 74.
I have made the POM-POM the old fashioned way with two pieces of cardboard cut into a ring donut shape. Wind the yarn round and round until it is covered and plump, then cut around between the two pieces, tie a piece of wool tightly between cardboard rings until secure, then slide off the cardboard and VOILA a POM-POM.
This is the finished hat.
Ronald is not amused at the millions of orange fibers scattered over the sitting room as if I had fired the POM-POM out of a SHOTGUN!
KEEPING WITH THE FISH THEME. My dear ladies and occasional gentleman isn’t it interesting that the Scottish people are keeping with the fish theme, going from SALMOND TO STURGEON.