Also, in case you didn't get chance to, please pop by and read this post just so that you know where I am and what is happening - nothing bad, no need for panic!
This week I met the lovely - she really is really lovely! - Alessandra from the blog Homemade At My Place. It was totally by chance that we met, she lives halfway around the world, but I happened to notice from an IG picture that suddenly she wasn't halfway round the world. I commented, we PM'd back and forth and lo and behold managed to arrange to meet this week.
It was wonderful! You know I love meeting bloggers and I haven't ever met one that I didn't like and once again I was so lucky, we just clicked and talked and talked - we both talked as much as each other which I love! - and had a great time.
Alessandra was travelling with her husband and family who sat at another table. Goodness knows what they thought of us, but I think they enjoyed themselves - I hope that they did! They were lovely too and it was a pleasure to meet them all.
Not only are you wonderful Alessandra, your family are too!
Thank you so much for getting in touch, I am so pleased we could meet. We will do it again next time you pass by this part of the world!
Oh, and we exchanged a small gift each, I gave Alessandra a brooch (she is wearing it in the first picture) and she gave me a pot stand - I think that is what it is, I forgot to ask! We discussed mandalas at great length and I don't think it is a mandala, but I am sorry if it is! I am using it in my kitchen because I have red and blue accents in there so it goes perfectly. And actually it isn't being a pot stand, it is being a fruit bowl stand!
So if you ever get the chance to meet a blogger, do it! Be safe and tell someone you trust where you are going and when and when you will be back and only meet in a public place, but do it!
Plans afoot for another shawl. A three colour version of Jo! Perhaps in stripes, or perhaps not... we will see!
I have had this book for years - nay decades! Literally.
I love it, it is one of my favourites and has been much read.
I also used to own this version on tape.
But I lent it to someone. I bought this version instead. Sadly a few months ago now one of the tapes died. It sort of exploded and imploded on itself at the same time. Very odd!
I looked for a new version on good old Amazon and e-bay, but couldn't find one.
Then, when I was going through the box of tapes that Lady had been listening to I found a full set of the tapes. Not just any set. My set. The set I had lent her years ago.
I have reclaimed them! They are mine again and reunited with the others. I have been enjoying listening to it. I recommend the book, you will not be able to get the tape and I am sorry, but I am not parting with mine again!
Just a little crafting ditty! I made this fellow from a kit from Homemaker Magazine. Cute hey!
This is the computer case I have been making for my husband. It is all done and has been in use. He is very pleased with it. It is all lined and be and I are really happy with it.
I just noticed that it looks rather pulled out of shape in this photo. Not sure why as it doesn't normally look like that!
Because I am feeling frivolous a gratuitous sixth shot of some of my shawls hanging on the back of the door! Sorry!
Thank you for joining in Five On Friday, I hope that you have a great weekend whatever you are doing.
See you next Friday before we break up for August!