Wednesday, 14 June 2017


WOYWW 419 14-6-17

My desk after I’d finished the latest session on my Infusions Mini-Album. Please see previous post for details. The pages of Book 3 are all laid out so that various ones can dry, and if I don’t lay them out, I shall get them out of order. On the craft sheet is an experiment – I’ve stuck down some cling film with transparent gel medium – this may or may not work! Beside it is the open box of my pens. You can also see the pages of Books 1 and 2 stacked up and secured with rubber bands, and the little pile of rejects/spare pieces which I am glad to say I am managing to use up for title pages.

Last week I also completed a spur-of-the moment project, my “Second Wind” mini-album. I had great fun with my first attempt at a Coptic binding.

01 Front Cover


Beatrice in Study Drawer 13 Mar 10

(Photo taken in 2010.) We are getting very concerned about Beatrice. She has been grieving for Phoebe and over the past few days we’ve had a job to get her to eat anything at all. My hubby is taking her back to the vet again tomorrow – he took her a few days ago and she gave her some medicine that smells like Marmite, to keep things moving – she was producing very small hard little poos – and to give her some extra nutrition. She hates having anything put into her mouth (giving her pills has always been a complete nightmare!!) so doesn’t relish this being squirted in with a syringe and shakes her head and spits it all out, and since she’s not really eating, it’s hard to get it into her on her food. We think her time may be rapidly approaching now, only three weeks after Phoebe, but we’ll see what the vet has to say tomorrow. We thought we would probably lose both of them this year but I didn’t think it would be so close together.

Walk-in Pantry

09 Ventilator Plaster Completed

The plaster is now all completely dried out, since the above photo was taken.

If the carpenter is able to stick to his schedule, he should begin work on my pantry on Monday, and I am so looking forward to this. I’ve coped very well in Mum’s little kitchen but can’t wait to spread my wings a bit and be able to do some more adventurous cooking again. At the moment if I do more than the basics, I am walking to and fro all the time between the two because what I want is always in the other one! I am very much looking forward to bringing the food back into the main kitchen and organising my new pantry, and I’m keen to know what the carpenter has planned for the door and one or two other details. Discussing it with my hubby the other day, I’ve decided to bring the small fridge through from Mum’s kitchen and ask the carpenter to allow space for this underneath the stone slab. After Mum moved here, my old fridge, which exactly filled the space under her counter, decided to give up the ghost (probably didn’t like moving house!) so we got her a new one, but it’s too small for the space really. If we need to equip the little kitchen fully in the future, we can always get another one, and in the meantime, I might as well have the use of it in a more convenient location. It’s very useful as an overflow, especially now the summer is coming, and I have never had anywhere to put it in my kitchen.


For my birthday, my hubby gave me a water feature for the centre of the lawn. Several months ago we’d looked at them and found that the ones that were big enough to make any impact were too expensive. Unbeknownst to me, he decided to make me one – from an upturned plastic plant tub from B&Q, a zinc tray from Ebay, and some rocks from the garden centre, and a fountain unit given to us!

01 Completed Water Feature

It’s a huge success. The water flows down over the sides of the pot (which of course doesn’t show up properly on the photo). The other day we went to the garden centre and got the little wooden edging (which looks like sponge fingers lol!) and some extra rocks, and the plants. They should grow and spread, and fill the circular bed. Isn’t he clever?

The climbing rose is now in full bloom. It looks better this year than ever before.

02 Climbing Rose and Herbaceous Border

We have got our first sweet pea out!

03 The First Sweet Pea


Red Letter Day yesterday! Tuesday is my normal day to weigh myself, and yesterday I had reached the grand total of exactly 4 stone lost since I started the 5:2 diet 3 years ago, at the end of June, just after we returned from our holiday! Only a few more pounds to lose and I’ll reach my target weight, after which it will just be a question of maintenance. I am feeling extremely chuffed with myself, not to mention feeling better physically for having shed all that awful excess weight, and enjoying wearing some of my favourite old clothes that I can now get into again after many a long year! It’s like having a new wardrobe.

Have a great week, everybody.


  1. Hi Shoshi, and first of all well done on achieving your target weight. It's not easy, I know. Love the experiments at the top. Poor Beatrice, she must be very lonely without Phoebe. I hope things improve for her. Garden shots are gorgeous, and Hubby did a fantastic job with the water feature. Shows what thinking outside the box can do. Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #9 XxX

  2. Those mini books look amazing! Lovely grungy textures there! Poor Beatrice - sounds like perhaps she's given up. That happens to people as well in old age when their soulmate dies. Very sad - hope she pulls through and you can enjoy a bit more time together. The water feature was an ingenious idea - sounds like hubby is just as creative as you with his DIY.

  3. Happy WOYWW. So much to comment on. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Phoebe Cat - and how Beatrice is mourning her passing. From experience I do seem to find that more than one animal will be lost in fairly quick succession. Our youngest pets are now 10, and do not plan to replace them - I love them dearly, but they do create a lot of work and worry. You are getting lots of crafting done. I have got back into making ATCs, which seems to suit my short attention span and lack of energy. Ali x #42

  4. Oh poor Beatrice, she is missing her compadre, my Ron is the same..he's not eating much either :-(. Sending you understanding hugs for our puss cats.
    Congratulations on the 4 stone weight loss, that is inspiring. I'm so pleased for you, you must feel so much better. I have to crack on too, I have a lot to lose but you have made me see that it can be done.
    And I have pantry envy..... ;-D
    Hugs, LLJ 3 xxx

  5. Poor kitty. I lost two dogs within a month of one another and I think Kiara passed because she was grieving the loss of Moose. I hope they get your kitchen together quickly. Love the water feature!
    April #33

  6. Hi Shoshi,
    I hope Beatrice rallies and starts eating. I'm sure they miss their furry companions just like we do. I love how the drawer is pulled out for her to relax in.

    The pantry looks like it's progressing well. Good luck with the next step!! Also, great job on the fountain. There's nothing like handmade! Your husband did a wonderful job!

    Happy WOYWW
    Peace, Kay (43)

  7. poor Beatrice! Well done on your weight programme, and hope you reach your target soon. Looking forward to seeing pics when the work at home is finished! Helen #1

  8. Hi Shoshi, bet you'll be pleased when the pantry is finished. Hope Beatrice starts to feel better too. I so love your Mini Album and look forward to seeing it completed. Happy woyww, Angela x16x

  9. Poor Beatrice. It must be such a shock after losing her companion. I hope she perks up soon.

    Your garden looks gorgeous. The water feature reminds me of a either a bonnet or a beehive. Not sure why lol. It's really pretty either way.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sharon K #38

  10. Hi Shoshi,
    Love that things are starting to move fir you with your kitchen and being able to soread your wings, desk looks fascinating indeed... and sad re puss, wonder if you borrowed or bought a new mogey.. I say burrow to see if it works in picking it up, but sounds like it might have been old already perhaps... hard to lose them though.
    Well done on weight loss totally impressed. I'm going to look at the 5:2 diet and maybe try it. I don't need to lose that much but do need to lose 5 kg, and current WWrestriction system is simply not working...
    Thanks so much for your great desky share.
    Happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz.x #31

    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

    1. Sorry Shoshi re the loss of both dear moggys, very sad for you, I pray you find too personality friendly kitties to replace them, and you all settle well together. Love your sweetpea flower... mine are only about eighteen inches high as we're in winter here.
      Thanks for popping over, you don't have your email embedded in your comment somcouodnt reply by email!
      Shaz in Oz.x

      {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}your sweetpea flower.

  11. What a fabulous workspace!
    Have a super weekend,
    Katie xx44


Thank you for your comments! They are much appreciated. Spammers, please be aware that I read and moderate ALL comments, and yours will be deleted before publication, so please don't bother!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...