Monday, 3 August 2015

Lion's and tigers and stitching oh my !!!

Hi Peeps :) pull up a chair , grab a brew and there could be some doughnuts as well as some cookies in the cupboard .. help yourselves ....
Well I can't believe how time has flown since I last blogged, I took another dashing trip over to Blackpool as my dad had a fall ... which we later found out was due to a seizure and a small bleed on  his brain .... we (Jennifer,uncle Jim and I  ) spent a long night in ER and beyond while they got my dad stable .... 
Dad was transferred to a ward  where he has remained until they can get him in some convalescence to build him back up and regain confidence in walking again.
Mid week Jennifer and I decided to go to the Zoo  for a few hours R&R in between   visiting time as it was such a gorgeous day and I took lots of photos for my dad as he loves the lions and tigers , we got to see the new additions of giraffes while we were there too , the Zoo has improved since I was a member of the Junior Zoo Club a few moons ago ...lol and it was lovely to stroll round and see all the animals .... I was sad to hear that all but one elephant was left but she is going to a retirement place and they are then setting up a breeding program for them....
I even managed to finish my ornament for Chris and my dad got to see it in all its stages from the start to the finish and he loved it ... luckily Chris does too ... I stitched her a LHN chart from one of the Cross stitch Christmas editions (2012) one I think and made it into a hanging biscornu with bling .... Chris stitched me "Merry" by Mill Hill designs and added two wee bells so it jingles when it moves in the breeze .... apparently there was a technical hiccup till she found the wee bells  so it was a good job we couldn't exchange until this weekend ...lol 
I have been asked a lot about my memory quilt soooo here are some details for those that would love to stitch me a square to go in it .....
Stitch a design of your choice for me, using DMC or washable threads or let me know if you haven't ..lol ....  no larger than 5x5 inches square on a piece of white ,off white evenweave / aida etc that is 7x7 inches square (this is to give me chance to make them all the same size when I make the quilt up ....
to send the finished stitched piece to me in time for  Harrogate (back end of November 2015) to the mouse house .... this will give me chance to choose some fabric from there for backing etc  and make it up in time for my 50th  birthday at the end of January (28th) 2016 .....or at least that is the plan ;)
If you don't know the new mouse house address please contact me back channel via my email (right side of the blog) or there are peeps like Sally, Butterfly , Jo and Jackie that do know it , if you want to ask them I am sure they won't mind if you want to do it as a surprise :)
Soooo there you go in a nutshell .... if you want to ask any more questions feel free .... 
On to the photos while I go and make another brew for every one ....
I used to go to school on a bus like this ....




mute swan



simples



lioness had a new cub with her
but couldn't get a picture as it was hiding


snoozing in the sun

one of the new giraffes

sunbathing 


wee baby seal 



red panda bear 




blue moon 01/08/2015


My LHN Biscornu for Chris 

my Christmas ornie in July from Chris 
Brews are made .....hoping to get some more stitching done this week and to look for my next RR piece ... have an idea what I want to do ... just need to find the pattern ,... its in one of those safe places ....lol 
I hope every one is well and stitching loads and I will get to bob in and see you all asap .... take care one and all :) love mouse xxxxx

28 comments:

Vickie said...

I am so very sorry to hear of the complications with your dear father. I am praying for him.
What a nice respite the zoo was for you two.

Margaret said...

I hope your father is recovering from his seizure/fall and is doing better. Love all the pics from the zoo. Great stitching exchange too.

Jacquie Morris said...

I wish your dad well :)
What a lovely day it looked like for a visit to the zoo.... I love the zoo too. You took some great photos :)
Oooooh lovely stitching and love what you made, go you!
I helped myself to a yummy cookie, thanks!
Big smiles :)

Gillie said...

Come on, get looking! Love the giraffe, especially! X

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Hope your day feels better soon. Great pictures!

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Hope your day feels better soon. Great pictures!

Tigermouse said...

I hope your father is recovering and will soon be much better.

Great pics from the zoo - would you believe I live only 45 minutes drive from it and I've never been there yet.

Barb said...

Hope your dad is doing much better now. Great zoo pictures!

Linda said...

Love the zoo pictures. Hope your dad is feeling better.

Linda

Stitching Noni said...

Hope your Dad is ok.... very scary when things like that happen....
Love the Zoo pics - the meerkats are gorgeous! Simples :o)
Hugs xx

Denise SA said...

Hi mouse please send me your new address
Loved the

butterfly said...

Sorry your dad is not to well again, such a worry when they fall , my dad fell over 20 times in his care home and much the same as your dad with a brain bleed so was in and out of hospital .
So I know what you are going through , so sending prayers to you all.

I love all your photos it's been years since I went to the Zoo .

Love both the ornaments and the finishes are wonderful. Sending big hugs & xxx.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Sorry to hear about your Dad, hope they are looking after him well. I am sure the zoo photos cheered him up.

Lovely ornie exchange. The quilt is such a great idea, I'm sure you will get lots of squares.

Mii Stitch said...

Love your biscornu finish!! So cute!
Great trip to the zoo, you really got some nice pic of the animals :)

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Love seeing all the animal pics. Sorry to hear your dad took a tumble. I'm sending positive thoughts your way. Hope he bounces back soon! Hugs!

Beth said...

Your life is very much in a state of flux. I am glad you had a bit of time to enjoy the zoo.

Astrids dragon said...

Always fun at the zoo! Both ornaments looks great, nice job the both of you!
Hope your Dad is up and about soon.

Julie said...

Fun pics of your zoo trip. I too used to travel on a bus like that.
Sending lots of healing wishes for dad. I hope is comfortable and they can help him to be more mobile.
Best wishes to you x

Sarah in Stitches said...

Love the pictures of all the zoo animals! That's a gorgeous biscornu that you made - and so is Chris's Merry hanging! :D

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

Oh I love your ornament you stitched and how you finished and Chris' gift to you Merry is just stunning! I will keep your daddy in my prayers. I hope he returns to full health and is back on his feet in no time.
The animal pictures are delightful!

Jennifer M. said...

Love your zoo pictures! Sending healing wishes for your father.

Your biscornu to Chris was very pretty.

Maggee said...

I hope that your Dad is doing better now. It is great that he enjoys seeing your stitching! Your trip to the zoo looks like a good time for you... great pics too! I hope I have the LHN piece in my stash--I have wanted to do it... and I love biscornu's... a perfect blend there! And Chris did a great job blending stitching and beading into that ornament--like it a lot!! Hugs to you and your family!

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Sorry to read that your Dad had another 'turn'.
Lovely pictures from your trip to the zoo.
The LHN Christmas design makes a lovely biscornu.

KimM said...

Hope your dad is ding better. Lovely pictures at the zoo - you must have a stupendous camera! And the biscornu - so pretty.
xxx

Mrs Milkybar Kid said...

Beautiful zoo pictures, what a happ way to spend a day! Sorry to hear about your Dad's ongoing health issues Mouse - I hope that they are taking good care of him and that he is improving every day.

Parsley said...

I'm back to blogging and had to stop in to catch up with you here. Wonderful pics!
P.S. I am so sorry about your Dad. Thoughts are with you.

Dotty's Daughter said...

Oh my, no 21 bus ...Brings back so many memories, I,m from South East London and saw that bus most days. Maria

Annette-California said...

Your Biscornu you stitched for Chris is beautiful & Chris's ornament to you is wonderful! so cute! Prayers for your dad to get better!
I just jotted down the info for your memory quilt. Hope I found the correct posting. love Annette