Saturday, 26 January 2013

Countdown to India


It's a countdown to my trip to India, starting to get excited. Clothes all sorted and case packed. Here are some pictures of what lies ahead of me. the temperature during the day will be approx 73-80 degrees C but cooler when on safari.

We go on safari before breakfast at 0630hrs and again after lunch at 1430hrs.(3 safaris during my stay).





The accomodation looks good and most have wireless internet so may be able to link my blackberry without having to pay huge UK charges. I won't be able to download any photos until I get home though so these will have to suffice until then.



 We travelled with Titan Tours many years ago to california and it was by far superior to any other tour company we had been with before so I feel safe and secure travelling with them.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

All over the world

Since I made my blog less private it's amazing the people that read my blog. They can't copy anything or alter it but Iwould be really interested how they come about it and what they think when they do. I mean it isn't a commercial blog or even professional, just normal everyday chit chat. People from China,Latvia,Ukraine, Switzerland,Austria,India,Israel,Russia etc,etc. If you come across it through a search please send me a comment as very interested in travel and other cultures. Its less than 2 weeks now before my trip to North India when I will be exchanging my snow boots for salwar kameez.

It is an amazing world we live in and there are always surprises to come. It is snowing outside and yet I still have chilli peppers ripening on my window sil!!!!

Since I have been ill I have gradually built myself back up to the point I am hungry all the time so will have to review my nibbling and get back into more regular exercise to burn off the calories.

We have been focusing on scrapbooking, during coffee and craft sessions, and I have also got a lot further with my family history research. I can't recommend ancestry enough and Ulster family are very reasonable for checking up details of birth, death and marriage certificates rather than having to pay the full price to get a certificate they will get the info for you for less than half the price. I have also done some holiday scrapbooking hence a bit less done in knitting and crochet so lots of projects waiting in the background. I did make some cards though for family birthdays.

 The snow and ice put a stop to getting out and about unless it was absolutely necessary which to me was only if it was for work.
Our Home


Jonathan and Smudge

a little time to get cosy 


 Bible studies are continuing as normal as we travel through James and Genesis inductively, God revealing directions for our lives and giving explanation of how we came about.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Cluedo-girls night in

Just after a meal and ready to get their brains into gear.
What a night!!! it was a long night, plenty of eating and nibbling and despite everybody having different ideas on detective work at the end of the evening we had all really came to our suspicions around the same time. Surprisingly Donna and i solved the crime just before the others. Looking forward to the next one ladies when I will have family over from the USA. Ummm Sharon and Julie seemed to have managed to avoid the camera must sort that next time!!!

mother and daughter combine forces

Poor Smudge didn't know what was going on with so many ladies around who were concentrating on something other than her. She voiced her opinion clearly regarding the Inspector when he came on the scene. She did get the odd treat but by the end of the night she couldn't keep her eyes open.








 
J was back in time to help clear up not that there was much of that to do as I opted for disposables and a big thankyou to the ladies who helped with the meal, drinks and nibbles.
Who,what,where and when?

Friday, 11 January 2013

It takes you to lose your health for a while to really appreciate it


I am almost there, not quite but enough to know how ill I was and thankful to be bouncing back. The worst part about being ill is not that I couldn't go to work but that I couldn't concentrate on my crafts or having friends round. Continuing Bible study on wednesday was a start but will be nice to catch up with the girls this evening at our Cluedo supper.

Getting back to my art class yesterday was such a boost and I wasn't quite as rusty as I thought I had been especially when coulour poses difficulties for me and especially in colour pencil. It was a thoroughly enjoyable morning drawing garlic and mushrooms.
 







Since I have been up and about I managed to do some knitting and made a tunic top for Lucy a few sizes bigger than my first attempt so hopefully it fits. I applied some buttons for decor possibly from around the 1950's from my button box.


Honey comes to visit Smudge
 I was also determined to get started on some crochet. i did try a pattern with some cheap wool but because it really wasn't the right size i decided the sample would be adequate until I have the right wool another time but at least i got to practice the V stitch. I have started the interlocking crochet but can't get beyond the filet mesh as i get confused in front and back. I realised  had completed the first row correctly just after i had unravelled it. However it's knowing where to go on the second row so back to u-tube.



 I also knit myself some fingerless mits from sirdar snuggly on four needles. I do love four needles but probably because I hate sewing up.


Saturday, 5 January 2013

Family history search

I have always had a keen interest in my family genealogy since I was a teenager. It was difficult then to extract various information from elder family members but it was apparent there were skeletons in the closet that made me interested even further.

For many years I was stuck in relation to paternal and maternal lines but have again got moving discovering further links.

I am presently concentrating on my grandfather Browne's maternal and paternal family-Brown/e and McClean. I have a particular interest in learning more about the Brown's who owned the newsagent,toy shop in Thomas St in Portadown and would be delighted to hear from anyone with information or photos.

My grandmother Browne's family-Best and McFall.

On my mother's side my interest is in the Austins and Russells but in search of information on my grandfather's mother Susan sarah Atkinson originally from Portadown. Again any information or photographs would be most appreciated.

I am registered with ancestry.com which has been extremely helpful.

My great grandfather was an 18yr old tailor in 1901 and so I would also be interested to know at that time where he was likely to be employed as the rest of the family appeared to work in the linen industry in manual labour. His cousin run Brown's shop so would also be interested to know how she rose to such a position from a poor household.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Best of both worlds at Christmas Time



she likes to get dirty but likes to get clean too

Mountstewart
I may not be on holiday but due to the hours I work I am very blessed to have lots of free time especially at this time of year. Christmas the time to rejoice of Christ's birth and yet so many people are taking the Christ out of Christmas!!! I received a card from the USA which was from a very good friend and she just knew I would love the card as it had a lovely folk angel on it. She as well as I hadn't noticed at first that there was no mention of Christmas on it. It clearly stated on the front happy holidays with no mention of the reason for the season.



always keen to know what's in the oven





If I didn't believe in something I simply would ignore it but why do people want to celebrate the holiday that was set as a celebration of Christ without realising the significance? So many people have been ill this year my work has been extremely busy and Sanata sent me a little cold Xmas morn...or that's what i thought. We had a lovely Xmas meal with my in laws and unfortunately for the rest of the Mcclenaghan clan they didn't eat to late due to an electric problem affecting their whole neighbourhood.
made on request of a friend for a gift



Boxing Day we had a nice time with friends and got out for a walk.
J put Smudge in the boot with Minnie without thinking




Between Boxing day and now I have been very ill with an exacerbation of asthma requiring a course of steroids. I just managed a lovely roast dinner made by my wonderful DH which is the 1st since Boxing day as I have been living on toast.

On Saturday J took Smudge up the Mournes with the Cummings and she had a ball running and sliding in the peat bringing quite a bit of it home with her so fortunately no one really lost out to my illness. New year's day for the Browne's here had to be cancelled as they were all ill as well. Julie called in to cheer me with some flowers.



Still some crafts being done during the week between naps.