Monday, 20 December 2010


Britain is still gripped in this icy blast and unusually for us here in Taunton we have a lot of snow. We have lived here 21 years and this is the most we have seen. Everything grinds to a halt. Planes are grounded, food and supplies cannot get through and we are not done yet. It is so cold too with temperatures not getting above freezing. Outside there is at least 8-10 inches of snow and many roads are impassable. Lucky that Santa doesn't need to rely on the roads to get through. Olly's parents are due back at Heathrow today from Australia!!!!!

You would be forgiven for thinking this was a very poor attempt at icing the Christmas cake but no... underneath all that snow is my car. Going nowhere. Shanks's Pony is the transport of the day.

The frosty smoke tree from last week is covered in snow and my neighbours bird house looks very festive peeping out of the hedge.

Just to show that I have been doing something sewing wise I thought I would give you a glimpse of a cross stitch sampler that I am stitching. I used to be very passionate about cross stitching but when I discovered patchwork it took a back seat. This one has me wanting to stitch again though. It is from the Historical Sampler Company.

All hexagons prepared and ready for off. I am toying with the background colour and have tried a few colourways. I think I know what it will be. I also now know what I am doing with the diamonds and the total now stands at 48.

What will we do now that Strictly Come Dancing has finished and the Fantastic Kara and of course her dance partner Artem are no longer on our screen? It has been sheer pleasure to watch this series of Strictly and common sense prevailed and the right couple won. Apart from the dancing it has been touching to see this young couple fall in love over the weeks and I have to say I shed a tear or two. My daughter when she reads this will say " Oh Mother". I can't help being sentimental. It is who I am am.

Wherever you are, stay safe and warm.

Love Shirley.


  1. Snowing here again, I am wondering if I will ever get out again. It all looks very pretty but its a pain in the B--t and causing so much disruption to people traveling to be with their families over Christmas. At least you are putting your time to good use with your sewing. Your Hexies look good and as for sentiment that comes with ageeeeeee and life's experience's .. It will happen to her one day.
    Keep snug, warm and safe your self .

  2. Amazing all this snow in Europe. My son also got caught up in the chaos as he was supposed to fly back from Boston via Heathrow to Singapore. Of course his flight got cancelled but luckily he's now coming back "the other way". Keep warm and hopefully you'll get a white Christmas. All best wishes Vreni x PS: Your hexagons are fantastic.

  3. What amazing photos especially from where I am sitting - locked up in the house with the airconditioning on to cool the house down to 25 degrees at midnight!!! Yes it is hot hot hot here which is normal for Christmastime. Your hexagons are looking good and I cant wait to see what you choose for the backing. Take care!

  4. Those hexagons look really lovely, not so sure about the snow! Might go and have a look at the cross stitch patterns too, some things are difficult to resist. Hope you have a warm Christmas.

  5. Hi Shirley!!! I was thinking about you this morning, and here you are with your weather and project report! ; )

    Thanks for sharing all the pretty photos. Untrampled snow is always so lovely to look at, especially if one has a heat source if or when the electricity goes out!

    Does the snow mean that you have extra time for stitching? I hope so! Like you, I have loved counted cross-stitch, and once I learned to quilt, it took a back seat. Anyway,I love your new project!

    ~ Ronda in SW Washington

  6. Great photos Shirley love the one of your car. It is cold here also not at all like our lead up to Christmas. If it hadn't have been the 19th of December on Sunday I would have lite our fire. Now that is just silly ................ it is raining outside at the moment and it looks like a winters day. Love the splash of green in the hexies.

  7. So much snow...but it looks so pretty!
    We have had crazy weather here too, snow, floods. heat waves...
    Love the hexies, the bit of green makes them pop!
    Stay warm and safe..
    Hugs Julia ♥

  8. Wow---the south have been hit so hard with snow. We are in a bit of a bubble here in Rugby and have only had the odd dusting.

    Hope you manage to keep warm and safe!

    Merry Christmas!

  9. Oh wow...that's a ton of snow! We haven't seen even a tiny snowflake this year :(

    The hexies are beautiful and you make me want to start some....but I think I'll just enjoy yours from afar instead.

    Have a Merry and Blessed Christmas Shirley!

  10. No wonder you found that cross stitch pattern irresistible. The hexagons look lovely too. Stay warm and safe this Christmas.

  11. We have been watching the news reports of the snow falls and can't imagine what it must be like to have to continue with daily tasks. Stay safe and warm and enjoy your sewing. Wishing you all a warm, safe and happy Christmas.

  12. A happy Christmas to you from The Netherlands!

  13. That is the kind of info that are supposed to be shared across the internet.

  14. Snowbound is a medium-sized multiplayer map in Halo 3.

  15. Great you're spending your cold days sewing and making beautiful stuffs.