Monday, 9 January 2006

Another week end gone !!

The weekend has been and gone again ,and was a busy one .You will remember I was just completing Saturdays entry when Kate rang to say they were coming over .Martin Kate ,Sam and Sharons second boy Stuart arrived ,Kate and I had fun shopping in our little town she was very excited because the local butcher gave her some bones for her dog ,We went to the charity shop ,where I bought some Patricia Cornwall books ,all of which I;ve read (Jean lent me them )but as Jeannette says you need to read them again ,at some point, as they are quite complex ,we went to the gift shop were they sell lovely items ,she bought a couple of things ,then onto the pound shop ,ditto! then to the market  ditto again and where she bought the flowers ,for me .Sunday  morning ,my brother John and his wife Julia ,came and we had a good old chin wag ,we fetchted a few family skeletons out of the cupboard ,gave them a dusting off before restoring them back again !!After a while Julia said are;nt you going to get the stuff from the car John ?out he went and returned with the lovely planter ,saying heres your last years Christmas present ,and then... this is for this year ....a fantastic wine rack (Imight have got them the wrong way round but no matter )Needless to Maurice and I were delighted at the beautiful presents .As you will have gathered my brother is very gifted ,where wood is concerned  he can make anything ,and such high quality too , hes had commisions to make the most amazing things .He made a rocking horse for my son Dereks Micky when he was little and Kate has had some lovely toys for her boys too,I have peices he has made over the years ,the wooden bowl he must have made at least thirtyfive years ago (and he was proud to note the lid still fitted and had;nt worped )the little pot with pens sciccors knitting needles etc in it was made prior ,to the "three day week"if you can remember when that was ?because during a blackout I can remember Mick my late husband burning our initials on it with the fire poker ,as we sat idly waiting for the lecy to come back on again lol(the things you remember !!) Well since Maurice is waiting for me to help him lift something ,and keeps visiting me to see how Im doing, Id better  take the hint and close for now with love       Janxx

13 comments:

sdrogerson said...

What skill to make something!

madcobug said...

Those wooden things your brother made are beautiful. Something good as rememberance gifts.  Helen

jeanno43 said...

Sounds like you had a great weekend.  Lovely photos and your brother certainly is talented.  Hope that Maurice is doing well. Have a good week.
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haileen2003 said...

Wow! what lovely gifts- your Brother sure is clever!
Your weekend was busy...
AileenX

nedmoh said...

Hi Jan,Glad you've had a good weekend.Lovely flowers from Kate, and all your things from John and Julia, I was good to keep the secret wasn't I? we were given the same and as pleased as you were.Hope Maurice has enjoyed his days off.......Love Jeanxx

jaymact1 said...

I remember the backouts well when the lecy went off for three hours at a time . Richard was just a baby and had Croup at the time. Fortunatly we had a coal fire and had collected wood and pine cones as there was very little coal to had and that helped to spin it out a bit. Love Joan.

icklemisssexpot said...

The items your brother has made you are lovely...Does he or has he in the past sold his items at craft fairs etc?? I remember the blackouts well see am not that young <g> ...We got to sit in the good room and have the fire on and toast bread on long fork over the fire YUM...Mum also got her old oil lamp fixed and we used it. My mum doesn't like using candles much as we had to use them so often back then.  Me i love them and always have some lit LOL   Caff xxx

labdancer51 said...

Hi Jan, your brother is very talented, the things he has made are beautiful.  I love the wine rack and the planter especially. :o)

Sandra xxxx

jlocorriere05 said...

Wish I had a brother who could make stuff like that!! I have some wooden lidded pots, one hand carved in Borneo and the other antique poker work, I love them! Glad you found some Patricia Cornwell books, they're so good on the second read! I remember the three day week, power cuts, TV closing down at 10:30pm too!! Our supermarkets were candle lit too, I remember they'd only let about twenty in at a time!! Looking back it's unbelievable how the miners had a strangle hold on the government. Jeannette. http://journals.aol.co.uk/jlocorriere05/Welcometomytravels

ally123130585918 said...

Morning Jan - your brothers work is lovely - I have a workshop at the top of my garden belonged to the Chap who lived here before us - it is equipped with Carpentry tools (as he was a carpenter) your brother can come and use it anytime he wants to - as long as he makes me one of those wine racks  lol....Ally

jmoqueen said...

Your brother is very talented :-)

faircolleen said...

I like your brothers woodwork Jan! Hes very handy to have around.I like the charity shops too. .love to get a bargain.I have to say I havent read any of Patricia Cornwalls books yet. . I must look out for some in the charity shops.Which one should I read first?

plieck30 said...

I would think a chin wag is a chat, right? My daddy use to call it chewing the fat. lol Love to read your journal when I get a chance. Paula