Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Remembering the Somme....

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

My New Job

As some of you might know I've been working for the RSPCA Little Valley Animal Shelter for nearly 2 years as a charity shop manager.

 In November last year I had a phone call offering me the chance to become the fundraiser, I was so excited as this would be my dream job. No more retail but doing what I love & what I'm passionate about.
I started in January just 2 days a week & working in the shop the remaining 3. As they have never had a fundraiser before it was decided I would work on a 6 month temporary contact to see if it was a role they needed or if I enjoyed it. I was lucky my managers job was being left open for me just in case things didn't work out.

So for the last 5 months I've been working towards our annual Shelter day & dog show. It's been hard, I've battled nearly everyday to get my views across. I've scrapped so many of my ideas as they wouldn't change. I've been stressed, my eczema had bleed, I've been in tears, I've had sleepless nights & I've been sick....... but I got there & I had great fun on the day.

My nephew Matthew & Oscar the dog, my niece Braken helping him

 My nieces & nephew suggested I went in the stocks...... it's nice to know I'm loved!

Those pesky kids!

And people ask me why I prefer cats!

My niece India & Woody in the my best friend dog show

My volunteer Sandra & Dilly

India & Woody winning 3rd prize!
I was surprised that I hit the target 3 times!

I was worn out when I got home & very, very burnt but I went to bed happy!
The feedback from visitors was amazing, everyone had a great time & despite the rain in the morning, a dog fight & a bridge nearly collapsing all went well.

You can see more pictures of the day including some beautiful dogs on our event page here.

I spent the day yesterday counting the takings & I'm happy to say this was the most successful shelter day on record!!!!

I'm on holiday next week then I have 6 days left in this job to decide if I'm going to apply for the full time role or go back to my shop.  
What do you think??

I'm so please the day was a massive success as it makes it sweeter when I tell them to stick it!!

I'm too old to fight everyday & I hate working with negative moaning minnie's!

Of course if they offer me an amazing deal I might change my mind but I can't see it happening!

The one thing this job as taught is I have amazing friends........ I couldn't believe how many people offered to volunteer for me on the day & loads of friends & family turned up to support me.
I'm a lucky, lucky girl!

I'm glad I ended on a high

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

May Book Review

Only 1 book in May 

Struggling to make ends meet, Mary Anne Randall is offered no help by her drunk and abusive husband. A pawnbroking business run from the wash house at the back of her home is the only way she can hope to keep her three kids fed and clothed. 
But, as storm clouds gather over Europe, can Mary Anne break free from her loveless marriage for what might be a last chance at love...?

I wasn't aware this was the second book in the series when I started but I would say it wasn't necessary to read the first one. I enjoyed this book, I warmed to the characters straight away. I really felt for Mary Anne & wanted a better life for her. A lot of the books set in this era are a bit rose tinted which I don't think is strictly true, lots of women in this era had a very hard life & Mary Anne is just one of them. I look forward to reading the next book at some point in the future.
You can find it on Amazon here 

Friday, 12 June 2015

May 2015

I can't believe May has come & gone.

I started the month getting ready for VE day by making Victory brooches & completing my special window display.
Attended my friends daughter's fundraising event, she swam a mile to raise money for Little Valley Animal Shelter.
Feeling gutted at the election results :-( 
Finding out I have to wear glasses for reading, spending time with my cats, feeling stressed out at work & finishing my land girl jumper (more about that in another post)

When I look back over the month it went by in a flash & I didn't seem to have time to do very much. I'm so focused on our Shelter day at the end of June I think I'm wishing the weeks away. I hope the year slows down after that!

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Victory Jumper

Back in March I took the plunge & started making my very own Victory Jumper!

I've had this pattern for a long time but I'd never got around to making it.

After working out how to re size it rather a lot...... they were so small in the 40's or is it we're so big now!!!..... I was on a roll.

I really enjoyed the pattern & found it knitted up quickly. I decided to knit it in DK to help make it larger. The only problem I had was with the sleeves, after increasing I found it was longer then it needed to be. I wanted the sleeves to be shorter & it was a real disappointment when it was finished but I'm happy with it now.


 I love it!!

I can't believe how often I've worn it & have been asked a few time where I brought it...... they couldn't believe I knitted it!

Here it is with my 1940's flower corsage I knitted

And with my victory brooch I made for VE day

I hadn't knitted myself anything to wear for nearly 20 years but I'm cracking on now. In the last year I've made myself a cardigan

a Christmas jumper

& I'm just finishing off my land girl jumper

100g Stylecraft special double knitting
Midnight 3 balls - Claret 2 balls - Cream 1 ball
Total price = £11.34
Hours = 51 

Sunday, 17 May 2015

April's Book Review

June 2nd, 1953. The residents of Ruby Street in London's East End are celebrating the new Queen's coronation. It's a day of joy and laughter, a new beginning for a nation still in the grip of rationing, still suffering the aftermath of the Blitz. But for Rose Weaver, the day ends in tragedy when her husband Eddie is arrested on suspicion of theft. It's only the first of several shocks as Rose discovers some unpleasant facts about the man she married eight years before, the man she thought she knew so well. Struggling to provide for herself and her two daughters, Rose realises that she'll need the help of family, friends and the good neighbours of Ruby Street if she's to have any chance of pulling through. And when a handsome salesman knocks at her door, it's hard to resist temptation ..

Only 1 book again this month.
Moving away from WW2 I went for the 1950's instead! 
I did really enjoy this book even though it took a long time to read. Rose, the main character, is a great strong East End women just as you would expect for the time.

My eyes get so tired when I read & when I went for my eye test last week I found out why..... 
yep I have to wear glasses for reading!
I'm hoping I will find it easier to read now so fingers crossed I'll read more..... don't hold your breath! 

Hopefully they will arrive soon.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Victory in Europe - 70 Years

Today we celebrate 70 years since the end of WW2

If you've been reading my blog for a while you'll know that if I could go back in time then it would be to this day

The joy is clear to see

On Monday I made a brooch

Today I proudly wore it with my Victory jumper

Although I should be happy & celebrating I feel sad today due to the election result.
I guess it's better to be passionate about something & lose then not care at all.

The funny thing is David getting back in won't effect me personally but it's the country I worry about...... what will happen to our NHS? More people visiting food banks?

I'm a hard working person so this should be my party but it's not!