Friday, 24 November 2017

Traditional Colours at Winter Wonderland

Good morning.  Time for a new challenge at Winter Wonderland and for our penultimate challenge of 2017 the theme is "Traditional Colours - Use Red and Green". Gosh, it's unbelievable how close to Christmas we are!

My Card


Inside card
tartan card blank - Dovecraft
snowman and bird digi  - Sasayaki Glitter
Merry Christmas die - Yvonne Creations ( I think!)
snowflake dies - The Works
bling - stash
The card already had the diecut on the front and I didn't have exactly the same size die.  Since it looked incomplete I added the gems - and I cannot believe I missed two off!  They are now safely glued in position. I placed the digi image inside and then added snowflakes in opposite corners to finish.
Our sponsor this time is Sasayaki Glitter and the prize on offer is a digi of your choice.  So many people love to use traditional colours on their Christmas cards so why not pop over to the blog and check out the work of the DT and then enter the challenge.

Take care and keep warm.



Sunday, 12 November 2017

Autumn Colours

Good morning.  My card today is for International Art and Soul.  The theme is autumn colours, and I think I have cracked it with this card.

My Card
7" x 5" base card - Papermania
Bronze pearlescent card - Crafters Companion
White cardstock - Rymans
Sunflower image - Greeting Card Factory
Microbead and pearls - stash
I was very happy to be able to add some quotes to my card.  In fact I added so much text that I decided to not use too much in the way of embellishments.  I used microbeads for the centre of the sunflower and then some brown pearls in the corners.  The picture does not show the microbeads at their best.  There are three or four different shades in the pot and look gorgeous in real life.
I kept it all pretty flat by adding the image and the three different texts onto the one piece of card and just played around with the positioning.
I found the birthday quote online and told John it suited me perfectly - for some reason he just laughed! I think this card is for me since it is my birthday today ... lol!
Why not pop over to the blog and see what my teamies have come up with, and maybe join in the challenge?
Take care and enjoy your day.  We are off out for the day but I don't know where.  I quite like surprises though.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Shimmer and Sparkle

Good morning.  Time again for our Christmas Card Club to show our offerings.  Lorraine is hosting this challenge   and asked for Shimmer and Sparkle - and if you can't shimmer and sparkle at Christmas when else can you?  A great theme Lorraine. I have just realised that we only have two more challenges after this. Scary thought.

My Card
Side stepper card - Ryman's card stock
matt silver card stock - Crafters Companion
silver mirri card - Crafters Companion
silver glitter card stock - Crafters Companion
Create a Card  "Snow Crystal" - Crafters Companion
other snowflakes dies - The Works
gems - from stash
I used an A4 piece of card stock to form the stepper card so it ends up being quite a large card but perfect for the snow crystal die. This particular glitter card  is absolutely gorgeous and really shimmers so much it looks beautiful.  Quite difficult to photograph though. And I have just seen that a gemstone has gone AWOL from the top corner!! Easily fixed though.
I'm rather envious of those of you who live in the north because I'm sure you must have had some lovely views of the Northern Lights judging from what I have seen on t'internet.  When I was a student nurse in Darlington, many moons ago, we had some fabulous views and it's something I've never forgotten.
Well, that's it from today.
Take care and enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Trees For Mawtt

Good morning and I hope this finds you warm and well.  I was quite surprised when I got up early this morning - no frost!  I came in at half past nine last night and the temperature was already down to 1degree so I was expecting a really hard frost like the last couple of mornings.  Obviously it got warmer during the night thankfully.

This morning my card is for MAWTT.  The theme was chosen by Jackie, who asked to see trees.

My Card
7" x 5" kraft card base - Hobbycraft
image - Greeting Card Factory
bronze pearlescent cardstock - Crafters Companion
white cardstock - Ryman
maple leaf punch - Woodware
stitched pennant - Creative Expressions
sentiment - computer generated
I love to see reflections in the water so when I remembered this image (which I had downloaded a long time ago from my Greeting Card Factory programme but never actually used) it was the perfect choice - water, reflections, trees.
Quick and easy card which I think will probably be added to my pack of cards for males.
Please pop over to the blog and see the offerings from my team mates.  perhaps you will be inspired to join us in our challenge.
Take care and enjoy your day. 

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Sentiment as Focus for CCC

Good morning.  Well, it's actually extremely chilly here and we have had frost the past two mornings. Our property is quite high and we get more frost and snow than the villages around us. It's a wee bit early for this as far as I'm concerned!  I hope you all remembered to turn back your clocks at 2 o'clock this morning.  I don't want to find out any of you cheated and did it before you went to bed ... lol!

These two weeks just zoom by so quickly and it's time for a challenge in our Christmas Card Club. Sylvie has asked us to use the sentiment as the focal point of our cards this time.   This suits me down to the ground because that is my favourite form of card.  I'd be quite happy to never use images on my cards and just settle for sentiments, quotes, poems etc.

My Card

white cardstock - Hobbycraft
glitter card - stash
Sparkles Flakes e/f - Creative Expressions
labels 10 - Spellbinders
snowflakes - Marianne and Spellbinders
sentiment - Pink Petticoat (closed down)

This is a lovely embossing folder but quite an unusual size. The folder measures 19 cms x 145 cms, which is approximately 5.75 ins x just less than 7.75 ins. I trimmed it slightly to make my finished card  6" x 7.75". Very odd size.
Well that's it from me today.
Take care.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Fancy Folds for Winter Wonderland

Good morning to all my friends and fellow bloggers. Cindy has chosen the theme for our challenge at Winter Wonderland this time and as you can see she asked us for fancy folds.  I think this shaped card is called Diorama, although I have seen it called just a box card. Whatever it is called it was extremely easy to make. It also folds down almost flat and fits into a six inch square envelope. If the embellishments are kept flat then it is the lower postal charge.

Do you like making Christmas Cards?  If so we are looking for more Design Team members. 
 If you are interested you will find the details HERE 
Anyway, back to the challenge. Our sponsor this time is Sheepski Designs .

My Card

Kraft cardstock - stash
Design papers - LOTV disc.
Snowstorm Acetate - Jellybean Crafts
Noble Pierced Squares die - Creative Expressions
Large snowflakes - Marianne Designs
Mini snowflakes - The Works
image  Snowmen Selfies - Sheepski Designs .
I die cut a square from the centre and added snowstorm acetate to tie in with the snowy paper.
Our Craft and Laugh group from WI went to Evesham for the afternoon yesterday and had great fun.  We went to The Valley shopping outlet and visited the new Crafter's Companion.  Of course, we just had to have tea/coffee and cake - it would have been rude not to since there were at least three caf├ęs in the outlet.
Well that's it for today.  I hope this finds you all well.
Take care.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Mountain Border Card

Good morning and welcome. Wasn't that sky incredible on Monday?  I had been out walking and on the way back it was getting darker and darker and the sun was getting redder and redder.  When I got into the house I had to switch all the lights on - it was like night time! Spooky!

My Card
7" x 5"  base card - kraft cardstock from Hobbycraft
natural linen cardstock -  Pink petticoat digi paper
embossing folder Argyle- Die'sire  Embossalicious
mountain border digi - Eureka stamps
spruce die - unknown ( lost the packet lol)
sentiment - computer generated
It was my brother in law's birthday a couple of days ago. It is the first one since he lost his wife (my sister)and I needed to make sure it got there in time. Our local post is not the most reliable. I tend to give my cards etc to our postman who then puts it straight into the sorting office and it gets there the next day without fail.  I just have to be sure to have them ready when he comes.

I only partly coloured the image because I didn't want it to look too busy and overpowering. I think it works a treat.  And my nephew let me know that, sure enough, it got there next day. Thanks Postman Tony!
Well that's it from me today. I need to get baking. It's my turn to provide cake for our WI Craft and Laugh group to morrow.
Take care!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Not Square or Rectangular

Good morning and here I am again, this time with my DT card for International Art and Soul.  The remit is for your to be anything other than square or rectangular.

My Card
Snow dome card blank ? Tattered Lace
Reindeer and Sleigh - Tattered Lace dies
Merry Christmas Die - Yvonne Creations 
Snowstorm acetate - stash
snowflakes - Woodware punch
Backing paper - from my digi paper file
gems - from Stash
I found this card blank in the bottom of a drawer and I have no idea where I got it from. After looking on Ebay I am sure it is from Tattered Lace.   A friend gave me the diecuts of the reindeer and sleigh - I don't buy Tattered Lace because they are so expensive - so I just added lots of sparkle to them.

Please pop over to IAAS and checkout the projects from the rest of the team.

This was very difficult to photograph because the acetate kept picking up the light.  It is quite dark but when I used flash I got a lovely flash of light in the acetate. Anyway, you've got the idea I'm sure.

Take care and enjoy the rest of the weekend.


Saturday, 14 October 2017

Non Traditional Colours.

Good morning.  Time again for our Christmas Card Club.  Two weeks certainly shoot round!  Today Carol is hosting the challenge and she wants to see non traditional colours. I rarely use pink at Christmas so I decided that was the colour to use this time.

My Card 
62 square white base card - Rymans
Pink card stock - old stash
Pierced Noble square dies - Sue Wilson
Stitched Flags - Sue Wilson
Snowflake tree die - Britannia
Falling Snow e/f - Sue Wilson
pearls - The Hobby House
Sentiment - computer generated
A very CAS and almost flat card. I added the sentiment flag with foam pads to give just a little dimension and that was it.  Job done.

The weather has been quite good this week and the weekend is set to be good too in most places.    I'm sorry if you are in the areas that are due for hurricane-type conditions.  And poor Cumbria is taking a battering with the rain again. I have managed to get quite a bit of walking done this week. I've gone with the walking instead of my usual cycling because I have a problem with my left thumb and it is causing a lot of pain when trying to change gear. Sometimes it is so painful that I can't change back up when I have been in a low gear.  Hopefully by resting it for a few weeks it will improve.  The joys of arthritis ... lol.
Enjoy the weekend and I will be back again tomorrow.
Take care.

 Entering :
Think Pink

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Autumnal Colours

Good morning.  I hope you are well and enjoying the milder weather; I'm sure it will change pretty soon.

It's time for my DT card at MAWTT.  Zoe is hosting this challenge and her remit is "Autumn/Fall Cards - Anything with an autumnal feel whether it be autumn colours or autumn images".

My Card
6" square base card - cardstock from stash
paper - First Edition "Falling Leaves"
Sentiment - JustRite stamps
Die set - The Works
pearls - The Hobby House
 I have gone with autumn colours and kept it quite CAS as you can see.  I just loved the paper so much that I didn't want to cover it all up.  There are some beautiful designs in this pad and as you can see parts of this one are pearlescent. The die set is one I bought from The Works.  I have had a few from there and they cut and emboss beautifully and are very reasonably priced - ie cheap!

Please pop over to the blog and see the inspiration from my team mates.

I hope you

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Make It Round

Good morning.  Hope you are all well and didn't have too much wind yesterday - weather-wise I mean!  I hung my washing out wondering if it would actually blow away!  Still, didn't take long to dry so I was able to get straight on with the ironing.  Must confess that is not my favourite chore so I like to get it out of the way as soon as I can.

This is my card for the Christmas Card Club  which was due on Sunday, so I apologise to my club teamies.  I intended to make an easel card but in the end came up with a rocker card instead.  I have struggled with my card making over the last few months and even when I got round to making a card I found it difficult to come up with new ideas and it was taking ages to actually make even the most simple card.  Anyway, hopefully things will start looking up a bit now.

We all take turns to choose the theme each fortnight and this time it was Mrs A (ValeryAnn) and she asked us to make it round.  I wasn't sure whether she meant us to make the actual card round or just add something round, but I think my card covers both eventualities.

My Card
white card stock - Hobbycraft
Blue pearlescent card = Jelly Bean Crafts
paper - LOTV Frosty Christmas(disc but now available as digi papers)
glitter card stock - Hobbycraft
Grand Decorative Circles One - Spellbinders
poinsettia die - Marianne
leaf sprigs - Sue Wilson
Ice Crystal Frame - Amy designs
pearls - The Hobby House
This card ended up being very large at 8 inches.  Usually when I make big ones it is 7 inches but because of the shape it doesn't actually appear to be that big. And would you believe it!!! I have just realised one of the leaf sprigs has fallen off before I took the picture.  I tucked them in to see what it looked like and obviously only glued two of them! Ah well, easily solved.
Well that's all from me today.  Thanks for your visit.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Make It Monochrome

Hi!  It's hard to believe it's already October - time is just zooming by at the speed of light!

I'm back today with my DT card for International Art and Soul where the theme is monochrome. Somehow lots of my cards end up being monochrome without me even trying!! 

My Card
7" x 5" tent fold card - from Papermania cardstock
pink adorable scorable card - Hunkydory
Elegant Labels 4 Spellbinders
Labels 4 - Spellbinder
Tranquil Moments - Spellbinders
leaf dies - The Works
embossing folder - Cuttlebug
sentiment - very old stamp
pearls and flowers - stash
striped ribbon - local haberdasher
Lots of pretty dies made this card a cinch to make. All I had to do was add a little colour to the flowers using a Promarker and job done.
Why not pop over to the blog and check out the cards from my teamies?  We are a Just For Fun blog but we have some super badges should you decide to join in the challenge.
Take care and have a good Sunday.
I would like to enter this card into :


Saturday, 30 September 2017

Winter Wonderland

Good afternoon, and I apologise for my late post today.  In fact I am even later than you might think because this was due yesterday but I have not been available for a couple of day.  Anyway better late than never!

This is my DT post for Winter Wonderland.  We are sponsored this time by  All Dressed Up and our theme is a the extremely easy Anything Goes - as long as it is Christmas! The prize is two digi images so what are you waiting for? 

My Card
6" card base from purple card stock 
Papers - LOTV Snow Princess (disc)
Image - Three Little Girls from All Dressed Up
Promarkers to colour
A simple card but quickly made. Why not pop over to the blog and see what the other DT members have made?
Take care and enjoy the rest of the weekend.  I'll be back tomorrow with another card.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Penguins and Glitter For CCC

Good morning to you all.  It's time for a card for the Christmas Card Club.  Kate has chosen our theme and she wants to see penguins and lots of glitter!

My Cards
5" x 7"  base card - Papermania
white card stock - Hobbycraft
blue card stock - Jelly Bean Crafts
Falling Snow e/f - Creative Expressions
Snowflake die - Spellbinders Create a Flake
Image - Greeting Cards Factory
Sentiment - computer generated
Diamond Dust glitter
5" x 7" base card - Papermania
blue glitter card
blue cardstock - Rymans
white cardstock - Rymans
image - Greetings Card Factory
silver glitter snowflakes - X Cut punch
Sorry about the glare on the glitter card. Thanks for a great challenge Kate and that's two more cards ticked off the list now.  Christmas is creeping ever nearer ... lol!  If you would like to see what the rest of the group have made you will find their details in my sidebar.
Take care and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Sentiment As The Focus

Good morning to all my friends and fellow bloggers.  I have been away for a few days back home in the north east for a family funeral so have not been able to visit any blogs. However, I'm back now so I shall get stuck in and start visiting you.

I really do hope everybody is well and have not been affected too badly by the hurricanes overseas and the storm here in the UK.  We have been okay really with just a small tree down but that will probably give us  a week's worth of wood for the wood burner.  Always a bonus.

My card today is for Moving Along With The Times.  It is time for team A to post their cards/projects and I am hosting the challenge. As many of you know I love to use quotes on my cards and so I have asked the team to make the sentiment the focal point of their project.  I don't want to see any images at all but naturally embellishments etc are fine.

My Card
5" x 7"  tent fold card - Hobbycraft cardstock
Blue card - Jellybean Crafts
Elegant Labels 4 - Spellbinders
Labels 4 - Spellbinders
Large and Medium rose dies - Brittania
Rose leaf die - Britannia
Seasonal Music e/f - Die'sire Embossalicious
Sentiment stamp - Quietfire Designs
Pearls - Hobby House
If you need some inspiration why not pop over to the blog and see what the rest of the team have come up with.  We would love you to join in the challenge. 
Take care and stay safe and dry.


Sunday, 3 September 2017

A Sympathy Card

Good morning.  Here I am with my third card in a row.  I have said before that my cards are like buses - wait for ages then three appear at once.

This is my DT card for International Art and Soul.  The challenge this time is to use lace and/or pearls.  I had to quickly make a sympathy card a few days ago when my cousin died very suddenly and unexpectedly. This Tonic die was the ideal one to make a quick card, but one with impact. This followed on from a very dear old friend, also from back home, who passed away at the age of 96.  Marjorie was a very good friend of my mum and I have kept in close touch with her since mum died, and every time I went back to visit my beloved sister we would both visit Marjorie.  She used to love receiving my cards. This card wasn't made specifically for the challenge but fit the topic so well which was a bonus.    My sister was very much the optimist and her favourite saying was "There's always a bonus" so this brings her back so clearly I can almost hear her saying it.

Please scroll down if you are looking for my Christmas Card Club entry

My Card

6" square white base card - Rymans
blue card - Jellybean Crafts
Sunray Scene Dies - Tonic Studios
Rising Dove die - Tonic Studios
Fancy Tags Die - Spellbinders
Pearls - from stash

I computer generated the sentiment and used one of the Spellbinders Fancy Tags to frame it.  This is now three people who were close to me and have passed away in the last two months so I will be travelling back home again next week.  It will be nice to see the rest of my family again, but once again at a sad occasion.

Anyway, back to the challenge.  Please pop over to the blog and check out what my team mates have made and I do hope you might be inspired to join in with us.  Lots of use pearls and lace on our cards so I'm sure you will have something to offer. No prizes I'm afraid since we are a Just For Fun challenge but we have great banners for your side bars.

Well take care and I'll see you again soon.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Christmas Card Club

Good morning.  I am back at my usual early morning post today, not midday like yesterday.  I have never been as late as that when posting a card.  Gosh these two weeks certainly come around quickly.  It's time for my friends in our little club to produce another card to add to our collection so that we are not one of those who gets caught out in November and panic because they don't have enough cards made. Making them all year round is great fun too.  This time Rachel chose the theme and she wants mystery or magic. As usual I am posting a day early so the rest of the girls will be showing their cards on Sunday.

My Cards

7" x 5" white base card - Papermania
black card - stash
image - from internet
image printed onto linen card stock
digi sentiment - had for ages
star punch outs 
gems - from stash
lots of glitter

Since I took the picture I have replaced the sentiment.  I obviously had not allowed the glue to dry before putting the sticky pads on and it shifted.  Why do you never notice these things till you have already taken the picture?  This image of the snowman waving to Santa made me smile.

5" x 7" white base card - Papermania
image - from my Greeting Card Factory programme
printed onto linen card stock
sentiment - computer generated
lots of glitter

Unfortunately I just could not get a good photograph. Nothing really magical or mysterious about this card but it looks like a fairy tale and I couldn't resist it.  The glitter isn't showing up too well but it is definitely there.

We have had some very mixed weather over the last week or so but Thursday and Friday were mostly sunny.  I do like autumn but don't want it to come too quickly!!

Take care and enjoy your weekend.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Spots/Stripes At Winter Wonderland.

Good morning.  Just a very quick post today and quite late for me too.  It is time for a challenge from the Snowflake team at Winter Wonderland.  The challenge is to use spots and/or stripes on your project.  Our sponsor is Crafty Sentiments and the prize on offer is 3 digis of the winner's choice.

My Card

6" square base card - Rymans
Blue card - Jellybean Crafts
snowy (spotty) paper - LOTV Frosty Christmas
digi image - Snowman Song ,Crafty Sentiments
Pierced Squares and Rectangles - Creative Expressions
Snowflake Ribbon - Poppystamp Dies
Sentiment - magazine freebie

I got spots in my backing paper and stripes on the snowman's scarf.  Can I count the pierced holes too?  Ah well, perhaps not. Lots of crystal glitter on the hats.

Please pop across to the blog and see if you can pick up some inspiration from the DT and maybe consider joining in with the challenge. We look forward to seeing you.

Take care.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Layer It Up for IAAS

And here I am again with another card.  This time it is my DT card for International Art And Soul and the theme is "Layer it Up".

Please scroll down if you are looking for for my Christmas Card Club entry.

My Card

7" x 5" base card - Rymans
patterned cardstock - Anna Marie Designs
Argyle embossing folder
stitched round dies - Presscut
sentiment - computer generated
ribbon - stash

My nephew started a new job earlier this week.  He had been with his previous company for 25 years so this was quite a major step, but one which he was ready to embrace. I wish him all the luck in the world.  My sister knew about the new job so I'm sure she will have been looking down on him, smiling and sending loving thoughts. 

Why not pop across to the blog and check out what my teamies have come up with and perhaps join in the challenge.  We are a Just For Fun challenge but have some super banners for the winners.

Well that's all from me today.

Take care.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

The True Meaning Of Christmas

Good morning, it's time once again for another card for the Christmas Card Club. Sometimes I think that in all the hustle and bustle at Christmas,and all the razzamataz of of presents, decorations, food etc the true meaning of Christmas gets forgotten.  Maybe we just need to take a step back and reflect what Christmas is all about, and what exactly we are celebrating. Since it was my turn to choose the theme I asked the girls  to make a card showing what Christmas really is about.

My Cards

6" square base card
coredinations jade card - stash
backing papers - LOTV (discontinued)
image - Ruth Morehead
sentiment - Hobby house
standard circle die - Spellbinders
gems - stash

6 " square base card
blue card - Rymans
white card - Rymans
linen embossing folder- Crafter's Companion
digi image - in my digi folder
blue candi 

Two more cards done so I'm not doing too badly.  I can't believe that we are well through August now; it's incredible.

My fellow CCC pals will be posting their cards on Sunday but I have another card due then so as usual I am posting a day early.

I'm hoping the weather stays okay because it is the village show today and the WI are doing the teas.  We were asked to do them last year because the lady who usually did them was heavily pregnant. We were victims of our own success and made such a profit for the show that we were asked to take it on again this year.  We did get a very good contribution to our funds so we were happy with that.

Enjoy your weekend.

Take care.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Things Beginning With "B"

Good morning.  Well right now the sun is shining brightly but since I am writing this post in advance, and scheduling it, I have no idea what it will be doing when it is published. It's time for another challenge at MAWTT today.  Diane Louise is our host this time and she has asked us to use things beginning with the letter "B" on our projects.

On my card you will see the colour blue, birds, blossoms, two lots of bunting, one on the image and also die cut bunting, a butterfly and a birthday banner - and if you look very closely you will see a tiny bee in the background as well as a bow on the birthday parcel.  I guess I could stretch it and call the pearls "beads" ... lol!

My Card

7" x 5" white base card
topper - LOTV Art Pad (disc.)
bunting die - Joanna Sheen Signature dies
Noble Pierced Rectangle dies -Creative Expressions
punched butterfly
pearls - from stash

On my card you will see the colour blue, birds, blossoms, two lots of bunting, one on the image and also die cut bunting, a butterfly and a birthday banner - and if you look very closely you will see a tiny bee in the background as well as a bow on the birthday parcel.  Maybe  I could stretch it and call the pearls "beads" ... lol!  I die cut the bunting in white card and then just coloured it with Promarkers to mimic the bunting in the image.

Please pop over to the blog and see what the rest of Team A have come up with.  Hopefully you will be inspired to join in the challenge.

Take care and have a good day whatever you plan to do.

Entered into:
Pause Dream Enjoy - birthday

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

They're Changing Guards At Buckingham Palace

Good morning - no card today but I thought I would tell you about a trip we had last week with our WI. This is a post I did for our WI  Blog so I have just copied and pasted it.  You may find it interesting.

"I'm not sure whether Christopher Robin went down with Alice  because we didn't actually go to the Palace. Our aim yesterday was a private visit to Wellington Barracks, just a couple of minutes away from the Palace, which was kindly arranged for us by Major David Sewell a resident of the village. Unfortunately for us the English weather put paid to our plans. According to the newspaper headlines there was going to be a month's rainfall in one day - since it poured down the entire day I can well believe it!  However, we didn't allow that to dampen our spirits.

Wellington Barracks

Band of the Grenadier Guards

Latest Recruit to The Coldstream Guards (aka me)

Plans were changed because it was too wet for the new guard to be led to the palace by a marching band. Instead we were treated to the Band of the Grenadier Guards playing an impromptu mini concert for us - under cover!  When the first strains of Jerusalem started I think we all felt goosebumps and I don't think a single person was left unmoved.  They finished by playing the Regimental Quick March The British Grenadiers.  This was an amazing experience which I doubt will be forgotten.

From there we were taken to the Coldstream Guards stores where LSgt Duckworth showed us some wonderful uniforms, swords etc and some of us even had the dubious honour of trying on some of the tunics, great coats, bearskins etc.  My goodness, those great coats weigh a ton!! I shall have the greatest respect next time I see a soldier marching whilst wearing this particular item of uniform.

Our next port of call was the Guards Museum which was an interesting experience.  With my nursing background I was particularly interested to see the candle holder which Florence Nightingale carried around the wards of Scutari hospital and also the small cup which she used to give dying soldiers whiskey, or other spirits, to ease their passing.

We then were led to the Guards Chapel.  Adjacent to the chapel is the Flanders Field Memorial Garden, dedicated to those who lost their lives in WW1.  The soil in the garden was collected by  children from the  war cemeteries and battlefields in Flanders.  Those of us who visited James Butler's studio a couple of months ago were also excited to see the statue of Earl Alexander of Tunis having seen the small "prototype".

Following our picnic lunch in the conference room of the Scots Guards the rest of the day was free to follow our own itinerary, although sixteen of us went to  Westminster Abbey for a blue guide tour.  Having only seen inside the Abbey on television it was wonderful to see this beautiful building "in the flesh" as it were. Others visited Covent Garden and went to see Buckingham Palace. It was certainly a first for me standing outside in the pouring rain craning my neck to check out the architecture! Unfortunately photography was not allowed in the Abbey apart from in the cloisters so you will need to go online if you want to see more details.  Our Blue Guide was incredible! The depth of her knowledge was astounding and she certainly made things come alive for us.

By the time we left Wellington Barracks for our return journey (still raining!!) we were all pretty well exhausted, having been on our feet for the entire day. However, everybody had a great day but I'm sure we will be having a restful day today.

Our special thanks go to Major Sewell and every other guardsman and officer at Wellington Barracks who made our experience so magical. We must also thank Liz and Dee for their organisational skill and who made this outing so enjoyable for us ."

Well sorry for such a long post but it was a terrific day out and because of our connection to the major we were able to see things to which the general public do not have access.  

The sun is shining so John and I are off out for the day. I will be back on Thursday with a card.

Take care and I hope the sun is shining where you are.  Our website link if you are interested in checking it out.