Kitty Barker's Birthday - My Mummy.
I was going to write a post all about my mother today, as it is her birthday, or would have been. She died of lung cancer in 1980 at the age of 68, so many years ago now, yet on days like this I still feel a touch of sadness.
I sat in the garden this morning to mend a pair of faithful old gardening trousers and I used Mummy's 'mushroom' as we always called it. It instantly conjures up images of her sitting darning socks with her trolley at her side. I have that trolley now. One of the dogs managed to get hold of the mushroom and chewed the handle but that just added to its character. I think it was green earlier in its life but the colour has now long gone:
Isn't it funny how the simple things evoke such memories. Not an expensive clock or trinket but an old wooden darning mushroom.
One of my favourite pieces of jewellery is a locket I inherited from my mother and it was my Grannie's before. It has in it a photo of Mummy as a child:
And below is a close up of the locket part. It has such a delicate edge to it and I just love the colour of old gold, it is so much prettier than the new, more yellow gold. If I am going out I will often say, 'Come on mother, lets go to The Gort Show'.
I did get a lot of old photos of Mummy out to be scanned but it didn't happen. I had been gardening for a couple of hours. We have a group of willows at the side of the arboretum and they had become overgrown with nettles, brambles and convolvulus, so I was trying hard to clear them. I hadn't noticed how damp it was and came in about 8.30pm, rather wet and cold. I changed into dry clothes but I felt sickly and nauseous. I didn't want any food and at 10pm took myself to bed. Well, Jim put me to bed.
I slept until 1.30am and have been awake since then. I do feel much better and think I just got very cold. Jim warmed up my dinner and I enjoyed it, even at 2am in the morning! lol. I'll do a proper 'Kitty' (Mummy's name) post another time, with the scanned photos.
Lovely ATCs in the Post
The Weaver of Grass has sent me her first 2 Artist Trading Cards and how magnificent they are. I had sent her a 'kit' to get her started. Here they are:
The colour is more vibrant in real life. It is full of wonderful texture and movement. I just love it.
This one is also full of texture, it's all lumpy and tactile. I love the blue and the delicate gold leaf. I think everyone will be fighting to own a 'Weaver' ATC soon. Thank you so much Pat. Delicious.
Weaver also included a card of a fabulous view which is apparently quite near to where she lives:
What a pretty place, I'd like to visit there sometime.
BlackJack and Sandy
When we came into the kitchen at cats' feeding time, they were sitting on my chair, waiting patiently. Jim took these lovely 3 shots of them.
I clicked my fingers in the air to get the last one. They look as though they're watching a tennis match!
Jim was up in the barn yesterday making a door for one of the door 'spaces'. He noticed that the four baby swallows had come out of their nest and were being fed by the parents while they sat on one of the rafters. Just think, in a short while they will have to make the journey back to Africa. This is the second brood the parents have raised this year.
How cute are they?
Baby Sonny Deen Gordine
Jim's daughter and new baby Sonny are both back home and although Jenny is tired, all is going well so far. Jim's older daughter Ali visited Jenny in hospital and sent us this photo. I have to say he looks just like his dad, Matt:
Poor Jenny was all tubed up for drugs to lower her blood pressure. He looks a very wholesome baby, not all scraggy like some of the really little ones!
I'm off to the UK on Thursday until Monday. Jack rang me the other day to say it's been too long since he saw me and he loves me loads and loads! It made me quite tearful!
When I return, Jim heads off to the UK to a meeting and to meet Sonny of course, and catch up with his Granddaughter Poppy. I will get a chance to meet Sonny as we are both going over for a few days at the end of September. It's all go. Also son Russell has moved into their first house. We have seen the outside but it'll be Jim's first chance to see it properly. I think he's going to stay there too. I'm sure Russell will love to entertain his dad for the first time in his own home.
Disaster Number ....... Six??
Today the kettle blew up and Jim dropped a plate. LOL. What next.