Tuesday, 29 April 2014

WOYWW Another Year Older

I'm writing this on Tuesday, as some friends are taking me out for a birthday (62 today) meal tonight, and I'm not sure whether I'll be up to blogging after that!



 In the UK, 62 is quite a milestone for women, as I now qualify for my State Pension and free bus pass - exciting! (Men have to wait longer, although they are upping ours gradually, to match them).

"Left to my own devices, would I trade this for firm thighs, fewer wrinkles, a better memory? On some days. That's why it's such a blessing I'm not left to my own devices. Because the truth is I have amazing friends and a deep faith in God, to whom I can turn. I have a cool kid, a sweet boyfriend, darling pets. I've learned to pay attention to life, and to listen. I'd give up all this for a flatter belly? Are you crazy?" Anne Lamott

I'd go along with all that, but add an extra kid, only one pet and swap boyfriend for a great husband.

I've had some lovely pressies, including these beauties from my two DDs


Most of the crafting activity this week has been in the garden. I'm very happy with how everything is filling out nicely, four years after being re-planned.





The veg beds are at the bottom of the garden, and I've just planted out peas and courgettes


more peas, runner and broad beans.


Strawberries and gooseberries are coming on at treat, too.


Inside, in the new craft/guest room, we've got as far as putting the shelves up. Most of my stash is still in the loft (aarrggghhh!!) and DD2 has kindly offered to help me get it down. By WOYWW next week, hopefully it will all be tidied away (yeah, right ...) and I'll be ready to start on DH's birthday card (for 5th May) and something for the ATC swap. In the meantime, I've been sorting Mum's and my photo's, ready for putting albums together for her 90th birthday, in August. It's going to be a bigger job than I originally thought.

Here's a quick tour around the room at the mo (please excuse the mess) -

The gesture towards it being a guest room - a bed settee just inside the door.


The door into the en suite, followed by half a book case we've cut in two. Eventually I want to shabby chic it.

 

Then, my work table under the window (complete with photo project, above). Card/paper storage will go under the table.


Two new sets of Ikea shelves - the corner one will hold 'potential project' goodies, and the one on the chimney breast will be for fabric/sewing stuff.


The built-in wardrobe holds my woolly goodies. When funds allow, I want to replace the hotch potch collection of containers with matching, stackable plastic boxes with lids.


This is the view of the room from the shower room door. The shelving on the left, above the radiator, is for my papercrafting stuff.


Underneath is the old PC which I'm hanging onto, for printing photos, doing family history work, etc. Next to that is the other half of the bookcase, awaiting treatment. It holds my craft and gardening books.


So, a long way still to go, but you will hopefully see some improvement next Wednesday.  Sorry this is such a long WOYWW post, but at least it's mostly pictures. Hope to see you over at Julia's for a virtual cuppa.

Have a great week, Chris xx

69 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Chris..I would like a flatter tummy, but giving up so much of who I am to get it, doesn't seem worth it! One day I'll have veg beds :( Loving the progress with the craft room. Working slowly is best, that way you get to see what you love and what you need where. Its totally trial and error. Cx #16

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  2. Happy, happy birthday Chris. I waited till tonight to tell you because I read about it being your birthday after I had already left you a note this morning (or was that yesterday in your world?). That's some makeover of your craft space. I look forward to seeing the completed project soon. Happy WOYWW from # 2.

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  3. Wow Chris, I just saw the comment you left on my blog. I show at least ONE rocking horse every week, and have for the past year and a half. Yep, they are a great thing to collect, especially since I'm sort of known for them.

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  4. Hi Chris and HAPPY BIRTHDAY :-)!! They have a habit of coming up every year don't they! Love your garden!! I do so wish I was more of an outdoorsy kind of person and then my garden might like as good as yours...sigh. Your craft room is coming along really well and I can't wait to see it all finished. I dream of being slender again, but then I think of all the effort that goes into that and I feel I have earn't the right to enjoy what I eat now lol!! Happy WOYWW and have a great week. Thanks for popping by earlier :-).
    Janene #5

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  5. Happy Birthday, hope you have a fabulous day.. Love all the photos, thanks for sharing. Helen 9

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  6. Happy Birthday, hope you have a wonderful day! The craft room looks friendly and inviting and I am sure you will love spending time in there and the garden looks lush and green too! Annette #6

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  7. A very happy Birthday Chris & hope you have a lovely meal. A beautiful garden also . Happy woyww Jill #18

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  8. Hi Chris and happy birthday, lovely garden. Unlike you I will have to wait until I am 64 to get my state pension as I am only 60 this year. Have a lovely day and happy crafting (which is unlikely today as you will be too busy enjoying yourself lol!)
    Angela xxx 49

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  9. Happy birthday, hope it was a fun time. Our pension doesn't start until I'm 67 and they say it's going up to 70. Your garden looks lovely and I loved the tour of your craft room. You have plenty of storage there.
    Have a great week.
    Von #11

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  10. Happy Birthday our pension for women starts here in Australia at 65. Your rooms seems to be coming along in leaps and bounds, but I do have to ask why is there a toilet roll and holder on the back of your door? Do you have a toilet in there too? LOL

    Thanks for sharing.

    Happy WOYWW
    Eliza & Yoda 47

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    1. Hi Eliza - heehee! that's the door to the en suite, from when it was a fully paid up bedroom. x

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  11. Oh forgot to add, I so love your garden so beautiful and full to the brim with love.

    Hugs Eliza & Yoda

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  12. Happy Birthday Chrysalis, I hope you had a great birthday meal - your rock photo made me snort with laughter!! The garden looks lovely - this is a great time of year isn't it? Happy WOYWW, Cindy #51

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  13. Happy birthday and what a wonderful quote..... i have to agree. Knowledge from life and faith surpasses beauty anytime.
    Sandra @65

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  14. Happy birthday Chris! My 61st is just coming up. I so agree with you about taking stock of your life and getting your priorities right - love is much more important than firm thighs lol lol!!!!!

    Love your room - it's coming on really well, isn't it. There was a time when I thought I would never get going in my new room, but here I am, using it to its full potential and enjoying every moment of it. For a while it was just a dumping ground but now it's Shoshi's Special Space!

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #28

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  15. Happy Birthday.Enjoy you meal with friends and celebrate you :)
    Be well Carole #68

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  16. Happy Birthday Chris! I love all those pretty, flowery presents! ... Your room is looking fantastic and so is you garden!!! xo

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  17. Happy Birthday Chris! Enjoy your special day. That is such a beautiful photo of you. I just love that rock. Life is so short, enjoy it. #59

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  18. Happy birthday! Your new flower shoes are so much fun, I can see wearing them all summer long.

    I'm impressed with your progress on your garden, it's still too chilly here to plant much of anything.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the nice comments. :-)

    Happy Woyww,

    Sandy #39

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  19. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Gorgeous photo of you!!! I hope you had a fabulous birthday supper! I turned 50 in December, I have gained 15 lbs in the last 2 years which really needs to come off but I have also gained a more peaceful perspective on life too. Weird how reaching a certain number in age has also managed to change the way I think about things! TFS the quote! Gorgeous garden creativity!!! #73

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  20. Happy Birthday! You look great! And so does your garden (jealous!!!). Your craft room seems to coming right along, it looks spacious and bright! Looking forward to seeing the finished room! Lindart #85

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  21. Happy Birthday Chris and your garden looks fantastic I haven't done anything in mine yet we still are finally looks like getting no more frosty nights. Your space is a wonderful start look forward to seeing how you have it when it's all done have fun going thru all your stash :)
    hugs Nikki 7

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  22. Thanks for the snoop round and a very happy birthday to you. You have a beautiful garden, so many plant and a lot of colour for this time of year, mine is mostly shades of green, and the forget me nots of course. I was lucky enough to sneak in the free bus pass range at 60, doesn't seem like 5 years ago, and I've never had a flat tum so I'm not missing anything there.
    Thanks for visiting.
    Ann B
    24

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  23. Happy birthday! Be Free! Lovely tour of your work space.
    Thanks for visiting.
    Robyn 34

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  24. Happy Birthday to you! I agree with you, wouldn't trade for younger age or go backwords! :) I really enjoyed your tour of your room. #89

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  25. Happy Birthday. Glad you are going out to celebrate. I am a little younger than you, but can't retire until I'm 66. when I was at school it was to be 60.

    Loving your craft room. Your garden is beautiful. I don;' have a garden and love being out in my dad's.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. Sue 43

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  26. Happy Birthday, your garden is fab, I too LOVE my garden and even after 11 years it is not finished...they never are are they? Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    Dawn #52

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  27. Thanks for your return visit, Chris - I shan't be able to show the whole album once it's finished as it will be full of personal stuff for someone, but I shall be able to show at least some of it - the basic construction will all be there, and some of the embellishments. I will try and do a video of the finished book.

    Shoshi #28

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  28. Happy Birthday, what a lovely photo. You will be very trendy with all your CK goodies. thank you for your visit .Karen #30

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  29. Chris, Happy Birthday! Isn't it fun to share it with friends. Also, thanks for the great photo visit. I'm a bit older than you...retired and loving it. I don't miss my old body, I do wish this new, older model would have fewer aches and pains. I tend to look at them as life lived and appreciate them. Enjoy every day of this new year and spend it doing what you enjoy....again, Happy Birthday!

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  30. Lovely presses and a beautiful garden! Good luck with the rest of your room re-organisation!
    Hugs
    Lynda B 22

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  31. Love your Cath Kidston stash - great presents! Thanks for stopping by earlier! x Jessie #46

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  32. Happy Birthday for yesterday, Chris, 62 is a mere spring chicken, Love your birthday Cath Kidston bag, that is beautiful.
    Thanks for visiting me earlier and making a comment even though I failed to show my desk at all. I eventually managed to upload two pics this evening, when Margaret and I got back from our day out, witht the aid of the PC,
    Bless you
    Chris

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  33. Really enjoyed a good look around your crafty space, Chris, and your garden looks wonderful, love all the shades of green with the white and yellow and you put me to shame with all your veggies! Should be a good year for the garden I reckon. Happy WOYWW :o) Annie C #74

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  34. Well HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 62 years young! What a fabulous garden! Just wondering what are courgettes? Sounds like you have a very happy life! Praise the Lord! Your crafty space is coming right along. Thanks for your visit and the kind words you left behind!
    donna#81

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  35. Happy Birthday! Hey we're almost the same age.... ;) So nice to meet an early six ers lady. (insert hand shake) You have a fabulous garden! And a nice room for crafting. It'll look super once all set up to your liking! Thanks for the earlier visit! Hugs and Happy WOYWW! Nan G #82

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  36. Hope you are having a fabulous birthday to match your vibrant spirit! I love that rock, it made me chuckle out loud. Glad you are out celebrating! Your garden looks lovely, too cold here for planting yet. I can't wait to get going. Thanks for the kind visit earlier! Winnie#60

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  37. Hello and Many Happy Returns! Hope you've had a lovely day (DH has enjoyed his enormously ) Your garden is splendid and the craft room will be great. I was wondering where you had your table that is under the window from? Does it fold? I a looking for one that can go in our smaller spare bedroom as I would like to set up my machine there:-) Have been havig a look at various ones. Thanks for visiting me. Anne x #56

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  38. OOh Happy Birthday!!

    what is an courgettes? That is kind of fun and nice that you get a free bus pass :)
    thanks for the visit! ~Stacy

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  39. Your garden looks fabulous! Love the light you have in your crafty room! Chris95

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  40. Happy Birthday! Your garden looks glorious, and your studio/guest room looks very comfortable. Blessings!

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  41. A VERY happy birthday to you! Just love your garden! I live in the desert of southwestern U.S. and our soil is horrible for growing anything plus extreme summer heat. You are so blessed with your great soil. And looking forward to your next week post to see how your room is coming along. Thanks for visiting and happy WOYWW!
    Carol N #76

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  42. Happy Birthday! Just love your garden, wish mine looked that good.Great craft room/guest room. Thanks for sharing Julie x

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  43. Oh wow.. I love your site. And totally love your saying .. about age and pets and wrinkles and so on.. yep that's pretty much how I feel. Everything is just beautiful. Roberta 78

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  44. Hi Chris and big happy birthday wishes from Australia. Thanks for visiting my desk earlier and for the grand tour - lovely to see. I'm loving your garden too - great it's spring time for you over there. I have to rearrange for visitors in my room sometimes too. Hope you had an enjoyable meal, cheers RobynO#35

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  45. HAPPY BIRTHDAY I hope you had a lovely time thanks for sharing the fab pics of your garden it looks so nice I love this time of the year when everything comes too life .It looks like the craft/guest room is coming on nicely looking froward to next weeks progress have a fab week ahead crafty hugs Andrea #1

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  46. How lovely to meet you Chris ... thank you for popping by yesterday! LOVE the craft room you are making there and I adore the name of your blog ... can never go wrong with teddies or butterflies! Wishing you a very happy birthday!!! Love Debbie #93 xXx

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  47. Hi Chris, what a super post and a belated Happy Birthday, hope you had a lovely lunch with your friends! Love all your photos of your garden and craft room..I didn't get time to take part in WOYWW this week, but thought I'd stop by anyway! Hugs Carole Z X

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  48. Sorry I'm so late popping over this week.....yesterday was full to the brim with twinnie fun [blogging doesn't get a look in as you can imagine :-) ]. Hope you had a great birthday.
    Amazing photos of your garden and home.
    Hugs,
    Annie x # 26

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  49. Gosh 62yrs, you look fab. I'm going to have to wait until I'm 66yrs for my state pension! Love your floral gifts. Thanks for the visit BJ#53

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  50. Hi Chrysalis, I just wanted to let you know that your name came out of the hat for my April Art Draw so if you would like to let me have your addy I can get it in the post. (You can email me via my profile).

    Cindy

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  51. Happy Birthday! Hope it was awesome. I would not trade anything about getting older, I am having way too much fun!
    Love the garden and the craftroom.
    Happy WOYWW!
    Tertia #40

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  52. Happy Birthday, you gorgeous girl...you look A-MAZING! Gone are the days when being over 50 meant tight perms and beige clothing, thank goodness. I love the fact that we can embrace whatever style we want :-)
    You are ahead of me in the veg garden stakes...I've got plenty of stuff in the greenhouse to go out but we're going to have big frosts this weekend so I though I'd hang on!
    Hugs, LLJ 36 xx

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  53. Happy birthday, and LOVE those sneakers! Adorable and such a lovely gift. And a free bus pass? Useful for sure. Still a couple of years off for me but something to look forward to. You look quite youthful for your age - I'm torn between growing old gracefully or disgracefully... tough call, that! :)

    Happy (day late) WOYWW!

    Mary Anne (8)

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  54. Happy Birthday. Yes, I will have to wait until I am about 80 for my bus pass if they keep on going!
    Lovely gifts and your garden sure looks great. Want to play in mine?
    Hugs and thanks for visiting.
    Hettie 79

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  55. For some reason the writing on your blog was tiny so I have no idea what you said but your photos are fab!! x Jo

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  56. Happy birthday. Hope you had a great day. It looks as though you are going to have some good strawberries later on to judge by those flowers. Thank you for your visit. xx Maggie #61

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  57. happy belated birthday and I love your garden

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  58. Hope you had a brilliant birthday ! Love your garden & the craft room looks like it will be fab too ! Thanks for visiting Ali #27

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  59. Happy birthday! loved the trip round your beautiful garden.

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  60. Happy Birthday! (Hehe, I have one next week.) Your garden looks lovely and the craft room is looking good too. When you buy matching plastic boxes, look for see through ones, so much easier to find stuff :)
    Thanks for dropping by,
    RosA # 10

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  61. wonderful crafty spot Chris and many returns of say bit belatedly.. well done on pressies .. oh and it is a WIP.. work in progress your room, so is mine after nearly a year :D happy WOYWW Shaz in oz.x #50

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  62. Hi Chris, great garden, great crafting space. Congrats on 62.I'm 2 years older than you, so you're just a kid!!
    Thanks for lovely comment on my blog. You'll have to show me some pics if you do the rings and shoe craft.I made some paper shoes once.Very cute they turned out. Would you like a link to paper shioe tutorial?The site has pattern.Alos an elf shoe pattern in felt.
    Judy xx

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  63. Looks like you are having a great time rearranging everything and making it yours! #37

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  64. A very happy birthday to you!!!!!!!! I hope you had a wonderful day!

    Your garden is lovely, I'm lil' bit jealous, having not worked in ours at all this spring.
    Thank you for stopping by this week, and enjoy the house redo-ing!

    :)trisha #84
    (not showing
    the mess.)

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  65. Happy Birthday! I know what you mean about some days wishing ...
    Lovely set of photos - what a fab garden and your crafting area is brill.
    Hugs, & Thanks for visiting me - Neet 44 xx

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  66. Hope you had a lovely birthday, the garden looks great, I also have veg beds but not much luck the last few years (I'm also in the UK - so you know how the weather has been) Thanks for the visit earlier in the week, sorry I'm so late coming back to you, its been a busy week, just looking forward to the long weekend now, Donna #38

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  67. Happy birthday, Chris. Golly, I thought I would never get to the end of the long list of comments today. Late in commenting as life has been - well - silly, really!! Trust you had a great time out, and have now duly recovered and still feel young - if only I was a mere 62. I come from the era who retired at 60...
    It was indeed a good trip to Rugby, thanks, and, although only a short time with my dad, it was good. Thanks for the visit and the comment.
    Margaret #19

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  68. Belated happy birthday, Chris! That is a lovely picture of you! And yes, I would not trade it for a flatter belly (actually, if I wanted a flatter belly, I could ask my hubby to do some work on me, he is a plastic surgeon!, LOL). happy WOYWW and thanks for the visit!

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