Age Doesn’t Matter

I have a friend who is 79 ish, I am 45. We met when working in the same shop. I didn’t see her much as we would usually help out at different times, but when we did meet up, we got on ok. She stopped helping out at the shop last year and I didn’t see her for months until bumping into her at the local post office. She seemed pretty pleased to see me and I promised I’d pop round one day for a cuppa.

So, I did, can’t break a promise to an ‘old lady’, can I? She lives alone since her husband died a few years back, doesn’t get out much as she no longer drives and the public transport here is not very good (typical in rural Devon). She does have family nearby but they seem to have little time for her, struggling on with their own problems.

That was six (?) months ago, a year, can’t remember! We are now, I think. quite good mates. I pop round for a brew once a fortnight and end up staying for at least 2 hours none stop talking. Today, we (husband and I) took my pal out to a Christmas Fair at a public garden not far from us. The fair was a bit poor (but managed to buy some booze 😉 so that was good). Then we got some tea and cake and spent about an hour gossiping and generally having a laugh! Husband gets on with her as much as I do!

She has had a full life as a business woman, some of it being in the teddy bear trade. She is also a very talented knitter of tiny clothes for dolls and makes her own teddies (Steiff type bears). My pal can also repair old teddy bears!

Talking of old, I have come to realise that age really does not matter. My friend is funny, interesting…. and a bit cheeky. I do have to watch my language as it can be rather ‘colourful’ but aside from that, I behave the same with her as I do with any pal of a similar age to me.

I think what I am trying to say is, age really is not an issue, never dismiss the ‘elderly’ (my friend will not like that word!). These people have lived and have stories to tell, have sound advice to give and have a valid opinion!

Husband and really enjoyed ourselves and hope to go out with our pal again soon.

If you get chance, make some older friends, everyone gains from it 🙂





Castle Drogo Xmas Fair

Just a quickie…

Heres a poster of the Christmas fair I will be attending, lots of stall selling craft, food and drink from local producers. Large cafe on site, lots of outdoor space for kids and dogs to run about, whats not to like??! Come say hi 🙂

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Christmas Market Dates

Its November already!! Eek, got a lot of crocheting to do for my stall at Castle Drogo’s Christmas Market on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November – 3 weeks away!! Details for the event here

If you haven’t been before, Castle Drogo is near the village of Drewsteignton, between Whiddon Down and Moretonhampstead, about 15 mins from A30.

There will be lots of stalls selling craft, food and drink, locally made. Well worth a visit 🙂 Theres a really good large cafe and lots of lovely walks, we often go there to walk our dog. Don’t forget the castle too!! Come along and support local makers.

If you do come, let me know you read it here and I’ll give you a little thank you gift.

Its the season to be giving afterall!



Where Have I been??

Sorry for lack of posts…hmmmm think I have said that more than once before. Writers block, busy with stuff, maybe a little bit of just don’t feel like it. Am sure you’ve found other things to do anyway!

I have been on holiday to Northumberland (or is it Northumbria?), which is a fine excuse for not blogging, as well as now giving me something to write about 🙂

What a beautiful part of the country! We stayed in a lovely village called Warkworth, which sits in the bow of a river and less than a mile to the beach. It also has an amazing medieaval castle, well worth a visit. There are numerous castles in this county, though from the ones we visited, this is my favourite. We were even allowed to take the dog in.


We also visited Dunstanburgh Castle which is in a fab location on a small headland jutting out into the North Sea. Its a 1 1/4 mile walk to reach it as there are no roads, but its close to the village of Craster with a number of places to eat. Other castles include Alnick (famous for being used in Harry Potter films) and Bamburgh. These are in very good condition and look beautiful but we only saw the outside as I prefer a proper ruin, a castle that shows its scars.


Dunstanburgh Castle



Alnick Castle

Lindisfarne is the last castle we saw, though unfortunately completely covered in scaffolding and is closed until sometime next year. I would still recommend visiting Holy Island, where the castle sits. Can only be reached by car at low tide as the road is a causeway, check tide times!! It is quite eerie travelling along this causeway knowing that within a few hours it will be very much underwater. The village isn’t all that interesting, though has a ruined priory. While wandering through the graveyards, a lady pointed out that some of the graves were for pirates, you could tell by the skull and crossbones on the gravestones!

On our last day we went inland to a small town called Rothbury. Found a place to park and, what luck, opposite a fabulous little wool shop called Rainbow Yarns

Avril, who owns this little treasure chest, is really lovely and has a great range of yarns for sale. Yes, I did buy some much needed yarn 😉 Though Avril does not have an online shop, she does offer mail order, check out her shop in the link.

So, a great holiday with reasonable weather and beaches as far as the eye can see!


Embleton Beach with Dunstanburgh castle in the distance

The dog loved it too!



Getting Busy With The Hook

Not had a lot of free time recently, as you can tell by my absence! Work has been full on, which is great. Am also seeing my personal trainer twice a week and am weirdly enjoying it.

Never been one for exercise (which is why I need a trainer, to keep me going!!), so suprised myself when I realised its sort of fun. It does help that Jamie is brilliant –  patient and calm with (thankfully) a sense of humour! I would highly recommend having a go. He works at a gym which is part of a physiotherapy centre. If you are in Devon and in the Tavistock area heres where I go – Tavistock Physio Clinic

I have had some time to get on with crochet. After booking a space at the National Trust Castle Drogo Xmas fair in November, I thought I’d better crack on with some stock. I made some fingerless gloves last year and they sold well so am making more!


I have also made a lovely chunky cowl using pure wool with a big button fastening…


Both available in my Etsy Shop

It is laste Sunday afternoon and having been out in the pouring rain with the dog, I think its time to relax….with a hook and some yarn 😉