Hello my friends. I do trust this finds you well and coping; and that those among our number who have been ill are in the process of recovering! Once again, my workspace has been in all sorts of areas around the house. The decorating in the front porch is finished apart from the top coats of paint, and I am awaiting a couple of folks to come do some work there before I do that. So what have I been up to this week?

… I have finished the robin! I tried to put the pricked and embossed pattern around the edge, but it just didn’t work, so I matted and layered it as it was. I’m really rather pleased with my efforts!” I know it isn’t perfect, but…

… I have knitted another batch of those little cannula covers for the preemies and weenies. As you will see, the picture shows off the appalling mark I made on my dining table when I knocked over a cafetierre of piping hot coffee!!!


… I have been really industrious with the workspace called the jigsaw board – achieving two completed puzzles this week!


… My workspace on the landing has seen some action with me producing two more worksheets for my friend at church. Both ideas came from my daughters – one has already been sent out to the clients my daughter works with!


… The final workspace this week has been my rather large (and consequently very unruly) garden. It has been lovely working and sitting outside, running the pond pump, so just the sound of bird song and running water!  The yellow flowers are Welsh poppies, and the pink are lady smock. These grow wild in the lawn and I refuse to cut that particular lawn until they have finished flowering and spreading their seed. They are quite a rare wild flower, after all!


So that’s me this week, folks. Endeavouring to keep up with the essentials, do some fun things, and generally get on with lockdown. I confess to actually enjoying this slower pace of life, enjoying the beautiful silence when outside, and thoroughly enjoying the fact that my car has now achieved four weeks to the gallon! Thanks so much for the lovely comments you all left last week. It was so good to go round and visit everyone, discovering how you are managing with this new, and very strange, normal.

Do take care and stay safe. God bless you all.



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34 Replies to “WOYWW568”

  1. Morning, you have been busy, those jigsaws are great, I’m still struggling with one I started 3 weeks ago.
    Those cannula covers are good too, well done

  2. As busy as ever I see Margaret. The flowers in your garden are lovely. Those worksheets look fun to do as well. Well done with the jigsaws, impressive in one week with everything else you have been up to. Saty safe and happy WOYWW. Sarah #?

  3. Your robin is just gorgeous and I think it’s perfectly perfect! Sounds like you are being very busy and productive still, despite the slower way of life. Your garden flowers are lovely, the bright yellow Welsh Poppies are stunning and it looks a peaceful place to relax. Mine needs too much work doing for me to just sit and relax – there’s always a weed in full view that needs pulling up!
    Hope you have a good week, stay safe and well,
    Hugs, Diana xx #12

  4. Well done, well done, the Robin is magnificent! I don’t see why it isn’t perfect at all. My word you have a lot of patience and a steady hand! I I hope he will have a permanent home on the wall in the house? And Me too Margaret, the sound of birdsong and quiet are just a joy aren’t they! Even our neighbour at the bottom of the garden seems to have understood that his music blaring over our gardens on a sunny afternoon is not always to our delight! Great worksheet ideas, I must say. I am so thankful that I don’t need any help to prevent boredom, if the worst happens, I could resort to a bit of cleaning!!
    Those jigsaws are fab, the second one must have been a demon! I’m starting to think we ought to have a jigsaw library at the end of every street….I’ve lost track of how far mine have been shared now, but they each find their way home for another rest on the doorstep! I know you’re shopping for others…me too- happily, but my word, the first couple of times it’s difficult…you don’t know what you’re looking for in terms of packaging, you don’t know how they’ll feel about your choice of substitute….took me an age initially! keep well, xxxxxxx

  5. You are certainly keeping busy, Margaret. Well done with the cannula covers – you’ve done lots! I understand there’s something you can buy to put on stains like that on the table which will bring it back. I am amazed at the huge jigsaws – both of them (especially the second one) look absolutely fiendish to do!! When I was attending the oncology dept. I used to try and add a few pieces to the jigsaw they always had going in the waiting room, but never managed. They were huge ones with thousands of pieces and really difficult, and sometimes, the same one would be in progress six months later!! I expect you’d have finished the jigsaw before they called you in for your appointment! The worksheets are rather fun, especially the second one – love how you’ve utilised the ruled paper in the design. Your flower photos are so pretty! I think this year our spring gardens are getting a lot of appreciation!

    Happy WOYWW and God bless,
    Shoshi x #15

  6. Morning Maragret my oh my how beautiful your Robin looks, a well deserved framing so it can be adored by many for years to come. I do love it.. Yes the quieter pace I have always enjoyed but so hard for me to cope with when close family & friends struggle. Keep well, safe & carry on creating, it’s so good for our soul. Hugs Tracey #3

  7. I don’t know what you think is wrong with that robin, it looks great to me! I too am quite enjoying this slower pace, not sure I’ll ever get the energy to get out the house again! I’m not sure if its just a coincicidnce but the skies have been so clear and blue – with everything else it just makes everything so calm and peaceful. Stay Safe, Stay well, Happy WOYWW Cindy #18

  8. Oh Wow your little Robing looks amazing and deserves to be framed and now hanging I hope in a prime spot to view. Absolutely love your Welsh poppies and other wild flowers. Stay safe and keep knitting those little cover ups for the premmies.
    Sandra de @14

  9. Your Robin IS perfect! Beautiful. I just ordered another jigsaw for my daughter as she completed the last one – yours are magnificent.
    I am with you – i feel bad for saying but apart for the not seeing people or going out , iI too love the slower pace and so far have not got bored – there’s still so much to do and my daily walk with hubby is lovely – we rarely meet anyone and they stay away if we do . We are getting into quite a nice routine – we would both love to retire to be honest – ahh well.
    Take care Soojay#16

  10. As I am reading your post there is a little bird outside my window singing her little heart out. I love this time of year and throughly enjoy the birds. At least you have been crafty; I have done nothing to show for several days. Stay well!
    Glenda #26

  11. Am very impressed with your robin, and the jigsaws and the canulas, and the… my gosh you have been busy puts me to shame. Love the second jig looks like my sort of puzzle. Keep up the good work. Ani #7

  12. The robin is absolutely fantastic. Well done you for completing those jigsaws – the second one looks fiendish! Love your description of your garden and I am glad that you are enjoying it. Happy WOYWW. Stay safe and well. With love & God Bless, Caro x (#25)

  13. HI Margaret, lots of great stuff to see this week, You’ve been very busy. Generally, the weathers being lovely for the time of year, isn’t it? Gorgeous flowers. Love the framed robin, and what a shame about the table- I’m sure I’ve heard that cutting a Brazil nut in half, and rubbing over the mark helps to recolor the wood. Stay safe, Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #11 X

  14. Happy WOYWW. Thank you for your earlier comment on my blog. Sorry to hear that you suffer with Hay Fever too. It is meant to be particularly bad this year already. I take at least one antihistamine per day, and that keeps the worse at bay. The tickly cough is the most annoying thing. Your robin is glorious. I used to do a bit of Pergamano, but sold all my stash a few years ago. Not enough patience! Is it ok to use your flower photos for my sketches? Ali x #1

  15. wow. you have been busy Margaret! by the time I stop working (and am starting earlier than I should too) I don’t feel like doing anything much…. thanks for dropping by. Helen #2

  16. That robin is beautiful, you did a good job there. I am sorry but I think of those poppies as weeds and spend quite a lot of time digging them out!! That second jigsaw looks as though it was challenge.
    Couldn’t find your email addy to send you my DMC numbers, I only need a couple of inches of each colour as there are only a few stitches of each colour, sometimes just one stitch!!
    Take care, God Bless you and keep you safe
    Christine #29

  17. Lovely robin – looks great in that frame! Opps about the table – I didn’t think hot liquid would be able to do that. A table cloth should cover it. (I once burned – or rather melted – the carpet in our old house with the iron – a well placed rug over the spot solved the problem). Is there a piece missing in the first puzzle? Hope you find it somewhere – I can’t think of anything more annoying than a piece missing LOL! Enjoy your week, Margaret – as much as possible. I bet you’re missing taking your caravan for a spin around the country! The weather would be perfect for it. xx zsuzsa #20

  18. 4 weeks to the gallon – that is an economic car Margaret (tee hee).
    In answer to your query about the secret garden – I think it is only at night that it becomes active now when the fairies come out and dance on the lawn by the light of the moon. I t was once home to a table and chairs when ‘himself’ was working and the day was nice because our evening meal was served there. Nobody knew, nobody could see but we could hear people passing. It felt sort of ‘special’.
    Love Welsh poppies. I have lots in my garden at the front and woe betide anyone who dares dig them up – some are yellow and some are slightly more orange – but mine are not out yet – one or two buds were noticed today though.
    Love your knitting, you are so loving and generous with your time and I envy you the patience to do such huge jigsaws. Wow! As for the parchment craft, if that is not perfect I do not know what is, it looks so to me and it is lovely. I hope you are going to frame it.
    God Bless, Neet 5 xx

  19. Thank you for visiting, Margaret. I should have said in my previous comment how absolutely gorgeous your robin is now he’s completed! You are soooo brilliant at the parchment work! You are right about us not being able to put anything down without the kitties taking it over in our house! I always wonder what they are going to lie on next! I am glad you like my drawings. Also, glad to hear you are enjoying the slower pace. It’s so nice to take time out and listen to the birds, isn’t it. During our lunch today under the elephant umbrella, we listened to a beautiful blackbird singing his little heart out from the garage roof!

    Shoshi x

  20. Lovely flowers and a most beautiful robin! I actually saw 4 swifts and eventually a pair of swallows this week. Stay safe and keep crafting. xx Jo #9

  21. Oh my but your robin is beautiful! And fun puzzles! That 2nd one reminds me of the Where’s Waldo pictures! You’ve been busy! Hope you have a wonderful and blessed week!
    Carol N #30

  22. Golly gosh Margaret, you certainly know how to pack a lot into a week – and this is a slower pace of life? The robin is delightful, I’m sure you will smile every time you look at it. I love the sound of water and birdsong too – I’ve asked Mr M to look out for a nice water feature for the garden. We have had a couple of different feathered visitors this week, a couple of goldfinch, and a heron! Never had a heron in the garden before. It rested on a tree before flying off. Have a lovely week and stay safe, Heather xx #28

  23. That robin looks even more awesome now that you framed it, love it! Everytime I see someone do a jigsaw puzzle, my hands start to itch… I might pick one up and start puzzling eventually 😉 Thanks for your visit to my blog yesterday, enjoy the sunshine whenever you can and stay safe! Big hug-from-a-distance, Marit #27

  24. Hi Margaret, well those yellow poppies are superb, I wouldn’t mow either! They’re like giant buttercups. Wonderful cheering.. as is your robin, what handsome spry fellow he is well done! And love your tasks for worksheets too!
    Feel nostalgic fir Wales, Scotland, England’s fair and pleasant land since you’ve all been having such a ough time.
    Sorry for late visit! ?
    Thanks for sharing, and may God bless and keep you and all whom you love, in these changeable times. For as Paul said: “We walk by faith, not by sight.”
    Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x #34

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  25. My you have been busy Margaret. All your art work looks great and you are so lucky to have those flowers in your garden. We get a few Welsh poppies and I love to see them when they flower. At the moment I have lots of wild violets growing in my little wild area. And I can see the poppies, but no flowers as yet. Stay safe, Angela #38

  26. Oh My, received my new Bible Journal goodies yesterday and so was so wrapped up in that most of the day and still not ventured into the Bible itself!!
    Anyway double snap with you this week, I have the Dun Robin Castle jigsaw too, did it again last Summer, visited some 30 years ago!! and the Welsh Poppies, I have quite a few in the garden and I too make sure they are allowed to thrive.
    Thanks for the visit BJ#10

  27. Your robin is beautiful! Well done! Only you can see whatever mistakes you think you made, to us it’s all wonderful! Your flowers are gorgeous, I love the yellow poppies. None of my poppies have woken up yet, hopefully they survived the winter. I can’t imagine getting those 2 puzzles done in one week! Marvelous! Your eyes must have been going crossed with the 2nd one! I do like the term unfinished symphonies, your hubby was right! Thanks for your visit to mine, stay well, stay busy, and stay safe! Lindart #34

  28. Hi Margaret! Thank you for stopping by. You mentioned that you wouldn’t zoom with your phone but it works alright. Most of the time you aren’t looking at the screen, you just chat and listen to the chatting. So you might want to give it a try. It’s so nice to speak with crafty friends. I love the robin. It looks so pretty. Beautiful art indeed. Oh my goodness, you are a master of detail with those puzzles. I try to find between 500-1000 with the easiest pattern for fear I will get frustrated. Yours are fantastic. Ooo and the pictures of the flowers make me happy. I only have my daffodils right now. Things are peeking up from the soil but no flowers for another month. Stay well, my friend.
    Belinda #32

  29. Hi Margaret,
    Thank you for your visit, and apologies for the belated return – so many desks to see! You have a great variety of projects on the go, which I’m sure means you are never bored. I’m very envious of the poppies and lady smock in your lawn – I get forget-me-nots and violets but poppies never seem to grow, even if I collect and scatter seeds. The strange thing is that one year I did discover poppies in the front garden – yellow ones like yours and some wonderful purple and black ones. I thought they might self seed and become a regular feature, but alas, they have never returned. Very unruly gardens are a wonderful thing. I found a hedgehog wandering across the grass tonight when I went to get some washing off the line, and there’s a blackbird nesting in the ivy. Wouldn’t happen if it was all astro-turf and paving slabs!
    Have a lovely peaceful week and stay well.
    Amelia #39

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