Good morning, my friends. Another week has passed, ad my car has now achieved 5 weeks to that same gallon. I haven’t moved it now in about a week and a half – the poor thing, it must be pining for all the miles I did when going around Britain last year! However, we must continue to be patient and stay put – not that I am minding much! I’m just SO enjoying spending all this time at a much slower pace. A cousin said o me the other day that he had heard when this new normal is over we must each decide what our new normal wants to look like. Seems like a plan! The extra time has meant I have even been at my desk this week – yes! – the one on the landing. I have taken note of you all, and followed your examples! I have been making Christmas cards – nothing too extrav agant yet – simply a glorious picture, on a background, on a card base. The rest will come later


I have also finished work on the front porch. I decided that I didn’t want to clutter it up with coats and shoe racks – they must find somewhere else – so would leave it painted and put up pictures on the walls. So, I opened up my lovely looking tin of delicate green colour… only to find it unredeemable! It had most definitely gone off! So, matt white the walls remained.. and… hunting in the cupboards I found more of our own work to add to the robinAnd I have finished decorating the front porch. I decided I didn’t want to fill it up with shoe rack and coats – they must find somewhere else to clutter up! So… I looked around at the pieces of our own work which weren’t hanging anywhere…


The lovely long, light evbenings have been taken up with a jigsaw – which proved harder than it looked – and another bkanket – still stash busting!!



So, there you have it, my friends. Life here in North Wales. A friend from church rang me yesterday and said “When we all finally get together we will need to wear badges to remind ourselves who everyone is”. I think he may well be right..

Take care of yourselves. Stay safe. God bless you richly.

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25 Replies to “WOYWW569”

  1. Happy WOYWW. Good idea to leave the porch as empty as possible, just a display for your lovely pictures. Our porch seems to be partially a store for gardening stuff and a home for a few things that we don’t need or use! It is very useful for deliveries at the moment, so the couriers can leave boxes out of the rain without coming into the house. Another difficult jigsaw. So many people are being very clever at the moment. My daily routine hasn’t really changed much during lockdown, but I did go to St Davids on Saturday to get some goodies from the butchers and it was a shock to see how quiet this usually bustling city is. A lot of builders working on the old buildings, so once businesses can open again there are going to be lots of new shops for me to explore. Stay Safe. Ali x #1

  2. I think you’re right about the front porch Margaret, it looks great with the artwork and better with no clutter. Glad that you are adjusting to the new pace of life. I can’t get started with Christmas cards yet though. Lovely blanket! Stay safe and happy WOYWW. Sarah #2

  3. Always nice to see works of art displayed without too many other distractions. Beautiful flower photos and well done for completing the jigsaw puzzle.

  4. Yes it will be a new world and something to remember what we went through, somehow I really dont want it to end as in the peace and tranquility, I have saved so much money not going out (smile)

    Stay Safe
    Bridget #5

  5. I make Christmas cards for Challenges and have a lot done and think people are going to get them as present later in the year, great pictures on the wall, another puzzle well done and loving the flower pictures,

  6. Hi Margaret, I’m glad you managed to finish the hall, and what a brilliant idea to give it a new, clean look without the clutter. Hanging beautiful art work on the walls will help you keep it that way. When the lockdown is over, you will be able to paint the walls the shade of green you want, and in the meantime, it is looking lovely. You are certainly keeping busy and I love the current blanket. The jigsaw looks fiendishly difficult – well done for finishing it! I had a conversation with my hubby yesterday about what he’s going to do when the lockdown is over, and I said I hoped he wouldn’t simply launch back into his over-busy lifestyle when he’s out all the time. The trouble is, he can’t say no to anybody, and gets involved in far too many activities. It has been so lovely having him home all the time, and it’s made my meal planning so much easier knowing he’s going to be around for all the meals – normally he doesn’t tell me with sufficient notice to prepare stuff in advance and I never know what he’s going to be up to! I’m not expecting him to be home all the time, just more than in the past! He is also a lot less stressed now he’s not rushing about here there and everywhere. I’m not over-optimistic about any real change, though, because we had the same scenario when he was laid up with his broken leg. My life hasn’t been that different during the lockdown apart from him being around all the time!

    Happy WOYWW and God bless,
    Shoshi x #10

  7. Well the gallery in the hall is splendid Margaret, what a great idea. Are you secretly glad that the green paint was off and you didn’t have to do more than tidy and hang the pics? I would have been!! Coats and shoes and outdoor detritus are such a problem in modern build homes,. Our existing kitchen is set to become cloakroom/utility at some point, and I will be very happy about it! I still haven’t come up with something for WOYWW 11, am sorry to be such a tortoise! Look at you doing a Christmas cards. I’ve only though and talked about it.! Now we have rain, it might be as well to have a go. But there’s always something else isn’t there, always! Keep well lovely, and enjoy the pace, you richly deserve the slow down!

  8. Morning Margaret, yes that paint doesn’t last forever that’s why i’ve been using all all those 1/4 cans putting them to good use. Your gallery is a delightful sight, i’m a big fan of pictures on wall’s and have been framing many of my old works that have sat in journals for many years. Good idea about the porch mine is in need of some TLC and a declutter but that’s a job in waiting, Keep busy & stay creative, there will be plenty of trips out in the car when all this is done. Happy WoywW Tracey #14 xx

  9. You did make me smile but I do hope I can remember who everyone is after this! That would be amusing…. My car hasn’t moved for a week either. My mileage is going to be so low this year! More importantly – will I remember how to drive? I haven’t got to my Christmas cards yet, though I did take advantage of a nice afternoon in the garden to salvage all the bits I wanted to recycle from last year. I am loving this pace of life and considering if I want to go back to all the things I did before….. not bored yet!! Happy WOYWW, stay safe, stay well, Cindy #18

  10. The petrol story made me laugh! I think the last time we filled up was when we were on holiday in Sussex! I like your porch white, think it makes a great art gallery, so much better to look at than coats and shoes. I think that blanket is one of the nicest you’ve done, the soft tones are lovely. Hope you’re keeping safe and well.
    Hugs LLJ 11 xxx

  11. Your white walls make a wonderful backdrop for those lovely pictures and a lot less work for you finding the green paint had gone off! I love the pretty and subtle colours of the blanket – and well done on the Christmas cards – you are doing a great job, but while the sun shines so brightly I just can’t get into Christmas card making mode just yet!
    Hope you have a good week, stay safe and well,
    Diana xx #21

  12. Loving the look of your porch .Your work in there is gorgeous. The blanket is so pretty – lovely soft colours. My children ( adults) have been doing jigsaws but I havent yet. I think I am going to have to spend a week learning how to do my job if and when i go back – never mind remembering who people are ha ha. Take care and stay safe. Soojay #24

  13. I think you made the right decision to leave the porch white, not only that it saves work but looks clean and shows all the artworks off beautifully….
    I am compiling the list of threads and hope to be in touch later this week.
    Take care and God bless you
    Christine #29

  14. Hi Margaret it looks like you’ve kept yourself busy. The jigsaw is a great success so well done there. Wish I could have an empty porch but we keep most of our shoes and boots in there. Nice artwork and loving the flower picks too. Thank you so much for your kind thoughts, much appreciated. Take care and have a very happy woyww, Angela x15x

  15. Lovely art for your porch. Glad you’re finding lots to do. Fab desk share. Take care Zoe xx 25

  16. Afternoon, Margaret !!

    Thanks a bunch for commenting at my blog 😉 – Denmark is still locked down but it looks like it is going to be better soon. I am doing what I use to do – to me, there aren’t many changes but I guess I am going to get more out during the spring. I love to see what you are doing and I think it is pretty. Jigsaw I am doing too but on my computer 😉 – Thank you so much again for visiting my blog. 🙂

  17. No not Christmas, you didn’t hear it from me!!!! Great jigsaw and super blanket, you have been just as busy as me in these gentle times. Although not so different for me really, I’m a homebird (housewife) anyways. Thanks for the visit BJ#17

  18. I haven’t had a thought of Christmas cards yet but will in June as I prepare for a Christmas card class in July. I found a gorgeous blue poinsettia clip on flower for my wreath. Looks fab! Will share next week. You wall of pictures looks beautiful! And what a puzzle!! Glad you’re doing well. Thanks for stopping by and God bless!
    Carol N #27

  19. Thank you for your visit, Margaret, and I really didn’t notice anything different about your post this time! It all looks fine to me, with lots of nice photos. Your new picture gallery in the hall is so nice! I am glad you liked my latest efforts and our garden – yes, my hubby has been working so hard and it’s showing the fruits of his labours now.

    God bless,
    Shoshi x #10

  20. Hi there dear Margaret,
    Lovely desky share sorry I’m late… again… ? love your nw look in your porch entryway, it be honest I don’t really recall it, think was away from your lovely home as much was in when I visited.. coming up for two years in Sept.. and I noticed your robin there, too. Looks all lovely, shame re the paint though.
    Agree re Christmas cards too, at the rate the post goes now we are going to have to mail in Sept anyway! Our mail is appalling. Been waiting in parcel from UK since beginning of April too.
    Thanks for being a blessing, and may God bless you too, especially in these troubled times, may we look up in faith, not at the mud underneath ! Praying you’re all kept well too!
    Hugs, Shaz in Oz.x ? #22

    {Wonderful Words of Life – Shaz in Oz}
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  21. A nice pretty porch to come into sounds wonderful and somehow more inviting than the usual clutter. I love the picture gallery. Happy belated WOYWW. Stay safe and take care my friend. With love & God Bless, Caro xx (#29)

  22. I can’t see anyone forgetting who you are Margaret or what you look like. You are an absolute angel, you do the most wonderful works and are there for everyone at any time so who the heck would forget you?
    So glad you have some crafting time and I love the cover your have been making and that jigsaw is something else. You must have taken ages to make that.
    Thank you for the photographs of the flowers, lovely rose and the throat of that orchid is beautiful. It looks like a tigers face with wings attached, or is he holding on to the sides? Beautiful photos!
    Take care and stay safe margaret
    Blessings, Neet xx

  23. Hi Margaret! I love my walls full of art, mine, someone else’s, no matter! In fact I really don’t have room for more and have several paintings stacked in corners. I even have them in my bathroom. I’m sure you will enjoy your porch now! That puzzle looks anything but easy…nice blanket! Yes we will all have to figure out what that new normal is, and if this goes past months and into years, the world will be a very different place. At least the restaurants will be quieter! Thanks for your visit, stay busy, stay safe, Lindart #30

  24. We live in this ‘new’ apartment for over 2 years now and still we haven’t hung paintings/frames on the wall… it’s time to take example of you and start choosing the things we like to see on the wall (our hallway is indeed the space to do it, our coats and shoes are in a ‘deep closet’… it’s so nice to step into a house that doesn’t show clutter but a nice space with art on the walls, I’m all with you on that!) Sorry I’m late with my visit this week… it’s already Saturday, wow! Enjoy your weekend! Hug from Holland, Marit #20

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