Am I Crazy? 

Right now I’m sitting here with my crochet and Tilly on my lap and a porta potty that has been delivered sitting on the lounge floor debating my sanity! Why? We have bought a tent and hope to start camping. 

Maybe that doesn’t sound too crazy to you but some of you will know that I have systemic lupus and fibromyalgia among other chronic illnesses,which between them, considerably restrict my mobility. I also have raynauds and poor circulation, so I really feel the cold. Now are you starting see the craziness? 

For the last couple of years we haven’t been able to afford a holiday away and Hubby and Josh have wanted to camp for a while but I’ve always thrown a damper on the idea saying I just couldn’t do it. Finally in February I caved and agreed that if they did all the work, I  had a comfortable bed off the floor, a comfy chair and a heater I’d do it. Well Hubs has gone one better and bought me a camping electric blanket. (We’re not so serious about camping as to not have electricity and besides I need to charge my mobility scooter :D). So, anyway, we took the plunge, borrowed some money and have got a really good tent that we’re hoping will last us through Josh’s ten years

I don’t know what you think when you think of camping negatives but to me, apart from lack of comfort and being cold, it’s scrabbling around crouched over in the tent, all cramped up and on top of one another. With Hubs being over six foot tall and not liking being crowded I really did start to feel slightly (or totally) crazy. 

Oh yes, another problem would be putting it up as Abi being older won’t always be with us and me trying to help with my stick in one hand and rubbish balance would have been, well, let’s say, very amusing for the other campers! 

But… when we started looking, it’s just incredible what you can buy.  So we purchased a nine man inflatable display tent. Inflatable!!! Ok, so I’m wondering how many of you are thinking bouncy castle right now ūüėČ

What it is, instead of having poles you have inflatable tubes, about six inch diameter which blow up rigid like a bike tyre. So to erect the tent you just peg out the base and inflate the six tubes then peg out the guy ropes. The man at the shop said Josh would even be able to do it on his own. (Crack open the wine Howard ;-))

We’ve gone big, BIG. Hubs can stand up in it, it has three bedrooms and an extra pod for a fourth although, where they would put two in a room and three in the main bedroom we would only have one in the smaller rooms as it would be rather like playing sardines otherwise!. (Did you ever play that as kids? We loved it.) 

So after all that waffle, what does it  look like? 

Here it is all set up at Camping Works in Horsham. The first window is the awning section, the second and third the living area and the back section without windows, the bedrooms. 

Front view, it looks as though Hubby may just have to duck his head to get in the doorway. 

And two of the three bedrooms across the back of the tent with storage pockets between the rooms.

And looking back from the bedrooms to the entrance.


Yes, it really is a biggy! In fact it has a 4.4 metre by 8 metre footprint. 

So, have we booked anywhere? Yes, and we’re so looking forward to it. We hope to do a trial run in May to Chichester and then two weeks in August to East Runton in Norfolk. And, what is really fun, Howard put out a message on his family What’s app group asking if anyone fancied joining us camping in August not really expecting anyone to come but they’ve all decided to come for at least a couple of days. One of his sister’s is borrowing her in-laws caravan and coming for the two weeks, his brother, camping for a week (three little kids and no electric, proper camping!) and his other sister for four days and his parents have booked a b and b for two days. We should all be together for those two days except Abi and Paul as they’ll have to be back before the last of them arrive. And get this… We are all within four pitches of each other. I’m thinking there will be a lot of laughter as time with Hubby’ s family is always such fun. 

Now, I was also going to talk about what project I have planned for the May break but I’ve waffled for way too long so I’ll be back soon to chat about that. I’ll just say that it involved lots of dyeing experimentation. 

Have an amazing and creative week friends, 

Sharon xx

A Girly Morning and Lots of Yarn!

My birthday was over a week ago and I am still being spolied – I think I rather like being 40!

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Abi was off yesterday and as her college work pressures have eased a bit she took me down to Eastbourne with her.  I love Eastbourne, I grew up nearby and have many many happy memories there.

First we went into the town and traipsed round the charity shops looking for bargains and wedding dresses. ¬†No, no one is getting married, it is all to do with Abi’s textile work. ¬†Even in charity shops the price is horrendous. ¬†I know someone would have paid hundreds for the dress¬†in the first place but they were nearly all between two and three hundred pounds! ¬†We were starting to think we would have to give up when we spotted an evening gown rail and amongst those was a dress that will be suitable for her to work with for only ¬£20!

We found a couple of other things too, I am particulary pleased with this skirt.

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It is a size 6 so there is no way that it will be going round my waist!  But I fell in love with the fabric so it has come home to be chopped and made into someday!

Then we went to look at yarn!  I loved all the Debbie Bliss yarns, it was so soft, but then decided to go with the Patons, it was equally soft but £1 less a ball.  Even with all my birthday money there is still that in me that likes to get the best for my money that I can.

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At the till I spotted this…

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It was so different so that went into the basket too!! They really do know how to get me! So I got some Debbie Bliss after all, but at half the price.

When we had finished shopping, we went down to the seafront.  The sea was a beautiful blue, it was incredibly calm and the sun sparkled on the water.

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We walked/scooted up to the Wish Tower.

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The old restaurant has been replaced by a much smaller one but there are two large decked areas now where you can eat and enjoy the sea view.

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Abi wanted to treat me for my birthday so we had hot chocolates and some scrummy food.

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We were amazed at how reasonable it was Рall of this for under £10!

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I loved the over-sized biscuits.

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We relaxed and watched the world go by.  This gorgeous little one was picking daisys for her Mummy.

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Then onto Hobbycraft for more yarny ogling and birthday money spending!

They have a new Women’s Institute range exclusive to Hobbycraft and I was really impressed with it. ¬†They have a soft and silky range which felt as soft as the cashmerino in the previous shop. The big difference being that it was only ¬£2.70 for twice the amount (100g) and on a buy 2 get 1 free basis. ¬† I¬†presume this was because it is acrylic but it was far superior to other acrylics I have tried.

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I have had a colour pallet in my head since I read this post by Little Wooly. ¬†I loved the colours of the Dahlias. There were not a lot of colours in the range but I chose these five and bought 3 of each colour, hopefully enough for a blanket. ¬†They just make me feel happy, they make me think of summer, flowers, ice cream etc. ¬†I know it’s hardly even spring yet but it will probably be summer before I get to starting it anyway!!

I’ve got lots of soft toys to pack (more about that soon) so bye for now.

Happy Crafting!!

Sharon xx (most of the Eastbourne photos were taken by Abi).

A Sunny Winter ‘Walk’!

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I love reading about all of your walks, I particularly enjoy Jacquie’s¬†¬†group walk posts. ¬†My health doesn’t allow me to walk far and my scooter just won’t do the local South Downs or muddy fields so I love seeing the hillside and country walks the rest of you enjoy, I can almost imagine myself there!

Yesterday I did get a ‘walk’. ¬†It was a gorgeous sunny day, so welcome after many dull and wet days. ¬†I have had a rough week but was feeling a bit better too so I decided to ‘walk’ the afternoon school run on my mobility scooter. ¬†It has been some time since I last used it for a school run, I think the yucky weather has made me a bit lazy, plus as I don’t have a¬†cover on the scooter I get really cold and wet and then it is just miserable! The air was crisp but not too cold as I trundled along on the way there. ¬†It was so peaceful and I was able to just use the time to just think and pray. ¬†I’ve really missed that part of ‘walking’ to school.!

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On the way home I get to hear all about Josh’s day in between him dashing ahead on his scooter! ¬†It was just so lovely.

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On the way home we passed this tree ( РI always enjoy seeing the twisted bare branches against the winter sky).

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We passed the bramble patch where we pick blackberries in the summer. (Josh eats as many as he can before we move  on).

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And then through the twitten to our Close.

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The sunlight was catching this bush making it feel springlike,

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but immediately after there were these interesting branches reminding me it really is still winter!

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Past a pile of dead leaves…

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…and then home to where the violas outside the front door are still bravely trying to hold their heads up against the cold weather bringing another reminder of spring.

I really love the winter but the little reminders of spring really did make me long for a bit more colour!!

(Sorry about the quality of the Photos, they were taken on my phone!)

Happy Walking!!