Sail Away From the Safe Harbour

A photograph of a globe atlas of the world.

Photo by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did.

attributed to Mark Twain

As life passes by you start to wonder about what you’ve achieved and what you regret. Looking at the quote above I wonder if I have twenty years left to do more.

So, am I more disappointed by the things I didn’t do than the things that I did?

There are lots of things that could have worked out differently but I don’t see them as disappointments. A lot of stuff that has happened was not my fault, so they are not my things to hold. You can’t control other peoples actions but you can control your reactions to them.

If there is one disappointment it could possibly be down to travel. I’m not well travelled, the furthest I’ve been is Dublin, I guess that is abroad? I’ve never been in an aeroplane, though, but I don’t really want to either. It’s partly an irrational fear, partly a complete indifference to wanting to experience it. I have no desire to be in a metal box high up in the sky. I’d rather grow my own wings and float on the air.

If there was a way to see the world for me, then it would be on a cruise ship. Strange, I don’t want to be in a metal box in the sky but I’d be happy to be in one on the ocean. I guess the difference is the size and freedom of movement you would have on a ship. I do have claustrophobic tendencies.

Leaving it so late to travel has brought along extra difficulties. It would have been easier to do when I was not sick or disabled. Travelling to town in my wheelchair fills me with trepidation, how would I cope in another country? Would I even get travel insurance now?

I guess the answer is yes, I do feel disappointed that I didn’t travel more when I could. But it’s never too late is it? One of my aunties took her first holiday abroad when she was in her 60s, she went again every year afterwards.

So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

a very large cruise ship on the blue ocean with grassy hills in the background

Photo by Fernando Jorge on Unsplash

Dreaming of More

So in the time I have left my wish is to remedy this disappointment in my life and travel more. I want to sail away, I don’t really care where. I would really like to go North rather than South though, I’d love to see the Northern Lights, and visit countries like Norway and Demark, and maybe even down to the Netherlands.

We had been thinking about making our first family trip abroad by going to Disneyland Paris with the kids, but if I’m honest, we are lacking interest. We are not huge Disney fans and the kids are not that keen on Theme Parks. Plus, I doubt I’d get to see much from my wheelchair. We’d have to go by train or coach and I think the journey would break us, none of us are good travellers. I think that’s why a cruise appeals to me, you are travelling while you holiday on the ship.

If I can fit in a cruise then I can be satisfied that I’ve not been disappointed with anything in my life.

In the Family

My Dad travelled because he was in the army during the Second World War. (Yes, my Dad, not great grandad! But he was a lot older than my Mum, and they had me later in life too.) My Mum never went anywhere, I think her record was the Isle of Wight and she hated the ferry journey. She never regretted it, she had no desire at all to travel.

Both my older brothers have done plenty of travelling, my eldest brother even worked in croatia for a while. My younger brother managed to travel abroad too, before he died.

My Older children have been abroad many times. Their Dad lives in the South of France and they have been to visit him and he’s taken them to other countries too. My eldest daughter has been to America and wants to go again this year. She’s has also visited other European Countries like Germany. I think her dream trip would be to Japan.

Star went on a school trip to France last year. They went by ferry and coach and she coped really well, but they didn’t travel far from the coast line and stayed in Boulogne. I’m sure Boo will be looking forward to her chance to go next year.

So, despite my not taking them, my children are getting the chance to travel and see other countries. I believe that I never travelled because my Mum didn’t, she never took me away as a child, and I never had the opportunity with my school. I’m happy that my children are not being held back because of me.

Is there anything in your life that you feel disappointed about not doing? Are you well travelled?

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My Sunday Photo 17th March 2019

Crochet Projects

a crochet egg cosy dragon in two shades of blue
Dragon Egg cosy

I created this little critter over the past couple of days, he’s an egg cosy so his belly is hollow and you can pop him over your egg. We don’t use egg cosies in this house, it’s only me and eldest that eat eggs anyway. I thought it would be nice to crochet a few of these and fit a small chocolate egg inside to give as Easter gifts. There are six different ones to make, dragon, unicorn, frog, rabbit, bear and chic. They’ll keep me busy for a while.

Other Crochet Projects.

My works in progress currently include a jumper for myself (it’ll be the first piece of clothing I’ve made,) a baby blanket, and a seal amigurumi as well as the egg cosies.

I may have a lot on the go but I do have finished projects too. This week I sent my colourful baby blanket to my great niece as she is having her second baby in a couple of weeks. (It makes me laugh that my nephew is on to having grand children before me!)

baby blanket crocheted in stripes of colourful wool.
Spring Baby Blanket

I was really pleased with how it turned out, I’ve never crocheted motifs before. However, I did use two methods as the blanket has a row of flowers on each end. The end in the photo was the intarsia method which left me with tons of weaving in to do. The other end was done in the tapestry method with I think looks better, but you can see some of the other colours in the blue a little.

Rabbit

I packaged up the blanket to send to my great neice but I thought it wasn’t so nice to send a gift to the new baby and not include something for her toddler. I guess I could have added a packet of sweets or something but I thought it would be nice to make her something too. So I found this little bunny pattern. I wanted to do it in cream, but I decided on this light grey colour instead.

a light grey bunny lying on a pink background.
grey bunny

My niece’s little girl called him Hop.

Simply Crochet Magazine

You may remember a photo of my amigurumi axolotyl a few weeks ago and I mentioned that I’d been shortlisted to appear in Simply Crochet. Well it appeared this week on their ‘show us yours’ page. I love what they wrote.

Whole Lotle Love

Anne of @raisiebay has been doing a lot of axolotyl amigurumi (try saying that ten times fast.) This little critter only featured in issue 80! We salute your swift hookwork.

I guess it’s just proof that I have too much time on my hands….or too much wool!

The Best Crochet Projects can be found in Simply Crochet Magazine.

Word of the Week #11 2019

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My Word of the Week

Winner!

horses racing

This week has been a good week for me and two of my children. I think Winner sums it up because I feel like we are winning at some things in life for a change.

First there was the call from Boo’s teacher. He phoned me about 4pm after school one day. He was really nice and explained that he was really happy with Boo’s progress in her music classes. She is learning to play the guitar and has done really well. Her teacher said she is the best in his class and she is to receive a special certificate today for being Student of the Week. She is a winner to me.

Then it was the Little Man’s parent evening. School has been a bit hit and miss for the Little Man and he didn’t go for six months last year after we took him out of his old school and taught him at home for a while. He started his new school last October and has settled really well. He is behaving himself and getting on with the other children. But the biggest result is how good he is at his work. The teacher showed us a piece of his writing which is outstanding and he said he’s flying up the levels in maths. I could have burst with pride. He is a winner too.

Finally, it’s been the Cheltenham festival this week and as you may or may not know, I do enjoy some matched betting. I’ve had to spend about an hour and a half a day placing bets and matching them, so I won’t lie that it’s been easy. It all works on the best offers you can get and how to match them for the best results. I actually enjoy watching the horses race too. It takes me back to my childhood when my Nan enjoyed watching the horse racing on television on Saturday afternoons. Us kids would pick a horse before each race and see how many winners we could choose. There was no money involved then, it was just for fun. I really hate to see a horse fall at the hurdles though, and wait for the commentator to say that they are ok.


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Plant, Sow Make and Grow – book review

Author : Esther Coombs

Hardcover: 48 pages
Publisher: Button Books (7 Mar. 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1787080242
ISBN-13: 978-1787080249
Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.2 x 21 cm

The Blurb

Plant, Sow, Make and Grow is a book to get people gardening – especially those with children in their care who they want to be gardening with. It’s full of down-to-earth realistic activities with tips, tricks and short cuts to make sure all the projects are doable for all ages. It’s cheap to garden and this book tries to be as cheap as chips, with tools made from recycled rubbish and lots of other innovative ideas. Get the little gardeners growing with this low-stress approach to producing yummy fruit, veggies and bug friendly flowers. You’ll find plenty of handy gardening information to get you stated plus tips about what wildlife you may see, raid your recycling box to make some useful gardening accessories and other craft activities. So grab some seeds and have a go!

pages from book

Our Review

The first thing we noticed about this book was the gorgeous illustrations, they really bring the book to life.

The book is split into Seasons, and it tells you how to get started and how to make a plan. Don’t have the tools? There are instructions on how to make a trowel, watering can and planting pots.

As well as giving the best examples of things to plant in each of the seasons there are also lots of information about insects and how to make a bug house. You can also learn how to press flowers and make an Autumn wreath and many more activities.

pages from book

We can’t grow in our garden, the soil is rubbish (I would really like some raised beds.) But, that’s not a problem, all we need to do is get some planting pots (or recycle the ones we have with dead flowers in) and get planting. I would certainly like to plant some strawberries, carrots and beetroot. I’m also planning a wild flower patch and a herb garden. With this book I’m hoping my kids will be inspired enough to help me. They used to love gardening when we lived in our last house.

You can purchase Plant, Sow, Make and Grow from Amazon for £12.99

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Gifts for Mums from Etsy

This is my entry into the Etsy Mother’s Day competition. All links are affiliate links which will not cost you anything extra if you click through, but they may earn me a few pennies if you go on to purchase. Thank you and I hope you enjoy my post.

Organised Mums

Organised mums like to keep everything in order, they write it down, keep a calendar, store things away in boxes. These type of mums love stationary and storage solutions.

1.Jewellery Organizer £17.50

2.Personalised Storage Organiser £10

3.Small Noticeboard £12.00

4.Suede Journal Notebook – Personalised £16.00

Animal Loving Mums

These mums love their pets, they also love the pretty creatures found in nature like butterflies. They may even have a horse in a field somewhere or dream about dolphins.

  1. Butterfly Pendant £12.50
  2. Dog Mug £14.24
  3. Cat Lover Print £7.99
  4. Dolphin Bracelet £19.80

Vintage Loving Mums

Some mum’s just fall in love something from the past. There is always a place for something vintage in the home, and for collectors there is plenty to browse on Etsy.

  1. vintage wedgewood vase £12.99
  2. vintage french rolling pin £12
  3. vintage glass perfume bottles £12
  4. Vintage Brass Art Nouveau Style Photo Frame £14.99

New Mums

Being a first time Mum is really special and they deserve a special gift for Mother’s Day. Here’s my selection from Etsy, but do go and check the site out for many more ideas.

  1. Personalised Photo Block £16
  2. First Mother’s Day personalised Babygro £7.49
  3. Mother’s Day bracelet £15.00
  4. Personalised Candle £4.50

Craft Loving Mums

I think I come in this category, I love nothing more than something to make and create. If you know a craft loving Mum then I hope you are inspired by my chosen gifts.

  1. Mum’s Sewing Room Door Plaque £6.99
  2. Crafter Mum Mother’s Day Tshirt £15.67
  3. Giuva-Fluffy COMIC CraftBag £20.53
  4. DIY T Light Holder Kit – Craft Kit £19.95

I know there are many more different types of Mum’s and that I’ve chosen just a few. But, I do hope I’ve managed to inspire you a little. If you would like more inspiration then please check out the Mother’s Day Editors Picks page. You are sure to find something to suit any type of Mum.

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Twin Mummy and Daddy

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I’ve also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit me…is this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I’ve loved. If I don’t love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It’s always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I’ll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.