12 August 2008

When Times Are Hard !

It has been both a hectic and worrying time in this household.....we seem to have hit a run of bad luck and Bad Falls (my Mum) needing stitches. Pneumonia (my cousin) which appears to be resisting the antibiotic's. Two bouts of Kidney infection (my daughter-in-law) - resulting in two stints in hospital on Morphine and huge amounts of antibiotic's and then a very lovely lady (my close friend and allotment buddy, Carole's Mum) suffered a very bad stroke.

My Aga broke down - good for the diet I guess!.....I had a Long List of problems at the cottage, including my Recycling Box's, Bag's and Bin's.... that the Council Bin Men cannot see! and a house full of boy's including my Son...needing lots of love, care and attention while Francesca recovers in hospital!
While all this has been happening, everything else just gets done as and when. But sometimes I just want to cry, then one of the boy's beams a smile and realise how lucky I am. I was able to slip out of the house for a morning while the boy's were visiting Mummy in hospital to do a very quick round of the local Charity shops...looking for Vintage Fair for my my stall ! the problem I have is that when I spot something I like and think will be great to take along to sell...I just do not want to part with it.
I found some weeks ago, a very dusty old Vintage Deck Chair in my Dad's loft.....super...that came home with me. I got the usual moan from Mr N...more rubbish to clutter the house! I bought this gorgeous Cabbages & Roses Linen material - perfect for 'My' deck chair.

Mr N agreed to paint the frame. Here it has just had it's primer coat and then will need one undercoat before I get to paint the F&B oil eggshell - the best bit - in probably Strong White.

From the same fabric shop, I thought this jolly Cowboy fabric would be great for our Baby Boy Bibs and Changing Mat Covers..
On the subject of cheeky little boy's...'my bunch'...from the left... Rocco who was 1 year in June....Jude now 4 months and Freddie who was 2 in June. Fred and Roc bathed, ready for bed and a night of 'let's keep Nanny and Grandad awake all night'.

My second Award this month. Heidi @ foxglovesfabricandfolly.blogspot.com/ thank you so much. While all this has been going on at home I did think I would have to take a Blog Break...but when good friends like you visit and leave such lovely comments, it really does help lift the spirit. So no Blog Break for me!

I want to give this Award to 3 Blogs that Always are a joy to read and their yummy pictures have always inspired me.....


Marja Kristina @ homefromheart.blogspot.com/ and

Julia @ vintageheaven.blogspot.com/ ps. I have not forgotten my tag Julia.


Love Carol xx








33 comments:

julia said...

Thank you so much, your blog is a feast for the eyes too!
Keep your chin up and I hope all's well again soon.
Julia x
ps - love the deckchair, now we just need the sun to lounge in!

Gem said...

Oh no, sorry you're having a tough time :( Hop things get back to normal soon :) x

Marja Kristiina said...

Oh Carol, what an utterly wonderful surprise! Thank you so much!!!

Marja Kristiina said...

Forgot -

hoping and praying that things will get back to normal/good asap.

kelly said...

yep, that does indeed sound like a run of bad luck but you know that after its sorted, you will have had your fill for awhile and more good things will be coming your way. AND you are right, those boys are SO gorgeous! a smile from them will be good for the spirit. Keep your chin up woman, "this too will pass!"

Pipany said...

Sorry to read of all the bad bits, but oh what a gorgeous pic of those dear little boys. Hope all gets better soon xx

Sal said...

I love your deckchair.I'd have to use it indoors as we seem to have had no sun all summer,here in Devon!!;-)

Rhondi said...

Hi Carol
You have had quite a time of it!! Things always seem to come in bunches, both good and bad don't they? I'll be praying for you.
The deck chair looks gorgeous. Your grandsons are adorable.
Hugs, Rhondi

Simone said...

I am sorry to hear about the sadness going on in your life at the moment. Things certainly seem to happen all at once don't they? Sending good wishes to you and your loved ones.

Donna said...

Hi Carol
Thank you for visiting my blog. I have sooo enjoyed reading your blog and looking at the delicious photos. I adore Lulworth Cove and your camp looked like the most stylish I have EVER seen!

I don't have any sewing boxes on my website at present, I have been saving them for the open house, but if you see one on my blog that you like do let me know :-)

I do hope things improve for you and your family. It's funny how things seem to come at us in batches sometimes.
Donna x

Clover Yard said...

Hi Carol, you certainly have been having more than your fair share of bad luck - I hope things take a turn for the better. Love the deckchair and those squeaky clean little boys are just adorable sat on your sofa. Butter wouldn't melt!
Carolx

Rosie said...

So sorry you are having a difficult time at the moment. I do hope everyone is well again very soon. Aren't the boys delicious! I used to love it when my lot were all ready for bed in clean jammys and smelling of baby shampoo. Keep your chin up duck everything will be alright soon.
Rosie x

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

I`M SURE THAT EVERYTHING WILL GO BACK TO NORMAL SOON!
HUNG ON IN THERE... WE ARE THINKING OF YOU...
KISSES KISSES
DEBBIE MOSS
XXX

Mia said...

I am so sorry you are going through such hard times, but I do hope everybody will be well in the end. Those little boys are just so sweet. And I really love Cabbages & Roses fabrics, your deckchair is going to be just lovely.

Thank you for your lovely comments in my blog, they really made my day!

Garden Girl said...

Carol, so sorry to hear you're going through a tough time at the moment, and am sending you a big hug.
Those little boys look scrumptious!x

Sandi McBride said...

COngrats on the award Carol...you make my day, as well! I want you to hang in there, and if the rope gets short, just tie a knot in it and hold on tighter...good days ahead, I can tell you they will not miss you!
hugs
Sandi

Petticoat Lane said...

What a terrible time you're having of it at the moment, I feel for you, but hopefully that's it all over and done with now. Fingers crossed. I love the fabric for the deckchair and all your finds, and what about those gorgeous men in your life, how scrummy are they? I'm glad you haven't taken a blog break though I love to read it. x

The Queen Vee said...

You seem to have more than a full plate. My belief is that we are never given more than we can handle and from all the difficult challenges we face there are many positive blessings.

What beautiful children and so close together, they will be good friends. You clearly are one devoted mother, daughter and friend.

Rowan said...

I'm sorry you are having such a lot of unfortunate events, life does seem to get like that sometimes. I hope that everyone and everything is soon better again. I love that fabric you've bought for the deckchair, it will look really fabulous.

Miss sew n sew said...

Hi Carol

I'm sorry you have all those things are going wrong around you I really hope that things start to get better for you soon, it can be hard work keeping a blog when your so busy. I know what you mean about reading comments they really perk me up to. Reading your posts always brighten my day and that picture of your boys really made me smile you must of been busy that night!! How lovely that they are so close in age bet they'll be best buddies when their older! Love your deckchair I love that fabric!
Sarahx

LOUISE said...

Look at those boys, aren't they all just gorgeous. I am sure they didn't keep their Nanny and Grandad awake all night! The trouble with buying to sell is that I think we tend to buy what we like, thus not being able to part with it, I could never own a shop! Congratulations on your award, so very well deserved. Sending my best wishes to your family and friends, and of course to you too Carol. x

Mary Isabella said...

I am so sorry about all this sickness....I am praying for all of you.....Mary

Grand Life said...

I hope things will be better for you soon. We had a spring like that. I told DH that the only thing he hadn't had in a two month period was leprosy. It was unbelievable but things are better and they will be for you soon I hope. Those are adorable kids.
Your in our thoughts and prayers
Judy

Alchamillamolly said...

I know what you mean about buying stuff to sell - when I appear with anohter treasure - I say its for my vintage website - what vintage webiste alan says - and my answer is I will have one one day! Knowing full well that I have no intention of parting with it! Hope everyone recovers soon - and thanks for the pic of the gorgeous little ones

LOUISE said...

Hi Carol, there's an award waiting for you over on my blog. x

periwinkle said...

hope things get better for you soon - keep smiling. Congrats on your award too. Lovely pic of the boys
lisa x

This Vintage Life... said...

Hi Carol, I've given you an award...see my blog. Hope things are improving for you.
Deb x

Deb said...

I've got lots of catch up reading to do here while I've been on holidays. Congratulations on your blog award!

prettyshabby said...

do you know Carol, I'm thinking that August is definately a bad month this year..there has been nothing but bad news and ill events all over the place, I will be glad when this months over as I'm sure you will be! Hope everyone gets better soon at your place..keep smiling xx
ps I love your deckchair!

...... Kristina ...... said...

Hi Carol,
Big hugs....love the song made me fill up as it has been the same here breaks and operations and me playing nurse,your three little friends on the sofa are just gorgeous aren't they? i hope your pretty world takes a turn to happy times my lovely.
All this talk of a vintage fair??? i need to read back and find out what you have all being up to.
Love and hugs Kristina XxX

Sea Angels said...

Hi there, I hope you get more use out of your deck chair than I have out of mine, I've had it made 3 months and have only sat in it twice...... I should have covered a brolly instead, bloomin weather!!!
Thanks for your visit and your lovely comments, your right it will be such fun to meet at the fair, I'm really excited.
Hugs Lynn xx

Lesley said...

HI there - I do love your blog and have left an award over on mine for you :-)
Lesley x

Pondside said...

So sorry to hear about these rough patches and I hope life settles down soon, with everyone home and healthy. The photo of the wee ones was adorable - I'll be you have to smile every time you see them.