A Little Bit of Me

This blog is to share a Little Bit of me, my life my work and my interests.

Sunday, 3 March 2013

We're does time go?

I cannot believe that I have not posted on here for just over two months. I have to say I just don't know where the time goes.

Life in Stanford le Hope is fairly busy and full of variety. Of eat Church is good, the Parent and Toddler Groups are thriving, in fact we are at the stage where we will have to start a waiting list for both groups. We held a Film and Pancake Night on Shrove Tuesday, we watch the film It's your Move starring Eric Sykes, Richard Briers and many others. I have to say I have never heard so much laughter.

Next Saturday Night we are holding a quiz night at 7pm, and then on Sunday we are holding a Songs of Praise for Mothering Sunday at 3pm. On 16 March we have our Easter fair, and so we are busy preparing for this. If you look at the attached photos you will see the swan I have made for this event.

I have not made many cards recently, apart from the ones for the Craft Group, I have attached these so you can see what we have been up to.

I received some sad news just over two weeks ago, one of the founding craft members at Tring had died. Mary Shaw not my attended the craft group, but she also taught me patchwork and quilting, and so in tribute other I have commenced a patchwork quilt, hopefully it will not remain an unfinished object but I will find the time to complete it. Mary also spent a lot of time stitching squares together to make blankets for people in Kosova, I would thing that over the last 9 years she has stitched several hundred blankets together and I am sure she will be be greatly missed.

At the end of January I attended a course with the Salvation Army, this was a Vocational Development Pathway workshop. This was an extremely helpful and useful time, and many good things have come out of the course, the two main things being I have now got a prayer partner Whois a great support to me, and I ope I am to her, the seconds thing is I have now arranged for a Mentor who I will meet once a month, to discuss things through with.

So as you can see there are exciting days ahead!

Sunday, 23 December 2012


Life has been a bit hectic this week, and certainly was nothing like I planned, but such is life and I have to confirm that" Just where He needs me my God has placed me.

Last Sunday we held our Carol Service which included the Nativity which involved our Toddler group and some other children attached to the Church. It was lovely to see the hall full with people from the community attending. After refreshments a group of us made our way to the centre of Stanford and joined in with Carols on the Green. The weather was kind to us staying dry and pleasantly mild.

Monday saw an early start as I had to attend a budget meeting at DHQ at Chelmsford at 9am. After this meeting I managed to find an hour to try and finish my Christmas present shopping. I then went to Basildon Hospital to visit one of my folk who was taken ill on Saturday, little did I know on arriving at the Hospital that I would not leave until 17 hours later. I had the privilege of staying at the bedside of Dorothy, with her two daughters until she was Promoted to Glory at 5:10am on Tuesday. I have only known Dorothy for a couple of months but her faith shone from her and even though she struggled with Parkinson's disease she had a quiet and positive influence on every person she met.

After grabbing just over an hours sleep, I then went to the Toddlers Christmas Party, which was well attended and there was a visit from Father Christmas and presents, including some for myself and the Toddler leader, we were overwhelmed by the kindness of the parents. I managed to grab another hours rest over lunch time before a group from the Church visited Thameside Wildlife centre and we had the privilege of watching a submarine travel up the Thames towards London. Needless to say I needed to rest in the evening and have an early night.

Wednesday the leadership team and myself prepared for the Fellowship Christmas meal, wrapped lots of presents and welcomed church folk to the meal, this was followed by the Ladies meting Christmas Carol Service and worship was led to two singers belonging to a church in Grays Peter and Shirley Spreadborough. It really was a lovely afternoon.

Wednesday evening I travelled to Tring so that I would be able to attend my GP Alison Woodward's funeral. Needless to say the Crematorium was packed on Thursday morning. I am so grateful to her for the care she gave me during my cancer journey over the last 4 years, and am sad that she was taken from us at just 60 years of age, and therefore never got chance to enjoy retirement. The tributes by her brother, daughter, son and a Doctor from Rothschild House surgery were very moving, and I am glad I was able to attend and thank God for such a wonderful person who influenced so many people through her life.

After the service I travelled on to Croydon so that I could assist mum with her final preparations and shopping for Christmas, the family will be joining us on Boxing Day it will be good to see them all.

Friday was spent preparing three services, which took most of the day. I was grateful for time for myself on Saturday, however most of the day was spent doing housework, shopping and ironing.

Today (Sunday) has been a different type of day. People from the Church went out for a Christmas Dinner at the Treacle Mine at Grays, the meal was good and everyone enjoyed each others company. Then at 3pm we led Carol Singing at Chafford Gorge Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre, it was good to see so many children enjoying time with their parents making Marshmallow Snowmen and other crafts as they waited to see Father Christmas.

Tomorrow I shall be conducting Dorothy Downing's funeral service at 9:30am at the Salvation Army Stanford le Hope. I shall be praying for her daughters Elaine and Hilary and their families as they say good bye to a very special lady, I pray that God will surround them with His love and comfort and that they may be aware of His presence in a very real way.

Tuesday we will be celebrating the birth of Jesus at our Christmas Day service, then I shall be travelling to my mums for a few days holiday.

Let me take this opportunity of wishing each of you a very happy Christmas and a peaceful new year. I have attached some photos of some of the activities I have mentioned above.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Another week of R&R!!!!!

Well life has been anything but hectic over the last few weeks, as I take time out from work so that my arm has time to heal.

I had a lovely surprise on Monday when one of my friends in Stanford asked if I would like to visit the Thurrock Nature Reserve at Mucking. Having never been I jumped at the opportunity and went with her. The nature reserve has only been opened since the summer, there is a visitor centre and cafe, so naturally we had to have done refreshments. The reserve is situated near the Thames and it was lovely to just sit and watch life in the Thames. We returned on Wednesday for another visit and I managed to take a couple of photos which I have posted here.

The rest of my week has been mainly taken up with making a few things for the Christmas Fair at Stanford le Hope this Saturday. I have been quite restricted in what I have been able to do because of the damage to my arm but as you can see from the photos at least I managed a few things.

I am hoping that I might be able to return to work next week even though I am still not able to drive.

I shall be visiting the hospital on Monday for several blood tests, Friday I shall be visiting the Fracture Clinic and then on Monday 19 November I am to have a bone scan and see a specialist. Still at least it will keep me out of mischief!!!!!

Friday, 2 November 2012

A Break, a Swan and Father Christmas

Last Friday week 19 October I posted the following Bible verse on my Facebook page: People with their minds set on you, you keep completely whole, Steady on their feet, because they keep at it and don't quit.

I think at times God our Heavenly Father has a sense of humour. For this verse quite clearly states that if we set our minds on Him, He will keep us steady on our feet. As you read what happened on Saturday 20 October perhaps you will understand where I am coming from.

After doing some housework and watching a bit of TV I decided that I should go out for an hour and get some fresh air, and so I made my way to Pitsea Market to have a browse and the intention of doing some shopping at Tesco.

Everything was going to plan I had a look around the market and then made my way back to the car, although I eventually did get back to the car, before arriving there I managed to trip on a loose electrical cable, landing on all fours and hitting my elbow.

I decided to make my way home but did some shopping at Tesco first, the pain in my arm was getting worse and so I made my way to A&E at Basildon.
After examination I was informed that I had broken my left arm.

The last two weeks have been a difficult time for me as once again I have had to learn to let others help me and to take time to rest. My arm has been extremely painful and it has meant that I have been unable to make any cards.

However these two weeks may have been a time of rest, but I have managed to learn a new craft with the help of the Internet. I am now enjoying making 3d origami models, which has also proved to be good therapy for my hand and wrist and has allowed me to regain movement of my fingers and wrist, however the elbow movement still has a long way to go!!

I am posting some photos of a swan I have made also a Father Christmas.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

I've Passed and More

It hardly seems possible that it is over 3 weeks since I last posted. A lot has happened since then. I have now completed my course for leading Chair Based Activities and I am happy to say that I passed. I believe God's timing is perfect, impasses my exam on Saturday and the on Monday an opening came for me to use this qualification in two residential homes in the area. Added to that I commenced a group at the gall on Friday seven people attended.

God never ceases to amaze me, on Wednesday night I ordered my new iPad, and I planned to sell my old one on EBay. But praise The Lord by Thursday afternoon I was the proud owner of a new iPad and the other one had already been bought and was on its way to its new owner. This meant that there were two happy people by Friday and all because of a comment that was passed to a friend. God certainly does move in mysterious ways.

I had my first day off in a month today it was lovely that I could please myself in what I did for a few hours. I visited In 2 Crafting shop in Wickford this afternoon and managed to book into 3 workshops at the end of this month when I have a few days holiday one worship is with Little Claire's and the other two are with Jenny Mayes and will involve rubber stamping and lots more.
I also had the opportunity to prepare for Wednesday's craft group, so I have posted photos of these and a few photos of other cards that I have made over recent weeks.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Well everything is getting back to normal after the summer break. All the programme at the corps has re-commenced, however there will be some fine tuning of this programe over the next few weeks.

I have started my training to be  tutor of chair based Activities and it is going quite well, although there is a lot to learn before my assessment on October 6, also I need to get my home work, lessons plans and risk assessments completed. I am off to Chatham again on Saturday for a full day of seminars.

I also start another course on September 29, this is for leading new types of ministry within the church and is called Fresh Expressions,the course last a year and is based at Bluewater in Kent.

Spetember in the Salvation Army, is the time for our door to door collecting, I am pleased to report that with my little band of helpers this task has been completed. However on the last evening I had a bad fall, spraining my left ankle, and damaging my right hand and arm, normally this would not be a problem but due to the surgery I have had on my right side, this meant that the would would not heal properly, so last Friday I made my way to the Doctors in Stanford for the first time since I arrived, and was prescribed some antibiotics to hel with the healing process. I was making good progress until last night when unfortunately I had another fall damaging the same ankle and hand. I am now wearing an ankle support to help my ankle heal and hopefully get stronger.

On the craft front I have not had a lot of spare time but I have managed to make 50 Christmas Tree decorations for our Christmas Fayre on Saturday November 10.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Holidays and more

Well, I am coming to the end of 10 days holiday which began on Bank Holiday Monday. This gave me the opportunity to go to a Boot Fair at Warlingham. I spent an hour and a half browsing the many stalls and picked up a few bargains including a brand new One for All digital tv aerial for £3.50 and a craft book for 50p. I spent the afternoon finishing off some cards (pictures are attached).

Tuesday I took mum to Hove for a few hours it was lovely and sunny but there was a strong breeze. Early Tuesday evening I travelled to Tring to watch the Paralympic Torch Relay, it was a great
Night with plenty of community spirit, even if the torch was nearly 2 hours late!! I finally got to bed at 2am.

Wednesday mum and I went to the Harvester at Addington Village the rest of the day I spent decorating some
Notebooks for the Christmas Fair at Stanford le Hope Salvation Army.

Thursday was a day of shopping with
Mum, also helping her with some cleaning that she needed doing, then in the evening I did some more crafting.

Friday was a mostly stop at home day, although we did go to Pizza Hut for lunch during the Happy Hour, there was so much food we bought some home for supper.

Saturday I had the opportunity to spend some time at on of my favourite craft shops-The Craft Barn at Lingfield I then went on to Edenbridge to yet another Boot Fair and a few more bargains including a machine that makes hot chocolate and delicious milk shakes for the costly price of £3 and it was brand new.

Saturday evening mum and I visited my cousin and her family, I took my makes with me and sold some of the items including cards and notebooks. I have to say the cakes we indulged in we're absolutely massive but most enjoyable.

Sunday I travelled
To Bournemouth to stop with a friend who has recently had major surgery and I have spent a few relaxing days there returning to Stanford tomorrow evening.

This Saturday I will be commencing training to be a Chair Based Exercise Leader, so there are a busy few weeks ahead, which will include the Salvation Army Big collection door to door appeal, Harvest Celebrations and planning activities for the forthcoming year. I also commence a Fresh Expressions of Church course later this month.