{{{ The Oasis Strikes Back! {{{

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Well, this post has sure been a long while coming!

We’ve actually had a bit of a tough time of it in TeddyandTottieLand over the past few weeks; you know, life taking a few unexpected turns, crossing paths with a few meanies, etc, etc.

No doubt I’ll tell you all about it in some future post because, seriously, at times over this period I’ve felt as though I’ve fallen down the hole with Alice and landed at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party!

Something that has definitely kept me going over this difficult time has been making my Christmas Bunting for some of you good folk in Blogland.

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I finally sent three off this week, with four more almost to be sent – so hang in there – they are definitely on their way!

I’ve really loved this whole process of making, in any spare minute I have, and then bundling up and sending off. I’ve been pretending I’ve had this huge order to fill for Christmas and I’m half way through. It’s been loads of fun and certainly a welcome distraction from the world gone mad!

But now, down to the business of this post:

The Oasis – aka the little patch of dirt out the front door that was neglected over Winter.

Well, I’m happy to report that it has just received some much-deserved attention and I’d like to thank all the other members of TeddyandTottieLand for their help in returning The Oasis to its former glory.

Jet has been flat out helping me take care of the small patch of lawn …

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And, Tigger has been keeping the bags of straw mulch safe …

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Oscar has been searching for weeds under the rose bushes …

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“Nope, none under there …”

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We’ve all been admiring some of the fruits of our labour with the Gold Bunny climbing rose a late Spring stunner …

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And, the violas have attracted plenty of attention.

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The hedges have been trimmed …

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Some recycled pavers have given the veggie patch surrounds a lift …

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A new arbour and an up-cycled pink chair have appeared (yes, I accidentally spray painted the ground and the log, too!) …

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And an old school desk, spray painted red and planted with succulents, is a popular feature with the residents of T&TLand.

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We have filled countless Council green bins,

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and our compost bins are full to overflowing.

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The English box “lollypop” trees have had a haircut,

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And our lettuce, tomatoes, basil, cucumbers and marigolds are about to be planted (a little late!)

Phew!

This calls for some shade and a cool drink.

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Thanks so much for dropping by The Oasis.

I can’t wait to catch up on all the blogs I follow. I’ve been more than a little tardy in this department!

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

Happy Halloween ……. and the winners are ……..

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I couldn’t get my real black cat, Slinky Malinki, to pose for a picture, but I think my stand-in did a pretty good job.

(Also, what a shame I didn’t quite get my crocheted pumpkin bunting finished – but you get the idea!)

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In fact, Slinky’s a little freaked out by Halloween, with tribe after tribe of small children dressed in scary costumes ringing our doorbell.

Poor Slinks!

Teddy and Tottie have just returned home themselves from trick or treating with friends – and they are dividing up a stash that will last until Christmas!

Thank-you to all those in the USA who let us borrow such a fun celebration.

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And, now, moving right along to the next big celebration looming in Australia …

Christmas!

Goodness me!

No!

(ooops! I let my facade slip a little there – uummm, of course I’m looking forward to Christmas, hmmm)

So, to the winners of my Christmas star bunting …

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I’ve tweaked it a bit since the last photo

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The stars are bigger and the colours are more traditional (red, green and white – although they don’t look like it in these photos!)

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The dark green looks black and the red looks slightly pink in these pictures but, thankfully, not in real life.

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Here’s a close-up …

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Another long shot …

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And an attempt at being artistic …

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And now to the all-important winners of the draw …

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Well, I couldn’t do it!

What?

But you promised!

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Yes, I did, but when it came to actually physically doing the draw, I couldn’t do it!

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I couldn’t pick just two names out of the 14 wonderful candidates from my last post … so … in the spirit of the season … I’m going to completely contradict myself and do an “Oprah/Ellen” (of sorts!) after all and make everyone here (Sonya, The Contented CrafterGentle StitchesThe Snail Of HappinessBig White House On The Hill, Colour Pencil 2014 (Mrs Walker Goes Back To School), Born To Organise (Gardening Nirvana), Linda at Simply Made Kitchen And CraftsBoomdeeaddaQuarter Acre LifestyleUrban Overalls, LB at Life On The Bike And Other Fab Things, Narf at The Road To Serendipity and Kathy and Deb at Second Hand Roses) a genuine, handmade Teddy and Tottie Crochet Star Christmas bunting – if you want one!

Yay!

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I have Boomdee, Alys and Pauline’s addresses already. Mrs Snail of Happiness I did have your address to send you my square a while back, but I seem to have misplaced it! So, if you would like a Crochet Christmas bunting and you are one of the lovely bloggers above would you please send me your address through the My Contact page.

Please don’t feel obliged to accept but if you are happy to go ahead, I’d love to send you a small piece of Aussie Christmas cheer!

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Feel free to tune into my next post, The Oasis Strikes Back, (yes, we’ve been watching the Star Wars trilogy again!) where I finally step away from my obsession with my mini photo studio and start showing real-life photos again!

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Thank-you!

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THIS IS MY 100TH POST (yay! Who’d have thought I’d make it!) AND I’D LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SEND AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE:

To the beautiful people who read, “like”, and take the time to comment on my blog . . .

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You know who you are and you absolutely make my day!

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I know not replying to comments left on my blog is controversial in Blogland because it is, after all, a “social”  platform.

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But, thank-you from the bottom of my heart to those who have stuck by me anyway.

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 It means so much. xoxoxoxox

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I snorty-laughed, wept and rejoiced reading the amazing comments left on my last post The Doily Den.
THANK-YOU 10In fact, I loved the comments from Sonya, The Contented Crafter, Gentle Stitches, The Snail Of Happiness, Big White House On The Hill, Colour Pencil 2014 (Mrs Walker Goes Back To School), Born To Organise (Gardening Nirvana), Linda at Simply Made Kitchen And Crafts, Boomdeeadda, Quarter Acre Lifestyle, Urban Overalls, LB at Life On The Bike And Other Fab Things, Narf at The Road To Serendipity and Kathy and Deb at Second Hand Roses sooooooo much – and am soooooo grateful for your continued support – that I really wanted to be able to channel my inner Oprah and Ellen and make you all a “Teddy and Tottie – style” crochet star Christmas bunting.

But, alas, the way life has been lately, I’d still be making you all buntings in five Christmases time!!!

So, how’s about this – I have two Christmas buntings to give away to two of the lovely commenters above.

Sorry “likers”!! I still love you very much for “liking” my posts and, believe me, if I was Oprah or Ellen I’d have “my team” make you all Christmas star bunting, too!! Ha!

If any of you kindly commenters named above don’t wish to take part in the draw that’s no worries, just let me know via The Contact page above – and I just send you my sincere thanks instead. If you win you would need to send me your address via “The Contact” page also and some of you may not wish to do that.

To any other wonderful people who leave a comment on The Doily Den after this post is published, I’m so sorry but I will draw two winners today out of my trusty “I blog therefore I am” mug and will announce them in my next post.  So thank-you in advance if you still choose to leave a comment on my The Doily Den post after the event.

Oh! Here is an example of said bunting to help you commenting-stars above decide if you would like to have your name entered in the draw.

(I know it’s way too early and kinda depressing but sing along with me anyway …

“We wish you a Merry Christmas,

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“We wish you a Merry Christmas,

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“We wish you a Merry Christmas,

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“And a Happy

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“New

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“Year!”

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Gosh, you’re all good sports!

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Good luck in the draw!

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And keep an eye out for my next post (101st!) in which I will announce the winners of the Christmas star buntings.

Yay!

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

The Doily Den …

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… (or the room formerly known as Beautiful)!

You see, quite a few years ago when we moved into TeddyandTottieLand we had no trouble filling all the purposeful rooms with appropriate furniture and things we already had. But the room closest to the front door – and closest to my beloved Oasis Out The Front Door – took a while to evolve.

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It was, for a large part of our occupation of TeddyandTottieLand, a “formal lounge room” that we actually sat in with guests just once!

It had a pretty floral couch, two matching arm chairs and a few paintings and statues dotted here and there. And that was it.

For a while it suited the control freak in me because, while the rest of the house was often in chaos, it stood as a monument to cleanliness and order.  And a quick vacuum and dust every now and again was all it took to keep it that way.

One day, Teddy asked if he and Tottie, both about 5 at the time, could play in “The Beautiful Room”. I asked where that was and he walked me to this soulless but clean shrine to control that had no real purpose.

We giggled at tiny Teddy’s name for the room, though, and it stuck for a long time.

But then I had an idea.

What if I gave this room a purpose and turned it into something of a craft haven – for me! A bit of an indoor Oasis, if you like.

Sounds a little selfish to make it my own, I know, but Teddy and Tottie already had a few fun havens dotted around the place and The hardworking Committee isn’t really a “home haven” kind of guy.

So, gradually, over many years, “The Beautiful Room” has evolved into “The Doily Den”.

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The Committee doesn’t dare speak ill of crafts (he, he, he!) and Teddy and Tottie, now 11, love coming into The Doily Den with me while I’m crocheting, writing a blog or taking photos. It’s the cats’ favourite room in the house and Jet occasionally pokes his nose in, but would much rather be outside in The Oasis.

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The only people who aren’t all that happy about the demise of The Beautiful Room are The Givers. (Oh, I’m sure The Committee and The Travellers aren’t all that happy either, but they are probably a bit scared to say! Ha! I’m such an Ogre!)

On their visits, The Givers politely, and with tongues firmly planted in cheeks, despair at The Doily Den’s latest op shop (thrift shop) furniture configuration, or the (ahem!) new batch of wool that has been purchased, or the strewn vintage items waiting to be listed on Etsy.

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But they all know I love this space of mine and we all have a laugh about it and move on.

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So, would you like to come in and see what this creative space is all about?

Please do keep in mind, it has been years in the making – and has only recently become a  functional, organised work space. (Just ask the funny Givers!).

I even have a tour guide ready to welcome you as you enter.

Take it away … Oscar!

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Oscar: “Thank-you, thank-you”

“Yes, please line up in an orderly fashion for your tour.

“No flash photography or eating or drinking is permitted and if you need to use the bathroom there is The Oasis Out The Front Door to your right …”

Dani: “Ahem! Oscar, that’s where you go to the bathroom, but these good folks – um! I know you love your moments in the spotlight Oscar but do you think we should just get on with the tour.”

Oscar: “Righto, righto, but don’t blame me if people are looking for litter boxes half way through …

“Now, folks, step this way and instantly see some of the Teddy and Tottie creator’s true loves – crochet, wool and vintage suitcases (these are great for alternative storage apparently, but I’d rather sleep in them.)

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“To your left you will see Dani’s recently created mini-photo studio, which you can read about here and here. (A lot of cussing still emanates from this part of The Doily Den and we cats cover our ears.)

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“This is one of her latest creations – a star bunting – being photographed.

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“And the flower bunting in the same colours is next …

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“It serves as an interesting ‘prop holder’ during photography sessions.

“In fact, most of what you will see on this tour, folks has been reclaimed, recycled, thrifted – and best of all – been passed on from grandparents so a part of them resides in this creative haven, too.

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“Props”

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“Now, moving right along – no stragglers please – next is the mantelpiece above the fire with the much-loved peony picture (The Givers love this!) and The Committee’s late grandmother’s old tea set.

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“And some doilies, of course!

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“Why doilies? Well, it’s a question me and the cats have asked Dani many times – and we still don’t get it!

“Apparently, they are thrifted and made into bunting and hung in this room because they are pretty, have history and are largely unwanted.

“See what we mean!?!

“Anyhoo, next is a lovely old sewing machine from a dear friend who very sadly passed away …

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“And some sewing essentials …

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… and material that might one day be made into something (but don’t hold your breath!)

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“Flower bunting also hangs everywhere and we cats get very annoyed because it’s usually too high up for us to play with!

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“Then there’s the thrifted dolls house/bookcase containing all sorts of craft books …

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and the hub of Teddy and Tottie blogging and Etsy – the desk overlooking The Oasis.

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“With doilies strung above …

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“And who’s that we spy on the old chair?

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“Yes, it’s Tigger fast asleep.

“Thanks for the help with the tour, buddy!

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Next, is the main wool collection and “bunting blocking/steaming area”

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“Leaving the best until last, we’ll move to the centre of the room now – where Slinky is sleeping on the job!

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“Gee, sorry Slinky. Did I disturb you on this tour you and Tigger are supposed to be helping me with?

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“So, it’s on these two, comfy, op shop chairs where the crocheting mostly happens, folks.

“Lots of Christmas colours at the ready there, I see.

“Good grief, it can’t be close to Christmas, surely! I must get cracking with my list to Santa!

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“Now, we are coming to the conclusion of our tour, good people, but just before it ends, we cats have shown you some of our favourite places to lounge in The Doily Den and now we’d like to show you our favourite item in here.

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“Don’t you love that book?

“And now, here’s Dani’s favourite items in the Den …

“Beautiful gifts from blogging friends from all over the world.

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“These beauties are often used as bookmarks (especially the gorgeous stamp bookmarks!!!) but were put here for the purposes of this tour to display their collective beauty.

“So, I hope you have enjoyed the first ever tour of the newly purposeful Doily Den, folks

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“Please have a safe trip home – and do hug your cats when you get there.

“This is Oscar signing off!”

xoxoxoxox

Hello Blossom!

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I was born two weeks late and have been pretty much late for everything ever since.

And my beloved patch of Earth I call The Oasis Out The Front Door is often on the late side as well.

Whilst blossoms have been seductively cascading and thrilling onlookers all around our town since early September, The Oasis’ two prized Japanese Crab Apples (Malus floribunda) have just today decided to put on their annual show.

And what a show it is!

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It’s intoxicating …

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for me and …

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… an army of bees in a frenzy to collect pollen whilst the blooms last.

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Nothing says Spring like the collective buzzing of busy bees.

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Whilst I can’t get Teddy and Tottie overly interested in the masses of cascading blossoms – and The hardworking Committee is literally too busy at work at the moment to stop and smell the flowers -

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there is one member of TeddyandTottieLand who delights in all Spring in The Oasis has to offer.

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Here’s a cute hint …

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Slinky Malinki is a warm weather boy without a doubt.

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And, although I love The Oasis with all my heart, I think Slinky loves it even more.

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The Oasis, or any garden for that matter, has so many lessons to teach us about life, don’t you think?

One of them is definitely learning the art of patience and another is learning to take the good with the bad.

So, whilst I revel in the joy of another season of majestic blossoms, I quietly shriek when I look at the work ahead to get our veggie patches ready for planting in late October/early November.

The weeds have taken over.

Yikes!

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OK, back to pretty things for now …

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… and hard work tomorrow.

xoxoxox

Gladys Kravitz

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When I was young I didn’t watch a lot of TV but the shows I did watch I loved.

My favourite of all time was Bewitched.

I dreamt of having Samantha’s cool witch powers – and her blonde, sort of sitty-uppy hair!

The beautiful Elizabeth Montgomery played Samantha in Bewitched.

I loved all of the Bewitched characters – the slightly scary (for a young girl!) Endora, funny Uncle Arthur, Dr Bombay, Aunt Hagatha, cheeky Sabrina and hapless Darren.

But, one of my all-time favourites (along with Samantha), was Gladys Kravitz – the nosy next-door neighbour.

Gladys Kravitz was played by two actors, Alice Pearce from the show’s premiere in 1964 until her death in 1966 and then by Sandra Gould from 1966 until her last appearance in 1971.

I know it’s a bit of a stretch, but I’ve been thinking a lot about Gladys and her nosy, interfering ways on our early morning walks lately.

In fact, I’ve had the distinct feeling that our every move is being – WATCHED – not through lace curtains or cute mid-century French windows, but through gum trees.

Yes, please meet our very own Gladys Kravitz …

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Gladys the horse, as Jet and I have named her, is very interested in what we are up to on our walks.

I’m sure she thinks Jet is a mini horse with magic powers – she is totally fascinated by him.

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But, unfortunately for Gladys, Jet only has eyes for Sally (who lives a little further down the road).

Poor Gladys!

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So, I tried to make up for Jet’s lack of interest in our new nosy friend by showering her in attention.

What I didn’t realise, though, is Gladys is not only nosy, but has little regard for one’s personal space.

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She was most interested in me and started nibbling on my woollen jumper!

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I had solid “bush” on the roadside around me and couldn’t take a step back …

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so, I kept asking Gladys politely if she wouldn’t mind taking a step back ..

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… to no avail.

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Then, she remembered the real reason she keeps a close eye on us on our walks -

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– her true love – the mini black horse!

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Yes, Jet came and saved the day – and the beautiful Gladys took a step back and gave me breathing space -

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and some lovely photo opportunities.

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She’s such a sweetie -

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Yes, she may be nosy, like her namesake,

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 but she is a lovely new friend on our morning walks.

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Bunting for Boomdeeadda

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The gorgeous Boomdeeadda requested my first ever custom order for Crochet Flower Bunting on Etsy this week and I was so happy I ran out our front door and did a jolly jig in The Oasis!

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 In typical Boomdee style, her colour choice of sea foam, soft pink and soft white for the bunting was inspired.

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Not usually one for the more pastel tones, I fell in love with these colours during several hours of happy bunting-making.

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Can’t wait to see it hanging in its final destination – Boomdee’s craft room, world famously known as The Boom Room!

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I still need to work on my indoor photography …

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And the bunting still needs to be blocked (to smooth out the curly-up bits!) before it’s shipped to beautiful Canada.

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But I hope you like it, dear Boomdee (and another small surprise in the package, too!)

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BECAUSE …

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And blogging friends are the bomb!

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Time for another jolly jig!

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Thank-you!