You may have seen some of the beautiful cards that are made by Jane Gill. She makes all sorts of flowers from coloured paper and punches. Some of the everyday punches she uses you wouldn't believe make such fantastic flowers.

She is holding 2 workshops here on Staurday 10 July.

The beginners from 10.00 - 12.00 at £8.00 per person


A Step Further from 1.00 -3.00 again at £8.00

All materials provided, and the classes are very technique orientated and you will take home some well made flowers. You will not actually make a card but will learn how to make roses, cornflowers, lilies, daisies and leaves plus a few other flowers.

Jane will have examples of how to place these flowers on a card to make a stunning card for someone special.

I have been to one of her flower making classes and thoroughly enjoyed it. I love the little daisies that we made.

If you would like to do both classes I can do the usual lunch for £2.00 per person.
I am certainly a glutton for punishment. I went to Debden again last weekend, for the second time in 4 weeks.

As usual the weather was good although a little chilly this time. We had some good laughs and although I felt that the food wasn't up to the usual standard there was still plenty to eat.

For a change I thought I might have a go at card making. I borrowed some CD's from my friend Liz, and wore it out printing off loads of images. In all I made 25 cards, but I didn't take any photos.

I belong to a little cyberspace group called the GOGs, and there are 10 of us in all, and we try to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Charity. I sent the cards off to another friend, Val, who sells them in her Police Station and any proceeds go to our charity. I think we have raised in excess of £2500 in the last 4 years.

So if anyone has any cards that they have made and that are hanging around and you are prepared to donate them to a good cause we would be pleased to have them.
As you will have noticed I've not been around much recently. But there is a reason.

Richard was getting bored so we looked at the local auctions to see if there was a cheap place he could do up as a project through the winter. We started to look last August and anything that we liked went way above our price range. But he was talking to a friend at the High Beech Chalet park in St Leonards and he said there were several chalets for sale. So we had a look and the wooden chalets were too expensive. Then we found this little tin chalet. There are 10 in the middle of the site, a total of 100 chalets in all, and they have a nice outlook, and to our surprise we got it very cheaply.

But when we started to work on it we found it had a lot more work than anticipated. We had to basically gut it. We put in a new double glazed frontage, took down the ceilings and put insulation in the roof space. There were 2 tinmy bedrooms so we took half the space of one bedroom and made the other bigger and the other half of the bedroom became a decent sized bathroom. We did away with the wall into the kitchen area and made it all open plan with a breakfast bar, to make the room look more light and airy. A new cooker, fridge and washing machine and this is the finished reult.

Here are some before and after pictures.