Thursday, 30 May 2013

Compassion UK.

I have been praying for a while for some guidance in choosing a charity to get involved in. I felt like it needed to be something individual and involved rather than just sending off money and I felt drawn to helping children but I had no idea which charity to go for at all! I just kept praying and I knew when I found the right charity I would know. 

On Tuesday of this week I was off work and at home catching up on my pen pal letters. I logged on to Facebook and a friend had posted an article about Compassion International. It was right at the top of my news feed and looked really interesting so I clicked on it. The article is here if you want to read it. Reading about those children, the charity, and especially how important letters .... well it captured my attention in such a way that I KNEW this was the charity I was meant to get involved in. I went onto the UK site and read everything I could. All the questions and all the information. The more I read the more wonderful it sounded. So that was decided. I was going to sponsor a child! It felt so right. 

I read a lot of information about Compassion and I would like to share a little here. 

Compassion is an international Christian child development and child advocacy ministry. Partnering with local churches, we are committed to the spiritual, economic, social and physical development of children living in extreme poverty, enabling them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. 

For just £21 a month, you can ensure your sponsored child attends a church-based Compassion project where they will receive the practical, emotional, social and spiritual care they need to escape from poverty. Each child is linked to just one sponsor and you can encourage the child you support through your letters and prayers. 

I am so excited to get started. This charity has just reached straight to my heart! I can't believe that I had never heard of it before!



Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Drums of Change.

I really like Janette Oke books! Probably not a surprise as I love historical fiction and books with a message of faith. I basically love books and will read pretty much any genre! I have read the first 4 of the Love Comes Softly series but hadn't really ventured into her other stories. I like that they are an easy read as I tend to read a heavier book and then something a little less serious. Just to give me a bit of balance! 

I was lucky enough to meet Victoria and her Dad for lunch recently and I was so surprised and thrilled when she gave me a copy of Drums of Change! She also brought the beautiful rose clip and the prettiest pegs I have ever seen! I was both excited and nervous before the lunch as it is so strange to meet someone that you have only really written to before. It was similar when I spoke to a pen pal, that I had been writing to for over a year, on the telephone. When you write to someone you can think about your responses and delete whole swathes of a letter and rewrite it where needed. You certainly can't do that in person! Victoria was just as sweet and lovely and faith filled as I had expected! 

I could hardly wait to get home to read the book after work and stayed up later than usual as I so wanted to finish it! I tend to get into little phases where I will read one author or genre almost obsessively before moving onto another theme. Phases that stand out are my Amish fiction phase, which is ongoing, and my Georgette Heyer phase. I think I may be heading into a Janette Oke phase as I now really want to read the last 4 books in the Love series! 



Sunday, 26 May 2013

Finished Lacy Ribbon Scarf.

I finished this a little while ago but was lazy about taking photographs! I really like the colours of this scarf and love the lacy edge. It was so easy to knit and would be a good project for a knitting beginner. If I can do it .... The only problem of sorts that I tend to have with this type of scarf is that it is always wider at the start and looks fuller for some reason. 

I like knitting these scarves and they make handy little gifts too! Plus they only take a couple of hours to knit up and somehow manage to look like they take a lot of skill to make. 

A close up of the wonderful flowery, lacy, ruffled, prettiness! Oh so feminine! 

This is the other colour that I bought. I like the deeper pink and brighter blue! There were so many others to choose from though. In the scarves with the lace edge there are different coloured polka dots and in the ribbon yarn with out lace there are floral prints, dots, animal prints, and a lovely peacock feather print too! 



Thursday, 23 May 2013

A Church in Black and White.

I took my camera on a little wander to a nearby church and thought I would share the results! It was all blue skies when I set off and started taking photographs but quickly the sky turned grey. Inspired by this I decided to be a bit arty and to try some black and white photographs. 

So here are the results .... complete with funny angles and moody skies! 



Sunday, 12 May 2013

Apple Blossom.

My apple trees are now into their second Spring and are covered in blossom! I am still not expecting apples though as it takes three years for the trees to mature enough. Worryingly there are very few bees about. I haven't seen many at all! I don't know if it is the odd weather that has caused this but it is quite concerning. It certainly makes me wonder about the health of the environment. The number of butterflies and garden birds seem to be falling too. 

Do you have many bees where you are? 



Monday, 6 May 2013

My New Raised Beds.

So excited! They are finally built and in place and ready for plants. I have filled them up with manure as the base layer and then compost on top. I was dreading opening and digging in the manure but it really wasn't as bad as I expected. It smelt like cow but it wasn't utterly dreadful! 

I am going to put bricks between the beds so that it doesn't get muddy and I need to figure out a way to protect the seedlings that I plant out. Something to keep the sparrows off! Although Doris keeps walking on them too .... I have some plastic cloches and some fine fleece material so hopefully that will do. Plus I am hoping that the birds lose interest once the seedlings are a decent size. 

It is finally warming up outside so the seedlings that have been happily growing in my indoor propagators are being put out for a few hours at a time to get them used to the outside world! They will be planted out this week, weather permitting, as they are getting pretty big now. I also have some seeds that I want to sow directly into the ground. I will be watching the weather forecast closely!