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A new bunch of flowers on the table.

A brilliant giveaway prize from the lovely Pomona. Thanks so much Pomona I love it!

Two gorgeous new craft book purchases.

Pretty new fabrics.

Yummy new yarn. I love new balls of yarn, they look so perfect, so much so that I sometimes don’t want to use them. Crazy I know, does anyone else ever feel like that or is it just me??

A new bag in the making.

Lots of new blooms in the garden.

And new babies…….

R.J. (Rocky Junior)



I have explained before about our cat friends. Well earlier this year a new one arrived, who we have named Kitty. It took us a long time to earn her trust and find out whether she was male or female by the time we did she was already expecting kittens. Eleven weeks ago she gave birth to five babies in my next door neighbours garage, sadly two of them died. We weren’t sure who the daddy was until the kittens were born as there are a couple of tom cats about but when we saw them we knew that Rocky was the father! R.J. (Rocky Junior) was named after his daddy and he is quite friendly but a work in progress, Polly named by my daughter is the most friendly and quite enjoys a cuddle and Lily named by my neighbour will not come near any of us and to be honest we’re not quite sure if she really is a Lily or not!

This is R.J. with his mum, Kitty. They are so adorable and I have to say we spend hours just watching them play, they are such fun!
We have contacted the Cats Protection League who are happy to neuter mother and kittens, my neighbour and I are happy to look after them and see that they are all fed and get any medical treatment they ever need. They sleep in my neighbours garage, it’s where they were born and to them it’s their home. I don’t suppose they will ever be house cats, Kitty still won’t be picked up and just allows a quick stroke.

This is Polly and Lily enjoying their lunch. I think getting them to the vets for their operations is going to be a stressful time for animals and humans but it must be done.
As for all our other cat friends they are all still visiting with the exception of Patch, who sadly is no longer with us. Patch did have his own home but always dropped in for a slice of ham, he was lovely and we miss him.
Our neighbours are on holiday at the moment, so we have sole responsibility for looking after them, seeing that they get fed and that they are all safe and sound, believe me it’s a full-time job!!!

Goodness this post ended up being much longer than I intended, if you’re still here, well done!
Beautiful day here, hope it is with you to, happy Tuesday! 🙂

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Rosy Nancarrow July 26, 2011 - 11:56 am

I am just the same as you with new balls of yarn, they look so lovely! I had thought about getting one of those cream wire cake stands to arrange them on, but that a bit sad really isn’t it and they would end up just gathering dust! Love your little babies, I wonder if Lily IS a boy, seeing as you can’t get near her, and she does look rather grumpy about something!

Patty July 26, 2011 - 12:07 pm

That’s 3 of us then who enjoy looking at lovely new balls of wool and don’t like to start them. I sometimes become overwhelmed with new wool or fabric and think my project or skills are not worthy of them so I admire them for far too long rather than getting stuck in and using the stuff! Nice fabric too and the crochet book looks fab.
The cat family have expanded I see, I think Lily looks to have a boyish face. At least they have you & your neighbour to look out for them but I think the vets visit will be a bit tricky as they are a feisty bunch. Good luck! x

Pomona x July 26, 2011 - 12:15 pm

I am glad that you like your book! I have some of the foxy fabric, too – I thought I would put it in my Farmer’s Wife quilt as a reminder to shut up my hens at night. There is something about brand new yarn all stacked up – so full of potential . . .

Pomona x

Simone July 26, 2011 - 12:19 pm

I love all your new things but especially the new kitties. They are so lucky to have someone like you take care of them. x

jill July 26, 2011 - 12:40 pm

I have just sat down to take a break from painting and just had to stop by your blog Vivienne.
So much is going on :0)
First off, I love, love, love that fox fabric and you just have to tell me where I can get myself some (pretty please).
Secondly, I’m lovin your fresh cut flowers, but the one that’s taken my fancy is that chocolate coloured Hollyhock(?).
Thirdly, congratulations on winning that fab prize – it looks like a fab book (I may have to look at buying this as I’m planning on making some bunting to go around Violet’s playroom, underneath the picture rail.
Fourthly, I’ve just spent a large chunk of money on some great craft books too – perhaps I’ll get around to blogging about them soon.
And, finally – what cute, cute kittens. It’s a big responsibility you’ve taken on, together with your neighbour. I hope it doesn’t turn out too much stress for them when you try and get them off to the vets.
Look at me, I could chat all day :0)
Just had a parcel delivered – it’s some French muslin I’d ordered to make some curtains.
Looks like I’m gonna be busy for the rest of the day, what with painting and curtain making.
Wishing you a lovely day Vivienne. xxx

Harmony and rosie July 26, 2011 - 1:05 pm

What a busy time you have ahead. All your gardening and crafting supplies look fab but I’m a sucker for kitties you know. They look adorable, especially little RJ with his pretty face. So sweet, enjoy!

Jenny July 26, 2011 - 4:29 pm

The kitties are adorable, how nice you are able to care for them and give them a bit of love! Good luck with the vets trips though, I remember years of taking our cats who were extremely house trained and very people friendly and even then it was a struggle!!

I too hate to break into a new ball of wool, piece of fabric or new cotton, there is something so nice when it is all shiny new in its wrapper or folded up so neatly. But then none of us would ever make anything if we didn’t get over that!! Do love the foxy fabric, let us know where it is from!

Have a lovely few weeks, will be back soon! x

summerfete July 26, 2011 - 5:05 pm

Aah cute
We had a feral cat who was the sweetest thing!

Love the black hollyhock, it’s one I haven’t got.


Mia July 26, 2011 - 5:19 pm

Such a fun post, Viv, and full of my favorite things: kittens, yarn and craftbooks! And no, you’re not alone, I have a few skeins and balls of yarn I cannot touch =start knitting, as they’re so pretty and perfect!

Would there be any chance to adopt RJ? I was in love with Mr R. himself as soon as I saw his picture and this little guy seems just too adorable! Lucky you to have these pretty creatures around!

Happy week!


Amanda Wytas-Ackermann July 26, 2011 - 5:36 pm

What a lovely post! I feel the same way about yarn – and fabric I really love I have a hard time using. Not sure why since there is so much fabric out there that I like.

Gina July 26, 2011 - 6:14 pm

Lots new! I’m like that with balls of yarn too. Cute kittens.

jooles July 26, 2011 - 6:40 pm

What a lovely post. Such sweet kitties, they are lucky to have such kind people to look after them.
Love all of your crafty goodies…looks like you are going to be a busy bee!
j x

Helen Philipps July 27, 2011 - 10:28 am

I loved seeing all your new crafty things in this post. The yarn looks so delicious, I love those colours. How kind you and your neighbour are to look after those little kitties, they look very sweet. Enjoy all your new crafting, I look forward to seeing the things you make with the fab new supplies!
Helen x

Kristyne July 27, 2011 - 6:13 pm

Love the strawberry fabric. But Vivienne, you’ve done it again and featured my favorite flower. I know I keep saying that, but this time I really mean it! That hollyhock … here’s another story. Again, when we bought our house there were a few towering hollyhocks in the backyard – white & shades of pink. I love them. I even named named my daughter Holly.

They are just as hardy here as the pink daisies, but the daisies don’t seem to multiply. The hollyhocks, however, are the most amazing self-seeders EVER! And I keep collecting more every year, just to be safe …much to my husband’s annoyance because I’m always too lazy to stake them and by the end of summer, you can’t walk on the sidewalk around our house and we end up wearing a path on the grass to walk around the 6+ metre tall, falling over stems… I’m naughty.

And I even love more that you showed the single bloom – I much prefer it over the double one – looks too much like a pompom. I think the single bloom is more elegant-looking.

The only other trouble we have with hollyhocks is that I have so many, fall cleanup is more of a small clear-cutting operation. Hollyhock stems are like bamboo! But I love them. LOVE them. 🙂

Jane July 27, 2011 - 7:59 pm

Hi Vivienne, I’m back and I had such a brilliant time in Paris! I have spotted some gorgeous strawberry fabric there, I will expect you will make something fab with it, your bags are so very clever and well made. I loved your cat photos. You are such a kind soul to look after all those dear kitties. I always hate to hear about cats with no homes, you know just how much my Billy means to me. He has a little friend we have called Blackie who comes to visit and we too have made a fuss of this very timid cat who appears to be of no fixed abode! Speak soon,
Jane x

tinajo July 28, 2011 - 8:24 am

Ooooh – I LOVE these pics; the books, the yarn, the sweet cats, the flowers..! How nice to come home and be able to see what you´ve been up to again, I missed it! 🙂

Gill July 28, 2011 - 1:49 pm

Hi Vivienne!!
Gosh so much loveliness in just one post!!!Feast for the eyes!
Where to start!The flowers in your first photo are just beautiful! Are they stocks? From your garden? If so they must smell divine too.
All your garden flowers are beuatiful too,and that black hollyhock must look amazing in real life!
The books look really inspiring, especially the one you won from Pomona – congratulations on that!
I love your new fabrics and yarn too – what wondrful time you will have planning and making!
Lovely lovely post Vivienne!
Hope you have a great weekend, and thanks for popping over to mine and leaving comments! Sounds like you have a great break to look forwrad to in september for your anniversary. And of course you had your wonderful holiday in Fracne – may just pop back and sigh over the photos gin – i so long to go soon, but with hubby working again and no chance this summer i dont know when it will be – maybe we’ll try in the autumn – the south of France in october? If only!
Gill xx

lily July 28, 2011 - 4:28 pm

Pretty new fabrics and yarns, a visual feast there Vivienne, the pink knitting in progress is especially lovely.

lily x

Lola Nova July 28, 2011 - 4:36 pm

When the Mr. and I first bought our house, we referred to the back yard as “Cat Fancy” as we had so many feral cats and kittens about! We named everyone of them and even rescued a kitten and gave him a home with us. The feral cat coalition had their hands full with us, and we with the cats. Now that the abandoned buildings by our house have been refurbished and businesses have moved in, there are only a couple of the cats offspring left.

I love your balls of yarn, that cotton glace is so lovely!

alisonb2 July 28, 2011 - 11:05 pm

What beautiful flowers. And the kittens – we had one once along time ago called Paddy Paws! he would have fitted into your family a treat as he was all black and white. Four little white paws that padded up and down on your knee!! But cats are not my favourite at the moment. They will keep digging up my garden!

Lisa August 2, 2011 - 8:07 am

Loved seeing your cats and hearing all about them Vivienne. Really handsome for feral cats aren’t they. Lucky things having you and your neighbour looking out for them too.

Can’t believe you found some of the matt cotton glace. That’s what I loved using, but they seemed to have got rid of all the lovely colours and given them a sheen so I don’t get it anymore.

Lisa X

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