Thursday, 27 February 2014

Spring has Sprung, plus a award

Hello........ for the last few days here at the Summerhouse

We've had lots of this :0) 
 there have still been a few showers but it feeling very Spring like indeed

even the flowers would agree, just look at this little lot all flowering in the garden at the moment. Happy Happy so much colour, even the birds are getting a bit twitterpated.

as for the 'Shoots' from last months post well, the triffid as 'P' calls it has shot right up

and up and then up some more
 with two buds, it's now taller than our fireplace.

 This not so little Amaryllis

With it's beautiful but quite alien looking buds

From this to......

This, wowee

 It's called apple blossom and it really stunning, this stem has five blooms in total, and the second bud is yet to flower

as for the other shoots the Tiger Striped tulips are yet to flower

but the mini Iris are finally in bud.

There are other blooms to, as I've started making some Roses for the Woollen Woods in Cumbria, they are going to be posted off once I've added some leaves, to join in with a flower garland that a friend is putting together for the 'Chronic Creatives' tree in the Woollen Woods, so exciting.
Yay for yarn bombing

A Blog Award.

The other day I was thrilled to discover my little old blog had been nominated for a blog award, 'me really' was my first reaction, it really cheered me up as I've been struggling a bit lately with my health and writing the posts. 

So a huge thank you to Jet for the kind nomination, that said about my little Summerhouse

'Mostly a craft blog, but done by a fellow sufferer of chronic illness. It’s amazing the things one can do if they put their mind to it!'

Here's my little award which hopefully I'll be able to figure out how to put on the side bar at some point.

My nominations:

 So now it's my turn to nominate some wonderful blogs that I love to follow and find some great support and inspiration from.

 Cosmos and Cotton - First up we have the lovely Hannapats blog, which is a joy to read, such a positive and fun place to escape to, it's really an inspiration as to how much can be achieved even when you are battling this terrible illness. Plus there are lots of tips and healthy recipes.

Decimawho-I decided to nominate this blog as though it's not strictly a ME/CFS/FMS blog, it's a great resource for those ME'er like myself who suddenly find they are lost in the confusing and sometimes scary world of Lyme disease, just trying to get a diagnosis and some help. So hopefully Decima won't mind me nominating her blog for a ME/CFS/FMS award as a lots of Lyme patients seem to have a prior diagnosis of ME or CFS. The blog is a very witty, funny and sometimes heart wrenching read, she tells it like it really is in her posts.

Lindy Laine Crafts - What can I say about Lindy and her lovely bears, it amazes me that even though struggling with Fibromyalgia she creates so many wonderful things from jewellery to photographs and not forgetting her teeny tiny bears who are pint size perfection. She's such a great support to so many suffers of chronic illness running a local support group too.

Sweetpea Family- This is a fabulous crafty blog, full of yarny goodness and yummy baking, it's amazing how many of us with these chronic illnesses seem to discover a creative side. Sue's blog is a wonderful place to visit and it always cheers me up, seeing what she's been up. I think that is important and shows that despite low energy levels you can still achieve so much and be creative.

Awarded by bloggers, to other bloggers, to acknowledge outstanding endeavour in promoting awareness of Myalgic Enchephalomylitis (ME), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)  and/or Fibromyalgia (FMS).The blogs receiving the awards do not need to be dedicated solely to ME, CFS or FMS, but they should contain at least one post that has helped to increase awareness.It is hoped that these Awards will increase blog readerships and also encourage networking between ME & CFS & FMS bloggers themselves.  No matter the title of our diagnosis, patients of these conditions all suffer from a frustrating state of health that is poorly recognised by most of society.
1,   On receiving the ME & CFS & FMS BLOGGER AWARD, you should be directed to a post that describes why you (and others) have been given this award.  The page will also include this set of instructions and the two award images.2. Please note, you do not need accept the award.  The aim of the awards is about recognition and a bit of fun, NOT extra work! Please do not feel pressured to participate.3. To claim your award: a) Create a new post on your blog, in which you thank the individual who gave you the award  (remember to include a link back to their blog).  You can then copy the images to your blog post and/or side bar as you wish.
You may need to click on the image and download it, before putting it into your own post.
Below is the code for adding the small image as a link in your blog side bar if you wish to do so:
<a href=”
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<img src=””/&gt;
b) List three to ten blogs that you would like to recommend, giving a brief description of why you think each one is special.  A couple of lines is fine, but be sure to include a link to each blog you name (or specific page if you prefer) so that others are encouraged to visit.c) Copy and paste these instructions into your post. Copy from the first *** above, to the last *** below to ensure that every thing is included. (Add the images separately if they don’t copy automatically. Control-Shift-V also removes crazy formatting during pasting if that is a problem. ;) )d) Alert your chosen blog owners to their awards by making a comment on the most recent post of their blogs.  The comment could simply read:
“Congratulations, I have nominated your blog to receive an ME & CFS & FMS BLOGGER AWARD.  Please visit <insert link to the post you have just created> to collect your Award”3. Hopefully these awards will spread far and wide.  I would love to keep track of where the awards end up, so I would be very grateful if participants would also copy their list of awards into a comment beneath this post:
I hope that collecting all the recommendations in one place will help each of us to find and explore new blogs.

Any road hopefully I have done all the bits and bobs for my award nominations correctly enjoy the rest of the week

Clare x


  1. How lovely to notice I'd had a few visitors to my blot from this web address - and on following the link back, to find that my award has reached you.

    I'm going to take an explore of your blog now and also of your nominations. I also keep a sewing blog (erratically admittedly) and like you I find making things is very therapeutic.

    Oh and I LOVE all your photos - really Spring like today here. Thanks for sharing the award forwards. :D

    1. Thanks for setting up the awards Sally such a wonderful idea xx

  2. Those flowers are absolutely gorgeous! The photos are so bright and sharp as well. Congratulations on your award, it is so important to spread awareness of these conditions, Chronic fatigue is part of my hypermobility syndrome and it is one of the hardest things to deal with, it is like a lead weight stopping reaching the smallest of goals, so this award is perfect for letting people know about it and the people who live with these mostly hidden conditions.

  3. Well done for your award you really deserve it. The flowers are beautiful x

  4. Congratulations on your award and thank you for nominating my blog. Your post is lovely it's brought a bit of spring into my home, thank you xxx

  5. Congratulations on your award. Lovely spring post I particularly liked the apple blossom. The little crochet flowers are beautiful.

  6. Congratulations, that is a very special and meaningful award indeed! Chrissie x

  7. Congratulations on your award, Clare. It's looking very springy there indeed. :)

  8. Hi Clare congratulations to you! well done! your spring flowers are so lovely to see makes you smile to know that there's life under the cold soil. I have some crocuses but nothing else yet. x

  9. Congratulations to you Clare, you do a big job in bringing these illnesses to the notice of so many! Your spring blooms are wonderful - what a treat, thank you! Joy x

  10. Thanks for sharing your beautiful bouquet of flower photos, Clare! And congratulations on your blog award, too! xx

  11. Congrats .What wonderful photography such detail

  12. A lovely award! I have CFS/FMS and it is lovely to be introduced to some new blogs to follow. Regards Dxx

  13. Amazing amaryllis and all your happy garden and crochet flowers. Congratulations on the award. I am so thankful that I discovered your blog. It is really a happy, positive place.

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  15. Apologies for the deleted comment Clare, it was typed in reply to Cosmos and Cotton's post nominating me but I forgot that I'd followed her link back to you!