Friday, 24 June 2016

Five On Friday - The Brexit

Oh dear, I'm barely able to cobble together a post these days, I know I'm a slack blogger and if you bogged off and didn't read my infrequent scribblings ever again I wouldn't blame you.  I'm quite sure you won't find this post riveting but I felt it was time to put in an appearance.  Here's a snapshot of my life recently.

1. Winchelsea

After working five shifts back-to-back, (60 hours) I had eight days off last week and was invited down to Winchelsea one day, where a colleague was staying in her static caravan. It was an ideal opportunity to look around at static vans and site facilities as, until this morning, I had a dream of buying one in France. (....now this plan will be placed on a back burner for a while)  After sniffing around several luxury vans and a few priced more modestly we strolled around Rye Harbour and ate freshly caught fish with chips in this pub.


On our way back to the van site we had to stop abruptly whilst two extremely inept shepherds tried to move a herd of sheep into a new field a hundred yards up the road. 
   It was chaos... everywhere sheep ran amok.   Eventually a farmer in a Land Rover arrived and heated words were exchanged...it almost came to fisticuffs.  The tailback of traffic was colossal. 

2. Stool

I finally got around to recovering the jumble sale stool I bought a year ago...I don't like to rush 
 these things you know.

 A few weeks ago I found a remnant of material in a posh interiors shop for a couple of quid and as it resembled what I'd had in mind, I didn't hesitate. After respraying the legs with some radiator paint I already had, I covered the seat re-using the forty year old foam, added a pom-pom trim bought in Walsall on a bloggers day out (how I wish that market stall was nearer) and covered the staples with some upholstery braid.

There's enough fabric left for a few other projects but no doubt I'll leave those to another year.


3. Craft Fair

Last week I attended a craft fair hosted by Clarity Stamps and the very talented Barbara Gray.
The venue was Crowborough Rugby Club and it was packed out with middle-aged women and a few husbands who seemed resigned to their lot.  There were lots of demos taking place but unfortunately it was too busy to see them very easily.  I did however manage to get this snap of Barbara in action.

 Of course I was powerless to resist a few purchases.

4.  London to Brighton Bike Ride


Now don't get the wrong idea here!  I could never attempt this annual event, I am far too unfit, but every year the British Heart Foundation organized bike ride is routed through my village.  I felt I should go and show my support and admiration to the riders along with other villagers.  This ride, not for the faint hearted, is 54 miles long and takes the cyclists up nearby Ditchling Beacon one of the highest points on the Sussex Downs. Hats off to all who took part, especially those in fancy dress.

5. Brexit


How could I post this week without mentioning the British referendum on the European Union?  Yesterday was an historic day.   After weeks of listening to politicians, economists , businessmen and celebrities (WTF?) pontificating about what would become of Britain if we left or remained in the EU, the nation has spoken. 

I was on night shift last night and without a telly, was glued to the online news whenever possible...I even made a cake with Brexit and Remain flags for my team.  The referendum result was not what I was hoping for and the future will be uncertain for a while but we must now get on with building a different Britain, hopefully without the mud slinging of recent weeks.

Linking to Amy's Five On Friday
Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend!