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Monday, 6 March 2017

Signs of Spring

It actually stopped raining at the weekend long enough for me to clean the exterior of the conservatory, do a spot of garden tidying and hang out the washing.  Hoorah.

There's no doubt that Spring is almost upon us.  My Countryside Companion  informs me that this is the month when bats, dormice (sadly in declining numbers nowadays) and hedgehogs awaken from their winter sleep, toads and frogs spawn and spiders reappear...not in my house I hope! 


As the weather was mostly miserable at the weekend, it gave me a chance to knock up a card for this week's Less Is More challenge - Mainly Teal.


 
Items used: Cosmic Shimmer mica powders
Hobby Art sentiment
Floral stamps - freebie with magazine ??
Papers and gem from my stash

I've also been busy with crochet and my blanket is coming on nicely, which is just as well as I've a feeling I will be making a few more for feline friends.  Recently, after chatting to a colleague who fosters cats for Cats Protection I decided that I'd like to get involved and now several weeks later have my first ward, named Sandy.  He's an old boy of seventeen years and I'll be looking after him until he's adopted and moves on to his forever home.


Following the purchase of my mobile home in France last August I decided it wasn't sensible to get another cat as I'll be going out there on a regular basis. (Long time readers will remember Prudy, my beloved moggy who died almost two years ago)  But a house isn't the same without a cat and fostering seems a great way to help a charity, it's also personally rewarding and a perfect solution for me.  Luckily, Sandy is a gentle old boy and after three days of skirting around me and disappearing under the table every time I went near, he's decided that I'm not a bad sort and is now a regular fixture on my lap. Let's hope he finds a permanent new home soon.

Also linking up with
  Maggie at Normandy Life for Mosaic Monday
Crafty Addicts - Clean & Simple Anything Goes

31 comments:

  1. Gorgeous card Fiona and sorry to hear about Prudy, must have missed that due to being so busy on the work side.
    Lovely of you to foster cats too and this chap looks very handsome.
    Longing for Spring here too.
    Fliss xx

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  2. Smashing make and loving your choice of images. Best of luck rehoming Purdy too

    Kathyk

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  3. Lovely mosaic, it's so good to see these early signs of spring isn't it. Your card is gorgeous, simple but stylish. I hope that Sandy has settled in with you now, happy MM.

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  4. A lovely card Fiona. I can't believe all the flowers that have popped up in your garden...our daffodils haven't even poked their heads out of the ground yet!!

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  5. Sandy is absolutely gorgeous, I can't believe he's 17. I hope he finds a deserving home soon. It must be lovely to have a fussy feline after missing Prudy for so long.
    The card is lovely and so are your Spring photos. I spotted wild garlic and frogspawn in our garden this morning - hooray! xxx

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  6. Yes, he's not bad for an old boy is he? Typical man though...farts something chronic! Wild garlic already...I have a recipe using that for cheese muffins, v.tasty.

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  7. Sandy looks very happy and content and I hope he finds a lovely home soon. I did not know cats could be fostered and how much better than being in a cattery. Your card is beautiful as are your spring flower pictures. It is so good to see some colour in the garden again.

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  8. Glad you were able to do a spot of gardening, which is long overdue here at Dove Cottage. Love the Hellebores, they're such a gorgeous colour. I wonder where ours disappeared to ... Fostering cats is such a lovely idea. Hope the lovely, but flatulant Sandy finds a home soon! xxx

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    1. A shame you're not nearer, the hellebores spread like wildfire, I could have dug some up for you. x

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  9. Oh well done you with the fostering of moggies! What will happen though if you want to go France and moggy is still with you? He's a beaut, by the way.

    It's gladdening to see the signs of Spring everywhere. Today I walked down a road where lots of the trees were in blossom - I must go back and photograph it. The flowers in your garden are lovely as is the beautiful teal card.

    I'm just about to start a new blanket; 'Lazy Waves' pattern. I've done it before and its a brilliant stash buster!

    Have a great week

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    1. If that were to happen Veronica, another fosterer would take him but think it's unlikely as he's already got someone who wants to come to see him with a view to adoption. I know when I'm going away so I won't accept a cat around those dates.

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  10. Sandy is so lovely - hope he finds his "furever" home soon. Enjoy him in the meantime! Beautiful card Fiona. That panel is just gorgeous and absolutely perfect for our teal challenge! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Less is More :)

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  11. Such a pretty card. Perfect for the challenge. Thanks for sharing at Less is More!

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  12. I'm looking forward to following your French adventures. It sounds like a dream come true.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. I hope so Amalia...I know you love France too.

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  13. Sandy looks like a sweet boy and you are very generous to offer him a temporary home. I love animals and know how loyal they are...I think I couldn't live without a small hairy friend around...

    Spring is really around the corner, I hope that many sunny days are about to come!
    Your lovely card is a very cute way to say hello to the new season...

    P.s.
    France is not too far away from Italy...you should plan to visit Turin !!( if you like )

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    1. I'm so fed up with rain and longing to see blue skies...I don't think we're going to see many this week though.

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  14. Sand is fab for her age; what a lovely lad. Isn't it great to have spring popping up at last? It's great to get in the garden without feeling soggy or frozen! Love the card teal is m favourite colour and apparently THE colour of the new season so you are a trend setter, lovely!xx

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    1. Who knew teal was so trendy? Obviously haven't been reading the 'style' blogs!

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  15. Loving that teal panel, the stamping and mica powders look lovely, such gorgeous tones. And as for Sandy, what a gorgeous old chap. What a wonderful thing for you to do and I'm sure it gives you as much joy as it does him. I hope he finds his forever home soon, bless him.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Less is More, Anita x

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  16. Oh look at that handsome boy - how lovely that you can offer Sandy a temporary home (and lap) until he finds his permanent place.
    The garden's looking good, Fiona, and so is the card. And the illustration in your Countryside Companion is beautiful, are there different prints for each month?
    See? The mojo is returning! Good for you! xxx

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    1. Yes there are lovely illustrations for every month...shame they aren't coloured though.

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  17. It finally does feel a bit Spring like I feel the urge to get out in the garden even though I wasn't planning to do anything with it as we are only here temporarily, I sort of can't help myself. What a lovely old chap Sandy is and what a lovely thing to do. x

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  18. Sandy looks like he wants to get on with a bit of kipping! He's lovely Fiona, and fostering is a great idea. Understand why you're not thinking about getting another cat, and this may sound a bit mad, but we do actually take ours to France with us. She's not very keen on the journey, but settles in quickly once we get there, and has never wandered off. Know it wouldn't be for everyone though!
    Love your card, it's a really gorgeous colour xx

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  19. Yes I know people who do that but I'll be flying out there some of the time so not practical for me. Xx

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  20. How lovely to foster an animal, giving them a bit of stability while they wait for their forever home. Lovely card and gorgeous colours. My you have a good selection of Spring flowers too!

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  21. Such a beautiful teal card Fiona. Love that cute looking kitty too,how lovely of you to foster him....although you will surely miss him when he goes to his new home. Great garden pics too, we have lots of frogs and frogspawn in our ponds already. Not to mention the murmuration we have too here atm....awesome but very messy ;) Viv xx

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  22. Lovely to meet you at Mosaic Monday Fiona.
    I love the sight of your hellebores - arriving in time for Easter.
    I was a scrapbooker for years and I've made lots of cards and books for my French granddaughters.
    I see you have a connection with France to!
    Hosting retired Maggie's is perfect for you - Sandy looks perfectly at home with you!
    Shane

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  23. Your card is absolutely beautiful! I love the soft shimmer of your mica powders and the pretty tone on tone look. Gorgeous!

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  24. Spring flowers are my favourite, they bring good news of good things to come I think! Well done you on becoming a foster mum for cats. I did kittens for a year and loved every minute of it. But with the addition of a kitten here to keep fur=ever I probably won't foster again for a while. Dear old chap the one you have now, wonder what the chances are of him getting a home, good I do hope!

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  25. Lovely cards and I have had a good catch up of your latest blog posts. Always a good read. Jo x

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