…I had more fun with Turtle Tales. (See the full story here, here, here, here and here.)
…I made pompom animals with lots of children at an Easter family event.
…I made a cute cardigan as a birthday present for a cute little girl.
…I had some lovely things in the post from Tamara and Jane.
…I finally showed you the Riverbed Blanket.
…I enjoyed bright splashes of colour as spring arrived – at long last!
…I spent a bank holiday with a lovely friend and a crazy cat.
…I had some lovely presents for my birthday.
…I revealed the winner of my birthday giveaway (and even managed to send it before the month was over!)
…I spent my half-term holiday making granny bunting.
That’s actually a whole lot more than I thought I’d done! I think it feels like I haven’t done much because I haven’t been blogging much, but perhaps that’s not the case…
I know, I know. I’m late with my Easter greetings. And in fact I have been woefully absent for the past couple of weeks. Work was busy at the end of term and I had other things going on too, so blogging fell to the bottom of my priorities list.
But I’m back now! And hopefully I’ll be able to share the next part of the Turtle Tale in a day or two (I’m still waiting for good light to take some photos). If you’ve missed Turtle Tales you can read part 1, part 2 and part 3 to catch up.
I’ve spent Easter weekend with my brother in Watford. I’ve not seen him since Christmas so it was great to catch up with him. We didn’t do a whole lot (food and films filled a big part of our time) but I got to meet a lot of his friends. I’ve occasionally heard about his housemates, but never met them before. Something my brother never told me though is that one of his housemates is a poet! Pete shared some of his poetry with us over dinner on Friday, and read this one in church on Sunday. I’ve been having a little look through some of his work since I got home and wanted to share one with you. It is called Eucharist and although it wasn’t written as an Easter poem it brilliantly ties together the importance of Christmas and Easter – one without the other is really rather pointless!
Friendship continued to blossom and grow between Timmy and Tamara. They saw each other every day and spent time chatting about everything under the sun.
They discussed the best way to keep their shells clean, their favourite foods, world events (they were both pleased with the choice of the new pope, and were sure that turtles must have been responsible for the decision) and what to do if they ever found themselves stranded on their backs with no one around to help (this had happened to Timmy as a child and he still had nightmares about it).
To this last point Tamara responded that as they spent so much time together it was unlikely that either would have to suffer the indignity long before the other found them and set them back on their feet.
In between these serious conversations they often played their favourite game of hide and seek, finding new and inventive hiding places every day.
Timmy was never quite sure how Tamara managed to get on top of the bird box (and Tamara never gave away her secret) but agreed that it was a very good hiding place.
Tamara was much better at the game than Timmy and always found him quickly, even when he tried to hide in the middle of a Christmas tree.
One not particularly special day, while they were enjoying a gentle stroll by the flower beds, something very special happened. Tamara was admiring the flowers when a sudden thought hit Timmy. He realised that all this time he’d spent with Tamara he hadn’t once been gloomy or lonely. In fact, he was actually beginning to be quite a cheerful turtle indeed. He glanced at Tamara and saw her in a whole new light. He suddenly knew that this was the turtle he wanted to spend the rest of his life with.
Without hesitation he proposed – and to his great delight Tamara accepted!
Only a few days later they got married at their favourite place in the garden. It was a simple ceremony, but they were both overjoyed.
And who knows what adventures might happen next…
These little guys are proving to be very popular. I’ve had several friends asking me about them over the last few days and wondering how their story will develop.
I do have some plans for them, but I’ll need a few days.
So in the meantime, enjoy the pics and keep an eye open for the next part of the Turtle Tale 🙂
Timmy often feels a bit gloomy. He’s not really miserable or grumpy, but he’s never exactly cheerful. This morning he was feeling particularly gloomy.
He went for a walk to see if a visit to his favourite plant would cheer him up.
He wasn’t really looking where he was going, so it took him a while to realise that he wasn’t alone…
The turtle with the pretty blue shell was interested in this rather gloomy looking guy. She asked who he was and why he didn’t look very happy. Timmy replied that he often felt lonely. He had no one to talk to and the days could seem rather long.
The turtle with the pretty blue shell replied that she had a simple solution for his problem – they should become friends. She told him that her name was Tamara, she loved to play games and that she was nearly always cheerful.
Timmy was a little unsure about this idea of becoming friends – he’d never had a friend before and had no idea how to play games.
But Tamara wasn’t put off. She showed him how to play hide and seek.
Timmy was surprised to find that he quite enjoyed games. As he thanked Tamara, he asked if she’d like to share some leaves with him.
As they chatted over lunch they found that they had more in common than they first thought. Timmy enjoyed having someone to talk to. And Tamara loved cheering Timmy up. She found that she could even make him smile!
After a while they decided it was time to go – but this time Timmy did not walk off alone, he had a good friend by his side.
P.S. In case you missed it yesterday, this lovely pattern was found at Little Muggles. Go and make some lovely turtles of your own!
I had a lovely day with my lovely friend Helen yesterday. We watched kids films, chatted, ate chocolate and crocheted – bliss! I started on a pattern I found here at Little Muggles and managed to finish him off this afternoon.
He was a little shy to begin with, but soon came out to say hello.
He was fascinated by the plant, from the roots…
..to the flowers.
He thought the leaves were very tasty.
Isn’t he a cutie? I decided to call him Timmy and I already have plans for a girl turtle to keep him company – any suggestions for girl turtle names will be most welcome 🙂