Hello my lovelies. I decided to pop in today to let you all know that I’m fine. I’ve had a bad case of writer’s block but with all that’s happening in the world at the moment, I thought I’d pop in to see if I could somehow lift your spirits.

First of all, how ya all doing??? If you’re anything like me you’ll be staying away from the madding crowd. My Sarah and I have been practicing social distancing for the last week as advised by the government. I have only stepped out for essential food shopping and to collect meds. There has been no socialising except thru digital messaging and the rare phone call. I, of course, have plenty of UFOs to work on but with all that’s going on and things changing almost hourly, I’m finding it hard to concentrate on my projects. However, I’m sure that I will settle down into this quiet isolation period and get some stuff done. As well as my projects, I have loads of tidying to do in the garden. Sarah and I have been demolishing an old deck type patio which had become dangerous. With the help of a borrowed crowbar we lifted the whole thing and there is no more danger of breaking our necks. When things start taking a turn for the better, we will take the rubbish to the tip.

The bulk of the schools in the UK closed on Friday for the foreseeable future. We have no little kids in our household to worry about entertaining in a state of isolation for the months to come until the Covid-19 situation improves. We have only been under “house arrest” since last weekend and already I feel a little cabin fever creeping up. So, I can only imagine what the mommies are going to do with small kids for the next few months.

This whole situation seems surreal to me. It feels like we’re war against an invisible enemy. I have no family here in the UK. They live in Canada and I imagine that things must have a very similar feel there to how things are here. In all my years on earth I have never experienced what it’s like to be at war, not up close and in person anyway.

My only advice to all is have patience and be kind whenever you can. Find chores and projects to catch up on. And this may be the perfect opportunity to get some much-needed rest. Make plans for the future. This is the time to plan how to make your dreams come true.

Over the last few weeks, I have observed some interesting night skies …..


And some lovely sunrises …..


I have officially launched the gardening season …








And look there seems to be an angel in my garden …


I really enjoyed hanging out in the garden for a bit this morning. I dead headed the hydrangea after seeing that the leaves are sprouting. I did a wee bit of pruning and filled the garden waste bin.

So, tell me what have you been doing to keep busy this winter and during our time in isolation. Sometime after Christmas I finished knitting my purple pullover …..


And a few days ago, I dragged out my hexagon project. I’m just working on squaring it up before I add a plain border to it …..


I have been trying to make a plan of action for the next few weeks. My notebook is full of scribbles and lists …..


And look another feather. There must be an angel watching over me for sure.

I don’t spend much time in my sewing room anymore. Most of my quilt making projects are of the slow stitching variety which work really well as armchair projects while watching some mindless TV in the evening. Having said that, when I do disappear into my sewing room my little Maisie joins me in her capacity as project manager. Maisie will soon be 14 years old. She has a number of physical ailments now but she’s hanging in there nonetheless. We treat her with care and kindness. She has been our devoted companion for such a long time she deserves to be treated like a princess.


Today is Mother’s Day here in the UK today. Well I am very grateful that my daughter is with me today. So, to all the mothers who cannot spend some time with their children today due to isolation, I wish you a very happy day. Life is an adventure these days. I reckon isolation may be the very best thing we can do at the moment. Just view our isolation as saving lives. This is our way of helping the NHS. Who knows, we may all be heroes.

So, my friends, I guess that’s my news for this weekend. I hope you all have a super cosy day doing things you enjoy doing. Remember, this too shall pass.

Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching. It really does make things better.


Lucie x

13 thoughts on “ANGEL WATCHING OVER ME

  1. Hello Lucie,
    Happy Mother’s Day and how very nice to see you back…such a lovely letter and filled with wonderful photos. I still have snow here…sigh. I shall dream of yours! LOL
    Anyway, take care and be well all.


  2. Lucie it’s lovely to hear from you again. You have been very quiet on here, so it’s great to know that all is well
    Gorgeous photos of your garden waking up from winter.
    I think we will all be doing lots of gardening and sewing over the next few weeks and months.
    Look forward to reading your next update.
    Take care Lucie and stay well.
    Gail x


  3. Heather smith

    So lovely to read your blog I have really missed them and reading them. Glad to hear you and Sarah are ok. You are right about catching up on jobs ! Never ending list I think ! It was sad not spending time with mothers today, and only 1 of my 3 gorgeous sons at home, face timed eldest who as just returned today from hols in Vietnam. I hope to speak to Daniel from Canada soon. You and Sarah take care and hopefully see you in a few weeks time xxx happy Mother’s day x


    1. Hi Heather, I hope you and yours are all virus free. It was a strange kind of mother’s day. Everything feels so surreal. Never mind, we’ll have to make up for all we missed when we come out the other side of this adventure. Thanks for popping in today. Happy Mother’x Day to you Heather xx


  4. helen Jane archer

    Hi Lucie, good to hear from you again, I’ve been missing your blogs. Yes, the UK is feeling very strange at the moment, the weather here in Derbyshire has been gorgeous today and some places have sadly seemed really busy. There is plenty to get on with at home so we’re tucked up here and doing our best to comply with Boris’s guidelines.
    Stay safe and sane everyone!


  5. mareesky54

    Lovely to hear from you, Lucie, and to know you are well. Here in Australia we’re not in government imposed lockdown, but my partner and I (aged 73 and 66 respectively, so very keen to avoid infection) are living as though we are. We both have plenty of things to occupy us at home and I’m quite excited to have the opportunity to spend more time in my craft room. We’ve only been back in our house for 2 months – it was flooded in Townsville’s February 2019 flood event and it took almost a year before restoration was complete. And now this. Testing times, for sure.
    Kind regards Maree
    On Sun, 22 Mar 2020 at 9:50 pm, ONE QUILTING STITCH AT A TIME wrote:
    > Lucie posted: “Hello my lovelies. I decided to pop in today to let you all > know that I’m fine. I’ve had a bad case of writer’s block but with all > that’s happening in the world at the moment, I thought I’d pop in to see if > I could somehow lift your spirits. First of all” >


    1. Oh no Maree, flooded out and now this. It’s been a while since you’ve had a peaceful moment it seems. Life as we know it will never be the same. Let’s hope our habits and behaviours change for the best. Thanks for popping in today. Stay safe and be well xx


  6. Lucie, thanks so much for posting & showing what you’ve been up to of late. I was going to do a heap of emails over the next week & you were on the list. Spring has really sprung in your little garden. What colour is your hydrangea?
    We will be restricted as from tomorrow to stay at home & only venture out for necessary essentials & within a 2km radius. All very scary & nothing like it in my 70 years on this planet. The Vietnam war & the AIDS epidemic are the 2 things that scared me somewhat & impacted our lives here in Oz. I only did a post a few weeks ago that touched on AIDS, which I’d never talked about before on my blog. Now here we are in the midst of another crisis. Hubby & I’ll plod along & our kids are ringing us more often & laying down the law. Stay safe, take care & huggles from down under.


    1. Hi Susan, I’m so glad to hear that you and yours are well. I’m afraid that isolation is the best way to slow/reduce the pandemic. People like you and me have plenty to keep us busy at home for quite a while. Lucky we’ve built up a stash and taken an interest in many pastimes over the years. We’ll keep busy and before we know it a new way of life will be upon us. Stay safe and be well xx


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