Sunday, October 30, 2011

Not much to say, really. I'm finding it difficult to concentrate on stitching - I think the frogs have parked under my stitching chair! And even reading is a problem. If I could just shut my mind off until I know something definite, how much easier that would be.


On Linden, when the sun was low,
All bloodless lay the untrodden snow,
And dark as winter was the flow
Of Iser, rolling rapidly.

But Linden saw another sight
When the drum beat at dead of night,
Commanding fires of death to light
The darkness of her scenery.

By torch and trumpet fast arrayed,
Each horseman drew his battle blade,
And furious every charger neighed
To join the dreadful revelry.

Then shook the hills with thunder riven,
Then rushed the steed to battle driven,
And louder than the bolts of heaven
Far flashed the red artillery.

But redder yet that light shall glow
On Linden's hills of stained snow,
And bloodier yet the torrent flow
Of Iser, rolling rapidly.

'Tis morn, but scarce yon level sun
Can pierce the war-clouds, rolling dun,
Where furious Frank and fiery Hun
Shout in their sulphurous canopy.

The combat deepens. On, ye brave,
Who rush to glory, or the grave!
Wave, Munich! all thy banners wave,
And charge with all thy chivalry!

Few, few shall part where many meet!
The snow shall be their winding-sheet,
And every turf beneath their feet
Shall be a soldier's sepulchre.

Thomas Campbell
1777 - 1844

The battle of Hobenlinden took place in December 1800 where the French defeated the Austrians.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Well, I turned the poppies into a birthday card, with the addition of some candy stickers and off I went to help my friend Betty celebrate her 50th! A lot of Fisheries people showed up - we met while she and I both worked there - plus some spouses so about 20 of us took over the upper level of the Crest lounge and enjoyed a good meal and a lot of laughter. Betty got given a nice mix of silly and serious gifts and a wonderful evening was enjoyed by all.

It was a nice distraction, as the possibility of breast cancer has reared its ugly head once again. I have been referred to Terrace to check the "something" that was found on my 1 year post-cancer mammogram - they have a machine that does 3-D images. Once they pinpoint it exactly, there will probably be another biopsy. And so the waiting game goes on. 10 days and counting!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Had a couple more finishes. This bunny - a Bucilla kit - I was working on before I concentrated solely on the Chinese wedding piece and I just had to finish the tail and do the back stitch and long stitch. I'm not 100% sure how I'll finish it, but I think it would make a cute pillow.

Just a little card that was the free kit with The World of Cross Stitching magazine, Issue 27. I think I need to pick up some small stickers and brighten it up a little. Managed to finish this in one afternoon of stitching.

Hoping I can get back to my rotation now and have some updates for the beginning of November.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Well, my personal computer has died and guess where the pictures of my time away are? Right! So I'm using the Sisters' computer to keep up with things, but it has some limitations.

I finished the Chinese Wedding piece I was working on and it came out very nicely.

Josie was very pleased with it when she picked it up, so that was good to hear.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Well, I've been away from home (and computerless) for 2 weeks. A proper post is coming as soon as I download the pictures from my camera.