Blogger's done it again - turned the picture and won't space between the paragraphs!!!!
Tuesday, 30 September 2008
Blogger's done it again - turned the picture and won't space between the paragraphs!!!!
Sunday, 28 September 2008
Firstly, there is the Amy Butler 'Birdie Sling' which I had made a start on just before going to the UK.
This is a BIG bag! It was reasonably easy to put together in the end, and the fabrics were a delight to work with! It will probably end up going to DGD1 as she is 'in to' big bags at the moment.
Then my fabric postcard from Brigitte arrived , which I am ashamed to admit I had forgotten about (hanging my head !). Brigitte and I have been doing a little private swap for some months now and it all started off because we were the only 2 French residents in some of the Yahoo! FPC Groups taking part in the swaps.
My card from Brigitte is probably a better representation of 'Postage Stamps' than mine to her !
Being in a rush, the best thing I could come up with was to take a pic of an enamel wall plaque I have of an antique postcard, and turn it into a FPC using T-shirt transfer paper and a bit of FME , I only hope she likes it !! Don't now why the pic is so dark again !
Lastly, I was looking for some hand sewing to do whilst over in the UK , and came across Stitchers' Angels . Now I know the swap has been closed this long time, but I did like the little sewing bag that was on the Blog so I've decided to become an 'unofficial' angel , well at least for this bag !! Now it has been many a year since I used a needle to do anything more than sew down quilt bindings (!!) but I thought I could probably manage a bit of back stitching - Voila !!
I must say I enjoyed making it and in fact am considering having a go at the Noah's Ark
free stitchery BOM - fun to look at and nothing too big or complicated !! Well - its got to be better than watching repeats on the TV !!!
Thursday, 25 September 2008
Our problem card is with a UK based multi-national bank, as like most ex-pats, we maintain a bank account 'at home' to cover a number of occassions , spending money when we go back, birthday & Christmas cheques for the family, buying over the internet or what ever comes up. Over the last 2 days I have spent hours trying to get someone at this bank to talk us through what is happening with our account and this has got to have been the most frustrating experience in my whole life !!
I won't bore you with the full story, but just let me tell you about the start of the saga !!
I call the number left on our ansaphone (by an automated message !!)and spent the next 10 minutes pressing * or # as directed until I am told to key in my 3 digit security number - NO WAY as up to this point there has been no indication as to who(or what) I have contacted, so having refused, I hold as told and get disconnected !! 3 attempts later by sheer persistance I get through to a human - Hallelujiah !!
Human - Good morning! You are through to A Girl and in order to help you with your problem, please answer the following security questions !
Me - Do I have a problem then ?
A Girl - It is not ' in my power' to answer that question until you have answered.. etc etc !
Me - Well, before I answer any security questions, can you please confirm that I am connected to A Bank as so far this hasn't been established ?
A Girl - It is not 'in my power' to answer that question ......etc, etc !
Me - Oh Dear! We do have a problem then don't we - perhaps I should speak to your superior before we go any further ?
A Girl - Oh well, in that case I can confirm that this is A Bank ! (Duh!!)
Me - THANK YOU!! ( why isn't there a sarcastic type font ??)
Several questions later we established that I did have a problem as you all know, but being the nosey busybody that I am ,I wanted to have a little more information about this scam,after all it is my money here, and so off we went again !!
Me - Can you tell me.........
A Girl - It is not 'in my power'..........
Me - May I ask............
A Girl - It is not 'in my power'...........
Well, you've got the drift by now haven't you !! This went on for what seemed like hours and at the end of it all I still had zero information - but what really finished me off was that, eventually realising I was not going to get any sense out of this person, I decided to quit gracefully at which point she told me to "Have a good day, and please be assured that I have done everything 'in my power' to help you " !!!!!!!!!!
I have to tell you that I was not a happy bunny after this conversation and I am afraid I redialled A Bank (on a different number !!),in a very foul mood !! I was passed from department to department causing me to rant and rave even more ( Oh - I am sooo ashamed *VBG*) until eventually some poor unfortunate took the time and trouble to deal intelligently with my queries.
Is it me ?? Should this really have been necessary ?? Does the old saying ' the customer is king' no longer apply ?? Do I not have the right to be informed about what is happening to MY bank account ??
I can only hope that the ever present threat that "this telephone call may be recorded" was carried out and that someone, somewhere down the line will realise the need to deal with customers and their problems by providing the requested information, after all we help pay the salaries don't we ?
It would also be nice if this was done without being passed through multitudes of automated exchanges and staff members making supercilious remarks about 'power' ,or whatever the OK phrase of the day is, as all this achieves is anger and frustration, which does neither party any good in the long run !!
I do appreciate the need for security in this day and age, but should it be at the cost of good manners and understanding ?
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
In some respects we have been lucky that it was spotted very quickly and as far as we know approx £250 has been used, but now we have the inconvenience of having our credit account frozen until the transactions have been investigated by the credit card fraud people, and until they are satisified that it is a genuine fraudulent transaction we will have to foot the bill !!
How do you protect from this kind of theft ? We only use this credit card for internet purchases, only use secure sites, never give our information to anyone, in fact this card never leaves 'home', but still its been hacked into by someone !! I feel particularly guilty about it all as I use it more than DH for buying my quilting fabrics !!
So now we start the painfully long-winded process of getting our account cleared and a refund against the amount taken !! All I can say is that I hope the person who bought a Nokia phone using my credit card gets a lot of pleasure out of it !!!
Welcome Home indeed !!!!!!!!
Thursday, 18 September 2008
Tuesday, 16 September 2008
Thanks again Kate, and thanks also to Toni for her hard work !!
Saturday, 13 September 2008
The canal climbs some 150 metres in 1 kilometre, and the water is controlled with a series of locks and holding ponds - quite an engineering feat back in Napoleonic times!! This is just one of the water 'ladders' that we came across consisting of 13 locks all within metres of each other - couldn't get them all in, but you can understand the theory of it all.
Having found this incline, and being the coward that I am, we (the Royal we that is!!) decided to change direction and head south from Josselin rather than keep to our original northward route !!
The weather has been somewhat kinder to us the last few days, so Friday we set off with our bikes to explore the new route ! Definitely flat (!) , the towpath runs along the river at this stretch rather than along a manmade channel , and is just so pretty!
We even found a working water mill, not very picturesque, as the original stone building has just about been dwarfed by modern additions
Back to the car park in the shadow of the chateau at Josselin
and while DH was putting the bikes back on the carrier, I spotted these on the opposite bank
I was too far away to make out what the creeper covering the conifers was , but don't they look
Is that lucky or what !!!!
I don't know why my photos don't enlarge to be honest, I upload them according to instructions, but then I have never understood the perculiarities of Blogger or why certain things happen (or not as is the case !!)
So for Ginger_Curls and anyone else interested, please take a look at Patti's post about what she calls 'utility quilting' (yet another name !) and her photos can be enlarged I promise you !!! The other way is to Google 'Big Stitch Quilting' - lots of links to look at !
Friday, 12 September 2008
Reading through various posts, it sounds to me that Big Stitch is the same as (or near enough) the quilting I tried some time back, but I know it as Naive Quilting and has probably been around for quite some time before I 'discovered ' it, can't even remember where now. Whatever the correct term, it was a blessing as it meant I didn't have to use a hoop :-)
This was before I got up the courage to try machine quilting and was fed up with 'tie-ing',
so - these are a few scrappy quilts showing my version of Big Stitch , not heavily quilted, but quilted !
It's feels good to be 'in the race' for a change instead of having to catch up !!
Breaking News !!! I've won a prize!!! Just received a message from Jo in Tas to say I've won one of the parcels in her 50th post Give Away- this is a 'first' I can tell you !!!! Which reminds me, I am nearing 100 posts, so in true Blogging tradition I will be having my own Give Away. As I've also just passed 3, 000 visitors it'll be a double celebration (!) and I'll be giving away two prizes but it won't be until I get back from the UK on 23 September !!
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
I was amazed at the number of tourist in the square at Notre Dame standing with their backs to the Cathedral with their hand stuck in the air !! It seems that the latest craze is to entice the sparrows to eat out of your hand - and the birds were loving it !!!!!
Sunday, 7 September 2008
This time last year was delight, all the trees turning into the most magnificent colours due to very warm mild warm days and very cold nights !! This year after the storms , we don't have many leaves left !
Even though there are still a few stragglers in the garden defying the elements
Part delivery of logs for the stoves , well at this rate you never can tell how soon we'll need them !!
Wednesday, 3 September 2008
and the 360 degree views of the city were still spectacular, well worth the 7 Euro ($10) fee ! I also managed a (very blurry) photo of our next destination well across the city
and this is what the Tower looked like from the other end !
Aren't they wonderful !
and the nearer we got , the more awesome it became
and people up in the dome too !!
A stroll along the Seine, passing the bateaux mouches plying their trade