Happy Friday for International Day of Happiness!

This Happy Friday is the big one, because co-incidentally, it’s also International Day of Happiness.  Who knew?  But what a fabulous idea!

You can join in here…International Day of Happiness

And if you want to join in with a happy dance click here!

I did a little happy dance the other day when I received an email asking if I would like to be a contributor to a new website all about crochet. I can’t say more at the moment because it’s all a bit in the air, but even so, I was asked….squeee…!

It’s been a bit cold and grey here in Norfolk this week, but spring is still in the air, and is very uplifting to the spirits…

Hawthorn buds - Spring on the way for International Day of Happiness(I’m so hoping the cloud breaks tomorrow for the eclipse, otherwise I’ll have to watch it on television!)


hellebore - spreading the love on International Happiness Day…and it’s lovely to have flowers in the garden to pick (although I think the hellebore was the victim of a small rampaging dog!)


Great Dream - International Day of HappinessYou can take part in International Day of Happiness in lots of ways if you visit the website and use #InternationalDayOfHappiness on Twitter or Instagram.  You are such a positive lot,  I’m sure you’ll want to!                                                                                                                                 Joining in with Happy Friday on the Linky is as usual, please remember to link to this post from your own as well as adding your link.  We want to spread the happiness!

Have a lovely weekend…x

Knit for Winter with Sunrise Senior Living

A while ago I was invited to join a virtual Knitting Circle, helping to raise funds and awareness for the plight of the elderly in the winter months with Sunrise Senior Living’s Knit for Winter campaign.

We are all knitting hats, scarfs, gloves and mitts which will be donated to various charities to be sold in their stores so they can deal with issues such as people not being able to afford to run their heating in cold weather.

I was sent some pretty pink yarn and a pattern for Peekaboo Mitts, and I’m just about to pack them up ready to send off.  They are extremely cosy!

Peekaboo Mitts for Knit for Winter

#KnitforWinter - peekaboo Mitts

Sunrise Senior Living are planning to extend the Knit for Winter campaign next winter, so if you would like to join in with this very worthwhile project, head over to their blog where you can find out more, meet some of my fellow knitters and explore some new blogs!

Will you be joining me to Knit for Winter this year?  I do hope so…

Happy Friday Number 10

This is a ‘skin-of-the-teeth’ Happy Friday post!  I’ve been so worried I wouldn’t get here at all this afternoon…

If I say internet problems I’m sure you’ll know where I’m coming from.  At the moment BT Openreach are digging holes all over the place in our area and we can only hope that eventually faster broadband will reach our corner of a muddy field.  I don’t know anyone else who’s internet stops every time the phone rings!

Anyway, that’s not cheerful, is it?  What has made me very happy this week was an amazing donation of one hundred dollars to Comic Relief Red Nose Day made for Miranda Mouse, whom you might remember from this post.

Miranda is off to the US, and left today with her suitcase.  I’m rather sad to see her go, but really pleased with the fantastic donation…

Miranda Mouse for Red Nose Day - Happy Friday

I’m looking forward to reading your Happy Friday post, the link is below and you can also join in via Instagram, with #PlanetPennyHappyFriday.  Please remember to link from your post back here to Planet Penny so that more people find the Linky party,

Happy Friday Number 9

Welcome to Happy Friday once again…

I hope your week has been productive and fun, and even if it hasn’t overall, I’m sure there are some little nuggets of niceness to hold on to, so do share.

Spring Flowers Happy Friday

The main thing which is making me happy is…it’s March!  It’s spring!  The days are growing longer, the daffodils are popping out and the garden is full of birds.  I can’t help but feel optimistic even when things are tricky.

Even though it’s been cold, Higgins and I have started each day with a walk before breakfast.  (I would point out that it’s been me standing there in coat and fleecy hat swinging the lead, and Higgins buried under the blanket looking grumpy!)Mini dachshund Happy Friday

I’m looking forward to reading your Happy Friday post, and don’t forget you can join in via Instagram too, with #PlanetPennyHappyFriday.  Please remember to link from your post back here to Planet Penny so that more people find the Linky party.  Unfortunately I have been forced to delete one particular person’s links because they had nothing to do with Happy Friday, and everything to do with taking advantage to get free advertising.

Not in the spirit of Happy Friday at all!

See you soon…x

A Trip to the South…

Flagpole at Bexhill South England

Well, the south of England anyway!

I’ve just had very much needed mini break by the sea, courtesy of my lovely son and daughter-in-law who live a stone’s throw from the sea front.  I’ve just been going through my photos, and I’m wondering just how many pictures of the sea you actually want to see, I’ve taken so many!

I know I must have sea water in my blood because my family on both sides go back hundreds of years as merchant seamen, Master Mariners and very probably, pirates!  Both my father and my paternal grandfather became Bristol Channel pilots after years in command of their own ships, so I’m really not surprised that when I want to relax my mind and body, my thoughts turn seawards.

After all the stresses and strains of the last few months, worrying about my dear mama, and battling with my M.E., no exotic holiday destination anywhere would have been more relaxing than sitting in the little seafront cafe, Hughies with a big cappuccino and a bacon sandwich on a bright and sunny morning! (Hence my last Happy Friday image)

We had a little potter around Bexhill-on-Sea and found an exceedingly PINK shop, I do love the radio…pink radio

…and a bargain lampshade for which I have a cunning plan!

lampshade(because brown/beige is so not my colour!)

Lunch in the Little British Tea Shop which was delicious in more ways than one.

Little British Tea ShopThe next day was misty and murky so we headed inland to Lewes.  Last time we tried to go there,  the queues for the car parks seemed to start two miles out of town, so we reckoned on a damp Tuesday in February we stood more of a chance.  Lewes is very pretty, and full of interesting little shops and it was lovely to just womble about with no real plan in mind.

River at Lewes, E Sussex


There were an awful lot of extremely tempting things in this shop window…

Leadbetter&Good…but if you ever find yourself in Lewes, do make a point of visiting Abigail’s Drapery

AbigailsDrapery…and don’t be like me and only discover it ten minutes before closing time!   These beauties fill the back wall…


..and the shop’s just filled with all manner of beautiful craft materials, sewing sundries, yarn and handmade goodies.AbigailsDraperyInt

The next day it poured!  St Leonards

So we went to St Leonards to do some mountaineering in the rain…

St Leonards steps…up to Norman Road, the home of what is described as the most extraordinary haberdashery, probably in the UK where you will find…

“…vintage lace, antique buttons, espadrille canvas and more. There is an old iron tub full of random vintage buttons, sold by the cup. A fantastic and unmissable shop with a core of devotees, Wayward has slightly eccentric opening hours. Even for Norman Road.”

So worth getting wet for (and it was open!)!

The next day was glorious…

Bexhill sea

…but sadly, we were going home.

Bexhill Beach

But we’ll be heading south again before too long.beachBexhill

And I’ll be back here on Planet Penny very soon…x



Happy Friday Number 8

Here we are again for Happy Friday… I hope you’ve had a great week with many cheerful moments to report!

Happy Friday at Bexhill on Sea

It’s been all rather lovely here on Planet Penny because we’re having a little mini-break by the sea.  This means this will be a very short post, I’m saving all the news about where I’ve been (and lovely crafty shops) until my return when I can properly share my photos.  If you really can’t wait, come and follow me on Instagram!

To join in with your own Happy Friday post use the Linky below.  If you haven’t done it before you can find out all about it here but please DO remember to link back to this post so that others can find the Linky Party going on right here…

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