What to do while waiting for Spring.


I hate winter. I do not ski, board, toboggan or skate. My feet are always cold and I get depressed with the dark gloomy days and grey overcast skies.

I do love to read. And by reading I have come across some interesting articles mostly about Frugal Living.By always being short of money makes me embrace anything that is a cheaper way of doing things and avoiding waste.

I have eliminated all cleaning products in my house other that laundry soap and vinegar and dryer ballsSierra Exif JPEG

Vinegar is a magic liquid.

For the office:

Your computer, printer, fax machine, and other home office gear will work better if you keep them clean and dust-free. Before you start cleaning, make sure that all your equipment is shut off. Now mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a bucket. Dampen a clean cloth in the solution — never use a spray bottle; you don’t want to get liquid on the circuits inside — then squeeze it out as hard as you can, and start wiping. Keep a few cotton swabs on hand for getting to the buildups in tight spaces (like around the keys of your keyboard).

Don’t forget the phone and the mouth piece of your cell for a wipe with vinegar.

A person with smelly feet willbenegit from soaking feet in vinegar and water then carefully dry them. It the shoes or boots smell, cut a potato in half and put half in each shoe/boot. It will leave the smelling like new just over night.

I use it for everything from cleaning the kitchens, the windows, the wall, and the fridge. A good link for this is http://www.rd.com/home/150-household-uses-for-vinegar

I use it to clean my fridge. Far more effective that baking soda. Once I clean the fridge I organize.

One wonderful trick I have learned is to keep crisp for 2 weeks of more. Frost free fridges suck the moisture out of produce. Even in a plastic bag.

So after I have water and spun my lettuce, I store it in a large jar in the fridge. I snap the bottom off because metal knives make lettuce go brown. Pop on the lid and safe crisp storageLettuce in jar
Read more: http://www.rd.com/home/150-household-uses-for-vinegar/#ixzz2xPw8PLbk


Another neat trick, is salads. I loves salads, but the limp little puddles in a plastic container does not do it for me.

I get a sealer with lid, put salad dressing in the bottom, then add lettuce, cauliflower, cucumber,tomato, cold boiled egg, nuts. Put the top on and leave in the fridge.

When you want your lunch or dinner, turn upside down a couple of times to distribute the dressing and a lovely fresh cheap salads. The stay cooler than their plastic counter parts and you are more likely to be taken home.

And if yo run lout of glasses this summer, the jars make excellent sturdy drinking glasses.

I will try top get busy with my blog again.

I will talk to you about a lasagna garden


Summer Wedding Trip. July 2013


We went to Smithers  (our final destination) on our summer holidays.

Ewan loaded up the 5th wheel after scrubbing, packing, washing. I just put out what  what I needed and he stowed it away.

We live on an Island and have to take a ferry off.

The sorted jaded look ticketer, look at our unit and said how long? Ewan said 34 ft. She got out her little measuring contraption and said no 44 feet, so charged us $220.

Well that was a bit more than I expected , however we don’t have an option with BC Ferries.

They have offered to look into it if I send the receipts in.

The trip up the Fraser Canyon was interesting. It always amazes me how the Caribou Route was ever achieved in those far back years.

We reached Williams Lake the first night. There the vacant camp site for competitors is used as a camp site for tourists. A good value at $34 for site, water, sewer, electricity and wifi. They have pay showers $1.00 for eight minutes, and a washer dryer.

We arrived at second youngest son Cameron and Deanna Lea’s 160 acre farm in Fort St. John.
They have goats, sheep, horses, chickens, bunnies, and a couple of personality turkeys. Tom will squat in front of you and fluff  his feathers till you scratch his head. Then his wattles go from red to whitish blue.Image


 It is a wonderful

place to raise their children, Saxon and Aurora. Aurora is a real cowgirl.

Looks like her brother will be a singing cowboyImage

We spent a couple of days and had a big supper with the Boys Aunt Marion and her partner Dallas. Later her son Ryan and his fiance came over and a good family gathering was had. It should be mentions, the meat, 4 veggies and potatoes were all raised on the farm.
They have named it Summers End Farm

We left the following day to Journey to Smithers  where the middle son Duncan Lea was marrying the love of his life Corina Brewer.

The trip was not without some excitement. The first 5th wheel tire popped on the steepest hill going out of Fort St John.

All laid too and soon had it changed. The second blow out was a bit more dramatic. We were in the middle of nowhere, 132 km from Prince George.
The 5th wheel was unloaded and Ewan, Marion and Dallas wet to Prince George, purchase a new tire and get it mounted and return to our stranded position. I had the youngest son Chris and my little dog Chelsea.
The trip took most of five hours and we were on the edge of the bank rocking with every passing vehicle.
We were down to just two bottles of water when the bear came out of the bush.
we were now on the side of a busy road locked in a 5th wheel with little water.

I sprayed Chelsea sith my bottle to keep her from stressing. It was with relief when the troops arrived back with the wheel and a new tire.
We stayed at Kerry Lake that night.

I assume it was a logging camp in the 50’s. We found machinery from that era and also a mystery.Image

In the bush, we discovered a First Nations/Catholic marker with either 3 memorials or three graves.


We ended up, after a brief stop in Prince George to purchase another tire and have it mounted.

We ended up in Smithers in the early evening as did some of the other family and guest.

We parked the 5th wheel, hugged, bride to be, grand children and met up with another aunt of the boys from New Zealand. Denise Gerrard.


She was under the weather with a cold, but managed to pull herself together for the wedding and the long drive back to Vancouver Island.

The wedding had been orchestrated to perfection.

The men went to a local hotel and did a bit of partying. The following day the men folk went to the golf links, while the women went to hair appointments, and make-up and dressing. 

In due course, we all arrived at the lovely heritage church in


The wedding was beautiful and was followed by a catered BBQ in the yard where Duncan and Corina live.

Cam lea Several Lea Families the new beginning

Where has my year gone?


I have just read my own blog and I am amazed and embarrassed at how long it has been since I posted.
I apologize for my laziness.

Since I last talked to you , I have developed my knitting business and dryer ball sales. I have 35 fleece at the wool mill being prepped into roving.

I have done a lot on spinnin on my Indian head Spinner and am making very heavy yarn similar to Chiefton and White Buffalo. I have an order for 40 hats in varying natural colour combinations.I think I am around 16 at the moment.Image

The Saanich Historical Artifacts Society project is going well in the Fibre Loft.

I am getting some commercial sites wanting to sell my dryer balls, so I have been busy making those.Sierra Exif JPEG

I have branched out and done a few baby sweaters just for a break of pace.

2013-02-25 14.25.29 2013-04-06 19.33.56I enjoyed selling some of my home dyed yarn. It is so much fun to dye

and see the results of your own imagination.

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I Have been working with Chelsea , my little Chi-chon. She has been certified as a diabetes dog ( I am hypoglycemic) . She loves to be challenged, so I think I will take her into agility training this year.


 She is always ready to help with my fibre. What a partner!

I have been experimenting with a type of fascinator. It is a piece of wearable art. You can use if in the hair, around the wrist or on a ribbon around the neck.

It is the type of thing that says, Hay Look At Me!!!

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My darling Aunty Corale

GOODBYE…the final farewell.

It is so hard to lose someone who has been a part of your life forever. Even when you know the end is near, your head knows it but not your heart.

Corale Fearn,was the youngest daughter of James Handley Fearn and Harriet Fearn (Tatton)

Jim( James) made a good living as a watch maker in East Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottingham, and had two shops, One where he started and his only son also names James Handley in the second.

At the beginning of WWll, the younger joined he RCAF . As he was already trained on watches and clocks, he became an instrument mechanic. Among his posting was the Sahara Desert.

He was captured by Rommel and also released with his mates on Christmas day 1943 with a cigarette and a word from Rommel himself, saying ” I cannot feed my own men, I will not have prisoners under my command starve to death as well. They were taken to a nearby town and released.

On his return he did three things.. ran wild , played hell in the community, settled down and married Marie Bloore and took over ownership of Fearns Jeweler.

He was the darling of the family, being the only boy. He had sister Rosa and Sarah,  a sister that died of measles and was called Muriel and the baby of the family, Corale.

Corale’s siblings thought she was  spoiled rotten, however in her eyes she always had to compete with Muriel and how could a little girl compete with an Angel.


Eddy Grice and Hetty

She grew up having met the love of her life in School Eddy Grice. she played the field but always came back to Eddy.

They eventually married and decided that they would devote their life to each other and to the rescue and support of dogs.

Eddy was  a pit boss at the coal mine in Kirkby-in-Ashfield and earned a good living. This was augmented by clock ( grandfather type) for Granddad. Occasionally Eddy aided his own dad as a turf accountant

There are stories about them carrying home a grandfather clock through the village on a wheel barrow, and other escapades that young people do.

They bought a lovely character home called Station house. It was a home used by Lord George.
In the Asian Flu epidemic in the 60’s James Sr, laid on the sofa and died.

In due course, his widow, Harriet came to live with Coral and Eddy.

If anyone one in our family was being miserable, the saying was ” she has a bit of old Harriet in her!”

So from then till her death, they lived under Harriet’s large and domineering thumb. It has been said many times that they deserved medals for looking after her.

We immigrated to Canada after the war, Rosa married, divorced and remarried. Muriel was Rosa’s daughter adopted by her grandparent. Unheard of in those day and for this sin, Harriet didn’t speak to her for 42 years.They only reconciled when Harriet was on her deathbed.


Richard and Penny at Buckingham Palace

Rosa, and husband number one and two are no longer alive, neither are her son’s Richard and Freddie and his late wife June. Richards wife Penny, their daughter Lorna and husband and their daughter Holly still live in London.

Rosa had two other  Richard or Dickie. For some reason, Dickie was not the favorite son  So spent a lot of time with his grandparents . He and Corale were inseparable. They were more like brother and sister.

Sarah had married Stanley Fredrick Spinks (ASA Raynor) and had Michael and six years later

gave birth to me, patty-anne.

Stanley left for part unknown. After seven years of continuing absence, was declared legally dead.

Sarah remarried Archie Stevenson of Scotland, and later Cowichan where he has 1,160 acres and farmed 260 head of Ayrshire cattle at Fairbridge Farms

Michael also joined the youngster, but was always causing trouble and hurting his cousins, so he was a burden that they suffered under until finally they found they could gang up on him and put him in his place.

Handley and Marie had difficulties when Marie was diagnosed with TB and was in a sanitarium for 2 years. They had started their family with Sarah Jane who had to live with Corale and Eddy and of course Harriet.

It was in 1969  I first went home to visit my relatives and to introduce them to my daughter, Harriet’s first great granddaughter Rae-anne Linette.


Jim, Corale and Olga

It was after her death, I made my first visit to Eddy and Corale without Harriet in their new house at Wessington. A wonderful place. I fell in love with a land of enchantment.

Corale had gathered a group of friends who would all walk their dogs together daily, and the women got together in Corale’s huge Kitchen and make crafts for sale to support their work with the RSPCA.

During these idyllic years, Eddy had a heart attack  and was prohibited from driving for 6 months. With a lot of soul searching, they decided it was best to move to a village, so Corale, a non driver, would be able to carry on if anything happened to Eddy.

It did indeed happened to Eddy, and after months in hospital, he died and left the only woman he loved.


Wednesday night was always craft night

Luckily, Corale would keep her old friends and gather new ones as time went by.


Handstitch Teddy’s sold to raise money for the RSPCA

I visited every two years and we became very close. She had the ability to make you feel as if you were special, and as with the cousins before, She and I became as sister.

When my husband was dying with pancreatic cancer, she phoned every week through the nightmare 7 months.

The last time I was over, it was plain to see that Corale was going to leave me soon. She had COPD brought on by smoking since she stole her dad’s Woodbinds at 12 years old.

I arranged for Homemakers and meal makers. I arranged for Dr and visiting nurses and made everything I could do to make her life as easily to manage as possible..

Her canine companion of the time was Merlin. A Jack Russel.

We made arrangement for him to go to a dog home for his retirement and a healthy donation to make sure he would have all he needed. He had developed diabetes and required a lot of care.

Just after Christmas, she entered hospital and Merlin went to his forever home. I must have broken her dear heart to make that decision.

From the time Eddy died, she had a good friend Herbert Keys, artist, singer and writer.

Everyday he would drive her to one of her treks and she would walk with Merlin, sometimes with friends, mostly alone or with me for 4 hours. Then a quick call to Herbert and he would pick her up.

He also made it a priority to take Corale and Frances, another widow on an outing once a week or so. They went far and wide, exploring, stopping for lunch and generally enjoying each others company.

Eddy’s best friend Albert, came over every Wednesday evening for a game of scrabble. He being a rugged Yorkshire man would battle on the legitimacy of a word, so I bought the biggest Scrabble dictionary I could find.



Minnie lived next door and the two women would leave their back doors open so the first up would put the kettle on and they would start the day with friendship.

Minnie loved Corale and held her hand on the 4th of March as God called Corale home.



For several weeks prior to her death , they would take turns looking after Corale. Francis would sit with her by day, Minnie by night.

Pastor Hand would pop over and offer spiritual guidance or just a cheery word.

He eventually take her funeral in the Baptist Church directly across from Corale’s house at Ivy Dene Cottage #1 Sandy Lane, Crich.Image

So another chapter of life closes. The last of the Fearn line died with Corale.

There are three cousins left Sarah Jane, Lorna, and me. On Eddy;s side, he has a twin brother John, and they have two sons Ian and Paul.

So My love, I hope you are in the land of many mansions. There are many there to meet you. And there are many here that miss you.

I thank all those people in your life that made it so rich. I miss some one, but coming to mind are:

Frances Noble, Minnie, her next door neighbour, Herbert Keys, Jeannette Taylor, Marie Pate, Helen Fearn,Olga and the late Bob Crowden, Albert Palfiman, Jenet and Mick Bloore, Barb and David Browning, Pastor Hand,  and all who were lucky enough to know my Aunty Corale Grice.


Bridge in Derwent forest

Crich Trough. Ky Aunts house in the background and the Baptist Church across the road


Corale in a field of Blue Bells


Corale and Dolly


One of the Derwent Bridges where they filmed Dam Busters


One of my favorite sights, field of wild garlic


Hetty, a dog in a milllion


Jeannette and Jim off to take pictures


The Crich Cross


Megan, a mid size schnauzer


Olga, a frequent hiking friend of Corale


View from top of Crich Hill


stopping for a breather and a snack for the pack.


Megan having a mud bath


Mostinand Dolly enjoying a cool mud bath


Jim and Hetty




Having a chat


When I saw this sign on my first visit I knew I would return. I never dreamed that in 8 years, I would be bringing my husband’s ashes here.


Mostin, Albert’s dog


Arkwrights satanic mills, the beginning of the industrial revolution


Lea House where Florence Nightingale was born


Wessington Bear and friend. All creations of the ladies of Wessington


No planted garden can equal what God creates


View from Top Hill


I could never understand why the front door is so close to the pavement.


Jim’s ashes rest here by a Red Oak planted by the “gang”


Idyllic walk. The dogs ignore the lambs, who ignore the dogs


Nice to have a clean river to dunk the dogs in after a mud bath.





The Baptist Church at Crich

No particular theme.


There is a weak sun trying to cheer up the day . It is still low on the horizon. I made bread yesterday. 2 loves! I will take one to my spin group. I put pumpkin seeds, raisins, and shaved ginger in as well as brown sugar and cinnamon.
The dogs are looking forward to a walk. The house is clean and I have nothing pressing to knit or spin., Wow.!! I may just knit a toque with the wool Sue spun.
No pain, no pain pills, I am alert and lively. Life is good.

I am just reminded of the date. 7 of Feb. CCRA starts accepting income tax T1 general forms.

Pretty soon the phone will ring and \i will start booking appointments to start working doing the preparations.

I think I will spend the weekend reorganizing my loom and knitting room,back into an office so I have a place to do them.

Last year I used the living room because of my health problems but it is not convenient.https://pattyannelea.wordpress.com/income-tax-preparation/

Further down the road to healing and other stuff.


I went yesterday to my third session with Melayne Walker at http://www.b-wellbowenworks.com/

This was a very intensive session and I am a bit stiff with minor soreness. I think this will work out as the day progresses.

I spent the weekend at Canwest Mall demonstrating Spinning with other artist and crafters from Juan de Fuca Arts and Craft Guild. Lots of interest and lots of spinning. It is a good thing working with women. Something settling and right.

I am going to help a friend wash some mohair today.

Looking in the garden, I see signs of spring, snowdrops are blooming and other bulbs are popping up. The trees have tender buds ready to burst in light green as the days get longer and the weather gets warmer.

It will soon be time to put my collapsible greenhouse out and start some seeds set out.

Week 4 Day 3

I think one more session will restore me to better than new. I am feeling wonderful. Energy, enthusiasm and today.. NO PAIN

I would advise anyone with a new injury or chronic pain, to give Melayne a try. It sure worked for me.

Remember her site is http://www.b-wellbowenworks.com/





On the journey to wellness


I have written about the accident I had in the store on the 27th Oct. I am still fighting to regain my health and mobility.2012-10-27 22.56.22

My leg was  damaged, my finger broken and my back severally injured.

I was in a wheel chair, then a walker and finally a walking stick. I am now walking slowly, but on my own power.dammaged leg

My frustration was coupled by the fact I had bought several fleece and had my loom warped set  to go and I could do neither I hobbled around hand

knitting from my stash of

weft one

hand spun and managed to get through ill Christmas.

The rubber hit the road when My family bought me and my son tickets to Smithers as a Christmas gift. I had a bit of a night mare journey up their and their kindness accommodated to my disability.

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I had heard of the Bowen Therapy and I had a friend who was a practitioner in Duncan, Nanaimo and Chemainus.

I phone her and we set up an appointment.

The movements were so gentle and subtle that wonders how this will ever help a person.

The first thing I notice on the journey, was that the following day. Felt worse than I had before taking the appointment.

The following day, I noticed the pain and stiffness in my legs were slowly getting better, movement was easier  I could do a bit of house work and bath without a helper.
During the following days, nothing really seemed to be happening. However Melayne Walker, the therapist, had mentioned that my hamstrings were tight.

Yesterday, I found they were loose and easy to stretch.

The back is starting to respond   I cannot touch my toes and bend or carry yet, but the pain is less. I have been med free for 3 days now. I noticed when I had the treatment , that my spine was warm up to the area that hurt, there I could feel my pulse quite strongly.
I have another appointment on Monday so stay tuned and join me on my journey. If you want to talk to Melayne and take the first step to wellness look at her website.


Day 6.

Well I pushed the envelope today. I couldn’t sleep last night. I had a raging thirst. ( this will not surprise Melayne)I went to the hockey tournament and was on duty for 4 hours in a hard chair.

I took some dryer balls to needle felt.Sierra Exif JPEG

I may have to take a pain pill tonight.

I have my next appointment on Monday. Stay tuned to hear about the results.

Day 7.

I slept in this  Am. That is until two wet noses decided they had enough of that.

I did another 4 hour shift at CARHA today, but this time I walked around he little press booth  every half hour. This was much better. Not so hard on the back. Each year I do radio support for the tournament and each year it falls on my birthday.
I tease the organizer that they will have to put a candle in the timbits they give me ( They always have a box of timbits in our  station.) They use every ice rink in the greater Victoria Region.

I had told them I could not carry the radio sett up up and down the stairs, so I walked into an operating station.

When Neil came to take my station down  he brought me a cinnamon bun. Complete with candle2013-01-20 16.12.15

Week 2 day 1.

I was really disoriented when I had finished my therapy today. I put my pants on inside out, twice!

Then I straightened out, found myself very thirsty and very hungry.

I have more energy and more ambition than I have had for some time.

The pain in the back is ABSENT when I am sitting. I will see where we go from her.

Three things though: the balls of my feet hurt. I have a medium mild headache, my sinuses are pouring into the back of my throat.

Day 2. No head ache today. clear and feeling well. pain in back a bearable degree so no pain medication. The sinuses  are still draining but more slowly. Still thirsty so drinking water , and most of the night was spent either going to the bathroom or clearing flem from my throat. Seems like my body is ridding toxins.

Great energy today. No pain on standing. I cooked an elegant oyster dinner standing up. Things are getting better by leaps and bounds.

Day 3. Pain in the right kidney area. bearable. The legs are doing well. I have energy and enthusiasm for life. No more dizzy spells’

The thirst has slacken though I am still drinking lots of water. Still optimistic about full recovery.

I will be two weeks before my next appointment.
Later that afternoon. Melayne, you forgot to give me the slow sign. I felt so good, I cleaned, house, made bread, Spun 2 skeins of wool on the spinning wheel, went routing in the shed for fleece. Washed 2 sinks of fleece. Made 30 dryer balls. Washed the dog and made the bed.
Now I am in a bunch of pain. I kind of think I did too much.

Day 4 Did some spinning today. Not as tired. Still have moderate pain in the back. but controlled without pills., slept well last night.

can bend and walk, no dizzy spells.

Day 5. Did not do a lot today other than knit. No pain. I had blocks made for my Chesterfield that raised it 4 inches. It sure make getting up and down easier. But it has confused Chelsea.

Day 6. Felt great so I went all out ripping rags for rugs, crocheting mats, walking dogs, then the Hammer dropped back pain unremitting. I was in bed by 8:30. Did not expect so much pain. Get I should take my time.

Day 7. Pain still there but not so bad. Taking things very carefully today.

I have asked for some help ripping sheets. Sometimes you need to ask for a bit of help. Thanks John .

Day 12 week 2.. no change other than the unremitting back pain.