“I am no longer a teenager mum.”
This was Cal’s grave announcement when we went to see him on Saturday for his birthday – which is today. Along with his uncle, and Corinne, Rosie’s friend and TKOE designer.
So happy birthday to all of them. Cal is continuing to have a good time. We saw his array of Valentines Day cards. Most turned out to be from him to me or Chris. He did have a proper one from a real girl though. And we had a brilliant time seeing The Lego Movie. Go and see it. It is awesome
So, here’s the birthday boy
He’s on Minehead Beach just before an enormous pub meal.
Oh, and here’s some indoor blood droplet yarn bombing.
I love the tree.
TKOE has two things and a question for you today.
The first is this:
Yay to Amy. That is fantastic, and takes TKOE related fundraising to over £8k last year
The second thing is this:
One of our TKOE donations winging its way to Beth’s Wish. Yay!!!
And the question. The TKOE elves are going to give the website and blog a bit of a revamp. What would you like to see? Don’t be shy about giving feedback. It’s hard to step back and see things clearly sometimes, so all thoughts will help.
Enjoy your Sunday
Well now. All those blood droplets you knitted – well they joined 8,000 others as part of the new Blood doesn’t grow on Trees campaign to get more donors. And today they’ve been used at the start of a month long Yarnbombing event. You can see more on the NHS Blood donation Facebook page or http://blood.co.uk/trees
200,000 new blood donors are needed and I was really proud to represent all of you for TKOE today at the launch. And those droplets look fabulous. They are all over the country, indoors and outdoors. And it was brilliant to see people queueing up to register today. They especially need more young donors so please sign up if you haven’t already done so. Rosie needed 30 units just to stay alive, so it really is one way you can be a life saving hero.
I bet none of you ever thought you’d Yarnbomb! Here’s a picture
We’d all give anything to be able to see and speak to someone we love who has died, judging from what other people have said and certainly what I feel. And I regularly wonder what Rosie would say in any given situation.
But would you really want to speak to an internet version of that person? Go to http://eterni.me to see what I mean. Why would you even think of developing that? And why would you talk fishing?
What is going on here????
These are the thoughts that occur to me as I surround myself with a moat of disinfectant in my house of pestilence . S is on the mend. C has contracted her vile illness. It’s me, the cats and the TKOE dog standing firm against it.
TKOE has been resting for a few days. Half term, time off work. We should have been up in North Yorkshire, but work, weather and, as it turns out, Sylv being ill, put paid to that. So we’ve been catching up on housey things.
I’ve been going through various boxes of things which just had stuff pushed into them, mainly from 2010/11 . Anyone would think something had been going on then, given the mess everything was in, in these boxes. In one of them, I found a skeleton screenplay Rosie had done for something. It was very dramatic, and seemed to involve lots of sighing and crying. It was also very very funny. It’s gone back in the box.
Cal’s going to be 20 on 3rd March. 20.
Oh yes, I think I’ve emailed all local blood droplet knitters, but apologies if I haven’t. If any of you are interested and willing to be part of the media event for the blood drop campaign on Friday lunchtime in Cheltenham, can you let me know by tomorrow lunchtime at the latest, earlier if possible. The mystery continues as I still don’t really know what is involved, but then mysteries are good.
And here’s a picture of this year’s first TKOE baby. The one born on 3rd Jan. He’s called Gilad (pronounced Gill-add) Aviv which means eternal joy and spring. He’s very handsome, isn’t he.
I particularly like how he’s got his fingers in his ears. Wise man.
Well now. You’d all better watch the BAFTAs tonight. Cos Rosie’s ex art teacher, Kirsty Smith is part of a team who are up for the Best British Short Film. How brilliant is that??
TKOE owes a lot to her-she helped Rosie hugely with the original idea, the blogging and the art auction, and made the first link with The Guardian. And she gave Rosie confidence. And courage.
Here she is earlier today.
Chris and I have been child free this weekend.
So we’ve made the most of it with a cheeky night away, nice meal, pub and so on. The Bridge last night. That sort of thing.
This morning, we decided to take the TKOE dog for a walk in Cheltenham, grab some lunch to eat as we walked and go and see a film.
Fiasco no. 1 – the dog headbutts my lunch out of my hand – accidentally ? – and it lands in the mud. She eats it. I don’t .
Fiasco no. 2 – the dog runs in a circle up onto a small wall and falls in fast flowing stream. Crowd on bridge laugh.
Fiasco no. 3 – dog cannot get out. High, slippy walled banks. Weir. Only solution is to kneel in mud and haul her out by collar. Chris doesn’t want a dog so won’t participate. Crowd on bridge laugh louder.
I go to film caked in mud. I decide it is generally dark in cinemas, so as long as no one notices on the way in, I won’t be barred.
In better news dog is recognised as the TKOE dog whilst on her walk yesterday. We have a furry mascot
You can buy the kettle tea towels now. Just go along to http://theknockoneffect.co.uk , get into the whole shop and follow the flashing picture.
The TKOE elves have been working very hard!
Chris is just mending our computer to over and out for now cos you just can’t blog properly via the phone.
It’s a lovely sunny day and the TKOE gallery has just taken delivery of the first of the 2014 limited edition working/wearing art series. Chosen by TKOE blog readers I’m very pleased to show off the work of very talented artist Corinne, who has joined our very own Mike Arnold (http://mkrnld.co.uk) as a TKOE designer. Her work is incredibly detailed and intricate and we are very pleased she agreed to do a line for TKOE.
The TKOE elves are just getting this into the web shop and then you’ll be able to buy a really high quality piece of work by an up and coming artist for only £5 and be able to dry your washing up too as with all our things this is limited edition only. And everything bar the bare materials goes to organisations who support the families and friends of people with life limiting illnesses.
So here’s an inexpert picture of a lovely piece of art.
Thank you Corinne.
You know how some of you use Twitter and Facebook? Well you’ll know what I’m about to tell you. I know though there’s a fair few of you who don’t use them. And I suddenly realised, when I was picking up a lettuce tonight, that you might not know the latest bit of news. I’ve never found lettuces a good thought provider before, but I was grateful that this one was.
Because it’s pretty epic really. (The news, not the lettuce. That was just ordinary)
Did you know, that when you add up all the money you have raised through the inaugural art auction; the TKOE sales, the zumbathons, the Rocks for Rosie, the baby land snail sales, all the other fundraising you’ve done, and all the Race for Life stuff and direct donations, then you’ve raised around about £45,000.
That’s FORTY FIVE THOUSAND POUNDS.
That’s a rate of £850 per month.
That is astounding.
And then if you think that you’ve donated at least 60 units of blood now, you’ve saved or extended the lives of at least 60 people.
Just amazing. You are truly brilliant.
Here’s a celebratory photo Chris just unearthed.