Bye Bye Beard, Hello Bournemouth, Get Me Nick Knowles, Get Knotted And Ooh, Get That Loo!

May 6, 2018 — 54 Comments

Hello, my lovely blogettes. How are you? Good, I hope.

Well, the astute among you will have noticed that things have been a little quiet around here for a bit.

There have been a fair few reasons. If you fancy finding out what’s been going on … read on!

It’s fairly random. Stay with it.

Well, the first reason for a lack of action has been a distinct loss of hair.

No, seriously, it came out in droves. In about 48 hours.


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Doc says it was stress related alopaecia.

Yes, very DIStressing! Practically shabby chic!

Anyhoo, I thought that it wouldn’t be too bad as long as it stayed on the top of me noggin because I could shave that.

As if sensing my plan however my beard decided to then come out in sympathy – the little git!

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So, now that spring is here, and as a result of not having much choice in the matter, it was time for a good old sheer.

Don’t panic though, I have my disguise ready…

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Haha! No but seriously, the trim has made for a fresh feeling for sure.

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Managed to keep the tash at least and now on some treatment to see if I can get the beard back.

Oh, as you see, the decorating has finally started. More on that later because as soon as I had finished that particular patch of painting it was time to get all of the stuff ready and make the 7-hour train trek down to Bournemouth for the final Scan N Cut beginners workshop.

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We don’t half get through some card on those things but it’s always a joy to see a rainbow stack of crisp clean cardstock.

Stupidly, again, I didn’t get any photos of the day but I was super grateful to all of the ladies that came to this, and all of the other workshops that I have done over the last few months – you’ve really ALL been AWESOME!

I also hope that you’ve remembered all of your new skills and are making good use of your machines.

So, with that done, and the ‘diagnosis’ of being stressed – although I still can’t think why as things have been good – I decided to do what any self-respecting Brit would do in that situation and take a short break by the sea.

The air is very good for ‘one’, I was told, by a Victorian lady.

It was actually a very good idea as it is one of the very few days this year where the sun shone.

I got to see the lovely beach, giant deck chairs, colourful and decorative beach huts, some great architecture and also sup coffee in the warm air.


Also got to eat some delicious nosh.


And see a rather unique toilet – no, seriously! Look!

Told ya. Lol!

Glad that I got to do all of that before the REAL Spring weather kicked in …

… yup, massive downpour and HUGE thunderstorm.

It was rather cool! :)

Anyhoo, back off up north I went and back to the decorating. It’s coming along. Slowly.

Like the colour? Did warn you a while back that the walls were going to be grey didn’t I? Well, technically this is a colour called ‘Mineral Stone’.

It’s quite unusual as it turns different shades of grey depending on the light source that it is absorbing. Not sure that it’s supposed to, but it does!

I found this colour as I spotted it on someone’s – soz, forgot who! – Facebook/Insta/Twitter being used to paint chairs and I was very taken with it. Odd how these things happen isn’t it? Serendipidous almost.

Other rooms are starting to see some organisation too. I managed to have a good old sort out of the craft room and built some shelves – originally intended for the lounge – and turned them into a prep/storage unit.


Currently waiting on a bit of wood that I am having custom cut for the top to make for a more stable/usable worktop.

That’ll do for now though.

So, that’s not all that I’ve been up to though.

I have been out to see some movies and for dinner. I have also been away to visit my four legged niece …


She’s rubbish at selfies but awesome at posing. Such a gorgeous little puppy :)

I think that I REALLY need to get one for me soon, my puppy daddy clock is ticking!

I have also still been making stuff but I’ve been trying to take my time over it rather than rush it for the sake of it. Been enjoying learning new skills too.


There has been more MDF designing and decorating and also I have been getting to grips with Paracord bracelet making. Blog posts for all of this will be out in the not too distant future.

I am also looking to start a personal project using a 3D papercrafting pattern that I found to make a galloping horse bust to hang on the wall in the lounge – when I finally finish it. I’ve got everything printed and will start cutting the pieces in the evening as a little wind down project before bed and then when it’s time I can assemble it and mount it on the wall – might get a bit of MDF cut into a plaque shape!


Hey, listen, this might sound a lot, but for me, this has been cut right back – maybe the doctor did have a point after all…?

Lol, well, this morning I have to annoy the neighbours and start sanding down the woodwork before I paint it so I had best left you get on with your Sunday morning – whatever it is you do – and get to it!

Thanks for stopping by, look forward to bringing your more bits and pieces in the near future.

Until then – ciao ciao!

J :)

54 responses to Bye Bye Beard, Hello Bournemouth, Get Me Nick Knowles, Get Knotted And Ooh, Get That Loo!


    Sorry about the hair loss & hope the treatment works soon. I also hope you can get a doggy friend soon, one you can take with you to the work shops. Being a greyhound owner, oops, I meant I’m owned by a greyhound! you’d not find a more gentle dog but they aren’t good for taking to small places. As they can’t sit they tend to lay full I do like the wall cover you’ve chosen. Very calming. Lots of love, Jackie. xx

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    Hi John just sending you a virtual hug!

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    Hi John, Think you look great.

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    I echo all that everyone has said. I do so miss your blogs, so glad you are back. Just a though your little icon on the blog needs a shave to match you now.
    Take care Jan

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    Ruth Windibank May 8, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    Thank you for a great day at Bournemouth, met some lovely people and had an enlightening day with my Scan n’cut. Looking forward to the next class in November. Hope we didn’t add to your stress and that you’re feeling revitalise after your trip south. Look after yourself and keep being awesome!

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    Hi John
    Love the new look ! Sorry about the stress though! Always love your blog – such lovely ideas. Wishing you lots of health and happiness

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    John, never mind anything else, I LOVE THE NEW LOOK YOU!!! So don’t stress – embrace, you look fab. Have missed your posts so it’s nice to have you back. X

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    missed your posts John, so sorry to hear about the stress, I’m sure people dont realise how awful stress and anxiety are. My daughter was so bad she temporarily lost her vision. Along with counselling, getting her pug has made such a difference. I wish you well, health and happiness.

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    Hi John, glad your back and your new style looks great, stress is a funny old thing and you never know when it’s going to hit. Glad your back up and running and looking forward to seeing more of you again.
    Nancyd xx

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    Bugger about the hair … but you have such a great looking head that it actually suits you. I agree with another comment maker – grow the moustache into handlebars. I wish I’d have known that you were coming down to Dorset, I could have recommended a male salon which my son-in-law goes to, not far from where I live. They’re brilliant in there and make my s-i-law look incredible!

    Hope that you had a good time while you were here – and that you took the chance for a ride/walk through Sandbanks and drooled at some of the properties.

    Fabulous post, filled with interest, fun, and your personality. Love it.
    Take very good care John.
    Sending squidges ~ Cobs. x

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    Hi John lovely to hear you are enjoying your ‘new’ crafts and looking good to boot. Looking forward to your house warming party when the decorating is all done ha ha.
    Look after yourself, although seeing your ‘new self’ you seem to have got that covered….good on ya. Karen X

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    Olive Ann Jones May 6, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    Loved your missive, brilliant in Bournmouth went there quite a few years ago. Sorry about the hair loss, like the new look, but take care xx

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    anni shearer May 6, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    It’s all been said…glad you’re back…and looking good!

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    Jenny Johnson May 6, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    Hi John sorry to hear about you being stressed and your hair loss. Take it easy and have a break. I thought I’d not had an email from you for awhile. It suits you as you are now though too. You look great to me. Hope your not taking on too much and you get chance to relax. Take care. Jenny xx

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    Eileen Whitehead May 6, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Have a woofer whilst you are still young enough to look after it. Sadly my doggie days are over and I do miss the company especially now I am a widow.

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      The first thing to do before becoming a doggy parent is to set up your support network, you need at least one dogsitter you can rely on for the times you can’t take your dog with you to do courses etc. We go for older dogs, our current one is a twelve year old lurcher, who we got from the little rescue LurcherSOS when she was ten, her predecessor was eleven when we got her. Older dogs are perfect company, happy to plod along beside you, or keep you company while crafting, and they don’t worry what your hair looks like!

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    Sylvia Sprot May 6, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Loving the new look John

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    YAY! You iz back. Hmmm my hair fell out bug styles when I was six…had lits so didn’t look bald and dic said it was result if two bug changes, moving house and school though I didn’t feel stressed.
    Ever since it continues to fall out with varying degrees of how much but I have long hair and loss us universal so never really noticeable…umm not on my head but certainly around my home…me and the dog compete as to who’s moult is clogging the hoover : )
    Oih while I an here…quick tip…if your carpets are firmly fitted, stick on shies with a trainer styles sole then scrape each foot backwards alternating, dragging the resulting hair balk together.. .good clean up n fan work out for calves, thighs buttocks and abdomen!
    A win win umm unless you pull carpet away from grippers sshhh!
    Living your work.

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    JANET WILKINSON May 6, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    i like the lack of hair looks good but do not stress or worry it will be back

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    Hi John

    Was wondering what you were up to. You’re dealing with the alopecia really well, the new look is awesome, you need to grow your tash out, go the full handlebar, I’ll even buy you the wax and you’ll have the real gentleman’s moustache!

    Horizontal again, spine and neurology giving me a bit of a kicking so my 4 legged helper and I are lounging in a cool bedroom so no long message, just glad you’re mostly ok and got fun things to do like decorating and scan n cut workshops

    Big hugs, T x

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    Do what makes you happy John, Hugs xx

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    Great words and photos. I love to learn/try out new crafts. The paracord bracelets look great. If you can incorporate the responsibility of a dog into your life for its lifetime (and the financial costs), then please get a rescue dog. So many of all ages/sizes/types waiting for their forever home. Ali x

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    Very interesting post, such a group of attractive pics of your holiday! I too contemplated for some time before finding my furry soul mate and ‘just love him to death’. He’s eaten the stuffing from the recliner and holes in the carpet, a very active bugger. Do plenty of research to find a breed most suited to you. Some women find bald men attractive, and prefer less tickles when snuggling face to face. Just thots from across the pond, 🙂

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    Good morning John. I know that the new look wasn’t intentional BUT I think it is wonderful. My son who is losing his hair ( in his 20”s) tells me this is the style he will opt for.
    Take care of you and keep up the blogging. Grey is supposed to be calming isnt it? Great neutral colour that you can eaaily change to suit your mood too :) I love reading how creative you’ve been – it’s very inspiring. Jx

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    Hope you feeling better and relaxed after being on the seaside, lovely pictures!
    I love the colour on your walls and you wrote “t’s quite unusual as it turns different shades of grey depending on the light source that it is absorbing. Not sure that it’s supposed to, but it does!” but that is not unusual. Most of the colours do that. I had once a light green/grey colour blocs made on two different walls and a lot of people didn’t believe it was the same colour. All because of the light. So it is normal and (LOL) you get more colours for one price (LOL).
    Thanks for your update, take good care of yourself and let us know at times how it is wiht you! Have a nice sunday, it is here ( the Netherlands) bright and sunny.

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    wishing you all the best – enjoy the weather and leave the decorating until later. x

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    Hi John, don’t worry about the hair, it happened to me twice before I retired, caused by a bullying office manager. Since then I’ve had no problem and it’s all come back. I got told not to worry about the hair, it was much easier to pop my wig on in the morning than messing with blow drying. Just think it will be much cooler for the summer!!! Take care

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    sheila budgen May 6, 2018 at 11:54 am

    I hope you are feeling better, Hair is not every thing and you now look very handsome John, good luck in everything you do and I do enjoy seeing you on C&C

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    Georgina Horobin May 6, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Hi John, I would highly recommend a puppy, they brighten your day so much. Although our puppy Ted keeps running away with card and paper from my craft room to get my attention. I think you will make a lovely puppy daddy. Take care of yourself

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    catwithoneear May 6, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Sending you a big HUG John. You have been busy. Take time for yourself. I like the smooth look.
    X Chris

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    Hello John, you’re still as good looking as ever. Good job you can smile about your hair loss. I love reading your blog you make me smile. Take care of you 😀 xx

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    See what happens when you don’t listen to your body it has to take drastic measures to get your attention!! Glad it worked and the Doc has got the measure of you.(I am wagging my finger at you at the moment!!) Don’t forget to get out there while the weather is nice. Decorating can be done in the rain!! Glad you are on the mend John. xx

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    Dawn Marie Smith May 6, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Fabulous read John.puppy daddy click HaHa. I have a puppy mummy clock so really understand your dilema. Sorry about your stress related hair loss, and hope your treatment works for you. Beard or no beard you look as dashing as ever. I’m really looking forward too seeing your new projects. Especially the horse. All the best of everything

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    gwenniesgardenworld May 6, 2018 at 10:26 am

    Love your new look but why keep the moustache ? I’d go for the complete nude face !! There is a possibility that your hair will grow back though. Looks like you have been busy ! Love that iron toilet !!!!

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    Hi John. So pleased to see you on here and to know that you are O.K except for you hair loss. You still look handsome. I am missing your expertise on the T.V. for the Go Press and Foil. I see that it is going to be on at 12.00 so will record it. Won’t be the same though. You take care and above all be kind to yourself x

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    Well I think you look very dashing!!

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    Wow! You’ve been doing so much – and you say you’ve cut back! That’s the thing with stress, it isn’t just about having to do the things you don’t like, it can also come on with trying to do too much of what we do like, so take great care. Glad you managed to relax by the sea for a while – fresh sea air works wonders. Love the new-look you though, very trendy and really suits you.
    Re the Scan n Cut classes – you did a great job and I use mine now with everything crafty I do, and the family often ask me to do things for them. I don’t know how to manage without one now. I’m looking forward to the one just outside Chester in December.
    Love the grey – I used a similar shade some years ago and also found it changes with the light and also with the colours you put near it as it seems somehow to reflect them. Great choice.
    Great that you’re back blogging again – you were really missed! Love Liz X

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    Handmade By Deborah May 6, 2018 at 9:44 am

    Was wondering where you had been Gentleman – so glad you have been mixing business and pleasure and diy and rest!!! Hopefully batteries will be recharged and hair/beard restored before you know it and we will experience the pleasure of seeing you on our screens again. Take great care of yourself <3

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    Joyce Broster May 6, 2018 at 9:39 am

    With my sons choosing to have virtually no hair I thought you had gone trendy! Sorry to hear abour the hair loss and hope it returns soon (before winter!) Heed the Doc though and learn to take more time “just chillin’”. Love your crafting, looking forward to more of your creativity. xxx

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    Hi John. I knew you were toooo quiet. Glad you are back on the up road where you belong. Hot weather needs less hair anyway. Looks good on you. If you are able to take on the responsibility then absolutely take notice of your puppy clock. A wonderful destresser if ever there was one. Nothing like a cuddle with a furry friend who tells no secrets and loves you regardless. Take care of you xxx

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    Shirley Woodward May 6, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Loss.of the beard makes you look years younger! Forget about it and enjoy your decorating. Your craft room is certainly tidier than mine. Enjoy life. We can wait for your gems of knowledge for a while – they are worth waiting for. Love the grey!

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    Good morning John. I know that the new look wasn’t intentional BUT I think it is wonderful. My son who is losing his hair ( in his 20”s) tells me this is the style he will opt for.
    Take care of you and keep up the blogging. I love to read how creative you are. Jx

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    Kathleen Broadfoot May 6, 2018 at 9:08 am

    Just read your post John,fingers crossed when you start to destress your hair will come back and glad you are thinking positive,the more you worry the worse the stress gets,it happened to me a lot of years ago but was just a small patch so I know how worrying it is.Love the paint colour ,looking forward to seeing the finished lounge.x

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    Hi John! I have suffered from alopecia my whole life. When I was a kid, the docs said it was stress related, but what does a kid have to stress about?!
    Anyway, it all grew back … then a few years later fell out .. then grew back … then …
    well, you get the picture.
    The fact is it does grow back, after varying time lengths, so try not to worry.
    Incidentally, I think you suit the shorn look… just try not to get sunburned as that can damage the follicles :o) Clare x

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    Wonderful to hear from you again, always look forward to your posts.
    It is time for you to really look after yourself, and just do the things that you really enjoy.

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    Dont worry about the hair loss John. I have a grandson who is only 19 and has been completely bald for over a year now, not a scrap of hair anywhere on his body. Has been told it is unlikely to come back. Evidently there are several different grades of alopecia, but he does look quite handsome without hair I must say. At least he wont have to spend pounds on hair styles will he!! LOL

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    Fabulous post John, sorry to hear you have lost your hair, hope it comes back shortly. Great makes and looking forward to seeing the horse completed. Have a stress free bank hols xx hazel

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    Great to hear from you John, was a little worried.
    Isn’t that always the way, it jumps up and smacks you in the face, for apparently no reason.
    I had stress related alopecia once, I was only 20, the doctor said, “don’t worry about it, and it will go away” and it did……so that’s what to do, don’t worry about it xx

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    Lovely newsy newsletter. I’m off on holiday today, but hope that you get a couple of stress-free weeks too! hugs

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    Good morning John. I had the same hairloss issue as you a few years ago except I am a laydee so no beard loss to worry about ha ha. Its coming back slowly but is quite a shock when it happens. Grey is a fabulous wall colour, very light reflecting and calming. Paracord makes great puppy leads as well as bracelets…you could start preparing for a Little Stranger!

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