Friday, 19 April 2019

Time to open up the Summer House

It has been a long wait to get out into the garden, so with the sun shining we opened up the summer house, removed the stored BBQ, cobwebs and cleaned everything down.
We ate lunch on trays watching the fish darting about in the pool. and generally enjoying the day.
Time to get the crochet out, and work on my new blanket.

The view from my chair in the summer house.

Good Friday Discovery

The weather is glorious so we decided to make the most of Good Friday and go for a walk.
We did not want to go too far as usually the traffic is terrible on Bank Holidays plus the local children are on school holidays.
A little research turned up Bradlaugh Fields, neither of us had ever heard of it and it turned out to only be a short distance [2 miles?] from where we live.
Developed from a former golf course, Bradlaugh Fields is a 60-hectare site opened in 1998 having been designed by the local community for the local community.
It has been developed into a site rich in flora uncommon in Europe. A third of the British butterfly species can be found there along with a protected area for badgers.
Because of its conservation value, the park attracts a wide range of visitors each year from education groups to local community activities.

It turned out to be somewhere we definitely go again, although with so many dog walkers we felt bereft not having a dog!
Mowed paths lead through interesting wooded areas, and we still have the main path and barn to explore.

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Old jeans to new bag

A friend joined me for a sewing day today, while she worked on her quilt, I took an old pair of black jeans and cut them up to make a new bag.  The back pocket is the size of my ipad while the ‘pocket’ will hold my iPhone.
I used a pretty red fabric for the lining.



Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Experiment in crochet colours

Funny how after an illness and doing absolutely nothing for a couple of weeks I feel like doing everything and starting a number of new projects.
Having just completed the Sweetpea blanket designed by Lucy at Attic24 I thought I would have a go at designing a colourway for a new blanket to match my new bedroom curtains.
This is a first for me, as I usually find I am quite happy to let someone else do the designing and I just like the making process and follow blindly in their choice of colours.

Armed with my Stylecraft Special DK chart I chose 13 [+2] colours to match my fabric, then gave it to Chris and asked him to do the same. Bingo we agreed on all but two, so the order was placed on Monday with Woolwarehouse and like magic when I arrived home at lunchtime today [Wednesday] the package had arrived... brilliant service and all neatly in its own little bag.
The 13 colours to match my curtain fabric.

Just another view, the [+2] extra balls are so I can crochet more rows of the background colours.

Back in a craft mood

After just over two weeks of chesty cough and terrible cold I feel like doing something.
This pair of socks were almost completed about six weeks ago so I picked up my DPNs [double point needles] and completed them in time for Easter.
Knitted with Regia 4ply wool in one of Arne and Carlos's designs.. cannot find the label to tell you the colour.  I love working with this yarn as it is so interesting seeing the different colours appear, and even more satisfying that it worked according to the instructions they both come out the same.

I have a couple more pairs waiting to be completed, so better hurry before it gets too warm to wear them.

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Easter school holidays

Wednesday Abigail and Eleanor arrived for three days, with Abigail staying and Eleanor going home overnight [her choice].
I have been SO looking forward to having the girls here, but a slight bump long the way I have gone down with a terrible cough and cold which meant some of the plans had to be altered.

We started their visit with a decluttering of the furry toys they have accumulated here plus a car load of "stuff" to go to Emmaus Charity shop. We have the rule to bring home less than we take and other than one thing Chris bought we did pretty well.
A chilly sunny day taking items to the Charity shop.
A visit to the Carlton Country Park for a quick dose of fresh air and a play on the gym machines.
Feeding the ducks and swans

Thursday the girls planted runner bean seeds into pots, Scarlet Emperor. I intend to plant them in a freshly cleared raised bed.

Potting up seeds

Eleanor went home in the evening to try on her new leotard, she was so excited and looks great.
Friday a visit to the Britannia Inn restaurant for lunch went down well.
Different burgers for the girls
Fish and Chips for Chris and me.
Everyday was 'mystery games day'. having sorted out all the games we own into one place they took it in turns to choose a game, most of which we had not played in years!
Triominos, Monopoly[English version], Game of Life, Card game we call 65p [but we used smarties] UNO, Rummikub, Sequence, Monopoly [ American version] and Ticket to Ride [French version].

Ticket to ride


Travelling across France.
All is quiet today as they have gone on holiday, so now to get well again before the Easter weekend.




Friday, 5 April 2019

March into April

How often do we say "where has the time gone" but where has it gone, here we are in April already.

March the 31st was Mothering Sunday, and I found this lovely photo of my Mum Catherine Mary Simons [nee Ashby]
Always known as Mum, Mary, Gt Grandma etc etc...
She joined the St John Ambulance Brigade as a young woman and became one of their nurses, she volunteered to help during the war only to find herself pregnant with me and unable to serve. Miss you Mum.
With Jacq away in China, Richard and the girls came for lunch on Mothering Sunday.
As usual we player Ticket to Ride after lunch, one of my favourite games.
Thursday was IAM craft day with seven of us enjoying a relaxing day sewing, knitting , crocheting and lacemaking.
Ann had worked hard to make a large selection of birthday cards.
Clare's lace in the foreground.

Penny had completed her Christmas quilt.

Clare showed us her pinwheel quilt, love the soft colours.



Dorn was working on a pile of hexagons and diamonds.
Maureen was busy crocheting her Sweetpea blanket, while I worked on the binding of a UFO quilt

Sunday, 31 March 2019

Goodbye Wales

Our six days in Llandudno have come to an end. The weather has been wonderful and we have really enjoyed our stay. Room 611 on the third floor had all we needed and a great view of the surrounding hills. Our meal times were enjoyed with the company of Toss and John from the Isle of Wight.
Not the best photo, should have held the camera higher!

Friday, 29 March 2019

Coast Guard excitement

Having bought sausage rolls and buns from Greggs [well we are on holiday!] we parked overlooking the sea to eat them for lunch.
The sea here has strong currents and there are warnings posted everywhere. Most people were walking their dogs and enjoying the safe are except for one person who seemed to ignore everything and wander into a more dangerous area. Next thing we knew the coastguard van and volunteers seemed to arrive from nowhere. One took off to talk to the idiot ignoring everything, while at the same time a person with two dogs started walking further along the unsafe area. The dog walker was rescued by a lifeboat dinghy telling him to run back the way he had come and boy did he shift!
All safety rescued and many thanks for the prompt action of the Coastguards.


Bodnant Gardens

Decided to spend our last day here in Llandudno visiting the Nation Trust Bodnant Gardens. The sun is shining and temperature reached 15 degrees... lovely.
Bodnant is always a popular destination for us and the gardens are really beautiful any time of year. Today the hyacinths were a real picture and the smell as you walked along the paths really nice. Also the Rhododendrons and Azaleas were in full flower, such a pretty sight.





Castell Penrhyn

What a pleasant surprise, we woke to beautiful sunshine and decided on a day visiting two National Trust properties in this area, Penrhyn Castle and Plas Newydd on Anglesey.

Penrhyn Castle is one of the most opulent building we have ever seen, with the most beautiful carvings and wall decoration. Built in the 13th century it has wonderful views across to Snowdon and the North Wales coast. It also houses a railway museum, including an engine named Kettering.

Plas Newydd was our next stop across the water in Anglesey. Famed for its 58 foot mural by Rex Whistler it did not disappoint. The building is the ancestral home of the Marquess of Anglesey and still lived in by descendants. [last photo]








Time to open up the Summer House

It has been a long wait to get out into the garden, so with the sun shining we opened up the summer house, removed the stored BBQ, cobwebs ...