November 2010


You’ll remember I introduced you to ‘my park’ here, well today I’m going to take you on another park walk but this time it’s a snowy one!

Yesterday afternoon we got wrapped up put our boots on and took ourselves off for a wintery walk.

We had what I consider to be the right amount of snow, enough to make the park and gardens pretty and festive but not too much so that the country came to a standstill. The roads were clear and everyone could get about their lives.

The park looked stunning in it’s covering of snow!

Although a lot had thawed due to the morning sunshine, the greenery still had a little frosting.

The lake had frozen around the edges and the wildfowl were going for a walk along the top of it.

The sun was beginning to set and the sky was beautiful.

It’s such a novelty for us to get ‘Christmas card’ photos like this at this time of year!

The silhouettes of the bullrushes against the sky and frozen lake were brilliant.

Yes it was cold but it was very beautiful and it felt good to get outside and have a good walk to blow away the cobwebs.
We never take for granted what a privilege it is to live near this wonderful park!

Have a great week everyone and if it’s possible wrap up warm and get out there and enjoy the season! 🙂

I think crochet, candles and coal are all that’s needed for this weekend !
I hope the weather is not too awful where you are.
Have a cosy weekend and stay warm! 🙂

Just wanted to show you some pretty new things!

Firstly, my new Moo cards have arrived!
They have been designed by my son and there are four different images using my favourite colours. I’m soooo pleased with these!! 🙂

And secondly, I received these gorgeous coasters and birdie in the post yesterday. They are made by the talented Mia of HandmadebyMia.
Check out Mia’s Etsy store for more of her lovely creations!

Well Wednesday already and getting closer to a new month, scary!!
Enjoy the rest of the week and to my friends in the U.S.A. have a great Thanksgiving ! 🙂

Hi everyone from a lovely bright and sunny N. Ireland I’m very pleased to say. 🙂

Now anyone who knows me will know I’m more of a bah-humbug than a ho-ho-ho but I have got sucked in to the festive spirit this year rather earlier than I normally would! This weekend I managed to get this little holly bag finished which is now in my Etsy shop. It’s knit in a wool/ alpaca/acrylic mix yarn in a biscuit colour and actually with the holly it reminds me of a mince pie!!

The bag has been lined in a pretty holly fabric. The same fabric actually that I’m using in my cushion for the swap (which is coming on ok!). I’ve then knitted some little holly leaves for the front which are finished off with some shiny red beady berries and a red and white check ribbon!

While we’re on the subject of holly, some more of my holly leaves will appear next week on Mia’s blog as part of her Christmas Calendar which starts on the 1st December. So make sure you call in every day with Mia in the run up to Christmas for some festive fun!

Before I go I just wanted to let you know that Green Rabbit Designs is now on Facebook. You can find me by clicking on the icon at the top of the blog on the right! If you are on facebook already call in and make sure to “like” (I believe this to be the term!!!)the page!!

Have a great week! 🙂

I don’t know I can’t seem to get much crafting done at the minute. Too much washing, ironing, cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping and other such boring things!! I have however managed to complete these little blue cotton roses, at the request of a dear friend, thanks Mia for getting me motivated ! 🙂

I still have a lot of unfinished items sitting about which hopefully will get completed soon.

Now you’ve seen the blue roses so what about the pink?
Well look at this little fighter……..

…….. in bud in all this dreadful weather. I don’t know if it will make it into flower after all the torrential rain and gales we’ve had and are forecast still to get but bless it, it’s trying!

When I was in the greenhouse to photograph my corsages (good daylight with the added benefit of being warm and dry), I noticed my geraniums still in bloom but they’re quite cosy inside away from the elements. Actually the photos look like they were taken on a summer’s day (I wish). At least they’re something bright to look at on a grey day, we can do with all the brightness we can get these days. Like the wonderful news of the royal engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton, another bit of brightness on a grey day! I’m so looking forward to their wedding, oh I do love a royal wedding! 🙂

Finally I’ll leave with this little pile which is destined to become a cushion cover for the Dutch Sisters Pillow Swap. My swap partner stated that she didn’t want a knitted or crocheted cushion which is a bit unfortunate as that is my ‘thing’. The extent of my sewing is to sew up a lining for my bags which isn’t that testing! I’ll just have to pretend that it’s a big bag lining!!
I’ll let you see how I get on!

Enjoy the rest of the week, can you believe it’s Wednesday already!

I am hoping for a productive weekend!
This week I haven’t really got a lot done on the craft front, lots of things started (as usual) but not a lot completed. I have shown some glimpses here of the WIP’s but hopefully next week I’ll have some finished items.

I’m also hoping for a productive weekend on the ‘C’ front as well! It’s only 6 weeks and it’s time I had some presents bought!!!

I hope you all have a lovely and of course a productive weekend too!! 🙂

Edited to add: Can I just apologize to those people who have just read this post and panicked because I said there was only 5 weeks to Christmas! I have counted again on my fingers and it’s 6, so sorry, I hope I haven’t spoilt your weekend! I’ve now changed it to avoid any more distress! I’m quite relieved myself. Continue enjoying your weekend. 🙂

I took this photo on my recent trip to London. It is the Canadian War Memorial in Green Park close to Buckingham Palace and it is a memorial to the fallen Canadian soldiers of the two World Wars. I photographed it as I loved how the real sycamore leaf mirrored the maple leaves in the memorial.
However I thought today, Armistice Day, was a good day to share it with you.

I would like to dedicate this post to all those brave men and women who gave their lives for our freedom in two World Wars and in subsequent wars right up to the present day. To all those who suffered horrific injuries due to war and are still suffering and also to those who still serve.

“We will remember them”

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