February 2011

Hi everyone!
I thought now that the weather has really improved it was time for another walk in ‘my park’! The last time we visited it looked like this but thankfully we have moved on to better weather.

As you can see though the swans are still happy to see the human visitors!

I just love the light you get at his time of year when it’s a lovely clear day.

Catkins – a sure sign of spring!

I never tire of looking at the silhouette of ‘the castle’.

There are little clumps of crocuses everywhere. On the banks of the lake…..

…..and round the trunks of the trees.

Last week on one day we had 15 deg C, which for this time of year is lovely. Now the weather is still very beautiful but the temperatures have dropped a little so I may well still have need for this…..

…..my aran scarf, which was the project for my knitting workshop with Debbie Abrahams this past weekend. It is made in Rowan’s British Sheep Breeds Chunky undyed yarn and very lovely it is too. It’s very soft and not at all itchy and scratchy as you might expect from 100% pure wool. The purpose of the workshop was to knit completely from a chart with no written instructions at all, lots of concentration was needed.

It was a great day, knitting with 15 other like-minded people, not having to get up to answer a phone, make a meal, sort the washing and ironing or dust and hoover, just knitting and more knitting with a little bit of craft shopping thrown in!! Bliss! 🙂

I’ll leave you with two more little ‘pretties’ from the park!

I hope wherever you are, you too can enjoy a little sunshine today and in the coming week and as always, thanks for dropping in! 🙂

Today definitely felt like Spring, the sun was shining, the birds were singing and the air was warm!

Not long until these little Tete a Tete will be in bloom especially if we get more days like today.

This was the first day this year that I’ve got my washing dried outside. I love bringing it off the clothes line in the afternoon and ironing it straight away and smelling the freshness of it. I sound like an advert for washing powder but it is great to get it dried outside in the air!

The stunning pink of this little primula enjoying the sun brings me nicely to something else that shares it’s colour…

… my latest crochet scarf, which I’ve just completed.

It has a different motif to the blue scarf but it is made in basically the same way with 11 motifs joined at an angle to each other.

It’s also nice to be able to photograph everything outside without the flash detroying the colour.

I have just one more shade in this particular yarn and I’ve made a start on another scarf.

Again using a different motif but the same basic design.

Another Japanese crochet book arrived in the post this week. You know how it is, you’re browsing on Etsy and you find something lovely and the next thing you know it has fallen into your basket!! What’s a girl to do but to ‘proceed to checkout’ !! 😉
I love these Japanese books, they’re just something different.

Well I’ll leave you with another picture of my little crocuses, it is good to be able to have garden flowers on the blog again. I think we have at last reached the beginnings of Spring!

I’m off on a knitting workshop this Saturday with Debbie Abrahams, which I’m very much looking forward to. A day of knitting including a lovely lunch, tea and cakes surrounded by lovely yarn and other crafting goodies. I can’t wait!!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend too!!! 🙂

What’s making me happy this Monday is not only having fresh flowers in my dining room……

….but also in my living room! Double the delight! 🙂

A lovely new knitting and crochet book to oooh and aaah over! 🙂

Not only a crochet work in progress to keep me busy…….

…but a knitting one too. 🙂

What’s really making me happy this Monday though are the signs of Spring in my garden.

Happy little crocuses appearing all over.

The primula with the signs of the morning rain although something else that’s really making me happy now is that the sun is now out! 🙂

Here’s hoping you can find something to make you happy this Monday too !!! 🙂

Tulips, the beautiful flowers that signal the beginning of spring! This was my first bunch this year, hopefully the first of many.

I love them when they’re tight closed.

But I also love them when they open up and almost become a completely different flower showing their beautiful centres.
I also love the way they move around and everytime you look at them they have taken on a new position.

Now I thought about how I could make them out of yarn, cotton yarn to be precise and after much trial and error I came up with this!

Believe me, it’s a fiddly business getting six petals to behave themselves when you’re working with them!

I tried to copy the centres colourwise and I think the tulip corsage is going to look better as an opened out flower rather than the closed one.

You can see it sits better opened out on a jacket. Closed up it’s much to bulky to sit right.

Well I’m off to finish my housework and then I’m going to the greenhouse to plant my tomato seeds. Planting seeds is much more fun than housework but the cleaning has to be done first. I’m being firm with myself!!

Hope you have fun whatever you’re at today.Thanks for calling in this week and as always for your lovely comments!!

Have a great weekend too! 🙂

Happy Valentines Day everyone!!

I hope you all received lots of nice treats today!

I’m afraid I’m not the world’s most romantic person. I did send my other half a Valentine card but it wasn’t of the romantic kind, it was a funny one but that’s just me!

However although I’m not romantically inclined I do love hearts and I do have quite a little collection of heart buttons and fabrics. I even managed to crochet a little heart too, not bad for an unromantic!!

There seemed to be hearts everywhere this weekend, even on my walk in the park I found some. Ivy produces some lovely hearts.

Even the puddles were heart-shaped! 🙂

One thing that I really like about Valentines Day is the sweeties. Chocolate hearts and Love Hearts, I really love Love Hearts!!

Even Love Hearts aren’t as romantic as they used to be, they still say things like ‘Be Mine’ but they now also say ‘Text Me’! That doesn’t quite have the same romantic sentiment but thankfully they still taste good and that’s the important bit!

Of course I couldn’t let Valentines Day go by without some bunnies, kissing bunnies for today. No matter which way you turn them they spin around to each other again! Ahhhhhhhh!

Have a wonderful Valentines Day however you choose to spend it whether romantically or not or just eating sweets!!! 🙂

You all know by now about my love of mohair, with my mohair corsages and Smokey Bear.
Well I decided I would like some new mohair and I sent for these lovely balls of yarn from here.

I thought this time I would make a scarf but not a normal straight up and down scarf, one made up of little crochet motifs.

I used the duck egg blue colour, now this is the name that the company have given it, personally I think it’s more of a blue grey rather than duck egg. It is still a very beautiful shade. I had to use the yarn doubled as it is a very, very fine mohair.

I used up the whole ball of yarn and I got 11 little motifs from it. I joined them together as I went along, at a slight angle each time so that they didn’t form a straight row.
It’s not a huge scarf, it’s decorative rather than practical but I’m quite pleased with the outcome!

Before I go I would just like to thank the lovely Emma from Sylvie’s Garden for awarding me ‘The Stylish Blogger’ award. Now as I have received this award before you can find the ‘7 things’ about me here in this post. As for passing it on if you’re reading this and you haven’t yet received this award, then I’m awarding it to you!! Thanks again Emma for being so kind !

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you all next week! 🙂

Yesterday my husband took a days leave from work and we headed off to the seaside for lunch and some sea air!!

Now looking at the photos above and below with the bright blue sky, the palm trees, the mustard and terracotta buildings and the clear light one could be fooled into thinking they were in the south of France but believe me the wind that was blowing in across the sea was turning my hands blue as I held the camera!! It certainly didn’t feel like the Riviera!!

However despite the cold wind it was a beautiful clear and bright day!

The little town we went to is Bangor in County Down on the shores of Belfast Lough.

It has a lovely little marina and believe me on a warm day it is lovely to wander around it, yesterday however it was a little chilly.

It was nice though to take in the sea air and watch the tide coming in and there were some lovely skies.

As you can see from the clock these photos were taken at ten minutes to five and look at the sky, there is definitely a stretch in the evenings, brilliant. 🙂

This view was taken out across Bangor Bay towards Belfast Lough where the Titanic would have made her very first voyage, she would have sailed past here after she left Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast!

It was lovely to take a day out have some lunch and enjoy the sea air, definitely good for the soul!!

And did this little seaside town have a yarn shop?? Of course it did!!
And did I purchase some yarn?? Of course I did!!

Teal and mustard are the colours of the week for me, looking forward to making something with them!

Happy Tuesday everyone and have a great week! 🙂

Today is the Chinese New Year and my attention has been drawn to it this year because 2011 is ‘the year of the rabbit’! Now anyone who knows me well will know that it’s always ‘the year of the rabbit’ in my house!

I adore rabbits and I have them dotted all over the house!

Family and friends have bought me many different rabbits over the years and I have bought myself one or two as well. 😉

I reckon 2011 should be a good year if the rabbits are in charge! 🙂

Well this is my fourth post in as many days, I seem to have plenty to say (or waffle on about) this week!!!

Have a great weekend everyone, thanks again for dropping in and I’ll see you all next week! 🙂

Well here we are at the last Splash of Colour post organised by Emma of Silverpebble. When the Splash of Colour posts started at the beginning of November, spring seemed a long way off and now, happily, it’s just around the corner.

This month I thought that flowers seemed the most appropriate subjects as we look forward to springtime. The above daffodil is from my first bunch of daffodils of the year. This lovely bunch of flowers are definitely brightening up my living room and me too, when I look at them!!

This pretty little pot of tete a tete are having the same effect on the kitchen!

Last weekend I bought this lovely box of primula to cheer up my window boxes, which are a bit sad looking after the severe weather at Christmas time. Something pretty to look out at when I’m busy in the kitchen. Primula have the most intense colours, just gorgeous and just the right flower for this time of year.

Now I have just finished my spring cleaning. Am I feeling quite self-righteous? You bet I am !!! My theory is, get the spring cleaning done during January then when spring does arrive you won’t have to waste it cleaning!! Spring should be for gardening, walking, knitting, crocheting, baking and all the other pleasant things in life, certainly not cleaning! Now during my spring cleaning many things turn up and I have shared some of them already. This last week I’ve been cleaning my kitchen cupboards and when this gets done all my china (and there is quite bit of it) gets taken out, washed and put back, sadly I never seem to use any of it anymore. We got so many teasets as wedding presents and my last Splash of Colour photo shows one of them. It’s Royal Albert’s Lady Carlisle and although I’m generally not a ‘pink person’ this china is so pretty, I thought I would share it with you.

Just before I go I would like to thank Emma for coming up with the Splash of Colour idea. It helped get us through the dark days of winter and always kept us on the look-out for colour.
Check out Emma’s blog for some more links to Splash of Colour posts and the Splash of Colour Flickr group for lots more colour!

Well it’s the start of a new month and time to have a look at my sycamore tree again and see how it’s moving towards spring. At first glance it doesn’t seem to have changed much but close up it has a lot more buds than the January tree photo.

It is very springlike here this morning and before I went into the garden the tree was full of starlings chirping and chattering and preening themselves in the morning sunshine, I think they thought it was like spring too!

The tight little buds are waiting just for the right moment to burst open, hope that little moment will be soon, then we’ll know for sure that spring has arrived.

Underneath the tree the little bulbs are pushing their way through and it won’t be long until we have crocuses and then bluebells!

Now I know that February is still a winter month but it’s a winter month with a touch of spring. With the lighter evenings and certainly with our lovely weather here this morning, I feel spring is close!
Happy days ! 🙂