September 2011

Oh I know what you’re all thinking, here she goes again with more cosmos!
It’s just these flowers have been so brilliant all summer and actually still are!

This what my garden looks like at the moment, still so many of them in bloom.

The high winds of late have broken a few of the tall stems, so I’ve now got a lovely little posy for my kitchen window.

Apparently cosmos is native to Mexico, makes you wonder how it does so well here!!!

This one however will have no problem with the elements!

I crocheted it in a creamy white cotton and I just love the yellow button for the centre.

I’m going to pop it into my shop.

So there you go, as September quickly disappears, this is my last salute to what was the summer of 2011!

Happy Tuesday everyone. 🙂

In this post I’m going to take you round the beautiful Sagrada Famila and the amazing Parc Güell, my two favourite places in Barcelona! Both the designs of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí.

As you can see the Sagrada Familia is still very much a work in progress with all the cranes surrounding it!

When Gaudí died in 1926 the church was only 25% completed and since then construction has stopped and started until at present it is about half way there.

Inside it is breathtaking with the pillars reaching way up to the very high ceiling. Gaudí wanted them to resemble a forest and that really is a good description of what they look like.

The light inside is spectacular.

The stain glass is reflected throughout the building.

Just look at these wonderful stain glass windows!

The colours are like jewels.

I do hope you appreciate these photos and the sacrifice I made in order to get them!! You see I have no head for heights, they completely freak me out actually but right to the top we went.

I’m ok (ish) if I’m inside a building but all this open air stuff is scary and I was quite glad when I was back on solid ground!!

The stone work must have taken such a long time to complete as it is all so very detailed.

We were in the Sagrada Familia for hours there was so much to see, definitely worth visiting!

Parc Güell is another must-see when in Barcelona!

The famous mosaic dragon.

These two buildings are either side of the entrance, the one on the left is now a museum but Gaudí did live in it at one time, the other one is now a shop.

This bench is the focal point of the park and takes the form of a sea serpent and the mosaics are a-maz-ing!

All these mosaics were taken from different sections of the bench, I could have taken photos all day!

We had the most fantastic time in Barcelona! Would I go back? Oh yes, in a heart beat, I hope the opportunity comes my way again!

Thank you for sharing our 30th anniversary trip with me, sorry about the length of the posts but it was very hard to leave photos out and believe me I did!

Thanks as always for being here and I hope you all have a lovely weekend! 🙂

I’ll leave you with one more photo taken from the top of Parc Guell overlooking Barcelona, you can see the Sagrada Familia on the left of the picture.

Well here I am back again after a wonderful trip to beautiful Barcelona. It was simply amazing and we enjoyed it so much. The weather was brilliant with temperatures over 30 degrees C. every day, in fact it was still in the mid twenties at bedtime!!

This post is going to be mostly just photos to show the beauty of Barcelona!

Firstly the old ………..

The new ………

(yes, that’s us !!)

The 1992 Olympic Stadium ……….

The markets ……….

The plants and flowers ……….

The colourful and the quirky ………..

The yarn shops 😉 ……….

All you knit is love

La Barcelana

The beaches ……….

The Magic Fountain ……….

If you have got this far, thank you for sticking with me! Barcelona is a truely fantastic place. Any of you who are familar with the city will realise that I have left out what are probably the two most amazing attractions of a visit to Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell. These two places are so wonderful that I have decided that they deserve their own post which I will bring to you later in the week.

Before I go, can I just thank you all for your lovely anniversary wishes for my husband and myself, we had a great time and feel we really celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary.

During the time I was away I had a little giveaway running and thanks to the random number generator the winner of the Michaelmas Daisy Corsage and notecards is ……….

comment number 31 who is Julie from Little Cotton Rabbits, well done!

Thank you everyone who left a comment and I’m sure there will be another giveaway soon.

Have a great week everyone! 🙂

Another bag is finished, this time it’s the raspberry one. It is knitted in an alpaca/wool/acrylic mix yarn in a lovely shade of green.

I have lined the bag in a pretty raspberry print fabric and pinned the raspberry corsage on to the front.

August and September are a time of celebration in my family. We had my husband’s birthday in August, mine last week and on Monday 12th my husband and I will be married for 30 years! To celebrate our Pearl Anniversary we going on a little trip to Barcelona from Monday to Friday. We are soooo looking forward to it. 🙂

So I will be missing from this little place next week and I thought it would be a good time to have a small giveaway to run over the days I’m away!

I have made a little corsage of Michaelmas Daisies. I don’t have any of these in my garden but I would like some, they are a lovely little burst of colour at this time of year.

So if you would like to win this corsage along with some pretty notecards then all you have to do is leave a comment before midnight (BST) on Sunday 18th September, easy as that! (This giveaway is now closed, thank you)

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and an enjoyable week ahead and I’ll ‘see’ you all soon.
Thanks as always for visiting me here and for all your lovely birthday wishes this week, I really appreciated every single one of them. 🙂

Well today was my birthday, now where did that year go to??

I have spent a really lovely day with my family and have been totally spoilt!

Lots of lovely cards from family and friends, don’t they know me well, bunnies and kitties!

And lots of gorgeous presents too!

Pretty flowers, as well as a delicious cake!

All in all it’s been a brilliant day. 🙂

Thank you to all my lovely family and friends for all my beautiful gifts!

I have managed to finish up one of the bags that I was making for the berries and cherries corsages.

This is the Pink Strawberry Bag.

I have lined the bag with a pretty green strawberry print fabric.

And of course the little crocheted strawberry corsage has been pinned to the front of the bag. The corsage can moved anywhere on the bag and can also be removed and worn on a jacket as well.

The bag is suitable to hold all essentials such as keys, phone, purse, etc but could also be used as a home decoration.

It can be found here.

Hope your week has got off to a good start and that your weather is so much better than ours!!!

Well here we at the start of another new month and September has come in bright and sunny like all the rest of them with the exception of August!

Just look at that sky! Typical though that as the kids go back to school, the good weather returns!
This morning as I was taking my photographs there wasn’t a breeze, the sun was shining, it was warm, the birds were singing and ……..

the kittens were wrestling!! 😉

Honestly it was all so peaceful R.J. was lying in the sun minding his own business and Polly dropped in from what seemed like above and started messing about!! She even took me by surprise as I was taking R.J.’s photo and he was posing so nicely. They are ever so funny, never a dull moment!

Anyhow back to the September tree! It was full of all kinds of insects this morning.

Most of the leaves are still shiny and green.

Although we can see signs of what is to come!

I have to say though and this will amaze many of you, I have been thinking of autumn this week. I’ve been drawn to all things ‘rusty’ coloured and I have even bought some new clothes in those colours.

I even compiled a treasury over on Etsy using items made in those rusty/orange shades.

Rusty, handspun Fal…


Autumn Nocturne – V…


Copper red hand kni…


Linen pincushion -…


Doris… crochet po…


ADD COLOUR Rust che…


Vintage glass bobby…


Rusty Brown polymer…


Rusty Orange and Na…


NINU’ – neckwar…


OOAK Rusty Sage Cer…


Rust Red Cable Fing…


Rusty Mum Ring




Magnet – Clever Fox…


Handmade Acorns, Gi…


Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

All of the items are gorgeous and if you click on any of the photos it will take you straight to that shop and if you click here it will take you directly to the treasury.

So there you go, me feeling autumny, who would have thought it!! However this morning was so lovely I’m thinking now that maybe we’re going to have an Indian Summer and have a few more weeks of sunshine! See, the autumny feeling didn’t last long, did it! 😉

Hope you’re all having a good week and that you have a wonderful weekend ahead and as always, thanks for visiting! 🙂