My post today is a bit like an episode of Sesame Street, as it’s brought to you by the colour orange.

It’s another dull start to the week so I’ve been seeking out a little cheering colour and there is none more cheerful than the colour orange.

I have mentioned before how much I love orange flowers in the garden and there are still a few out there shining like little jewels. The weather has been so mild with no frost yet at all so the nasturtiums are still blooming their little hearts out and my window boxes are doing well too!

I also have a lovely bunch of peachy orange peruvian lilies on my dining room table, I do love fresh flowers in the house at all times.

The contents of my craft basket have an orangey tint at the moment and my long time work-in-progress autumn blanket also has its hint of orange (really must finish it)!

Even part of my lunch is orange today, I didn’t need the spoon to eat the orange, it’s part of a set that I brought back from France and I just thought it looked good, artistic license!!! πŸ˜‰

I’m actually wearing an orange scarf today as well but sorry no selfies!

It’s only 34 days until the shortest day and 45 days until pre-spring, the brighter days are coming and I’m just doing what I can to get myself there!

Have a great week! πŸ™‚


There is so much colour in the garden at the moment, it’s a joy to be out there in it, I’m going to miss these days when they are gone!



















I found this little chap in my garage, he was exhausted, so I made him up some sugar syrup and after a long drink, a little rest and a wash, he flew off a happy little bee again.

And just to prove that all the colours of the rainbow are blooming in my garden at the moment, I made this little collage from some my photos!

Rainbow Garden Collage

Thanks so much for dropping by and for leaving such lovely comments!

Wishing you a lovely weekend ahead and fingers crossed for a continuation of our amazing UK weather! πŸ™‚


The fields of oilseed rape are in full bloom at the moment and I have to say they are quite spectacular, the road that this field is on has fields of the crop on both sides and the colour is quite breath taking.


The smell of the crop is not quite as nice as the colour though, it has a strange scent and I have to say I’m quite glad I don’t live beside the fields.


I am a big fan of the oil that it produces though and as a vegetarian I think it makes the best roast potatoes!


Lots of yellow in the garden too, which is just as well as the skies are still grey!!




I found plenty of yellow in my latest park walk too.


So why so much yellow today, well over on Facebook this week the lovely Emma of Hole House has been having a rainbow week with each colour of the rainbow being featured on a different day. I was asked if I would like to join in and as much as I would have loved to have had something for each day, that wasn’t possible so I picked Wednesday which was ‘yellow day’ as I have had a little girl that I wanted to make in my head for a while now and this was her time!


I’d like you all to meet Suzie Sunshine!!

If you’re on Facebook why not pop over to Emma’s page and join in rainbow week, everyone is welcome.


So if you are like us and the sun has been missing for a day or two I hope this has brought a little brightness to your day!

πŸ™‚ Happy Yellow Wednesday!!! πŸ™‚


I’m in search of colour today!! Why, you ask………


because this is what the weather is like here today!!!!

So I took my camera for a walk around the house and into the garden and greenhouse to find some colour to share with you!







Even my new Valentine girl is a colourful one, normally I personally prefer the earthy coloured bunnies but that bright pop of yellow is just the ticket for this dull and grey day! Her name is Carys by the way, from the Welsh for love.

Just before I go I would like to thank the lovely Susana from the blog La Ventura Azul for awarding me the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’, thanks Susana, you’re very kind!

So it’s a bit of a dismal day here I’m afraid, I hope it’s brighter where you are, thanks for visiting!

Happy Tuesday! πŸ™‚


There are so many plants in my garden at the moment that are purple and green, like this beautiful Morning Glory!

It’s such a lovely colour combination and nature does it so well.


Clover, grown from a wildflower seed mix.




Buddleia ~ the bees and butterflies favourite!


Double petunias.




These trailing petunias are in a hanging basket in my front porch and the scent is amazing.


Eryngium, a very pretty little plant.


So taking my inspiration from nature, I got making!!

Hydie Collage

And this is what I came up with!

Meet Hydie, named after the beautiful hydrangeas on her skirt. Strangely, hydrangea is the one plant not blooming in my garden at the moment, I think I may have pruned it too much last autumn and although it looks healthy it has no blooms, maybe next year.

Anyhow Hydie is off to live in, very appropriately, leafy Cheshire!

Hope you all have a lovely weekend, it has started off pretty dull here but ‘they’ promise sunshine later!

Happy weekend!!! πŸ™‚


It used to be I never won anything, not a thing no matter how many competitions or giveaways I entered it was always someone else who was the lucky one.

Lately though this seems to have changed as I have been so lucky to win so many lovely things.


Last month I received an email from Jane Crowfoot letting me know that I had won the above competition which I had entered at the end of last year in Simply Crochet magazine.

I had forgotton all about entering but I was absolutely thrilled to win such a brilliant prize, worth Β£195!!!


Just as my daughter was leaving the house one morning last week she shouted in “Mum I have just signed for a parcel for you from the postman”. It was quite a heavy box and I couldn’t think what it was I had ordered, nothing came to mind. My daughter delayed her departure as she was just as nosy curious to see what it was too.

When the box was opened this wonderful array of yarn was revealed. Thirty one balls of Rowan Cotton GlacΓ©, a yarn I love, in colours which could have been picked for me personally!

There is something so wonderful about this much colourful yarn all in the one place. Breathtaking actually!


As it is a crochet-along I’m not sure exactly what it is I’m making yet. I do know that it is a Persian and Islamic inspired design hence the wonderful yarn colours. I receive my first set of patterns by email next week and then once a month until July, so looking forward to that.


I also know that it involves beading as these three packets of gorgeous Debbie Abraham Beads arrived with the delicious yarn.


So haven’t I been a lucky girl!! I just hope I can do the project justice and most importantly keep up with it.

My home is upside down at the moment as we are about to get a new kitchen fitted! I am so looking forward to my new kitchen, just not the upheaval that will go with it. Everything that lives in the kitchen is now distributed throughout the rest of the house. It’s a nightmare and from tomorrow onwards for a week or more I’m going to have ‘men’ in my home, don’t you just hate it when you have ‘men’ in your home!!!

I think I may just retire to my bedroom with my crochet!

Happy Tuesday, we have sun again! πŸ™‚

tree fest 1

This beautiful country church is the church where my husband and I were married in 1981, it’s the one where my parents were married way back in 1944 and it’s the one where my daughter and her fiance will be married next year in 2013! There have been many family weddings, christenings (including my children, myself and my mother) and sadly funeral services held here over the years. It’s a special place for all my family.

It is a very beautiful old building but last weekend it became (if possible) even more so when it hosted a Christmas Tree Festival.

There were over 70 trees within it’s walls decorated by local businesses, individuals, organisations and local schools, each being given a brief and then left to their own imaginations how they would interpret it.

It was absolutely amazing with people queuing over the four days to get in to see it, many people returning for a second time to take it all in.

I thought I would share some of it with you, just so you can see some of the many trees, if I were show them all it would be a very long post.

rainbow tree
Rainbow Tree

perfume tree
Perfume Tree

The following trees were all decorated by local children from primary schools, playgroups etc.

animal tree bethlehem tree
Animal Tree & Bethlehem Tree
butterfly tree nativity tree
Butterfly Tree & Nativity Tree
star tree ewe tree
Star Tree & Ewe Tree

Now some of the more unusual trees……

upside down tree knitted tree
Upside Down Tree & Knitted Tree
spreding the word cushion tree
Spreading the Word Tree & Cushion Tree

So just a little taster of the Christmas Tree Festival, there were so many more beautiful and clever trees.


Now this tree, the Gabriel Tree was a little bit special to me as I contributed a decoration to it!


This is my little angel!


She’s singing! πŸ™‚

tree fest 3

This was the last tree you passed on the way out, actually there were three of them and everyone was asked to write a little note and tie it on the tree before they left.

It was an extremely successful event and thanks to the very generous donations made a lot of money was raised for the upkeep of this lovely building.

With the exception of the Gabriel Tree and my angel photos all the photos in this post belong to my hubbie, his all singing, all dancing camera is much more suited to these occasions than my little point and shoot!

church at night

Before I leave you just a reminder that my giveaway is still on until midnight tomorrow (Thurs 6/12/12), you can leave a comment here to enter.

Happy Wednesday everyone, the Christmas decorations are coming out tonight! πŸ™‚

Blue and grey have been pretty much the colours of the week. One minute the sky was blue then very quickly it turned a deep grey, the heavens open and it poured!!

It’s not just been the ‘bright blue before the storm’ colour of blue either, we have had the dark navy blue of an angry thundery sky too.

It’s no secret how much I love a bright blue sky and sunshine but I also love a thunderstorm! There’s something quite exciting about an electrical storm but when it’s over I like the bright blue sky to come back again. It’s the rain that begins in the morning and stays all day I don’t like.

I think my crochet flowers this week have been influenced by the skies as they all have been blue and grey, the blue being of the thundery kind!

Well here we are at the beginning of another weekend and almost at the end of another month!! Where does it all go to???
It’s been lovely to have you visit this week, have a wonderful blue sky weekend. πŸ™‚

I’m linking this post with the ‘Making Winter’ series organised by Silverpebble and Thriftyhousehold. This is the last of four months of posts to help ease the pain of winter and make it something to celebrate.

Now as you know I left winter behind a while back as the Green Rabbit calendar has been in pre-spring season for two months now and come Thursday 1st March we will, according to the Green Rabbit calendar, be in spring ( I don’t go by equinoxes)!

However as I have taken part in this project all along, I thought it only correct to join in with the final one and to finally put winter to bed and what better way to do it than with a rainbow!

Rainbows always appear when the sun comes out after the rain and I hope my little rainbow signals the end of cold, wet, grey days and the start of clear, bright, sunshiny days!

I chose yarn in the seven colours of the rainbow.

Made seven little buttons in the same seven colours.

And crocheted seven corsages with seven petals each.

Lets hope this is the start of seven long months of happy bright days!!!

Check here for others taking part in ‘Making Winter’ and here for some lovely images.

Happy Tuesday everyone, spring’s coming!!! πŸ™‚

Everything is a bit grey around here today but in a good way! Even the sky is grey but as it is still so very mild I really don’t mind, so long as the blue sky doesn’t stay away for too long!

The yarns are grey!

The fabrics are grey!

And the knitting is grey!

Now as we know black and white make grey, so it really is a wonder that this lot don’t turn grey they’re so mixed up……….

RJ at the back, Jessie on the right, Charlie in the middle and Polly at the front! πŸ™‚

Just to prove it’s not all grey around here today I do have a pretty little potted gerbera on my table to add a little bit of colour.

Well the weekend is almost upon us again, where time goes to is a mystery to me. This weekend I’ll be able to shop for the first time in a Cath Kidston shop without going to the mainland or shopping on-line as she is opening her first shop in N.I. today in Belfast.
The new shop is just across the street from Avoca, almost next door to Paperchase, down the street a little from Whitestuff and around the corner from Accessorize (can you tell my favourite shops here), so happy days!!
If you’re free on Saturday afternoon you’re very welcome to come shopping with me!!

Happy weekend! πŸ™‚

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