Friday, 10 October 2014

My latest blanket.......almost finished!

 This is my latest banket.You all know I am addicted to making blankets.This is not quite finished in that I have the edging to do.Quite a daunting task but I wanted to show you how it looked so far.The granny square pattern is from Jane Brocket's The Gentle Art of Knitting(I know it is crocheted but there is a crochet section!)It gobbles up the wool but makes for a thicker blanket.I used Stylecraft Special D.K.which is quite cheap but very soft and comes in 54 shades.I must say I am thrilled with how the colours have gone together and as the nights get colder working on a blanket is lovely and cosy and warm.
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Sunday, 28 September 2014

It does my soul good...

 It does my soul good to go to Ness Gardens on the Wirral.I had a lovely long shot of the gardens but it has disappeared!Ness Gardens was born of one man's passion for plants and his desire to share it with others.When Liverpool cotton merchant Arthur Bulley began to create a garden in 1898 he laid the foundations for a wonderful botanic garden.He was responsible for introducing plants from China and the Himalayas to Britain.After his death in 1948 his daughter presented the gardens to Liverool University along with £75,000.
We are friends of Ness(less than £40 a year for two of us) so we can go any time.Every time we go we see things we havn't seen before.The picture above is of fruit on a magnolia tree.New to me.You can harvest the seeds and try and grow them yourself.
 This a fruit from a Japanese Dogwood(Cornus Kousa Chinensis).So unusual and new to me again.
 There were masses of these Colchium alongside tiny cyclamen.Colchium are strange.They have leaves in the Spring,they die and then the flowers come along.
Look at this sunflower!10 foot high.
 "scarlet" kale.
Why can I not grow nasturtiums like this?I have tried numerous times and always fail.
We had a lovely afternoon walk.It is a wonderful garden to visit.So tranquil.We just sat and admired the view(the photo that disappeared) and enjoyed the peace.All we could hear were the birds singing.Lovely.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Zentangle.Have you tried it?

 Zentangling is something I have recently discovered,The idea is that it is a form of relaxation and a kind of meditation.You are so involved in doing the patterns you don't think about anything else.I bought this book"One Zentangle a Day".It is a 6 week course in creative drawing for relaxation,inspiration and fun.
 First attempt.
 Second attempt.
you end up being able to do patterns like the one above.
Unfortunately I never seem to find time to do it every day.I am not artistic at all so this appealed to me.I have thoroughly enjoyed what I have done so far and intend as Autumn arrives to fit it into my daily routine.
Has anyone else had a go at this?

Monday, 8 September 2014

Two holidays cancelled,one salvaged(partly).

                                         Early in June my OH started passing blood in his urine.We spent 6 hours in A&E,tests were ordered but from then on our lives were on hold.We were about to go to the Loire valley in France but had to cancel.Following the tests it was decided that he needed "mega urgent" surgery.This was scheduled for Sept 4th.The last week in August we were due to go to France again way down the west coast.We didn't think we could risk that ,going so far.so we opted instead for a week in Normandy on the north coast.
Wehad a gite just outside Dieppe(pictured above).
 This is our cottage.It was very comfortable but we didn't have very good weather but we ate out every day.The food in France is sooooooooooo good and very reasonable.
 This a starter,just my first course!I mainly ate seafood and loads of fish.
 This is typical of the scenery around Dieppe.Tall cliffs.
 Of course I always take some craft with me.I made these socks knitting in the car or listening to podcasts in the evening.
I also crocheted lots of squares for my latest blanket.

Update on my husband.It turned out they thought he had bladder cancer but thank goodness they were wrong.it was prostate problems again.He had his op last Thursday and came home yesterday.He feels really well and let's hope that is all behind us.We should have been going to Spain on the 19th Sept but he can't fly for 6 weeks so another holiday cancelled.
This is the first time I have blogged in three months but I intend to blog more.A lots of people I follow seem to be tailing off with their blogging too.I wonder why?

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

The laburnum arch at Bodnant,North Wales.

 We had a free day today so decided we would pootle down the coast to Bodnant.Bodnant Gardens are just outside Conway in North Wales about 45 minutes by car from our house.Bodnant is famous for its azaleas and rhodedendrons but also its laburnum arch.This week is the week to see it.It is truly magnificent and the photos don't really do it justice.If you can see it on a sunny day it is amazing but today was cloudy.
                                                   A closer look.
 Today we went in a part of the garden that hasn't been open before called the Yew Dell.This is looking down into the dell.
                                  Back to the main part of the garden and some beautiful irises.
                               They are part of this circular garden.
                                 A view from the Rose Garden over the lily pond.
                                 I wanted to share these photos with you as it is such a special place.I just 
                                 wish we had a sunny day for better shots.It was very busy,lots of coaches and
                                 cars.We then had a pub lunch and home for a quick snooze as I was so shattered
                                 with all the walking!!

Sunday, 1 June 2014

My mandala for Yarndale 2014.

Last year we made bunting for Yarndale.This year we have been asked to make a mandala.Only one.These are going to be put together to make a huge wall display,I think.I have chosen what I think will be colours that are not quite so common so I can recognise it when I am there.I didn't spot my bunting last year.There was just so much of it.I was quite pleased,well really pleased, that I could follow the pattern!I couldn't understand why my cross bits were going the wrong way and then realised I am left handed and going the other way.
I have painted my mandala with PVA but it isn't rigid.Does anyone know whether it should be?

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Yarn bombing my garden.A start...

                          I thought I would share with you what I have made this week.I had a busy,busy week but managed to fit in a bit of knitting.It is amazing the patterns you can find on Ravelry.
This is Mr Owl.I think I might make a few more of these-different colours and sizes.
                                         Two cute ladybirds.
                                          A couple of butterflies.
                                          I think I need more baby hedgehogs.This pattern is
                                          from Little Cotton Rabbits.
                                          Hopefully more to share with you soon.A much quieter week ahead.