Sunday, 29 July 2012

Handmade Monday - almost!

Hi - down to earth with a bump! Four loads of washing done and I'm wishing I was still there.  Yes, the more astute of you will realise it's almost the same view each time. I spend much of our two weeks sitting on the bench outside our caravan, just soaking in this amazing view - it continually changes with the tide and sky etc., and I just can't get enough of it. It wouldn't suit everyone - nothing but the lapping of waves and occasional cries of birds and sheep but, for me, someone who is quite driven, it's enforced rest with no guilty conscience about undone tasks, etc. - bliss.

 These next two were taken from nearby cliffs.  

And back at the ranch -

This is the view from our bedroom - the neighbours are very quiet

but sometimes pop by for a visit

on their way down to the beach.

Just to show how near the beach we are, I took this while sitting at the table, inside.

Sorry, I know how boring it is to look at others' holiday pics!

Needless to say, I didn't just sit and soak in the scenery.  I knitted another baby Kina with some lovely soft, fluffy yarn I had in my stash.  It's actually dark blue but my camera is pants.

 I've got some sweet little Scottie dog buttons that will finish it off nicely.

 I also took my Cuttlebug and lots of coloured wool felt and made 55 flower brooches to give the ladies from our church, when we have our weekend away next month.  They just need pins on the back, and mounting on card with a Scripture verse.

I was pleased with the result - made sweeter by the fact that everything came from my stash, so cost virtually nothing.

I'm posting this on Handmade Monday over at so put your feet up with a cuppa and pop over there to see what everyone else is up to.  Me?  I'm off to bring in the washing and get the next lot out!

Love for now, Chris x

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Four more sleeps ...

... Until this is the view from our front door for two weeks!  I'm starting to get really excited.  This will be the sixth (I think) year we have gone to the same spot in North West Scotland (just before you slip off the top coast).

I'm starting to put stuff together, last lots of washing on, etc.  We have a friend staying to house and animal sit this time, rather than a neighbour popping in each day, so that means leaving the house really tidy, and bed made up before we leave at 4am on Sat! 

I'm trying to decide what to take to do, and think I've settled on gifts for the ladies coming on our church weekend in September.  Last year I made folding books a bit like this one I made for Mum, for mothers' day last year.  You can find pics of the inside here -

The ladies' ones weren't vintage though, and had poetry and scripture verses in, etc.  This year it's going to be something in felt.  So, as well as Reuben's tank top I'll be taking an assortment of wool felt

 my embroidery threads and other sewing stuff

along with Harry, my Cuttlebug.

Right - onward and upward! I need to get a move on or I'll never be ready to go.  I'll be posting this over at WOYWW with Mrs Dunnit in the morning, so night night for now xx

PS - why 'Harry'?  I bought him with the proceeds of selling Dad's car that I'd inherited, once it got past it, and Harry was my Dad.  Dad was a crafter, and I think he'd have been pleased with my purchase. Love and miss you, Dad!

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Sunday Legumes

So glad the rain held off today. I managed to weed a large section of  the garden and pick and blanch the last of the broad beans and peas, before we go on holiday next weekend.  A friend is staying, to house and animal sit but I don't want her to have to bother with the veggies too.

I started a little tank top, using scraps of yarn. The smallest size on the pattern was 22" chest, so I've reduced it to fit our godson Reuben, but I think it might still be too big. I shan't do any more until I can check it against him.

Just heard that DD2 will probably be moving back in for three weeks, between house moves - that means I have to get my skates on, and order the new bed settee and try to condense contents of the spare room - again!  Don't you just love it?!  Still, that's what mums are for, I expect.

Posting this on Handmade Monday, over at  Why not make yourself a cuppa, put your feet up and pop over to see what everyone else has been up to

Love for now, Chris xx

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Stress and steam trains

A mixed bag today.  I started to feel the pressure build today, so popped home from work an hour early to take a couple of painkillers and lie down and relieve the tension.  So this afternoon I was able to enjoy a trip on the Severn Valley Railway, complete with cream tea in a carriage complete with sofas (with Jubilee tapestry cushions!), in the delightful company of three friends - thanks, Sheila, for the treat!

You'll have to forgive the quality of the photo's, taken on my antiquated mobile (I forgot to take the camera).

 There were two amazing bright red fields of poppies, but again the combination of the mobile and taking them at speed don't do them justice - but you do get an idea of how beautiful they are.

I just love all the old engines.

The SVR hold a WWII fortnight each year, when the station has a makeover and you step back into the 1940's - there is even a wartime 'dig for victory' allotment on the platform, along with lots of other memorabilia.  The railway is run by volunteers, and they all deserve to be very proud of their work.  The stations along the route (Kidderminster to Bridgenorth) are a delight - complete with sweet little gardens, and all authentic vintage items that transport you back to a bygone era.

Sandbags and a cart collecting metal objects for the war effort.

Tonight, I was meant to go out to a meeting but - sorry girls - I really need to get to bed.  So frustrating, and I feel like a real wuss, but I must wear my sensible head and have an early night if I'm going to finish the week well.

Love for now, and thanks again, Sheila, for the treat. xx

Monday, 2 July 2012

Strawberry Fair

Which is more than can be said about the weather.

The plan was to spend this morning in the garden before going to work at lunchtime.  Luckily I got out straight away at 9am and managed to dig over a bed and plant the cabbages that were bursting out of the seed tray.  They are now safely tucked in under netting, away from the dratted pigeons and cabbage whites.  It won't keep the pesky slugs and snails though, and I'm picturing them smacking their lips, now that the rain has sent me inside.

I did manage to pick today's haul of strawberries though.

There aren't ever quite enough for a decent dessert (this is 2 days worth) so I think I'm going to start filling this, for Christmas (which Mr Flutterby tells me will be here 25 weeks tomorrow!)

That way we'll get scrummy fruit to put on ice cream, plus the most delicious liqueur.

Anyway, off now to finish my belated breakfast, and vacuum the spare room that I cleaned out last night.  That way, I won't feel like my morning off has been wasted. 

Bye for now, Chris x

Oops - forgot to say I was adding this post to the others at  Pop over and have a nosey.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Pink and Frilly ...

 ... Don't panic, I'm not about to show any underwear!

 The cushion front is growing apace.  I'm really pleased with the effect.

A lazy but delicious dinner tonight.  Please excuse the back to front pic - I can't get it right but you'd recognise the jar on a supermarket shelf.  This was the Madras, and with left over roast lamb marinaded and heated in a jar full, with naan breads it made a simple but very yummy meal.  I'd venture to say it was as good as one in a restaurant, which is more than I could say for most bought sauces.

Having conquered the front room yesterday, I'm off upstairs now, to do the same with the very untidy craft/spare room.  Again, this one doesn't know if it wants to be a bedroom or a hidey hole for my crafting.

Anyway, enough procrastination.  Goodnight and lots of love, Chris x