Life and Thyme!

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The week I said goodbye and retired.

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And picked wild bilberries for Mr E’s favourite pudding for his birthday

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And  when I plucked up courage to cut holes for buttons on the sun dress for my beautiful grand daughter

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Just hope it fits!!  The best bit is the head band of which I am disproportionally proud

Have a great weekend.

Yarn Along!

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I have made excellent progress on the picnic blanket for Mr B and Ms G, very nearly there, which is just as well as I’d like to deliver it in person in a fortnights time.

It has left very little time for knitting Master T’s winter woolie, but I have half made something for the Fantasy garden yarnbomb

Still reading the Red Queen, Phillipa Gregory, enjoyable, but it is the same story told yet again, I am not certain that the tale of the war of the roses really warranted three/four books. They are all too similar.

Meantime today I got to grips with scary new sewing machine, I know it is nearly two years old, but it still scares me, had to resort to you tube for the buttonhole on the sun dress for Little Miss F.

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And tomorrow I will cut the hole itself. Far too scary to do the same day I made it!! Pathetic I know.

Two more working days to go now, and then retirement, which is already filled with three weeks of activity. mostly at the other end of the country.

I sound happy, but its a front. Mum has had a stroke and is in hospital, so first thing to be done is the trek to Wales.

Hopefully she will be home soon. It’s not fair, the Alzheimer medicine was working so well, and we were so looking forward to a bit more quality time.

And meantime, ….. Dad did you really need to keep so many documents?? Still wading through them all.

Life has a strange way of going along doesn’t. What’s the quote from Hamlet?

When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.

Hey ho, a day at a time, and thank goodness for Yarn I say

Joining with Ginny at Small Things


InSpired Sunday!

Some more churches from Dorset England, taken in May this year.EnjoyDorset May 14 036

This one is Wimborne Minster.

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A Church with  a strong link to Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry7th and the first Queen Mother!! More information on this church can be found here

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I loved this but aren’t certain what it is…any ideas

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Now I would love to say where this one was, but somewhere very near Bournemouth.

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I loved the improvement  for comfort of these chairs from pews, and tastefully done

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These flowers made the whole church smell delicious. I suspect from a wedding, don’t you?

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Sorry but can’t remember which town we were in for this picture but I love the after thought? on top

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This is St Peter’s church in Shaftesbury, near the hill on which the Hovis advert was shot. More infromatiion on the church here

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That’s the hovis hill.

Home grown Inspiration next time. Joining with Inspired Sunday



Yarn Along!

Some days I don’t know where I would be without knitting and a book to read.

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Finally the library had The Red Queen , from the Plantagenet series, and the one I had most wanted to read. The best to last. This book is about the mother of Henry7th, who gave birth aged 13. Imagine! And what would we call such a thing nowadays, and quite right too.

Knitting is for Master T’s winter wardrobe.Can’t believe I just mentioned the W word. But that is on temporary hold as I yarn bomb for the Grange Range’s fantasy garden. So far no plants, but all gardens have mice and gnomes. Gnome pattern by Joyful Living. Mouse by the wonderful Jean Greenhowe.

Joining with Ginny for Yarn Along

Taking Stock- June

The end of another month, and a very sad one at that. Time to take stock again I think as Change is in the Air.

Making- two projects on the go right now- a little sun dress for Miss F, which I must get done this week or she won’t get to wear it much  at all, and the crochet picnic blanket for Mr B and Ms G.

Cooking- Strawberry shortcake. A little rustic looking, but oh so delicious.

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Drinking- I made homemade Elderflower cordial and it is so good. Biggest problem was reaching the elderflowers which seemed to grow high up and in a bunch of nettles. Started a bit of a thing with Mr E ,who now has me making something called kefir. Will let you know if it is drinkable. Involves some weird crystals, a fig, a lemon and some sultanas? Quite fancy making some ginger beer. Or lemonade. Or both. Or sloe gin, in the right season…

Reading- Sadly this month my Dad died, and I miss him so much. He would have loved that strawberry shortcake.I keep thinking of things I must tell him, and then I remember.

However,Dad was a hoarder. BIG TIME. He could get more paper into a drawer, filing cabinet, suitcase than you could think possible.  Once out there is no chance of getting said papers back in.

I have the receipt for my first bycycle and for my brothers train set. I have letters my Mum wrote him. I have also the diary he kept and subsequently had typed up, from his war years. It is making fascinating reading and I wish he’d let me read it whilst he was alive. He was brave. He was shot. Friends died. And Dad got through it all by treating the whole thing as a Big Adventure.

He was in India most of the time. He had his 21st birthday there, having joined up aged 19. And whilst most people were celebrating VE day his troop was preparing to move into action in Burma. No celebrations there, and less than a month later he was injured. I have the telegram his Mother ( my most beloved Granny) was sent. Imagine how she felt.

What a wonderful document for us  to have been left. I feel so lucky that he took the trouble to leave this.

Meantime I have started to put together all these bits of paper which made up his life, into a file, explaining why I have selected each one and what they mean. And I have only just begun.

Wanting- the weather to improve, we have had so much rain and so many grey days. If only the sun would come out I could do some gardening. The weeds are like Triffids.

Looking- at the fluffy baby birds in the garden. I saw the smallest cutest robin yesterday.

Playing-  not much playing going on round here.

Deciding- Decided- I am retiring this month. Too much to do, too little time to do it. So excited.  Finally might get to Wales to see my Mum and the school hols coming up with grandchildren to visit. No regrets at all. YIPPEE!

Watching- For the purposes of Wimbledon, I am now Spanish. For the purposes of football, I am French!

Admiring- the clever clever ladies in the Stitching Project- do check them out in my Stitching Project post.

Sorting- PAPER and quite a bit more Paper

Bookmarking- I think the best way to feel better is to do something for someone, that way they benefit and I benefit. So I am helping to create a fantasy garden in a doctors surgery in wool. And I will be able to deliver my humble contribution in person. So here bookmarked is The Grange Range. 

Dislike-Greed and people who say they will do something and then expect someone else to do it.

Snacking- Strawberries, raspberries and peaches. DIVINE

Hearing- still listen to radio 4 when I can’t sleep. I love the Tweet for today (bird song!)  and on a Sunday Bells for Today. I love the sound of church bells.  This morning the bells came from Leeds- the same bells as will ring when the Tour de France passes by next week.Hope you haven’t missed that this illustrious cycle race is starting in Yorkshire.

Smelling- the lavender in my garden is right for picking. Please don’t rain tonight. Please let me get it picked tomorrow morning.


Hope you have had a good month, if you are taking stock too please leave a link,if you’d like too.

I will leave you with the flowers I picked from Dad’s garden.

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And the poem that meant so much  this month
Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there.I did not die.




InSpired Sunday!

These pictures were taken back in Spring when we had our day out to Rievaulx Terrace. From here you get an unexpected view of the ruins of the Abbey.

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And the more usual view from a visit a couple of years ago.

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Stitching Project- June

I was lucky that I had cracked on ( no pun intended!!) and started my June  stitching project at the end of May, or I wouldn’t be able to post this today.

This month I decided to have a go at a technique I have hardly tried before. Applique. And for some reason I decided to do a Funky Chicken.

When I did my City and Guilds Creative Embroidery course I was told I was at a disadvantage, but not an insurmountable one. I can’t draw. Well I can produce a credible stick person and seagull flying in the distance, but that’s about it. The answer is tracing, photocopying, collage, abstracts, in general getting help from wherever I can. And in this case, scaling down a wall hanging chicken from a magazine circa 1998, changing the colours and fabric, and making it my own. And turning it into a cushion. The applique is felt and the background fabric is a fat quarter  and the edge and back of the cushion is a remnant  , all from  the fabric stash.


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But then I didn’t like it on this chair. So finally I plucked up courage and dug this chair from the back of the wood store, originally purchased at a car boot sale by Mr E as a useful chair for standing on.

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And then I bought a tin of Annie Sloan chalk paint and wax( incredibly stocked in a shop in Pickering). And together they look like this.

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What do you think?

Meantime I decided that my May project, seascape fantasy deserved finishing off properly.

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On a box of its own with a home made cord round the top. No idea what to do with the box now, any ideas?


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