Life and Thyme!

Needlefelting.

I had a wonderful morning this month at a local craft workshop where I learnt how to needlefelt.  Needlefelt is made by felting together wool using a special needle with small barbs at the point. Only tools needed are the needle, wool and a sponge and off you go. Really simple to do and very satisfying as the felt comes together pretty quickly.

We made a robin, mine looks a little surprised but for a first attempt I was pleased.

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I made two more birds using wool I had at home and here they are.

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So now to see if I can improve the moss felt piece I attempted in August!!

Best bit of the morning was meeting other like minded people , especially new to Yorkshire, Jan who also blogs. How cool was that. Check her blog out here at Lilypuss

InSpired Sunday!

Today I have a little gem from York. Not the resplendent York Minster but one of York’s hidden treasures. This is Holy Trinity, Goodramgate, York.

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Come inside

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Fabulous high pews with Jacobean decoration

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The most uneven upity downity stone floor

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A pulpit for thunderous sermons!

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A beautiful font

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A peep hole so everyone can see.

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Outside some of the graveyard is overgrown

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BUT at the front of the church the grass is neatly mown and benches galore are set about, and the office workers and shoppers make much use of them at lunch time. An idyllic spot for a picnic and a read.

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Linking with Inspired Sunday

Autumn walk

At this time of year, if the sun shines even just a little  in England,you head out doors to make the most of it.  Last week I headed out in search of Autumn colours.

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Past the bullocks in the river field.

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Along the track which runs by the railway. I love this old truck.

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And into the woods known locally as the Quarry Bottoms! For the obvious reason that it is the bottom of an old quarry, and was a favourite walk of us children when I was growing up.

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You can see where the stone was cut from the rocks.

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Wonder what this is doing here?

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the last of the blackberries which we had in a pudding called Pear and Blackberry steamed pudding. Went a funny pink colour and was rather moist! Recipe from Morrisons supermarket magazine this month.

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Just love the carpet of leaves at this time of year.

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Blown against a mossy tree trunk.

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And so home, but not before I had collected a lovely selection of autumn leaves, which I dried in newspaper at home.

I left them in a pile on the paper in the lounge all weekend,  and so wise to my ways is Mr E that  not ONCE did he  ask what they were doing there!

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Hope you  all enjoying some sunshine this weekend. And the leaves are there for a reason….

Bakes like Berry!

This week from the book by Mary Berry called 100 Sweet treats and puds I tried some double ginger muffins. I do not like these muffins over much. Described as more like a scone than a cake they aren’t like either as far as I am concerned. However heated up a little and served with Rhubarb and ginger jam, they are just about ok.

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And we shall plough through them! It occurred to me  that maybe I am breaking some hideous law by writing out the recipes from this book, albeit in my own words, and as this recipe isn’t too good, I shall not bother, but instead advise you miss this one if you have the book. Better luck next week I hope.

Yarn Along!

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Progress is slow, but at least there is progress.I am now on the second sleeve of the jumper I am making Mr E. I finished reading Blueeyedboy by Joanne Harris. It needs reading in very big chunks as the narrators change between fact and fiction, all played out on the internet. Lots of twists, one of which I did not see coming. I will say no more as it really will spoil it. Enjoyable.

Now I am reading the Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli as it seems this book is compulsory reading for business people and politicians. Time to find out why.

Linking with Ginny for Yarn Along

InSpired Sunday!

Back on my own home turf again this week. This church is in the village of Ellerburn,North Yorkshire and I had a specific reason for visiting. Whilst clearing out Dad’s house I came across a piece of paper with a list of grave memorials from this church and one name jumped out at me , a Jane Stephenson, aged 92, who it seems was my great great great grandmother, and I had no idea of her burial site. Quite why Dad had the list I don’t know since he professed to know nothing of this side of his family, or did he?

Here’s the church at Ellerburn.

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Now I couldn’t get into the church itself which didn’t bother me unduly as it has a bat problem and personally I don’t like bats one little bit.

I was interested in the church yard. I noted that this church had a novel approach to keeping the grass tidy. SHEEP!

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Which is all well and good but the gate was padlocked and I couldn’t explore.

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and you can’t get in which ever way you try. I shall just have to keep going back till the sheep have gone.

Meantime I contented myself with some rather nice stone carvings

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which are rather lovely. Linking in with Inspired Sunday

Smile!

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Not what you would expect to see inside a cafe in Crete exactly!

May your weekend be filled with smiles!

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