Wool, Wiltshire and All Manner of Wonderful Things!

Scrap Happy- May 2021

Rather a lot of Scrappy projects this month. First of all the scrappy single bed size crochet blanket was finished and delivered to the care home. Apparently the residents liked it.

Dining table understudying for single bed.
Folded and ready to go.

However there were a few crochet blocks left over.

Winging their way now to a group who make blankets for the homeless.

The blanket wasn’t made solely from scraps as I ran out of yarn and had to purchase more, which of course left me a bit leftover.

Quite a lot leftover.

So I decided to knit a hat for the Age U K Innocent hat project . Only it quickly became obvious that one hat doesn’t take much yarn, so why not use instead my jar (actually I have two jars) of small balls of leftover yarn instead.

So I am.

There’s a Facebook group for this, naturally. Some people knit the hats by the 100. I am aiming for 25, so watch this space.

And now for something completely different.

Found this strange thing Mr E had made on his 3D printer, any ideas?

Well it makes these

Scrap paper plant pots.

Do pop over to Kate’s to see all the scrap happy makers and their projects, herehttps://talltalesfromchiconia.wordpress.com/2021/05/15/scraphappy-may-4/

Friday Finish.

I think I have made one of my best things ever, and she is so sweet.

I just love her.

I will never be on the Great British Sewing Bee, but I am slowly improving.

Really pleased with seam join, and her underneath is just the same.
She just needs a name.

And here is a better shot of the cardigan I posted before, with flowers visible this time.

There they are.

Back tomorrow for Scrap Happy Day. Has anyone else finished a project this week? Love to hear about it.

Badbury Bluebells

Just over the county border lies Badbury Copse, near Farringdon, Oxfordshire. The site-once an iron age hill Fort -is managed by the National Trust, and there grows what can only be called a carpet of bluebells.

Utterly gorgeous .

The views from the wood are just as lovely, with the oil seed rape in full bloom.

It’s good to be out again.

Royal Wootton Bassett

The latest lockdown which lasted weeks and weeks and weeks , or so it seemed to me, left me feeling quite jaded with life in general, really really stale. All I have wanted to do since it lifted a tad was to go out. I don’t mean out out as in pub, cafe, restaurant, swimming pool, cinema, theatre, I just mean anywhere that’s just not actually home, my own four walls. Much as I like the said four walls, I was stale………… yawn

So time to get out and about to nearby towns.

Market Hall at Royal Wootton Bassett.

There’s a museum up there now, not yet open.

And a bonny church

Not yet open during the week with its cafe and craft shop….

But very pretty cherry blossom.

And Shops which were open. Just who decides DIY shops are essential but fabric shops aren’t? Thank goodness they are now open again.

Pretty fabric for an elephant.

Lots and lots of yarn for lots and lots of new projects.

And charity shops are open again too, which means

Oooh , books and more books, can’t have enough books!

On the way home Mr E decided we just had to go a DIY shop, which just so happens to be next to Hobbycraft, now also open again. Oh JOY.

Happy Bunny.

More on Royal Wootton Bassett can be found here, should you be interested-


I wonder did you feel stale after the latest restrictions on movement? Did you need to just go OUT?

Friday Finish

Finally something woolly to share! A little matinee jacket- 4ply yarn with flowers, which I notice you can’t actually see from my rubbish picture.

It’s actually more mint green than washed out green.
but there is a nice sparkly button!

I am as you know a complete button fan! Going pink with my next knit.

April Books-2021

Four really good books this month. Please let me know if you have read them and what you thought.

Stephen Fry -Mythos. Highly enjoyable retelling of the Greek myths. His use of language is engaging and very accessible, with a delicious touch of humour.

Robert Harris – The Second Sleep. Robert Harris is one of my favourite authors. He writes well, the books are skillfully researched and plotted. He is also hard to pigeonhole. I’d describe this as a “What If ” mystery. It begins as a fairly standard historical novel, but a couple of chapters in there is one almighty big twist, which sends you back to re-evaluate what you have just read. It’s a good read, and should you be lucky enough to find yourself on a beach this Summer, perfect holiday reading.

Andrea Levy- Small Island- Really enjoyed this book. It tells the story of the Windrush generation. The people who came from Jamaica to England in the 1940’s, their dreams and the reality of life in a run down post war country. There are five narrators. They each tell their own story of their war, and of their current life in 1948. One for my top 100 good reads. I can quite understand why this one was included in Channel 5’s 30 best British novels.

Penny Blackhurst-Before I let you in. Well what can I say? Simply one of the best psychological thrillers I have ever read. Masterly plotted. Pure mind games. Choose a time when you can spend all day reading, sit back and watch your mind tie itself in knots!

So do you know any of these books? Love to know if you have read any really good books this month.

Now where’s my book? It’s cold and wet today, perfect time to curl up on the sofa….

Bit of a Squeeze !

So whilst the second hand greenhouse is under construction our entrance porch is , well a bit full.

To the left.
To the right

So coming back from the supermarket it’s a bit of squeeze to get the bags through the doorway to the hall.

Tight fit!

I am however super thrilled that my free sunflowers have germinated!

Seeds are Mr E’s province, so am rather ridiculously proud

Do you have this problem at this time of year?


We are enjoying a lovely spell of warm sunny Spring weather in England. Time to explore slightly further afield, about five miles from home to the Cotswold Water Park. An area of gorgeous lakes, created after gravel extraction, with an old canal and river to wander along. Armed with a book of walks to guide me off I went.

The old canal.

Full of bullrushes.My route didn’t take me along the canal, that’s something to be enjoyed another day . I was directed to woodland and the river.

First of four different butterflies. Small white?

By this time I realised that I had a great big grin on my face, the sheer joy of being out in the sunshine on a new walk, birdsong, butterflies, flowers. If anyone saw me they wonder what on earth I was smiling at- life of course.

Colour reproduction isn’t good, these are pinky purple and were everywhere, not been able to identify them.

Of course I did manage to re arrange my face when I met people, so I didn’t look like a twit with a smirk on my face.

Ideas anyone?

At least I recognised the unmistakable sounds of a woodpecker.

And even I know hawthorn when I see it.

The walk was about two miles in length.

You can see how dry it is. Apparently this stretch of the walk is prone to flooding after very wet weather.
Over a bridge

Lots of bridges on this walk.

Finally a lake ! Someone camping on the far Bank.

Back along the river.
Even I can recognise a Robin as I headed back to the car.

Hope you enjoyed my circular walk. Over 20 more in the book.


The weather is just right for me at the moment, sunny and not too hot. So we have progress in the garden. Re-inforcements were brought in.

One son.

Mr E in need of his post lockdown haircut. One trench dug for the foundation wall of the greenhouse.

And now,wall nearly built. Broad beans doing well, the “grave” partially filled in.

Tulip in full bloom. Love the inside.

Forget-me-knots- so glad I spotted them in the weeding sessions last years.

And the honeysuckle that I found last year when it was barely a twig. I need to give it some support now.

And this shrub still smelling gorgeous.

Feeling a bit more optimistic with the garden. Maybe not such a forlorn patch after all.

PS Mr E has had his haircut too.

Take a few scraps of fabric , some paper and pins , needle and thread and create- the sure fire way to happiness- some of the time, – anyway.

And these become this

which becomes this and then this

Before finally becoming

Now how much fun can you actually have with a few odds and ends to beat one of these?

Joining with Kate for Scrap Happy days. https://talltalesfromchiconia.wordpress.com/

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