Just one little bit of cross stitch this month. A key ring for my friend Jane whom I have just got back from enjoying a rather wonderful few days with, North of the Border, i.e. Edinburgh.
Scottish thistle, rather appropriate I felt.
Linking with Heather for Small SAL at http://stitchinglotus.ca/2016/07/smalls-sal-july-2016-check-in/
Fountains Abbey- July 2016
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Next weeks prompt is Water
The greenhouse has started to earn its keep as we have had cucumbers now. Lettuces have done well but we have a temporary lull. And next month we should finally have broad beans. The garden is full of colour and variety. Not all of which was planned.
This appeared in a neglected corner of the garden. Mr E picked and presented it for me, then we found out the fluid in the stem is poisonous. That will teach us.
But this is just pretty and the bees love it. I have noticed that bees prefer natural flowers to the ones we have carefully nurtured.
Although that little fellow seems happy enough.
This clematis appears when and where it jolly well feels like. This year we have lots of blooms which have now tumbled up and over the fence into next doors.
Isn’t this baby blackbird so sweet. I hadn’t really thought about their feathers but he/she has no tail yet. By the way the Dad is the blackbird with the white feathers we, ok I named Fred. But I have not seen Fred for a week. Hope he is ok.
Back to the flowers, and at this time of year my favourite at least for this week are the roses. I leave you with three of them. All have a gorgeous fragrance, my favourite is third, but let me know which you like best won’t you.
We returned to Scampston Hall walled garden yesterday, what a difference a few months make.
The vegetable area.
Full to bursting!
The flower beds
A riot of colour.
Not enough colour?
How’s that? Still not enough?
Or the elegance of this?
And what about the wavy grasses?
We went inside the conservatory/ orangery …whatever you want to call it.
To the Head Gardeners office! And next door there just happened to be an embroidery exhibition based on the landscape gardens of Capability Brown.
Sorry about the reflections, it was a very hot day.
Oh yes well worth a return visit. We had lunch too, and very nice it was.
Hope everyone finds something really marvellous this weekend.
Last time I wrote a Yarn Along post I was knitting a cable cardigan for my granddaughter. It has a 12 line pattern repeat and requires total concentration, meaning I could only manage an hour at most in the afternoon ,at a time. I found I was really and I mean really missing the type of knitting I do in the evening, which is so relaxing and totally de-stresses me. After a few nights of twiddling my thumbs and feeling down in the dumps, there was only one thing to do. Start something else…. And what better to start than a restart. Now I have been meaning to make this thing since my oldest boy was a little boy and if I say he’s now 37, you might agree it was time to go from thought to action. So I have knitted 7 x 5 squares in various green woo/patternsl and am now stitching them together. The next bit of knitting will be grey. And that’s all I am saying till my next yarn along post.
Meantime I have started rather an odd reading adventure. I was finding it hard to choose my books from the library. I couldn’t find any by my favouirte authors . What to do? Now this will sound daft but actually it’s turning out brilliantly. I am reading through the alphabet. I started at A and so on through the alphabet, and I have to choose the next book by an author whose surname is B, then C ,then D and so on. The last one I read was The Danish Girl by David Evershoff. If it hadn’t been the turn for E I would never have found this book and I really enjoyed it. I have now started my choice for F. I had read Georgy Girl by Margaret Forster but nothing else. What a nitwit, I am really enjoying it so far. If you would like to see the other books I have read this year you can find a brief description in the Books page above.
Joining with Ginny for Yarn Along
Dictionary definition-Zest- Keen interest
Starts today. Very excited. Course provided by Futurelearn.
Next weeks prompt is Strength.
Happy Snapping! And do please leave a link to your Zest picture in the comments section.