Life and Thyme!

Yarn Along!

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I do love John Steinbeck and I really REALLY love this book. The descriptions of the land are so incredible, lyrical indeed. They make you want to go out and feel your own garden, the soil, the plants and trees. The prose is simply sublime.

That would be a bit of Secret Santa knitting occurring this week. Soon be time to pack it all up and sent the goodies on their way.

Linking to Ginny for Yarn Along

The 52 week Photo Challenge 2016 was such good fun that Sandra from Wild Daffodil and I have created a new challenge for 2017. Called One a Week, it is what it says on the tin. One word each week acting as a prompt for our photographs.You can take special pictures or use ones from your archive. You can participate as and when you fancy. It will run Tuesday to Tuesday and you can leave a link to your photographs on Wild Daffodil  To give you time to get ready here is the list of Prompts.

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Thanks to Rainbow Junkie for making our list look so good.

We really enjoyed the 2016 challenge and would love to have you along in 2017. Wild Daffodil links her entries to a haiku, full details of this appear on her blog, Wild Daffodil

Look forward to seeing your pictures

Happy Snapping!

 

Photo Challenge- Creation

After food and shelter, surely the need to create comes next. Certainly the blogs I follow are full of that need and its fulfillment. The fruits of people’s creation is everywhere to be seen and I love public art in unexpected places.

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Pheasant at Lacock Abbey. And a Gallery of some of the Creations I have encountered this year.

Please leave a link to your Creation pictures in the comments. We love to see them all.

Tomorrow I will post details of the 2017 photo challenge.

Next weeks prompt is Wrap.

Happy Snapping!

This week!

Another happy and busy week. Christmas preparations well under way now. The spare room where I work is covered in stuff, completed projects and presents waiting to be wrapped, piles of materials for the if I have time things. You Know..

I am loving our new sofas. On 27 December 2015 we went sofa hunting and have been all year. Finally we agreed I would choose one and Mr E the other. Mr E’s delivered a week ago, mine on Brexit Eve!

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Mine, all mine

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Ours! I love the poinsettia I bought, it says Christmas is coming, now I don’t have children at home with the advent calender.

Haven’t we had some wonderful sunsets this week?

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If I sit on MY sofa this is the view I see.

Tinsel knitting continues.

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That would be alongside the two knitting and crochet projects I have going to say nothing of the fabric bits and bobs. Happy to say I will have something to share this month in scrap happy. Meantime this lady hedgehog , called Hetty Wainthropp, is hunting for her passport and trying to learn a foreign language.

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The vintage pop up shop I visited yesterday in the lovely village of Coxwold. I was there to attend a wreath making workshop. It was good fun. Lovely tutor and participants and mince pies….mmm mince p  i  e  s.

Details of the vintage pop up shops here. 

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My wreath and in close up

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Quite proud of myself.

Can you tell I love getting ready for Christmas?

I know some of the bloggers I follow are having a tough time. I visited our church this week, lit a candle and said prayers for you all.  Hard to put a brave face to the world at this time of year. I have had my fair share of doing that this decade and this year I am so grateful that I don’t need to be brave. I am enjoying every moment.

Hoping you all have a good week and some happy times, they are so precious.

xx

Yarn Along!

The car needed a service and MOT last week. This meant that I had hours to while away in York, so I just had to go shopping. After all there were Christmas presents to buy and Secret Santa gifts to sort out. Which of course meant fabric and yarn shopping. I went to one of my favourite shops, Duttons for Buttons in York, and sure enough I found a cross stitch kit of a horse suitable for an 8 year old. By now I had done lots of walking and felt a sit down would be in order. I knew that on the top floor there was a chair for people to browse knitting patterns. Now , I so didn’t need a knitting pattern…. (can you see where this might be going?) I have tinsel yarn for owls and hedgehogs, a sheep kit from Dartmoor Yarns to make, a nearly 3/4 complete white cable cardigan, yes that one, wool for a mermaid’s tail, did you forget that somewhere I have yarn for a Bagpuss. I had until I found it earlier in the month. So I really have quite enough on the go.

But I was sitting there and wondering if they had CCTV on the top floor, the staff were all two floors below. Maybe I should pretend to be looking at patterns, and oh look isn’t that yarn pretty. No I don’t need yarn, I will just pretend to look at the pattern book.

Well you know what happened next. I really don’t need to say anymore.

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Go on seriously could you have resisted this self striping yarn? I knitted the front to the neck-band in just two nights. It’s CHUNKY wool. It’s scarcely going to impact on all the other knitting is it? The yarn is by James Brett and called Party Time Chunky. And Master T could really do with a new jumper, couldn’t he?

YES. Well done the correct answer.

Meantime I am onto S in my read through the alphabet at the library ridiculous personal challenge. I think John Steinbeck may well be my all time favourite author, he is certainly in the top 5, so when I found two books by him that I hadn’t read well I just had to read them both. I finished The Long Valley, a volume of his early short stories, Not his best but good anyway.

MMMM there are some very nice girly patterns and pinkish Party Time Chunky yarns, I wonder would Miss F like a new jumper?

Linking with Ginny for Yarn Along

 

 

Photo Challenge- Still

Still Waters

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Edinburgh – July 2016

Next weeks prompt is Creation

Please leave a link to your picture in the comments section. We are currently working on a new photo challenge for 2017. Details to follow next month. It’s going to be exciting. Hope you will join us.

This Week!

Well I knew it was going to be busy and it was! The car had its annual service and MOT, and I had to go shopping in York whilst I waited. Please note the had to, more of that on Wednesday.

My son Mr J flew back from holiday and the lovely Ms M had said YES when he proposed. Youngest son Mr B and partner Ms G have exchanged contracts on their first house. And Mr T has been offered a new job. Not often all three have happy news and all at once.

I have managed a little knitting,

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Pink one is for my new step granddaughter, Miss S who is Ms M’s daughter. And the little one , well that’s for Secret Santa.

I went to Wales to visit my brother and my Mum. I delivered the blanket to Mum’s care home, with very strict washing instructions, Rachel.

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The care home Mum is staying in. Mum has Alzheimer’s. She recognised me but I noticed didn’t use my name. Her memory is very poor now. She knows she grew up in Liverpool and if told of a story she told me before, remembers it and can add details. But she is well looked after and she has lots of company. The day centre she used to attend when still in her own home has closed down now, so goodness knows how she would have been if she had not chosen to go to the care home.

My brother is well. We went out for a lovely pub dinner at the Lamb and Flag near Abergaveny .

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My brother Mr P and his tagliatelle dinner. He couldn’t finish it!

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Mrs L, my SIL. That’s chicken and ribs and she couldn’t finish hers either.

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And that’s my chicken pie and I ate it all UP. YUM.

From Wales I went to see my son Mr T. All are well, and Little Miss F was thrilled with her new blanket. It was very good for hiding treasures under! And for keeping little girls snug. Strict washing instructions given.

Thank you Rachel.

So home again yesterday to view the new sofa which Mr E had to organise whilst I was away. It looks lovely. Pictures next week. And I had mail.

First

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This is a Christmas present for Mrs T. From the Wool Warehouse, an Attic 24 weekend bag kit . The instructions look good and as always it’s nicely presented. My only criticism is it took them ages to get it to me.

AND a present from me to Me.

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Made by our lovely Bekki at The Dartmoor Yarn Company

Well every good Nana deserves a present!

The coming week should be a bit calmer.

Hope you all had a good week and enjoy this one too. And for everyone going through hard times, just remember when you hit rock bottom there’s only one way to go. UP.

 

 

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