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Archive for May, 2014

Stitching Project- May

I love the sea. You can tell that from the many pictures I take whenever we go to the coast. I love it blue, I love it turquoise and I even love grey of the North Sea.

I love it calm and stormy. I love it when the sun shines and when it doesn’t. I love sunsets and sunrises over the sea,

but best of all I like the White Horses.

So this month I decided to stitch a Seashore Fantasy

First find some fabric and threads

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I had this selection bought a number of years ago from Kates Kloths. Sadly this firm doesn’t seem to exist anymore.

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I began by Couching the thicker threads, then added French Knots. Then I added the small white shell.

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I added ribbon and silver thread, it lacked something. More rooting through my stash.

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Left over from a previous project were some small stones. I think that’s it. Sometimes it’s hard to know when I have finished. So here we have have Seashore Fantasy.

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You may need to click on the picture to see it in all its glory!!

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Yarn Along!

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My knitting is making slow progress. The back and two fronts are complete, so its on with the first sleeve. Autumn cardigan for Little Miss F.

On the Kindle ,as I took it to Dorset last week, I am reading Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier. The TV series was highly criticized for the muttering. I kept saying to Mr E but they are supposed to be talking in whispers! Followed by, from me, Well that doesn’t happen like that. Only one thing for it, read the book again. Now why oh WHY do TV directors feel they have the right or the need to change things from the original book. Never do they improve on the original. In this case, never mind the sound quality, all the tension and suspense was lost by revealing the secret of Jamaica Inn far too early in the story. And yes the Landlord of Jamaica Inn is at his most dangerous not when he shouts but when he whispers…

It’s a jolly good read-perfect holiday reading.

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Inspired Sunday!

Mr E’s family originally hales from Dorset. To be more precise from Puddletown and Tolpuddle. We believe that he shares a common ancestor with James Hammett one of the Tolpuddle Martyrs.

The church of St Mary at Puddletown where we have the strongest family connection was a complete delight

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with high backed pews

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which you can see from above by mounting some rickety rackety steps to the organ gallery

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a restored chapel has this lovely stone tomb

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From here we went to the church of St John the Evangelist in Tolpuddle

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where James Hammett is buried

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Thanks for stopping by. Linking in with Inspired Sunday

Lots more  churches to share next  time from our little expedition in Dorset.



Dorset Days!

We had a wonderful few days in Dorset last week, when it was nearly summer and the days were hot and sublime.

There was a day at Bournemouth on the beach with

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Master T and

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and Mr T and little Miss F , Mrs T and yours truly- note the crochet flower on hat!!


A day in the New Forest

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and picnic time– give a man a stove outside and he will make coffee, heat soup…

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Here is the Rufus stone

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and here the Knightwood Oak , 500 years old

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The Forest  still has a magical quality despite all the cars, goodness knows what it would be like in July and August.

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We visited the Tolpuddle Martyrs museum- more of them tomorrow

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Lulworth Cove

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I can’t tell you just how pretty Dorset is, here’s trying with one picture

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Then onto Weymouth, a busy little harbour

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Final stop was Dorcester (Casterbridge for all Thomas Hardy fans)seen here from

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the iron age fort of Maiden Castle.

Lots of churches to share and some random pics to come. Hope you all have a great bank holiday weekend. Great to go away but good to be home.









InSpired Sunday!

Charles Dickens visited Yorkshire to research boys schools for his novel Nicholas Nickleby. Whilst here he stayed with his good friend Mr Smithson and no doubt visited his brother Albert Dickens,who lived in Malton. When Dickens came to write Christmas Carol he based Scrooge’s office not on premises in London where the novel is set, but on Mr Smithson’s office in Malton.

And when Scrooge awakens on Christmas morning to the sound of church bells” Clash, clang, hammer, ding, dong, bell. Bell,dong,ding,hammer,clang,clash! Oh glorious, glorious!”

It is the bells of this church in Malton that Dickens is describing.

St Leonards’church, Malton

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and here

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The local Dickens Society has since acquired Scrooge’s office.. details here

If you have not read The Christmas Carol then I do recommend it. One of Dicken’s more readable books – I speak as one who has read both The Old Curiosity Shop and Little Dorrit, which are not for the faint hearted, being very long and heavy going. Dickens was most interested in the themes of the spirit and emotions of Christmas and visited them many times in his Christmas stories. The prime themes being the need to celebrate festivities with friends and families and to be happy, but also the need to come to terms with grief which if not dealt with properly can depress one at Christmas, as was the case of Scrooge.

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My big adventure!

I had just the most wonderful time in York yesterday. Thank you my sons for this.

For what? For this.

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First add cold air

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then heat

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and up she comes

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leap in over the sides and Smile!

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and away you go

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spot the knitted hat!

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Bye bye car

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over the race course

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over York

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York Minster in the distance

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over the patch work fields

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Just love the texture of this group of trees seen from above

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Say hi to the cows

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And before you know you have bounced to a landing in a sprout field.

Put away the balloon and celebrate with a glass of champagne.

It was wonderful, and yes one from the bucket list.

Photos by me and the three with me in them by the crew


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