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Archive for June, 2016

A little bit of cross stitch.

My current knitting project requires concentration, so instead of knitting in the evening, I now knit when I have an hour to spare in the afternoon. Which means I have been cross stitching small projects in the evening. That’s when I have not been watching the news re our referendum on the EU.

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Meerkat with top hat (mouse loft kit) and

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a Woolly Jumper- a textile heritage kit.

Both will become cards for some poor unsuspecting person

Linking with Heather from Stitching Lotus for SAL

Yarn Along!

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I have set myself quite a challenge with my current knitting project. A new cardigan for Miss F with cables and bobbles. There is no deadline on this one, which is a good thing, because I really, and I mean really need to concentrate.

The book, well I could never bring myself to watch the film having been told what happens, but thought I could read it. So far it is a good read.

Linking in with Ginny who has had her beautiful baby daughter, for Yarn Along

Photo Challenge- Play

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Come play on the sands at Scarborough- the second most visited place in the UK! Poster at Levisham station on the North York Moors Railway.

Photo Prompt for next week is Repeat? Pardon?

Happy Snapping!

June Garden.

June has been an odd month weather wise. Hot and sunny, then cold and dreary for a fortnight, then sunny and warm and now we have sunshine and showers. Plants flower and then are over quickly, not like the winter when the snowdrops are around for 6 weeks. And don’t the weeds just love it!

So gardening time has been about weeding and planting and enjoying the flowers as they come.

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The irises and poppies

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both of which needed dead heading today.

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These lovely Lupins which were a gift from my son Mr T. He grew them from seed a couple of years ago. These too have been dead headed and more flowers are now on their way.

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I gave this mock orange to Mr E 14 years ago. It was one of his Mums’ favourites. I have picked several branches and had them in the house where they smelled delicious. Yesterday was a warm day so the windows were open and on the breeze came their wonderful fragrance.

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The tadpoles are doing so well this year.We must have hundreds. I have tried taking a picture of them but I’m not certain that either me or the camera is up to the task, hope you can see some of them.

Just after I wrote last time the blue tits fledged, and then we watched the robins in and out of their nest, which was in the ivy on the garage wall- see Lupins picture. They fledged this week. When the blackbirds hatched sometime in the middle of the month we were treated to no less than three Mum birds taking a well earned bath in our bird bath. They really looked as if they were enjoying it! They too have fledged now. I also have a water bowl on the grass for the birds to drink from.

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And here’s a picture of the Head Gardener at work by the rose arch!

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Now to get back to planting out the dahlias so beloved of Mr E.

Hope you have a great time outside this month.

Photo Challenge- Heat


The hottest I have ever been- The Mojave desert October 2012. The holiday of my lifetime, here on route to the Grand Canyon from San Fransisco. 90F in the shade. Just wonderful.

Please feel free to leave a link to your Heat picture in the comments section.

Next weeks’ prompt is PLAY

Happy Snapping!

Three Things Thursday!

Three things that make me smile: an exercise in gratitude – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog with the happy“.

I saw this post on Nerd in the Brain, and thought I would share three things that make me happy and for which I am most grateful.

Firstly I live in beautiful North Yorkshire . I never get tired of the scenery, it’s dramatic, pretty and very varied.

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This valley is near the village of Lockton.

Secondly, I am grateful for my sense of humour. I love the ridiculous, the biazrre and quirkiness. My family call me weird. And when I find something that makes me smile , well I hope it makes others too. Found in the cloakroom / bathroom whatever you wish to call it at the Lockton Tea rooms.

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Old maps as wallpaper. Ingenious!

And thirdly I am happy that I can make nice things for my grandchildren. Off my knitting needles just this week.

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Knitted in 4 ply, moss and stocking stitch and with a flower detail. For my grand daughter Little Miss F.

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And doesn’t it go perfectly with the dress I just made her too.

Please visit Nerd in the Brain for some more happy things.


Scrap Happy- June

Still having loads of fun with my scraps of fabric.  I made a little dress for Miss F’s doll to match her dress.

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Wonder if the guarantee on the elastic I used still holds good?

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Price 1/6 i.e. before decimalization!!

Some felt brooches.

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The idea for these came from a D&K book called The Crafters Year. I have an idea for some different ones. Finally this picture.

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I confess I bought the bird button but that was all! Took me ages to decide what to do with it. Eventually I settled for mounting it on card ( Back of a notebook) and covering the back with white felt.

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I think it will look good as part of my Easter decorations next year. Inspiration from a book called Sewing for Spring by Lynette Anderson. The hexie quilt continues to grow slowly, I will show that again next month as the rows get longer progress seems slower.

Please have a look at these other contributors.

Kate at https://talltalesfromchiconia.wordpress.com/

Gun at https://rutigt.wordpress.com (in Swedish and English)

Titti at http://tittisquiltlek.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)

Heléne at http://quiltochsom.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)

Sometimes has a scrappy post:

Eva at bambisyr-evaj.blogspot.com (in Swedish only)

Sue at sewingmagpie.blogspot.com (in English only)

Viv at https://vivinfrance.wordpress.com (in English only)

Nanette at http://stitchandsow-homeandgarden.blogspot.com.au (in English only)

Lynn at https://thetialys.wordpress.com (in English only)

Norma at https://shesewsyouknow.wordpress.com (in English only)

Lynda at: https://pixilatedtoo.wordpress.com (in English only)

Birthe: http://birthesrom.blogspot.no (in Norwegian only)

Turid: http://densyendehimmel.blogspot.se (in English and Norwegian

Jodie Zollinger: https://homesweetdreaming.com/ (in English only)

Photo Challenge- Native

I am taking a wide interpretation of this subject.

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Traditional weaving loom and patterns, Crete 2009.

Next weeks’ prompt is Heat!

Please feel free to leave a link to your Native picture in the comments.

Happy Snapping!



Lovely Lemons

Don’t you love lemons? I might have gone a bit overboard yesterday though. First up I made lemon curd. If you have never made lemon curd then do so straight away. It’s gorgeous and knocks the shop stuff into a tin hat. And it’s easy.

Lemon Curd

Grated rind and juice of three large or 4 medium lemons

4 eggs

4oz/100g butter, cut into small pieces

12oz/350g caster sugar.

Put all into a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Then heat gently for about 20 minutes, until it thickens. I stir it from time to time to see how it’s doing.

Strain into sterilized jars, cover and keep in a fridge. Eat within three weeks.

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I am ,as many of us are, a big fan of The Great British Bake Off. I was so jealous of the fantastic food mixers that the contestants got to use, that last year Mr E gave me one for Christmas. Was I happy! Then my usual techno fears began and it is now scary new food mixer. I am determined not to be so silly. I have just about mastered the liquidizer bit with soup making, now to tackle the mixer proper. I am making basic Victoria sandwich cakes till I stop being a silly billy. So I made a lemon one and filled it with lemon curd.

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Then I made some still lemonade. I have been experimenting with this year by year, the first batch I made was too sweet, and by trial and error I have finally come up with the proportions of sugar to lemon juice I am happy with.

Still Lemonade

4 lemons

5 oz sugar

1 1/2 pints of boiling water

Remove the lemon rind with a potato peeler and place in large bowl with the sugar and boiling water. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Cover and leave to cool.

Add the juice of the lemons.

Strain into bottles or jug if consuming straight away and serve chilled.

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Three bottles and a glass for me!


Love to know of your favourite hot weather drink. I think elder flower cordial has it for me, but the elder flowers aren’t ready yet. And would you believe it, I caught Mr E on the brink of cutting down the elder flower tree. WHAT?

Buttercup Walk

It’s buttercup time at last and the sun is shining. Yesterday I went one of my favourite walks. Two minutes from home I am here

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Sometimes this field and the bushes are white all over. At the bottom of the hill and into Wells Walk. When I started this blog there was a massive dispute between new land owner and the whole of Pickering. For once it was People 1 Landowner zilch! The public right of way was agreed.

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And so into the buttercup field.

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The tree on the right is one of my very favourite trees. Back in 2013 I took 12 photos of that tree, one a month to see the changes from season to season.

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More buttercups

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More more buttercups

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Leaving the field and going down the track.

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Till you get to this gate, but

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Then back through the woods, over the road and back up the hill home. But not before I spot this fellow sat on a gate post. He’s new- I just love the unexpected, don’t you.

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Hope you enjoyed my buttercup walk and have a chance to get out and about yourself in the sunshine.

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