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16 for 2016- July

Summer really arrived this month. It’s amazing how the sun seems to make everyone just that little bit happier! Time for my July reflection on my 16 for 2016 goals.

16 swims- Already achieved and I am still swimming weekly.

15- well that is all about walking and it’s not happening regularly. I am having a rethink, again and a refocus.

14 lbs lost- that was 8, but goodness knows whether it still is. Another thing to refocus on.

13 outings- Been a good month for outings. There was the quilt exhibition in Whitby, a day at Scampston Hall and another at Fountains Abbey.

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I am just back from a few days in Edinburgh where we went to the Mary King Close, a wonderful tour of underground rooms, no longer in use. Sadly pictures are not allowed. And a fabulous tour of

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So that makes 5 this month, giving me a total of 13. Goal accomplished.

12 cookery posts- Humph.That is still 5. Not quite certain what to do on this one…

11 Flower pictures I am pleased with. Completed already, but you can’t have too many flowers…

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10 handmade cards- total unchanged at 9

9 Garden posts- one more done in July. Total is 6, on course to complete this goal.

8 stash/ kit busting projects. Bunting made this month. Which completes this goal too.

7 sewing/embroidery projects. Dress and bag made for my grand daughter. Total is 6

6 Acts of kindness- Goal completed.

5 Reading non fiction-currently readingan  on- line a course on genealogy. Once completed that will be one more. Total is 3.

4 Improve knitting/crochet skills. Total unchanged at 3

3 Things accomplished from my bucket list. Going to Edinburgh makes 3 for this year.

2 Railway journeys.With Edinburgh that makes 4

1 Bus journey- thanks to Edinburgh, I have done 5

0 magazines bought. Still 0, and I was so tempted at the quilt exhibition with some second hand ones, but I resisted.

So things are going pretty well, but I need to focus on 14 and 15 a bit more than I have managed so far!!

Leaving you with one more picture of Fountains Abbey.

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And my coffee which I had on the Brittania, hope it raises a smile..

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Cross stitch keyring

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.

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Scottish thistle, rather appropriate I felt.

Linking with Heather for Small SAL at  http://stitchinglotus.ca/2016/07/smalls-sal-july-2016-check-in/







Photo Challenge- Strength

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Fountains Abbey- July 2016

Please leave a link to a picture of Strength in the comments section.

Next weeks prompt is Water

July Garden

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Although that little fellow seems happy enough.

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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.

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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.

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Scampston Hall revisited!

We returned to Scampston Hall walled garden yesterday, what a difference a few months make.

The vegetable area.

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Full to bursting!

The flower beds

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A riot of colour.

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Not enough colour?

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How’s that? Still not enough?

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Or the elegance of this?

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Or this?

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And what about the wavy grasses?

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En masse?

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We went inside the conservatory/ orangery …whatever you want to call it.

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To the Head Gardeners office! And next door there just happened to be an embroidery exhibition based on the landscape gardens of Capability Brown.

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Sorry about the reflections, it was a very hot day.

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Oh yes well worth a return visit. We had lunch too, and very nice it was.

Hope everyone finds something really marvellous this weekend.




Yarn Along!

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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

Photo Challenge- Zest

Dictionary definition-Zest- Keen interest

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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.

Daddy,daddy I got a bag!

Didn’t need to worry!

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The grin says it all!

Scrap Happy- July 2016

I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am with my scrappy makes this time!

First up, some bunting. Now this was a big deal for me as I wanted it to fit the cloakroom window, so I had to figure out how long to make the string, how many triangles, how big they should be and at what interval to place them. I have never made bunting before and having to do all this measuring and thinking was  a challenge. But I loved it.

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I was so proud of it, here  are a couple of close ups.

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And the one at the left is the fabric from the dress I made my granddaughter.

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Even the blue bias binding tape was a leftover which I found in my sewing box.

Talking of the crab fabric. There was still some left so my next idea was to make Miss F a matching bag to go with her dress. Big challenge! Nowhere could I find a pattern for a bag for a little girl. Well how hard could it be? I designed my own!  Again lots of head scratching and measuring etc etc etc etc. But… Tahdah!

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One bag. Box corners and lined, I might add.

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Lining was the fabric left from a toy giraffe!.

The straps were another issue. I sewed them in situ but for good measure I added buttons too.

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They were buttons I already owned too. How long to make the straps was another conundrum, but I still had the dress on a coathanger so I guessed, how long to make them.

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One dress with matching bag.

I have now posted this off for Miss F and await the verdict anxiously.

Joining with Kate and these other talented ladies for this months Scrap Happy.

Usually has a scrappy post:

Kate at https://talltalesfromchiconia.wordpress.com/2016/07/15/scraphappy-july-2/

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)

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)

Debbierose: https://sewrosey.wordpress.com (in English only)

Claire: https://knitnkwilt.wordpress.com (in English only)

Do have a look at their lovely makes.

Hope that we all get a chance this weekend for some happy crafting. Thoughts going out to thoose caught up in events in Nice. So sad. The world is a wonderful place, so just Why?



Photo Challenge- Round

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Taken on Friday at the Whitby Quilt Exhibition.

Please leave a link to any picture for this challenge in the comments.

Next weeks’ prompt is Zest

Happy Snapping!

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