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Archive for April, 2017

One a week Photo Challenge- Lunch

Whilst I was in France in February I was determined to eat a pancake. I had two, both for lunch.

In Carcassonne , with lemon and sugar. Delicious.

As a starter at the Golden Wedding Anniversary party. Buckwheat pancake with cheese, mushrooms and bacon. The filling was tasty but the pancake a bit hard!

Never the less, I enjoyed both.

Looking forward to seeing what you had for lunch. Please leave a link in the comments.

Next week’s prompt is ARCH.

Happy Snapping!

Knit and Natter Friday

I rather like this idea of having a natter with some knitting thrown in. Please join in, I will feel very silly nattering to myself.

A rather wonderful thing happened on Wednesday. It turned out it wasn’t my birthday, that is still firmly in October. But the wonderful Claire had decided that my unbirthday was this week and I received a simply marvellous present. Sometimes you receive a gift that is just so perfect it takes your breath away. This one did bring a tear to my eye.  It’s so pretty.

This is a needle case, with pretty quilting, and cross stitch and made in my absolute favourite colour and inside

some hand beaded stitch markers. Oh MY! Thank you so much. I love it.

Meantime do any of you have this sort of conversation. Mr E bellowing from downstairs ” What are you doing Cath?” He calls me Cath and that is not my name, but he’s never cottoned onto that one. Beside the point. My reply “Looking up a grave in the Anfield cemetery in Liverpool”. Perfectly natural thing to do. Or later that day ” Cath, what are you doing?” Reply ” Knitting cat’s eyes !” Silly man.

Bagpusses eyes to be precise. Right now he is a cat of many parts. Soon to be united with legs, ears and whiskers.

Meantime the knitting pattern that the Gremlin in the computer ordered has arrived.

with yarn for the one at the top. Personally I am not at all surprised that the Gremlin choose this one. I suppose I could help out with the knitting, but not until I have done the jumper which is next in the queue.

So, what are you up too this weekend? I hope it involves some knitting or sewing  or something you love doing with people you care about.


Photo Challenge- Pond, Newton on Rawcliffe

Couldn’t pass up a chance to take you on a tour of another local village. Now you may think you don’t know Newton on Rawcliffe , but you may be mistaken just a little bit. A few miles out of Pickering and just about within the North York Moors Park area, Newton lies on the west side of Newtondale, which you may not have heard of but you may just have seen. Remember Heartbeat(ITV)? Well the opening sequence shows a steam train chugging its way through Newtondale, and the yellow gorse on the roadside, well that’s on the East side of Newtondale just opposite Newton. We may go there one day on my exploration of villages.

Newton on Rawcliffe is a very small village, not fancy in any way. In fact one of the things I really like about it, is that it’s not a chocolate box village. There’s mud on the road and you can smell that you are in a rural location.

Up this hill lies the village pond.

A proper pond in which cattle, sheep , geese, and ducks used to go for water. Now its just ducks and the odd horse.

Going on a bit further, as they say in these parts.

A proper working phone box, don’t expect a mobile phone signal here.

A proper village hall, hub of the community. They were advertising a Pudding Club night on that notice board.

This was my favourite little cottage, called Turf House cottage. Back in the day, villagers collected turf from the moor for fuel, I think it was stored here for the farmhouse behind.

This was my favourite cottage garden. The day was a bit misty and murky last week although the sun did try to break through the clouds.

Looking at this building I am guessing it used to be the village school.

That’s the Methodist chapel and this

St John’s church which is part of a parish of several villages served by a vicar who conducts services in different ones each week, with the congregation having to travel if they want to attend a service each week.

Inside is plain and simple.

This church clock mechanism is fascinating to watch.

This little chap encourages you to leave a pebble and say a prayer.

See the big black one in the front, this was for you Kate coping with mud, for you Margaret for your precious daughter and for my friend Jane whose father is very poorly at present. On the wall opposite were these delightful paintings.

Painted by Antonia Winsor who lives in the village.

I loved this bit and

this bit is so moving.

Did I mention that there is a vacancy for a vicar for the parish but you don’t get

the rather big Old Vicarage, which is in private ownership now.  Feeling a bit thirsty after all this walking about? Pub?

Oh yes, there is a campsite next door too!

Hope you enjoyed my tour , with Pond!

Wild Daffodil will be away from her blog this month so please feel free to leave a link to your pond in the comments section.  Sandra will then be able to do a monthly round up of our efforts when she’s is back.

Meantime next weeks prompt is LUNCH! Nomnomnom!

Happy noshing Snapping!

17 for 2017- March

It’s true time does go faster as you get older. Apparently March is over and it’s now April. Not quite certain how that happened. Been another lovely busy month, for which I am most grateful. So how did I do with my goals for this year?

17 swims – 2 more this month, making that 3 for this year.

16 hour long walks- I have done quite well this month and added 4 more, giving me a total of 6

This was the first one, through Cropton woods. A bird left me a present on my head shortly after I took this, I persist in believing that good luck is now assured for me and it’s not just an old wives tale! Walks in Dalby woods, the Oxfordshire countryside and seeing the daffodils in Farndale followed.

15 books read from the heap by the bed! I have read another two novels since the last Yarn Along (sigh)

One was about Hollywood in the 1930’s , and a dismal picture it painted of all the hopeless hopefuls. The other about the Land Army Girls in WW2. They were ok.

14lbs lost- hurrah for the first 1 1/2!

13 cards made- 8 all in one month. Three were cross stitch.

Four featured these bird toppers

And the last one for a certain 16 year old to be.

12 Posts about Yorkshire Villages- 1 , Cropton

11 Days out- 4 now, two added this month. One was to see my lovely grandson H at Oxford Utd, where he was one of the mascots. he had a brilliant time, with a tour of the ground, a meet and greet with the players, a training session and finally walked on the ground with the players. As it happens the player he walked out with scored the winning goal! Just saying.

H is the little lad all in black( his Dad Mr J just behind him) walking over to his adoring fans ,doting grandparents, family. Shame about them.

My Boys!

The second day out was to Combe Mill.

10, try 10 new things. I am adding one more this month, total 2. I went with a group from the Family History Society to the County Records Office for a behind the scenes tour. I haven’t been on such an outing before, and was a bit apprehensive going on my own with a group of strangers. But it was a great day. The Society put out an appeal for someone to write a report for the newsletter. I waited to see if anyone else would volunteer, but they didn’t so I wrote one, and it was great seeing my work in proper print. Bit nerve-wracking but I did it.

9 crochet/knitting projects. Two more this month, the Mermaid.

Here posing with her brother now sporting an earlier finish of mine. And the little baby matinée jacket. Total 8.

8 craft projects- 0

7 sewing projects- still 1

6 non fiction books read- half way there, total is 3

5 questions answered about my family history. Whilst at the Records office I did some research. I didn’t find what I was looking for, but I did read some Banns for marriage and may have discovered the maiden name of my 3x great-grandmother. And that’s family history for you. You never know what you will find. In the meantime I have been taking care of more immediate family history. I have finally got round to scanning in my Dad’s slides. And it’s not easy to recall who is shown and where they are taken. It occurred to me that my most beloved Granny is Master H’s 2x Great Grandmother, and so I need to write down who she is in the pictures! I am counting this as 1 by the way, even though it’s not what I set out to do.

4 Good sort outs. The garden has been tackled, that gives me 3! Just the kitchen to go.

3 Interesting things found- At Combe Mill there was a wood-turning area, and in a box labelled FREE help yourself, were some practice bits. I selected this one.

Very tactile, but I have no ideas what to do with it. Any suggestions most gratefully received.

2 Picnics- 0

1 Boat Ride- 0

0 additions to the stash of craft materials, yarn, fabric etc. Whoops! There was a bit of an accident with the keys on my computer and some yarn and a pattern were bought. Bit of a mystery what happened there.

Never mind…..

Onwards and Upwards. Hope you had a good month. April should be good… chocolate.

And as they say if life is giving you lemons there is always lemonade to be made.




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