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Archive for June, 2017

Sew, Knit and Natter Friday.

Oh My , what a week we have had here. Major catastrophe on the wedding venue. To quote the hotels website ” there has been an ingress of water in the kitchen and dining room”.

We have located an alternative venue in the village hall as the hotel doubts the problem will be fixed in time. It has meant putting the ceremony back a couple of hours so we have time to fix up the new venue for a reception after a children’s party leaves. Thank goodness for a very understanding Vicar.

As for the catering, the hotel has to decide if it can manage outside catering, or we have to find someone else.Wish us well.

The bride is just about coping with her disappointment and so far the Groom hasn’t shouted at anyone he shouldn’t.

Meantime I have joined all the lovely crochet hearts together for some heart bunting. I love it. Thanks again Wild Daffodil.

Somewhere though I have misplaced my favourite sewing up needle for yarn. I have others, but just where can it be. I left it unattended for half an hour whilst I prepared dinner, came back, and Gone, not there. Mr E denies all knowledge, and to be honest it is unlikely he is the culprit, which leaves me, or that gremlin from the computer. Nope, don’t think it was him either , which leaves me ,  I don’t know !

But I have got a hat! As my son (The Groom) said all will be well we have a hat, no reception, but we have a hat!

Quick change of subject.

I needed something to do for the 30 days wild challenge in the rain we had this week.

Cute? He fitted the bill nicely. From a Cross Stitcher magazine 1993! Worth hanging onto all the stuff I do keep, you never know when you will need it.

And once started there was no stopping the rain or me, turns out cross stitch is quite calming for the nerves.

From another magazine from 1996.

A Mouseloft kit. Floral dolphins are my answer to whales killed by ingesting plastic bags. As a chap on a documentary said It Begins with the Whale, In my case a Floral Dolphin.

Some knitting,

But not much!

Hoping for better news next week! I was going to share some more photos from Greece in this post, but they will keep. Till next time.

Be Happy!


Blue Sky Tag.

The Postcard from Gibraltar Nominated me for a lovely award called the Blue Sky Tag. Apparently it runs through June, and I have to ask and answer 11 questions.

1. What do you most enjoy about blogging? Without doubt the blogging community. Friendships, laughter, encouragement, just wonderful

2. What made you start your blog and how long have you been doing it? I needed to prove to  myself that I wasn’t ready for the scrap heap, and five years later I am still here.

3. What most attracts you to a blog and what makes you keep reading it? Interesting content with a lot of honesty and humour.

4. What other hobbies and pastimes do you enjoy? Crafts, family history, local history, Greece , nature and photography

5. Given your time over, without any restrictions, what would be your ideal job? Why? Owning my own fabric and yarn shop, my favourite job was in such a shop, I love retail, fabric and yarn.

6. Which new country would you like to visit? New Zealand, it looks amazing.

7. What is playing in your headphones right now? Music, podcast, audio book? I can’t stand headphones over my ears so nothing is the answer.

8. What is your favourite book and why? To a God Unknown by John Steinbeck, beautiful prose and a wonderful theme.

9. If you could go to any point in history to witness it for yourself, when and where would that be? I would like to go back in time to stop the first world war.

10. If you could eat anything for your next meal, what would it be? Steak and chips and lemon meringue pie

11. I’m writing this while watching Glastonbury, what would your dream gig line-up be? I am going back in time for this too, Jim Morrison and the Doors , playing in Dalby Forest and I would be 18!

So that’s me. Mrs Postcard asked a lot of my favourite bloggers already, so I am asking you all, couldn’t possibly choose, pick one question and leave a comment or write your own post and answer all 11.

Once again thank you Postcard from Gibraltar, and if you have never visited her blog, do so now, for lots of wonderful pictures from Gibraltar, with needlework, yarn and watercolour painting thrown in .

More Wildness from Greece

It was rather nice taking the 30 days wild challenge to Greece with us as it meant  that we really did look about us and notice different things from the usual ancient ruins ( I don’t mean me and Mr E either) and beaches.

Just what is this ant about? (Photo by Mr E.)

The spiders on this walk were huge and all lurking in their webs awaiting dinner I assume. ( Mr E’s)

Cricket ( possibly my best picture of the challenge)

Another lizard.

Poppies- Warning you may need a lie down after the next picture.

Me returning from a wonderful walk through a river gorge ( this and the following two pics are by Mr E)


That was the best fun of all. I loved it. Bit chilly but simply wonderful.

Here is where I was most content and relaxed, the apartment gardens, two very happy afternoons spent here, just chilling and reading.

And you can’t write a post about Greece without a feral cat. This one guarding his boat and the nets.

A lovely holiday, I do hope you enjoyed the Greek wildness and weren’t too disturbed by one picture in particular!





One a week photo challenge- Wave

Boats gently bobbing on the waves in the evening sunlight, Parga Greece, June 2017

Next weeks prompt is TURN.

Please leave a link to your wave over on Wild Daffodil or in the comments below.

Going Wild in Greece!

Ttwo days after I sign up for the 30 day wild challenge, Mr E finds a holiday in Greece. Nothing for it but to take the challenge with me to Greece. We had a lovely time and Going Wild was wonderful. I even have some half decent photos and will only inflict one rubbish one on you.

Butterflies. Ever tried to photo a butterfly that just doesn’t land on a thing? There were lots of butterflies where we were. A whole host of brown ones. Here is the absolute best picture I could take.

I promise you that if you look very very carefully with a very high-powered magnifying glass there on the bend of the path are a whole flock of butterflies. I don’t suppose that the collective noun is really flock, perhaps someone can help out here. Elsewhere there white ones, blue ones, black and white ones and the most gorgeous yellow and orange ones and I got not one picture.

No matter it gets better from here on in.

Tahdah! Lizzard.

Swallow’s nest. There were lots and lots of swallows, just like at home. I swear it is a bumper swallow year.

A wonderful walk to a waterfall.

Less bad than the butterflies but not brilliant,  there really is a dragonfly there.

And some lovely wild flowers to finish with this time. The best is to come in the next post from our sojourn in Greece.

Now to tackle the wilderness that is our garden at home.

Sew, Knit and Natter Friday.

Sew, time for an update again. Actually I have been on holiday the last week or so. I never feel comfortable saying I am going, after all it’s a bit of an open invitation to a ne’er-do-well. The mountain of washing awaits, and I am a bit tired. Anyway we had a big nice time which is all that matters. Only mishap was Mr E thinks he got caught by a traffic cop coming home from the airport, oh and the dishwasher we hardly ever use, fused the house whilst we were away. How exactly could that happen? Never mind. What do you think about saying you are going away on your blog? Friendly or a plain daft thing to say? So apologies if you thought I was being a bit remote recently, I had drafted up some posts, and with the help of Mr Technical Wizard himself, I posted them, although it was weird posting pictures of rain drops when I knew the UK had a heat wave. All I can say  is that the heat wave could have lasted a bit longer so I could dry my washing.

Anyway I have two big thank you’s to begin with. Should there be an apostrophe there?  Probably not, but spell check is happy.

First  a big thank you to Robin from Imperial Crochet for nominating me for a Versatile Blogger Award. It’s always lovely when someone does that.Please pop over and visit her blog, she writes a lovely post. I am supposed to tell you 7 things about me that you may not know.

  1. Mr E and I met as students many moons ago, we have been married nearly 43 years, if we don’t squabble too much and last that long.
  2. There is a wedding in the family coming up soon. Oh you knew that?
  3.  And a new baby. You knew that too, let’s try again
  4. I was hopeless at school at anything crafty, needleworky etc. In fact I was asked not to do Art and Needlework O’Level because I talked too much and put the others off.
  5. But somehow I managed to get a City and Guilds Creative Embroidery successfully under my hat. So there!!
  6. I am a glass half full kind of person, I swear the sun will shine at some point in time today.
  7. I loathe and I mean loathe beetroot.

I should now be nominating others for this  award, but since you are all just very versatile and great I nominate everyone, please tell us one thing about you which we may now know, or go the whole 7.

And secondly a big thank you to Wild Daffodil 

for this enormous pile of hearts for some bunting for the wedding. Did I mention a wedding before? Thank you from the bottom of my heart , such a kind and wonderful thing to do.


a pineapple, one of Daffy’s own patterns. How cute is this?

Sew, there hasn’t been much knitting etc going on round here, but I did get some buttons sewn on the baby’s jacket, did I mention a new baby before?

It’s for a boy, can you tell?

Well maybe there was a tiny bit of knitting whilst Mr E spent all day packing. I take an hour, he spends ALL DAY till I get him out the door.

A lot more knitting, crochet and maybe sewing next Friday. Meantime have a great weekend and I look forward to some natter, between washing that is.

Be Happy!


One a week photo challenge- Fiction

From my 17 for 2017, the Heap by the Bed. It’s gone down by 12 books so far, so just imagine how big it used to be.

Next weeks’ prompt is Wave!

Happy Snapping!

Sew, knit and natter Friday

Let’s chat. I haven’t started my next sewing project yet. I am working up courage to make the skirt for Little Miss F, I may have mentioned it several times already. It has a zip. I haven’t sewed a zip for many years since I was at school, and then I only did one. I am scaring myself!

But I have completed the 4ply cardigan with shawl collar for the new baby. I am rather pleased with how this looks, considering the fuss I was making last week.

I just need some nice buttons to finish it off.

And onto the needles next is a tank top for Master T. The yarn looked brighter on the website when the gremlin ordered it. I think he may have slipped, I don’t think it meets the brief Master T gave me for something with lots of bright colours. Ah well, maybe I will choose the next yarn from a real life shop all by myself.

The pile of hearts for the bunting is growing nicely and I think I have sussed out how I will join them. Hope to be able to show them next week.

Have a great weekend,

Be happy.




One a week Photo Challenge- Cross

The Ralph Cross, on the North York Moors. This is a way mark for travellers on the moors, before the days of Sat Nav. Picture taken August 2014, from my archive.

Next week’s prompt is Fiction.

Happy Snapping!

Getting Wild- the 30 day challenge

I started off my challenge to go into the wild every day for 30 days, quietly, exploring the local area, getting into the garden for at least 15 minutes every day, and just looking at what is here on my doorstep. And what a surprise I had, whoever knew that Pickering had its own millennium wood, not me for sure. A new walk.

Keld Head a natural pond/lake , where we used to collect frog spawn as children. I don’t need to do that now as we have a pond teeming with tadpoles/frogs.

Along the river bank. There were three teenage girls jumping off the bridge into the river, I queried whether it  was deep enough and they said yes, I didn’t want to come over as a spoil sport so left it at that. Still don’t think it was a good idea. Should I have said more? They were being wild!

Further along the environment agency is doing their stuff and having a dredge. I think it needed it. Deep enough?

And there we have it , our very own millenium Wood

pond with fish. If you think this is a bad picture I took worse!

Chestnut tree candle!

Yellow vetch with bee


Back at the start of our walk, super foxgloves and lupins planted by the roadside. Hope you enjoyed the walk.



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