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Scrap Happy- February 2020

Whilst I was at the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching show back in November I attended a workshop to make vintage fabric box run by Ami of Simply Needlecraft

We had to choose some scraps of fabric, stitch the pieces together, line and construct the box. Now in an hours workshop there is no chance of completing the project, so this month I have finished it at home. When I got a bit stuck, I emailed Ami and got an answer back the same night. Now that’s what I call customer service.

Six sides of the box ready to go. I added my own buttons and foll-de- rolls.

Button hole stitch the inside to the outside. Over sew the sides together

And tahdah

Now isn’t that a lovely way to use scraps of fabric. I can see myself making some more this year.

Please pop over and see Ami’s site. Linking today with Kate and the others for Scrap Happy Day-here

A moor for all seasons.

No heather of course at this time of year, but our walk last week on the North Yorkshire moors was still wonderful.

On our way to Skelton Tower on the Leversham estate. Skelton Tower was owned by the Reverend Skelton and was probably a hunting tower. I have always felt it would make a super setting for a gothic novel or mystery story.

And the views are just lovely.

In August this view would be of purple heather, there would be a smell of honey and the drone of bees.

Looking over Newtondale in the other direction is the railway line for the steam trains of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Silent over the winter months whilst maintenance is carried out.

The moors then- beautiful in all seasons.

I hope to get out again this week, but where I wonder, and when . The weather does not sound to be good this week  with another storm on the horizon, and by golly it is very chilly.

February Garden- 2020

The garden is coming back to life.

Lots of snowdrops.

Daffodils on their way.




And something edible- rhubarb.

Always lovely to see at this time of year. How is your garden? We were lucky and escaped the worst of the weekend storm in the UK, hope you were alright too.

An unexpected visitor .

To the bird table.

He came to see us yesterday  before the wind and the rain.

Yarn Along- February 2020

Delighted to be linking once again to Ginny’s Yarn Along post

First of all I have a finish.

Pattern and yarn from Deramores. His name on the pattern is Eddie, but my elephant is Herbert. Full name only, no abbreviations allowed, apparently.

Here he is with his mate the snake, you may recall he is a boy named Sue.

So there we are Herbert and Sue. What next you cry? Well maybe you didn’t , but can you pretend you did please?

Any ideas who might be coming next off those needles? Colour is a bit of a giveaway. Meantime these books are my current reading matter. The novel is The Old man and the sea. It’s very short, and so far it is good. The book on Textile landscapes is really good, it’s a library copy and I can see I shall be parting with some hard cash for my own copy. The gardening book was recommened to me via my books posts. So far Mr E has hijacked it from me.

Slow progress on the crochet blanket- inner border complete, now I have eight squares like this to do and eight more of another block. All progress is good.

Do check out what Ginny and the others are yarning about this month. Love to know what you are knitting/crocheting or reading at the moment too, so do please leave a comment.


A walk in the woods.

Wednesday promised to be the best day of the week weather wise for a walk. I suggested a walk would be in order to Sandra at Wild Daffodil , as she has organised a walking group via Facebook for people to share their walks. I set off for Cropton Forest, owned and maintained by the Forrestry Commission. It is often used for car rallies and motorbike races so avoiding weekends is a good plan.

The day was perfect.

Blue skies, with just the sound of birds and the wind through the trees.

Mostly conifers, but the occasional clump of beech or silver birch.

Not quite sure what this is or why it was laying by the track through the trees. I mean it looks like a grind stone, but in the woods, where there is nothing . It looked as if the centre part had a metal surface. Thoughts anyone?

Best of all is the view across Rosedale.

I hope you enjoyed the walk. I am slowly building up to my five mile Gonna do walk. This was 5km. Bit of a way to go. Next planned walk is Thursday, do you want to come along too? And where shall I go?

Gonna Do- January!

So I made that Gonna do list – twenty things for 2020 and I am pleased to have got some under my belt. If I aim for two a month I should get there, and as January is a long month and February a short month, I got cracking and had a flying start.

Number 13 was Visit an Art Gallery

I went to the Woodend Gallery in Scarborough to see the Anne Bronte art project. It’s her 200th anniversary this year- she was born on the 17 January 2020, and sadly died here in Scarborough, where she is also buried.

Lindsey Tyson organised this project- 200 artists, 200 pages from the book The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. It was a tremendous undertaking and I loved so many of the contributions. Here’s a couple of my favourites.

This by Emily Gondal and

this by Lindsey Tyson herself.

Number 16- Go to the cinema– I have a bad habit of seeing trailers for films , think of going, but fail to act before the film leaves the cinemas. Writing this Gonna Do list and seeing the trailers for David Copperfield, made me realise that I needed to act straightaway and not just think about it. So I did, and we saw the film yesterday. I thoroughly enjoyed being in a cinema again and the film was good. It is hard to condense a Dickens novel into a 2 hour film, characters and scenes have to be changed or omitted. I think Dickens would have liked the film, if he had a part in it! I missed Barkis though, who married Peggerty, and did his wooing through Master Copperfield and his ” Barkiss is willing”. I still have fond memories of the BBC adaptation with Daniel Radcliffe as young Copperfield and Maggie Smith as his Aunt. I heard several members of the audience say they would now go and re- read the book, so that’s got to be a good thing. Mr E managed to stay awake through the whole film- just- there were moments! I don’t think I will get him to see Emma next month.

Number 20- Take part in the Great Garden Bird Count– This always happens during the last weekend in January. I did my count on Saturday 25 January. Totals of birds counted in the garden in my hour at any one time (11.30-12.30) were:-

Sparrows- 8- so hard to count


Wood Pigeons-6

Great Tit-1




Not showing up in my hour were blue tits, goldfinch or chaffinch.The last two only come occassionally, but the blue tits just didn’t show up.

I bought mealie worms to entice the robins and blackbirds, all I can say is mealie worms are gross and Mr E says I must never ever bring them into the house again- apparently they are essentially garage critters.  And that was just the dried ones, don’t thnk I could cope with live ones. Mind you the robins and blackbirds do devour them with great relish.

So that is three ticked off my list. I hope I shall get to more art galleries and movies during the year. It sounds odd to write a list of things to do that you enjoy but  I am so glad I did as it really has lifted me out of the rut I had got into last year.

Some of the Gonnas are quite big projects, so I have also made a start on Number 8- Make a Quilt for Harry. If you recall he asked for an Oxford United one which terrified the beejeebas out of me. Then I found an Oxford flag with the Ox motif, and subsequently had the bright idea of breaking it down into small steps and only tackling a few at a time instead of trying to do it all in a couple of days. So far the motif has been transfered to bondaweb. More next month I hope.

Number 19 was Start to write family history– a notebook has been purchased and I have written three pages so far. I decided against doing it on a computer as I’d spend the whole time trying to keep track of spellings and loosing the flow. I have since realised that the little tales I want to record come to mind in quite random places. So for example, I was on a walk last week when I remembered how excited Mum got if she spotted an owl pellet, and her joy in dissecting it back home. Cries of “Oh look a mouse skull”. I had to hang onto to that recollection all the way home till I got hold of a piece of paper to jot it down. It might not be the most entralling memory of one’s Mother but it does sum up her character quite well, and is the sort of thing that would have interested me about my grandparents.

I wonder does anyone have any odd memories of family members which don’t amount to anything world shattering but do sum up an aspect of their character quite nicely?

So that’s my progress with my Gonna do in 2020 list. How are you getting on with your plans for this year, I would love to hear. More I hope to tell you about in February.



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