Life and Thyme!

Between a rock and a hard place!

Stalactites in Crete

The Old City, Carcassonne!

Next week’s photo prompt is Spiral

Please feel free to leave a link to your Floor over at Wild Daffodil or in the comments below, we would love to have you along.

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17 for 2017- February

It’s been an odd winter here this year, endless grey dismal days. I really feel as if I did hibernate away till it was over. The pain in my thumb/hand is lessening, and I have reduced the amount of knitting I tackle each week.  On the couple of sunny days we had this month I couldn’t wait to get in the garden, normally I am a reluctant gardener until I get outside.

The sunshine and warmth at the weekend in France has woken me up. All of a sudden I feel more alive, Spring has arrived.


So what about my 17 for 2017 goals?

17 swims- finally dragged my sorry a*** to the pool on Wednesday. Technically that is a March swim, but who cares? I am back in the pool.-Total 1

16 hour-long walks- we had another walk round Dalby and a new to us footpath. We walked to a bird hide and had a happy time looking over a lake and watching the wildfowl– a couple of moorhens. Well it is early in the year still. Total- 2

15 Pre owned books read-6 , but the pile by my bed is growing still as people keep lending me books, but at least I haven’t bought any, unless you count the three I bought on the Kindle. You don’t count those do you?

14lbs lost- I did at least get on the scales yesterday, so now I have begun.

13 cards made- 0

12 village photo posts-0

11 days out-2 now with the day in Carcassonne


10- try 10 new things- I ate wild boar for the first time. Cooked with chestnuts in a red wine sauce and it was GOOD


It was the meal at the anniversary party. The one bean vegetable made me giggle!

9 knitting and crochet projects – 6 with the crochet blanket

8 other crafts-0

7 Sewing projects-1. The one being the wall tidy I made but there is  progress on two WIPS. The first is my patchwork quilt, which now looks like this.


And the Winter embroidery which I will show next time.

6 Non Fiction books read- the total is now 2, as I finished the book about John Steinbeck and Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson.

5 bits of family history research. I have a planned visit to the county records office next week, so progress may be made in March.

4 Jolly Good sort outs. 2. We have been through our clothes and two big bags went off to the charity shop. And I sorted the guest / craft bedroom, from this


to this


Result! Stand by for the next one!

3 interesting finds-0

2 picnics-0

1 boat ride-0

0 craft purchases- 0. Although I did buy another ball of yarn to complete the crochet blanket, that doesn’t count because it isn’t a new project.

Not too shabby for someone who was hibernating!

How are your goals for 2017 going? Please leave a link below to your update posts if you like.




Yarn Along!


The mermaids’ tail progresses slowly. I do about 8 rows at a time and my thumb/hand pain is easing. I took the Kindle away with me at the weekend and am currently finishing off Ann Cleeves Novel, Hidden Depths. Another in the Vera Stanhope series and a jolly good read.

Joining with Ginny for Yarn Along

The best I could come up with was


The bird feeder in the garden until I went through my archives.



Much better. Please leave a link to your Seed picture over at Wild Daffodil or in the comments below.

Next week’s prompt is Floor.

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A weekend in France.

Just back from a marvellous weekend in France with family, friends, food  and wine!

We took a lovely gite near Carcassonne.


It’s a converted wine storage cellar. Might not look much from the front, but inside and in the garden at the back the story is different.


View from the bathroom.


View from the bedroom and yes those are the Pryanees.


Middle son Mr J and fiancée Ms M were with us too. Mmm breakfast.


We had travelled on Thursday so Friday was our first full day there. And where to go but Camelot Carcassonne.


And a walk round the ramparts.


View over the town.


View over the interior of the old city.


The old cathedral is stunning, especially the Rose windows.


Saturday and time for some winter sun.


Not warm enough for the swimming pool though. Then it was time for the main event.


Here at the home of our friends, who just so happen to be Mr J’s godparents and were celebrating their


And a wonderful time was had by all. We sat outside and soaked up those rays.


Now I have one of these in my garden. How long before mine is in bloom like this. I can’t tell you how good this little bit of R&R has done us. Might just have to plan a little something else now. Any ideas?




Yarn Along!


Giving the knitting a break at the moment to see if the pain in my hand is a repetitive strain injury. Good news is that I finished the Art Deco/ moorland colour theme crochet blanket.


Can’t decide if it was a mistake not to use the heather colour to join the middle section. Meantime Bill Bryson’s Notes from a Small Island turned up in the heap in the bedroom. Although this is a re-read for me, I still laugh out loud at his observations on us Brits.

Joining with Ginny for Yarn Along


Traffic on a Greek Island- Santorini


Traffic on the Greek Mainland- Parga.


Traffic on the North York Moors- Goathland! Not so diffferent to Greece after all. Just the weather!

Please leave a link to any Traffic photo you have at Wild Daffodil for inclusion in our monthly round up of pictures from February’s challenge, or below in the comments.

Next weeks’ prompt is SEED.

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