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Knit and Natter Friday!

Hello again, grab something nice to drink and let’s have a bit of a catch up. Who would have thought that my oven cleaning plans would generate so many comments last week. Have to say that I now have a nice shiny oven and there are plans afoot today to give the wood burning stove a bit of a wash and brush up, should you be wondering which dirty task comes after oven cleaning.

Meantime life has been busy with nicer things than scrubbing. Monday was the day for my library shift, so glad I could remember what to do after the Christmas break.  Tuesday I attended a talk on the history of Scampston Hall.

If anyone saw the play An Inspector Calls on the TV over Christmas the scenes in the dining room were shot here. I have plans for us to visit again this year to see inside the house, so far we have only seen the gardens.

Wednesday, hurrah I went swimming again. I have bought a pass now for the next three months so I must use it. Thoroughly enjoyed the swim , it’s just making plans on how and when to go. In the afternoon I attended a rehearsal for a presentation to be held in the library for Holocaust Memorial day at the end of the month.

Yesterday I took Mr E for another hospital appointment. Things are still looking good , but more tests etc still to come.

Which means today will be spent chatting here and cleaning…

I have put in a lot of time on the crochet blanket. I am thinking that next time I show it, it might be completed. Hurrah. I so want to make a start on the Attic 24 weekend bag.

I have been able to fit in some knitting too. It now looks like this.

Anyone, any ideas on what it is? I must say it’s quite complicated to knit, so many ror by row instructions, I am just hoping I have read them alright because now it’s a bit of a puzzle!

Big thank you to Christine for telling me about these wonderful plates.

It just so happens I am in the market for new plates this month, so will be buying more over the next few weeks. I really like the quirky animals!

So over to you. Any plans for the weekend? Are you making anything fabulous at the moment?

If you are new, please do leave a comment ,chatting is wonderful. And do just jump in with the comments from others.

Have a great weekend, and Be Happy


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.




Cherry Blossom at Scampston Hall

Last weekend we took the advantage of a free visit for local people to Scampston Hall walled garden and park.

The walled garden was a little disappointing at this time of year.

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The vegetable garden  had just been sewn with this summer’s crop, the only thing to see where chives and rhubarb which quite frankly we had better specimens at home.

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What surprised us was the difference the walls made on the garden, the season is far more advanced here than at home. This tulip was fully open, whereas at home the daffodils are still at their best and no sign of tulips yet.

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These beds will be spectacular in summer. Then we rounded the corner

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To a fabulous display of cherry trees. I have never seen such blossom, or so many cherry trees together. Would love to know of other gardens with cherry trees.

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It was a lovely sunny day and children enjoyed this fountain. Then we headed off into the park designed by Capability Brown.

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The house from the park which was very much shut up still. Be interesting to go back when the house is open too.

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A lovely lake to walk round. The bridge is actually the main road from York to Scarborough.

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The old ice house, wonderfully preserved. There is something rather decadent about an ice house I feel. Maybe I should explain ice house. This one was situated near the lake, so that in winter the servants could cut blocks of ice from the frozen lake and store it in the ice house, so that come the summer the owners could eat ice cream and sorbets, frozen in the ice brought up from the ice house.

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No park is complete without a cascade and

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a pavilion.

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We enjoyed sitting here in the sunshine, with the daffodils and the lake.

All in all a lovely afternoon out. The weather since has been wonderful, lots of sunshine… I could get used to this retirement malarkey.

Here’s to a lovely weekend for us all… we are going sofa shopping AGAIN. Wish us luck.


Photo Challenge- Reflection

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Taken at Scampston Hall on Sunday. More pictures to follow later this week.

Next weeks challenge is Work

If you would like to leave a link in the comments of a photo you have for this challenge please do so. Wild Daffodil complies a weekly round up for our enjoyment. Meantime do check these sites for some super pictures.

Jane from Rainbow Junkie Corner

Sandra at Wild Daffodil

Melissa at http://thearanartisan.com

Roz at https://umpteenthings.wordpress.com

Jenny at https://letthesewingbegin.wordpress.com

Christina at https://alookatthelittlethings.wordpress.com/

Ali at https://thimberlina.wordpress.com/

If you would like to contribute regularly let me know and I will add your name to this list.

Meantime Happy Snapping!

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