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Thornton Dale Show!

I love an agricultural show and not just for the craft competitions. Here’s what caught my eye.

Entertainment in the arena from the jousting Knights of Nottingham

Of course the ” Duke of York ” was the champion!

Vintage tractors, takes us back to childhood.

Birds of prey, love the car number plate.

My favourite, all are bred in captivity, but I didn’t see a flying display.

The weird and wonderful things for sale on the trade stands, love the flamingo, resisted buying a flamingo.

Mr E in his natural element

This picture is for Mr Hicks and Gibbs.

The lovely prize farm animals who look so clean for the day.

But why oh why do I always forget that there will be




Sew, Knit and Natter Friday!

Is it just me , or are weeks getting shorter? Here we are again and it’s Friday and time for a good old natter. I am going to be busy today, well busy for a retired person anyway. I have to collect my new glasses this morning, and sadly this afternoon I am attending a funeral. Is it a sign of getting older that you start to attend more funerals than weddings? This is for the father of my best friend Ms J who I have occasionally mentioned in these posts. He was known to my brother and I as Uncle John. He was a school teacher and I think there will be a “good turn out” for him. Sad days as the older generation passes. Soon I will be the older generation, but at the moment am just reaching middle age!!!!

Enough, happier topics. Last week we managed to visit a local agricultural show, this one in the village of Thornton le Dale, which we have visited many times in my blog. Today being S,K and N day we will visit my favourite tent, the craft tent. Remember the days when the WI had a tent of their own, now they have a few tables in the main tent. Here’s what caught my eye.

Look at the big crochet basket , and the lovely mandala.


I love this bag, a deserved winner for whatever class it was. There were just numbers shown, and no written name. Also I was disappointed that the judges had left no comments. Back in the day they did..

And this lovely embroidery which gained a second placement. I love it.


These old bodgers at work! If you enjoyed this part of the post I have more pictures from the show, so the old tour bus will be heading there on Sunday, if you fancy a trip. Mr Hicks and Gibbs there is a picture just for you two.

We had a meeting to get the Repair Cafe up and running and we have a scheduled date for late September, if we get the insurance sorted. Growl, why do good plans always come up with H&S and “what if someone sues us”. I don’t know.

Anyway I thought I better start to think what to take with me and how to get it there. Now I have a sewing box/caddy which I used to use when we lived in Oxfordshire and I went to dress making classes. It was full of a project that I had half done before we moved and has languished there ever since. That would be 15 1/2 years! I have taken it out, and the question is apart from buttons and threads, what do you think I should take along with me to aid repair volunteering?

Meantime I had a look at the UFO and decided the best thing to do was finish it off.

Quite impressed with the fleur de lys. Anyway you can just about see the piping cord in the picture. I have now sewn it to the front on the fabric with I must say a huge amount of difficulty on the sewing machine. Seems I should be using something called a piping foot? I haven’t got one. Reluctantly I am concluding the only way to enclose it in the back is hand stitching. What do you reckon?

I am going to finish this!

Meet Bertram Elephant!  I love him. I do like making elephants. The fabric has been sitting on the guest bed for weeks whilst I did that skirt. Give me a piece of scrap fabric and I am as happy as Larry, give me a piece of fabric I love and paid good money for, like the mountains fabric which should have been used on the skirt and I have months of terror before I pluck up courage to use it. A lesson there somewhere.

The other thing I have found is that rather than spend hours tormenting myself with luscious pictures and fighting the urge to buy stuff I am far more content and yes excited to fish out a project I have planned and to do it. Another lesson learned, maybe..

Master T’s jumper, we have a back, a front and 1 1/2 sleeves. Maybe next week a complete jumper?

And a little bit of cross stitch too

Any guesses what it is?

So that’s me, over to you now. How are you all? Do you like an agricultural show? Any ideas on what I need to put in my repairing caddy, chances are I have everything? And what about the piping cord, hand sewing do you reckon?

I hope you have a fabulous weekend full of yarn and fabric. Tell me all about it please.

Be Happy!

C x


Sunday Sevens

Started the week with a little walk around Thornton Dale. The sun was shining and it was just lovely to be out.

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Along the beck which was full but not in flood.

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through the woods

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past the Hall, which used to be a fine hotel and is now a care home

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past a lovely garden with its own miniature village

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and along a lane past a field of wet and bedraggled sheep.Poor sheep.

On Tuesday we went furniture shopping in Leeds. I hate furniture shopping, we can never agree. I liked these sofas…

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But we didn’t buy! Ah well.

On Thursday we went to Malton, I needed a diary. I didn’t find one there but it turns out that The Works in Malton is closing down. NOOOOOOO!

On the plus side I had change from £4 for these.

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Now that was a Bargain.

Linking with Natalie at Threads and Bobbins for Sunday Sevens




Ellerburn to Dalby Forest.

Hurrah, with a bit of detective work and help from the East Yorkshire History Society who recorded all the inscriptions in St Hilda’s Ellerburn church and made a map so even this muppet could find what she was looking for, I  found the grave of my Great Great Great Grandmother who lived to the ripe old age of 92.

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Jane Stephenson, I think you must have been some lady.

And hurrah for Mr E who got into the church, only a big shove was needed to open the door.

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plain and simple inside

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whoops I left my red gloves in shot. Now it wasn’t so damp this visit because there had just been a funeral. And I will tell a little story about this, names changed.

We drove to Ellerburn this time because we wanted to walk to Dalby Forest and didn’t know how far it would be. It’s nearly a narrow single file road, so we had to wait 15 minutes whilst the cortege and all the mourners passed us . We explored the churchyard first and then the inside of the church. We must have been there a further half hour before we left to start our walk. Imagine our surprise when a car pulls up outside the church ( remember this is a hamlet of one farm and three cottages) and a chap jumps out. “Where have they taken Fred too?” he demanded.

How do you loose a hearse? We made some useful suggestions but had no idea really. Hope he found Fred.

Anyway onto the walk, back passed the fish farm, there was a car there this time so the dog wasn’t on guard duty.

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The beck is just as pretty as you continue along the valley. And I saw the first wild primroses  of this year, you may have to click on the picture to get it big enough to see.

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Go past this farm

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and you reach Dalby Forest. We think this strange thing is part of some water drainage thingy whatsit. Love to know if anyone has a clue.

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And does anyone know what this is?

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We had to turn back before we reached Dalby village, but we were now into familiar territory. The walk through Dalby Forest from Dalby being one of Dad’s favourite dog walks. Now all we have to do is rev up enough energy to do Thornton Dale to Dalby right through. We have done it once more or less, but that was 34 years ago when Mr T was in a push chair and I was in my 20’s!

Please feel free to leave a link to any walk related post you have written.



Thornton Dale to Ellerburn

This is the lovely new walk I mentioned in my February 15 for 2015 post. Come with me as I retrace my steps along the way. Begin at the church in Thornton.

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Down Priestmans Lane by the beck.

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Past the millrace

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and into the woods full of snowdrops

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The view across Ellerdale is lovely

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loving the way the trees encroach the water’s edge

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past the farm

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to the church

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past the two cottages

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and the tea room not yet open for the season

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to the old paper mill now a fish farm

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see the dog on guard!

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We have since been back to walk from Ellerburn to Dalby Forest, so more next week.

Hope you have some lovely walks this Spring. Love to hear if you do.


September photo show and tell

September has to be my favourite month of all. As the heat of summer subsides into the golden days of autumn, something stirs in the air. The garden goes into overdrive with veggies and fruit to harvest. And my mind turns to lots of new projects!

And then there is always the every day and the unexpected..

Here’s my September in Pictures. Do  click on them to see them bigger!  Let’s start with these..

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at one point I was picking this quantity on a daily basis. We have quite a lot of tomato soup in the freezer now. Oh and I am now getting this quantity just twice a week.

Then there were

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THE PLUMS. We ran out of containers to pick them into! So we have enough stewed plums for 16 plum crumbles, we got brownie points from friends, neighbours and work colleagues to whom we donated plums (off loaded!). We have plum chutney and

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Plum Jam. This much..

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And it is very nice though I say so myself.

There was the everyday of course. The walks in the field where my tree is. You can see how little rain we had this summer.

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I am very fond of the cows in this field. They are so pretty.

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Then there are our Sunday walks on the moors and in the dales. We went to Farndale this weekend. No daffodils but sheep as ever.

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Then there are the visits from and to my Dad. I pass this when I go straight from work to his.

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On the side of an old railway building- the station now being a house. The railway line long gone.

But what was unexpected? Well two lovely surprises. In the early part of the year I did a post about the village of Thornton Dale. I wrote about my ancestors who had a forge there and a son who became a vet. Well, two of the descendents from the family got in touch with me,after reading my blog, and I met up with one of them. We had a super time, comparing our lives, looking for and finding family likenesses. We share our 3x great grandparents. We went another walk around Thornton Dale, and Mrs C spotted this on the almshouses.

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now my 2x great grandmother was a Maw- so the question is – do I have a link? A project for the winter, perhaps?

Then an old school friend got in touch, organizing a meal for our school year- so much laughter, so many

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memories to share. And a super evening.

And then to new projects. I bet you knew I wouldn’t be able to let this new catalogue get passed me

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I didn’t

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Where’s my knitting needles now?

Joining in with Sophies photo show and tell

Love to hear what September has brought you.

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