Time for an update on my 15 for 2015. I have to say that I am so happy I started this. There have been times this month, as we are still not out of the family crisis malarkey, when we are just waiting -for solicitors, probate, HMG and inheritance tax, and house sales and doctors and medical appointments and scans and results and more treatment etc etc etc etc. ( not mine I should add, but a close family member), -that it has been really really helpful to turn to my 15 for 2015 list and think, so what can I do that would be useful or fun whilst I am doing all this waiting.
February Review Time
15 minutes walk x 4 times a week, achieved, but possibly only if I divide some half hour slots into two.
14 bags of stuff to a charity shop, yes, one gone and one in the car waiting to go
13 animal photos. Now here I have to commend Mr E. “Please will you drive me to Cawthorn, as I want to wear my wellies and I can’t drive in them and I need to take a photo of some sheep. I think it will be good”. I said. He did. And he didn’t say I am weird this time. That makes two animal photos.
12 meetings with friends. Yes my friend Jane came round and we shared the coffee fudge cake. That makes two meetings now.
11 New Savoury recipes. I made courgette balls, we had them in Crete last year and loved them. Haven’t quite got them right yet. And I made a new chicken curry last night. So that makes three. I have also borrowed a Nigella Lawson book from the library, and there a couple recipes in the book to try in March.
10 Handwritten letters. One letter written and sent.
9 Handmade cards. Two made this month, one for Valentine’s day and one for T’s 4th birthday. That makes 4 in total. Nearly at the half way point.
8 Sewing or embroidery projects. I have found it very hard to be original this year, so much on my mind, but I really needed to have fabric and thread in my hand. So I made this, which I have had waiting to do for many years. I did like making it.
A Bee and Lavender Pincushion
7 New Yarns. Still just the Bamboozle in January.
6 Trips to museums, art galleries, theatre etc. I had to go to York this month for an ABS light problem on my car, Hours to fill in.Waiting. So I went to the Quilt Museum, which I have been meaning to do for a few years. I am so glad I went. It is only small, three rooms in total. The large room was full of quilts from their collection- if you are into hexies, then do go.
One of the smaller rooms had an exhibition called Chinese Whispers. All are modern quilts. The first participant was given a photo and had to make a quilt in response to the picture. She had a month. Then she took a photo of her quilt and sent it to the next person, who made a quilt in response to that picture. I think there were a dozen in total. All were so cleverly done, and the end one so different from the first photo!
The final room contained quilts called Voices From the Inside. These were all made by prisoners as a way of occupying people in prison and teaching skills. Some of them were amazing. Just shows what can be done when you can literally stitch all day. Now don’t put off going to the Quilt Museum as it is going to close in the Autumn, due to the cost of the building. Instead there will be traveling exhibitions only.
5 Projects for charity. None this month, I read a bit in our local paper asking for knitters of teddies for people with Alzheimers, I sent an email about it, but so far no response. Maybe inundated with offers?
4 New Walks. One new walk tried. It is years since I walked from Thornton to Ellerburn, and that was done by road. A new riverside footpath was created quite a long time ago and we had never been. It is a lovely walk , along the beck, the snowdrops are out and we have been twice, as it is so nice.
At Ellerburn there is a church that I had wanted to see last year but had been closed when I was there. Turns out it probably wasn’t but there is a problem with opening the door -it needs a chap and jolly big shove. Good ole Mr E. The church inside was a little disappointing very plain and simple and smelt a little damp.
We had another good wander round the churchyard looking for the grave of my Great Great Great Grandmother, but we couldn’t find it. On my return I finally looked at the discs I have for the parish records, and I did find the entry for Jane Stephenson. So she is there somewhere, the question is where. The other question is why Ellerburn and not Thornton where she had her family and lived in the forge. Was she from Ellerburn originally?
There are very few houses there now, three maybe four, but a huge number of gravestones in the church. Was the village once much bigger? Being in the hamlet, because that is what it is now, is just so peaceful. A river running through, a farm with cows and sheep, a cottage with a tearoom and a touring caravan park.From Ellerburn you can walk into the forest at Dalby passing a house which seems to have been a papermill at sometime.
I find I am very drawn to Ellerburn now, and want to know and see more. The fields near the church are full of lumps and bumps, are these the remains of houses long gone? Above all I need to go back with my camera and try to capture something of what I feel.
3 Craft workshops , still looking for one
2 New Cities, we had big plans for this year and I thought this would be an easy one. But everything is on hold right now, we have no plans anymore, there is no point as life is in such a state of upheaval. However, we were in Wiltshire this month for T’s birthday and we had some time in which we went exploring, mostly because we aspire to move closer to family at some more settled time, and then we had the chance to visit Salisbury. So yes, one new city visited. I really liked Salisbury, a small medieval city, nice and compact, and the cathedral is just gorgeous. Constable knew how to pick his locations! I’ll be posting about the visit to the cathedral later.
1 Railway Journey , not yet.
0 Impulse Purchases, none yet, I have got very good at shopping lists!! I am not counting Mr E’s contributions to off list purchases sneaked into shopping trolleys! The man eats far too many biscuits.
Leaving the update with Salisbury Cathedral. Love to hear your thoughts and comments, did you do a 15 for 15, how are you doing.