Monday, 29 September 2014

Italy

This time next week, I will be in Rome, so I am getting into the mood and sharing some Italian themed crochet for this week! Red, green and white, and some delicious looking pasta and pizza - yummy!


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Saturday, 27 September 2014

Autumn Walks

Today I picked up my new camera, and Dave and I decided to take a short walk before dinner this evening so that I could try it out. I love this time of year, when the trees are starting to go through their Autumnal changes and nature is beginning to wind down for the year.

Ponies, blackberries, fields, and ferns

We didn't stray far from home (there is a nature reserve literally on our doorstep) but we just wanted to test my camera out and get some fresh air. I'm pleased! Why the new camera though? My Canon was getting on a bit, and in a week's time we are going to Rome, so we both agreed that it would be good to get a nice new camera, so that I can really do the architecture and scenery justice!

Fircones - I love this one!

Work has progressed well in our lounge - the plasterers finished today (apart from the coving) so it's really starting to take shape now! We're looking forward to seeing it all finished now, but it will still be a few weeks work. Exciting though!

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Holiday!

I am on annual leave for the week, which has been a long time coming! Lots is going on too! A mixture of decorating, housework, and me time - yesterday was a combination of both, and today has very much been about me.

Dave and I are currently decorating our lounge, and it's been like a building site in there for the last few days. Tomorrow, the plasterer is coming in to start work on getting everything looking slightly more normal again, so we should be able to start painting next week! Exciting times, definitely.

Regarding the rest of my week though, I am staying in for the most part, so that someone is around while builders and workmen are here. Yesterday I got to do some gardening for 3 hours, which was lovely. The weather is really starting to cool down now, but I warmed up eventually!

Clearing out old plants, ready to turf at some point...

I bought some bulbs a few days ago, so I planted those yesterday - tulips and fritillary! I can't wait for those to start appearing in the Spring - definitely something to look forward to.

The "woodland" patch at the end of the garden - perfect for bulbs!

The patch right at the end of the garden doesn't lend itself well to many plants. There are some decent sized trees down there, and it doesn't get too much light. But during Spring this year, it was full of bluebells, so I thought it'd be nice to add some extra bulbs to it this year, and see what happens!

I really hope that they do come up. It will make a difference to the end of the garden! It should all be a mixture of blues and purples, which should look really nice. So watch this space!

I also pruned some of the large shrubs and bushes, as well as clearing old and unwanted plants from a few of the flower beds. Ideally I would like to do a little more work out there before my week off concludes, but today was very wet (earlier, anyway) so it wasn't possible.

However, instead I have spent some time adding to my recipe journal, which really needed doing! I've discovered lots of great recipes lately, and whenever they work out well, I add them to my journal (providing they're from the internet and not one of my recipe books). It's coming together nicely now, with a good variety of different recipes - everything from stirfry to pulled pork! It will continue to grow over time too, which is great. I have also had some time today to settle down with my crochet, which is still going well. Square by square, I am slowly getting to my goal! The count currently sits at 279, with 82 remaining!



I'm getting so so close now! And some great news came to my attention earlier as well - the lovely friend that I made the owl blanket for last year, has had some more special news...so I will need to finish this project and get my hook working ready for that arrival in February!

Monday, 22 September 2014

Wooden

I think wooden crochet hooks, especially when they are kept really natural, are so pretty!


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Monday, 8 September 2014

Hexagons

Hexagons are such a versatile shape to crochet - you can use them for absolutely everything!


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Monday, 1 September 2014

Mandalas

Crocheted mandalas are a fantastic way to showcase different stitches and colours, plus you can use them for pretty much everything!


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