It’s Friday already!

Already Friday and nearly another month, the weeks are flying by.

There have been gorgeous sunsets of late, I spotted this urban skyline on my way home from work.

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There are early spring flowers in the garden, including these vibrant golden crocuses.

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Healthy dinners, some mixed grains and lentils, with mushrooms and grilled halloumi, delicious and comforting on a cold evening.

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A bit of hooking in the evening; a puff stitch hexagon in lovely pink lambs’ wool ( I found the pattern here, a lovely blog with lots of fab crochet)

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The view across to the hills has been great of late, with snow on the hilltops

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Just some peeks at the week that’s been 😄

 

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2014 – review of the year

I’ve been looking back over this year and all the photos I’ve taken

In the garden

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Crochet – 2 unfinished projects and some test squares below but they look lovely and colourful. I haven’t always had time to pick up my hook but I still love it when I do. I don’t make resolutions but I do intend to make more time for hooking in 2015!

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The view from the top of the hill over the last 12 months and 4 seasons

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Miss Tara,  lovely happy bundle of fun, a delightful companion ❤

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Cakes and baking, food and produce from the garden

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Places I visited; clockwise from top left, Inverness, Liverpool, Skipton, Liverpool (the interior of the Central Library), West Kirby on the Wirral and Belfast.

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Family feasts, a big birthday and some music making which I was proud to be part of

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Good times!

Let’s hope 2015 will bring lots of goodness to all, Happy New Year!

 

November review

Most of the photos I’ve taken this November have been of the wonderful clouds and sunny/sunset skiesimage

even though the days are getting shorter and colder

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the views looking up have been spectacular!

 

October review

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October has been a beautiful month; mild weather, harvesting fruit and vegetables, turning leaves of golden and russet hues, and wonderful skies filled with pink and orange clouds. I made several flavours of gin based liqueur for Christmas, in the photo, you can see raspberry and blueberry. I decided to crochet myself something to wear, there’s a glimpse of it above and I will reveal more soon. It’s been busy at work too, but happily with enough time to enjoy all of the above 😄

Apple harvest

After a few days of horrible rain and wind, yesterday brought a beautiful autumn afternoon, sunny and crisp; perfect for finally picking the abundant crop of this year’s apples. 3 small trees yielded all these apples!

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The apples in the above photo are Golden Delicious, a bit marked on the skin but they taste fine when peeled so I will give some away and eat the rest. The other two bucketfuls I’ll wrap and store; lots of fruit to last through the winter months.

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Just letting them dry out a little before they get a newspaper duvet

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And a cardboard box bed to hide in till they are needed for pie/crumble duty!

A grand day out to Yarndale

Last Sunday, I drove a 380 mile round trip to go and look at yarn. No, I haven’t taken leave of my senses, this wasn’t just any old yarn, but a big, beautiful yarn festival in the Yorkshire Dales, hence the descriptive moniker, Yarndale. I’ll try and describe it for those who haven’t heard of it.  Imagine being in glorious quintessential English countryside; green fields, heather covered hills, a bustling market town surrounded by farming country and having the idea of transforming an agricultural livestock mart into a yarn, fabric and craft market for a creative and colourful weekend. This is the ethos behind Yarndale, and the team behind it have worked magic to bring about its great success.

I decided to nip down for the day on Sunday, with my mum.  A lovely, autumnal drive down on quiet roads, 3.5 hours and we were there for the afternoon. Despite reports via Twitter of long queues to get in and hoards of people crowding  round stalls, I need not have worried, it was just fine. Busy enough for there to be a bustling,excited atmosphere but in a relaxed and friendly way.  The venue was so big that it made it easy to wander and browse, and chat to the vendors. Lots of places to sit and rest awhile too which was a big bonus once the feet started to ache!

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There was some colourful yarn bombing outside in the park and in the entrance area to the mart, including this fantastic crochet bunting

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And these mandalas which decorated the railings above the ground floor

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I couldn’t fit them all in, there were almost 1200 of these! A feast for the eyes! All the work of Lucy at Attic 24 and her blog readers, it looked amazing and added such colour and vitality to the venue. Lucy is one of the team behind Yarndale and she was in the building, surrounded by fans. I couldn’t get near to say hello! Probably just as well, she must have been exhausted after 2 days non-stop talking.  Maybe next year?

What else did I see?

Alpacas!

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Sheep!

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I didn’t take many more photos because a) my phone’s battery died and b) really I was there to look at the wonderful and many goodies on offer,  to get some inspiration, to chat to other yarn and craft lovers and to spend some cash! All of which I did……

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My haul of goodies, lovely yarn from Gam Farm Rare Breeds (those are their sheep in the photo above), Teeswater Wools, Ripplescrafts, Littleowlcrafts and Strathearn Fleece and Fibre, buttons from Skybluepink Designs, a case for bits and bobs (I can’t remember who I bought this from, sorry:-( ) and some gorgeous cards and a picture from H-anne-Made.

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It was a real treat to see so many exhibitors under one roof selling so many beautiful and high quality items. I could have spent even more than I did! It was also lovely to chat to all those exhibitors who I bought from and other visitors to Yarndale. There was a warm and happy atmosphere and my mum and I left feeling it was so worth the long trip as we’d had such a great experience.

A grand day out indeed 😉

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Autumn colours

The end of September, the beginning of autumn, Indian summer days with chilly nights, the season has changed here in Scotland.

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The garden has some beautiful shades of deep pink, red and green just now

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Blackberries, a present from next door’s overgrown hedge 🙂

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I dug up some of my potatoes today, even they match the pink tones in the garden

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Someone loves being out and about!

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Enjoying the blue sky days while we still can.

Days to cherish and remember when the dark, gloomy winter clouds come.

Good times 🙂