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 ­čśä

 

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. ┬áImagine 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. ┬áMaybe 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, ┬áto 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 ­čśë

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I’m a bit behind

Real life gets in the way sometimes. At the start of this year, I resolved to do a photo collage at the end of every month, but I never posted April or May. Too busy. So here they are, better late than never.

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April, spring flowers and blossom, getting back into my shed after a winter break and Tara continues to enjoy living here and being thoroughly spoilt.

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Poem for Friday

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Barter

Life has loveliness to sell,
All beautiful and splendid things,
Blue waves whitened on a cliff,
Soaring fire that sways and sings,
And children’s faces looking up
Holding wonder like a cup.

Life has loveliness to sell,
Music like a curve of gold,
Scent of pine trees in the rain,
Eyes that love you, arms that hold,
And for your spirit’s still delight,
Holy thoughts that star the night.

Spend all you have for loveliness,
Buy it and never count the cost;
For one white singing hour of peace
Count many a year of strife well lost,
And for a breath of ecstasy
Give all you have been, or could be.

Sara Teasdale

Tulip of the day 6

I’ve saved the best for last! This simply stunning tulip was one of the bulbs I bought when I visited Amsterdam last summer. I planted it a bit late, January to be precise, when it was still very cold, and hoped that something would grow. And it has!

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It’s called ‘Orange Parrot’ , isn’t it beautiful?! It reminds me of a Chinese dragon, the red and orange ruffled petals are so vibrant and richly coloured. I think this might be my tulip of the year!

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of the beautiful tulips in the garden, they have brightened these last weeks, and I’ve looked forward to going outside each morning to see how they are faring.

All photos were taken using my iPhone.

Tulip of the day 5

Today it’s the turn of some of the other tulips which have made the garden a delight this spring. I can’t remember the names of the first 3 flowers ( if anyone knows, please tell me!)image

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Queen of the Night tulip, deepest purple petals, very classy!

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This tulip is called ‘Canasta’ , the only one which appeared this year; it is a petite pretty companion to the yellow tulips from yesterday.

I have a couple more tulips to share next week, they were late to be planted and are just about to bloom, so they will be an additional treat in a few days time.

 

Tulip of the day 4

I planted these gorgeous yellow tulips in December 2010; I found an old notebook where I’d jotted down what I planted that year and I found their name, ‘Maja’. They’ve flowered vigorously each year since they first came to live in my garden. This year has been a fantastic show, the flowers have been going strong for almost 4 weeks, delightful and vibrant especially when the sun shines!

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