Sunday, 14 December 2014

Happy Winter Things

Hello Lovelies,
I hope you have had an enjoyable weekend. I'm by no means ready for the big day....but I'm not feeling too stressed about it just yet.

Here are a few happy things from our weekend.

1. An early morning walk on Saturday. I'm happy that the boys  join me on these daybreak wanders. All three came out with me yesterday. That's a rarity these days.
I love watching a new day begin and it's easy to be around to see it at this time of year.

This was about 8 am, the sky was getting light, but the moon still shone brightly........



It was COLD..........


A flock of birds rested in the bare tree branches.........


then took flight in the icy morning air...........

How different this view looks to how it did HERE....I do love being able to look back at my photos and see the contrast .

on the way back these frosty ferns caught my eye..............



2. My first hyacinth bulbs flowering. It takes a couple of weeks from buying them as little, emerging plants, to flowering. I love watching them grow.............



And then when they open the colour and the scent is heavenly...............


3.Gradually   adding more decorations around the home. I'll most likely be doing this untill Christmas eve. Rooting through boxes and discovering all the festive touches we have gathered over the years. I was very happy to find a tiny nativity set I thought we had lost. This charming decoration is so small it fits into a match box. It was part of a Anne's lovely give-away prize  a few years back..........


today we have been making Pomanders. It's been a few years since the boys last made these simple and deliciously scented decorations. When middle son said he would like to make one this year I was delighted. Who knows if this simple activity will appeal next year.........


I simply tied a ribbon around an orange and held it in place with a pin top and bottom. Then we found a bamboo kebab stick was the best tool to make holes for the cloves........


Eldest made one too as he sat watching a Christmas movie.

It's hanging with my door-frame greenery now. And I think it looks great............


I still love this spot where I can be a bit restrained with the colour scheme. I've made many red and white decorations over the years. Simple gingham hearts, scotty dogs
 ( from HERE) and crochet snowflakes ( from HERE )


4. My indoor bulb garden in the room without a view...........


when the days are so short and it's cold outside it makes me very happy to have flowers to look at as do all those kitchen things...........


My pot holders are a miss matched  mixure of old bowls, and holders. But I think they look O.K. and it's the plants that I notice from day to day.

So many simple joys to be thankful for. I'm happy to have this space to record them, and share them with you lovelies.
Jacquie x

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Thursday's Walk

Hello lovelies,
on Thursday, after a two week gap, I managed to go out walking with the group I joined back in November. 
Once again the sun shone, but unlike our last walk, this one was icy cold. 
Never mind, I had wrapped up in lots of layers and walking warms you up after a while.

This route was mostly flat and open. We came  across many  pretty cottages..........


and walked by some impressively neat allotments.........


did you spot the frog prince :0)

then along this tree lined lane..........



where there were Donkeys and Alpaca ( I think)...........


The landscape was often many mellow shades of brown.........

and rather beautiful in the winter sunshine, I thought.

Here we were walking across an open field and the wind was biting, making your eyes and nose run, but it was certainly fresh and I loved that sky.........


Again it was so nice to just follow everybody else and not worry about which route to take........


and it was great to arrive at this lane, where the wind was not so strong..........


We headed through a small village.........


and I smiled at the unusual grassy drive to the squat little church............


Then it was across more fields, chatting as we walked.........


It's all to easy to keep your eyes down, watching your footing, and nearly miss the pretty spots you pass.....



This walk was eight miles long. As usual we stopped for coffee ( when the walk leader gave out delicious home made brownies) and later we stopped again for a picnic lunch.

But we still seemed to get back to the start quickly. I guess we were walking fast to warm up, and the stops were short as it was too cold to sit around for long......better to keep going.....there's always something new to discover around the next corner.

I loved this Wendy house..............


And this view..........

In this photo it's only 1.30 pm, but the low sun makes it look much later I think.

It was my third group walk and another great time with this lovely group. I'm so happy we were able to get out in the countryside on a sunny day.

Jacquie x

Thursday, 11 December 2014

December Days

Hello lovelies,
I'm feeling like posting every day at the moment. Just sharing small things that are occurring in my week. I do hope you like these snapshots from my December days.

Yesterday Mum and I did our usual  trip to a local market town. It was sunny so we stopped by the road to take a photo of the wintry view............


One of my favourite things about winter is the abundance of birds, which are easy to spot among the bare branches.

Hello Mr Robin...........


I hopped over this stile...........


and discovered damage caused by the recent high winds.........


Later in the day, after the routine shopping was done, we stopped at a garden centre and picked up a cute wooden ornament for the tree..........

 I couldn't resist this inexpensive wooden Reindeer's simple style. And the sweet touches, like the heart on his tummy and the star on his tale.

Heaven knows, we don't actually NEED any more Christmas decorations, but I do like to add one a year.
This one is 2014's addition ......and I wrote it on his reverse side.....just so we
know :0).......


I think he looks right at home .......


I'm also researching crochet ornament patterns at the moment as I usually make one for my sister in law as a thank you for hosting Christmas.

 THIS is tempting. But look at THESE :0)
Decisions, decisions.
Jacquie x

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

This Morning

Hello Lovelies,
all night long I listened to the wind howling, thankfully we have so far escaped the worst of the weather bomb ( who thinks up these terms! ) that has hit parts of the U.K.
 This morning was blustery but sunny and I had errands to run. I walked to the post office to collect a parcel ( on-line pressie shopping.... it's that time of year ) and then took a winding way home.

Past these cute old cottages that always catch my eye..........

 as a young adult I always wanted to buy a tiny, traditional cottage like this. Somewhere small and cosy that I could play around decorating. 

It was a chilly 3 degrees Celsius and I was glad of my hat to keep my head cosy. I made it back in pre-blog days. But it has featured here before ....see a better photo in THIS post...........

 The link to the free pattern I used back then doesn't seem to work any more. But I found it again HERE 

You wouldn't want to see my face today.....I've still got the lurgy and I'm certainly not looking my best, but thankfully I don't feel too horrid.

I love the view across rooftops to the countryside beyond here...........


Back home I enjoyed a hot drink and a flick through some crochet books I borrowed from the library............


This book caught my eye......


There are quiet a few small projects at the start of the book that fit in with the title.
Then there are lots of more complicated patterns.

How I love the colours used for this child's ripple cardigan............

Isn't it adorable.

There are also lovely, if complicated looking garments for adults.............


Certainly not quick projects. Though I suppose they would grow quicker than a knitted garment?

I LOVE the styling of this photo......but I'm not sure I would ever attempt making this..........


The other book is probably more my style........Granny Squares.....how I love them :0)...........


I LOVE these slippers made from traditional squares and chunky yarn..........



and this colourful bag made from more solid squares..........


And who could resist this pretty blanket. The alternating plain and coloured squares are a great idea I think...........


I do love to leaf through a library book for inspiration. Of course today we are totally spoilt with all the amazing patterns and creations shared freely on the internet.

 HERE is a gorgeous blanket.

And THIS amazing jacket is something I would LOVE to have a go at one day.

Are you feeling inspired lovelies?
Jacquie x

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Blanket Progress

Hello Lovelies,
just popping by today to share some blanket progress.
I think it's always fun to see a project as it develops and I hope you do too :0)
Now I have my hands on new stocks of yarn I can continue joining those circles.
This is the fun part.


It's great to finally see my blanket appearing.........


I'm not using every colour I used for the centre circles in the final "join as you go" round.

I guess I'm just trying to calm the design down a little bit, but still give the impression of total randomness.

So there's no white.... Saffron, Lemon or Fondant in the last round ( they are the two yellows and the bright pink).........


I've joined two thirds of the blanket so far......144 circles.

This is not all of them, but I'm loving seeing the squares en masse..........


I keep standing back and squinting at the colours......it's busy, but .....yes, I think it's looking good :0)

Jacquie x