Enjoying Spring!

It’s been a lovely sociable but hectic half-term so I’m just popping by with a few photos of the garden!IMG_5916

The clematis was beautiful this year, I’m afraid this photo doesn’t really do it justice!

Josh had some lovely flowers in his wildlife pond or should I say Abi’s pond that Josh created for her 18th Birthday!

The Cherry Blossom

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and others pops of colour appearing in the garden

Sorry it’s just a quick visit but Josh and his cousin are now having a bonfire in the garden so I need to be keeping a bit of eye on them!!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and Happy Crafting!

Sharon xx

At Last!

Ever since we moved back down to the south coast I have been longing each spring to go the bluebell woods at Arlington.  It’s something we did as children and I love re-living childhood memories!  Well, last week we finally made it.  Abi had a day off and the sun was shining in the middle of what was proving to be a week of very random weather patterns.

All I can say is that it was amazing!  Abz took these photos and did a great job  but you still can’t capture the depth of those bluebells that just seemed to continue on and on.  The bluebells are in one of the few areas of ancient woodland left in the country that is carefully coppiced to preserve and encourage both trees and bluebells.  It was just so beautiful but I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. DSCF5389

If Abi sees this one I’ll be in trouble!!

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It was just so awe inspiring.   We made it back to the car just in time for the sun to disappear and a sleet shower to add to the random weather!

I hope you enjoyed the photos and that you all enjoy the rest of your week and Happy Crafting!

Sharon xx

Half Term Fun.

Well the half-term week has come and gone with a quite a lot of evidence yet to be tidied away!!

It was good to see Josh getting his playmobil out again, it’s been a while, it’s sad seeing him gradually grow out of his toys.  Dry days are okay, he loves being outside but the rainy days are getting harder to find things to occupy him so I was grateful for a mostly dry week!  There is some serious tidying to be done now!

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The main outdoor activity involved a lot of digging!  It started with a hole dug as a hunt for clay to make pots with, resulting in rather a lot of muddy bowls and buckets left in the garden.  Actually, this is Josh’s version of tidying, they were right outside the back door!  Hmmm, a few more lessons needed here!

 

A few days later a bit LOT more digging took place as Josh dug deeper and wider to make an army trench!!  This then had to be photographed to make an ‘army’ card for his cousin who has just started chemo for Lymphoma.  (He is 14 and we would really appreciate your thoughts and prayers for him.)

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The following day the hole was dug even more and Josh had an amazing game with 2 of his cousins in there.  In the evening Josh proudly showed his Dad for the first time, you should have seen his face!!!  (The hole is over 1 metre/yard deep).

Poor ole Hubby, he had just started to think that the garden could be kept a bit nicer as Josh grows up, but he was very good and didn’t voice what I could plainly see on his face until he came indoors!! It took my mind back to this post and what is really important in a garden!

Some days we spent quietly, pottering, crochet for me, playing for Josh.  Then we went to stay with the in-laws for the weekend.  It was my Sister-in-law’s 40th (it doesn’t seem possible that its nearly a year since I wrote about my 40th and here!!).  Her Husband, Matt, had arranged for a meal at the Shuttleworth Collection.  We had the conservatory to ourselves which was lovely .

The tables all had little packets of love hearts.

After a lovely meal it was time for the cake.

Matt lit the 40 sparklers,

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but the flowers on the top were silk and soon the cake was on fire!!

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after various attempts to extinguish the fire Matt carried it outside to burn itself out.

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Thankfully only the top layer was affected.

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Next we were all given tickets for the Swiss gardens which even in winter were beautiful

with little houses and huts tucked here and there,

one with an amazing ceiling crafted from pine cones,

a little greenhouse with stained glass windows, a domed roof and rocky entrance and exit,

bridges and windy paths,

and a rather camera shy peacock!

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I managed to get some lovely pics of Abi and her boyfriend.

Then we were taken on a tour of the collection.

It was mostly old planes, some looking far too dangerous to fly and yet all except two out of 6 large hangers are still flown!!

There were also a few cars and bikes, a bus and a charabanc (an open topped bus)!

It was just lovely to have time to spend to together especially as it is their boy who has the cancer.

A cheery pic to finish with, spring really is on the way!

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I hope you are all having a lovely and creative week.

Sharon xx

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A Very Special early Birthday Present and Pond Dipping…

Abi will soon be Eighteen and Josh decided to make her a very special early birthday present.  He asked Hubby for some left over pond lining, got busy with his spade and went to the house locally that sells plants.  He gave Abi strict instructions not to look when he was busy and carefully covered it over each time he left it.  On Saturday he revealed the result…

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A wildlife area with a pond surrounded by new plants.

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Yesterday Abi drove Josh to a pond we know of for some pond dipping.

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They came back with several tadpoles, a fish and some other shrimp like thing!  Some are now living in the new pond.

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and some are indoors for now while Josh watches them develop.

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Abi was absolutely thrilled with her surprise early gift.

I have some secret makes in mind but it is proving rather difficult to get on with them as Abi is now on study leave and is about a lot more!

Have a great week and Happy Crafting!!

Sharon xx

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All Sorts!

Firstly for those of you who may be wondering, our water came back on Monday late afternoon.  Josh was pleased to get a day off school. Two days without water soon makes you appreciate being able to just turn a tap or flush the toilet!

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I had meant to show you our blossom but somehow it just didn’t happen.  It was beautiful while it lasted.

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Josh has recently started to walk home from school on his own.  He has wanted to for sometime but we have skirted the issue for a while.  It is hard letting go, giving him that first little bit of complete independence!  To me, he is still my baby, the little one we prayed for for seven years, that little brother for Abi.

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I think the extra responsibility has made him feel more grown up.  He has been extra thoughtful and helpful at home.  The first Tuesday he made me want to cry.  He asked if he could take some money to school on Wednesday as he wanted to buy something on the way home.  I groaned inwardly thinking ‘here we go, sweet shop trips already!!’  I asked him what for and he replied ‘there is a man selling plants from his garden on the way home and I wanted to buy one for you!’  Next morning as he said goodbye he reminded me, ‘don’t forget that I might be a bit late home this afternoon, you will remember won’t you, I don’t want you to get worried’.  He came home with these. 🙂

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Then Thursday afternoon he arrived home with some runner bean plants for Daddy!

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He was complaining this morning that he hasn’t yet walked in the rain, well, with tomorrow’s forecast being for wet weather we shall see if he enjoys it as much as he thinks he will.  He always has been one to want to play out in the rain so maybe he really will enjoy it.

With my spinning, I have finished my 2 colours and plyed them together.  Then of course I couldn’t wait to use it so I hope to have a tada post soon 🙂

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I have also been up-cycling and re-purposing and hopefully next week I shall be able to show you that too.  I am really pleased so far.

I have finished my monthly challenge make for Josh and I love it.  It used up some scraps which is always good.  More about that at the end of the month.

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Abi finishes her textile coursework at the end of the week so I am looking forward to her having a bit more free time for some girly crafting sessions (and also getting the dining table back).

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The garden is really springing to life.  Hubby thinned out the radishes and there were several big enough to eat 🙂

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Josh’s gourds were growing like crazy indoors, so they are now outside.

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We are really hopeful that we will get some fruit on them so that we can make things with them.  We will need some patience though as from what I have read I think they will need to dry out for several months.  Maybe this time next year if all goes well.

The blue tits are busy backwards and forwards with food for their babies.

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You can just see one on the left.

We have also had a Mummy and Daddy blackbird, first collecting twigs, then worms and now they bring their babies into the garden and feed them. (You can just see them on the playhouse roof.)

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Yesterday evening when Hubby was outside the Daddy blackbird was kicking up a din and the gulls and crows were circling.  A while later a sparrowhawk dive bombed Hubby.  Later the gulls, rooks and crows were all circling it and trying to see him off.  The tits are still feeding today and the Daddy blackbird has been in feeding the babies but no sign of Mummy so we are hoping she wasn’t caught.  I know the sparrowhawk probably has its own babies to feed but I don’t like to think of it taking ‘our’ birds!

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Also along the ‘nature’ lines, Josh has used his pocket money to buy a live mouse trap.  We regularly get mice in the garden.  He set it last night and caught a very cute little mouse.  He has made a temporary home for it in his old stick insect vivarium.  He is going to study it for a day before setting it free somewhere else.

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I was just about to hit publish when Abi came home – wet through!!  She had had to go to Eastbourne and had decided to have a swim in the sea while she was there, fully clothed.  She had even got her hair wet!! The madness of youth 🙂

Hopefully I shall be back soon with my latest crafting makes.

Happy Crafting!!

Sharon xx

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Can You Help? …

Hi all.  We have had this little mystery bird cheeping and hopping around our garden this afternoon.  It appears to have escaped from somewhere as it’s legs are ringed and it is not shy of humans.

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Just wondering if you know what it is? It is similar in size to a sparrow, tit or finch.  It has a red band above it’s eyes, red on it’s breast and a red blush over it’s wings.

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We have looked online and the closest we can find is a house finch.  Apparently they are found in North America so maybe if you live there you might know?

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(Looks as though we need to clean the gutters after the winter weather!!)

P.S.  Just added this photo below, it shows the breast colouring better.

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Hope you all have a lovely weekend,

Happy Crafting!!

Sharon xx

Outdoor room and WIPs!

I hope you all had a lovely Easter, we did.  We had special chapel services on Friday, which always makes Easter special, spent time visiting some ill, elderly friends, spent time with other friends and did jobs in the garden.

On Monday Hubby got the garden room ready.  He put the gazebo cover on so that I have some shade now that the sun is getting stronger, (The Lupus makes me photosensitive) and got out the garden chairs.

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The gazebo is over a decked area where we have a picnic table and a pond.

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In the summer this area becomes an outdoor lounge and dining room – we have just eaten our dinner together outside – it is also a lovely place to relax together or with friends and do some crochet.  I was able to put it to good use today with a dear friend chatting and crocheting/knitting while the children played. (Thankfully Josh was being quite restrained with his football today so we didn’t have to dodge the ball!).

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I have started another crochet project….. I know…. I have so much on the go but I needed another project I could do without having to think too much!! I am using some yarn I purchased half price about a year ago to make a string market bag!  The pattern uses a 10mm hook so it is growing quickly (just the way I like it!!)

Hubby has also finished building his vegetable boxes

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and the entrance to Josh’s underground den.

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He has put another veg box on top of the entrance.

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Josh gourd seeds are doing really well and are now outside during the day.  He has also planted sunflowers and sweetpeas today.

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I have now finished my third piece of spinning.  Since watching the new video I have improved significantly.  I have spun some very fine yarn which I am hoping to ply with another colour, maybe a rust. I still need to improve my joining, it tends to get a bit thicker where I join.  The other yarn I have used straight away but this time I hope to try plying it.

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Now the spindle is empty Josh is having a try at spinning.  He has chosen a khaki green.  I need to talk to Howard sweetly to make me another spindle so that I can get on with the next colour!

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Abi has been so busy with college work that she has had little time to relax 😦  Still, she only has a few weeks and then it will all be over.

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Now the weather is improving I want to get the scarf for my sister finished as it feels a bit wintry to crochet a chunky scarf on a beautiful sunny day!

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You can start to see the slight difference in pattern on the two sides now.

I think that is about all this end, did you manage any creativity this weekend?

Happy Crafting!!

Sharon xx

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