Monthly Archives: April 2014

Santa Georgia!

A few minutes late for the day itself … but in honour of St George’s Day I thought I’d share this fabulous song: ‘Banks of Burdocks’ written by our lovely mate, Nancy Kerr and performed here by her with her husband, James Fagan and Jess and Richard Arrowsmith as ‘Melrose Quartet.’

I think it’s just wonderful, and a lovely alternative ‘take’ on St George’s Day!


Enjoy! And happy St George’s Day!


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Mille Feuille

Hello everyone, and Happy Springtime!

Hope you’re having good times this weekend. Lots and lots to show in this Blog as it’s been lovely, busy, sunny times round here.

Firstly – Last week I shared the sad state of my craft room and cutting table. Well, I’ve been a busy bee, and now have a lovely clear space in which to work. It’s a gorgeous place to be:

Craft Room


And … having said lovely space in which to work, I have FINALLY finished a small project that has been on hold for weeks and weeks because of lack of time. It’s another bunny, similar to (but smaller than) the one I showed previously. I’m pleased with it, but it highlights something I already suspected about myself and crafting – I don’t like making things more than once. I know some people love designing different versions of the same thing – cards, soft toys etc, but for me, what I like is the creativity and the element of risk involved in seeing if I can make something new for the first time. Once I know I can do something, I find it very difficult to motivate myself to repeat the process. So … no more bunnies for a while. Anyway, here is Bunny #2:



I have lots of new projects in mind for the coming months – including … wait for it … I’m about to start to try my first attempt at Fairisle, as I’m planning to start a blanket pattern I found on Ravelry. Yarn has been purchased and casting on will be happening imminently … wish me luck, I may need it!

Also, I hope you’ve been having good weather this weekend. It’s been lovely round here and the light in the late afternoon was just wonderful, so I had to get out with my camera. Just a brief wander down the road with my camera and my favourite lens (my grandad’s Pentax Fixed 50), and a bit of messing in Lightroom – and here are the results:


I’m quite chuffed with these results, though obviously nature did all the work!

Hope you’re having a lovely weekend and, if you celebrate it, Happy Easter!

Thanks for visiting x




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To boldly go …


Today I reclaim my craft room and cutting table from all the crap and cats that have accrued there while I wasn’t looking … Wish me luck. I may be gone some time.

Update …

Lilly has been helping (!!)



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In the Pink!

I was lucky enough to be given some flowers earlier in the week – so, naturally I had to photograph them! They’re very happy on our kitchen table!

Thank you for visiting!

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Hardy’s Well

Hello World!

So … it’s been a while since I blogged. Lots going on in my world and not much time to write about it! Also, this blog has generally had a crafty theme and, embarrassing as it is to admit, my crafting output has been sadly lacking of late. There are two main reasons for this: Firstly, I’ve been very busy with work/life etc, but also, I’ve been trying to re-teach myself how to crochet in preparation for some lush projects I have planned for the summer. So much has been going on, but just not necessarily with much to show for it. Be patient folks!

I have, however, been out and about with my camera (and fabulous new (to me) Pentax telephoto lens – which is about a third the weight of my old one! Woop!). I have lots of lovely photos waiting for my editing attention. Here are some to be going on with, of a regular session at the Hardy’s Well pub in Manchester. I’m not great at portrait-type photography at the best of times, and a session scenario presents its own challenges as flash photography generally isn’t an option and lots of movement means that slower shutter speeds are generally out as well. So basically, it’s a question of opting for monochrome, cranking up the Iso, and away we go … !

Here are the results – it’s a great session in a great pub with great friends. Wish I’d done a recording to embed so you could have the full experience! Anyway … here you go:


You’ll notice my lovely friend Zoe, knitting! I love crafting in sessions and ceilidhs. Some of my best work has my favourite tunes woven (knitted, stitched, crocheted) into it!

Hope you’re well, and enjoying good tunes of your own!

Thanks for visiting.

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