Sunday, 2 July 2017

Junes Scavenger Hunt.

Hello all,  Sorry  I am a bit late, but  better late than never!
My ten  photos; I  am afraid they may be a bit hit and miss this  time. My photography skills  aren't great.  However here is number one. 
The Setting Sun.
Looking west toward Weymouth from Portland. A lovely evening but a bit chilly.Guess who did not have a  jumper.

No 2,The local wild place or nature reserve.  I am  hoping the bird reserve in  Weymouth will be Ok for  this catergory.

Mug of your favourite drink  in  the garden. 
Could I use a little poetic justice and use  a glass.
Hmmm Gin and Tonic don't mind if I do . Cheers.
 No 4. My kind  of beautiful.
This is a very  dear photo to us,  we have it on our lounge wall, a selfie taken by our grandaughter Ella with our old goldie Ollie. He  went to the  rainbow bridge to wait for  us in  January ,this was taken in July last year.

No 5.  Look to the skies.
Our phormium  in the garden just about to bloom ,it  looks  great against the sky.
From  high  above to the Number 6  which I saw under a brick.
Yew!!!!!Lots of busy ants, and  when I moved  another brick they had a nest with lots of  eggs, they all pitched in  and carried their eggs to safety.
We have been wanting  rain now for a  few weeks , and we really got some last week.  The restio  at the front  was bowing  down  to the ground with the weight of the rain .  Yes Number 7 is Rain.

 Number 8 is something summery, This was taken a few summers  ago. Just had to find it ,The Punch and Judy Man on Weymouth Sands.I am surprised that children these days still seem to like this  ,I have to admit  I was not one  of the children who liked it when I was young .
I will take you back to the nature reserve for my urban Wilderness number 9. As it is right in the heart of Weymouth but is still a wild area.

Last but not least is Number 10 my choice. A view of the outer hebrides  in Scotland where we went for out golden wedding  anniversary.

The long and winding  road, hope you have enjoyed my photos for June , look forward  to seeing Julys list.
Hugs to all

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Lavenders blue dilly dilly

Lavenders green, if you'll be king  dilly dilly I will be queen
A couple of weeks ago our son Graeme and daughter in law Sue decided  to  take us here . Oh it was lovely , I adore the smell  of  Lavender and  I think by now it will  be  in full bloom.
Another  great place to visit, I don't  think it has  been  open very long  so it is  still being "found".All things  lavender , scones,  cake and cordial.
Caught in  the act, but we did share.
I had the cream tea, and himself  had the cheese  with chutney so we  did as G&S did and had half of each others. Hmmmm delicious.
I am liking these summer days out. Not  a very big garden but lovely things to be seen.
Canterbury bells, foxgloves  and achillea. Alliums in  a  circle.
Like lollipops,and again the lovely shade of lavender. After we visited the shop and bought a rose called Hot  Chocolate we returned to Sue and Graemes and enjoyed a few of these in their garden.
Hmmm Harris G&T ,sitting in the sunshine with good company ,who could ask for more. Reliving the lovely afternoon.
Can you imagine the smell  when it is all out.
You will be  thinking  I have not  been doing much stitching etc  , well you will be right , my hands are playing up at the moment so I am stitching a  little  but not  a lot.  I  did manage  to finish this for my friend Junes birthday.  Although I feel maybe I should not of put her age on  it .  Oh well damage done and  she  did not seem  to mind.
Nothing else has been finished it is all just wips.I do  have  a spotty sheep on  the Makeover piece  which I will  update  you  with next time. Elizabeths dress is being  stitched ,Jubilee is still minding  her sheep, blackwork has anotherblock.  and Spring has R almost completed ,Next time will give you  pics  of  the,
Last Thursday we  decided  to stay local and  went over to see a dinasours footprint and a few not  extinct animals  on   Portland  .

You can  just make out the three toes, but only if you know  what you  are looking for  hmmmm. We also saw these carved in the stone.
And a snail. Which we have  plenty of in  the garden .
Wouldn't want one this size in  the garden though. Animals we were suprised  to see ,totally unexpected.
Now I did not think I would see those on Portland. I did like this character though , he was no Jemima  Puddleduck though and was a  bit belligerent,
He  was rather  handsome though ,  the animals  were  very tame , there was a schoolparty there when we were  and they could feed  the animals which caused lots  of shrieking  and  hilarity.
I could not get over the size of this pig,
He was HUGE. Of course there were these and sooo tame ,but could not get through the fence to them.
Sheep and goats, one did really want to make friends though.

 We walked to the edge of the farm and this was the view.
Looking across to Weymouth, the harbour is where the 2012 sailing was  held.We found lots of wild orchids. A rarity.
I could go on and on but I won't. We wandered  our way back to the car stopping on  our way to speak  to this guy and take some views of Chesil beach and  Portland.
I  love this view of Portland .

So there is last  Thursdays meanderings  ,  G&S came down that evening as Graeme  needed to see his dad for fathers day as he  was working on   the day itself.  So we pootled off  to Portland  again,  we were going to the cove for them to eat but it was full to overflowing so we  called in  the Boat that rocks  and enjoyed the view  from there.
We do live in a lovely part  of the country ,but then   I am  biased.  Shall I take you round the garden now before I go and play in the kitchen. 
The new rose Hot Chocolate. Some  lavenders for me to kill as I have no luck with them usually.
I bought three of these to  go on the decking. Books yes more books but they can  wait  until next  week.  I  did  see  this bench and loved the saying  on  it.  So I will leave you with that and say thanks to you who  are so kind to leave  me a comment or even just glance  my way.  Take  care and  this comes  with 
Much love  and many hugs.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Would you llike to come rambling again ,

If  the answer is yes ,then off we go. We had to travel to Salisbury in  Wiltshire as  I had a hospital  appointment for my back  ,which was very informative.  Have to go back in  4-6 months after  having  some manual  phsyiotherapy which I am  waiting  an appointment for.  So we set off early for my 11a.m  appointment  ,we arrived about 5  mins late as  we  got  lost on  the way . Martin  asked if  I wanted to go straight home  to which I  replied  no  I would like to see the  Cathedral.  We found the park  and ride into   the city centre  and because we  are old we  have bus passes so  it  did not  cost us anything .   I  wonder  if it  will be stopped in time by the government. So here is the view of  the Cathedral.
I love this place, we have been a few times over the years. It never ceases to amaze me the workmanship .  We
thought we would visit a National Trust  property which was very near here and sit  in the garden and have  lunch.
The  place was Mompesson House,  we could sit in  the gardens for £1 each which we thought by NT standards it was not too bad , evidently if  we wanted to see round the house  it would have  been more.
I took  a few pictures so you could see.
The pear tree was planted to commemerate the Queens Silver Jubilee in 1977. We sat in the garden and had cake or I did and Martin  had a  date  and walnut cake  without egg.
This was the view from  where we sat. The scent of these Irises was so lovely. At the end of this border was the  privvy ,which made us smile.
Bums on seats perhaps.Then looking toward the house.
We  sat for a while in the sunshine and it was quite a suntrap.This  was the  tea room.
A wander round the garden.
It  was quite nice to find a shady spot after walking round the garden.
I am a lover of foxgloves,we had some in our garden but this year so  far I have only seen one. These aliums were quite striking but we did see  some  better ones the next week which I will show you later.
 So fed and watered  we wandered over to the Cathedral.
 We did  not  go inside  this  time just in  the Cloisters, how about this for carving.
I  was  waiting  for  the 3 people to  move  but I  think  they were so  deep in conversation  they weren't  going  to  .I  think the Cathedral  has had a facelift clean recently so it certainly looked good.
 This  was a view of the cloisters and   the roof.
 The resident  stonemason   chipping away.
I  wonder  when this  was built how many stonemasons were  employed.

 We would like to have seen  inside in more  depth,but time   was against us and  we  had a long  journey home ,we have promised ourselves a weekend here  maybe and  explore in  more  detail as  it is a fascinating old city. The walking  Madonna  artwork in the close is  a bronze by  Dame Elizabeth  Frink .She strides from  the Cathedral  into  the wide world where human  needs are to  be  met.
So there you have our short visit to Salisbury , we passed some public  school boys on  our  way back  to the bus and  overheard one say , when  we  get back  we  will have  a game ,it is just the day  for  Croquet. Hmmmm have to get the hoops out when  we get home then   . That was  a week after our Scotland trip.
The following week we  had  a lovely trip out with Graeme  and Sue but will share that  next time.
My stitching  has  been almost non  existent and Sallty will  be  despairing of me ,but I have a little finish to show you but that will  be next time too. I wrote so much  about Scotland  I am not sure if I told you about  the  Lewis trilogy by Peter May.  I have read them on Kindle but needed the proper books ! I am re reading them now.

Almost finished The Black House. These jumped into the basket at the same time, I had seen the Knot in a bookshop at the Cathedral and saw they had it second hand in Amazon.
Also by the same author was this one.

The library grows, soon need and extension for books. I did succumb to this from Lizzie Kate.
I need to stitch this. Martin has been busy too and has made me  a Celtic cross in glass. His brother now wants one.
Just a quick update on the sheep makeover.

Then I have 4 squares I have knitted toward a blanket.
So that is all for this week, hope your coming week will be full of nice things that you like doing. Thanks again for all the comments , I am getting back to stitching slowly but it is slow. Take care of yourselves and this comes with much love and many hugs.
Barb .