Saturday, 28 April 2018

Hawthorns Scavenger Photo Hunt.

Well here we are  and I was thinking it was earlier  than it  is hence the late  posting  of  photos.So how is  April treating you ,we had  Spring on a couple of days since last I wrote  ,but back to  doom gloom and  flippin rain.
I will  not dwell on  that subject  so here are my photos for this months challenge. Thanks Kate  once again for allowing me to join in.
The words  this month.
6.Own  Choice.

This is the end paper  of a Charles Dickens  novel Oliver Twist. You do not  find  many books  with these marbled end papers these days. It  reminds me of the beach and the way the sea makes  swirling patterns on  the sand.


It is not very sharp I am  afraid, but this is my Rock ,my other half with, our old dog we lost last year.Taken sitting on the Rocks at Portland in  Dorset. I spent my childhood clambering over these rocks . Simple  joys then and no fear, out from morning until dusk .
3. Wood.
The Bluebell Wood, at Pamphill  Wimborne Dorset. I just love this sea  of blue with just the hint of maybe sunshine through the trees.
Carved letters  on a memorial bench we  saw on  our travels, 

This had  me  wondering what on earth I could do for this one. Then I remembered these I stitched for Halloween a couple of years ago ,I love getting  these out every year.

6 Own Choice .
The Orchids on  my Kitchen windowsill,  The large white one has been in flower  for 4  years non stop, we were given  it by my son and daughter in law on their Silver Wedding Anniversary and last weekend they celebrated 29 years together. 
It has been rather a hasty put together this time , will endeavor to try harder  next time. Meanwhile I shall go and have a look  at the others ,you can  too ,by going to I live,I love I craft ,which is Kates blog there you can click on the links  to see what everyone else has chosen to post. Take care all , and  I will see you in May for another Scavenger Photo Hunt. However a normal blog post  is being  planned for soon.

Friday, 30 March 2018

Hawthorns Photoscraphunt Challenge

Gosh here we are and a quarter of the  year gone,I  am looking  forward to  seeing all the  photos you have chosen  for  the  challenge.Thankyou Kate  once again.

3.Reading now
4.Black and White
5.Starts with an  H.
6.Own Choice.

1.My other half is an amateur archaeologist and one  of his trenches  has filled  with water with all the rain we  have had this winter.   So this  is a whole in the shape  of a heart ,could be H as  well lol.  There is a hole under the water.
2 Making.
I have  started this Flower a day SAL ,design by Carolyn  Manning  not sure what I will  make  it  into yet.

3.Reading now.
I am enjoying this ,but I have  quite a pile to  get through ,just happened to be this one that I am  reading.

4.Black and White.
Just had to share this one as we do not get snow often here and these poor blackbirds were  trying to find food  under the bird  feeders.

5. Starts with an H.

Hellibores at Kingston Lacey ,just  so like  paper petals.
6. Own Choice.

An Effie trying to work out what the funny white stuff was.
Thanks  for looking and  hope you like  my choice I shall pop along and see yours. See you in April.
Hugs  Barb.

Monday, 26 March 2018

A catch up from my little corner of Dorset.

So almost at  the end of March and a  little catch up is  called for.  I hope  to be  doing the  Photo scrap hunt at the end of the week so I must try not to duplicate things.Not once but twice we have  had  snow this month which for us is most unusual. The first time we had freezing  rain too which was interesting to say the least.A thing I  have  never  experienced  and as the rain landed it froze  ,it  made for  crunchy snow   and  a slip slidy surface.  Effie did not  like it  at all.  She did a great Bambi impression.  It only lasted a  day and when we looked out the following morning  it was gone. The next snowfall we had  was  more like snow   and the grandchildren had a snow day from school  and had great fun building  snowmen.
A few pics  of  snow.
Himself feeding the birds at the start of our first snow fall.Just a sprinkling.
Then the icy snow which Effie did not like at all.
Then we had this.
My poor tropical plants , I think some may have been lost we will see.It was a little deeper too this time.
However a certain little lady thought this better to play in.
My poor Camilla was not sure.
We decided to walk in the fields before it all melted . However look how dark the sky and sea look.
A certain little lady went for her daily dip ,brrr silly girl. I am not sure if the next photo shows the patterns that were made on Chesil Beach,but I will give it a go.
No  that did not work ,oh well.   So that was  our snow  , we will probably be snow free for  years now  .So onto stitching   news.

Is this  not the cutest thing, a  new design from Madame  Chantilly ,I am  really looking forward  to stitching this. Then you all  know of Lizzie Kates  retirement , Sally my stitching  friend has  just finished this and I really liked it.She had borrowed it from someone so I thought should I . Asking himself he said  to go  for  it.Not  wanting  to be  told  twice I managed  to get it.  The three little parts of a Little Mystery and the buttons beads  etc.
So  that is my purchases stitching  wise, we did pick up  this when we went shopping, I had  wanted to go to the cinema to see it but no one wanted to see it. So of course when  I saw  it ,yep I had to have it.
The other one  was a book,  well  I expect  you have already guessed.  I have just started to read this one.
 My wips for last week.First my Flower a Day design by Carolyn Manning, I am  stitching this on Tuesday nights  with Lainey.  I do a few flowers usually but not  one a day.
I stitch Lizzie  Kate with Sally ,so I will not show you that till next time as I may just have a finish. The  Prairie Schooler Santa  is  almost  done so again a finish is planned for next time. On Sundays I sal  with Sally and Sue on the Farmhouse series LHN and here is where I am with Horsin' Around.
I started a band sampler by Shepherds Bush in the Parlour at Needlecraft Haven last Wednesday I cannot show that as I have not shown the ladies there yet ,so again another next time. The Christmas List is  growing and I am almost two thirds done. 
I have got another new addition  .Our cooker of 20 years gave up the ghost and so the insurance company replaced it under the conditions of the contract.  Here is my new cooker.
Despite all the snow and cold these little flowers have shown their faces, not sure what they are I planted little bulbs about November time.
They are in blue ,purple ,white and pink.Very pretty,
We did have a bit of a fright this morning I was in  the shower just before 8,when I heard  the front door open,  Martin had  taken Effie for her morning walk so I was a bit bothered as to what had  happened . Only to find it was Martin back  with her , she had suffered a slight seizure in the fields. Oh no not Ollie all over again as  he had Epilepsy. So Martin took her to the vet as I was still  dripping. He did give her a full examination and took bloods.  She has not been herself all day and not wanting to eat.  The vet phoned with the info there was nothing remarkable in her blood results so we wait and see. Keep your fingers crossed for her.I am now off to play Lizzie Kate. Take care and  thankyou so much for your comments.I do read  them and am really thankful for them. Have a good week and I shall be back hopefully with the scrap challenge.
Love and hugs

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

March Madness .

Hello  all well  yes March is almost half way through and I had better have a catch up ,before  it has  disappeared before my eyes.So  March lambs  , awww so sweet  .  I  had  a gift from  my friend in the U.S.A. and I was thrilled, I saw these had been released and when I opened the packet and saw them well happy dancing I  was. She also sent me this little pattern by Shepherd Bush ,a lightbulb moment and I have made this.

It  worked out at three  quarters of  an inch square. How about those scissors ,whoo hoo sheep. I also had these from Tina a few days after  my birthday ,we have been having a Halloween Exchange for  many years now and  so  my witchy stitching will reside  in  these.
2 rather spooky project bags.
Last Sunday was Mothering  Sunday in the U.K. My daughter popped over  in  the morning  and brought  me a clip for  my new  bracelet. Which is  lovely. Then my son invited us to his for Sunday lunch which was lovely and  he gave me a bead for  the bracelet with has Son  on  one side and Mother on  the other in  the shape of  a heart.  Sue had  excelled  herself with pudding ,arghh not good for  the waistline, but then  I  haven't had one of those for a while lol. This is the Toffee  Apple Cheesecake .

Then  there were these. Which Sue knows I cannot resist.  They were salted caramel  brownies.
We also saw Ella who has been  suffering with Bells Palsy , it was lovely to see her more like her old  self with her smile  coming back.
On Saturday  Effie  decided  she would attack  a sheep,not a real  one  I hasten to add.This is one  side.
This is the side she destroyed.
Caitlin  is  going to see if she can find me  a replacement as it was a gift from her.  Effie  is a  sheep  worrier.

Lots  of new things  coming out of Nashville  and  I have sinned BiG Time.Oh dear,Martin  said what would I like for  our upcoming anniversary ,is it really a  year since the Big celebrations. I told him  don't worry it is sorted.So lots of  bits to show  you.
Then  these.
 Just really loved this one.
I saw this one on  someones blog and wondered if  it was still  available ,it was so it got popped  in  the basket.
I am also doing the farmhouse series and the second one was in the parcel.
Part one is finished .  I had the little magnet to attach to it .

I had not realised that every design  in  this series has a magnet you can buy to go with . I think   I will stick to just the one. Talking of magnets.Today I received these from  Lisa at No more lost needles.
2 Jane Austen  ones to use when I am stitching  one  of the designs featuring her quotes etc. The flying monkey one will go  on  my spooky stitching . I am using the owl  one on my A  Flower a day sal piece as I don't want  to put it down  and  need to realise it is bed time. I am  sure I will  find  a use for the Day complete one.
Oh forgot  this one  that I had too.  I have ordered the spring smalls from Lizzie Kate but it is not available until  the end  of the month.
So as you see I do not need anymore stash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Famous last words.
Some  wips I have on the frames.
Christmas list still growing.
Prairie  Santa 2015
 A flower a day last Tuesday evening progress, I  will stitch on  this tonight.
The Lizzie Kate A tidy House .Stitching with Sally on Mondays. On Fridays is our sheep stitching day  evening and I am  stitching  this.
So there you have it March Madness.  Hope I have not enabled anyone out there reading this.  Enjoy your stitching  and i shall  see you next time. Take care

Lastly the sheep  worrier , butter wouldn't  melt!Caught her mid wink.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Februarys Scavenger Photo Hunt.

Well another month has almost passed us by and hopefully spring is on  its way.  I have  had  lots going on    this  month and  also gone  down with the cold virusy  thing  that is doing the rounds.  So not  been out much to collect  photos but I have managed  the 6 and I shall  start with the first one

 This is my grandcat, she belongs  to my son  ,daughter in law and grandaughter,her name  is Misty and  she is a Rag doll cat  Almost white apart from  her ears and  nose and those gorgeous  blue eyes.We cannot go see her  so  much now as she hates dogs and Effie  hates cats so  never the twain shall  meet.   She is a lot  bigger now as  this was taken a few years ago.

2  Metal  Metallic.
Sorry it is  not  very inspirational  will  try better next month. While doing the weekly shop I spotted  these .
Even managed  to get  other  half upside  down with  what looks like a colander on his head.


Well can you see her,this was  taken  on  the afternoon  I felt better and  needed to get out of the four walls.

Well  he got  in  the picture too again,she  is just  to the left of  him.It  was lovely afternoon and  we walked down  to the beach in  this little  cove , it is named  Pirates  Cove and all our dogs have  loved this walk,and the got to be  done dip  in the sea  at the bottom.  The Chesil Beach is to the right and Portland  is in  the distance.It is there just disappeared  in the mist.Would you believe the powers that be are wanting to build a road  through  this walk, We will have no where to walk the  dogs  soon , it is so lovely to  see  them running free and  enjoying life. I must get down off my soap  box now.

4. Got two for this one ,Begins  with a J.
It was  a big ,read very BIG, birthday last week  and  my lovely man and family and  best friend  bought me  this Jewellery.

The second  one is J is  for Jug  ,well spring  is  almost here .
5 Bud.  Thought I would have a different take  on  this .
 An  emerging  bud slightly taller  than the rest.
6.My own  choice.

Effie having fun in the shallows ,had not realised she was upside  down too. I  should  have got her a bit  closer but I do not claim  to take  the best of photos.Thanks for all the comments   its great to see  what you think  of  interpretations of  the words. I am  off in a  little while to see  what you have been up to Meanwhile thanks to Kate  her  posts are always inspirational.
Heres to March.

Hawthorns Scavenger Photo Hunt.

Well here we are  and I was thinking it was earlier  than it  is hence the late  posting  of  photos.So how is  April treating you ,we had  ...