Sunday 22 February 2015

Broadchurch and a Birthday

Hello everyone,  Well lots to show you again this time so be prepared!!
Not sure where to start, I think the trip to Broadchurch /West Bay , We decided to go see the Blue House which housed David Tennant in the series, I think it is up for sale for Mega bucks. Crazy money for what is just a river hut,I suppose it has connections that people will pay for ,but me no way would I pay the price they are saying it is worth. Here it is and some other pics of West Bay. If you haven't watched the series , sorry you will not have a clue what I am waffling on about.

We did not see David Tennant here today though. Then I took a pic of the solicitors house,but no way was I climbing that hill.
It is the one at the top. West Bay is not what I call a pretty place ,but it does have a certain character.
For a winters day it was relatively busy but  in the summer it is like most places on the coast ,busy. The townspeople were busy sprucing up boats and painting their cafes.

I think I was a bit too far away to take this man painting a table, He may have thought it a bit odd if I had asked to take a picture of him. However the men painting boats must have thought their jobs went on like the next picture.
I could not get the quote in of this one but this was one of the words . Bit like how my blog goes on really lol. Of course being here we just had to get one of "The Beach",
Just love the pattern of the cliff formation. When you see it a bit further on it looks as if it is just a stack of cliffs on their own.
Eventually if you follow the beach past the cliffs you come to Portland which is the end of the Chesil Beach. If you go to the right you come to Lyme Regis. Where I hope to do a Jane Austen tour in April. Of course I am hoping to kill 2 birds with one stone that day ,if we are lucky they may be doing a Mary Anning tour on the same day although I would be quite interested in that one I think Martin would like that better, I am not sure if he would want to do the Jane Austen one.Anyway I digress, A picture of West Bay harbour .
.It was a cold day and the light was not very good. I don't know if any of you remember a programme called Harbour Lights ,this too was filmed here and again it has been taken up by the locals as the Harbour masters office has Harbour lights above it.
So I will leave this bit of a day out with a pic of some boys (oops ,got you all excited there didn't I )mean bouys.These were bright orange not pink ,my camera is a bit off on colours. See a bad workman always blames his tools lol.
 I was trying to be creative but it did not work.So now onto probably things that will interest you more. Last Sunday I had a birthday and the three score years and ten are even nearer now . I am trying not to think about that ,it is just a number. I had a lovely day ,really spoilt and had lots of gifts. I am going to show you some of the things I received but before I go a massive thankyou to everyone who remembered me . An apology to Michelle who sent me a card about 2 weeks before the day and I have not emailed her , so I will show you hers first ,Thanks Michelle for the little bird and threads.

On the left is a little beaded hanging that will fit nicely on my scissors ,that was from Needlecraft Havens Clare.I should have written down who sent which threads as I cannot remember ,isnt that dreadful.  I cannot do these in any order as I loved everything .
From my friend Julie oh did she spoil me. We met through NH and I have to say she is someone whose friendship I would hate to lose.Her gifts to me were these.
The little JBW design is absolutely exquisite, so pretty and has put me to work too. A friend came to see me on the day and  fell in love  with it, so I thought I would stitch her one for her birthday . I thought it was a JBW design from the style and writing so I searched for it, it must be out of print as I could not find it. Thinking I may have been mistaken ,I wrote to Julie and asked her ,the next day I had it in the post as she said she did not need it anymore. So you see a friendship to treasure.The sheep is a hot water bottle to keep me warm in the parlour. The book is the story of Highcliffe Castle ,Downton Abbey to you and me. Thank You Julie. You  are all dear to me , some I am in touch more than others but a friend I am in touch with every week more than once is Sally, we stitch along together 3 times a week ,we have a virtual helicopter to take us to each others houses on Monday ,and Fridays and on Wednesdays we meet up with the others in the parlour. I have many of Sallys stitcheries dotted about and her bookmark she made me is in my book before I turn out the light at night. So you can imagine how this little beauty pleased me.
 A little sheep mounted into a fob watch frame. Even my grandson Jack was impressed. Loved it Sally thankyou so very much. I am afraid you are going to see a few more sheep yet. I will not show you it all this time as you  will be reaching for the OFF button. I did get this from June , a relatively new friend ,but oh how she spoilt me and I felt quite excited when I saw this.

So tweeny with pins and calendar inside,beautifully finished and that was not all.Along with this came fabric ,ribbon , the wool she had embroidered it (yes wool) and a dear little sheep peg.All on a sheep tray, Everything in a lovely spring green and so perfect.
June thankyou , what a nice friend to have . Your colour sense is amazing.
Now to Tina, who you remember I do a Hallowe'en exchange with. I puzzled over this one as it had someones name on I did not recognise ,it was sent from the states with a signed for label . As I was not in when the postie tried to deliver it ,I had to collect it from the P,O. I am afraid I cheated with this one as I was so curious, I opened it on the day before , When I saw my  name on the card I still had not got a clue, the writing was unrecognisable to me. I do know usually from postmarks ,names on back etc.So I opened the card and it say Have the happiest of Birthdays from your friend Tina. I dont know anyone in the states called Tina I thought. The only Tina I know lives in the midlands.I did not think she was on hols or anything so after I had opened it I thought it had to be her, so I mailed a thankyou and phew she replied to say Yes it was her. She had ordered one for herself and thought I would like one too. How sweet is that. It is so pretty a velveteen strawberry .
Sorry pic is a bit blurry. I think I have had a bit of a hiccup and pressed publish before I had finished. Having trouble with Blogger and pics and pressed the button I should not have done.,
I am going to have to leave you as the dog and Martin have just come back dripping ,I will have to dry dog as I cannot stand the smell of wet dog. Shall  catch up in the week with some more birthday and stitching progress to show you. Take great care of yourselves ,Be back soon.
Much love Barb. Please excuse the length of this and any grammatical mistakes , brain on go slow.

Tuesday 3 February 2015

February and a walk in Hardys footsteps

Hello all , I hope you are all keeping warm and snug here in the UK. For those of you outside of the UK ,whatever your weather hope you are all well. I know a lot of you are having it a lot colder than we are and with white stuff too, here in the South of England at 3 deg on the car temp we decided to don our wellies today and tootle off to Dorchester and walk along the river to Stinsford.
We used to walk this a lot when we lived in Dorchester our County town, and we indeed walked in Thomas Hardys footsteps. He worshipped in Stinsford Church as did his father and his grandfather before him , they are all buried here and the gravestones all tell the dates. Thomas Hardys heart is buried here and his body lies in Poets corner in Westminster Abbey. Anyway a few pics of our walk.
Setting off ,yes I did say there was a river and guess who decided he was going in ,despite being told NO many times.

He even got very naughty and poked his tongue out at me.The water was flowing very fast,and I was a bit concerned he would not be able to get out,and one of us , not me\!would have to rescue him.
I bet it was freezing in there , there were puddles on the bank that were iced over. After eventually getting him to come out he decided to play it safe and go the other side where he went paddling.

At 12 years old you would think he would know better wouldn't you . It is his birthday today though so we couldn't stay cross ,he was put on a lead from then though. Anyway we finally reached Stinsford Church . A very pretty Norman church built in the 13th Century.
This is the where lies the heart of Thomas Hardy.

As I said his family are all laid to rest near his heart.If you have not read any of his books ,they are classics and the one I enjoyed best is Tess of the Dubervilles. So that was our morning after a visit to the chiropractor for me. She has helped an awful lot.Although its rather an ooh ,ow, session from me.Well on the stitching front and that is what you are here for.  As we are in a graveyard I will start with the finish of Angels ,the first in a set of ornaments that I am stitching along with my friend Sally.
If you bob along to Sallys blog at stitchangel treasures you can see her finish too , I have used this fabric for the back as it seemed to go with the theme.

At the other end of the spectrum this is my Hallowe'en finish this week, and although not put together here is the stitching finished.
I stitched in the parlour last Wednesday and this will be due an outing again tomorrow, we are a cosy little band in there on a Wednesday ,if you fancy joining us then you are more than welcome to join us. We stitch a design of your own choice from either Little House Needleworks or Country Cottage Needleworks, we used to stitch a lot of the Sampler Girl designs too but Tanya does not chart so many designs these days. I do miss her Jane themed ones , although for fellow Janeites I believe you can still get Austen flavoured charts from The Jane Austen Centre . Anyway back to the parlour , you can find us on Needlecraft Haven and Clare is the host who will I am sure welcome you too. Miss Julie and Mr Stick do  UFO weekends which you can join in with, Christine does a challenge every month ,and although I did not do January I have done February already . Clare also has lots going on there and there are games to join in with if you want to. Just too much to mention hear but if you fancy it ,pop along.This was last Wednesdays progress on A stitchers Prayer. 
I hope to finish the lady stitching tomorrow and start the border. Last weekend I was with Miss Julie and Mr Stick stitching my Secret garden Here is where I am at.
Sorry it is a bit crumpled (bit like me really lol). I also have finished the stag we had to do for the February challenge but it will be a while before I can show you  that, I have sent a pic off to Christine though.So that is all the cross stitching I have done. I have made something else and in the process of making another design similar , it is by Hatched and Patched and is called Larry the Lamb \,well I had to feature a sheep somewhere didn't I. I love how it turned out .
I have had this pattern for quite a while ,I was just in the mood to make him and now I wonder why I waited so long. I filled the pincushion with crushed walnut sand , and I have enough to make a whole farmyard I think. It makes it a nice weight and I am told it does not blunt pins or needles. As I said I am hoping to finish another to show you next time. I am wondering if anyone would like one (not saying when ,but I am thinking of having one as a giveaway )Let me know if you would really like one. Martin so liked it (yes he approved) he asked to borrow the pattern so he could make me a glass one to hang in my window. 

I was so giddy when he gave it to me I absolutely love it , Thankyou my dear, I know of someone else who would maybe like one of these,mention no names begins with an S.. As I mentioned in my last post it is the Chinese year of the sheep this year and for me it has started early.The RMW group that Martin is chairman of  has chosen The Year of the Sheep as its Exhibition theme ,so I can see lots of sheepy things on the horizon. Talking of sheep , I have a far away pic from yesterday ,sorry had to leave you and I am trying to get this done today. Here is my far away pic , 
Just had to have a pic of some real sheep. I have also been told by my grandson Sam that Shaun the sheep movie is about to be released on the 5th Feb and he is taking me !!! How many 13 year old boys would do that . Still on the subject of sheep here is some stash I have recently acquired ,I know I do not need more but well you just have to sometimes hmmm.
  Also jumping into the basket were 2 more . 
Just so pretty but a bit blurred. The last one was this.
 I am still reading ,but for some reason my lists have gone to the bottom of posts , along with finished items etc. Will have  to sort it out when I get my head together . Soon I hope it will be spring and while we were on our cold walk yesterday we actually saw some daffodils in flower. I resisted those and took these instead ,not literally took , just a pic

Well my dears I am sure I have droned on long enough , Go make a cuppa you deserve it for staying here so long. I would make it myself but I have family over for dinner and I can smell a casserole cooking in the oven and young people will be arriving soon. Before I go though at the end of the walk yesterday we saw this bridge.
On it was this sign.
So on that note I shall get in my ponderous carriage and away to the kitchen. I will hopefully have more news next time.
Take care all , keep snug.

Hawthorns Scavenger Photo Hunt June

Well hello everyone ,super sets of photos last  time. Mine this time  again has been last  minute so shall we begin. The  words this month ...