10 May 2019

Knitting - work in progress

Good morning.  For some reason I am awake far to early this morning.  Especially as its cold, wet and grey.  I could have gone back to bed but I know I would have wriggled about thus waking the other half.  I decided to get up and check my phone and take a few pictures to start the day.

I cast on my May socks earlier in the week and sock one is complete.  I even cast on sock two last night so that I have no excuse to delay knitting it.  Again I'm using oddments from stash on these monthly socks, though I'm scrapping the barrel on sock yarn

I'm still working an odd row here or there on my shawl which I haven't photographed yet.

In other news - my arrangement from last week is still going strong.  The roses are still perfect and the alstromeria are now flowering.  I've done nothing to this it just sits on the dining table

Our daughter has done a room reveal on instagram.  I think this may actually be my new favourite room.. Check out the little bench seat in the bathroom.  I spent hours painstakingly removing hundreds of staples to enable me to remove the old fabric.  I can't believe neither of us took a before picture.  But Rebecca tells the story in her post, so go check it out.  We are off to France at the weekend so I'm wondering what our "to do" list will look like this time.  I'll make sure I have my phone to hand to photograph our doings.

Take care and thanks for reading

6 May 2019

Sunday Walk

We like a good walk.  Sometimes we don't feel like it.  Other times we are ready to go.  Yesterday I wasn't sure how I felt about a walk but once out it was enjoyable.  We started off in a fresh wind but by the time we got back coats had been discarded.  It was one of those days.

Our route took us through and out of the village along the road to Hemingford Abbots.  Along Common Lane where you can view the outsides of the mainly million pound homes.  There are some seriously lovely properties here.  Once onto the common we headed out towards the Godmanchester nature reserve where we picked up the Ouse Valley way and walked through the meadows and along to Houghton Mill lock.  We then turned right and headed back across Hemingford Meadow over the river bridge and back into the Abbots.  Too early for a pint at the Axe and Compass we then made our return to Hemingford Grey via the river meadow and home.  My phone tells me it was 6.2 miles, so not too shabby.

Here are a few photos taken along the way. 



Red Campion

possibly some form of Rape


Pink Hawthorn

Red Clover

new life

eye spy

Hemingford Grey toward Abbots

towards the church
 This is a map of the local area

5 May 2019

Knitting - off the needles

Its done, finally.  The problem this time of year is the draw of the garden.  The longer days to be outside.  Books.  Just general procrastination.  But its done.

The pattern was from a Simply Knitting supplement.  I just took the basic shape and not the fairisle pattern it included. I liked the lower neckline.  The yarn I used was Sirdar Harrap Tweed and James C Brett Stonewashed, both from stash as were the buttons.  They complimented each other well, in fact at times the Stonewashed yarn disappeared.  I still need to block it, so that the sleeves loose their bumpy effect.  The sleeves seem quite full.  I had worried that adding the colour through the sleeve would bring it in slightly but if it has, then these would have been very full sleeves!  This is a fairly lightweight cardigan so ideal for cooler days or evenings

I'm now back on my shawl and I need to cast on my May socks. I have the yarn sorted for those, more from stash.  I also have my eye on a short sleeved top in cotton from this months Simply Knitting.  I have enough cotton yarn in stash to make that too. I feel pretty happy that I am making a slight dent on my stash but not enough yet to make me go out and purchase more...….yet.

We are off out now for a walk before the chance of rain comes.  Such a different holiday weekend to Easter.  Still the garden looks better for it.  Catch you later

2 May 2019

Norfolk Trip

We are just back from a mini break in Norfolk.  As you may know my mum is in a care home in Norfolk.  We decided rather than make the journey to just visit her we would extend to an overnight stay and visit some of the National Trust properties in the area.

Our first property on Tuesday was Blickling Hall.  We'd not been to the Hall before apart for a concert in the grounds a number of years ago, so this was a first for us. The work that the National Trust do is amazing and some of the restoration is incredible. For me the best part about visiting these places are the kitchens and gardens.  So many of the rooms are so dark and gloomy - I know this in part is due to the sun shades to protect the furnishing - but you do wonder how they lived with all the "stuff" and all the paintings of long gone relations.  The weather for most part of our visit was cloudy so didn't do justice to the photos

From Blickling we headed to Wells-next-the-sea for our over night stop.  By the time we arrived the sun was out but still a keen wind.

We stayed at the Old Custom House - we had the Captain's Quarters with its huge bed - very comfy and this was the view on waking yesterday morning.  Wouldn't that gladden your heart?

We had dinner in the Wells Crab House - highly recommend this place.  Make sure you book as it was full on a Tuesday night in low season, and go hungry the portions are very generous.

After a hearty breakfast we packed the car and headed to the beach for a bit of a walk before our next National Trust property.

We were pleased to see that there were seals sunning themselves on the beach and they seemed totally unconcerned about our being there.  One even had a swim over to check us out

Back to the car and on to Felbrigg Hall.  This one was new to us also, smaller than Blickling but I think I preferred it as it was tucked away in parkland rather than being close to the road.

As you can see from the photos it was a much better day.  I also took a few internal shots simply because there was a bit more light

Again though it was the gardens for me.  Unfortunately we couldn't go in the walled garden as it was closed due to "unforeseen circumstances" - the lady on the desk told us.  But the rest was free to wander.  Here they had lots of camellias, rather than the azaleas of Blickling

Back home refreshed and glad we stayed rather than a six hour round trip for what turns out to be a very short visit to my mum. Especially as she has no idea who we are. Has no conversation as you can't ask her a question or there is total confusion and she just spouts a whole load of nonsense, her latest being "tick tick" or "you're a tick tick". Touch her things and she gets cross, I moved some cuddly toys so I could sit beside her to show her photos and she got really cross, but put her music on, she smiles and she knows every word to every song..... breaks my heart every time