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Friday, 30 May 2014

Dyrham Park

  1. School half term and what a wash-out! Today was one of the better days, at least it stayed dry.
  2. Visit with DD and the grandchildren to Dyrham Park, National trust property just few miles north of Bath.
  3. Quote from NT Handbook: "There are more than 110 hectares (270 acres) of ancient parkland, where historic herd of 200 fallow deer roam freely and magnificent trees and breathtaking views abound."

The house dates to late 17th century, but we did not visit there today. 

We just enjoyed a walk in the grounds,

a picnic at the end,

and a visit to the lovely National Trust shop to buy some plants.

 Oh, and our lovely heron has a new friend, a birthday present from my children.

In case you are wondering, these metal sculptures came from a National Trust shop.
You can also buy them from their on-line shop.

Have a lovely weekend!

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Sunday, 25 May 2014

mystery afghan knit-a-long/ weeks 2 & 3

We are having a bit of a blip in the weather, with some heavy showers in the last few days and drop in temperatures. So it is a case of being more in than out, and I managed to knit up two weeks, that is 12 squares.


                   Week 2 - Nordic Star

Week 3 - Heirloom Lace

My camera is not picking up the correct colours, I am using the same colours as in the pictures.

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Sunday, 18 May 2014

garden progress

It has been glorious last few days, when not much blogging is being done, when the "outside" is much more important. We have been spending most of our time "getting on" with the garden, and as you can see, it is slowly being transformed:

from this

to this 

  and from this 

to this.

Everything has been newly planted and still very much at the ground level, but it will all push up during the summer and the back fence will be covered in two kinds of clematis. The flower bed is larger in reality, and yes, I have been planting LOTS of plants and shrubs there.
 All the trees have also been planted in the last few months and they are all doing well.

The summerhouse is our retreat, on the days when sitting outside is not on; for reading and stitching, of course.

The old Singer sewing machine stand belonged to DH's mum, a long time ago, and it is yet to be restored.

DH is still working on the area close to the house, where the main seating area will be.

I wish you a  happy stitching week!

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Sunday, 11 May 2014

mystery afghan knit-a-long - week 1 - garter stitch waves

The week 4 of this Knit-a -long will be published tomorrow, and I have just finished week 1, called  Garter Stitch Waves.

There are 6 squares in the same design to be knitted every week, in two different colours (three in each colour). 
By the time I get to the second square, I get the hang of it, by the fourth square I am little bored. But that is OK,  the following week there will be a new design and seems to me that as the weeks go, the pattern is getting little bit more complicated. I don't know if this is the way it will continue, it is after all, a mystery....

Sunday, 4 May 2014

mystery afghan knit-a-long

Like most of you out there, I am addicted to fabrics, mainly those made out of natural fibres; I love looking at them, touching them and yes, spending money on them, and that is why we often talk about "the stash", don't we? In my case the same applies to knitting wool; the real thing, good quality wool. 
I love the feel of it, the way it just glides on the needles. But unfortunately the day has only so many hours in it and to juggle all I would like to make is not always easy.

My long term knitting project is just that - long term! It is a slow progress, as I have arrived to the part where only two shades of the same colour are used - impossible to see in an artificial light, hence the slow progress. Unusually, although being wool, this is "summer knitting", when we have lots of daylight.
But then the hands can get too hot, there is just no "win" situation!

But for some time now my fingers have been itching for a knitting project, which would not be too complicated. My wish has been answered, when I had received Rowan April Newsletter, which included news about a new Knit-a-along, designed for Rowan by Martin Storey - a mystery Afghan, with a free pattern published over a period of 10 week, consisting of 8 square designs. 
Weeks 1 & 2 have now been published, with week 3 due out tomorrow.
The choice of colours is up to you; you can follow Martin Storey's design or choose your own colours. There are also other colour combinations suggested by Rowan in their "Shopping List".
The designs seem to be very easy, the type of knitting project you can pop into your bag and take anywhere.
You can also see it on Ravelry or watch on youtube.

My first square completed, but yet to be pressed. 
I have decided to follow Martin Storey's colour combination - I like the idea of it being "mystery" and also simply - I am too busy right now to work out my own.

This is a great project for me, because I haven't got much patience for working out the right tension; this is not so important in a blanket design, as long as the squares are "square".

    Have fun!

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bluebell time

You can see them everywhere, in the woods, on grass verges on the sides of roads, in gardens. Something to look forward to every spring, my favorite time of year, with the fresh greens of young leaves.

These are pictures from the forest on the Stourhead Estate.
Not all bluebell flowers are fully opened yet, but already there is a blue carpet through the woods.

And as if to prove that the nature is not perfect - one white among all that blue.

The spring is the best time of the year for wild flowers.

In our new garden - a young quince tree, planted this winter, is in full bloom.

Enjoy your weekend!

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