02/06/2016 § 4 Comments
Well, for me it’s more about harbours and boats than buckets and spades! After spending wonderfully sunny days at River Cottage at the Spring Fair over the weekend, I spent each evening enjoying a relaxing stroll around Lyme Regis – out along the seafront to the Cobb where the sweeping bay melted into the Jurassic cliffs as the gentle light from the sun’s finale cast rosy shadows on the calm waters.
There’s something about boats that really gets to me – the curve of their beam, clinker planks, vividly coloured fenders, bright decks and jolly hulls. And then, if you’re lucky you get it twice – with the reflection in the water!
The magnificent green wooden gaffer sailed off late one evening, to catch the tide and miss the on-shore wind that was forecast for overnight. She’d have made quite a spectacle with her red sails but I missed her lifting her anchor and heading out to sea or coast-hopping around to the next harbour.
Seaside plants and pretty town houses …
Oh, it was a lovely weekend!
22/05/2016 § 1 Comment
Since taking the photos at the beginning of the week, everything has grown about 12″ it appears – especially the grass! I’ve had to invest in a new lawnmower as I found the petrol mower impossible to start with it’s pull-handle. The runner beans sprouting in the greenhouse and I hope to plant them out before the weekend. It’s wonderful to see my grandfather’s lily and all the cottage garden self-seeding favourites springing into life.
Yesterday must have been the ultimate boost for every plant in the garden – warm rain all day. However, it proved to be a good day for quilt-making and I finished the commission quilt that I can’t show you yet. Others are flying out of my studio along with cushions and pincushions ready for this weekend’s River Cottage Spring Fair. I can’t believe it’s a whole year since my first RC Fair – time certainly flies. This year the dogs will be staying at home, with AB who is on dog & duck duty whilst I’m away. I’ll be staying in Lyme Regis which has become one of my favourite places to visit and I’m really looking forward to it all.
Expect photos of the seaside in my next post …
02/10/2015 § 19 Comments
I’ve come away to spend some time by the sea and the collies and I have been blessed with the most amazing week of weather – high tides, sunshine, fishing boats and beach walks, wide blue skies and magical sunsets …
A quilt has been finished – I sat outside overlooking the harbour whilst hand-stitching the binding and then promptly took the quilt for a walk up onto the coastal path, for a late afternoon photoshoot …
and I’m hoping to link up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday later on today. The quilt is a commission and perfectly captures the colours of the waves, sky, sails, white horses and seagulls.
Walks along the coastal path every day have meant that precious memories have been revisited and laid peacefully to rest …
there’s no better place to be.
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27/04/2015 § 3 Comments
and a-jaunting we will go …
My great friend and I spent the weekend jaunting around Dorset, exploring all around from our base at Swanage Bay. After what seems like weeks of unbroken sunshine here in the south of England, the high pressure decided to desert us for the weekend, but the sea mists and occasional shower didn’t affect our trip one bit. We visited some favourite west country towns – Shaftesbury, Sherborne and Bridport – before meandering along the coast with stops at pretty villages that took our fancy. Much cake was consumed on these frequent breaks in our day!!!! At Lulworth Cove, we enjoyed a simple but quite delicious early evening meal at the Lulworth Cove Inn – we both had small portions as we were still quite full of cake – and the little home-cooked steak and ale pies with veg were outstandingly good. If you’re visiting the area, make sure you book a table – we just happened to be very lucky and were fitted in as we were quite early.
So many fabric treats came home with me – and another chair! When my daughter phoned to make sure we were back I said “Guess what?” and she said, straightaway “You’ve bought another chair!” I’m obviously boringly predictable.
More photos of the prettiest little cottages in Sprintime, and a Scandinavian design rocking chair next time – and apple blossom in the garden!
What did you get up to at the weekend – what’s in bloom in your garden? Do join in and leave a comment – it’s so interesting to hear about your adventures.
19/04/2015 § 2 Comments
earlier on this evening, my friend and I wandered along The Itchen Way, near Itchen Abbas …
and a postcard, for Flora – “Isn’t he a handsome chap?” …
The girls are benefitting from some interesting walks. Son J2 is good company and usually takes his camera. I’ve treated myself to a little pocket camera – Canon SX600 – I’m really pleased with it so far though there are lots of effects that I haven’t played with yet.
Here’s another countryside walk a day or so ago, in glorious sunshine …
Did you know that the easiest way to tell whether blossom is from Hawthorn or Blackthorn bushes is apparently quite simple: Blackthorn blossom appears on the branches before the leaves, unlike Hawthorn. Blackthorn also appears a bit earlier. Both are members of the rose family.
In Wales, the Hawthorn is often called Bara Caws (bread and cheese) as the young leaves are meant to taste similar. I’ve used the red berries in Hedgerow Jelly along with other wild foraging fruits. I’ll have to come back in the Autumn and see whether these bushes bear the fruits of the Blackthorn (sloes) or the red berries of Hawthorn, then next year I’ll be able to test the blossom theory! Yeah – as if!!!
This evening I’ve stewed the first rhubarb from the garden – always a treat. I’ve made some shortbread to go with it for after our supper. This afternoon J2 made some wooden raised beds for the veg patch and then we laid some gravel – it’s looking good. I’ll be back with some photos in the week. Oh, and there’s another quilt order to finish too! Busy days! Enjoy your week.
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20/09/2014 § 3 Comments
We have, on many occasions, stayed at the Nantbrenni Farmhouse in Rhydlewis for bed and breakfast. It’s always wonderful to return and this time we stayed in the Old House Cottage – a self-contained 3 bedroom cottage off the old farmyard. The weather was gorgeous and we breakfasted on the sun terrace overlooking the Ceri Valley every morning. The cottage was beautiful, comfortable and cosy. I enjoyed early morning walks around the ponds with the girls whilst watching Red Kites swirling overhead. We walked the girls on local beaches and enjoyed some great times with Dad and village friends.
I love old farm buildings. The refurbished cottage and newly converted Stable Cottage are amazing, beautiful stone built buildings, open right up to the beams – light and airy. The farmyard also has many original buildings with those traditional carvings and good luck symbols left by previous generations:
Did you know that you can tell exactly which hoof a horseshoe was worn on? Hind shoes are more oval than the rounded front shoes. If you lay the shoe flat, with the toe clip uppermost, there are usually more nail holes on one side of the shoe and that’s the outer edge – so, it’s easy to identify the precise hoof – front or hind :: off or nearside. I love old horseshoes on stable doors. I have horseshoes tucked all around our home, from the horses that I’ve owned over the years – Prince, Cinderella and Storm.
So now we’re back ‘home’ where we enjoyed a quacky welcome from Flora Puddleduck and as ever, I’m feeling a little homesick about leaving Wales. It takes me a few days to settle down again into my daily routine – quilting, dog walking, cooking – so today I started with mooch around the garden and some yarn-winding:
I couldn’t resist this Shetland wool, from the farmer who keeps the sheep! That’s just the best thing about country markets – meeting the people who make/grow/spin the products. Yarn winding was an easy early morning job, to ease me back into being at home whilst remembering our jaunt. I’m not sure what to make – the yarn is described as ‘light aran weight’ but I reckon it’ll end up as a huge and very warm shawl/scarf to keep me snug at the Christmas Market at Winchester Cathedral in November/December.
The garden is still blooming though I’ve long since given up trying to keep up with the weeds. They’re all dying back now anyway so I’ll just mooch and enjoy some late summer blooms:
I hope you’ve had a lovely week too. I picked some sloes when we walked the dogs earlier, so I’d had better wash some jars and start my favourite Spiced Sloe and Apple Jelly. Enjoy your weekend.