Sunday, 15 October 2017

Introducing Bluey my knitted Sheep


        

  I am knitting a few Farmyard animals for my Grandson
This is Bluey. He got a bit cold playing among the Walnuts so


I put his blue coat on. Now you know why I call him Bluey !
Frankie designed him  
Thank you for designing him Frankie. Marion x

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Fake old and new one pound coins in the UK

In the UK old one pound coins have to be used by 15 October 2017.  The old one pound coins are being melted down to make new ones so they are now collectable.  I found which ones are rare and collectable on the website below
http://www.checkyourchange.co.uk/1-coins-in-circulation/
Rare old ones are being sold on Ebay



Some UK Coins can be arranged to make a Shield.  The Shield is from the middle of the UK Royal Coat Of Arms.  I looked up Royal Coat Of Arms on google and found some photos and interesting facts about it on Wikipedia. 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_coat_of_arms_of_the_United_Kingdom 
My Mum who had an interest in Coins pointed out the writing on the rim of 2 pound coins. It says " standing on the shoulders of giants " I would never have noticed it !
 There are 50 million fake old one pound coins in circulation so I don't know if it is worth keeping a few ...... 

Friday, 6 October 2017

Kitchen Garden Review 6 October 2017




 The last of our Runner Beans were stringy so I am just using the Beans inside. I am drying the biggest Bean Seeds in the Airing Cupboard to grow more Beans next year. The smaller ones I am freezing to eat. I read somewhere that they are poisonous to eat raw. I cook them for the same amount of time I usually cook Runner Beans 


Bamboo Sticks tidied away


We are still eating Apples Raspberries Spinach Cucumbers Carrots and Beetroot

 It has been a good year for Celery which is still growing well. Our Lettuces are struggling now. This will probably be my last gardening post this year. If the sun is out I find it hard to keep indoors. It is sunny now so I am off to pick a few more Raspberries...yum !

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

First attempt at weaving on a loom


I love learning something new and this is it !
The Weald and Downland Living Museum run some very good Craft Workshops
 I think I will be doing more Weaving as I really enjoyed learning different Weaving techniques

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Three hour insomnia Crochet scarf


I made my Crochet Scarf when I couldn't sleep. I used lovely soft variegated Wool. It is missing something ?  I am thinking about adding a fringe to the ends

Sunday, 10 September 2017

It will soon be Christmas Crochet Circle


I am having a rest from making Granny Squares.  My new challenge is crocheting in circles.  I had to block this as it wouldn't lay flat.  I don't know what to do with it now ?   I am sort of stuck so I might leave this one for now and start another one !

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Poor little Bat Cross Stitch


We found a dead Bat. The poor little soul was still intact so I took a photo of him after pinning his wings flat
I don't know what sort of Bat he or she is ?
New Followers of my Blog will have missed my earlier post about Bats. I designed this and sent it to a Cross Stitch Magazine many many years ago.  They liked it and paid me £25 to publish it in the magazine ! There is something very special about Bats

Monday, 4 September 2017

Two Gardening Tips Wool and Apples in Compost


A gardening tip for anyone who uses Wool
 We ran out of Garden String yesterday so I used scraps of Wool instead
I will use Wool to tie up our plants in future as it is so much softer


Our Apples feed us, 4 Chickens next door and two local Horses.  Some of our Apples are so bruised I put them in our Compost Bin. I  noticed some were staying whole and taking months to break down. Now I chop them up with a Garden Spade before I add them to the Compost

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Addicted to making Crochet Granny Squares

My Challenge for 2017 was to learn how to Crochet.  I now LOVE making Granny Squares. I still can't Crochet in rows ! I started making Squares to use up my two Suitcases full of wool


This is for our Son's Dining Room. His Dining Room walls are a mustard colour so I hope it will look ok


Our other Son bought me some Wool for Christmas. I am making him a cushion Cover or Office Chair Mat. This wool is very thick and splits easily. This one will take me a long time to finish



The Wool was easier to knit with so I knitted him some Slippers 


 Another Blanket for our new Grandson using Variegated Wool. I made this on our seven hour Coach journey to Landudno. I am not sure about the Variegated Wool. It makes it look patchy

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

LLANDUDNO Somerset Hotel in Wales Holiday August 2017


The Somerset Hotel in Llandudno in North Wales. Seaview Room on the 3rd floor


There are signs everywhere in Llandudno saying " Please don't feed the Seagulls " 


It was hard not to feed them as they were crying for food on our window ledge


View from the Pier in the evening


The Hotel runs excursions. This was Beaumaris  


Beaumaris has a Castle but we didn't have time to go inside


Betws-y-Coed was beautiful. We also went to
 Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch which translated into English means
 St Mary's Church in the Hollow of the White Hazel Near to the Rapid Whirlpool of Llantysilio of the Red Cave


Carnarvon Castle. There are lots of Castles in Wales !



 The Great Orme is a massive hill overlooking Llandudno with stunning views.There is a Visitor Centre, Childrens Playground  and a Cafe on the top. We went up in a Tram but could have gone by Cable Car. There is a Car Park at the top
I would love to go back to Llandudno for more than three days