Sunday, 23 April 2017

Mud Kitchen and Goths on holiday in Whitby

We visited The Yorkshire Moors National Park Visitor Centre at Danby. They have a wonderful Mud Kitchen for children outside







This is the first Mud Kitchen I have ever seen 


 Whitby in Yorkshire

The Royal Hotel we stayed in is the long white building on the cliff
When we left Whitby on Friday there were thousands of Goths arriving. A Goth Weekend Music Festival is held in Whitby twice a year. It is one of the biggest Goth events in the world

GARDEN REVIEW APRIL 2017 Greenhouse full

It is still cold at night here in Sussex so I have started sowing seeds in our Greenhouse. This is all that has come up so far 
Radish were up in a few days
Spring Onions  
Sweet Peas
Lettuce
Carrots Flyaway
Cucumbers
Tomatoes
Sown not up yet 
Runner Beans. I am growing Firestorm and Snowstorm, two self fertile varieties this year. Last year we had flowers galore but very few Bees to pollinate them 
Catmint for our four Cats 
Outside in the Kitchen Garden
Poached Egg Flowers. last year's are about to flower. They attract Hoverflies and Bees
In Cold Frames. Alderman Peas are up. Runner Beans sown
Our Fruit Bushes are all doing well. Strawberries have flowers on them. So far so good !

Friday, 21 April 2017

Knitting Last Puppy and Piglets


Just a quick post as I am busy knitting a blanket for my first Grandchild due in May. It is taking a long time to knit !
My last puppy has gone to his forever home so I am knitting more 


 Piglets nearly ready for rehoming 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Hello Spring avoiding the sun and Skin Cancer


Last year I had to have surgery for Skin Cancer
 Unfortunately I didn't wear Suncream or wear a hat. I do now !


Before Surgery
 I thought it was just an insect bite. It was just a small spot which would not heal.  If your Suncream is more than a year old please chuck it in the bin and buy some more. Take care now. Marion x

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Hola ! Crochet failure Owls and Tunisian sample

Hola ! Buenos Dias.  I am trying to learn Spanish
 It is about time as I have a Spanish Sister in law. A Spanish Dentist and our new Manager is Spanish.  I am learning using a free app called Duolingo.  So far so good.  A cute little Owl called Duo keeps popping up on the app to encourage me. I LOVE Duo


I am struggling to Crochet in rows as you can see above. I was trying to Crochet a Square !


My friend Elaine has just shown me how to do Tunisian Crochet. I am finding it easier to do. I have only tried one type of stitch so far.
 The edges are nearly straight so I am happy with my first attempt


This is what I made with my useless test squares. I find it hard to  throw away my test pieces. The yellow owl looks sinister so I might make him better eyes. They might have wings and legs when I work out how to crochet them !
Adios !  Hasta luego

Monday, 27 February 2017

HOLIDAY Ship and Castle Hotel in St Mawes Cornwall

We have just returned from a holiday in Cornwall
Dicky Fox has put a very good short video of St Mawes on Youtube taken from a Drone
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXoNCuFknOc
You can see the Hotel on the video. It is the big white one overlooking the small boats in the Harbour 


Ship and Castle Hotel St Mawes Cornwall


Lovely Hotel Room. We would love to stay in this Hotel again

St Mawes Castle 10 minutes walk from the hotel. I love castles



We went to Port Isaac a small Cornish Harbour Town where they filmed Doc Martin

Doc Martins's Cottage
The Seagulls in Cornwall swoop down and steal food from your hands while you are eating it !
 I have added a Seagull project to my to do list 

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Knitted Valentine Heart and Lazy Bunting


It has been a very stressful Valentine's Day.  Our Spaniel is at the Vets having another operation.  To unwind I knitted a quick Heart and blocked and steamed it flat.  I don't know what I am going to do with it ?   

 I have 6 different balls of red wool.  I cut off short lengths to remind me exactly which thicknesses I have


My Brother In Law gave us a Desk. I am using it as a Craft Table.  I made a Lazy New Sew Bunting for the wall behind it.  Lazy because I glued the Flags on !  

Friday, 10 February 2017

WIP Knitted cabled Owl




This is one of many projects I am working on.  I have had to block and steam him to make him flat.  This is something new to me.  He is a practice piece.  I will make him some eyes and .....


 try knitting him in different colours.  I took a photo to remind myself which colours I have.  Thank you Pamela Grossman for sharing this pattern. 
 A Baby Owl might be suitable for a small Pram Blanket now I know I will soon be a Granny

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Mosaic Heart for Valentine's Day


What I have learnt from making a Mosaic Heart.  Any shape cut from a Mug has to be quite small to lay flat.  Mugs vary in thickness which is a problem for a flat Mosaic.  Bits of China fly off when cutting so you must wear Goggles.  Tiles slide when you are not looking so adjust them before the glue dries.  Tweezers are useful for placing small tiles and dipping them in glue.  Toothpicks are useful for positioning tiles.  Plastic gloves protect your hands but get in the way.  Time flies making a Mosaic !

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Knitting Needle Tips and Crochet Flowers


To keep Knitting Needles in pairs I keep them in short lengths of Drinking Straws. The black Straws are from Wetherspoons. The wider white ones are from Mcdonalds


Wooden Beads are handy for stopping your Knitting sliding off of your metal Knitting Needles. Not suitable for Bamboo Needles as it would dent the needle ends


Wine Bottle Corks are also useful for keeping your Knitting in place


I am still trying to learn to Crochet. The yellow centres will hopefully be Daisies when I get round to watching a few more Crochet Videos on Youtube. I knitted the white flower