Saturday, 28 February 2009

Gorgeous Gingham

I`ve always loved gingham, I think its a lovely old fashioned pattern, which it transpires to be having arrived in this country in the 1700`s as a stripe, then being produced in Manchester in the 1800`s as the check we have now. I`ve made lots of curtains, cloths and mats over the years for my home, so I thought I`d take you round and show you..




Its also the fact that its an easy material to work with too, that makes it so appealing, and theres a good range of colours to choose from.

I was really pleased to see the first quarter of the lovely moon tonight, especially as it as been cloudy when I left off, but Pete called me out the front when he put the rubbish out, to see it....

Friday, 27 February 2009

A lunch time jaunt

I decided to go for a walk again at lunch time, its nice to get away from work, and although the morning had started nice with sunshine and blue sky, by twelve it was distinctly overcast and grey, but undaunted I went! I followed the South West Coast Path which runs behind a hotel, and climbs up the cliff side. This little cove houses an old war time watch tower.
I loved this old Pine, it didnt look as though it could decide which way it wanted it`s branches to grow! I watched a Raven flying round here, being mobbed by a crow, and I could hear its mate cronking from below the cliff.
I had a lovely view across to the harbour, and the hideous balloon looked like a pimple on the sea front....
This is called the `London Bridge` its a natural rock formation, and rather nice.
The path winds up and up with lots of steps to climb, then a level path which was a bit of a relief, this rue like shrub was such a nice bright colour against the grey wall, and smelt lovely
There were also little patches of violets breaking out along the path side to gladden the eye
Rather nice gateways to some very expensive houses hidden behind the wall, loved how the ivy covers it
Berry Head looked lovely across the bay
The path runs through this lovely little tower, part of someones garden, I wish I had one of these, I`d spend all my time whale watching! well Basking shark and dolphins anyway...
You can see how rolling the hills are from up here, Torquay is built on seven hills..
At the very top of the cliff is DaddyHole Plain
Theres a lovely little green, surrounded by houses painted in pastel colours
Theres some stunning views from here..
This is called Lyme bay, and I noticed there were several boats anchored up
Time was getting on, so I just popped into a little wood at the bottom of some steps
Where I discovered this lovely patch of Butterbur, they smelt amazingly sweet...
With a robin and blackbird singing from the trees, and a tiny wren flitting about it seemed far removed from the hustle and bustle of town....but nevertheless it was time to head back
Down down the winding steps, a lot easier than huffing and puffing up them!
Noting how lovely and blue the sea looked..
and how the Navelwort were doing a crowd scene on a rock...
how the shrubs were hazy with new buds...
and the Blackthorn is breaking into flower.....such a nice walk.

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

A lazy day

It was my last day off today, so I decided to stay in and do some hobbies. I`d got a large pile of magazines that I`d bought from the charity shops, which I was going to use for scrapbooking.

Over the years I`ve filled lots of files with lovely pictures from Country Living etc.

Not only is it relaxing to do, they`re lovely to look back on, and get some ideas from...

I spent a happy morning doing that, then had a go at making a `button ring` I`d seen one when I was surfing the other day, and thought how pretty it was, I was quite pleased with the result

My bedroom is purple, so I shall hang it in there, I`m not quite sure where.... anyway, I did do a bit of knitting, but we`ll draw a veil over that, it didnt quite turn out as I would have moving on, isnt it amazing how quickly the time goes, when you`re at home pottering, but as soon as you`re back at work, the day seems to go for ever... hm..anyway I did do some house-wifely things, I made an apple pie for tea, so I didnt have a guilty conscience!