Saturday, 5 July 2014

June 2014 Photo Scavenger Hunt

I found it so hard to come up with interesting photos for this month's prompts and had to resort to using things for sale in shops for some of them.  Anyway, here we go...

B is for?
Baker Boy on a Bike
This was outside a bakery in Palma

My daughter's breakfast on holiday



You again
Our two new hens seem to be a cross between cats and robins when I'm gardening - getting under my feet, and waiting for all the worms and insects I unearth.
Only thing is, I couldn't get a very good photo with one hand


A hole in the gate post has been filled with pieces of leaf which I think is the work of a leaf cutter bee

Football buns and gingerbread football shirts in a local bakers


Man made
I've had these bolts that my husband took off a metal gate for ages.  I love that they look like men, and I intend to do something with them, but I don't know what yet.  


From the cooling towers at the power station

As usual the scavenger hunt has been organised by Greenthumb at Made With Love, and other interpretations can been seen over there.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Epworth Music Day Saturday 21st June

I know most of my readers live far away from here, but I just thought I would big up a local event which is happening this Saturday (and well worth travelling to!). 
In the small market town of Epworth, North Lincolnshire there will be about 40 different groups performing in various outdoor venues all over the town from 10 in the morning through to 5 ish , with an indoor evening concert, plus day long folk sessions in two of the pubs.   
It's all free and there will be more types of music than you can shake a stick at, including choirs, medieval music groups, hand bell ringers, jazz bands, folk groups, guitarists, brass bands, groups playing songs you can sing along to, and much more.
And should it rain there will be provision for it all to be under cover!

Oh, and did I mention that I will be singing?  Not on my own, in a choir.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Here I go again

I've just come back from a few days in Palma, Majorca.  It was quite unexpected; my daughter just phoned me up last week and said "Do you want to come away with me next week?".   
She wanted it to be an active holiday and I don't do action in the heat, so, bless her, she found a lovely walk for us to do on one of the days which was mainly in the shade.  
We hired bikes another day and cycled to El Arenal which was 28 miles altogether.   I don't think I've cycled more than 10 miles before but the bikes were sooo comfortable!  There is a cycle path along the coast with a breeze most of the time, so it was very nice. 
Unfortunately I lost my camera while we were there, along with my holiday photos of course (I think I stupidly left it on a bench).  Luckily my daughter had taken a lot on her phone too, but 98% of them featured one or both of us, and I don't like putting recognisable photos of us on here so I haven't got much to show you. 

This is one of the many signposts along the walk.  I was very impressed with them, they're a lot better than we have in England - even tells what length of time you've got left to walk   

You can see the cycle path on the left in this picture

The harbour was just across the road from the hotel we stayed in.  

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

New kids on the block, and a spooky tale

I fell in love with some hens at a sale last week and bought two.  It wasn't until I got them home and compared them to the others, that I realised they're younger than I thought.   Which is why I haven't named them yet, just in case they're not both girls!  
Here they are helping me with the weeding.  One's got more brown flecks on it's wings than the other

Bree doesn't let them get too near her yet

Meeting the locals

The other morning I opened the curtains to see one of those bunnys hoping to get a lift!


At the time when I wasn't able to blog, our cat Spaghetti died.  We buried her in our little woodland, but a few days later I saw her walking across the top of the field near the woodland.  Then I saw her again and shouted her, and she stopped and turned round, but then walked off.
Of course I don't really think it's Spaghetti or her ghost, but I'd never seen that cat round here before.
I saw it again the other day and took a photo through the window 

and here's one of Spaghetti 

Is that spooky or what?

Saturday, 31 May 2014

May 2014 Photo Scavenger Hunt

For once I wasn't racking my brain this month trying to think what I could photograph, and ended up with quite a few to choose from, which I think is a first!

L is for?
LINE of sunbeds on the horizon, and a LIGHTHOUSE, in Jandia

Going up the church spiral staircase to bell ringing practice (well it's  actually looking back down because it was a better picture)

Footprints left on the beach.  This was taken when the sun was getting low, and I love how it makes the footprints look raised up (it'll look better if you click on it)

This is a very simple gadget that my Mum used for grading the eggs that she sold when I was growing up.  You put the egg on the balance and if one peg was lifted up it was small, two - medium, and all three - large.  Simples


'W' on the top of this building

I was out walking when I saw something dark land on my glasses. When I took them off  I was surprised to see this brown ladybird with white spots.  I'd never seen one before.   I wanted to show this somewhere, so I've squeezed it into this category because there is some reflection on the lens!

There was an exhibition of paintings in the art gallery at Scunthorpe and local flower arrangers had been asked to interpret the paintings in a flower arrangement.  These are two of them

The individual flowers on this Elder flower

A four leaved clover hidden among the three leaved ones

Our old house being demolished.  (This is one from the archives)

The organ in St Nicholas church, Haxey.  Well I'm presuming it's antique, but if it isn't then the building must be; if buildings are ever classed as antiques that is!

Other interpretations for this month's photos can be seen at Made With Love 

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Blank canvas

Take a pair of plain canvas pumps,

Some patterned cotton fabric

and ring the changes

I saw the idea in Prima magazine and they are so easy to make.
Measure the length of the original laces and add 2cm.  Cut out fabric this length by 4cm.  Press under 1cm on all edges, press in half lengthways and stitch round the edge.

I find it hard to press under a small amount like 1 cm on a long edge so I just press in half first then fold the outer edges into the middle and pin before sewing.  I also always have trouble stitching a short edge at the start because they bunch up under my pressure foot, so I sewed the laces starting somewhere on a long edge finishing at the short end then turning it round and sewing from the same place again to the other end.

When I'd finished all three pairs and saw them together, it took me right back to my childhood

Nothing to do with laces, it was the colours.
When I was a kid I loved rings and built up quite a collection.  Mainly out of lucky bags, but the corner shop had a selection of kid's rings on a tray (the ones with expanding bands).  I eventually got three of the same ring in different colours.  They had a large coloured 'pearl' in the centre - in pink, lilac and blue, just like the laces.    I thought I was the bees knees wearing them!

Sunday, 25 May 2014


If you saw that title and started singing Madonna's 'Holiday' then you're a woman (or man) after my own heart (and now you won't get it out of your head!).

I've been on holiday for a week to Jandia in Fuerteventura.  
Lazing by the pool

 Walking along the gorgeous beach

There were some friendly ground squirrels

It would have been too hot for me but there was a lovely breeze which was very welcome.
I could never live somewhere so hot (and I'm talking about 27/30 degrees which some of you will think is just warm!), from the airport to the hotel the landscape was very barren.  These photos were from the coach

This is the welcome sight of the English countryside from the aeroplane window when we came home.

Oh how I love our lush greenery!