Sunday Sevens – 11th March

Joining in again this week with Sunday Sevens – started by Nathalie at Threads and Bobbins – sharing seven (or so) pictures of  the week beyond the blog.

Last Sunday Lovely Husband fixed the log shed that has been blown over by the Siberian wind…



He also conceded that he really did need to clear the snowdrift on the drive.


On Monday I cadged a lift up country with him and, after his first meeting, we headed for a dear friend’s house in Nottinghamshire. She cooked us a delicious vegetarian chilli and my not-so-dry March continued…


On Tuesday my friend and I went for a lovely long walk…


…and managed to just about burn off a bottle of wine’s worth of calories each…


After spending another night with our friends, we headed off to visit the in laws, who took us out for a pub lunch…


On the way home we met up with some friends in Warwickshire for tea in their local…


Although there’d been a lot of rain while we were away, there was still plenty of snow around on Thursday morning…


There’s still snow left today, where large accumulations occurred, but the final remnants were gone from our garden on Saturday  morning. The temperature rose to ten degrees and I finally got out in the garden. I started digging weeds from this well neglected flower bed…


But quickly got distracted cutting ivy off a couple of our trees and digging up some plants that I’m not keen on.


Hope you’ve had a great week.

Sunday Sevens – The Snow Edition

Joining in again this week with Sunday Sevens – started by Nathalie at Threads and Bobbins – sharing seven (or so) pictures of  the week beyond the blog.

The week began bright and sunny, but with a bitter cold wind. I’d agreed to ride the nine miles to the station on Sunday morning with Lovely Husband. But I when got out of bed, I took one look at the trees swaying violently and volunteered to drive while he cycled. I met him at the station cafe and, while he had a massive breakfast, I had a pot of tea, followed by a three mile walk, while he cycled home.


Too cold to do the weeding on Sunday, but determined to do some gardening, I cleared up the wind-blow debris from paths in our small copse of trees.


Despite the cold, I managed to put my washing out for the first time this year, three times in all. Even the jeans dried in the sunshine and strong east wind.

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While we had clear sunny skies at the start of the week, the weather forecasters were following ‘The Beast from the East’ – a Siberian snow storm that was heading for the UK and causing the strong winds we were experiencing. They were also tracking storm Emma, rising from the south, and predicting they would collide over the South West on Wednesday.

Wednesday came and went with only a flurry of snow,  but it was so bitterly cold (minus 13  with the wind chill) we drove to the pub for the quiz. Only six other brave souls turned up, so we split into two teams – boys vs girls, with LH being and honorary girl. Of course, with girls being so much smarter than boys, the girls won – despite the men gaining an extra team member half way through and getting help from the bar staff.

Our winnings

Thursday night we woke up to only a little snow, but were informed we were going onto a red weather alert at 3pm – in plain English that meant blizzard conditions, don’t go out, danger to life.


However, the wind was already so strong, our small log shed blew over well before 3pm…

Now held up only by the trees.

At almost three o’clock exactly, the wind upped several gears and, although the snow that was falling was only very fine – and the camera couldn’t really pick it up in photos – there was so much of it. I got soaked just leaving the house for a minute to change to birds’ frozen water.


There was nothing to be done, but stay in, knit and watch the snow build up. Okay I work from home, but it was still a snow day.

The bars are on the window are there because it’s the pantry, not the room I keep lovely husband in.

After a very very cold night, we woke up to a sight that at first didn’t look too bad, because the wind had blown the snow almost completely off some of the lawn. On investigation most of the garden was 5/6 inches deep in snow. There was also alot of drifting.  Here’s what met me at the back door…


This drift on our drive was three foot high.


Reports flowed from the news of people stuck in cars, lorries and trains over night, snow drifts blocking roads all around us and the army being called out to help.

With another snow day, there was nothing to do but head out for a lunchtime rendezvous with our next door neighbours in the pub. On the walk down we spotted a huge bough that had broken off a tree at the hotel four houses down from us…


…. and chest high snow drifts on the cycle route…


At the pub everyone else had burger and chips…


While I had salad and fish cake.


Having completed an almost dry January and a completely dry February,  after lunch I treated myself to a glass of wine – that went immediately to my head.


The snow was already beginning to melt on Friday afternoon and it was raining on Saturday morning, but there was still plenty of snow about when we went for a walk after lunch.


With so much snow still around, it was definitely time for an impromptu get together in the evening with our next door neighbours to share provisions.

Hope you’ve had a great week and the weather has treated you kindly.


Sunday Sevens – 25th February

Joining in again this week with Sunday Sevens – started by Nathalie at Threads and Bobbins – sharing seven (or so) pictures of  the week beyond the blog.

On Sunday last week the weather forecasters were telling us it was going to get colder as the week went on. Quite frankly it was already cold enough – a good day for staying in and sorting out my button collection…


It actually got warmer on Monday, but the fog rolled in…


The bright cold weather returned Tuesday…


My roots also returned to being blonder. Here’s the before and after.

More bright walks as the week went on, including a lovely walk with the terrible trio. No posing in puddles for these guys…


On one walk we spotted this bird box. It was huge. Anyone know what sort of bird lives in a house like this?

Apologies it’s a bit blurred.

As the winter Olympics has progressed, I’ve got more and more hooked on curling. Shame we didn’t quite manage a medal…


When the Dartmoor Otter Trail finished last year, the otters were auctioned off. This week I found this one, I hadn’t see first time round, in Tavistock…


As for lovely hubby, this week he built us another log store from recycled palettes…

Log store

Hope you’ve had a great week.

Thanks for dropping by.


Sunday Sevens – 18th February

Joining in again this week with Sunday Sevens – started by Nathalie at Threads and Bobbins – sharing seven (or so) pictures of  the week beyond the blog.

These days I seem to be starting each Sunday Sevens with a weather report. Not wanting to buck the trend, I can tell you it’s been a lot less wet this week, but still very cold. Lots of nice sunny walking weather…


… but definitely not feeling like spring. Although the crocuses have just started to make an appearance…


I’ve had to be very strong this week to resist watching the Winter Olympics all day long. Wonderful to see Lizzie Yarnold retain her Olympic title yesterday, but heartbreaking to see Elise Christie crashing out of her races…

20180213_111558On the subject of being strong, I’m also still on course for a dry February – even resisting wine at Thursday night’s Knit and Sip evening…


As for my main addiction, Mother in Law has been helping feed that by passing on a small bag of left over yarn for scrap projects.


I also finally finished the sleeves on my Pineapple Cardigan…



Yesterday I went to Craft 4 Crafters with a group of friends. I was mostly very good about not buying things I didn’t know what I was going to do with.

On the well behaved front, I brought some boxes for all the tiny bits and bobs I have…


and some findings for projects I have lined up…


Purchases I didn’t have a purpose for, but I’m sure will find one…

Some shell rainbow buttons…


Two beautiful big buttons…

And two flip flop buttons…


And finally a picture from the show just for Lynn at Tialys


Hope you’ve all had a great week.

Sunday Sevens – 11th February

Joining in again this week with Sunday Sevens – started by Nathalie at Threads and Bobbins – sharing seven (or so) pictures of  the week beyond the blog.

Last Sunday was the first day this year it was dry enough to go out on my bike. It was, however jolly chilly…


I’m not complaining though, since I’d much rather have dry cold days than rain and damp. Although it hasn’t been dry by any means, most of the wet stuff has come down as hail or sleet.


On Tuesday, we saw the first snow we’ve had all winter. But although it snowed for much of the day, I was hard pressed to find any that settled.


Still it was lovely to walk amongst the snowflakes. Here’s one of my favourite parts of the woods at Abbeyford…

Prettier than most planted pines and the floor is divinely springy.

Of course there’s still a lot of water around. we found this ford on a walk…

I don’t think I’d have been brave enough, even in my 4×4, to drive across.

On Tuesday I had a trip to the dentist, so Lovely Husband went to the auction on his own and brought me back a present…


It was fun looking through it at all the old styles we thought we looked so fabulous in back in eighties…


There were also some interesting sections on crochet techniques, that I’ll refer to in future, and even a few patterns I may consider making. But not this…


My discovery of the week, was basil tofu. I’ve never really tried tofu before, but in my vegetarian explorations I discovered it. I love it and can’t wait to try some other flavours.


On Thursday, my new batch of yarn was finally ready to be picked up form the mill.


Since then there’s been a lot of ball winding and label attaching…


Thanks for dropping by. Hope you’ve had a great week.


Sunday Sevens – 28th January

Joining in again this week with Sunday Sevens – started by Nathalie at Threads and Bobbins – sharing seven (or so) pictures of  the week beyond the blog.

It’s been yet another wet damp week on Dartmoor, but despite the urge to hide inside on Sunday last week, we went for a walk through Beliver Forest… Continue reading “Sunday Sevens – 28th January”

Sunday Sevens – 21st January

Joining in again this week with Sunday Sevens – started by Nathalie at Threads and Bobbins – sharing seven (or so) pictures of  the week beyond the blog.

It’s been another week when we’ve had every sort of weather – except a heatwave. Most of this weather has been the sort of stuff you want to hide indoors from. The exception was last Sunday when I made the most of the sunshine and finally did some gardening – cutting back the fuchsias and clearing this flowerbed. Continue reading “Sunday Sevens – 21st January”