Sunday Sevens 2019 #7

It’s been another very wet and windy week. Fortunately last Sunday was dry enough in the morning to go for a walk with our friends who were visiting from up north and have brunch on the platform at Okehampton station.


After they’d gone home Harry watched Crufts on catch up…


Of course he wasn’t too impressed with the winner.

About two weeks after Harry arrived my walking boots gained a hole in them. I’ve been searching for a pair that fit me ever since. On Monday I went out in search again.  I couldn’t find any boots, but I did buy a pair of walking trousers, some wellie boot socks and two beds for Harry – all in the sale.


Tuesday was the wettest walk of a very wet week. Too wet to stop and take pics, but here’s Harry when we got back…


Wednesday we lost the pub quiz as usual. This week’s question that really bugged us was…

Whose catch phrase is ‘You’re having a laugh’ and what programme is it on? We knew we’d heard it, but couldn’t place it. Answer at the end, if you’re playing along.

It’s been so wet this week, Lovely Husband has been practising his golf indoors…


As for me, I’ve been doing a bit of DYC work…


I also discovered the mouse I told you about before has been nibbling one of my UFOs…


This one didn’t even make it to my Frog or Finish Nine for 2019, so not too disappointed it’s turned into a compulsory frog. (To be honest it’s a bit of a relief.)

Out and about between downpours, I took Harry to meet my friend’s goats to see how he’d react to smaller livestock. Although initially cautious of the bigger goats, he wanted to chase the smaller ones when they ran. So he needs more work there and definitely still on the lead when sheep are nearby.


After a wet miserable week things seemed to be picking up yesterday. Finally a dry walk in the morning…


…. and boots that fit me arrived in the post.

I really want to support bricks and mortar local shops, but sometimes it’s just not possible.

But the wind and rain were back by the afternoon. Took this photo on our second walk of the water pouring through the gorge as it ran down into the Devil’s Cauldron…



Hope you’ve had a great week.

Until next time,


Answer to question: Ricky Gervais on Extras – no wonder I didn’t know it, I can’t bear Ricky Gervais, but LH does sneak it on, so I guess that’s why I’d heard it. Needless to say LH wasn’t at the quiz or we’d have got the answer.

Sunday Sevens 2019 #6

Welcome to my Sunday Sevens : A post were I share seven (or so) photos of my week away from the blog. Sunday Sevens was created by Nathalie at Thread and Bobbins.

This last week began with storm Freya. Winds were supposed to be worst in the South West, but we didn’t see anything special here. Despite the lack of a storm, it was very wet, so apart from dog walks we stayed in and did a few jobs. Two of them were on that list of things we meant to do when we moved in six years ago. One was hang these by the stairs…


The second was to put a lampshade on the naked light bulb in my office…

I bought this in a table top sale last Saturday.

Monday, as I’ve already mentioned in my quilt catch up, my lovely friend came round and help me sandwich my quilt…


Tuesday was spent having a lovely sunny walk with Harry and quilting in the ditch. If only Harry loved dirty ditches like Hicks did, I could have squeezed some terrible ditch in pun here, but you’ll just have to have a picture of a clean Harry instead…


Wednesday we lost the pub quiz as usual. The question we couldn’t get and really bugged us until we knew the answer was…

What was the name of Valarie Singleton’s cat on Blue Peter?

Answer at the end of this post if you want to play along.

Thursday I bought some yarn to knit a sweater for the new great nephew we’re expecting in June…


Thursday was also book group. We discussed the classic feminist novel, The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing. Only two of us finished this book: 700 pages long with minuscule text, most of us hated it and lost the will to live while reading it. One of us who finished loved it, the other hated it and said they didn’t feel the author was a feminist at all!

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While I was out at book group, Harry and Lovely Husband stayed in and watched Crufts…


Nothing of note to tell about Friday, but on Saturday some of our lovely friends from up north came to stay for the weekend, which was a good excuse for a spot of garden Olympics…

Long Distance Darts

…and a meal out at our local…


Hope you’ve had a great week.

Until next time,


Ans to quiz question: Jason





Sunday Sevens 2019 #5

Welcome to my Sunday Sevens : A post were I share seven (or so) photos of my week away from the blog. Sunday Sevens was invented by Nathalie at Thread and Bobbins.

Last Sunday we had a walk along the river Okement…


Followed by Harry’s first trip to Okehampton station cafe, where we had brunch…

As we walked back through the park to the car, we saw a beautiful carpet of crocuses…

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The sunny weather had also brought out the frogs…


This week our weather vein started squeaking, so Lovely Husband braved it up onto the roof, but not before putting a sheet on the ground to stop the oil dripping on the patio for Harry to lie on. 



Harry helped out again in the garden…


Sadly the sunny weather disappeared on Thursday, so I gave the pantry it’s annual tidy…


Rain or shine we had lots of lovely dog walks, but hard to get young dogs to stay still for photos. Just about managed to grab a shot of Harry and a bit of his two English setter pals.


I was actually trying (but failed) to get a good shot of a muddy Harry – this is the first time in his seven weeks with us that he’s got properly muddy. These were the best I could manage…


But while Harry wouldn’t stay still, his friend Baxter was happy to pose with a small stick.


Hope you’ve had a great week.

Bekki x


Sunday Sevens 2019 #4

Welcome to my Sunday Sevens : A post were I share seven (or so) photos of my week away from the blog. Sunday Sevens was invented by Nathalie at Thread and Bobbins.

Last Sunday we went to the Cornwall and Devon Golden Retrievers annual Valentines meet up. 168 golden retrievers on a beach and not a single cross word between them!

We dropped into a pub on the way home for fish and chips – well we were at the seaside.20190214_130559

Back at home Harry’s been having lots of walks with his non retriever friends. I keep forgetting to take pics, but I did remember to take one of him with his friend Nell.


Harry’s also been helping me in the garden…

…where a few more plants are attempting to flower, but still very little to see.

Next door the sheep have been entertaining us as they play king of the castle on their hay bale.



The weather’s been spring-like all week, but on Saturday it was warm enough for breakfast in garden.


After breakfast we went for walk along the banks of the river Taw from Sticklepath to Belstone.



We had a walk around the village at Belstone…


… where I spotted this pretty thermometer…


…and this rather unusual inhabitant…


When we walked back to Sticklepath I spotted this camellia a in full bloom – clearly they’ve had warmer weather when you compare it to the picture of mine above…


Our walk ended at the Taw River Inn were I had fish cakes, chips and proper peas…


Hope you’ve had a great week. Until next time,

Bekki x



Sunday Sevens 2019 #3

Welcome to my Sunday Sevens : A post were I share seven (or so) photos of my week away from the blog. Sunday Sevens was invented by Nathalie at Thread and Bobbins.

Spring really seems to have arrived this week, with primroses and snowdrops bursting into bloom.

The weather turned so warm and sunny on Wednesday I put my washing out for the first time this year…


Away from the garden, I attempted to get on with my quilt, but found I had just a little too much help…


Most of this week I was distracted by a visit from Lovely Littlest, who met her new little brother for the first time…

Sorry about the quality, neither of them would stay still.

With such lovely weather and Lovely Littlest here, we just had to go for a visit to the beach…

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And you can’t visit the beach without having fish and chips…


Yes, I know, that’s twice in two weeks! I would also draw your attention to the green mass of mushy peas on my plate – I absolutely hate mushy peas! Why oh why does anyone like mushy peas? – I assume someone does.

Other notable events this week were a trip to the hairdressers to have my highlights refreshed…


And receiving a lovely bunch of flowers from a friend…


And just in case you haven’t had enough pictures of Harry, here’s one of his rather odd choices of where to sleep…


Hope you’ve had a great week. Until next time,

Bekki x



Sunday Sevens 2019 #2

Welcome to my Sunday Sevens : A post were I share seven (or so) photos of my week away from the blog. Sunday Sevens was invented by Nathalie at Thread and Bobbins.

Our cold spell continued from last week into Sunday with and overnight temperature of -9.4 degrees…


… and a lovely snowy walk in the morning…


Monday the temperature rose so quickly it was warm enough for a spot of gardening…


Lovely Husband had gone away to visit his parents and on Tuesday he send me a guest entry Sunday Sevens photo from a garden he spotted on his travels…

Topiary Hedge

Meanwhile at home I washed the play mobile that had a got a bit sticky from little people playing with it. Found this rather disconcerting person – suspect one of my lovely daughters equipped her when they were here and found it waiting for a wash in the utility…



With hubby back home on Wednesday, Harry took us both for a lovely sunny walk…


Wednesday afternoon Harry had his first trip to our vet (for his annual vaccination). As some of you know Mr Hicks was a frequent visitor to the vets, so it was quite an emotional afternoon, but lovely to be welcomed back like royalty by all the wonderful staff that work there.


Thursday we took Harry for a (very wet) walk at Meldon reservoir – another walk we haven’t done for ages…


No pub quiz this week, but we did go to the golf club for their annual quiz on Friday evening…

Okehampton Gold club

On Saturday we had our first visit to the beach with Harry…


Followed by a trip to the beach-side restaurant for fish and chips…



Hope you had a good week.

Bekki x



Sunday Sevens 2019 #1

Welcome to my Sunday Sevens : A post were I share seven or so photos of my week away from the blog. Sunday Sevens was invented by Nathalie at Thread and Bobbins.

Since we’ve had Harry, we’ve started to re-explore the old dog walks we used to do when Mr Hicks was young and spritely.  Last Sunday we walked along the river at Fatherford – haven’t been here for several years…

Lots of lovely trees to play hide and seek behind.

After our walk I managed to fit in a little patchwork…


Unfortunately our afternoon walk on Monday was disaster. While walking with a friend who has a young and incredibly excitable dog, her dog took her feet from under her and she broke her ankle. No pic to show you – well it would have been mean to start taking pictures.

Tuesday evening a friend’s daughter came round for me to turn up her ball gown.

It was so lovely – I really should have taken a pic of her in it! Doh!

On Wednesday we had the first snow of the winter. Not a lot, but enough to stop the school buses running and for my friend’s boys to bring their sledges on a dog walk.


With the weather turning colder, I made some soup to warm our cockles…

Roasted butternut squash and garlic ready to be liquidised.

Thursday we had more snow – most of which was unpredicted and fell just as it was getting dark and people were travelling home from work. (I would have said ‘rush hour’ but if you’ve ever been to West Devon you’d just laugh.) Lots of people in the South West were stuck in their cars overnight. Fortunately we were tucked up safely at home and on Friday we  had a lovely snowy dog walk on the moor…



In the evening we walked to the pub, only to remember half an hour later that I’d forgotten to move the casserole to the bottom of the aga. Fortunately my lovely next door neighbour had come in her car, so gave me an emergency lift back home. I caught it just as it was about to completely dry out and start to burn. Here’s my share rejuvenated just before we ate it…


On Saturday we rounded the week off with more snowy dog walks…


So that was my week; sewing, cooking, looking after an animal and not going to the ball. Just call me Cinderella.

Hope you’ve had a great great week.

Bekki x