Sunday Sevens #16 2019

Welcome to my Sunday Sevens – a post where I share seven (or so) photos of my week away from the blog.

Last Sunday our great nephew came to visit…

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The usual garden games of axe throwing, archery etc were abandoned in favour of more child friendly pursuits…

After our visitors left, we still needed to give Harry a second walk, so took a stroll to our local for a glass of wine to round off the day….

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Last Sunday would also have been Mr Hick’s birthday, so we raised our glasses to him in the pub and lit a candle for him when we returned home…

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With a mild week promised, I planned to spend the week getting on top of our wayward garden, so headed out Monday to make a start…

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Harry might possibly be the world’s worst assistant gardener, either snoozing on my piece of carpet that I use for kneeling on….

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Or sleeping right on top of the patch I want to weed….

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Unfortunately my gardening efforts came to a standstill on Monday afternoon as I came down with some sort of bug that filled my brain with fog and left me feeling completely exhausted. I finally felt well enough again to venture out to knitting group Thursday evening..

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Feeling much better Saturday we had a lovely walk along the river at Sticklepath.

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Maybe not so easy to see in these pics, but the bluebells are really glorious this year and seem to be lasting a lot longer than usual…

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We had planned to have lunch at the Taw River Inn, but there was an hour wait, so we drove home and back to our local for lunch in the garden…

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Back home the week was finished off with some more gardening…

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Hope you’ve had a great week.

Until next time,

Bekki x

Sunday Sevens#15 2019

Welcome to my Sunday Sevens – a post where I share seven (or so) photos of my week away from the blog.

Last Sunday we headed to Widemouth Bay for a golden retriever meetup. Always lovely to see lots of goldies and goldie owners…

Being at the seaside, of course, means we needed to have a fish and chip lunch…

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We stopped for our lunch at the Bay View Bar – which unsurprisingly has a lovely view of Widemouth Bay.

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Back at home my rhododendron tree is in full bloom.

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It’s one of my favourite plants in our garden, although I love the yellow of this rhododendron  even more…

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The weather’s been cold, but dry for ages and it’s showing in the water levels of the rivers…

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However on Wednesday we had some good and proper rain…

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On Thursday Harry and I walked with a friend. After our walk she showed me her new-to-her camper van…

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I want one!

On Thursday we also got stuck in a cow-jam…

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And another lovely friend who was about go off on holiday brought me a bunch of rose she’d been given, so I can enjoy the life left in them…

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Harry and I were delighted to spend part of our Friday walk with some beautiful goldies who were holidaying down here.

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Finally a lovely week was rounded off with the biggest treat of all, seeing both my lovely daughters on Saturday. It was a long journey, so we stopped part way for Harry to have a walk along the Cotswolds Way at a point close to the M4. The countryside is so different from ours with fields full of rape…

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The dandelions about to spread their seeds looked amazing too…

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We do have these in Devon

The girls don’t like me blogging their pictures, so instead here’s the dhal and chocolate tart I had for lunch with them…

All in all a very lovely week.

Hope you’ve had a good one.

Until next time

Bekki x

Sunday Sevens #14 2019

Welcome to my Sunday Sevens – a post where I share seven (or so) photos of my week away from the blog.

Being unable to spend more than two weeks without a trip to the beach, we took our favourite beach walk from Rock to Polzeth on Sunday. The weather was dank and drizzly, but felt quite mild and pleasant.

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We had a lovely walk across the beach then through the sand dunes, because the low tide was actually quite high.

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We also walked across the cliff top which was filled with beautiful patches of clover…

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At Polzeth we had lunch at a very quiet Cracking Crab

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Where they have great door handles…

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As we walked back the mist descended, adding a spooky feel to the near empty beaches.

20190428_152153ooAt home the damp cold weather brought in a plethora of giant spiders…

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Other traumatic events this week included a needle breakage. I’m so fed up with Knitpros – I’ll never buy another pair. What brand of of needles do you guys use?

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This week was also book group. I didn’t read it. I really would have liked to, and others in my book group really enjoyed it. However I found the style so dreadful I just couldn’t keep going…

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Last week I showed you a picture of Harry after he had found a nice muddy puddle. You guys predicted that now he’d found one he’d be far more interested in them. Harry however has not showed the least bit of interest in any puddles this week, but he did surpass your expectations by smothering himself from head to tail in fox poo. I didn’t think you’d want to see that, so here’s a pic of a clean Harry having a cuddle with his favourite toy instead.

 

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Hope you’ve had a great week.

Until next time,

Bekki x

Sunday Sevens #13 2019

Welcome to my Sunday Sevens – a post where I share seven (or so) photos of my week away from the blog.

Last Sunday was a real contrast to the week before – the temperatures was in the low 20s this week, but 4 degrees, plus wind chill the week before. We happened to decided to do the same walk. What a difference – this beautiful riverbank was so crowded with people sitting on the grass we didn’t even bother to go down to the river…

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I would have taken a pic, but there was a giant German Sheppard lying at the top of the path eyeing up Harry with it’s owner apparently asleep. I didn’t like the look of it and I particularly don’t trust owners who only come to the woods from town to sunbath on sunny days.

Last year I couldn’t make any entries in the village produce show because I was judging the craft section. This year I declined doing the judging, so I could enter. However when the entry leaflet fell through the letterbox this week, I was seriously disappointed…

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WTF? Really? They expect us to follow a theme? And as for the theme; Flora and Fauna? Flora would be band enough. Fauna would be bad enough. But Flora AND Fauna? What would I make that I actually would want to make to fit that theme?

The people who organise the show are lovely people and very generous with their time helping bring the community together. They are my friends, but I don’t think they’ve appreciated the amount of time and love these crafts take and that items can’t just be run up in an evening or two for the fun of it to enter the show.

Having said all that, if any of you creative lot have got any ideas of something I actually might want to make the fits the theme, please do suggest them. I don’t want to be a party pooper, I’m just disappointed the theme makes entry pretty much prohibitive to me.

 

One place that’s close to us that I’ve never visited is Jamaica Inn. It’s half an hour away from our home on the side of the A30 and I’ve always assumed it’s more a Daphne Du Maurier themed service station than anywhere I’d want to visit. We however wanted to meet up with friends from Cornwall for lunch this week and it’s a good halfway point.

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We had a lovely time seeing our friends and I’d go there again to meet them, but as for Jamacia  Inn, I’d say it’s the nicest service station I’ve been to and a great place to bulk buy Poldark books.

We also had a brilliant time out with friends at a Cowboy murder mystery evening…

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Lovely Husband even won ‘Best dress Cowboy’…

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…but I’m afraid I did have a wee bit too much to drink. Lovely Husband claimed he hadn’t, but this his how I found him when I came out the shower at quarter to ten the next morning…

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Of course everyone knows the best cure for a hangover is a good walk with Harry…

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Followed by lunch at Okehampton Station…

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Talking of Harry, if you read regularly you’ll know that he just doesn’t have passion for muddy puddles that Hicks had. However this week, he took a leaf out of Mr Hick’s book by finding himself something more bog than puddle to wade in…

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Hope you’ve had a great week!

Until next time,

Bekki x

 

 

Sunday Sevens 2019 #12

Welcome to my Sunday Sevens, a post where I share seven – or more – photos of my week away from the blog.

Last Sunday was absolutely freezing. Not only was it only 4 degrees, there was a bitter wind that made it feel even colder. However, wrapped up warm, we still had a lovely walk in Belever Forest – such a beautiful place untouched by modern development…

 

I spotted a stone circle I’ve never seen before…

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… and Lovely husband hugged his favourite tree…

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Sunday evening we decided to warm ourselves by going out for a curry…

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Another meal out Monday: lunch with the friends at Church Lane in Tavistock…

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Wednesday was Lovely Husband’s birthday. I made him a cake – which I always find a challenge in an aga with no baking oven. There just isn’t a shelf that’s the right temperature. It spent most of the time on a shelf that was a little too cold then a short time on one that was too hot.

Thursday evening was knitting group at Lydford House Hotel, where one of the hotel guests visiting from Australia joined us with her embroidery…

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After a cold and windy start to the week, the temperature had risen by Friday to 20.5 degrees. So Friday’s walk with Harry in Abbeyford Woods was absolutely perfect…

 

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Of course the minutes us Brits see the slightest shaft of sunshine we bring out the BBQ…

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Sitting out in the garden in the sunshine is also a great time to do a bit of bird spotting…

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The hot weather also meant we could give Harry a full wash…

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Followed by the first haircut I’ve given him…

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With such a smart doggie we just had to take him out to mark the occasion at our local.

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Hope you’ve had a great week, it’s truly been a lovely one here.

Bekki x

Sunday Sevens (almost)

This week has been a not very interesting week, but managed to scrape together a few photos of my week beyond the blog…

Last Sunday as we so often do, we went to the beach. It was quite warm but overcast. Harry, of course had a great time. He found lots of other dogs to play with, but here’s a pic of him just on his own…

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On Tuesday I had great time playing hide and seek with Harry amongst the gorse bushes on Fernworthy Moor…

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Wednesday, of course is pub quiz. We lost as usual, but this week our team was just me and my lovely next door neighbour and we scored two more points than one team who had a eight! So not too shabby. No pic, but the question with the most ridiculous answer was:

Last month Armando sold for one and a half million, the highest ever paid for one of these. What is Armando?

Answer at the end of the post.

This year’s lambs have been arriving for a while now, but our next door neighbours don’t lamb until late, so this was the first week they appeared in the field we can see from our house…

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The weather has been chilly but dry and bright for most of the week.  It’s amazing how quickly things start to dry out. This was particularly noticeable on the stepping stones at Fatherford…

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Last week I told you how pleased I was to see two baby bunnies appear in our garden after months of seeing no rabbits at all. Sadly I found one of the babies dead on the lawn on Wednesday morning, but pleased to see three more appear on Saturday…

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And yes, that is only five pics, but it really hasn’t been a very interesting week.

Hope you’ve had a good one.

Until next time,

Bekki x

Answer to quiz question: Armando is a pigeon.

 

 

Sunday Sevens 2019 #10

Welcome to my Sunday Sevens, a post where I share seven or so photographs of my week beyond the blog.

Here in the UK last Sunday was Mothers Day. Lovely Eldest sent me card and some lovely smelling candles….

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Lovely Littlest sent me a Golden Retriever pic…

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And Harry gave me a card…

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and a pair of pink Timberland boots…

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We were away from home last Sunday and came home in the evening to find spring had burst into bloom in our garden…

So it was a bit of a shock on Wednesday when we woke up to an inch of snow….

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The snow quickly melted and was replaced by baby bunnies…

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Thursday evening was book group. The book we read this week month was The Girl in the Red Coat. Hopefully I’ll manage a review post next week.

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This week we took part in both the pub quiz on Wednesday and a quiz at the golf club on Friday…

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Most disturbing question of these week was,

Whose effigy was stuffed with live cats so that it squealed when it was burnt?

If you want to play along the answer is at the end of this post.

Saturday I had a stall at produce morning.

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Something rather lovely happened there. Last year a friend passed away who was a big part of our village and much loved by everyone. Her daughter has made an amazing effort to make sure her possessions have gone to people who will use and love them. On Saturday she took a stall at the produce market to give away the small amount that is still homeless.  Now ever since I bought my bernina I’ve hated the cheap and nasty accessory box that came with it. It can barely stand up on it’s own and one of the doors broke almost immediately I got it

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Since I started quilting my quilt I’ve been promising myself I’m going to make a hexi box for my bernina accessories once the quilt is finished. So on Saturday when I saw one that used to belong to my friend on her daughter’s stall it felt as if my friend had heard me and had put it there for me…

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I’ve popped my sewing machine feet and needles from the bernina box in it and the bernina box has gone in the bin.

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I now need to find a small box to replace the small Tupperware box in the middle.

A hexibox might not be the usual place to keep your sewing machine accessories, but it’s perfect for me and so lovely that it found it’s way to me. It will also remind me of my lovely friend every time I sew and also that those who’ve moved on are out there there somewhere listening to even our simplest thoughts and wishes.

Hope you’ve had a great week,

Bekki x

Quiz question answer: Guy Fawks