Sunday Sevens #20

You might have notice I’ve been pretty quiet lately – I’ve been away on holiday, but more of that in the week. Today is Sunday, so here’s my seven (or so) photos of my week away from the blog.

Last Sunday I made a free motion embroidery card for the arrival of our lovely new great nephew.


If you’re in Europe I’m sure you’re aware we’ve been having a bit of a heatwave. However here in the south west of England the heat was accompanied by a very strong wind.  So strong on Wednesday it broke my rotary dryer…


…and on Thursday we woke  to a lawn full of leaves…


Focusing on the positive, the high temperature and strong wind were ideal for drying Harry’s toys (on my temporary washing line) after they’d had a trip round in the washing machine…


Our garden has gone wild while we’ve been away, so I’ve put a good few hours gardening in this week – but there’s still plenty to do…


I’ve also spent a fair part of the week helping organise our village fair. The Lydford Dash is part of this. Anyone local fancy taking part?

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I also got on with a job I’ve been avoiding; tidying the utility. In it I found these tools from our now broken Dyson vacuum cleaner. They’ve never been used, but it seems so wasteful just to throw them away. Any  thoughts on how I can recycle them?


Away from chores we went for a walk in Bellever forest on Saturday…


Followed by lunch at The Two Bridges. Lovely spot, but unfortunately the food really let it down…


Hope you’ve had a great week.

Until next time,

Bekki x

Sunday Sevens#18 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 took a walk along the river Okement at Fatherford and had a sit at this spot watching the water flow through the rocks. Coincidentally this is were I saved the sheep from drowning that I mention in Thursday’s post – hard to believe in wetter weather so much of this is under water.


Of course, after a nice walk at Fatherford it’s compulsory to have brunch at the station…


Although it has been very dry, it’s also been very dank and wet at times…


Unsurprisingly in a mix of warm and wet weather the greenery is growing like mad and dog walking paths are getting thinner…


This week I finished A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale. It didn’t really grab me – you know I’m hard to please. There were lots of interesting ideas raised, just none of them explored sufficiently. It was still, however, very thought provoking, but I couldn’t understand why the main character hadn’t noticed he was more interest in men than women when he was a lot younger.


In an unusual turn of events, Hubby cleaned out my car. Here are the items he though I didn’t really need to keep in it…

Anyone know what the item at the top of the picture is?

In more usual activities I bought some wool for my next project…


And to keep things in balance, I trucked up at produce morning on Saturday and sold some…


And somewhere during the week, this arrived…

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Thank you to Lynn – looks like exactly like what I was asking for when I wanted suggestions of a sewing book to buy a couple of weeks ago.

As I also mentioned on Thursday, I’ve been to the physio. While the physiotherapist was out of the room, printing my Personal Exercise Programme, I took a quick snap of the curtain rail.


Can anyone offer an explanation why it would be hung like this? There was no obvious reason I could see.

Hope you’ve had a great week.

Until next time,

Bekki x

Sunday Sevens #17 2019

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

Most of my free time last week was spent gardening…


Harry decided to help with the digging…


In other garden news, our rabbit population is now up to seven…

All seven are in this picture – honest!

The weather has been glorious, making dog walks even more enjoyable…


… and sitting in the sunshine with friends a must…


The sunshine has brought the buttercups out in force on Fernworthy Moor…


The hanging baskets are also in full bloom outside the Woolly Beader in Okehampton


We’ve both been on a winning streak this week.  I won a box of Ferrero Rocher in a raffle and LH won a bottle of wine at golf…

We had a visit from our friends from Scotland. Their dog, Basil, is a rescue who has struggled with other dogs in the past. Basil and Hicks were always good friends, but I was a little worried about his first meeting with Harry – Harry loves everyone, but is entire, so some males dogs can be a bit with him. Basil is also 14, so I thought Harry might be too bouncy.

But nothing to worry about.  The only problem was that Basil didn’t have enough energy to keep up…


On Saturday morning Basil was also very helpful in encouraging Harry to get over his fear of mud…


But on Saturday afternoon, when our visitors has gone, Harry’s friend Morgan have him a proper demo of what to do with a muddy puddle…


Hope you’ve had a great week.

Until next time,

Bekki xx



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…


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….


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…


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…


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


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



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..


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


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…


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…


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


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…


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


Back at home my rhododendron tree is in full bloom.


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


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


However on Wednesday we had some good and proper rain…


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

I want one!

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


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…


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


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…


The dandelions about to spread their seeds looked amazing too…

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.


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


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


At Polzeth we had lunch at a very quiet Cracking Crab


Where they have great door handles…


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…


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?


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…


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.



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…


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…


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…


Lovely Husband even won ‘Best dress Cowboy’…


…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…


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


Followed by lunch at Okehampton Station…


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…


Hope you’ve had a great week!

Until next time,

Bekki x