Sunday Sevens 2019 #37

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

Delighted to tell you it’s been a mostly dry week with some lovely frosty mornings…


We always put our Christmas decorations up the first weekend of December, but LH was playing golf, so we put them up on Monday…



We also opened our jar of Arthur’s Amazing Lemon Curd that I bought at the produce market the Saturday before – it really was amazing! There was none left by Friday.


On Tuesday I went for my first visit to a local art group. There isn’t room for new members at the moment, but visitors are allowed. Apart from at workshops you pretty much do your own thing. I made a seasonal still life and started sketching it out – maybe for next year’s Christmas cards?


Thursday I went into Tavistock and spotted these lovely soldiers the Bedford Hotel put out for Christmas…


Thursday was also book group Christmas dinner – where we failed to discuss last month’s book.  Personally I loved reading it until the end when I was totally disappointed and felt completely cheated by the limp ending of the various threads. I was also waiting for certain explanations  which didn’t come and therefore meant  that parts of it didn’t make any sense. So disappointing. I’m torn now whether to try another book by this author since she can write a compelling novel, but IMO completely let her audience down. Anyone else read this or anything else by Belinda Bauer?


Friday was Dickensian Evening in Tavistock with the Christmas lights being switched on…


Unfortunately Harry managed to skin the inside of one of the pads on his foot this week. My very kind friend gave me some dog shoes for him to wear, but I’m having a challenge getting him to wear them –  hopefully next week I can post a pick of him wearing them..


But despite his injury Harry still had time for a quick game of Where’s Harry?20191117_19043300

Until next time,

Bekki x


Sunday Sevens 2019 #36

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

Last weekend we went to visit the in laws. They live near Worksop where there’s been lots of flooding. There was a lot of water still around…


…and dog walks were very muddy…


…but the woods still very beautiful…


Lovely husband found an interesting piece of fungi…


… and I found a spooky pumpkin…


Back at home, Lovely Husband decided to have just one slice of bread with his salad…


… and this arrived in the post..


Friday was cake craft afternoon. Here are the advent calendars two of the ladies had made in a WI workshop…


Harry’s friend also came to stay for the day on Friday, but can you spot Harry…


Hope you’ve had a great week.

Until next time,

Bekki x

Sunday Sevens 2019 #34

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

We’ve had yet another week with a ridiculous amount of wind and rain. To make things worse the temperatures have dropped to an very unseasonable level. We even had snow on Wednesday. The last time I remember snow in November was 30 years ago.

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To make things worse the central heating decided to play up…


Unlike the last couple of weeks I’ve managed get out on more than dog walks.


On Wednesday I went to a talk by ecologist and wildlife artist John Walters. John draws all his subjects in the wild. After the talk he gave us a demonstration of his techniques…



And on Friday we went to the Camping and Caravan show..,


Couldn’t believe the size of this ‘caravan’…


Inside was a home from home…


It even had a fake fire and full screen TV…

And finally, I had a few complaints last week that Harry was too difficult to see camouflaged by ferns, so this week here’s a slightly easier ‘Where’s Harry?’


Until next time,

Bekki x

Sunday Sevens 2019 #33

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

Although there’s been heaps of rain and lots of flooding again this week, it is finally beginning to look a bit like autumn…


Harry blends very nicely with the changing colours of the ferns, which means it’s time to play Where’s Harry? He’s visible in all these photos – I promise…

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As well and torrential rain and sunshine, we’ve also had thick hail – well you know what we say in the UK, If you don’t like weather, wait 15 minutes.


To help keep warm I made some Butternut Squash and Red Lentil Soup…


This year the fungi seem to have been reluctant to show themselves, but finally they seem to be appearing. Unfortunately this cascade of toadstools looked much better in real life…



Once more I’ve mostly hidden inside this week apart from going out for dog walks, but I did make it out to book group. We discussed The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neal Gaiman. Some people very much enjoyed it, but although it was inventive, I felt it was far too much of a junior school age children’s story for it to be presented as adult reading matter.


Hope you’ve had a great week.

Until next time,

Bekki x

Sunday Sevens 2019 #32

Welcome to my Sunday Sevens – a post where I share seven (or so) photos of my week away from the blog. But before I post any photos here’s a quick one question quiz…

What was the most important thing that happened this week in England?

The first December election was called since 1910?


England made it to the final of the Rugby World Cup?


The Bake Off Final?




No, the most important event this week was Harry’s Birthday!


We bought him some new squeaky tennis balls…

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I’m not one for making dogs cakes – especially goldies with their sensitive stomachs – but Harry did have a extra treats and a vegetarian pig’s ear to celebrate…


Of course the most important event of the year has to be offset…

England lost the rugby despite the boys support…


The weather has been even wetter than ever. I’ve never seen the River Okement this full…


With all the wet weather I stayed in and caught up with chores, including resurrecting the bowl of cacti I made lovely littlest nearly 3 years ago.

Of course some other lovely things happened too…

I received a photo of  some Santa Sacks knitted from my Santa Sack pattern. The lady who sent it has made 42 in total – Not sure I’ve made that many!


And Lovely Husband bought a magnificent pine cone back from the woods to draw.


I haven’t drawn it yet, but was so impressed with it I’m displaying it on the coffee tale.


Hope you’ve had a great week.

Until next time,

Bekki x








Sunday Sevens 2019 – Visiting the Netherlands

Welcome to my Sunday Sevens – a post where I share seven (or so) photos of my week away from the blog.  This week I thought I’d just stick to just sharing the pictures I took last weekend in the Netherlands visiting Lovely Eldest.

On Saturday we stayed in Utrecht chilling with Lovely Eldest soaking up the sights and the atmosphere..20191019_14094420191019_15415120191019_14254020191019_154044(0)20191019_14432820191019_152603(0)20191019_153839



I was delighted to also discover we’d picked a weekend when the huge fabric market visits.


Lovely Husband also found himself a new dog, but it wasn’t a patch on Harry…


On Sunday we visited Amersfoort.


Apparently this church is in the very centre of the Netherlands…


As well as the picturesque side of the Netherlands, we also love the more quirky sights…

A chandelier under a road bridge…



A giant teapot and giant tulips at the airport…


Bikes for table legs…


And my favourite…

The rainbow road crossing…


…. with Miffy instead of a green man telling us when we can cross the road…


Until next time…

Bekki x

Sunday Sevens – a Rocky Week

Rather than bore you with yet another week’s worth of wet damp pictures, I thought I’d share seven (or so) photos of sketching. I’m a little behind on blogging about it, so I’m starting from when I’d just drawn a fuchsia I was pretty  pleased with.

Several people have said to me draw what you love/what you want to draw.  This has led to me returning from dog walks like a five year old boy with pockets full of forest treasure. The first forest find I decided to draw was a sycamore leaf that had managed to find a dry ledge amid all the rain…

Reasonably happy with this, the next day I tried to draw a feather…

Unimpressed with my effort I consoled myself by immediately drawing some imaginary rocks…


I was happier with these, but drawing from imagination was not improving my skill of observing and drawing what I saw. So next day I decided to copy a photo of a Dartmoor wall.

Having taken quite some time to draw all the stones, I began to shade them and realised it was going to take me all day to finish. I’ve therefore been shading one or two a day since. It’s very soothing, but I may be a while finishing.

Next day I drew another of my forest finds…

This was hard. Sooooo much detail!

After that I allowed myself to get a bit distracted by trees – more about that another day – but a couple of days later, feeling rather tired, I decided to draw the biggest rock I’ve ever seen, thinking it was pretty easy as it was only a circle and a bit of shading…



In my mind’s eye a full moon was a silvery circle with a couple of smudges top right and a fuzzier big smudge to the left. Once I paid proper attention I realise there was far more detail than I thought. So I had a quick google to find out what all those smudges and blotches on the moon are…

20191010_181914Knowing what, area is which ocean etc made it much easier to draw. (It might also come on handy for pub quizzes.)


A couple of days later I had another go…


After that I gave rocks a rest. Although I’ll keep shading my wall and plan to have another go at sketching the moon and more forest rocks in a while.

And finally, if anyone local can recommend a good drawing course/workshop(s) I’d be very grateful. If you live very local, I have considered the art group in the village and will have an enquire there as everyone has been complimentary about the tutor, but some say I might be better off elsewhere for sketching – so wondering if anyone has any other suggestions. After all, I don’t just have to stick to one group.

Until next time,

Bekki x