Sunday Sevens – 1st April

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 a complete contrast to the snowy Sunday before. The sun shone and I got out in the garden to work on a much neglected patch of weeds flower bed.

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Still a bit go.

It was good to see the daffodils that had bloomed before it snowed had survived the blizzard…

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The primroses were still happy too…

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… and, it was so nice on Sunday, we had our lunch in the garden…

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Monday wasn’t such a good day, not just because it was raining, but because the accelerator pedal in my car fell apart. It seemed an unusual thing to happen – has anyone else ever had this?  I can only think hubby has extra heavy feet.

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My new accelerator pedal

Tuesday was cloudy, but dry. With the weather forecast to be wet for the rest of the week, we made the most of it and took a trip to Mawgan Porth beach…

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… followed by lunch at the Catch cafe…

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On Wednesday we had the best sort of house guest when Fergus, from next door, came to stay for most of the day, while his owner was having an operation.

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We really are on a roll with the pub quiz this year. We won again on Wednesday. That’s four times this year!

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On Saturday we visited the Easter art exhibition in our village hall. Almost all the exhibitors live in the village – it’s amazing to have so many talented people in such a small community. If you’re local, it’s on until Monday, so go take a look! There really is some wonderful work.

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This week I also finished reading The Help. I’d had it by my bedside meaning to read it for years, when some of you guys prompted me to get it out and get started. Thank you very much to those of you who did. I loved it! Great characters, great humour and not a single paragraph that didn’t keep my attention. If I have got a criticism, it’s that the end/consequences feel too rose tinted and not realistic – but I’m not complaining, I love a happy ending.

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Hope you’ve had a great week!

Thanks for dropping by.

Bekki

Sunday Sevens – 25th 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.

The week started with us waking to a smattering of snow on Sunday.

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The snow and wind built up through the morning and by 3 o’clock it was blowing a blizzard.

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Even the windows became covered with snow.

The A road above the village became blocked and by bedtime we learned the A30, ten minutes above us, was closed and full of drivers spending the night in their cars or at a local school hall. By morning there was lots of snow.

So another snow day, but we did leave the house for a walk and lovely husband made some bread.

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I also popped round to friend’s house and discovered she’d knitted a clanger. Isn’t it cute?

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On Monday, a friend’s dog had escaped the house and vanished. She was still missing on Wednesday, so, now able to leave our village, I spent the day helping put up posters…

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On Thursday Lovely Husband part cycled part climbed over snow to reach Okehampton Station.

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Percy the station cat was so fast asleep, he wouldn’t even open his eyes for a photo…

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While lovely husband had a huge breakfast, I had a calorie free cup of fruit tea.

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On the way home hubby made a snow angel…

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On Saturday we headed up country for a flying visit to Lovely Littlest, so time for some car knitting…

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On the way home, we dropped into the American diner on the A303. I was a very good girl and chose a salad…

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But the best part of the week was on Saturday morning when I received a text telling me Poppy was home. She had turned up on her owner’s doorstep about 11pm, covered in goodness knows what and stinking of badgers. The vet gave her the once over and declared her perfectly well. And, after her 108 hour adventure, all Poppy wanted to do was sleep.

 

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Hope you’ve had a great week.

Sunday Sevens – 18th 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.

Sunday last week was Mothers’ Day in the UK. We were planning to see Lovely Littlest, but a last minute change in circumstances – nothing to do with her – meant I couldn’t see her 😦 Still I received some Lovely flowers from her and from Lovely Eldest.

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In the afternoon we went for a walk around Mr Hick’s favourite woods. This was one of his favourite paddling spots…

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A walk on the moor on Monday, but we couldn’t see much…

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Complete change in the Weather Tuesday – our first day this year that really felt like spring. I spent the afternoon in the garden, clearing the rockery of the overgrowth that happened when I abandoned it last year…

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On Wednesday we won the pub quiz again. I don’t know what’s happening, we only won once all year last year!

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Our winnings

At Knit and Sip on Thursday I worked on the shawl collar of the pineapple cardigan. I’m making it up as I go along. Unfortunately I made up it wrong and had to rip it out and start again…20180317_143748

On Saturday we popped into Robertson’s for lunch…

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On the way home it started to snow, but not for long…

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Hope you’ve had a great week!

Thanks for dropping by,

Bekki

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.

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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…

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

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

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

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

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

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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…

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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…

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This drift on our drive was three foot high.

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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…

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

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At the pub everyone else had burger and chips…

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While I had salad and fish cake.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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

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The bright cold weather returned Tuesday…

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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…

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

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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…

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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…

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

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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…

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

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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…

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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.

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I also finally finished the sleeves on my Pineapple Cardigan…

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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…

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and some findings for projects I have lined up…

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

Some shell rainbow buttons…

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Two beautiful big buttons…

And two flip flop buttons…

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

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Hope you’ve all had a great week.