Sunday Sevens – Birthday Week

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

It was my birthday this week and better than that it turned into a whole week of birthday celebrating.

Lovely littlest came to visit for a few days. As you may know she doesn’t like her photo being posted, so none of her, but a few of our visit Polzeath where we had lunch at the Crab shack…

…then walked across the cliffs to Daymer beach, where the tide was so far out we could walk across the sand from Daymer to Rock beach…

 

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Closer to home we went on a couple of woodland walks with lovely littlest, where events included log balancing…

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and we also encountered this rather creepy tree…

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In other events I celebrated my birthday and a friend’s birthday with a cream tea in the garden with a group of our mutual friends. True to form I forgot to take a photo until I was clearing up the debris….

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On my actual birthday Lovely Husband, Harry and I went to visit the sculpture gardens at Broomhill Hotel near Barnstaple. We really enjoyed it and I would totally recommend it if you’re in the area. Here’s a few pics…

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This piece was made entirely from old fishing lines

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Made from recycled road signs

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Birthday celebrations aside I also bagged a few bargains at the village jumble trail on Saturday…

And with the weather picking up at the end of the week we had a few BBQs….

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And several cream teas with the left overs from my birthday tea party…

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Hope you’ve had a great week.

Until next time,

Bekki x

Sunday Sevens #21 2019

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

It’s been a busy week where I’ve forgotten to take many pictures through the week. I did however remember to take a pic of the mung bean and spinach soup I made because it looked so revolting. Pleased to say it tasted better than it looked:..

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The other ‘event’ I remembered to take a couple of photos of was on Thursday when we took the day out to visit Chagford Show…

 

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I’m always amazed by how different the breeds of sheep are. Just look at the colour of these Suffolks…

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I was even more amazed to find Harry has started a secret business…

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As usual  Harry has been keeping us entertained in many ways, but the best this week was when I briefly swapped bras to put a white one on for Lovely Hubby to take pics of my sleeveless top. Dear Harry immediately stole my black one and ran around very proudly waving it at us…

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This Saturday was our village Flower and Produce Show.  You may remember me  previously complaining that the craft section had been given a theme, that I had nothing I could enter and that I wasn’t going to make things to match a theme specially for the show.

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Having done some hard thinking I managed to dredge out some old makes and use a couple of recent makes to enter each category. Since I haven’t blogged the new makes yet, I’ll do a couple of separate posts about them. Meantime I’ll show you the winners from each section:

Sewing and Patchwork/Quilting…

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Cross Stitch…

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Embroidery…

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Knitting…

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Crochet…

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In total I won one first and four second places. The embroidery above is mine. I reckon it’s a good 30 years old!

My other dredged up older make was Sheep. Bless him…

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That’s definitely not the right card with him

I was also the entrant in the craft section who scored the most points and so won the craft cup!

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So all in all a very good week. Hope you’ve had a good one.

Until next time.

Bekki x

Summer Sevens

So I’ve been a little absent from the blog world lately. I’m afraid I’ve no real excuses. I haven’t been particularly extra busy, but somehow I took a break for week and it turned into six. So I thought I’d start back with a quick post of seven photos of my last six weeks of the non-crafty things I’ve been up to, before I move onto the crafty ones.

July started with me busy helping organise the village fair – if you’re local and missed it, look out for it next year, it really is growing into an amazing event.

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We’ve had lots of lovely hot sunny weather which meant trips to the beach

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And lovely sunny walks…

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We even went up country once and saw the girls – who don’t like their photos on the blog, so instead here’s a pic of sign at a service station on the A303 – I’ve never seen a service station that doesn’t allow dogs. We certainly won’t be stopping there again.

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At home we’ve mostly been gardening, but I don’t seem to have taken any pics of anything looking pretty in the garden…

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And that really is about it.

Hope you’ve all had a great summer.

I’ll be back soon with some crafty posts.

Until next time

Bekki x

 

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.

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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…

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

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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…

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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…

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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?

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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…

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

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

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

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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.

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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…

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Harry decided to help with the digging…

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

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All seven are in this picture – honest!

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

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… and sitting in the sunshine with friends a must…

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

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

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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…

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

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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…

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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…

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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