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

Sunday Sevens 2019 #29

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

It’s been another wet week of near non-stop rain …


Our usual dog walking paths had already turned into rivers – but this week made then flow ever fast…


…and paths that had been passable last week had turned into ponds…


It was definitely a week to stay in and do some work – although I did try a a little avoidance by tidying my ribbon box…


Being mostly stuck inside meant I finally remembered to start off my damson vodka…


Of course a little bit of rain didn’t stop me and Harry going for walks…


And in non-rain related events, Lovely Husband took some stuff to the charity shop and returned with a small gift he found on the book shelves…


Not sure what I’m going to write in here. Any suggestions?

Until next time,


Sunday Sevens 2019 #28

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 off to visit Lovely Littlest, who took us to visit High Wycombe’s highest waterfall…


Still with her on Monday, we walked Harry…


Then had lunch at a lovely pub in Marlow Bottom…


I loved this room in the pub…


…and their vegan pizza…



Back home it had been raining non-stop and even the paths were turning to rivers…


It was so cold and damp we succumbed to turning on the aga…


I also made butternut squash soup to help keep out the cold…


On Thursday I found some lovely big pink buttons and a triangle paper punch in a charity shop…


On Saturday we went to beach…


And had lunch at the Cracking Crab…


Hope you’ve had a great week.

Until next time

Bekki x


Sunday Sevens 2019 #27

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

This week has been very VERY wet. They may not be enough photos showing that, but believe me, it has been very VERY WET.

It was raining very hard when we attended a Golden Retriever met up in Cardinham woods on Monday.

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There were only about a dozen goldies, but Harry still had a ball.


The rain kept me out of the garden, so I got on with some overdue clutter clearing. Here’s the first set of bags waiting to go to the charity shop…


On Thursday we went down to Perranporth to meet up with our niece and her family who were down for a holiday. It wasn’t all plain sailing on the beach…


But despite the weather we found a dry patch to enjoy making sandcastles…


In dryer circumstance I had a trip with my crafty friends to Craft for Crafters at Westpoint on Friday…


I was very sensible and only bought one frivolous purchase; half a meter of this lovely fabric…


I also bought some card blanks…


… a huge (12″) embroidery hoop, some even weave and a lifetime’s supply of embroidery needles…


But the purchase I was most excited about was my drawing pencils, sketch book and eraser – more about in the coming week.


And finally, because I can never take too many photos of Harry, a pic of Harry out for our walk yesterday…


Hope you’ve had a great week.

Until next time,

Bekki x

Monday Sevens 2019 #26 – The Welsh Edit

Welcome to my Sunday Monday Sevens – a post where I share seven (or so) photos of my week away from the blog. A little late this week, because we’ve been on holiday.

For some time now we’ve been thinking we might invest in a motor home. So the sensible course of action seemed to be to hire one and see if this particular pipe dream was something we might really want to materialise.

We decided to take a small trip to Wales – picking our van up at Bridgend and driving on to the Gower peninsula.

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I confess it didn’t start well. Once we’d packed everything in the van, with Harry happily following us in an out, we shut the door to set off  and, despite me sitting in the back with him, Harry freaked out. We hadn’t even started the engine. We calmed him down and left the hire lot, but Harry was shaking and flinching at every creak and bump of the van.

We headed for the nearest service station and walked Harry around to settle him down then returned to the van to set off again. Harry was calmer, but still not completely happy.  By now it was also raining and the roads were full of rush hour traffic – after a rather stressful hour and a half we arrived at Port Eynon.  Very tired we had tea in the van and settled down for the night.


I’m pleased to say from there on things picked up. The weather changed and the campsite was so lovely and LH was so sure we don’t need to have such a big van – so he didn’t need to drive anywhere else in it – we decided to stay at Port Eynon for the week.


Harry and I loved our early morning walks on the beach, while we left LH in the van to sleep in.



We found some interesting early morning finds washed up by the tide…

This skeleton was about 2ft long


The weather was just fabulous…


We had some lovely coast walks…

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And walks on the beach at Oxwich

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And far to many portions of fish and chips


And we generally chilled out…


I’m pleased to say Harry was much happier with journey back and we’re planning on visiting the camping and caravan show in November to explore more, smaller motor homes.

Until next time,

Bekki x