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…

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

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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.

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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..

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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 #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…

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

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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…

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

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

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Inside was a home from home…

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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?’

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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?

Wrong!

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

Wrong!

The Bake Off Final?

Wrong.

Halloween?

Wrong.

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

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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…

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

England lost the rugby despite the boys support…

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

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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!

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

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

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Hope you’ve had a great week.

Until next time,

Bekki x

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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

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 2019 #10

Welcome to my Sunday Sevens, a post where I share seven or so photographs of my week beyond the blog.

Here in the UK last Sunday was Mothers Day. Lovely Eldest sent me card and some lovely smelling candles….

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Lovely Littlest sent me a Golden Retriever pic…

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And Harry gave me a card…

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and a pair of pink Timberland boots…

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We were away from home last Sunday and came home in the evening to find spring had burst into bloom in our garden…

So it was a bit of a shock on Wednesday when we woke up to an inch of snow….

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The snow quickly melted and was replaced by baby bunnies…

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Thursday evening was book group. The book we read this week month was The Girl in the Red Coat. Hopefully I’ll manage a review post next week.

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This week we took part in both the pub quiz on Wednesday and a quiz at the golf club on Friday…

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Most disturbing question of these week was,

Whose effigy was stuffed with live cats so that it squealed when it was burnt?

If you want to play along the answer is at the end of this post.

Saturday I had a stall at produce morning.

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Something rather lovely happened there. Last year a friend passed away who was a big part of our village and much loved by everyone. Her daughter has made an amazing effort to make sure her possessions have gone to people who will use and love them. On Saturday she took a stall at the produce market to give away the small amount that is still homeless.  Now ever since I bought my bernina I’ve hated the cheap and nasty accessory box that came with it. It can barely stand up on it’s own and one of the doors broke almost immediately I got it

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Since I started quilting my quilt I’ve been promising myself I’m going to make a hexi box for my bernina accessories once the quilt is finished. So on Saturday when I saw one that used to belong to my friend on her daughter’s stall it felt as if my friend had heard me and had put it there for me…

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I’ve popped my sewing machine feet and needles from the bernina box in it and the bernina box has gone in the bin.

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I now need to find a small box to replace the small Tupperware box in the middle.

A hexibox might not be the usual place to keep your sewing machine accessories, but it’s perfect for me and so lovely that it found it’s way to me. It will also remind me of my lovely friend every time I sew and also that those who’ve moved on are out there there somewhere listening to even our simplest thoughts and wishes.

Hope you’ve had a great week,

Bekki x

Quiz question answer: Guy Fawks

Sunday Sevens 2019 #7

It’s been another very wet and windy week. Fortunately last Sunday was dry enough in the morning to go for a walk with our friends who were visiting from up north and have brunch on the platform at Okehampton station.

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After they’d gone home Harry watched Crufts on catch up…

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Of course he wasn’t too impressed with the winner.

About two weeks after Harry arrived my walking boots gained a hole in them. I’ve been searching for a pair that fit me ever since. On Monday I went out in search again.  I couldn’t find any boots, but I did buy a pair of walking trousers, some wellie boot socks and two beds for Harry – all in the sale.

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Tuesday was the wettest walk of a very wet week. Too wet to stop and take pics, but here’s Harry when we got back…

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Wednesday we lost the pub quiz as usual. This week’s question that really bugged us was…

Whose catch phrase is ‘You’re having a laugh’ and what programme is it on? We knew we’d heard it, but couldn’t place it. Answer at the end, if you’re playing along.

It’s been so wet this week, Lovely Husband has been practising his golf indoors…

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As for me, I’ve been doing a bit of DYC work…

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I also discovered the mouse I told you about before has been nibbling one of my UFOs…

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This one didn’t even make it to my Frog or Finish Nine for 2019, so not too disappointed it’s turned into a compulsory frog. (To be honest it’s a bit of a relief.)

Out and about between downpours, I took Harry to meet my friend’s goats to see how he’d react to smaller livestock. Although initially cautious of the bigger goats, he wanted to chase the smaller ones when they ran. So he needs more work there and definitely still on the lead when sheep are nearby.

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After a wet miserable week things seemed to be picking up yesterday. Finally a dry walk in the morning…

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…. and boots that fit me arrived in the post.

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I really want to support bricks and mortar local shops, but sometimes it’s just not possible.

But the wind and rain were back by the afternoon. Took this photo on our second walk of the water pouring through the gorge as it ran down into the Devil’s Cauldron…

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Hope you’ve had a great week.

Until next time,

Bekki

Answer to question: Ricky Gervais on Extras – no wonder I didn’t know it, I can’t bear Ricky Gervais, but LH does sneak it on, so I guess that’s why I’d heard it. Needless to say LH wasn’t at the quiz or we’d have got the answer.