Wednesday, 31 July 2013

July Scavenger Hunt

I may have mentioned before, but I just love photo scavenger hunts, and Greenthumb's is one I participate in every month. There are always twelve subjects, this months are as follows:

1) Black
on the local map, not far from home

2) 11
from my diary

3) Something very old.
I have a collection of old books, here are just a couple of them

4) Something bright
Part of the bloggy blanket that I participated in this month

5) Coins
counting out the savings jar

6) Technology
my keyboard

7) Numbers

8) Wheels
a couple of shots from the Warminster Wobble, festival of cycling

9) The great outdoors
Wiltshire, most of it looks like this.

10) Smile
my newest granddaughter, Abi

11) Umbrella
didn't need it much this month

12) Feet
mine, and some others

Click here to view next month's subjects, and to see how others have interpreted this month's. Thanks Greenthumb xx

Monday, 29 July 2013

5/2, the first month

I decided that I couldn't cope with fasting for a whole day, the hot flushes and dizziness I suffered when I tried it were slightly unpleasant, so I have adapted my "fast days" into low calorie, meat and alcohol free days instead. And thus far its working.

The official "fast" days are breakfast and supper, with nothing in between, and a max of 500 calories, my "fast" days are breakfast, lunch and tea with a max of 800 calories. OK I'm not losing weight fast (no pun intended) but I am losing. And also I'm pretty sure that two alcohol-free days a week are not doing my liver any harm, and two meat-free days are a start on changing eating habits, on paper I think vegetarianism is a good thing, but I like my meat too much to give it up altogether just yet.

I am finding the regime is relatively easy, Mondays and Thursdays are my usual low-cal days, but when circumstances dictate (as when having family to visit for a few days) its easy enough to move one or the other, or both, to suit. So, I'll be sticking with it for a while, at least.

Come back at the end of August for another update.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Love of Knitting - Learn to Knit Lace. Free ebook review

I recently had an email from the Online Media Co-ordinator of Love of Knitting, asking me to review one of their ebooks. Now I'm a "real" book fan, I much prefer reading in an armchair or in bed, to reading a "book" on my PC, but then I'm an old fashioned being, I don't own one of these fancy pads or pods, or whatever they are, that you can take to the beach or whatever, so I may be slightly prejudiced. However, I agreed to give it a go, and here it is.

The book is "Learn to Knit Lace"

It consists of 9 pages, and includes 3 patterns - an Espalier Wrap, Cielo Shell (a sleeveless top) and a lace linen trim. I have to admit that I simply haven't had the time to try out the patterns, but having scanned them a couple of times, I think they would prove to be manageable by a fairly accomplished knitter, bearing in mind that they appear to come from an American source, so some of the terminology is slightly different to UK terminology, for instance we cast off, they bind off.

This is a free publication, all you have to do is follow this link to download your own copy, so if you are thinking of teaching yourself to knit lace, this would be as good a place to start as any.

I received a free copy of this e-publication for review purposes.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Just a random summer's day

Flipflops in the hall


Sky reflected in saucepan of peeled potatoes

Glass of wine, chilled

What makes your summer's day?

Saturday, 20 July 2013


From a distance it looks a bit boring

then as you move closer you begin to see a bit of colour variation

closer still and its starting to look interesting

right up close, and just look at that, amazing.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Summer Scavenger Hunt

Writing this at 7.30 am while its still cool in my studio - the temperature is forecast to be 28 degrees today for about the 14th day in a row, how did that happen? This is England! In July! In 2013! We'll be on a hosepipe ban before too long!

Anyhow, back to the subject in hand, Rinda's Summer Scavenger Hunt, which you can read about here.

I've managed a few more subjects this month, and have only six left to find, the hardest of which, I think, will be a windmill (might have to settle for one of those great big windfarm type thingies, but I'll keep looking out for a real one).

1) Open Air market. We took a trip to Salisbury earlier this week, and I took several snaps, couldn't decide on the best so have included several.

7) A sign, intentionally or unintentionally funny. We recently had a short holiday in North Wales, where everything is signed in both English and Welsh, here are a couple of signs which made me laugh.

Where do you exit if your name isn't Allan?

Sounds right, but the spelling's a bit off

9) Someone or something clearly out of place. This removable bollard is usually just left lying down on the grass, but someone with an obvious tidy gene has left it nicely perched against its neighbour

17) Candles. My second son (FO) recently had his 38th birthday, and as I presented him with his cake he said "If you take the photo from that side, they'll think I'm 83"

18) Local pub/bar/coffee house/teashop. Heading towards our local pub, the Fox and Hounds, just down the hill. (if you click to enlarge, you might just see the sign on the side of the building)

19) A fisherman, on the Afon Conwy, in North Wales

20) A dinosaur. This one jumped out at me while I was browsing through my card stock.

Its now 8.15 and I can feel the temperature rising. Time to switch off the PC. Hope you enjoy your day whatever you are doing and wherever you are.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

The Bloggy Blanket has left the building

The Bloggy Blanket was started by Mum at Mum's Simply Living Blog.

I received it sometime last week from Julia at Peacock Blue, together with a few lovely bits and pieces from her stash

I had these few granny squares already sitting around in my studio waiting for something to come along

so despite the heat, I sat one evening and added them on. The blanket now looks like this

and has been posted on to Peg. If you would like to add a few squares, you can read all about it and contact Mum here.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Too hot to blog,

in fact too hot to do anything in my studio, which has a south-east facing window meaning direct sunlight all morning, and then takes ages (if ever) to cool off. So please do not worry about me (as if!), normal service will be resumed - sometime soon.

Friday, 12 July 2013

Once a month for a whole year, month 11, July

So far this is the first time in, what, almost a year, that I almost forgot about this project. I took the garden photo and then it completely slipped my mind to take the park photo. Well, that's now been remedied, so, better late than never, here they are.

View 1, the garden

with June's view for comparison

Well, you can see lots of growth in the further bed, and in the closer bed the potatoes are doing well, the shrubs by the fence are coming along nicely, and the runner beans, although not doing marvellously well, are slowly climbing and in flower (although you'll have to click the photo to enlarge it to see the flowers!), plus the wisteria over the pergola is very thick now.

View 2, the park

with June's view for comparison

Only one more month to go to complete the full set.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Ten on the tenth

I dont get the opportunity to cook FO's breakfast very often

big eyes (all the better to see you with Nanny)

granddaughter's foot

my flipflops

watering finished

FO's new car


current reading material

new dining room lampshade

If you take it from that side they'll think I'm 83!

Joining in with Rebekah's Ten on the tenth, click to see the other entrants.