A beautiful summer walk and some crazy coloured sheep.

We had a lovely picnic on Sunday with a walk up Castle Hill in Mere.

It is only 20 minutes from our house, but I forget its there.

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Tony and Arthur took a short cut up the hill while I walked around the edge.

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This is the same hills as the view from our house.

The colour of the grasses against the sky were amazing.

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It really felt like a lovely ‘escape’ when we got to the top.

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We had a picnic, then did quite a lot of cloud watching while lying in the sun.

It was so peaceful, I will be going back a few times over the summer holidays I think.

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Now for the colourful sheep! Influenced by my Toft Alpaca visit

and the colourful talk by Kaffe Fassett.

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I am making a few different garlands and these have been designed to go

on one called ‘Counting Sheep’. I will also make some into Keyrings

and will have the patterns for sale on my website very soon.

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They have been crocheted with Rowan wool cotton.

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Time to make the garland now.

Have a good week T x

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A Colourful Morning at Frome Artisan Market.

I spent the morning in Frome, Somerset at the Artisan Market which has been renamed asThe Frome Super Market. The town is full of amazing artisan market stalls, yummy food and and a flea market.I have tried to capture a few of the wonderful colours and a little of the  character. It was a lovely morning and next Month I hope to have my own little stall there.

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Tip: never photograph the food and not buy it till you walk back up the hill, you will find its all gone 😦

I did show Tony what he could have had for lunch had there been any left whoops!

Out in the garden.

I am a little bit behind on posting this blog, the photographs were taken on Sunday afternoon when the sun came out and we all went down into the garden.

Arty had been ill on Saturday and was still not great Sunday but we persuaded him to join us in the garden for an hour..

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The bottom bit of garden is Arty’s and we had left the grass long for him to hide in (it will be cut by next weekend). He was very pleased to find the dandelions had turned to seed..us not so much.

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When we first moved in 3 years ago this bit of garden was just ivy and grass, now it is a miniature bluebell wood surrounded by cottage flowers.

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The bluebells came from Arty’s bit of garden, I dug them up before we started clearing it and replanted them in this section.

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Another of my favorites 🙂

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Tony and Arty also planned the little veg plot (last year I did it very randomly) the lines are really straight.  Lets hope something grows and the slugs don’t eat them all!

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It was so lovely to spend some time together in the garden and not be rushing around. It is starting to look how we’d like it to, so I can see us actually relaxing in the garden this year.

What are your favorite flowers?

Colourday: A visit to Butterfly Bright full of my favorite colours!

Today I went to Butterfly Bright in Sherborne for a Yarn Bee (knit and natter), a morning of crochet chatting and eating cake in a very colourful shop owned by Ali Nurts (@AliNurts on twitter)Image

I met some lovely ladies who were being taught to crochet by Caroline Bradshaw (@carolinemakesit).

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Now to the colour! Beautiful buttons.

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Yummy fabrics (these are 30% off at the moment)

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Gorgeous bundles of felt.

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Colourful displays.

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Cute little containers by Rice which I could not resist..

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because they are all my favorite colours 🙂 They will soon be full of beads and buttons, great to take with me when I’m running workshops.

Ali also now stocks my cards,brooches and jewellery. 

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What a fab day.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend T x

Colourday “Blue and Green should not be seen”…or should they ?

I have been totally inspired by the bright green Spring leaves appearing against beautiful blue skies. Such an uplifting sight.

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I remember the saying when I was younger “Blue and green should not be seen” and started thinking as I admired the trees that they actually look really good together.

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Here are a few pictures I have found which make blue and green look fabulous together from fashion to interiors. If you click on the photographs they will take you to the source of each designer/website.

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Spotted on the 2013 Spring catwalks, Dior using green and blue makeup.

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Have a great weekend  and don’t forget to look up when you are out walking, you never know when you might be inspired 😉  T x

A visit to Courts Gardens NT

I had a lovely morning out with my Mum. We visited Courts Garden in Holt Nr Bradford on Avon. 

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It was so nice to see the flowers coming out and feel the heat from the sun.

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The beautiful blossom in the trees.

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A walk around the ponds.

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Admiring all the flowers.

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We sat down over looking the ponds with a flask of tea I had brought and a homebaked cake. Bliss!

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We nattered a lot, and watched the wildlife.

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It was so nice to catch up and enjoy the sunshine together.

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There was a a fab children’s den part to the gardens hidden in between the trees, which gave me lots of ideas for the bottom of our garden.

We also found a lovely cafe near the carpark with the yummiest looking cakes and salads..I will be going back with Tony and Arthur soon I think.

After dropping Mum back in Trowbridge I headed home picking up some baguettes from Whiterow Farm Shop at Beckington.

I am now back in my garden concentrating on writing a new pattern for funky wristwarmers.

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What a perfect end to a great day 🙂

Happy Saturday, egg painting and a family walk.

After being inspired by Landscape magazine who had a gorgeous tutorial on egg dying, Arthur and I decided we’d have a go.Image

We had lots of other ideas to, marbling, and wax resist. We appear to have a cupboard full of the right tools.

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Arthur liked using the wax. I think I may have ruined our fondue set which worked brilliantly for melting the wax…I might try some wax resist on t shirts next.

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we wrapped the eggs in nylon (from a pair of tights) and secured each end.  This was to make it easier to dip in the dye.  Also to hold the leaves on for making patterns (this didn’t work as well as in the photographs in the Landscape mag).

We used dyes from Lidls, I think I may have added a bit to much water to them..there was only german instructions so I had to guess by the pictures.

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I didn’t really think about how I would get the wax off..I may work that out tommorow!

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Marbling worked the best, we only had 2 colours. It was amazing how the oil just stuck to the egg.

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Arthur also painted some with gouache paints which also worked well. They are not a patch on the beautiful eggs I showed on my blog yesterday but it was a fun morning.

We picked Tony up from his office at 1 and headed for Clarks Village to get Arthur a pair of walking boots. It was packed! After going in every shop we managed to find a bargain £12.00 pair that are waterproof and that Arthur liked. Next stop was Glastonbury Tor for a walk to test them out.

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Going up.

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Jumping.

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Very bouncy shoes!

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Going down.

A lovely walk, and the shoes were tested and approved ready for our holiday in a couple of weeks.

I’m a bit worn out now and ready to chill out, tommorow I will get up very early (clocks go forward) to be the Easter bunny 😉

Happy Easter xx

Colourday: Some eggcellent Easter colours.

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These pictures have made me want to paint and dye some eggs, I don’t think they’l come out like the ones above but it will be a fun project with Arthur.

The handpainted eggs are believed to ward off evil spirits and protect the household.  If you click on the last picture it will take you to some more amazing photographs of the eggs being painted in East Germany.

None of the pictures belong to me and each one is linked to the original source.

Have a great Good Friday 🙂 x