Saturday, 20 September 2014

Zentangle.Have you tried it?

 Zentangling is something I have recently discovered,The idea is that it is a form of relaxation and a kind of meditation.You are so involved in doing the patterns you don't think about anything else.I bought this book"One Zentangle a Day".It is a 6 week course in creative drawing for relaxation,inspiration and fun.
 First attempt.
 Second attempt.
you end up being able to do patterns like the one above.
Unfortunately I never seem to find time to do it every day.I am not artistic at all so this appealed to me.I have thoroughly enjoyed what I have done so far and intend as Autumn arrives to fit it into my daily routine.
Has anyone else had a go at this?

Monday, 8 September 2014

Two holidays cancelled,one salvaged(partly).

                                         Early in June my OH started passing blood in his urine.We spent 6 hours in A&E,tests were ordered but from then on our lives were on hold.We were about to go to the Loire valley in France but had to cancel.Following the tests it was decided that he needed "mega urgent" surgery.This was scheduled for Sept 4th.The last week in August we were due to go to France again way down the west coast.We didn't think we could risk that ,going so we opted instead for a week in Normandy on the north coast.
Wehad a gite just outside Dieppe(pictured above).
 This is our cottage.It was very comfortable but we didn't have very good weather but we ate out every day.The food in France is sooooooooooo good and very reasonable.
 This a starter,just my first course!I mainly ate seafood and loads of fish.
 This is typical of the scenery around Dieppe.Tall cliffs.
 Of course I always take some craft with me.I made these socks knitting in the car or listening to podcasts in the evening.
I also crocheted lots of squares for my latest blanket.

Update on my husband.It turned out they thought he had bladder cancer but thank goodness they were was prostate problems again.He had his op last Thursday and came home yesterday.He feels really well and let's hope that is all behind us.We should have been going to Spain on the 19th Sept but he can't fly for 6 weeks so another holiday cancelled.
This is the first time I have blogged in three months but I intend to blog more.A lots of people I follow seem to be tailing off with their blogging too.I wonder why?

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

The laburnum arch at Bodnant,North Wales.

 We had a free day today so decided we would pootle down the coast to Bodnant.Bodnant Gardens are just outside Conway in North Wales about 45 minutes by car from our house.Bodnant is famous for its azaleas and rhodedendrons but also its laburnum arch.This week is the week to see it.It is truly magnificent and the photos don't really do it justice.If you can see it on a sunny day it is amazing but today was cloudy.
                                                   A closer look.
 Today we went in a part of the garden that hasn't been open before called the Yew Dell.This is looking down into the dell.
                                  Back to the main part of the garden and some beautiful irises.
                               They are part of this circular garden.
                                 A view from the Rose Garden over the lily pond.
                                 I wanted to share these photos with you as it is such a special place.I just 
                                 wish we had a sunny day for better shots.It was very busy,lots of coaches and
                                 cars.We then had a pub lunch and home for a quick snooze as I was so shattered
                                 with all the walking!!

Sunday, 1 June 2014

My mandala for Yarndale 2014.

Last year we made bunting for Yarndale.This year we have been asked to make a mandala.Only one.These are going to be put together to make a huge wall display,I think.I have chosen what I think will be colours that are not quite so common so I can recognise it when I am there.I didn't spot my bunting last year.There was just so much of it.I was quite pleased,well really pleased, that I could follow the pattern!I couldn't understand why my cross bits were going the wrong way and then realised I am left handed and going the other way.
I have painted my mandala with PVA but it isn't rigid.Does anyone know whether it should be?

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Yarn bombing my garden.A start...

                          I thought I would share with you what I have made this week.I had a busy,busy week but managed to fit in a bit of knitting.It is amazing the patterns you can find on Ravelry.
This is Mr Owl.I think I might make a few more of these-different colours and sizes.
                                         Two cute ladybirds.
                                          A couple of butterflies.
                                          I think I need more baby hedgehogs.This pattern is
                                          from Little Cotton Rabbits.
                                          Hopefully more to share with you soon.A much quieter week ahead.

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Our little Ruby has got scarlet fever!

We should have been spending today with our daughter and family but we had a phone call to say Ruby(6) has got scarlet fever.She has to be in quarantine for 24 hours and on antibiotics for ten days.We hope Emily doesn't get it but also Sarah our daughter who is Type 1 diabetic doesn't get it.My OH has no spleen so he has to keep away too.
We survived our busy week but I was very tired!I did manage to take some photos of some of the azaleas and rhodedendrons in our front garden.The photos don't really do them justice.They are gorgeous this year.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

I love being busy.The week coming up.

I do like to be busy and every so often we get a week that is packed full like the one coming up.
Social History Group meeting.The subject is Industrial Archaeology by Fiona Gale a local archaeologist in our area of North Wales.
In the afternoon meet my Welsh speaking friend for a cup of tea in town and a catch up.(Must walk and not be tempted to jump in the car.)
TUESDAY.9.10 am appointment at the doctor's.I have throbbing noises in my ear and the pharmacist told me to get it checked out.I also have sciatica and eczema which nothing can be done about.I have had the ear problem for weeks but have had to wait two weeks for an apptmnt.Typical it is not as bad as it was.
P.M.Final planning meeting for Weds Science conference where I am involved with the catering.
Be at the conference early as I am doing tea and coffee for 80.Two speakers.Amazing Space followed by an Audince with Charles Darwin.Conference finishes at 1pm.
45 minute drive to pick up Emily and Ruby from school,give them tea and take them to gymnastics.
THURSDAY.My Reading Group in the morning.The Light Years by Elizabeth Jane Howard(must finish the last 100 pages before then but am quite bored with it.)
6.30pm.Eleven of us are going to the local Chinese restaurant.In before 7pm get a special deal.It is always a good night out with this group of friends-5 couples plus a widower.Lots of laughter.
FRIDAY.Tea and a toasted teacake with my best friend and knitting soulmate.
P.M.May need a sleep this afternoon before Quiz Night at 7.30pm.
Need to find some knitting time in between to do more for yarn bombing our garde.I have aleady made two hedgehogs,two ladybirds and a butterfly and half way through an owl
Pictures next time.
So for those of you who thought retirement was not for you I hope a glance at my week will show you it is anything but.
Enjoy your week.Barbarax