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Cornwall 2018

Cornwall was fabulous, as usual! On our way down, we decided to drive across Dartmoor. There was a sheep sat right in the middle of the road. Cars were carefully driving around her, she wasn’t bothered in the slightest and carried on chewing while watching them go past. But it didn’t occur to anyone to get out of their car and move her along a bit. A job for us then! We parked up and walked over slowly, as we got close she stood up and ambled away. People are careful around the animals, and the animals are used to traffic so she probably would’ve been fine but I secretly like to think we saved her πŸ˜€

We stayed at Tinners Cottage It was lovely and we’ll definitely book it again. We had to block the steps to the higher part of the garden though, Scampi went up there and managed to get onto the garage roof πŸ˜€

Scampi was pretty good, he was much more sociable than on previous holidays. We ate ice cream at Callestick FarmΒ  – and I mean we ate ice cream at the farm. Scampi was perfectly calm while we sat and ate, he knew we were going to give him the tubs to lick when we’d finished πŸ˜€ We walked near the animals and he met the pigs, he’s always liked pigs and says a polite hello through the fence. We walked along lots of beaches and spent quite a bit of time at Golitha Falls We still can’t walk around the shops with him without military precision planning, we have a quick look at the area then have conversations that start like this – β€œYou take him over there for an amble while I pop into this shop, then we’ll swap so you can browse the all-important beer shop” then I scoop a handful of treats out of my pocket to give to Mr MB in case of a barky emergency, because he almost always forgets to fill his pockets before we go out πŸ˜€

ice cream

pigs

Instead of packing up and heading straight home on our last day, we visited Golitha Falls again and went for a walk with friends and their two dogs. Luckily Scampi likes them, lol. When we got back to the car park, we dried the dogs off and had breakfast at Inkie’s Smokehouse We’d heard good things about this place, so I ordered a bacon sandwich, expecting a really nice bacon sandwich. It was amazing (yes, a bacon sandwich really can be amazing!) – thick sliced sourdough bread, lots of lovely smoked bacon and the bread was buttered, no nasty margarine in sight. It filled me up for the day, I didn’t eat again til 8pm. I’ll definitely visit again.

Perranporth

We’re home now and I can put my garden plan into action. There’s so much to sort and tidy, we also have to move a couple of raised beds to work on the fence and there’s a huge tree overhanging our garden, the owner refuses to do anything about it (well she says she will, then doesn’t) so we’re going to chop at it ourselves πŸ˜€

The veg patch has been checked, we’ve pulled up some beetroot and picked the last of the tomatoes and cucumbers.

Veg

I realised yesterday that I have a couple of comments on previous posts – I’m not ignoring anyone, I promise! I used to get notifications but I didn’t have any for these, I’ll check my settings to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

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Wednesday, 10th October 2018 at 7:45 am 3 comments

August

August flew by so quickly. I had lots of plans but time just seemed to disappear and my to-do list is still very long. I tried to write a pattern for those sunflowers – I imagined a long post with clear instructions and lots of photos – but it’s just not working out that way! The more I tried the less sense it made, at one point I ended up with a cross between a pattern and a tutorial that made no sense at all πŸ˜€ I’m so annoyed, especially as these are so easy to make. I also took lots of photos but they didn’t come out very well at all. I’ve a written it out as best I can, I’ll keep working on it (and those photos!). I’m going to give it it’s own Pattern category, work on it some more and hopefully I’ll end up with a beautifully constructed, makes-complete-sense post.

So here it is –

I used Stylecraft Special DK, Sunshine for the petals, Walnut for the middle and Bottle for the back. I used a size 4 hook. The flower measures 4.5 inches across.

The flower centres are made by working between the stitches, rather than into the top of them. Make two of these, one Walnut and one Bottle

Round 1 – ch2, 7tr into a magic ring (8 stitches)

Round 2 – ch2, tr in same space, 2tr in spaces all round (16 stitches)

Round 3 – ch2, tr in same space, tr in next space, then 2tr, tr all round (24 stitches)

With Sunshine yarn, work into the front loops only of the Walnut circle –
Into 1st stitch – dc, tr, ch2, sl st into 2nd ch from hook
Into 2nd stitch – tr, dc
Repeat all round (12 petals)

Using Sunshine yarn, dc through the back loops of the Walnut circle and both loops of the Bottle circle to join them together (dc, dc, 2dc – repeat all round – 32 stitches). Before it’s completely closed, push a little stuffing in.

Through both loops using Sunshine yarn, make another round of petals –
Into 1st stitch – dc, tr, ch2, sl st into 2nd ch from hook
Into 2nd stitch – tr, dc
Repeat all round (16 petals)

sunflowers

We’ve had plenty of food from the garden. I’ve been chopping/slicing/spiralising/freezing/pickling and eating tomatoes, chives, courgettes, cucumbers, runner beans, potatoes, salad leaves, aubergines, carrots, shallots, onions, radishes, garlic, sugar snap peas and beetroot.

radishes

tomatoes

tomatoes and garic

sugar snap peas

chopped tomatoes

aubergine, garlic and marrow

 

 

Friday, 7th September 2018 at 8:59 am 2 comments

Lovely Lovely Rain!

I can’t cope with hot weather at all. I want to be one of those people who loves being out in the sunshine, having a stroll down the canal while eating an ice-cream or sitting on a bench in the park while reading a book. I’m not just imagining this, I’ve seen people actually do these things. And they do it while looking as fresh as a daisy. I have very pale skin so will start to burn within half an hour of being outside, even with a high factor sunscreen smeared all over me. And I constantly feel like I need a shower, even though I had one just two hours ago. I’m in a permanent state of wilt, my brain isn’t functioning properly and I can’t concentrate on anything for too long. I’m just not built for the summer πŸ˜€

We’ve had a few days where the mornings start off relatively cool, I’ve tried to get the housework done then (I don’t want to, but needs must!). I feel very proud of myself for making the effort each time, then it gets to around 10am and I start to wilt again. Crocheting my blanket is impossible so I’ve been playing around with small projects. Even those are difficult, just working with yarn makes me feel hot and it’s hard work.

But this morning at 5am I woke up to the sound of rain, I was so pleased and jumped out of bed just to look at it. But it was dark and I couldn’t see a thing. This was the view of my garden an hour later – grey skies and rain. Lovely πŸ˜€

rain

I managed a few more rows on my blanket a couple of weeks ago but haven’t touched it since.Β  I’ve just discovered a mistake – when I start a row of what I call ordinary stitches (a row of trebles, half trebles or dc), I do the chain then work the next stitch into the same place. This gives a perfectly straight edge – when you’re turning the work. I carried on working the rows in my usual way, forgetting to take into account that I’m not turning it and now I have wonky bits. I’ll keep it in mind from now on and hope that when the border is done, it doesn’t show. Much πŸ˜€

Gardening is being done late at night or early in the morning, I’m not stepping foot in the back garden once the sun has come round. We’ve eaten plenty of strawberries, salad leaves, carrots, cucumbers and courgettes. The potatoes are looking good and we’ve managed to grow a melon. The melon is tiny at the moment, I have no idea if it’ll ripen properly in the UK but I’m just pleased it’s grown at all. The tomatoes have gone into a state of suspended animation – will they ever ripen? I’ve plaited some onions and have hung them on the side of the shed, when I sit out there under my little shelter in the shade, I look at them and feel very Pioneer Woman.

I’ve come up with a crochet pattern for sunflowers, I’ve searched and can’t find the same thing anywhere so it’s safe to say it’s mine! I wrote it in my own weird way and have tried to write it out properly but I didn’t realise how difficult it would be – hats off to pattern writers everywhere πŸ˜€ I want to make stalks but I haven’t decided how I want them to look yet, for now they’re balancing on sticks from old reed diffusers.

blanket progress

carrots

green tomatoes

Onions

beetroot

sunflowers

 

Saturday, 28th July 2018 at 12:14 pm 5 comments

Food

The garden is giving us plenty to eat, I’m really pleased with it this year. I’m not an expert so haven’t got much to say about it, except it’s delicious – and free πŸ˜€ Some things won’t be ready for a while but here’s a few snaps of some of our pickings so far. We have strawberries, mini cucumbers, courgettes, salad leaves, shallots, beetroot and onions.

Strawberries First Crop

Mini cucumbers

Courgettes

Salad leaves

onions and shallots

beetroot

Twin strawberries!

Twins

 

Sunday, 15th July 2018 at 6:51 pm 2 comments

Around The Garden

My blanket has been put to one side for now, it’s too warm to have it on my lap while I work on it. I’ve been spending a lot of time outside instead, walking and gardening. The garden gave us lots of lovely food for a few years but for the past two years, things just didn’t grow properly, or at all. This year, it’s back to it’s productive self πŸ˜€

We have a lilac tree, which grew from a stray root from the garden over the back, the scent is amazing. There’s a Californian lilac too. The flowers don’t last long on either of them but they look great while they last. There are lots of pots with various flowers. I have no idea what most of them are, Mr MB knows all about them but I choose seeds and plants by looking at them (or the picture on the packet) and saying β€œthat one is pretty, let’s get that”.

The salad leaves and strawberries are almost ready, my tomato plants are on the small side but Scampi has been ‘helping’ me with them so I’m sure they’ll be fine! My little Christmas tree is growing well, my first proper strawberry patch looks great and the veg patch is overflowing – we put raised beds in to keep it a bit tidier (and make weeding easier) but it’s still out of control πŸ˜€

As we prune things, we throw the bits into the chicken run, the girls have a great time picking off leaves and searching for bugs.

And my Easter cactus has finally flowered!

Lilac

Californian Lilac

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Patio Pots

Dog Checking Greenhouse

Little Christmas Tree

Strawberry Patch

Veg Patch

Chickens Bugs

Easter Cactus

 

Wednesday, 20th June 2018 at 7:49 am 2 comments

Catching Up

I’ve whined and moaned a lot over the summer – mostly to Scampi Dog πŸ˜€ I’ve quite often wanted to rant but he still gets nervous when he hears angry voices and is still reactive sometimes so my moaning is done very cheerfully – β€œOoooh Scamps, do you know just how annoying this shoulder is? And my hip is sore today too. People are getting on my nerves lately, me and you should move to Cornwall – just us. I think a biscuit might make things better, let’s have a Bonio”. He runs to his cushion, sits in his best look-at-me-being-good-and-sitting-nicely position, gazes at the Bonio box and waits patiently for me to give him his treat πŸ˜€

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The garden has been a bit productive this year but nowhere near as good as previous years. I’ve had enough to freeze some so I can make stews with homegrown veg but it definitely won’t last all winter so I’ll have to BUY SOME which I’m not at all happy about! What did manage to grow is actually very tasty so I won’t complain too much. I like to take photos of what has been harvested but after taking these, I lost interest. My Garden 2017 photo folder on my laptop is almost empty and I now wish I’d carried on capturing snapshots of the year.

 

 

My shoulder is still twinging occasionally but there’s no pain so I’ve been crocheting again for the past few weeks. I was halfway through a blanket for myself – I ran out of yarn so ordered more, I couldn’t wait for it to be delivered so I could carry on. But when it arrived I decided I needed a holiday project so it was tucked into a bag to take to Cornwall at the end of September. Halfway down the motorway, I realised I’d left it at home πŸ˜€ Had a great holiday but I missed my yarn and was happy to be back, crocheting again. And I’ve finished the blanket

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I started some Christmas cushion covers months ago then abandoned them, I’ve been working on them again lately

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I’ve started some cushion covers to match my grey blanket

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Now that I’m back in full swing again, I’ll be crocheting my way through my list of ideas and posting them here – disasters or not πŸ˜€

Thursday, 23rd November 2017 at 11:15 am 2 comments

Caught up!

I’ve been playing catch-up, and now I’ve finally caught up! Scampi Dog has settled really well even though we had a week in Cornwall WITHOUT HIM. I didn’t want to leave him but it couldn’t be helped, he had a great time in boarding though – lots of play, cuddles and treats. I won’t be leaving him again, next time he’s coming with us πŸ™‚ I don’t have to watch his every move now, he’ll happily trot off down the garden for a snooze in his favourite spot, or entertain himself with sticks and a Kong (and the occasional flower pot!). Still loves lots of attention though πŸ˜€

The garden is tidy and the veg is growing well. I managed to pick just under 3lb of unripened cherries before the birds stole them all

cherries

I sowed four cucumber seeds, three died so I bought a few plants. They died too, so I’m only left with one. It’s growing really slowly, I’m not sure I’ll get any fruit. My raspberries haven’t produced anything either.

I have some lovely strawberries, and the plants have been busy sending out runners. I straightened(ish) out some paper clips then bent them in half to use as anchors until the new plants have rooted

strawberries

paperclips

strawberry runner

I haven’t crocheted anything – I almost did, then didn’t! I wanted to get the house and garden sorted properly then change our routine slightly. It’s working quite well, though it needs tweaking a bit. I’ve allowed plenty of time for yarn play πŸ˜€

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