Friday, 9 December 2016

My Advent Calendar ♥ 9th December

Hello lovelies,
It's another walk post today.

Yesterday's 8 mile walk was around Shipley Country Park.
The day started out gloomy, really gloomy, with a little rain. It was typical of "The dark days before Christmas", as an old lady I loved called them.
I didn't feel inclined to get my camera out until late morning, when happily the sun appeared.
Being out in the sun in winter is such a treat isn't it. Suddenly the world looks pretty again and it's never unpleasantly hot. Just a fleeting joy in the short days of winter.


Happily we were at the highest point of the park , sunshine and a view...yipee.


This stunning Beech tree caught my eye, with it's twisted roots.


Oh the midday sunlight, so low and magical. It shone right into the woodland.


Though the leaves were all on the ground the woodland still looked autumnal.


This colourful view delighted me. The silver birch and the flame branches of the Dogwood were a brilliant contrast.




All too soon that magical light was gone. It felt like winter once more.



I do hope you enjoyed the pictures lovelies.
Jacquie x

This post is part of the link up hosted by Julie HERE

Thursday, 8 December 2016

My Advent Calendar ♥ 8th December

Hello lovelies,
I do love to see a traditional parish church, don't you. This is one I regularly pass. Yesterday I stopped to take a few photos of it as the sun had broken through the cloud and it was looking particularly nice I thought.


Wednesday is my day with mum and she had brought quiet a few of her snowy paintings to share with me. I'm sure they inspired me to get my own paints out and try a little watercolour sketch.


I used this painting in particular to see how mum dealt with the sky and the snow ... you can't just leave it all white.


Here's my finished picture. A looooong way off mum's standard I know, but I'm still quiet happy with how it turned out. And it makes a good advent picture I think.


I know I'm lucky to have mum's encouragement and advice. She even got me the right brush to do the tree branches, and that was a big help.
Thank you mum.
Happy Advent Lovelies.
Jacquie x

This post is part of the blog link up hosted by Julie HERE

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

My Advent Calendar ♥ 7th December

  Hello Lovelies,
I went for my usual Wednesday morning walk today, through muddy fields and under rather gloomy skies.
The sun was trying to beak through at one point and I loved the cloud patterns.
 

 There was quiet a bit of bird activity in the sky and the hedgerows.
 

 Of course it would have been lovely to get a close up shot of these birds to help me identify them. But I do like the silhouette of them in the bare branched trees too.


Eating berries against a golden glow.


Though it's imposible to be sure I think they could be Redwings


I've taken better photos of them at the same time of year HERE


 Happy hump day Lovelies.
Jacquie x

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

My advent ♥ 6th December

 Hello Lovelies,
for today's window I'm sharing some of my Mum's lovely artwork.


I just adore this Yorkshire dales snow scene.

Mum is actually getting pretty good at sharing her art online herself.
You can check out her Instagram HERE

Hope your Tuesday goes well lovelies.
Jacquie x

This post is part of the blog link up hosted by Julie HERE

Monday, 5 December 2016

My advent Calendar ♥ 5th December

Hello Lovelies,
yesterday afternoon we put up our tree and some of the many other decorations we own. 
This year we have had a slightly smaller tree, which I have stood on top of a chest of drawers. I'm not sure I'm totally happy with the new arrangement, but it does take up less room and avoid the need to move all our furniture around. 


All three boys helped me to decorate the tree this year. That was the best part :0)
Have you got your tree up yet lovelies?
Jacquie x

This post is part of the blog link up hosted by Julie HERE

Sunday, 4 December 2016

My Advent Calendar ♥ 4th December

Hello lovelies,
Today's advent post is more of a walk post...but it does contain some festive things too.

Every month or so I meet up with a friend for a Sunday morning walk. Today the weather was perfect and we went to Attenborough Nature Reserve.

There's a rather nice visitor centre which has a cafe, but we were not going there.


The light was beautiful and I was thrilled to get a pretty good photo of this Robin.


These lakes are flooded quarry sites and a haven for wildlife.


The reserve borders the river Trent and it's easy walking with lots to see.


The path also leads to a great "no frills" cafe. Where the staff are super friendly, the mugs of tea are huge and the mince pies are homemade :0)

 Sitting outdoors in the December Sunshine...what a treat.

Too soon it was time to leave. Can you spot the Heron?


Here he is.


I love this white cottage next to the church.


Yay another Robin shot...very festive :0)


It was a very pleasant, flat three mile walk that we hardly noticed as we were so busy chatting.


I hope your second Sunday in Advent has been a good one lovelies.
Jacquie x

This post is part of the blog link up hosted by Julie HERE

Saturday, 3 December 2016

My Advent Calendar ♥ 3rd December

Hello Lovelies,
I'm loving this virtual advent calendar, It's a great excuse to do a simple and quick blog post. And to look back through my posts to see what Christmassy things I can find.
Today I thought I would share a crochet decoration I made four years ago. 
If you have been reading my blog for a while you might recall the story behind this, but here it is again anyway :0)

About ...oooh, six years ago now, my brother and sister in law offered to host Christmas at their house..... "just for one year".
 I crocheted them a decoration for their tree as a thank you. The one year turned into two, then three. Each year I made another decoration. Usually using patterns found online, but one year I made up my own...that's how the first ever Easy Crochet Owl was born. My most popular pattern by miles and miles :0)

The popularity of this pattern really took me by surprise and It's so lovely that people are still making them and letting me know how much they love them. Blogland  (and Instagram) is a wonderful thing isn't it.


As my brother and sister in law are once again hosting Christmas this year I think I should start looking for a decoration to make this year. Any suggestions?
Happy advent lovelies.
Jacquie x

This post is part of the blog link up hosted by Julie HERE