Thursday, 23 October 2014

October Happy Things

Morning  Lovelies, how are you?

Today I'm just sharing a quick post, containing some of the many, simple things that are making me happy lately.

1. Planting bulbs
How I love doing this. For the past few weeks I've been picking up the odd packet here and there..............

Tulips and miniature Daffodils for spring. Happy Alliums for summer ....how I love those purple pom poms :0)

I dug lots of holes and then added some home made compost.......we've been putting cuttings, veg peelings, egg boxes and bits of newspaper  in this monster bin for 18 months. It was very exciting to finally open the little door at the bottom and see what was there..........

Gorgeous crumbly compost.......brilliant! It's the first we have ever made and I can't believe it worked so well :0)

I do love spring flowers and knowing there are some nestled beneath the soil, waiting for the end of winter, makes me very happy.............


2. Garden flowers on the kitchen windowsill.

Maybe one day I'll have a kitchen window with a view, but in the mean time making a pretty display on the windowsill gives me something cheerful to look at............

In the winter they will be supermarket blooms, but right now there are still a few flowers in my garden to pick.

3. Shafts of sunlight. My lounge faces south and catches the low midday sun throughout the Autumn and Winter..............

I love the way it fills the space with light. It's like a little compensation for the short days.

4. Walking with my sister in law.

This is a rare treat.......so nice to have company for a weekday walk, and go somewhere different. An isolated country park that I would not be brave enough to explore alone............


the sun shone and the leaves looked gorgeous............


5. Sunsets reflected in water.

The sun is setting earlier all the time, so I'm often out and about to witness it. This is a disused canal by the supermarket. A tranquil oasis in the day and a magical place at sunset............


6. Evening crochet in bed.

I do love to cosy up with some crochet on a chilly, dark evening. Yesterday I was upstairs, happily playing with yarn, by 7.30pm.......

Crochet always makes me happy.

Jacquie x

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Gathering Leaves

Hello Lovelies,
Thank you so much for your kind comments on my previous post....I loved reading them all.

Here's a little seasonal, non-yarny, project I enjoyed making at the weekend.

On Sunday Mr BM and I went for an afternoon walk. It was great to enjoy the warm sunshine together, but I had another reason to get outdoors.
I needed to gather some leaves

First I spotted Cherry leaves on the pavement..........


then Maple leaves at the edge of the golf course...............


Sweet Chestnut leaves along the footpath..............


we walked along field edges..........


through trees and back past the farm...............


...where sheep and cattle munched happily on the lush grass.........and the colourful trees made a beautiful backdrop.............


Nearly home now, just time to pick up a couple of lovely heart shaped Lime leaves............


when I got home I tipped out my haul on the table...........



 What a wonderfully colourful collection...............


And why had I decided to collect this lovely lot of leaves? Well, I needed them as a frame.

A beautiful, Autumnal frame, for a quote I found on-line HERE. I wrote out in my bestest handwriting, on a couple of sheets of A4, and coloured it in.

Here it is

Ta-Dah................

 
 Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower. 

It's such a sweet sentiment that I thought it deserved a colourful border of Autumn's "flowers".

This was such a quick and easy project,and I'm very happy with how it turned out. It makes me smile.

Want to see behind the scenes?

There you go :0)

I put the arrangement on a large tray and carried it around the house to find the best light.

Right now it's on the table in the conservatory and it looks like this............

where it's still making me smile.

This little project was inspired by the fabulous Katie Daisy, who Heather introduced me to last year.
and Phillipa Stantons amazing table arrangements, who Lucy linked to on her facebook page last week......I'm in love.

Thank you to the wonderful people of blogland...you brighten my days more than I can say.
Jacquie x

Monday, 20 October 2014

A Day in Derbyshire

Hello Lovelies,
The Friday before last mum and I grabbed the opportunity to have a mini adventure into Derbyshire....fancy seeing some piccys :0)

After an hour of driving I was so happy to turn off the busy roads and stop for a moment to gaze upon the gorgeous view..........


The sun was shining and locals were friendly.............


There were plenty of places to pull off the road and have a little wander.............



and admire the gorgeous scenery...........


while mum did a quick sketch or two..........



It's tricky taking photos into the light, but I loved how this one turned out...........


and I'm always intrigued as to  where tempting paths like this one lead...........


into a field of bales.......perfect.............


We could smell a coal fire close by on this sunny but cool morning.........smoke drifted up from this chimney in the valley.............


Driving higher now up to Crich, I stop again to try and capture the far reaching views.........


Then it's steeply downhill, past pretty stone houses and autumnal trees...........


In the valley bottom we follow the river Derwent to Cromford mill


Where they have a Knit and Natter on the second Wednesday of every month :0)...........


I loved all the water and the ripply reflections of these old stone buildings..............



The site is still being restored with the aid of grants and lottery funding, I'm sure it will be an amazing place when all the work is done.

There is already lots to see and little shops to visit.

Again I loved the history of the place and could almost hear my school history teacher's lesson about Richard Arkwright ringing in my ears as I wandered around............


I hope they will eventually replace the water wheel that powered these mills...........



This patchwork shop caught my eye..............


I resisted the fabric as I need to use up some of my stash really. But I did get a few buttons :0)

The plant sales looked tempting too......



Next we hopped back in the car and headed into Cromford village. I've never been here before but mum has and she wanted to show me this place...............


It looked quirky from the outside........you can buy these books for 50p even when the shop is closed....as the sign says.........."please put money through letter box"..........


Inside the place is crammed with books, both new and second-hand............


There are lovely hand painted signs for every section.............


This is the sun filled art and craft room.........isn't it wonderful..........



So quirky, original, and FULL of interesting books...............


with a great view over the window boxes to the mill pond and the hills beyond..........


and when you open the "secret" curved bookcase..........


You find a cosy cafe with it's own grapevine, growing in through the conservatory roof.............


There were delightful little oddities everywhere ..........


and delightful little books :0)


Mum and I ordered the Spicy lentil and tomato soup.............

it was another DeLiciOus  lunch.

On the shops web site there is a video where you can find out lots more about this amazing place. I really enjoyed it.
The owner says it's more like a library where you can browse and read.....and maybe buy a book if you want.

It was so relaxed and friendly, I can see why it's loved by so many visitors and locals.

After lunch I left Mum to browse the art section some more and headed off for a little walk.

Past a water wheel............


and around the other side of the mill pond.............


past blackened cottages..............


and back onto "Scarthin", the name of the narrow road, from which the bookshop gets its name..........


This sign outside the pub made me smile...........


Back inside the book shop I couldn't resist a peek inside the wonderful children's room...........


Once again everywhere was crammed with books and I loved the creative touches on the ceiling.........


Next we hopped back in the car and drove the short distance to pretty Bonsall


The sun had disappeared but this characterful village still looked pretty..............



Once again I went for a little wander on foot.......up the steep lanes............


and around hairpin bends..........


Climbing steadily upwards I was soon looking down over rooftops..........and spotting lovely views in the distance, to zoom in on..............




When I got to this point the sun came out and made the stone cottages look even nicer.........


I headed along a footpath, to a spot where you can sit and enjoy the view...........


And what a gorgeous view it is..............over more of the village and the church.........


or just to the right, you can see the countryside stretching for miles..............


I was so lucky to get this window of sunshine to enjoy......as soon the clouds rolled back in.........


I retuned along the mossy walled path...........


past the cute cottages............


down the hill............


and back to the car. It was time to head home. The rain began to pour down as we headed towards Matlock and the road south.......but the view was still worth photographing..........


We had a really lovely day in this picturesque part of the world. It's so nice to be able to make the most of the mild Autumn weather together, before the days get too short and cold.
And after years of being too tied with family commitments to indulge in such days, it's wonderful to enjoy them once again.
Jacquie x

p.s. THANK YOU so much for your kind comments about my mandala. I'll be back very soon with some more Autumn inspired creativity :0)