Sunday, 28 September 2014

Early Autumn Light

Hello Lovelies, 
I'm back from Yarndale and I can't wait to share my photos and memories with you....it was wonderful.
But I still need to upload and sort my MANY photos into a few manageable posts.
So, in the mean time, I hope you will enjoy this post that I started last week and didn't get time to post before I went.

This photo was from Monday morning........sunrise at 7am on the last day of Summer.........


On Wednesday morning I noticed how low in the sky the sun was at 9.20am...........


Later that morning I had an appointment in the city, afterwards had a little spare time. It was such a beautiful day that I walked over the foot bridge..........


and looked down on the river, with it's blue sky reflections and trees along the bank just begining to drop their leaves..................


The gardens behind the war memorial still had some summer bedding............good old red Geraniums......



and beautiful yellow Roses................


I  loved these red berries...............


and the low sunlight filtering through the leaves...............


I really adore the light on a sunny Autumn day................


It shines into my camera lens..........


and creates shadows that add interest................


I love sparkles of sunlight reflected on water


 I'm walking towards the big Victorian bridge............



and I love all the details on this beautiful structure................


on the other side there is a little canal I've never explored before..............


There's a working lock but it's very quiet today............


 just when I was thinking I would not see any narrow boats one appears from around the bend.........

such a happy sight.

Next post  we can visit  Yarndale :0) ...........I do hope you will pop back and join me.
Jacquie x

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Something Yarny for Yarndale :: mark 2

Hell Lovelies,
it's nearly that time of year again ....eeek...... Can you make it? You wont keep me away!

I do feel lucky to live within 2-3 hours drive of this event and I love seeing that pretty button at the top of my sidebar....I'm going to Yarndale 2014....yipeeeee.



Saturday morning, bright and early, I will be travelling up the motorway to Yorkshire. And this year Mum and I are staying overnight so we can spend a few hours exploring the Dales too....happy, happy, happy.



 I  think this event is brilliant for bringing us like minded folks together and I really appreciate all Lucy and the teams hard work in staging this joyful creative weekend. I particularly love Lucy's mandala idea.....giving  visitors a feast for the eyes....and involving so many, whether they can make the festival or not.

 Like LAST YEAR I've decided to make myself a little brooch, so if any of you lovelies  spot me in the crowds you can say hello....if you want to!

When I visited last year I met many sweet people, and it being a yarny event, my crochet owl was mentioned quite a bit. It's my most popular pattern by miles and still gets about 3000 views a week, nearly two years down the line.

So it seemed a good idea to make myself one to wear, and to make it a neat size I thought of using embroidery floss. So not yarn exactly, but cotton thread anyway.............


I used a 2.00mm hook to go with this fine thread. I can't deny it was a bit fiddly and progress was much slower than it would have been with ordinary yarn, but with the aid of bright light and reading glasses I got there.............


And here is my finished brooch...........ta-dah...........

 an easy crochet owlet....isn't he cute :0)

I attached THIS sort of fastener on the back and he was ready to go.............


  You lovelies will know I'm generally rather camera shy.....but I'm getting better at braving the eye of the lens.....and this post seemed like a good time to show my face......

Hello Lovelies

See you at Yarndale if you can make it. And for those who can't I'll be taking loads of pictures once again. 
I do do hope you will enjoy all the colourful creativity and beautiful Yorkshire scenery.
Jacquie x

Monday, 22 September 2014

Celebrating Home :: 2014

Hello Lovelies,
I wonder if any of you can recall my January resolution to do a series of posts celebrating my home this year. I've just be re-reading THIS post and looking at photos of the artwork I drew to go with this idea............


All it says still holds true for me, but I did not carry on with the posts through the following months as I had planned. 
In fact my hopes for a year where things got tidier didn't materialise and our home was starting to get me down. 

I just seem to have spent too much time focusing on the small details whilst in reality SO MANY jobs piled up.

On our last day in Wales mum  and I popped into a charity shop and I was delighted to pick up this sweet framed print for a couple of pounds..............

 It's by THIS artist....I love lots of  the other work in her shop too....and she paints pebbles :0)

But returning to our home after spending time in a much bigger and neater house I could see all the jobs that I had turned a blind eye to for so long.

Time to get organised and start with some serious de-cluttering and even decorating.
It's been twelve years since I painted the smallest bedroom....I know exactly how long it's been as the last time I was pregnant with youngest and ( already having two sons ) was desperate to paint the room pink.


My twenty week scan said that no pink pant would be on the cards so I settled for lime green with a slightly heavy heart. Of course, when my beautiful baby boy was in my arms any disappointment vanished.

 I'd forgotten about my pink room wishes until I opened this tub of ceiling paint.....it goes on pink so you can see where you have painted, but quickly fades to white............


Seeing it in this space those memories came flooding back and I just felt blessed with happy, healthy children to love.

Middle son has now claimed this small, single bedroom with it's odd angles. Youngest is happy to share with his eldest brother.

My decorating is  not perfect, and the colour is darker than I had hoped, but it's tidy and freshly painted............

 I made this owl way back in 2010 HERE and middle son made the adorable alien cushion at school a couple of years ago.

Just two more bedrooms to do now....sigh.


Over the past few weeks I've also been reorganising our downstairs space. I was keen to make all our  boys some study space and I know that soon cold weather will mean our conservatory will be too chilly and dark. So to make more space in our cosy dining room I moved my welsh dresser out and popped it in the conservatory............


Eeek, it's so nice to be able to see it in a bright space were you can stand back and see it from across the room.

Here's a wider angle of this less than perfect space.............


Yes, it's still got a tumble drier in the corner and mis-matched furniture, But it's functional and colourful and TIDY, I'm happy with that.

Playing around organising these shelves always makes me smile, though I have re-donated some of the charity shop things that it held before.....and that seems like a prefect solution to my clutter war..........


Here's how it looks right now....with space for a few home-made items, or charity shop finds that will cost me pennies and give a small donation to a good cause...............


Mum was here on Thursday and she passed the time painting, both my dresser............



and the home made things on the wall next to it..................


Here's what the dining room looks like now......a shelf each for my boys school work and a place for their bags..............

 The painting is one of mum's, and middle son made the clock at school.

I had to smile when I got home from work on Friday and found this wonderful drawing by my niece..........

 She didn't even know about mum's paintings and it seemed such an amazing coincidence that she had drawn part of our home too....bless her.


I'll finish this post with a heartfelt Thank You to all of you lovelies who left such supportive and understanding comments on my previous post.


I'm feeling rather less anxious for my eldest two as they head into the GCSE years. It's just so reassuring to know other mothers feel the same and put things into a bit of perspective.
You lovelies are the best.
Jacquie x

Where we love is home - home our feet may leave, but not our hearts" Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

A Family Walk

Hello Lovelies, how are you?
I have to admit I'm struggling somewhat with the demands of these September days. Having three boys at secondary school is taking a bit of adjusting to, the looming exams my eldest two are gearing up for are a bit too important for my liking. I wish I could turn back the clock to those carefree days of their earlier years for them ( and me)...but I know that's not to be.

Of course life's not all work and school. I just seem to be struggling to find the time to record the fun bits.

On Saturday we went to one of my favourite places. HERE

I just love wandering through the woodland...........


Past the place where they turn huge lumps of wood into sculptures............


them to climb the short, steep slope to the rocky summit............



So many swallows darted through the sky above us............


I love the far reaching view fading into the distance..........



and the slightest tinge of Autumn in the trees, both near and far............



I love the smooth brass of the Toposcope.............


and my boys love climbing around on the rocks with their dad............


While I wander off, distracting my thoughts from the dangers............


aaaaahhh, such a beautiful view this way.............


and this way...........


there is a fair amount of bickering between my boys, but there's also fun and piggy backs from a big brother............


The cloud was gathering as we descended the hill.....but I loved the soft light and the spots of sunshine on the landscape below.............


There was a herd of highland cattle on the hill and they looked very content, searching for the tastiet grass between the ferns............


And all around there were signs of the turning of the seasons....
Berries changing colour on the glossy Holly..........


Fruit ripening on the brambles...........


and colourful Fungi appearing in a woody crevice.....as if by magic...........


It was a familiar walk but there's always something different to see.

We have walked past this wood carving many times and never spotted the little mouse before :0)


I do hope you are finding some time to enjoy the seasonal beauty wherever you are lovelies.
Jacquie x