Pottering afternoon

I’ve been having a pottering sort of afternoon this Sunday. Drifting aimlessly around the house, trying to prepare myself for the week ahead. I do not feel ready, and the weekend seems to have passed by too quickly (it always does).

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I’ve baked a cake. I’ve pointlessly rearranged small items and knick-knacks in the living room. I’ve done heaps of washing. I’ve fiddled around with some crochet. I don’t really feel like I’ve achieved anything weirdly, and just feel kind of tired. Ah well, I need to try and snap myself out of it.

I’ve started yet another project, which I already realise I will not have enough yarn to finish – more will need to be ordered but I can’t summon up the energy just now. This one will be a bedspread. Eventually. In about another month and probably a million more hexagons time!

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I do love it a lot though. Weirdly, considing the colours I’ve chosen – I’m not sure they are a natural combination, but somehow when I lay out all the shapes next to each other, they seem to work.

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Crochet jar covers has been my other obsession this week. I decided I needed to smarten up the study. Perhaps this was a vain attempt to get myself to actually enjoy sitting in their studying. Hmm, it’s not worked yet, but I do now have 3 jar covers

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Let’s hope I can shake off my ennui before it’s time to sleep.

 

J xxx

 

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Blanket happiness

I haven’t blogged about anything crafty for a while now, so I thought it’s about time I slotted something in. It’s not for lack of activity – as per usual with me there has been a whole lot of activity happening that I simply haven’t had time to put together into a post.

I’m really long over due for a catch up – I think I must have finished knitting two sweaters and one cardigan since I last blogged about anything crafty, but I’m so behind I haven’t event gotten around to taking photographs of most of it!

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I’m actually going to go in reverse order I think, and talk about something I’ve just begun this weekend, rather than sharing the things I’ve already completed – typical me, rushing ahead to the next thing already!

I’ve actually taken the probably unwise step of letting myself work on 2 blanket projects at the same time. It’s been a while since I’ve tackled a blanket – I think the last one I completed was my summery ripple, last year.

The first and most recent blanket which I’ve been working on is a granny stripe, the beginnings of which are shown in the picture above. I actually only started working on this this bank holiday weekend. It was inspired by my recent Cornwall holiday. Given my colour choices this may be a surprise, but it’s actually inspired by the Cornish coast.

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The reason I say this may be a surprise is because looking at my colour choices, I think I probably haven’t chosen shades you might typically associate with the coast. You might, not unreasonably, expect a coastal inspired creation to feature more shades of blue and perhaps a little gold and yellow thrown in to represent sandy beaches?

I wouldn’t disagree with you, and indeed, not long after I’d started on this blanket I stumbled across Lucy of Attic 24’s coastal ripple from a few years ago, which very much contains those kinds of colours – you can see her post about it here. My own coastal blanket is pretty different, colour-wise I think. Don’t get me wrong, I think Lucy’s is lovely. It just struck me when I came across her post how differently we can all see things and how much fun that makes life.

My own coastal inspiration has pink in it, and no yellow. Maybe if I tell you that this colour palette was inspired by the following views it might start to make sense:

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Do you see the same kinds of things I see looking at the above snaps? I see pinks, lavendar purple, silvery shades of grey as well as rich and vibrant blues and greens…

Also some of the inspiration can from the beautiful colours on the inside of this shell, which I bought for a few pounds in St Ives:

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I’m not sure what you might think of my colour choices – I have a feeling they may be something of an acquired taste, at least in the beginning. But I’m hoping that as the blanket grows they will acquire a sort of harmony, with the stronger shades of blue, green and pink being set off by the softer pinks, lilacs and greys. Would love to know what you think of my choices – like them or not? What colours do you think of when you think of the coast?

J xx

Coastal escape – Falmouth 2017

A few weeks after our West Country visit to see S’s family, we had a proper getaway down to Cornwall for a holiday. I love this part of the UK, and although this is now the fourth year in a row we’ve had our summer hols to the same part of the world, I still find it breath-taking and thouroughly enjoy our visits there.

Although we based ourselves in Falmouth for the week, we got out and about a fair bit considering we were without the use of a car (as we live in London we don’t own one – it would be pointless most of the year).

We meandered along the beaches and shorlines of Falmouth:

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I found plenty of plants and flowers to admire and snap:

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We took strolls and caught ferries to other towns and villages:

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We even made it as far as St Ives by train one day, which is on the other (North) coast of Cornwall. Oh my gosh it is a gorgeous town I can tell you. It’s the first time I’ve ever visited St Ives and the sandy beaches and turquoise water really took my breath away. You could almost think you were in the Meditereannean!

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As you can see this Seagull obligingly decided to pose for me!

Well, that’s all for this time, I’ll try for a catch up on crafty goings on closer to home next time!

Tintern Abbey

So, here is the first of my promised catch-up posts!

One of our little jaunts away was to see S’s family over in the West Country. On one of our days out we hopped over the border and into Wales, to visit the lovely Tintern Abbey.

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Tintern is a picturesque ruin, in the most beautiful setting, nestled in the depths of the Wye Valley.

The Abbey itself was built in medieval times, before falling into ruin as a result of the dissolution of the monasteries brought about by Henry VIII. It’s a familiar story for most monastic buildings or Abbeys found in the UK dating from this period, but for anyone who’s not aware, the dissolution of the monasteries basically involved the crown under Henry VIII seizing large amounts of land previously owned by the Church at the time when the Church of England split from the Catholic Church.

If you’re interested in the history of this, you can read more about Tintern here. But I really just wanted to share my photos – my little attempt to try and capture the atmosphere of this amazing place.

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I hope you enjoyed this little peek, if you’re ever in the Wye Valley area I recommend a visit to take in the sight for yourself!

 

Jxx

Hello!

Hello, I’m back! I almost couldn’t believe when I finally got around to checking in here this morning and realised that I haven’t posted since the middle of April. It’s been a chaotic and busy 6 weeks.

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We’ve had Easter and S and I have been away a lot – visiting family and then going away on a little escape to our favourite part of Cornwall. Also, something which I neglected to mention in my previous post, S quite badly injured his hand at the beginning of April, which rather sent ordinary life over a cliff for a time.

He severed a tendon in the back of his left hand, and had to have an operation to fix it. To begin with he was a little bit incapacitated. Even though he’s right handed, it’s amazing how difficult having his left hand basically completely out of action for about 3 weeks made life for him. I had to help him with a lot of basic tasks and he couldn’t really do any of his normal household jobs for a while, which meant I had to pick them up instead. Fortunately he’s on the road to recovery now, though not completely there yet – but things are getting back to normal for us.

Anyways, I have a lot of posts to share and catching up to do, so I’m going to try and schedule a few things to go out over the next couple of weeks.

J xx

Different perspectives

One thing I love about having photography as a hobby is it’s ability to give you a different perspective on the world around you. I find it really enables you to take a step back and see beauty in some unexpected places.

I tend to find myself quite drawn to architectural and industrial sights and scenes as subjects for photography. I don’t know what it is that draws me really…I think often for the architectural subjects its something to do with the geometry of lines – straight and parallel lines that draw the eye towards a certain point in two buildings next to each other for example.

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Colour and texture also often catches my eye – like this graffiti-ed brickwork spotted on a recent walk…

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Texture

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What do you think? Do you ever find your eye caught by something a little unexpected?