Hello again! Doesn't time fly, can't believe it's a month since my last post. I always find it hard to sit down with my laptop on damp and dreary winter days, and prefer to be in front of the wood stove with a steaming mug of bouillon. But recently the weather has taken a turn for the better and we've had some beautiful sunny days with clear blue skies and sparkling frosty mornings - wish I could bottle it :) However, in the dark days I can always rely on a bunch of tulips to cheer me up. I love them in every stage - from opening to when their petals drop. They just ooze elegance.
|Spotlight on tulips|
So what have I been up to? Knitwise not a lot, as I became rather obsessed with crochet after spotting granny squares on the catwalks. Hard to believe, but I'd never made them before and I soon became quite obsessed. I put together a small basket of different colours and then set about finding as many different colourways as I could from them . I really enjoyed it as it's more or less instant gratification as each square is completed. I still have no idea what to make with them, at the moment I'm experimenting with ways of joining them together - whether to use crochet or introduce some knitting into the mix.
|Selection of my granny squares|
|Ruth (left) and Sheelagh (right)|
|Felix and Philip -bookends|
As soon as there's a hint of sun, I'm out in the garden. We'd been planning to crown a lilac tree for several years as it takes a lot of light away in the summer. P suddenly got it into his head that there would be no better time than today. So out came the saw and the three major limbs were lopped off quite speedily, but unfortunately then came the task of getting rid of it all, so the rest of the day was spent chopping it into small pieces, and bagging it up before taking it to the tip.
|In the process Django got a new climbing frame.|
|I'm the king of the castle!|
Meanwhile back indoors, Arlo looks on from his comfy spot on a tea towel on the counter.
|You're welcome to it, - totally not interested!|
|Despite the fights they love snuggling up together|
Later that evening they were both tucked in, curled up around each other as close to the fire as they could get, without actually setting fire to their tails.
|Happy birthday Izzi!|
|Here he is, typical cheeky monkey with a twinkle in his eye|
|Other donkeys at the sanctuary|
|I like to think he's smiling for the camera in this shot|
|Quite fancy a purple one|
|My favourite irises|
|Looking fantastic grouped together with grasses|
and ending up in the potting shed, where I indulged my passion for wheels with a shot of this vintage mower/roller.
|Colour, texture and movement... aaaahhh!|
|Chilli on the stove - just what we needed :)|
Thanks for dropping by x