Photo Scavenger Hunt October


Well here we are again but I am only just making this posting at the end of the month – I have been in Spain again (lucky me) and only got back this evening so I have hastily sorted out the last of my pics for the hunt this month.

Witches’ Hat

witches hat

Spotted in my local pound shop this very lovely hat!



One of so many beautiful ones in Spain – this pic was taken this week from outside my Mum’s house.

Something eerie


Though the weather is usually great in Spain they do have terrific thunderstorms sometimes and here are the very black clouds on the way back from my bike ride one day.

A black cat

black cat

You will have to trust me on this one as I could not find a cat to stay still long enough but up on the roof of this very ugly house near mine in Spain is  a little black cat – you can just see the ears above the tiled  wall.

Crunchy leaves

crunchy leaves

Taken on the canal bridge near my office



The canal side lights taken on my home from work one evening



A couple in fact , these lovely gifts were sent last year from the USA as part of my Autumn stitching exchange.



The lovely Marsden Mechanics’ Institute – centre of the village where I spent the weekend selling tickets for the Jazz festival.



Another pic from Marsden , the River Colne on a sunny Friday morning



The view from my bus stop one grey October morning



From Spain – a colourful piece on an electricity substation


candlelight 2

 In Spain I like to sit on my terrace and read in the evenings and this is a lovely candle holder my Mum bought me that I use there.

Lovely Stitching

Autumn exchange 2011

Hello there and hope you are all well and happy.

I have had a lovely parcel in the post – my Autumn exchange piece for the Seasonal Exchange blog  which has come from Conny at Creative Basket.It is from my favourite designer JBW and is called French Country Pumpkin 4. I love it – especially the finishing with the two different pumpkin fabrics and the very clever outlining.

Autumn exchange 2011 back

I have just finished stitching my piece for the exchange and will be posting it tomorrow. Can’t show any pics till it arrives at its destination which should take a week or so.

I have also just finished another Xmas ornie – I did post the WIP for this a couple of weeks ago when I had nearly completed the stitching. This design is from the Christmas edition of Cross Stitcher magazine and I really liked the Scandinavian style, especially the backstitching. I decided to do a slightly different finish with the ornie to fit in with the shape of the stitching. It was a bit tricky to fit the pieces round the design but it looks ok at the end (if a little asymmetrical but never mind!) I have used the Makower Joyful fabric for both front and back.Not that long now till we can get the tree out and display all the lovely new ornies!

Xmas ornie Oct

It has been a lovely sunny weekend – I have had another busy week so I have had a very nice relaxing weekend with mainly cooking and stitching. I also made it to my monthly knitting group this week so the wristwarmers are nearly finished.I am really looking forward to next weekend as I have a week off work and I am off to Spain again – lucky me! I have not got many plans as just really want a relax but Mum and I are planning a couple of trips out to see some more history so I will take some nice pics for you all.

Thank you very much for visiting and see you all again soon.

Jazz Time Again!

I have had a lovely weekend at the Marsden Jazz Festival, this was my second year helping out and this year I was running the box office. We had a very good time, despite the horizontal rain on Saturday and Sunday but it didn’t dampen enthusiasm, even the street band on the Sunday played on despite the very soggy conditions.

The pics of the village here were taken on the Friday when it was lovely and sunny! This is the little festival shop with a display of our t-shirts for this year.

jazz Festival 1

jazz Festival 2

The festival takes place in all the pubs and clubs in the village and this is one of the banners outside the very nice Riverhead Brewery pub – lots of real ale brewed here plus very nice food. It is also right next to the village river so is a great location, especially when it is nice weather.

This pic is of one of the very cute cottages in the village, I love the flowers over the door and the disused post box in the wall – very picture postcard!

jazz Festival 3

It was very busy so didn’t get the chance to see many of the bands but did get to see a bit of the late night Saturday gig by the wonderful Submotion Orchestra whose CD I have now bought and am listening to as I type this post. They are fab – the vocalist Ruby Woods has the most amazing voice and I am going to see them live again as soon as I can. Really soulful music with excellent lyrics. Go and watch their video at the band’s web site .

Not a lot of crafting going on due to the weekend away. I have just got my Autumn Exchange piece so will photograph that to show you next post.

Meanwhile hope that you are all well and happy and thanks for visiting.

It’s a miracle!

October BBQ

Do you see the above picture my dear readers, that was taken in my garden yesterday Saturday October 1st and we were having a BBQ! In Yorkshire, in October!

It is an absolute miracle and I am stunned. We have had an enormous heatwave here in the UK – it has been so so warm so Jake and I decided to make the most of it and BBQ for tea. And afterwards I sat out watching the embers glow, drinking a little red wine with no coat on till 8pm. Oh if only Autumn could always be like this!

I hope you have also noticed the beautifully restored decking – isn’t it nice the way it matches the chairs so well. It had got very scruffy so I found a very nice gardener man to come and pressure wash, sand a re-stain it for me so it is all looking lovely.

 I have spent a few hours today tidying up (what would normally be the putting the garden to bed for the Winter tidy up but who nows it might be the start of the Spring growth season!) It is possible the world has flipped over and we are now having New Zealand’s climate which would be fab (can we flip back before we are officially supposed to have Spring please?)

Jake and I had a very lovely visit yesterday to Stafford for the University Open Day there. We were very impressed, it is a pretty town with a park and canal and a very lovely campus. The course and lecturers were also very good and there was a great welcome from everyone we met. He has to fill in his choices form soon and then fingers crossed he will be offered some places!

I have had a ridiculously busy week again, we had another Marsden Jazz Festival meeting (things are hotting up as the festival is next weekend!), went out for a meal with work friends which was very nice and had the girls round for the evening. And there was work which was very busy but very nice – I am having a lovely time with my new group.

All this of course means very little craft time so apologies for only WIP pictures again. I have finished one of the Little Cotton Rabbits wristwarmers and cast on for the other one last night and am nearly finished with my latest Xmas ornie. I was stitching this on our train journey to and from Stafford which was a very pleasant way to spend a few hours.

This is a pattern from the Christmas 2011 issue of Cross Stitcher magazine, I have stopped buying cross stitch mags generally as I have a few (ahem!) patterns still to do but was very taken by the prospect of more ornies and they had some lovely Scandinavian style ones (and a free ornie kit which I have sent to Ellie).

Cross stitcher Xmas ornie

I am stitching this on very fine count sparkly evenweave (think it is about 28 count) with only one strand of Silk Mill thread and all the backstitching and contrast rows are being done in a dark red sewing cotton it is that small-scale! I am very pleased with it, will change the bottom of the design I think and put another heart in and then make it up as a hanging ornie for the tree.

The images below from the Cross Stitcher web site show the original design made up as a picture and also some very cute little bird ornies which I will also make for my tree.

Xmas ornies cross stitcher

Xmas ornies cross stitcher 2

Well I hope that you all have a lovely week ahead – I am spending the whole of next weekend in Marsden for the Jazz Festival (yippee!!) where I will be running the box office. Hopefully we shall have some lovely weather so if you are in the area do come along, lots of wonderful music and a great time guaranteed!

Thanks very much for visiting.