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Monday, 28 May 2018

A little holiday crafting

I took my Hook and Book kit with me and managed to complete my first ever Mandala crochet.  It's by no means a perfect example but I learnt a great deal along the way and had a lot of fun learning a new language.

I also read the book which came with the kit called The Circle by Dave Eggers.  It's not a book I would ordinarily have picked out to read but I did enjoy it.  The storyline is very thought provoking in this age of internet technology and how we as individuals interact with many social websites.  

In the book the main character is led to believe that transparency and participation in everything is key to making the world become a better place but thrown into the storyline is the question of whether this is leading to a totalitarian society.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Heston to Loe Bar

A very enjoyable walk from Helston to Loe Bar via Penrose.

We were unable to walk from Loe Bar to Porthleaven due to a cliff fall.  There is a diversion through the Penrose estate but our aim on Monday was to get to Loe Bar.  They currently have flood defence work going on there which spoilt the view a little but is obviously a necessity to help prevent flooding to Helston.

We enjoyed lunch at the Stables cafe, Penrose is a lovely place to go and there are lots of different walking routes which we will probably investigate when we visit this part of the country again.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Never tired

I don't think I will ever get tired of the beautiful Cornish coastline.  Lizard to Kynance and some today.  We think we walked about eight miles altogether.

We enjoyed lunch on the way back at the Kynance Cafe.

I enjoyed a lovely Cornish Brie, cranberry and lettuce sandwich while DH enjoyed one of Ann's cheese pasties.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Round up of the week

Apologies for being absent for a week but I have actually spent some much needed time in the garden.  The garden has been neglected for quite a long time now and since the weekend I have been trying to spend an hour or so each day outside.  Still lots to do but I can now at last see signs of improvement.  

Our lilac bush is looking very pretty.  The watering can which hasn't been used since last summer and left out to suffer the elements provide amusement for us when DH went to water some of our tubs.  Sadly it had rusted at the bottom so water came out the bottom and over his toes before he realised the damage.

We cleared out a patch in the front garden and planted some Lupins which I hope won't get eaten by slugs.  It's a flower I remember us having in our garden from my childhood,  I think of it as a cottage garden flower.  We also used to have Sweet Williams, Roses, Dahlias, Wallflowers and many more so maybe I could make this patch become a flower tribute to my childhood.

I have also managed to work on It's Only Forever.

The Extinction SAL has also received some attention.

I've read the next book in The Sue Grafton alphabet series, S is for Silence.

I walked up to the sorting office today to collect a parcel.

Inside this box is a crochet project, a book and some little extras.  I thought it would be fun to try this kit out as I love reading and I have dabbled in crochet before.  It will be perfect for taking on holiday with me.

I have also decided to have another go at knitting socks and have found a pattern and a series of You Tube videos which might just help me succeed this time.  I certainly hope so as I invested in May's wool club from Game Crafting, a little birthday treat to myself this month.

Wish me luck!

Thursday, 10 May 2018

A page finish

Page 7 of 30 has finally been completed.

A total of 20,498 stitches with page 7 complete have been put into It's Only Forever but I have made a start on another page so this total has gone up slightly.

The owls face is now complete.

I have also been working on the Extinction SAL this week and the rhino is complete.  Although part one has not been finished I am making a start on page 2 as I want to put the tree trunk in rather than risk miscounting and putting the tree branches in the wrong place.  I thought it would be more sensible to start from the tree trunk.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

More cards to share

I have another selection of cards to share with the papers and bundle Share What You Love set.  I can see me getting another pack of the paper when it is available on it's own in June as it so just so pretty.

The smaller stamps in one of the sets are great for creating your own backgrounds.  I have used a few sentiments from other sets I own.