Friday, 18 April 2014

Easter Holidays :: Part 5

Hello Lovelies,
we have enjoyed such gorgeous weather this week, it's been a wonderful treat.
On Monday there was time for some alfresco crochet......I'm finally on the edge of my latest blanket.........


The sunny weather also prompted me to get stuck into a bit of spring cleaning. My " Celebrating Home" posts have been sadly lacking lately haven't they. I still struggle to keep on top of all the housework and really ought to have a better routine.

 Oh well, at least I get the urge to have a blitz every now and then. On Monday I washed all the sofa coverings, cushions and crochet blankets. Oh, and all the hats and mittens before packing them away till Autumn. I washed down woodwork and moved lots of furniture to thoroughly vacuum and dust.

It's great having easy care blankets that can simply be popped in the washing machine and line dried. The sight of them on the  line made me smile..........


I loved the sun illuminating them from behind, making the colours glow.........


Tuesday was another gorgeous day and I was keen to go out and make the most of it. Somehow I managed to convince my boys that a walk would be fun ( not easy these days)

We headed off to a favourite place of mine Beacon Hill Country Park
A wide path led us through trees that were just coming into leaf..........



I loved the frothy appearance of the Silver Birch leaves.......


And the still open views made it easy to spot some exciting bird life.  This bird of prey was a long way away, we thought it was an owl , but now I look at this zoomed in photo I can see it's not..........

It was big and I'm guessing it could be a Buzzard ?

Soon the gentle incline gets much steeper, the trees thin out..............


And rocky outcrops appear.........


On such a perfect day you can see for miles..........


Oh look, it's Old John Tower.....a place I drew last year HERE


Did I mention how much I love high places  :0)


There were plenty of folk around who obviously feel the same...........


I think it's great that there is also a car park near the top of the hill and a smooth path to allow access for the less mobile...........


This is The Old Man of Beacon Hill, a  face in the rock face :0) ...........


As we descend the hill again I love the zesty green of the Mountain ash leaves...........



And the towering trees.........


The Bluebells are not quite flowering, and the ferns are just beginning to uncurl.........


We go and investigate the pond ..........


And find loads of tadpoles..........



Just by the car park there is a bird feeding area ( can you see the feeders strung between the trees)......


I loved watching the birds darting around and saw a sweet little Nuthatch that was too quick for me to photograph.

I did mange to get some nice clear shots of these colourful Goldfinches...........


and a Chaffinch .........


Having a little compact camera with a good zoom has been wonderful for improving my bird knowledge. Any that I see , but am unsure about I can research at home.....as I did for these cuties.

That day we also enjoyed a beautiful sunset.........


and the next day I spent some happy time playing with colourful mish-mash of fabric from my stash....I do love patchwork


simple, happy times....I feel blessed.
Jacquie x


Thursday, 17 April 2014

My New Bag

Hello Lovelies, it's me again :0)

I'm so enjoying this week's holiday with my boys, plenty of time to do stuff together and write blog posts.

This post is about a handmade item I purchased from a talented blogger last week. 

Following a comment left one one of my posts by Julie I came across her lovely blog. THIS post really caught my attention.
I loved the Seagull themed makes.....especially the shopping bag. I had a bad case of the wanties :0)
Happily Julie makes things to sell so I e.mailed her and asked if she would kindly make one for me. In less than a week a parcel arrived. 
Eeeek, I love getting this sort of post don't you. Inside the outer wrap I found a pretty tissue paper package........



And inside was my new bag, complete with a cute label......


It's beautifully sewn and has a lovely crisp white lining with a sweet name tape......


And here is my personalised version ( I chose red and floral bunting ). It's a little creased in these pictures, but isn't it wonderful. I love everything about this bag. The sturdy striped "ticking" fabric, the bunting and the wonderful machine embroidery.........


Julie wants me to make it clear that the seagull design is not hew own, it's by a super talented designer called  Helen who writes THIS blog .

  HERE is the original post about her design. If you want to get your hands on this pattern it's part of Helen's  e.magazine.....THIS issue, which you can look at a preview of.....it looks wonderful.
 I love all the sweet little touches Helen has thought of....like this cute verse to print............


There are so many aspects of this project I'm sure I would struggle with ( I've never tried free motion machine embroidery for one ) so I was more than happy to purchase a ready made version :0)

I do have a love of seaside themed things and especially seagulls. My new bag goes perfectly with my little crochet tin that's often featured here........


And it's the perfect size to hold a crochet WIP. Probably one that is a bit smaller than my almost completed blanket. I'm thinking a few balls of yarn and some treats to take to the beach.........


Yes, I can't wait to take my bag to the seaside where it will look right at home.......


If you would like your own version ( or something different ) you can contact Julie via her site HERE. In fact if it's a gift Julie is happy to send it to the lucky recipient with a card.
This bag is £15 including U.K. postage and Julie is very efficient.....I'm sure she will be able to give you an accurate costing depending on postage costs to your location if you are outside the U.K.


It feels good to be able to spread a bit of handmade love this Easter and support talented makers. Both those who design and those who produce such gorgeous things.
Jacquie x
P.S. just in case you were wondering....this is not a sponsored post, I bought my bag and loved it so much that I wanted to share it with you lovelies.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Easter Holidays :: Part 4

Hello Lovelies, 
I have more photos from Sunday that I hope you will enjoy....not as many as my previous post :0)

Back down in Tissington village the weather was warmer and still sunny......a different world to those exposed hills. After our rest stop I couldn't resist a wander around this picture perfect estate village. 


We walked downhill.......


To the Duck pond where daffodils flowered..........



Oh, so pretty.......


Another lovely scene..........


We were in search of a certain shop and wandered along footpaths, past neat gardens..........


And the cutest stone cottages..........

This one was called " Nurses Cottage".  

The traffic in the quiet lanes was mostly feline and very friendly.......


Everywhere I looked there were pretty places.......


I loved the bunting and washing on the line here.........


And mossy stone walls with abundant  wild flowers.........

Wish I could remember the name of this delicate yellow flowered plant.....it's one I remember from my own childhood.
edited to add :- thank you Susie.....it's Yellow Fumitory

This village is famous for it's wells , which are dressed in May..........

You can read about this tradition HERE

Ahhhh, this is the place.....

Isn't it gorgeous

Look, Sweets are off ration today!


Eeeeek, how I loved all the vintage paraphernalia.........


"Edward and Vintage" is an old fashioned sweet shop I had come across on the internet....it looked too good to miss and I wasn't disappointed.

I did take photos inside but they came out fuzzy as it was quite dark. This is the only decent one......


 If you want to see some better photos of this nostalgic place THIS Daily Mail article has lots.

 We made some purchases of course. One whole room is "pick-n-mix" :0)

Outside again I loved the hand cart........


And there was a footpath too.......


How lovely it would be to buy some sweets and take them on a walk across the fields..........


But by now we were feeling a little weary. Just time for a couple more photos. More neat stone cottages......


And one of TISSINGTON  HALL its self. Not easy to photograph into the setting sun, but I love the way it makes these bushes glow..........


Thank you for all your comments on my previous post about this special day.
I can't quite believe what stunning weather we are enjoying this Easter holiday........I do hope it's sunny where you are.
Jacquie x

P.S. Jane at the lovely blog Plain Jane is kindly offering to organise a bloggers meet up for the end of May .
Details are at the bottom of THIS post if any of you lovelies are interested.
And maybe you could spread the word too?