Sunday was also a lovely sunny morning so DH and I decided to take a ride out and spend some time in the fresh air.
A lovely first sight as you pull into the car park. Clear blue skies set off the scene of the boats on the water and children having fun in the secure play area.
As you start your walk into the woodlands you come across a wooden pillar telling you about "The Little Grey Men"
...... it asks you to "follow the path to join the last gnomes of England on their exciting adventure" (obviously aimed at families with children but we decided we would have some fun and follow the path)
Baldmoney was the first gnome we encountered showing us the way ...
and on to read a little more about the gnomes story.....
past the gnarled trees...
and on through the woods reading the information boards about the various animals that live in the woodland and following the story of the gnomes.
After a lovely walk we arrived back close to the car park at the childrens play area where the carved wooden golden eagle stood regal and majestic.
Back to the car, and just in time, as it started to rain...
We sat for a while supping hot chocolate and reading our books whilst the showers passed over. A lovely way to spend a Sunday morning.
Time out in the fresh air had been perfect after my busy Saturday indoors. It was the 'Have a go at crafting' day at the local community centre.
We had a lovely display on show of work that the craftshare ladies had made...
and goodby bags for sale so people could try crafting at home for themselves and put into practice what they had learnt.
Lots of people came along to try the different crafts on show. Two young university students sat with the knitting lady for 5 hours! They had never knitted before and were desperate to learn. It was wonderful to see them beavering away and only taking a short break for a quick drink and bite to eat. They left so excited with what they had achieved and will be coming along to join the Friday morning knitting group to learn more as they don't have any lessons that day. Exactly what the day was about
Many more people enjoyed the day, a huge success, perhaps the organisers will arrange more in the future. I had great fun.
My usual SAL projects were out last week....
Irish Garden (UFO) had some attention, oh look another Smyrna inner border added to the top right!
A new start for Wednesday with Barb and her parlour maids. I chose LHN Snow Bunnies this time. I decided to stitch this over 1 on 28ct to make it a little smaller for my ornament this time. The fabric is a piece from a Polstitches grab bag that I was gifted quite some time ago.
A new stitching start and its finished - Lizzie Kate Inspirational Boxer that I completed earlier this year had a free chart in with it. A little stitch project called 'Love' with very pretty threads. Not sure how to finish this one, so its sitting on the table awaiting inspiration.
I've been learning this past week myself. Isabelle's pink cardigan was giving me some problems. The knitted cable pattern up the front had some abbreviations I hadn't come across before - it was the splitting of the vines up the pattern before for the bobbles.
Good old youtube showed me a video of 'how to' and in fact it showed me a couple of different ways to do it so i could choose which suited me and very soon I got the hang of it. One front completed and I have to say I am very pleased with how its turned out.
Reading is still happening at the beginning and end of each day and my list of books read this year is growing. I read on the Good Reads website about a book challenge for 2015 a while ago and the regular people who come along to the Book Borrowers on Tuesday afternoons have taken this challenge to heart so we are trying to complete the 50 books read this year. You might see some strange and weird books appear on my list as I try and complete my challenge this year.
I've just finished reading Callanish by William Horwood, that's about the sacred stones of Callanish on the Isle of Lewis and the golden eagle that is captured and eventually returns there. Callanish is a place I would like to visit someday, so I can tick off another of the challenge questions "A book set somewhere you have wanted to visit".
I hope you are enjoying some wonderful times. It's staying lighter just that little bit longer each day as we approach the spring equinox later this month, and we also change the clocks the last weekend of the month and our days will certainly seem longer then. It's time to wave goodbye slowly to the dark short winter days and welcome the spring and new growth into our lives.
Love and blessings