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Sunday, 25 September 2016

Autumn Equinox, seaside & wool shops

DH and I took a walk on the day of the autumn equinox - the day when both day and night are the same on both of the earths hemispheres.  This year it was Thursday 22nd September and our walk brought us to this ...

It's the site announcing you are at the Greenwich Meridian Line at Cleethorpes.  The Greenwich Meridian separates east from west, just as the equator separates north from south.


It's sitting right on the coastal path in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire.  It was lovely to be doing something different to see Autumn officially arrive especially when the sun was out and the beach and sea were right next to you.
DH decided to take me away for a few days to rest and relax and its done me the world of good. We've spent time inside this fabulous caravan -

Tea and cake on the beach at 15.21 the exact time of the equinox where we were, and only just a little early for the British tea and cake time of 4pm lol.

With a lovely view, tide out and sun shining .....

A little crafting being done on the comfy sofas in the caravan in the evenings.  A few little x's were put into the Christmas ornament challenge chosen by Christine over at Needlecraft Haven and a sock  was knitted ....
Slow walks in the fresh air taking in the sights,
remnants of the war out to sea... 
and official memorials to those that have lost their lives in combat .....

There has been such a lot of activity in the Humber Estuary and surrounding areas over the years during the troubles and in peacetimes.  DH reads a lot of factual and non-fiction about the forces and it pleased him to see the men and women remembered.
Looking round the shops in Cleethorpes I homed in on one that looked like my kid of place.  The entrance had been yarnbombed with seaside and beach hut knits
The lady behind the counter at A Good Yarn was lovely and there were knitters in the back room clicking away having fun.  We chatted sock wool and I was salivating over the Hollyberry pair that had been knitted and on show in the window, but alas no wool in stock so I came away with a different ball of West Yorkshire Spinners sock wool to enhance my stash.

After a restful few days and on the way home, we stopped off at a place both DH and I had been to in our childhoods and many times since with our own children.  At Sutton on Sea we sat and had our lunch on the beach and read our books for a while.
A wander along the High Street, which has hardly changed in over 30 years I spied one interesting addition since we were last there.
The Mill is a wool/haberdashery/gift shop.   Stocked to the gunnels with eye catching displays of beautiful things.  The owner was kind enough to let me take a snap to show you just how fabulous and yummy everything is.....

We spoke about supporting local shops and how the internet is not kind to them.  We had a giggle when a guy came in with his lady wife and he was heard to yawn loudly and I did comment that only a man in a wool shop could be bored!
The Mill has Twitter and Instagram accounts which were written down for me so I could pass them on to my visitors ....

and of course I did purchase something,  Still no West Yorkshire Spinners hollyberry wool, but I did spy another ball that I had been drooling over in other shops, so that came home with me.  I also bought a round needle to try out knitting socks on that instead of the 4 pins I usually use.
Many thanks to the lovely lady at The Mill (i forgot to ask your name) for taking time to chat with me and I look forward to visiting you again when we are in the area. 
Arriving home DS had taken delivery of an envelope for me whilst i'd been away.  Inside was the most delightful gift from June, our dear butterfly friend.   Thank you so much June for your kindness, lots of lovely things that will be so very useful.  DH already has his eye on a pair of cable patterned socks in the magazine!
DS had taken a wander to the post office and sent out a parcel from me.  He mailed off a little something to Barb that she had asked me to make for her.  A little redwork covered tape measure.
I did say earlier in the post that I had added some little x's into the monthly Christmas ornament challenge whilst away, I did in fact stitch it all.  Today, being the last Sunday of the month means it's reveal day and as I managed to grab an hour whilst listening to the omnibus of The Archers BBC radio series this afternoon, its all finished and pic sent to Christine for the gallery, so, before I sign off i'll add it on here for you to see my finish.  This months design is by Aliolka.
With having little or no internet last week I have a weeks worth of blog reading to catch up and i'm looking forward to visiting you all to see what you have been up to and seeing your pics of Yarndale.   As autumn is now upon us, that means darker earlier evenings coming and more productive crafting happening.   It also means that it will be Strictly Come Dancing again at the weekends so I'll be getting on with catching up on my Joyful World SAL whilst that's on as the ladies at Needlecraft Haven are having Strictly UFO stitching time whilst watching the glitz and glamour and as I'm only on July it's definately an unfinished object! 
As always, thank you for your visit here and blessings to you all.
Julie  x

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Gifted Gorgeousness September

The 15th of the month meant it was time for a Gifted Gorgeousness post...... mines a couple of days late.

Created by the lovely Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching, a way to show what kind and wonderful people crafting folks are with their lovely gifts they send out to others.
The very laid back rules are quite simple and can be found on Jo's sign up page at the top of her blog and Septembers link up post is here.
Not a lot of crafting recently, but I have completed a gift for DH.  For my birthday I was gifted some pure alpaca wool for a local alpaca farm. 
I came across a lovely pattern for some hand warmers and as DH suffers with arthritis, I thought it would be nice to make him a pair to keep his hands warm in the winter months.
The last stitch was put in last night and here they are ...
He's very pleased with them and so am I.  Not sure I like the pure alpaca wool, its a little prickly to knit with.  One of the ladies at the knit group is knitting with dyed 4 ply alpaca from a farm on the Isle of Wight and that seems to be so much softer, perhaps one day i'll give alpaca a try again.
I'd like to take the opportunity of my GG post to wish Jo a very Happy Birthday today.  I did send out a little note as I had been looking in my stash to see if I had some of the thread she is looking for for a project she is to start, unfortunately, I didn't have any, but I did come across something else that I thought she might be able to make use of, so that was sent off as a little surprise for her.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JO, I hope you have a wonderful day
Blessings to you all

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

1st & 2nd place

Saturday was the local horticultural and craft show which I am a committee member for. 

It's a busy day and we have professional judges come along to view and place all items entered, even the childrens section.   There are strict rules and guidelines to be adhered to.

A great day was had by all even though it was very, very wet outside.


This year I entered 3 items.  4ply pair of socks, 6 ply socks and a jar of homemade marmalade.

The 6 ply socks won a second place

and the marmalade won a 1st place.

The show benches were full of crafting entries this year

Childrens craft entries were well supported too....

Best in show went to a beautiful cross stitched piece of a bird table, it belongs to a lovely lady and was well deserved.

Trophies are handed out by a local celebrity gardener and radio presenter Ady Dayman.  He also auctions off any produce and goods that entrants don't want to take home and half of the proceeds of the day are given to 'Rainbows' a local charity for children with life limiting illness.
This year the Lord Mayor was in attendance with local councillors as we had presentations for Best gardens in the area including hanging baskets - a total of 18 extra rounds of applause!  Unfortunately I didn't take any pics of that as I was up front helping to make sure the correct certificate and trophy went to the right person.

A very inventive chap brought along a tyre which he had made into a basket and filled with plants, what a great way to recycle a tyre! 

With not being back to full health myself, I had a lot of help from friends on the day who gave up their time to come along and help out to make things easier for me personally.  Many thanks to all those who came along and supported us on the day and also my thanks to Clare and Barb who have sent me lovely little notes in the post, its lovely to have such good friends.  Clare had a special day all of her own on Saturday.
Now it's time for the craft and knitting groups I belong to put on their thinking caps and start planning for next years entries.
Today, we begin a mini heatwave again for a few days, the weather this September is so strange....
Blessings to you all

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

The postman brought a smile my way

I've been resting a lot for a few days, some super strong meds that had to be taken for something else that happened.  I'm getting a bit fed up of saying that i am not well and I bet you are all fed up reading about it, but, sometimes blogs are not full of nice and happy things to chat about and life does throw a spanner in the works for you.

I'm on the mend again now thankfully, but whilst feeling pretty awful, postie delivered a lovely belated birthday gift from Sally.

Isn't that such a beautiful stitched and finished pillow.  Thank you so much Sally, it really did brighten my day. xx

What to do when feeling a little brighter and needing something to occupy your mind a little.  Nothing too busy that takes too many brain cells and half an hours concentration is enough - I reached for the kitted up Autumn SAL that was in my workbasket .... I finally picked up needle and thread and put in a few little crosses and slow but sure, I had a little finish.

A very old free design and this is the third one in the seasonal set i've stitched this year.  I will put it into the frame properly towards the end of the month when autumn finally arrives and it will replace the Summer piece.

This weekend its the Horticultural Show at the community centre, fingers crossed all goes well and we get lots of entries on the show benches so I have some nice things to show you next time.

Thanks for visiting

Blessings to you all

Julie x