Thursday, 31 October 2013
Now do you remember how I recently RAVED about ANNA DILLON and her paintings?
http://www.stitchingandhookingpassions.blogspot.co.uk/ post dated 27 October 2013 or you can google Anna Dillon or use this link:http://www.annadillon.com/
Now in the side bar of her website she mentioned THE GREAT BRITISH YEAR and gave a link, but what really caught my eye was the ONLY 4 DAYS LEFT message....So curious creature that I am I went to have a look.... Hey this was WONDERFUL! Some really amazing , touching, beautiful filming of the 4 seasons in the British Isles, 4 hours of it I have now watched in awe and absolute joy and delight. THANK YOU BBC! I am so grateful for this and all the amateur photographers who helped. It's the time-lapse phtography and filming that makes these 4 programmes so utterly delightful and different from other nature programmes such as Autumnwatch etc.
Alas the I-player versions are no longer available for Winter, Spring , Summer but the AUTUMN one is available until 3rd November: watch it now!
And for clips from Spring see the BBC BLOG which should continue to be available for longer than i-player:
The above was an orchard in summer when the apples are about to be harvested for cider I think?
Our own British weather on Monday gave us such a storm in the night that there were 5 trees down on the way to Aylesbury and I could not present at my event in London. Tracks blocked, no trains into London at all at 7:45 am. Shame.
Still soon cheered up, took a days ' leave and spent it happily with the girls, it;s HALF TERM after all and I would not have worked if I hadn't had a ''booking''.
This was my journey back from Aylesbury station , the 9 miles took me 1.5 hours?
Start by weighing out the fruits and soaking them in Rum and Stout.
For Miss E who ''needs'' him for her fancy dress costume for a party Saturday?
Suddenly mum's ''sigh usually dreadful'' crochet was actually ''cool'' and in demand!
How could I refuse? Even though I have tidying/ cleaning- more of this later- and study deadlines!!!
MSc PH remember? More of Pascal soon, I promise.
In 2005 I made it with ''original Atora'' and it was NOT a success, too fatty.
In fact at this very moment I am racking my brains to remember what I used last year?
And where are my pudding basins? I make one ''normal'' size and one tiny one, we have the tiny one at New Year's Eve. All from these amounts of ingredients:
Sunday, 27 October 2013
I used a holly leaf pattern from the book: and tweaked it slightly in using simple picots for the prickles.
I did see one: Debbie Bliss Rialto DK comes in a dark green but at £5.50 for a small ball, is that what we need for a wreath? Then I struck lucky this Tuesday on the market!! 50 p a ball now that's more like it?
The perfect shade but a 2-3 ply so I'm using it doubled.
So I'm sorting out the ''must haves'' from the ''occasionallies'' and the latter are being banned to the garage!
I did also do a wee sample of aran crochet, from Robyn Chachulas BLUE PRINT CROCHET book.
And got distracted by old crochet magazines, flicking through and discovering patterns that maybe I have grown into? I.E. I did not like them years ago, but I DO now?
Anyhow it was also lovely mucking about in the house with two laid back relaxing giggly girls who are starting their half term holiday week. I wish I had the week off too, I feel like a mellow week of tidying and cleaning, watching old movies and daytime tv WITH them !
I picked up this leaflet last week and thought we'd all go see this art exhibition in the half term- I DO have 2 of the 5 days off! BUT then when I looked closely it FINISHED TODAY! Oh no?
I didn't have to brave the rain and wind or drive and use petrol to get to Oxford?
They reminded me of snakes and salamanders?