Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Snuggly snood

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Oh dear I really am getting worse instead of better. I have loads to blog about but do I ? No! No wonder I lost a few followers.

I have been busy making. I am at a craft fair on Saturday and will be sharing my makes with you just as soon as I have photographed them. The above pictures are of my latest thingy. Its basically a long scarf that I then joined into a loop. They are all over in the shops here in the UK. This time last year we had a major freeze (my pipes burst do you remember?) So I got myself all organised. Scarf that covers neck and head, grippy boots, new gloves. Alas we are in the grips of excessive mildness. The pattern that I used has since been removed although I still have it in my ravelry library as a pdf. I can tell you how I did it if you are interested.I used 4 ply yarn.

Here in the UK we are having a day of industrial action by the public sector workers over pay and pensions so I am entertaining my son who I am particular friends with after an excellent parents evening and an even better baking session where he made chocolate orange bakewell style tart (part of an invention test for GCSE hospitality and catering) He has orange rind in the pastry, a layer of orange marmalade on the bottom of the tart case and a chocolate topping. Its beautiful, just like him.

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Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Summer hols part two

We spent Half term in Northumberland.

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Beaches

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Houses. (This is Earl Greys house and yes I did have a cup)

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Paddling (or plodging as we call it up here)

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The Holy island of Lindisfarne reached only by a causeway at low tide.

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Huts of upturned boats.

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So many castles.

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The Farne islands. Home to families of grey seals pupping right now.

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Picnic on the beach.

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More plodging

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More beaches

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More castles

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Hmmmm…. standing in the line of fire.

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Alnwick castle. Home to the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland and where the first 2 HP films were shot.

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Halloween fun.

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First ever electrically lit house in England.

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Clan Howe, Happy days indeed…….

 

I cannot recommend this part of the country enough. We’ve been going for years and never get bored. Its a magical place, full of history and romance. *sigh*

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