Just about bordering on odd, I see things through different eyes.The heading says it all - I live, I love, I craft, I am me...


While waiting for the rain to cease ...

A harkening* back to my school days,
I have rediscovered a love.
And, while the rain is hammering down outside,
 what better accompaniment during 'the making',
than listening to a podcast or three.

*US spelling


The joy of knitting!

The sound of the whirling squeak and clunk of my wool winder,

The satisfying feel of the yarn slipping off the knitting pins,
The squashy goodness of yarn - cakes,
The unravelling of self-striping yarns revealing unexpected patterning.
The creating of gifts for special people - 
sshhhh can't tell you who it is for though coz it is a S*E*C*R*E*T!


October's Scavenger word List!

Scavenger photo-hunt BIG REVEAL for AUGUST is...
A photograph inspired by a word, words inspired by the photos - October's Scavenger photo-hunt list - enjoy!

  1. 'A' is for ...
  2. Lunch
  3. 11o'clock
  4. Black and white
  5. Looking up
  6. 'T' is for ...
  7. Landscape
  8. Two
  9. Swing
  10. My own choice

Please don't be intimidated by this list - it is not as scary as first impressions,
just enjoy the hunt and remember it does not matter what YOUR interpretations are. 
This is the best part - reading your words and seeing your photos, 
enjoying the stories you weave and the images you share.
You ALL have such a wealth of words and ideas.

I will post a reminder in a week or so - any queries, just get in contact :)

Remember to think laterally, interpret as YOU fancy,
be it a current photo or a favourite one from your past. 
We'll reconvene and post our words and photos on Friday 29th October.

Have fun!


Accepting Autumn (a bit of a Ta-d!)

I had greedily become used to the unexpected late summer warmth 
making the softer autumnal days quite delicious and balmy.
The nights have started to contain a crisp feel, 
clear skies making for chilly mornings. 
One afternoon last week, returning from a Moss walk, 
I could feel the crunch of leaves beneath my boots.
They are a bitter-sweet reminder of the season
so instead of just crushing them and feeling grumpy,
I collected a few that had dried reasonably flat.
Later at home, I rummaged out a couple of cones from last year's festive craft box,
to add to the windfall and crab apples I had already gathered, 
as well as a vine wreath I'd twisted a week or two ago. 
With trusty mug of tea at my side, I spent a happy half hour
trying out different designs
with the leaves, cones and fruits. 
Glued them on, then weighed down with pebbles.
And, true to form, a feather or two tucked in between the leaves.

Stepping back, with, my now empty mug (thank you for all you lovely comments of my mug :) )
I feel quite happy with my little token of accepting autumn, 
I shall be hanging it on my front door as soon as I have finished this post.

Thank you too for your lovely photos for the Scavenger Photo hunt (a few of you have emailed with apologies for missing last month - don't worry! We do this for the fun and the pleasure of it - it is not compulsory!!)

I will be running the photo hunt for October and November but giving it a break for December, I have something else planned for that month (mind you I suspect most of us do too). So here is a little hint of December's plan.

I will be still doing my chrimbly-count-down but with added chrimbly crafting. From the 1st of December until the 24th, I shall be posting a craft a day. Each one will be a quick and easy one and will be ranging from last minute gifts, festive baking, seasonal crafts, decorations and wrapping/making gift containers. 

I am so looking forward to sharing with you all these little tutorials and ideas!  

I shall be posting this month's list of words for our photo hunt over the weekend,
a slightly different slant this time - enjoy!

Happy FRIDAto you all


An unexpected treat

I have recently been volunteering at a walled garden for the National Trust 
and apart from the personal and curative pleasure gardening has given me,
I found the solitude and large skies soothing and therapeutic.

I have been lucky enough to pause from weeding to watch a kestrel over head,
stood in silent awe at the ruthless and swift hunting methods of a stoat,
listened to sheep quietly grazing - their lambs now gone.
I have battled wind and rain and the resulting mud (I may have mentioned that already...)
I have sweated under unseasonably warm autumn skies
and - most unexpectedly been treated to - courtesy of the National Trust Yorkshire Dales

We were given a talk and slide show on the history, 
a personal in-depth tour of the Abbey itself, 
popped into the Medieval Mill, 
sampled apples from their orchard, 
a walk and talk through the Abbey gardens, 
then guided through Studley Royals water Gardens, 
visited 'folly!' in the Banqueting House 
(my least favourite part of the day but still very interesting) 
then topped it off by walking around the deer reserve with two rangers 
who spoke very knowledgeably of their three herds (Sika, Fallow and  Red) 
We tracked the animals as the stags were showing pre-rut postures 
while the does and hinds gracefully paced around them.

It was a long but wonderful day - thank you 

PS I may have taken a gazillion photos but have only subjected you to a few, didn't want you to fall asleep!



You know the routine ... a pretty young thing, or one with aspirations thereof, heavily made-up pouting duckfaces at the mirror with eyes firmly pointed at the back of the latest version of  cellphone/tablet/digi-camera as they gush forth about their current outfit.

Now. I thought that I'd give that ago.

'WhAt?!' I hear you say as you reel back in horror... no, I am not a selfie sort of person, quite the opposite in fact, I'm more likely to be found behind the lens than in front. However, I am going to break with tradition for this particular outfit. I shall assume the character so sit back and enjoy!

OMG OMG! I just can't wait to show you my outfit of the day - I am SO obsessed with this look and I just know you will want to try it for yourselves! But don't let this remix fool you - it has been a hard slog - but I'll do it for you!

OMG I am so like totally excited to share with you my bang on trend style tips, totes my lovelies, this one is so fresh it zings my fashionista taste buds and I so know it will have you reaching for your wardrobe for this incredible combination.

This will be a huge dose of inspiration - what a day - styling was so much fun yah. I love researching for these wonderful locations where I shoot my style ideas for you. I felt like a princess - a style  princess of course!

Totes amazeballs and because I just know you want to know what I am styling ...
Starting from the top
Baseball cap - a son castoff
Hippy scarf - gift from years ago 
T-shirt, shirt, two fleeces, 
one borrow from husband, one passed on by Dad.
Two waterproof jackets, small outgrown one from son,
the other - large and baggy - ideal for stashing all extra layering beneath. 
Jeans and waterproof trousers - double winter warm ones,
Two pairs of socks, one set - my own warm but short socks, 
the others extra long and rather large -borrowed from son.
Accessories - apart from my all essential armour of rings, earrings and bracelets 
A china mug of steaming tea* of course and mud,

Told ya! 

*No reason to slum it when out in the walled garden - so tea in a china mug (with hares of course) seems to be perfect!


Last little uni gift

I did try and maintain a stiff upper lip,
I may have succumbed to a little eye dabbing and chin wobble - but not enough to embarrass the boy - Good Grief NO!

However, on getting into the car and bravely proudly waving good bye, I suspect I indulged in a little lot of motherly wibberling and snifferling (I do have - in my defence - a bit of a horrible cold) and needed a lot of 'there-theres'  by Himself.

Roll on Friday (oh - did I not mention that? - he's coming home for the weekend!) so - umm, all this moisty-eyed heart-broken mother stuff is only from Sunday to Friday.

Hmmm. I know, I know - note to self - pull yourself together.......

Any hoo - I made him a key ring with the help of Himself. He cut and drilled a piece of slate and I slapped on a bit of paint.
I think our Eldest is going to be fine (it's just his soft proud mother causing the problems!!)

Good luck my boy!
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