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29/10/2020

October's words and pictures :D

Welcome to this month's words and photos - hope you enjoy!
 

Sweet Treat

Peanut butter & oat biscuits - so quick to make and even quicker to eat! Recipe HERE

utter Starts with a ..... W ....

Wheel. Yes, that wheely is a rubber tyre being used as a nest. The bird is a black backed gull and if you think how large a car tyre is ... shows how big the bird is. However, that is not the whole story..... let me show you another image and see what you think now.....
See that rather small black speck on Queen Rock - the sea stack? Well that is the wheel-nest..... The stack is 80 foot tall and on the very tippity top .... a tyre. Apparently it has been there for years. It could not have been a lucky throw because the distance is too great, so someone with climbing know how scaled that chalk stack and took a car tyre for good measure....... 

(I have just done a little research and it has been there since the 1960s!!! There used to be a traffic cone there too but that has gone now). There was also a King Rock but that too has long gone, swallowed up by the sea. I have just found another photo - taken 12 years ago when it had a gargoyle cemented on top! HERE
The mind boggles.

Reading Now

Word Perfect by Susie Dent - except it isn't - apparently it is full of errors. Eldest pre-ordered a copy before he moved and when, several weeks later, it landed here at home, the delivery company just lobbed it over the front garden wall and the parcel was absolutely sodden after a soggy night out. I eventually found the parcel, rescued the book which was fortunately still dry - unlike it's container which just collapsed into a papery mush. I let Eldest know (now living away in his new home) and he filed a complaint regarding the delivery service. Only to be told that he would be getting a new (and error free) book as soon as it was printed. So now I am reading and enjoying Eldest's book :) next on my reading list is .... Human kind - A hopeful History by Rutger Bregman


Hobby/crafting

During lockdown, when life changed direction somewhat, I rediscovered my sewing machine and found my sewing kit - with a bit of a practice (cushion covers for both the house and the van) I found that I rather like sewing. Not clothing - no - that's not me (it might be sometime, but certainly not now) No - I am still more of a crafter and sewing is just another element to crafting. So I have played with Boro stitching, visible mending, fabric journals, toys and masks.... many masks. It feels good being able to gift a mask that you have made and you know they appreciate and wear - I have found the easiest and most successful pattern - the 3D mask - HERE. I have shared it before however, it definitely is worth a look (and do put up with the video explanation - it is worth it for the 30 seconds of instruction!)

Something Purple


Last year in September, when we were out and about - these made us smile as we passed by.  Instead of the usual black bales of silage on this farm we saw these large purple 'faces' with their features made with huge stickers. They were a charity fund raiser - if I remember rightly it was for a children's charity.

My own choice

On Sunday we were walking, it was a brisk crisp day, a wonderful change from the previous very wet Saturday. Our route was as people free as we could make it and during the seven or so miles, we only spoke to two separate people and saw a dog walking family someway off in the distance. But what we did find .... was this little completely out of season little beauty. Tucked deeply into moss and grass and on a bank facing the sun, this spring flowering primrose was cheerfully flowering in autumn...... did it not get the memo? Or has it decided that 2020 was so rubbish that it would to start again :D What ever the reason - it made my heart sing and it was such a delight to find (Well spotted Himself!)

Well, that's my lot - I'm off to see what the other lovely photo hunters have come up with for October's photos and stories, hope you do too :D


15 comments:

  1. Beautiful images as ever.
    We ought to be walking more...

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    1. Thank you :)
      We have found walking a great release from all the rubbish that is happening at the moment x

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  2. I am full of admiration for your sewing efforts. I love your purple picture. Those hay bales are fantastic. I have seen pink ones, but never purple. Earlier this year you gave me a bowl with 3 primroses in, two died after flowering but the third just took off. It flowered again in summer and now is flowering again. It seems happy outside. But my favourite has to be the gull living precariously on top of that stack. xx

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    1. thank you :)
      We loved the purple bales - so cheery and it was such a wet day we found them, so they were a welcome find :D x

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  3. Your bikkies look delicious & the nest in the wheel is "amazing". We've had bales of silage in coloured wrapping here too, but nothing quite as exciting as those wonderful faces. Thanks for taking the time to snap them. I do like the shape of that face mask, but don't seem to be able to find just the pattern for it. I think it is lovely that you are sewing them for everyone & making such a good job. I've tried several patterns & some are comfortable & some not, but I don't like them much & we'll probably be wearing them till about next March here in Victoria, so they say & it's mandatory once outside your front gate. Thanks for doing this hunt for us, take care, stay safe & huggles.

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    1. Hi, thanks Susan. The mask pattern - it is in the video - as I mentioned you do have to watch the video - so simple and obvious when you watch it, best and easiest one to date and fits all faces without much fuss :)

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  4. Such a set of happy photos. I'm sitting her grinning. Pity you were not able to take a photo of the wheel being put in place.... I too have flowers appearing in the garden that should not be here now. Best of all I love the purple bales. x

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    1. Thank you - feel free to grin away, makes me happy especially on such a wet day! (another one!!) xx

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  5. That's amazing that you found a primrose. Really not sure what's going on there! The peanut oat biscuits look very tempting, and crazy/interesting about the gulls wheel nest. X

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    1. Thanks Sharon😊 those biscuits are good when your go out walking, they don't crumble too quickly🚶‍♀️🚶‍♂️🐾

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  6. I need something to go with my tea and those look very tasty! Thanks for sharing the recipe too.
    Your wheely story is wheely quite amazing!
    I like your masks, they look like a nice variation I'd be willing to try.
    The purple faces are definitely something to smile about, they are a cheery site.
    Surprise flowers are certainly a treat, maybe you'll find more?

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  7. I love all of your photographs, I do love it when farmers do things like that with the hay bales I never remember to get photographs (I am making that a new year's resolution).

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    1. Aw thank you Joanne, if I don't have my camera with me I use the one on my phone, often easier than lugging the larger one around😊

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  8. Lovely story about the tyre and gull. Those bales of hay are wonderful, so much cheerier than the black ones. I love it when farmers do quirky things on their land. There’s a large fibreglass camel called Humphrey by the M5 motorway in Somerset. It’s been there for years, since I was little and each year it changed colour and maybe had a different hat on. I discovered that the young farmers association would take it on a pub crawl each year before its yearly makeover! Lulu xXx

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