Photo a Day – Week Twenty Nine and Thirty

Back to everyday life. However everyday life was filled with nature these two weeks (and hopefully every week right?)

A path in the woods.

Sunrise.

Found on my lunchtime walk.

Amaranthus.

Got the big camera out while the sun was shining.

Took my BFF away for her birthday and this was the view from our hotel window!

The we went to Tatton Park, more on that garden soon but for now these were the lovely pumpkins in the vegetable garden.

I adore this photo. The blue sky, the living fence to give a linear structure and the light on that beautiful Dahlia.

Texture, colour and contrast.

Got so lucky on my walk to work! Wish I’d had the big camera but still love this photo. And that tree is the one we played rounders by last year.

Another pretty Dahlia.

More pretty light this time peeking through and illuminating the greenhouse.

Almost time for this darling tree to come into the limelight for December.

Cheerful Rudbeckia brightening up the border.

And there we go.

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Bloom 2018 – Little Suns

Popping in to share these pretty sunflowers. These yellow ones have come to an end now in the garden but luckily I have the photos to remember them by.

Somewhere I will have written down what variety these are but I can’t locate that information at the moment……grr! They are little stars in the way of prettiness and classic sunflower colouring. Not tall plants but they do keep on producing flowers with the perfect length of stem for my arrangements, so I must have more next year.

Right now though I have been charged with some weeding, my least favourite garden job and since the sun is shining brilliantly I better just get on with it…..

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The 100 Day Project 2018 – Thoughts on the Completed Project

It’s over three months since I made my final heart on fabric for this years 100 Day Project! Where does the time go?

I did really well at sewing the squares together and finished that part of the quilt a few weeks after the end of the project. The time lapse is partly to do with me, the well known fact that crafts go in seasons with me, and partly that I have struggled to get a good photo of the quilt top.

I had it in my head that I wanted to hold up the quilt top not lay it down as I had all through the 100 days. After my second ‘photo shoot’ I should have given up and just laid it on the floor but I was stubborn and tried again.

Argh…… still blurry and with shadows but here it is.

Back at day eighty four I promised to return here and share what I learned from doing this project. I’ve just gone back and read my roundup post for last year to see what I thought about that project (I’ve linked all past post’s below).

What I mentioned in that post was that I’d surprised myself by completing the 100 days and that I was happy to have carved 15-30 minutes out of my day to craft.

Both of those thoughts are true this time around. I had set a more challenging project but still completed it and I made the time to do it.

I also simply love what I have made. I love that I tried new techniques, learnt about fabric paint (grr) and stamping with ink on fabric. That I used a well loved blouse, a sheet my sister gave me and mostly materials I had on hand for the squares. That I carved my own heart stamps, used a colour palette and fell in love with applique.

I think my biggest takeaway should be that I can do it. I may tweak and make it work for me but I can do it.

What I would really like to do then is believe this of myself day in and day out. I have a dream to sell things that I make. But I do not believe I can. I don’t really try to do it. There are a dozen reasons why I don’t. Excuses I should say, not reasons. There are too many folk already doing it, it will cost more that it makes, I don’t have people skills to sell things, nothing I make will be good enough………..

Perhaps I need to look long and hard at those 100 quilt squares and realise that I can do it if I want to and stop all the excuses? Maybe I will. We will see.

In the meantime I am already looking forward to 100 days 2019 and planning to finish the quilt obviously!

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Here is my intro post to the 2018 project and my thoughts on 25 days down and at 80 days. And here is the post I wrote at the beginning of the 2017 project with this one summing up my thoughts at the end of those 100 days last year.

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Layout Share – Checking In

Still more stories to tell from our 2017 adventures!

Checkin’ in

Here’s the story –

The magic is here. At last we made it. A long journey today but it is so good to be here. Our base for the next ten days Caribbean Beach Resort. Custom House where we checked in was cool and exotic a perfect tribute to its name. And the air con was perfect too a must in this heat…… It was so exciting to get our magic bands and all the information of course. The $750 gift card for the building work issue..cher-ching! Then off we went to our rooms. No key needed you just blip the band. Oh Yes!

Just typing that out makes me all nostalgic for Disney and eager to share the other pages I’ve made so far about this part of the trip. Such great fun was had.

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Photo a Day – Week Twenty Seven and Twenty Eight

The holiday continues…….

Not sure if I mentioned exactly where we went. Above is the picturesque town of Lucca in Tuscany. Above is the view from our first Italian pizza lunch spot.

Then Venice the following day and a rare opportunity on a quite street for a timer shot.

Lucca again and we borrowed bikes from out hotel and cycled about. This ‘street’ is actually on top of the wall that circles the town! Yep it’s that wide and is pretty amazing. The locals and tourists alike use it a their open space, their park and it is a magnificent treat to see.

I keep trying to perfect these shots…… I’m composing a blog post on my more recent attempts at selfies.

We moved on to the coast and on our first evening caught the sunset.

I began a new Dropcloth sampler after buying a pair of scissors from the supermarket. So cute!

The grounds of the hotel were filled with flowers.

A day trip to Pisa. More on that soon too. Love how the Cathedral and the famous tower are the tallest buildings around.

Loved the pool here and the light.

And for our final stop on this Tuscan tour we headed to Florence.

Many many stunning buildings and many, many motorbikes!

We stumbled upon an old fashioned photo booth.

Last look around this amazing place. I liked the sliver of the famous Duomo in amongst the other buildings.

And home to him.

And that was our summer holiday.

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What I’ve been Reading – July, August and September 2018

Well. My reading went off the rails a little over the summer. I picked a book from the pile to start off July and kept trying to read it but in the end I decided I wasn’t bothered about finding out who the murderer was (shocking I know!) and I put it down. That wasted most of the month. I am so picky with my books that I very rarely put one down without finishing it but sometimes is has to be done.

I went back to familiar territory I’m afraid after that little disaster. The Enemy by Lee Child. This is the only photo I have of the cover as I’ve returned it to my sister who is keeper of the Reacher collection!

I think it’s pretty clear that I like these books! Quickly read and enjoyed.

After that it was more familiarity with The Attenbury Emeralds by Jill Patton Walsh based on the characters of Dorothy L. Sayers. Really liked this one. Patton Walsh has taken these well loved folk and made them even more loveable.

Our holiday began with more Reacher, Tripwire by Lee Child. If you recall my sister and I are trying to buy all these books second hand and this one, the third in the series has been tricky to find. But she located a copy and kindly let me read it first.

And then I went back to good old Stephanie Plum. I read this one on the kindle so no photo. It was quick and I admit the same old same old. But for a holiday read it was fine.

So there we are three months and only four books so I’m still playing catch up. My tally for the year is sixteen. Better get cracking if I’m going to make it to twenty four!

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The Click Tick List – Sail on the Grand Canal

This is one of those things that I added to my list because it felt easy-ish to accomplish, after all Italy isn’t too far from me yet it also felt like something that I’d never do. Perhaps this was because I couldn’t see us parting with the money to hire a gondola!

Enter then the Vaporetto. A water bus.

When we were planning our summer trip to Tuscany I added a day trip to Venice into the mix. It is not close but it was closer than Leeds so I thought we could make the train journey and I could cross something off my list.

The ride on the Vaporetto was the main event. And Gav did an amazing job of planning where we should get on and off the bus and then how to spend the rest of the afternoon. It worked out great.

We visited Venice on another day trip about 20 years ago and I admit that I didn’t like it all that much. Yes, it was beautiful and quirky but oh so crowded. Still I wanted to go back and take that boat trip and I am so glad I did because I fell in love with the quieter streets and the bridges, oh the bridges!

But this story is not about the bridges. This story is about the canal and all its beautiful buildings lining the waters edge. We hopped on board at the train station.

Loved that traffic light in the picture below!

Seeing the city from the water was perfect and I guess this is how it should be viewed.

Managed to snap a reflection of us while we were docked.

After thirty minutes or so we came to the San Marco basin where the canal opens up into a bigger area of water and where we disembarked.

The building in the below photo is the Doge’s Palace with the domes of San Marco’s Basilica in the background.

And to finish us off one of the perfect little bridges. Oh yes, the large white bridge at the top of this post is the Rialto Bridge a spectacular and grand example which has shops actually on it!

So there we go a memorable trip on a water bus that can be crossed of the list!

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Photo a Day – Week Twenty Six

Hello again. We are back from our holiday and I’m here to share photos. A theme week. Looking down!

I still love taking photos of my feet. I’m sure I have said before that it makes me feel grounded, like I really exist in the space I live. It also tells a story of the place and the season and they make me so happy. And while ever that is the case I’ll keep on taking them.

Out on our walk. It was chilly today. Had my toes covered up and my coat on. This is a recognisable road marking on our route.

Another recognisable spot. Warmer today but the leaves are falling already. Buddy matches them.

One of our new garden paths. With the mess of building them still visible. Self sown Cerinthie seedling. My old, old Merrells.

My favourite sneakers again. An unfamiliar surface but a pretty one. We were at the shopping centre looking for holiday clothes.

The cold weather shoes are on. I love this cobbled street on our walk and the broken yellow road markings.

The holiday feet. The very (to me) expensive sandals. A pretty surface to walk on. Somewhere I may never go again.

Beautiful cobbles and the two of us.

And there we go.

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Travel Time

Just popping in to say we are in Tuscany enjoying cappuccino and gelato! Be back soon.

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Layout Share – So Yum

A little sweet treat in New Orleans…..

So Yum

Here’s the story –

You read the guide books and they tell you the places to visit. Cafe du Monde was one of the must visit places in New Orleans to try their beignets. Bev went in and bought them and they were indeed delish. We enjoyed them back at the hotel w/free coffee!  

Hmmm…… Love the photo and the page design but my story is lacking. Just one of those days where I wrote nothing much. And I didn’t include a date!

But it’s done and I shall pop into the album anyway and I’m sure in ten years I’ll love that I told this tale.

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