Sunday, October 26, 2014

Autumn scenes

We may not have forests full of autumn colour here, but we can still enjoy the shades of the season all around us. The moor has a burnished glow that is just as glorious as any woodland right now. The grass and the shoreline are full of different shades of browns, golds and reds and oranges. The leaves of the potentilla are like a golden carpet, and mushrooms and fungi are appearing everywhere.
Mick and I are still walking this same route everyday. He has an ongoing excavation down by the shore - a rabbit hole, most likely. He spent a fair bit of time today, snuffling and scratching at it.  I left him to it and wandered around. I saw a wren, and almost got a good shot of a buzzard (I think). I went to sit on my favourite rock, looking out to sea, and eventually Mick came and joined me. The wind was strong, and there was a fair bit of swell in the water, but the rain stayed away while we were out. It was a good walk.  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tattie Holidays


Back in the day, this long October midterm break was known as the Tattie Holiday, as children were given time off to help with the potato harvest. Times change, and nowadays, we take things a bit easier. The Autumn holiday has become a chance to catch a last blast of sunshine and fresh air before the Winter sets in. Last year, at this time we took a trip down to London, but this holiday was spent at home. John still had his final cycle of chemotherapy to undergo, and travel plans are not really an option for us right now - times change...

But still, I was blessed with the visit of two dear friends and their boys. It was absolutely magical time. We did some touring around, ate out a lot, visited beaches, watched our boys play, while we three Mamas chatted and laughed, knitted, and laughed some more. Such balm for the soul - and even the weather conspired to keep them on the island for longer, giving us time for one more lunch out, one more day of their precious company.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

High Five

Big seas, gigantic pies, new yarn shop, lunch out with my husband, and walking the dog. Good things - normal things. Love to you all xxx

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Snippets of Yarns.

Just completed this lovely hat, using a gorgeous silk/merino handspun which I bought in Skye. A great quick knit, which I actually finished in a single evening!

Because, you know, I am not renowned for my speedy knitting, or crocheting skills. Witness the Bullseye blanket, begun at the beginning of summer - the pile of circles has grown v e r y  s l o w l y. Still, I am almost ready to start squaring them off in dark brown now, I have run out of some of the colours, and I want to make 4 of each, so need to order those. Not sure about the fawny/grey colour though. Might change that - decisions, decisions.  Meanwhile the Ripple blanket is still unfinished, the odd stripe or two being added when the notion takes me, and a summer shawl languishes in a basket for another season..

Never mind. I have, this very day, cast on  the Annabel cardigan, using the grey Rowan Purelife aran, that I bought specifically for this project. Well - it's what we do... :)

I've no books currently on the go right now - other than Stuart Little, which I am reading to James at bedtime, and various magazines, but I am listening to We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates. I do like her writing, and this is a good one. 

Lots of little bits this week - joining in with Ginny forYarn Along. 


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