Friday, 25 May 2018

May 2018 Photo Hunt

Once again it's time to join in with Hawthorn, contributing to her Photo Scavenger Hunt.  In the beginning (many moons ago) when I read the published list of words, I used to panic thinking I'd not find anything.  Now it is so much easier as I start to think as soon as I read the list and hey-presto I have photos....  it does take some thinking I can say.

Anyway, without any more waffling I will share my photos with you, but in a slightly different order to her list.


We own several fields nearby and spend a lot of time 'playing' up there.  We don't have any livestock but it is a great place to go to (when the weather permits).  Back in February 2009 Beloved (and with some help from myself) planted some willow whips.  They have grown but there is a problem.  Cue photo!

Water from our neighbour's property runs all the time now through the wall and past the willows.
Beloved noticed some time ago that some of the willows are falling over because of this.
Something had to be done to avert a total disaster.


Now this is an interesting word with so many meanings.  I have decided to use the meaning of desirable, eg, that's a cool car.......

Here I am looking very cool.....  seems I am destined to be linked to mud!

The fields are still so very wet that we are unable to get Beloved's digger into the field 
and dig a trench for the water to use rather than flowing through the disaster willows.....  
So I set to with my border spade and dug a trench!
Here I am nearing the end of my second stint....  I decided to throw the gloves
away, well they were rather worn.
Yes, I nearly fell over once and my boots were nearly left in the mud
on several occasions!  What fun it was.  I like a challenge.


As I was making my trench and water started to flow in it, I noticed a collection of bubbles, swirling around and around; ah MOVEMENT I heard myself say.  I am hoping if you click here you will see a short video clip!


Back at the previous house we kept chickens for about 30 years.  Sadly in our new house I've decided not to bother with them as I want less work!!!!  Anyway, I used to spend hours making covered runs for them, as I did not want cats etc to jump in with them nor did I want them to jump out and go and play in my garden.

In the top photo you can see an example of the fencing I used to do.
It did take several hours to dismantle the run, move it etc.
The chickens always loved their new run and would 
eagerly wait for me to finish the construction.  
The ground was very stoney so knocking in the uprights
was not easy!  When it snowed the top net would sag
and I'd have to go out and sort it out.
Then one day I had a brain wave.

Rather than make little runs and move them, I could extend the fencing upwards!
So I'd no longer need to use a top net!!!!
The bottom photo shows you the extended fencing 'reaching for the skies'.
Did it work???  Oh, yes, like a dream.
Wish I'd thought of this sooner....


Back to the fields where we have a long hawthorn hedge, over 100 metres in length.  It is spiky and the spikiness varies from virtually no spikes to massive ones.  We hand cut it as I can't face the thought of Beloved zooming along with his petrol driven hedge cutter and leaving me to pick the bits up.  Did this once on a short section of hedge and never again!

I hope you can see the spikes!  Bottom right is the hedge and it
looks lovely now, despite my hands getting spiked!

Own Choice

At the end of March 2015, we moved to our current house and the vendors said ducklings should appear soon.  And indeed they did, coming to the garden with mum.  Since there, whilst we have had plenty of visiting ducks, we have had no ducklings.  Until the first week in May this year!

The fifth duckling in the top photo had just zoomed off somewhere.
It showed no sign of coming back and I was confident the others would
soon run off so I had to be content with this shot.
In the bottom photo is mum with her 5 little ones.  All having a siesta.  
I was amazed to see how fast the little ones can move.  
Even more amazing was to see a crane fly slowly move down the patio door window
and for a duckling to dash and catch it.  Yes it ate it in one....

Well I hope you like my photos and thanks for taking the time to look at them.  Don't forget to pop over to Hawthorn to see her photos and what other people have found.  It is great to see everyone's efforts.  As usual I will be saying 'Why didn't I think of that?'.

Friday, 27 April 2018

April 2018 Photo Hunt

I'm a bit later this month getting my photos sorted.....  I did find Hawthorn's words quite tricky!  So let me show you what I found.

1   Swirl

This was quite easy!  At a yarn show recently I espied all these swirling colours.

2  Rock

Near where we live is Earl Crag; click here to read more about it.
We visited one evening and there were some huge rocks to scramble over.
I particularly liked this one, with the water filled holes in the top.

3  Wood

Now this word caused me a lot of problems.  When you consider this word, there is such a wide range to objects to pick from.  I know I have taken loads of photos, secretly knowing I would not use them as they did not feel right.  Then the other late afternoon as we were driving in the Skipton/Embsay area we went past the ideal object.  Lucky for me we were passing that area 2 days later so Beloved kindly parked while I took my camera for a short walk.  I've also decided to keep the other photos I've rejected this month in case I can use them later!

I just love this old tree (oak I think) with the hole through it at the bottom.

4   Letter

Another tricky one for me this month; I was bemoaning to Hawthorn that I had nothing for this word when I had a lighbulb moment!  Problem sorted.

The letter M in the mud made by me!!!  We own several fields nearby and 'play' up there.
Since last autumn it has been very damp up there.  Sometimes we have a river running
down the long field!  So it was easy to find a patch of mud and make my mark.

I know this is a second photo for the category LETTER but I was just taking a photo of 
my recently finished crochet bag and suddenly saw the letter M in the handle...

5   Balance

Apologies for the wonky photos!  This is now an ornament
but Beloved used to use it when he was at school.
Very much pre-digital weighing scales.....

6  Own Choice

A cushion!!!!  Yes, made by me.  About 20 years ago I bought the
kit, looked at it and put it away.  When we moved here 3 years ago
I looked at it and put it away.  
Then early March this year I got it out as I realised it would 
complement the new sofa quilt.  It took me about 22 days
to finish it; I only spent up to a couple of hours each
day working on it.  I'm pleased with it and love 
the plump cushion it has become.
It is 14" square (35.5 cm if you prefer metric!).

Well, as they say that's all folks.  Thanks for taking the time to look at my photos.  If you havn't done so already, please click here to look at Hawthorn's photos and from there follow the links to other participants.  It is always so interesting to see what other people find.

Friday, 30 March 2018

March 2018 Photo Scavenger Hunt

Well it is only 3 March and I've got my photos for this month's photo hunt sorted, again hosted by Hawthorn.  So I can now relax for the next 27 days!

So let me show you what I've come up with.

1   Hole

Well two holes; I could not decide which to include....
The top one is a hole in the bird house, through which the blackbird drops in
to get to its suet block.  So far I've not seen any other birds in there.
Like most people we've had some snow; look at the hole the flapping
rotary dryer cover made in the snow.

2  Making

I'm planning to make this quilt for Beloved; I will be using this pattern but different colours.
He likes red, black and white.  It will be a cover for his armchair.
The areas labelled above with 1 will be a red fabric with some black in it.
The areas labelled above with 2 will be a graded set of black and white fabrics.
Area 3 I think will be black and white.
Area 4, well I'll sort that out later!

 3  Reading

The book I am using.  I've made 2 French Braid quilts before, 2008 and 2009.
I cannot recall how to make it so will be re-reading these pages again
when I set to and make it.

4   Black and White

The collection of black and white fabrics I purchased from a recent visit to a quilt show at Harrogate.
I'm not convinced about the third one from the right so might change it.
These fabrics are displayed on the red and black fabric I plan to use in Beloved's quilt.

5   Starts with H

H is for Hexagons!  I made another basket earlier this year but wanted
to make a smaller one.  Beloved helped me by drawing out a pentagon
which I used to make the hexagons turn up into sides.
I do find the little clips in the top left photo wonderful; no more 
getting stabbed with pins.  For the pentagons I deliberately
reversed the colour sequence.  The second row shows the basket
from the outside (star side) and then the inside.
As you can see I've found a use for my new basket, holding yarn left over from 
making Attic24 blankets.  I've found I can even turn the basket inside out....
I've yet to decide what I will do with this lovely yarn.

6   Own Choice

Back in January's photo scavenger hunt this year (click here) I showed you the quilt I'd made for the sofa.  Guess what?  I've now made a quilt for each of the arm chairs.

Top left Beloved's chair (when he joins me upstairs!); top right my chair.
Bottom left both chairs.  Bottom right shows some of my chicken fabrics!
Like the sofa quilt I took them to Quilters Quarters in Longridge to be quilted on a 
long arm machine.  The quilts are firmer than if they had been hand quilted.
So I am mulling over whether to try to layer up Beloved's French Braid quilt
or to take it to Longridge.....  I'll ask his opinion when I get to that stage!

Well, as they say that's all folks.  Thanks for taking the time to look at my photos.  If you havn't done so already, please click here to look at Hawthorn's photos and from there follow the links to other participants.  It is always so interesting to see what other people find.

So I will take my own advice and go and have a look.  Bye!