Friday, 30 June 2017

June 2017 Photo Hunt

I am once again joining in with Hawthorn Spellweaver (click here to visit her blog and see links to other people who are taking part). This month she presented us with a list of 10 words.  Another challenging list and I present my selection below!

1   Setting sun

Just love setting suns; such a pity my camera does not capture the vivid colours and scale of
it all.


2   My local wild place
and
6   Mini Beasts

This old metal seat (from a bench some friends were breaking up) is where I used to sit
in my new garden and have a brew.  But not any more!

Look who lives under this seat!  I found out the hard way the first summer here.  I was
sitting having a brew and felt a tickling sensation on my hand - ants!!!
Each summer they return and live under the metal seat.
I leave them to it.  It is hard to sit in most places as there seems to 
be ants everywhere!


3  Mug of my favourite drink in the garden

This was a tough one for me as I rarely have take a drink out into the garden.
It is often too cold for me or there are ants wandering around wherever
I choose to sit.  So my preferred seat is in this chair, covered in 
a quilt I made, with my favourite mug (from a set of 4) filled
with coffee if in the morning or any other time hot water and
I can read and overlook the garden.  A lot of gardening
planning takes place here.  What you can't see is
the veranda outside these patio doors upon which
are various bird feeders.  So I love to sit here
and watch the visitors to the feeders.  
At the moment there are a lot
of juvenille birds.
Great!


4   My kind of beautiful

There are so many objects I regard as beautiful but for several months now I am drawn
to the many and varied bees that live in my garden.


5  Look to the skies

The sky is an amazing place; clouds of different shapes and colours,
planes (domestic and military) and helicopters flying above,
con trails from planes, birds in the air too but you 
just can't beat a lovely rainbow; if you look closely to the right
you will see it is a double one.


7  Rain

June 2017 started off wet which was so disappointing as we'd had some good weather
but like a typical English summer, it did not last (well not until mid June when
we had a mini-heat wave!).  Anyway, here we are parked at the view point at 
Pinhaw, a favourite place of ours.  In the distance we could see the rain
rolling in.  We did think we might walk up to the trig point but
decided against it as we did not fancy getting wet!


8  Something summery

Look was a change in the summer weather did!  This is the River Ribble at Settle after a few
days of rain.  I seem to recall my childhood summers were long and hot and the
tar always melted!!!  Since 2004 when Beloved bought some fields nearby
we've become more aware of the summer weather as we have to get our
grass cut and gathered in.  A lot of the summers since then have been poor.
I hope the above picture is not what this year's summer will be!


9  Urban wilderness

I like to see wildlife in my garden as well as elsewhere.  I feel privileged
that birds and critters like my garden.  This little cheeky mouse
certainly liked the fat balls!


10  Own choice

We moved to this area in September 1983 and the other day we decided to climb to the top of
Pendle hill!  This is not quite the top as it was too windy there.  But you have to believe
me that I did make it to the top!  So pleased we did it.  It is about 557 m high (1827 feet
in old money).  I've poor knees and coming down did not do
them any favours.   I think we would like to go to the top again but take a
gentler route, albeit much longer!


Well that's my offerings for this month.

Now I must go and look at everyone else's photos.  Don;t forget you can click here to see other people joining in with Hawthorn this month.


Friday, 26 May 2017

May 2017 Photo Hunt

I am once again joining in with Hawthorn Spellweaver (click here to visit her blog and see links to other people who are taking part). This month she gave us a list of 25 words from which we had to select just 10 words.  I present my selection below!

1  Lichen

I think lichens are amazing.  I've not tried to find the names of the above 3 but one day,
perhaps when I have time (!!!!!), I will do some research.  I suspect they will
be hard to identify!


2  Glass

Years ago (it must be at least 20) I spotted this glass ornament in a charity shop
and it just had to come home with me.  It was bought as a Christmas present
for a friend but I found I could not part with it!  When I was in the throes
of moving house I did consider gifting it to her but I failed!


3  Piano

Many years ago Beloved decided his piano had to go to make way for a desk as he
was now working from home.  It only had to move a short distance; just as well
we have a tractor and trailer to hand.  Of course one helper just had to play
the piano...  I can't remember what the faces of the people passing
by looked like as I was too occupied with watching the 
proceedings!  Photos taken with my old film camera as it
was definitely pre-digital camera era!


4  Vast

Late 2003 or early 2004 Beloved announced his intention to buy some land near where we live;
the land comprised 3 fields....  at the time I did wonder what it was all about but over the
years it has become our playground.  Anyway I digress.  Back in about 2010
Beloved decided to plant a hawthorn hedge....  We had to do battle with rabbits
and deer eating the new growth but finally a hedge is beginning to appear.
About 2 years ago he decided to clip it using his engine powered hedge clipper.  It
did the job very quickly but then it was a nightmare to pick up the clippings
from the grass.  So when he mentioned this year he intended to trim it again 
I said I would hand cut it.  It took just over 3 weeks (on and off) to finish
the job.  He did help too!  The entire hedge is about 110 metres long 
(for that read VAST) and it is not all shown in the above photo.  Don't forget 
the inside needed clipping too!  We are pleased with the end result.


5   Bush

In reality it is bye bye several bushes!

When we moved here just over 2 years ago I noticed the island bed was infested with bamboo.
This year finally saw me finish tackling the job of hand-digging it up, bit by bit.
I found the best to deal with it was to use a little miner's pick and not a spade.

I used it to free up the bamboo and then I could cut it out with my secateurs and consign
it to the garden waste bin.  A full-sized pick is too heavy for me....
Several shrubs had to go as they were congested with bamboo roots that it would be
impossible to remove said roots.  Once I'd cleared around the last shrub I leant on it
and to my surprise it 'fell over' and I nearly fell with it!  Job satisfaction by the bucket load.
I've yet to decide what to do with this area!


6   Steam

The first photo is taken from the car as we drove along the railway track
near Embsay steam station.  This was taken several years ago.
The other day we were driving to Ribblehead and just as we drove out of Long Preston 
I noticed a man and tripod in a field overlooking the railway line.  Later on we spotted 
other people.  Just as we got to Helwith Bridge there were loads of people so 
Beloved pulled onto the grass and as I got out of the car I heard the steam train coming!  
It was a bit of a rush to cross the road and I managed to get 3 photos, 
that were literally point and shoot!
Yes we like steam trains, but then you already knew this if you read about April's 
photo hunt!


7  Bark

This is a neighbour's dog who likes to BARK at the water.  I presume it is her reflection
that she can see; she will happily do this for hours.  As I prepare this post 
I can hear her barking!


8  Weave

The top weave effect was done using Picasa Photo editor software back 
in 2005.  This was my entry in the digitally enhanced photo section.
It did not win a prize but then again the prize winners were so much better.


9  Modern

This reminds me of a Barbara Hepworth or Henry Moore sculpture.  But what it is you ask?
Question - how do you completely destroy a computer's hard drive?
Answer - burn it! (Another good use the fields are put to!)
Result - the melted aluminium formed this shape.


10 Time

Look how time has eroded the top of this fence post at our fields. So tactile and so delicate.


Well those are my offerings for this month.

Now I must go and look at everyone else's photos.  Don;t forget you can click here to see other people joining in with Hawthorn this month.

Friday, 28 April 2017

April 2017 Photo Hunt

I am once again joining in with Hawthorn Spellweaver (click here to visit her blog and see links to other people who are taking part).  She provided us with a fresh list of words and I found some quite hard; I knew what I wanted to use but the photo opportunity did not appear!

So here is my best effort!

1  New

I  spotted this delightful willow work sculpture near a former Post Office on the outskirts of
our village.  Who ever made it did well to capture the essential elements of a mother ewe
and her lambs.


2  Rust

This was hard!  I had all sorts of ideas but never the photo opportunity.
The rust coloured Highland cattle seemed to have disappeared from their
usual place; rust coloured leaves left on the beech hedge were so pale
now.  I associate the word rust with old, possibly useless items but I
wanted to indicate life.  So I was pleased to see the rust coloured outer
layers on this chestnut tree bud and the rusty piece of metal reminds me
of possible quilting patterns...  so two for the price of one!

3  Box

I love boxes, wood or plastic or fabric covered card.  I made this one from a kit
many years ago and it holds some of my essential sewing accessories.


4  Ingredients

I need to make a quilt for a large sofa we inherited when we moved here just over 2 years ago.  
The new quilt is very much in the planning stage (ah the joys of planning); I am fairly certain 
I have enough fabric ....  I've lots of books to browse through and I've no shortage of quilting and
sewing threads.  So I possess most of the ingredients!  Just need to finalise my pattern 
and then I can start.  So much for the New Year Resolution I made, ie finish UFOs and
don't start new projects......  


5  Begins with D - Dry stone walling

For years (20+????) we lived with the edge of the chicken run sloping down
to the 'path'.  Suddenly I decided I could build a dry stone wall to neaten
it and contain the soil.  Soon after I finished it we moved house but
it was good fun to do!  I had to make it wide enough to Beloved
could get his tractor up and into the chicken run.

6  Mechanical


Friday 31 March the Flying Scotsman was going to travel from Oakworth to Carlisle.  We did think we might drive towards Ribblehead to see it, knowing we'd not get to park at Ribblehead itself unless we left very early.  Beloved found a timetable and we would have had to leave at about 6 am...  so we decided to give it a miss.   Pity as I did want to see it.  Later that day we did drive there and there was no great evidence that a lot of people had been there.  

Three days later we went out for a drive and as we dropped into Haworth, we noticed people on the bridge over the railway line.  As we drove past the station, there was the Flying Scotsman!  Beloved found a place to park (on a steep hill of course) and we walked back to the station.  Just as we were almost there, there was a chuffing sound, with lots of stream and then it chuffed off!  No time to take a picture.  Back to the car and on the road to Oxenhope.  I knew it would get there before we did but I had my fingers crossed that it might linger there.

Yes I was right!  Can you image when we got there (about 5 pm) a railway man told us where to park (free), and then where to go to take pictures.  What a treat.  It stayed there for about 20 minutes before it left.  We had a lot of time to look at it.  Talking to a man with a very expensive looking digital camera, I said we considered going to Ribblehead.  He said he went, took some fantastic photos but the place was mown out with people!

What a lovely thing!  What a treat to be so close, for so long.  It would have been nice to see it go over Ribblehead but it would have only taken a couple of minutes.  Here there were not a lot of  people either.  What a great drive out it was.

Years ago as we drove to Skipton, we noticed a lot of people by the railway bridge.  So Beloved managed to park and we walked back.  I asked what was going to happen.  Mallard was due!  She came by and we saw her.  This would have been in about 1985, pre-digital camera and, whilst I did have a film camera, I rarely took it out with me.  So now I have seen 2 iconic steam trains.  I used to travel on them as a child and love the sounds and smells associated with them.

7  Something seasonal

During the lunch break at our local Quilt Area Day I went for a walk and
there was a lovely magnolia beginning to flower.  It was a beautiful blue
sky but it was not warm!

8  Recently finished

I like to have some simple crochet to do late at night; something that needs little concentration!
I finished this recently and it was destined to go to the local cat rescue place but
a fellow Knit N Knatter colleague begged me for it so I obliged her!
It is called African Flowers.  I dislike sewing blocks together as I find it so boring.  Here
I used Join As You Go; works for me!
Click here to see the pattern for the actual flower block.
Click here to read about using Join As You Go.


9  Begins with R

Ah my beloved Rheum palmatum (ornamental rhubarb) with the morning sun lighting up its
leaves.  It grows to be at least 2-3 m tall and its leaves spread over about 2 m.
Beloved hated it as he blamed its size for interfering with the satellite signal!
In the end he extended the pole on which the satellite dish sat...
When we were planning to move house he stated that it was not coming with us.
About 9 months after we moved here he spotted one in the garden!  
Little does he know I brought 7 chunks with me and they have all taken.....
I call her Gloria ....  


10 Own Choice

I've never had a traditional Christmas tree for a variety of reasons.  Last Christmas I was 'told'
by a friend that our new house would easily accommodate one.  So I decided to make an
alternative one; it is an ash branch, yarn bombed with space-dyed yarn.  After Christmas
I took off all the ornaments and put it temporarily away.  Beloved said he missed it so
I put it back (complete with red lights) and have used non-Christmas tree ornaments
to hang from its branches.  I realised the other week that I was vary fashionable
as I apparently had an Easter tree!  Yes there were (note the word WERE) some
small chocolate Easter eggs hanging on the tree but they have all gone....

Well that's all for this month.  I hope some of my ramblings made you smile (or even sigh!).

Now I must go and look at everyone else's photos.  Don;t forget you can click here to see other people joining in with Hawthorn this month.