Monthly Archives: August 2014

Surprise Day Out – Number Two

2014-08-13 11.53.59 We love going to Broadstairs, DH used to go a lot as a child and when DS was younger we would camp at Manston, and drive into Broadstairs most days. It is a very traditional type of ‘English Seaside’, the bay is lovely, and when the tide is out there is the ‘swimming pool’ which is really an enormous rock pool!

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What is also nice is there is a wide range of ages, Folk music is not just something for the Oldies, there are a lot of younger artists around! 2014-08-13 12.37.05Towards the far end of the promenade, is the Craft tent and the Bandstand. There is a constant stream of artists playing and singing, and entertaining the children here, and the Craft tent area has an eclectic mix of stands and artists. 2014-08-13 12.31.13
I did do my two essentials, but instead of paddling I swam! (sorry no evidence of this, I couldn’t take a picture!) I also sunbathed for a little, it was great to feel the warmth of the sun on my skin – even if only for a short while (I have a tendency to burn badly so avoid the sun most of the time!) I took a little walk to the edge of the harbour, there were some other stands down here, and you would never guess, a man selling strawberries and cream with a sweet little box and knitted strawberries! 2014-08-13 15.31.07
I also saw these lovely bright windmills…I was soooo close to bringing one home with me, I just love love love the colours, and the fact they are in spectrum order!  but I settled for a photo this time… 2014-08-13 15.26.48
I’m just packing now, so I’ll be off, I’m going to visit my really good friend, Tina, who is the ‘Stevie’ to my ‘Miranda’ !  She left this year to go to Suffolk, and we are visiting, this weekend, and we are going to another Folk festival too!


Crochet Quickie!

Had our stitch night on Monday and just wanted to share – one of our ladies, who I taught to crochet a few months ago, has made this lovely blanket.  She is sooo sensible, I do recommend that when you are learning to crochet, it is best to keep to simple projects at first, so that you can really get used to using the crochet hook, and work on getting your tension even, this time gives you some great projects – cushions, blankets (a bit of a favourite) and scarves are all great projects.  Back to Trish, she took a basic pattern, and made granny squares, in different colours, do you know what it is?


2014-08-11 20.29.55Super Mario!   Well done Trish!!!



Surprise Day Out – Number One

So my DS asked during the week if I was busy Saturday,  and whether I fancied a drive to Clacton…  turns out he wanted to look at a bike (motor) I ummed and ahhhed, but after a quick chat with DH, we decided to make a day of it…

We left at 9am and made good time, and it was a great day, not sure how many more we will get all together (due to DS age!) so this was a bit of a bonus, lovely and sunny albeit a bit on the windy side!

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Lunch was noodle salad on the beach, after which I had to do the two essentials when going to the seaside… have a paddle (and I do this whatever the weather!)

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and build a sandcastle, since the sea was close and sand very wet I made this sort of drippy castle – you dig a little hole, so that you get to the wet sand, and then using your hand sort of pour the sand into piles, this one is only small, but I have seen large ones that look spectacular and all sort of fairy castle like!

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The third thing I like doing is finding interesting photographs, I like to look closely at things, and see patterns, colours and other inspirations.

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After The Boys came back from their walk, we went on to my much more favourite Walton on the Naze, I used to bring children here on a school trip, and I love it… the beach huts, pier, just enough amusements, some lovely shops and cafes, and a great expanse of sand…

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and as you walk down you sometimes come across interesting bits!

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don’t you just love the way these bricks have been used on the uneven ground…with a splash of colour from the pots and plants…

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And some lovely sun and sand…

We are making the most of the odd days this year, as I have started to work from home, and have Jury Service Loooooming, DH is a teacher at Secondary School, so I think the whole 6 week holiday is going to disappear very quickly, these days out give us some space together, away from our very crowded house!



Chain ‘n’ Chatter – plus!

I have been looking forward to today, a whole day crocheting, with visits to two different groups…

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I finally made it to Love 13, in Bush Hill Park, Lovely group of ladies fabulous coffee and two special friends.  I have not been able to visit since I had the shop, now I am not working the 9-5 Or 10-4 for the shop, I am able to do this in the name of research!   We had lovely coffee and a deeeliscious choc chip shortbread.  You can see in the pic what I had hoped to work on which is a commission from Yarn Garden, I am practising in 4ply yarn because the actual pattern is to be in cobweb yarn – finer even than laceweight!

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Well it didn’t go too well on the designing front, I ended up frogging everything I tried, probably not best to design and chat at the same time! After Love 13, I went back to Waltham Abbey, and what used to be the Chain ‘n’ Chatter at The Crochet Chain, now meeting in Maximas Coffee Shop, we have now meeting here for about a month, and enjoying both the inside and outside space, outside today and we had a doggy visitor – Ronnie who was really well behaved!

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Change of project, a scarf made from a silk lace yarn, which was much, much easier to do while chatting!  It was a nice day so we were able to sit outside in the garden with the shade that we needed. I always love to sit with other knitters and crocheters, it is  so inspirational to see what they are doing, and as also to help each other along when we are finding a pattern tricky, and that you grow to be such good friends. <><

Hello everyone!


Since closing the physical shop, I have been looking forward to sharing my thoughts with you. I will be blogging about all things Crochet (and some other thoughts…)

I have started to design, and will be posting about that process, there will also be patterns and tutorials, and I will finally be able to complete my International Diploma in Crochet – which I have been attempting to do for the last 4 years!

I would love to see your comments, and if you have any questions I would love to help!

See you all soon…