Wednesday, 26 January 2011

A little trip to Devon


Slow time down!
How can it be Janurary 26th already?

I had such great plans for doing so many of my so called January Jobs and once again I seem to be paralysed by my time management!  Or have I?  When I break it down - I was poorly, that took up way too much time for my liking and we have been away on holiday for 10 days, so that doesn't seem quite so bad.
So I shall not dwell on my apparent lack of achievements so far, I am going back to my holiday!
We returned to North Devon with fingers crossed that the snow wouldn't come this time.  Last year we had the most lovely and relaxed but enforced staying in holiday due to the quantity of snow that fell.  This time we were spared the snow and instead we had some fantastic days out in the sunshine.
It just was not possible to capture this amazing sunset on my camera whilst driving (Hubby driving, not me).  The sky was golden, it was absolutely beautiful.  At the same time, the moon was rising behind us so brightly too.  At one point of the journey you could see both sun and moon and I did try to capture a panoramic video on my phone but as we were driving up and down the hills the views changed too quickly!

There was enough moonlight to go for a little walk just as the last of the sun was dipping out of sight behind the hills 

We spent everyday outside in the fresh air, most of it at the beach or along the cliffs.  Oh how much do I want to pack up and move to the coast now!!

Once we had made the final purchase of waterproof trousers (one soggy trip out was enough to remind us that these were very necessary) we were fully epuiped to picnic in all terrains.  There is most definately an art to getting dressed when you have to layer up, making sure that if you do venture into one of the very friendly, dog friendly pubs, you have put your clothes on in the correct order so that you can dismantle your attire enough to sit down with other people and still look realatively civilised!

This was the main activity of the holiday - beach and ball!

We took this picture just a few days into the holiday as it had been quite dull and raining for those few days and we did think it may be the only patch of blue sky we were going to see.  How wrong were we?  From that point onwards we had cloudless blue skies every day for the rest of our holiday.  I'd like to think that I may have even picked up a little suntan on my face - it was the only bit of skin that was not under thermals!

We came home with one very tired doggins!  Plus two very happy and relaxed us's.
Now it is back to work, back to building, back to sorting out house and generally getting declutterd and just getting things done! 
Take care all, til tomorrow
Sarah x

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Space to fill

Look - its my table!
And the only things on it are the pin cushions!
This is probably the only time for the rest of 2011 this will be the case.  It has been cleared, sorted and thoroughly cleaned ready to be filled with all those projects that I am planning on finishing off.

An here are a few of those projects.  Two wall hangings/quilts and a larger quilt to be finished with binding and bits!
If I get these done then I shall have made more in this year than I managed last year in total which is either very impressive or rather poor depending upon how you wish to look at it!  I think I shall take it as a great achievement, after all, I did make a lot of other stuff last year that isn't photographed!
Well if you'll excuse me I have some more buttons to sew on that quilt so I can get an other progress picture for tomorrow!
Take care all
Sarah x

Wednesday, 5 January 2011


Happy New Year to you all!
I am a little late in my greeting but then I am playing catch up due to having spent over a week fighting the flu.  I am now considerably behind in my consumption of turkey dinners and planning to rectify that throughout January (sorry Rosemary Conley but I'll do my best to make them low fat!).
Consequently I am also a little lacking in news and photos having only managed to read a book and drink lots of honey and lemon drinks!  So I had a little look back over last year whilst I was sorting out my computer files and thought I'd just share a little with you and as I am back to almost normal now I can get on with all the January Jobs I have planned!

Last January we headed off to Devon and got snowed in!  Planning to go back again this year so hopefully the weather will hold off for us this time, although it was beautiful.

Can never have enough buttons!  Spring cleaning my button jars.

Feels like a lot longer but it was only last March that Maggie and I went off to the Country Living show in London.

The first of many trips to the beach!  New frisby worked brilliantly and is the best thing to chase in the snow too!

Some my new cushions and hearts from Handmade at Home in the summertime

And plenty of villagers enjoying tea and cake in the glorious sunshine and open garden day (not my garden!)

Back at Scald End Farm this year for their summer fair and my lovely neighbours the donkeys!

The lovely Molly who had a lovely reportoire of tunes to wake us up in the morning!

All the way into October we were still having some fabulous weather, beautiful sunshine just perfect for a muddy walk!  Clearly the previous weeks had been rather wet!

Racing into November and full swing into the Christmas craft fairs, this was my lovely view from my stand at Wrest Park this year.

And full circle back to December and it snowed again, as if we can forget!
So my January Jobs are kicking off with a jolly good tidy up in the workshop so I can get back to making things for the new year.  Lots of planning to do and maybe this year I can maintain a tidy and organised workshop, hmmmmm we'll see!
Take care all
Sarah x