Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Happy things!

I feel such a tardy blogger at times, but when the weather is this nice time just races away from you.

1. I have found my camera, after several days of looking Mike enquired into what I had lost & told me it was on the chest of drawers in the bedroom. There it was, I had walked past the blinking thing several times a day until I found it!

2. I just adore these flowers, Canterbury Bells I think they are, I remember sowing the seeds last year but nothing came up!. The picture on the packet showed such delicate little flowers, how wrong I was these are huge!



3. New blooms, a small trip to a diy store saw Mike head one direction towards trowels & sand, I went to the garden section & found these -


4. The birds ate all of the cherries but I don't think they have the taste for peaches I hope!

5. Look I can knit fair isle! Its not perfect, it is tight in places & as I knitted it using cotton there is no stretch but I can knit fair isle, I'm now busy collecting the relevant wool to make some cowls for Christmas -


There are more happy things, I have several projects on the go I refuse to use the word WIP as some of them are not progressing at all but lets just say there is plenty of knitting, sewing, crochet, patchwork & cross stitch on the go. I am taking part in three swaps, I will blog about these soon I truly didn't have time last week. The veg garden is looking fab, the birds are taking full advantage at the lack of time I had last week & are making free with the fruit! 

As always enjoy your day xx

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  1. I'm glad you found your camera Jo; I love your Canterbury Bells and do watch out for the birds with your peaches for if they're anything like ours they'll nick a few little bits out of a peach then travel on to the next: sorry! Your fair isle knitting is looking great, well done, you're very clever - AND patient!
    xoJoy

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    1. Thank you me too, do you know as I typed about the birds & peaches I thought I've jinxed myself here! I'm hoping they will be too exotic for them this year! Thank you, I really enjoyed the process.

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  2. I am glad that you have found your camera, it is so annoying when you misplace something isn't it! Your flowers all look lovely, but that knitting!!!!!!!!! It is amazing!!!!! Really well done for working it out, amazing!! xx

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    1. It was a frustrating few days Amy! Thank you I'm really pleased with it, I'm looking forward to making it gain but using wool!

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  3. I'm glad you found your camera, I make sure I put mine in the same place so I know where it is after reading your post x

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    1. Me too, I make sure mine is in the same place each time after typing that post!

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  4. I had to laugh.. whenever we go to a garden centre I head for the plants and Mike goes to the tools section.

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    1. Ha ha, I actually think I skipped towards the plants!

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  5. Great to find the camera - next time ask Mike to look.The flowers aren't Canterbury bells as they have a 'saucer' behind the bell. Google to see what I mean. They are definitely campanulas though, If you go to my blog post - My Cut Flower Patch they look similar to the flowers I have on one of the photos.

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    1. Yes, I do normally I left it a few days this time! Thanks for that I wasn't quite sure, they are huge though & they look nice.

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  6. Ok, I think I've finally caught up with your blog again :) You are not the only tardy blogger ... I think it's a requirement to be somewhat behind in everything to be a proper blogger. I'm simply amazed at the amount of fruit trees & veggies you produce in your garden. I know you say everything is in containers, but it's still such an accomplishment. You say gooseberry jam is your favourite, but me I like blackcurrant (like Mom used to make), and she gave me a "blackcurrant" bush which actually turned out to be gooseberries. I let the birds have those (sorry!). I dragged a pathetic little bush out from beside her house when we sold it, and I'm hoping that THIS is a blackcurrant. There are finally berries on it this year, so fingers crossed they all turn black. Your fair isle knitting is wonderful! I can't imagine working that up in cotton, but you've done it. Is this just a practice piece, or is it going to be made into an actual garment. Love the bell flowers (I see above Sue has named them as campanulas). My mom used to try every year to get Canterbury bells, but I think she only succeeded once, so maybe they're difficult to grow. Enjoy the rest of your week! Wendy x

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    1. Oh good I feel like I belong, I think it is more not replying to other peoples blogs that gets to me! Thank you, the garden is doing really well this year having nice weather makes all the difference. I like blackcurrant jam too, the birds have had most of the gooseberries but I shall be making a pot or two of blackcurrant jam this weekend. I do hope your bush turns out to be a blackcurrant & you get lots to harvest from it. Definitely a practise piece, using cotton made it far to tight for a cowl but it was fun learning from it. xx

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  7. Beautiful flowers! I like the colors. The dwarf Dahlia is so stunning. Here, we only grow common Dahlia, that have long stalk. The dwarf type is much pretty .

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    1. Lovely aren't they, some of the stems are long enough to pick!

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  8. Good to see that you found your camera. Flighty xx

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    1. Thank you, me too! It was staring at me in all the time it was missing.

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  9. Glad your camera turned up and that it wasn't really lost. Your fair isle is brilliant, so neat on the back as well as the front.

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    1. Yes & me, I knew it was about somewhere. Thank you, its the back I am most pleased about Jo!

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  10. Earwigs ate our dahlias when I tried growing them :-( Am pleased you found your camera- I do things like that all the time. Hiding in plain sight :-)

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    1. Snails have eaten most of mine in the ground! I recall picking a dahlia a year or two ago & an earwig fell out on my hand. I screamed, I am such a wuss! Te he I'm glad I'm not the only one.

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  11. I love the colours you've used in your Fair Isle and the patterns are really nice. Cotton yarns will make it tight without any give. I have knitted quite a lot of Fair Isle and like to use Jamieson & Smiths Shetland 2 ply jumper weight, it's perfect and they have a wide colour range.

    Jean x

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    1. Nice & bright aren't they! I realised that when knitting it but I was using it as a practise piece & it was a good lesson learnt! I'm going to google that yarn now!

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  12. Your garden ..and knitting look lovely.

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    1. Thank you very much, I'm feeling rather happy now!

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  13. Your fair isle is gorgeous, Joanne! I couldn't do that if I lived to be a thousand years old, so I'm very impressed.

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    1. Thank you, you could, it truly is easier than it looks!

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  14. Your fairisle knitting is amazing! Really lovely. I have never tried knitting fair isle, I'm a bit sacred to be honest!
    Marianne x

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    1. Oops! Scared not sacred!
      Marianne x

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    2. Thank you, I should have used wool not cotton & knitted it in the round as the pattern stated. It was good practise & I really enjoyed making it, do give it a go, it is easier than it looks!

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  15. Holy Moly!!! Fair Isle?
    I bow to your craftiness!
    Jane x

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    1. Bless your heart, its not fit for thr project it was made for but it was good practise.

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  16. Glad you find your camera.... Such pretty flowers! And the peach, they remind me of my father's garden.... How lovely!!

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    1. Me too! Thank you & I'm really looking forward to the peaches ripening.

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  17. I've Canterbury Bells (white) this year and they are good looking plants. Your peaches look good, hope they ripen well for you - and hope the birds stay away from them.

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  18. Your fair isle is just amazing! Gorgeous colours and patterns. It's one thing that really makes me wish I was better at knitting. x

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