Thursday, 6 August 2015

Hello

After an unreasonably long break from doing a post, I decided I should write something.  I haven't done a post, as nothing has really happened lately.  Life has been going along as normal, I must admit I don't have many words at the moment.  So I thought I would do a summary in photos.

Summer was looking promising!

Cowslip plant in the middle of the lawn - so pretty.

lovely view from our window of canola growing

some of my feathered friends

a day at Tinahely Show (note the scenery in the background)

The Summer weather in Ireland has been pretty bad, but luckily last Monday (Bank Holiday) remained fine for the Annual Tinahely Agricultural Show.  It was it's 80th year and it is a nice day out.  There are lots of animals to see, but also lots of exhibits.  There is a large marquee full of fantastic locally made quilts (sorry no photo), another of crafts and cooking, another of craft stalls etc.  We didn't take many photos this year, but I did a post on my other blog of last year's show here.

I have been doing a bit of crochet and just finished a block stitch blanket.  I loved the result, but it seemed to take forever.



I have also started making greeting cards again.  This is a pastime I enjoyed in Australia, but it has taken a while to start again here, as I didn't have any tools or paper etc.  The picture is of my first attempt at decoupage (from a kit from LIDL) and I am quite happy with result.


Well I must go and try and get back into crocheting the Lily Pond Blanket - ta-rah!

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Very Sad News

Today I found out that a very talented creative crocheter had passed away.  Unfortunately she was unable to conquer her battle with depression and that makes the news even sadder.  I am talking about the beautiful Marinke Slump from A Creative Being.

The last 2 posts were from Marinke and then her Sister delivering the heartbreaking news.

Another great blogger Kathryn Vercillo from Crochet Concupiscence is organising a memorial project in honour of Wink (Marinke), to raise awareness of Depression.  Details are here.
Kathryn is asking everyone to send in a Mandala made using one of Wink's patterns for a display at an art show in San Francisco.
I thought I might try this one


Although I will use really bright colours, just like Wink would have wanted.  RIP dear sweet generous Marinke.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Fabulous Flowers

Today is the official meteorological start of Summer.  In Ireland we have a orange warning alert for gale force winds and it is steeping down with rain, but hopefully we will get some sun soon.
After my last post on crochet flower patterns I thought it would be nice to do one on real flowers.  One of the the things that I love about the climate here is that you can grow things without the fear that will perish in the extreme heat.  As we are renting the abode in which we live I have been gardening in pots and grow bags, but the results have been good.

Spring tulips

Petite daffodils

Wildflower mix in a grow bag


Summer pelagoniums in the porch

Summer sunflower complete with bee

Another thing I love about Ireland is that come Summer hanging baskets are placed outside shops, cafes and pubs and virtually everywhere possible.  It makes ordinary streets look so pretty.





I hope this has cheered you up if you are not having good weather where you are and maybe think about planting some pots for yourself.