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Sunday, 30 June 2013

Fun. fun, fun at the farm

Fun on the karts
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Looking at the huge rabbits and the baby rabbits.
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Building London Bridge.
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Riding on the train.
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Bouncing on the trampoline like Tigger.
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More bouncing on the trampolines – they both love bouncing!
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A great day out.

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Completely forgot

Despite completing my block for the Sugar Block of the Month in plenty of time I forgot that yesterday was the last Friday of the month.  I had the pleasure of stitching this months block with my dear friend Karen.  It was a relatively easy block to put together but I’m not as happy with this design as I am with previous blocks.  My block is on the right using my creams and browns and Karen’s is obviously the one on the left.  In real life I think Karen’s fabric choice works far better than mine.
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I am blaming my forgetfulness on the fact that I had a very enjoyable day at Pennywell Farm with Colette, Logan and Savannah.  I will share photos another day but we had great fun seeing the animals – I even got to cuddle one of their tiny pigs – would love to have one.  We played on the trampolines, went through the maze, rode on the train, played on the mini JCB’s, tractors and lots of other things.  We all had a fabulous day – it’s great being a Grandma.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

WOYWW #213

On my workdesk this week are four very bright blocks which I have made out of the fabrics I bought while on holiday.  I have enough squares cut out to make another two blocks and then I will be putting them together to make a small quilt.  It’s a very basic quilt made up so far of 9 patch blocks with 1 1/2 inch strips around the edges.  I may add some more patches around the blocks when they are stitched together but I’m really making it up literally as I go. There’s a bag of small scraps which I’m making a scrappy quilt out of which I normally work on at Moya’s when my concentration level is low.  I’ve also been doing some stash sorting – this time my punches.  The ones on the workspace are the ones I am keeping as I know I will use them.  I have quite a few that I know I’m not going to use so will see if any of my crafting buddies would like them first but if not then I will donate them to a craft group or the local charity shop.  Right I’m off now to check out what other WOYWWers have posted on their blogs – details can be found on Julia’s blog
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Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Stocking SAL updates and fabric buys

It’s been a while since I posted some photos of the stocking SAL so here are the progress photos from the past three weeks.  The first reindeer is coming along nicely now and I’m hoping to get him completed this Friday and then work on Rudolph.  Last Friday I was lucky enough to be able to sit outside our holiday cottage and work on the stocking – I think it’s the first time this year that I’ve stitched outside, hopefully it won’t be the last.
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And here is a photo of all the fabrics I bought while I was away.  I have already started working with them and made a couple of blocks on Sunday.  I’ve got enough squares cut out to make another four blocks which I’m hoping to work on this evening after work – providing I don’t get completely distracted by Wimbledon.  It’s certainly going to be a fun and bright quilt once finished.
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Sunday, 23 June 2013

Back home to play

Well it was once I had managed to catch up with the washing after being on holiday for the week.  This card is for two challenges, firstly Ruffles and Ribbons for The Shabby Tea Room which you need to use ruffles, ribbons, pink and green.  The stamped image is a Queen Kat Design and I’m counting the ruffles in her ballgown, some bright pink and green papers and cardstock and finished off with a green ribbon.  The image is one of the many Whimsical Ink images I used to collect and by the artist Maigan Lynn I believe.  The other challenge I’m entering this card into is Tuesday Throwdown and they are using the theme Fantasy for their challenge this week. 
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Of course as I’ve got the washing done it now means there is a pile of ironing so that is my task for this afternoon – boring!

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Cranborne and Knowlton Church

On Thursday we met up with our friends Karen and Phillip again and this time we went to Cranborne.  We had a short walk through some fields and country lanes before having a look around the Church of St Mary and St Bartholomew which is of 12th century origin but much of what is there now is 13th and 15th century.  It was beautiful inside with some wonderful stained glass windows and some amazing carved woodworkings.
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We had lunch at the Cranborne tea rooms and then walked around and took time to smell the roses of which there were loads of different varieties.  After lunch we went in search of the castle, which we did find but sadly nothing worth taking a photo of but as Karen said – another one to be ticked off the list!  Along Castle Hill are the earthwork remains of a motte and bailey castle.

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We then made our way to Knowlton Church or rather the remains of the church.  Far more worthy of a picture and in a very tranquil setting.  Karen, Phillip and Barney took the opportunity to have a sit down and admire the scenery.
Then we went back to Karen and Phillips home where Karen and myself assembled the Sugar BOM for June – end result will be posted next Friday.  Neither of us were that impressed with this months block, although it did come together easily enough – I still think May’s is my favourite BOM so far.  Karen also showed me and let me use her wonderful newish sewing machine and I had a go at free motion quilting – I now want one LOL.  Another lovely day.

Friday, 21 June 2013

Fabrics galore

Wednesday saw us take a trip firstly to the Shillingstone Station project.  This is one of the stations that ran along the now disused part of the Somerset & Dorset railway line.  The station is open to the public on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.  The old station platform and station building are still there, where there is a small cafe and gift shop.  There is a sweet station garden there with a seating area where you can take refreshments if you have been walking the North Dorset trail  which was our aim.  The old signal box still remains and a small amount of track and an old wagon and coach – which I am sure they are hoping to restore.  One of the buildings on the station also houses a model railway.
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From Shillingstone Station we walked along the North Dorset trail to Sturminster Newton which is approximately 1 1/2 miles in one direction – not too far – however it was an extremely hot and muggy day so when we got to Sturminster we were all in need of some lunch and liquid refreshment.  We came across a little gem in the form of the Minsturs Tea Rooms & Gallery.  We were able to take our furry friends in with us as they had a delightful courtyard area where we enjoyed the sunshine and a very tasty lunch.  I had to take some photos and even managed to get myself into one of them without meaning to.
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Once lunch was complete we continued with our other objective of the day which was to look around the lovely fabric shop Hansons.  There are rows upon rows of bolts of fabrics in all different colours and patterns you could imagine.  There are also baskets full of fat quarters to choose from, rolls of ribbon, wool and other haberdashery items – another quilters haven.  They also have craft demonstration days there so well worth a visit if you are in the area.  I picked up a few more fat quarters which I will share with you another day but I tried to pick fat quarters that I thought would go with the ones I’d bought earlier in the week.
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After browsing for a while it was time to walk back to Shillingstone and thankfully the station cafe was still open when we got back and so we were able to enjoy a refreshing cold drink.  We then went back to our friends house and enjoyed a BBQ and later a game of Cranium – a wonderful time shared with great friends.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Norden–Swanage–Durlston and back again.

Tuesday we drove to the Norden Park and Ride and rode on the Swanage railway line – our outward journey was on a diesel multiple unit, but on the way back it was a steam train (my favourite). 

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It’s a beautifully presereved railway line and you can also stop off at Corfe and see the beautiful remains of Corfe Castle
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We had a mission to complete today – many years ago Ian went to Durlston and had his photo taken standing next to an enormous stone globe – he wanted to find the globe and have his photo taken next to it again so that we could e-mail it back to his mum and bring a smile to her face.  Durslton Country Park is about a two mile walk from Swanage along the coast path – a beautiful walk.  Also at Durlston is the castle, unfortunatley we weren’t able to get any good photos of the castle but this link does.  We did get a photo of the globe, me looking out from the top of the castle, the pretty spiral staircase and a miniature statue of George Burt ( a local business man of Swanage).  I’m saving the photo of Ian by the globe to go on a scrapbook LO alongside the one taken when he was a child.
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We walked further along the coast path and past the entrance to Tilly Whim Caves, the entrance of which is now closed to the public and headed towards Anvil Point where Durslton Lighthouse can be found.  I have to confess we didn’t walk all the way along to the lighthouse as a sea mist was coming in and we decided to head back to the castle for a spot of lunch.  We were very pleased to find that we were able to take Max into the cafe and enjoyed a light lunch which when completed the sun had decided to come out and we made our way back to Swanage.
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We wandered around a few of the shops and I was able to find another craft shop.  Two more fat quarters and a rubber stamp found their way back with me!  The two fat quarters I bought go nicely with the ones I bought on Monday.  I wonder how many I’ll find when I go to Hanson’s today at Sturminster Newton?

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

A trip to Wimborne

Yesterday we visited Wimborne  a market town in East Dorset.  I love the ‘oldness’ of the place and many of the buildings date back to the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries.  Of course there is also the beautiful Wimborne Minster where the tombs of King Eitheired, the brother of Alfred the Great, as well as the tombs of John Beaufort, Duke of Somerse, and his duchess, the maternal grandparents of King Henry Vll are.  Apologies for the photo on the right - can't seem to rotate it now it's on my blog!  Beautiful architecture in this town.

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Among the many little shops there is this gem of a sweet shop with all the jars of sweets neatly lined up on their shelves.  I bought some boiled sweets, chocolate honeycomb and chocolate covered turkish delight for us to eat throughout the week.
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We enjoyed a walk along the river where we were fortunate to see a family of ducks and also hidden between the plants there was also a young family of swans.  Not the best photo but I wasn’t risking getting too close to the adult swans.
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All this walking and exploring built up an apetite so we had lunch at the Olive Branch where they had a lovely outside seating area.  I went for the Sour Bread roll filled with falafel and halloumi cheese and fries while Ian had the beef and ale pie with mash.  Both were delicious.
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There is also a shop there that sells wool and fabric and I couldn’t resist picking up these fat quarters – I think I will be making Savannah a simple small quilt out of these pretty squares.
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When we got back to the cottage it was nice enough to sit outside for a while and I managed to get some stitching done.  In the evening I also finished one of the Monk books that I had brought with us - just love the stories of this OCD detective.