Friday, 16 March 2012

A break from routine

I have just returned from a short break with my daughter, a few days in Cabo Roig, Spain, where her fiance has an apartment.
Its one of those places where the sky is super huge........and in this case, a stunning, dazzling bright blue with a magnificent ultra blue sea beneath it. The pics dont do the natural colours justice.
Isnt it lovely to just get

and Torrevieka.... and a cracking bench!
I love it!

I also love the bronze seated figure on the concrete seat above.
She sits there, staring wistfully out to sea... 
The rockside seats are on the monument above too.

There are celandines growing bright yellow on roadsides here up north in UK . Spring is coming at last...yeahhhhh.
Daffodils are abloom at last heralding hope.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Unusual place to eat..floral blocks and Jenny Hammerton exhibition

Had lunch at a local place Id not been into before today, with my lovely daughter. The East Yorkshire Room, in Hessle. sure has atmosphere!
We sat listening to jazz music, satchmo and the like for a start... this was the pot of tea I ordered and our bangers and mash with winter veggies was presented nicely too.
Note the sugar in a sherry glass and the tea spoons had crests of Bridlington on them...such fun.

They very kindly let me run amok with the camera!

 See the old tandem?!

the upstairs room....below

It was if Alice in Wonderland was going to be coming in any time
Trialing piecing...........and then some thrift shop finds at 10p each...........
Used two already...

Nipped into The Ropewalk at Barton on Humber today too and saw an exhibition of work by Jenny Hammerton which was very interesting.
These below are actually pen and ink but you have to look very hard to see that cos they look so like lace..

What to do with shoulder pads? This!
Bloggers playing up, this is actually hung on a wall. The background is old sewing patterns and it looks like scrunched up strips of paper, tied together to great effect.
Think this was torn canvas.

This has posted sideways on annoying, since this was stunning to see.
 The texture of the scrunched up paper was fabulous.
This above might show you the texture more, cool arent they!

Sunday, 4 March 2012

feathery cloud, Hungry Caterpillar in play and other stuff

Hard to believe but there is a half moon tucked within this feather/mast like cloud formation.
It changed shape so quickly too, I snapped four pics only seconds apart!

...though for this one I zoomed in on the cloud as it floats apart...
My foot stool come poofe, is being well used by my old cat bless him, he's not doing too badly. He is hyper thyroid so back to vets tomorrow for tablets and the hope that there is no cancer eating away at him too.
The hungry caterpillar activity passed muster with my grandson.
I made him one and he was over the moon with it.

I also made him a simple fish and velcro-accepting fabric board, activity. Now he adores fish, so this was a huge success.
This particular blue fabric came from Scrapstore as did the bright green. But normally, for work, I buy in similar fabric from Dickory Dock Designs which is a Holmfirth firm. 
Their fabric has a superb thin foam backing to it, making it really sturdy, where the blue fabric used here, might have been a seconds roll, because it has no foam backing.
It hasnt come in from Dickory Dock, most likely from a firm making display boards I would think.
I think it was £9 a metre x 60" width, last time we bought it  from DDD for work, but Id bagged a bargain at Scrapstore last summer, with both these colours at £1 a got some for myself and work too.

He made up his own rules. He decided one long skinny fish was the most fierce and that one kept chasing away other fish..and I had to guess which one had gone....and look suitably surprised at it being missing
lol so funny.
Then he took to hiding the fish or caterpillar food round the room and nannie had to go look for it.............
notice whats wrong with this scenario at all?
'nannie look under there....'hind there.... wheres it gone nannie?'
I was up and down like a yo yo
Im going to have invent some rules which make him do all the allecking about the room next lol

Ive been doing abit more leisurely hand stitching on my floral blocks.

Its so relaxing hand stitching though I dare say in years gone by, when they had to stitch their clothing or go naked, there would not necessarily have been this same therapeutic effect!
 This block has an old lace doily almost all over it and Ive carefully stitched it down so it shouldnt come adrift when washed later on.
The pic below is a truer colour, not sure what happened with the one above!
I had a trip across south of the Humber river to Barton on Humber, over the bridge, to look at a little 'holiday home' park over there. A nice little place with only 27 plots...Im still considering moving to a ( way too blummin small) mobile home for cost effectiveness and have all but chosen the homes I'm interested in............but since Ive yet to sell my all abit hyperthetical really!
But this view is 10 mins down the road from this little park...the river from the south side, which is Lincolnshire...with Yorkshire laying on the north side. It would be quite a nice place to wander each evening me thinks and theres a small pub 5 mins the other way!

And this clearly shows the south support, built in the river itself...just a slight turn of my head from the pic above and zoomed out.... and thats Yorkshire on the other side.

gosh its again tomorrow.... weekends are way too short!