Posted in challenges, cooking, Crafts, Mini vacation, plants, Self reliance, Summer

Dyeing and Spinning Workshop

I’ve been being a bit quiet on hear recently because I’ve been having a bit of a rest. Things have still been happening and growing and I’ve just been in my studio painting! Yesterday though I went on a bit of a slow adventure and felt I had to share.

I went on a dyeing and spinning workshop for the day 🙂

We first cooked all the things that had been collected on site on the fire.

Some created quite a good colour like this fresh Alder bark.

This is some of the fleece that we dyed hanging up to dry.

We were shown how to make our own spindle out of Hazel wood….

….and were given some washed fleece so that we could learn to spin.

This is what I came home with. Some swatches of fleece that we’d dyed, our handmade spindle and a small skein of our very own spun yarn!

It was a very good day, but I was really tired when I got home. I think all the fresh (smokey) air did me good 🙂

Posted in Mini vacation, spring

New Life

Keith was going to a local farm take some photos for the new life edition of our church magazine, so of course, I wanted to go with him. An opportunity to get those wellies on was not to be missed!

Lots of beautiful animals and new babies, here’s a few of the best pics I took.

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If you get the opportunity, go on down, it’s a real treat 🙂

Posted in Going on a thinking walk, Mini vacation, spring

Saturday Afternoon in the Sun

What a lovely Saturday afternoon I had this weekend. Spring is finally here! Keith was doing a photography job so I went along and had a nice walk in the sun while he was working. Here are my favourite photos I took.

Wells Beach 1  Wells Beach 3 Wells Beach 4 Wells Beach 5
I sat in the sun by the lake, it was lovely.Wells Beach 6Wells Beach 2

and on the way home I had my first ice cream of the season, hurrah! 🙂

Posted in books, collecting, Mini vacation, spring


I bought some shelves from Ebay the other day, the catch was they were collection only, I liked them so much that it was worth an hours drive. We went to collect them yesterday and made a mini vacation out of it and took some sandwiches, went to the Cathedral and sat by the river.

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Cathedral 7 Cathedral 8

These are the shelves, arn’t they gorgeous and only £15.00!

We got back about three o’clock in time for a cup of tea! 🙂