Knitting

In the Pink (and Purple)

Hi everyone, I hope you are all keeping well. Last year saw several friends of mine celebrating a kind of milestone birthday.  You know the one, that ends in a zero, and starts with the number 5!  I made reference to the fact that I was knitting some shawls for two very special friends of […]

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Making Again

Reading and Drawing

 Warning  –  feeble attempts at more sketching and, begad, a self portrait! Hello everyone!  I really do hope you are all keeping well during these days that we now find ourselves in.  I haven’t written here since early March, which of course was not my intention, however life has spun us all some different routines, […]

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Knitting

Sheep to Skein

I started knitting about 4 and a half years ago, for all sorts of reasons.  I think firstly it was to challenge myself to learn a new skill and craft. In doing so I was keeping my mind and body busily active. The result of creating something with my own hands was the by-product, which […]

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Jingling into 2020

Hello all and Happy New Year!  Here we are at the beginning of another year, and another Christmas has come and gone.  Whoosh!!  I can hardly believe November and December were wily enough to tip-toe right under my nose without me noticing.  Hence, two months since I was here. Sheesh! Ours was a quiet, lovely […]

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About a Bear

The need for fun.  Something to make us smile.  The ability to take away needless worry about little things that don’t matter.  And, juxtaposed to this, helping to make the seriousness of life threatening realities, just disappear for a brief moment. Knitting has become an outlet for me which addresses both of these scenarios.  I […]

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The Influence of Nature

You can tell it is the start of the new school year.  I find myself back here again in front of the computer’s keyboard.   An empty house, void of the resonance of little people (and a larger one!)  Just the occasional moans and groans emitting from an arthritic dog, as he changes position to get […]

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The Great Outdoors

Memories of The Misty Isle

Thanks to some very kind, generous neighbours of ours, we were given the opportunity to visit their lovely little cottage on the Isle of Skye last week. Above all this trip reaffirms one’s faith in the true goodwill that exists in some people. Real kindness.  No expectations of return favours.  Honest, goodwill and nothing more.  […]

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The Great Outdoors

Along Came a Spider or Few Hundred

A couple of months ago my children discovered something amazing in our own back garden.  Baby spiders. They were all in a cluster and suspended just above our table outside. Now although I love spiders, I am anything but an expert in identification or any general knowledge for that matter. All I knew was we […]

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The Great Outdoors

A Walk Along the Glitch

We live on the edge of a forest which covers the slopes leading up to the North Yorkshire Moors.  From taking it easy on sedate, flat trailways, with play areas and organised woodland activities, to exhilarating cycle paths which sidewind down near vertical drops for the more derring-do.  Guisborough forest provides for all.  And there’s […]

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The Lumpford Files

Wild Swimming in the Springtime

*a cautionary tale with yet more attempts at sketching* Hello again my friends!  I do hope all is well with you.  Jim here and how pleased I am to be able to chin wag (!)   Wag wag!! Springtime is a particularly splendid time of year isn’t it.  My nose really goes silly!  As you may […]

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