16 for 2016 August and September

Here are the targets I have set myself for 2016, inspired by Cathy. Pop over and see how well she’s doing.

16 WALKS (of more than an hour)

10 done, 6 to go.

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  1. In August a walk along the beach to Cogden and then back to Burton Bradstock, including a Beach Clean of course.

2. In September an hour long walk on Newgale beach, Pembrokeshire.

15 HANDMADE GREETINGS CARDS

11 done, 4 to go

14 NEW ITEMS IN MY ETSY SHOP

7 done, 7 to go

13 SWIMS

11 done, 2 to go.

12 GARDEN POSTS

6 done, 6 to go.

I missed August and a September would just show you how the weeds have grown since my back was turned – it’s a jungle out there!

11 HAND MADE TOTE BAGS

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10 TYPES OF HANDMADE BEADS

6 done, 4 to go

9 PIECES OF TEXTILE ART (started)

3 started, 6 to go

None this month. This feels more like a wet weather project.

8 MORNINGS of SORTING and STORING

3 done, 5 to go.

7 PAINTINGS (or other pieces of art)

3 done, 4 to go

Both are 8″x8″

And this one, which I entered in our local County Show. I will write a post about the show when time allows. But here is a quick update: We did not get any prizes for the painting, but I did get a first in ‘An Item of Crochet’ for one of my wigs and a couple of Highly Commended in other classes

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6 BUS RIDES (using my bus pass)

2 done, 4 to go

None this month

5 NEW TYPES OF EXERCISE TRIED

4 done, 1 to go

No new ones this month. So far I have tried Pilates, Belly Dancing, a Dance Class, a Zumba-like class.

4 NEW PATTERNS for my ETSY SHOP

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3 MASSAGES

1 done, 2 to go

2 WAYS TO HELP REFUGEES

One done, one to go

Not quite what I had envisaged at the beginning of the year, life sometimes has other plans. It seems unlikely now that I will be making a trip this year, although I have not completely let go of the idea.

I’m never sure about giving money into a general pot but I was so moved by hearing of the work of Liz Clegg in the Calais Jungle on Woman’s Hour that I donated some money directly to her work of providing a women and children’s centre.

And I still have some ‘Squares for Blankets‘ on the go.

1 NOVEL READ

DONE!

Hurray! ‘Enchanted August’ by Brenda Bowen got me there.

A gentle read. A fanciful tale of a group of people spending a month on an island in Maine, US. Not great literature, it didn’t tell me much about Maine and a bit clunky in places but it suited me fine. I enjoyed it.

And I’ve nearly finished a second book which I ordered from the library: ‘The President’s Hat’. Another pleasant read.

0 BEADS BOUGHT

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Thank you Cathy for this idea, although things have slipped over the last couple of months, it is still good to look over the things that have been achieved.

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far from home

I look up to see

Summer leaves

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Joining in with our 52 week Photo Challenge : prompt word ABOVE

And Yippee!!!!! combining it once again with Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge: prompt words HOME and LEAVES.

Have a go – it’s a great brain teaser to combine the two challenges.

Of course it is ok to stick with the Photo Challenge plain and simple.

Leave a link in the comments of this or Nanacathy’s post to join in and be in the weekly round-up.

Photo Challenge Round-Up: DEEP

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Nearby the pool I posted for ‘DEEP’ is another deep rock pool which I found as a child when I was with my Grandfather. It seemed to go down and down forever then and had an eel swimming in it. That memory was enhanced about 20 years ago when I was on a course with Leo Rutherford who founded Eagle’s Wing. During one of meditations to the sound of the drum, I was taken on a magical journey into this pool which inspired my poem

Journey Into Now

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Our DEEP entries this week are

Jane at RainbowJunkie ……………………. Ooops!

Cathy at Nanacathy ………………………..No Bottom!

Me at WildDaffodil …………………………Plop!

Denis at Haiku Hound …………………….Those eyes!

Christina at ALookattheLittleThings……Indigo!

Dorris at DigwithDorris …………………..Magenta and Blue!

Debbie at Curiosity Takes Me ……………Gorge and so much more!

Please welcome Allyse who is joining us for the first time this week

Allyse on Flickr

Have I missed anyone? I hope not, but if I have please leave a link in the comments and I will add you to the list.

To find out more about the Photo Challenge and see all the subjects set out for you in advance, click here.

Thank you to everyone who went DEEP this week.

Next week’s prompt

ABOVE

St Non’s

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Yesterday my friend and I went to visit St. Non’s Well, near St.Davids.dsc_0002

St. Non was the mother of St.David

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Visiting places of pilgrimage gives me a sense of connection with peace, healing and harmony and they are so often in the most spectacular of places.

The well sits close to the ruins of the old chapel – what a spot!dsc_0004

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Close to the Catholic Retreat Centre and the more modern chapeldsc_0007

We walked along the footpath up to the new chapel, and looked back at the shrine which is close to the Well.

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This gate into the Retreat Centre’s Garden. I had emailed the Centre before our visit to check that it was ok to visit the chapel and had a warm welcoming reply. It is clear that many people pop into the chapel whilst walking the coast path.

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Inside has a calm and cosy feel.

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I lit a candle and wrote a prayer for my Mum

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The story of St. David has similar elements to it as the story of the birth of Jesus, so many cultures have similar stories.

The story of the building of Chapel is heartwarming as it still stands in the teeth of nature’s storms.

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In the garden there is a bench – love it!

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Which looks out to sea

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Another (sunnier) day I would love to walk the footpath from Solva and sit here with my crochet and a flask of coffee, then get a bus back from St.Davids. Something to look forward to on another visit.

Thank you to Deb for letting me know about St. Non in her June post.

Yarn Along in Solva

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This morning starts on the best window seat in Solva, with ‘The President’s Hat’ and the start of a new crochet project. Couldn’t be happier!

I am making another version of my Woodland Hoodie pattern, planning to adjust and improve slightly. Master R loves it so much and is still wearing it – now in it’s third year.

Joining in with Ginny’s Yarn Along

Yesterday I went in search of the yarn bombed footpath sign I’d seen on Coastal Crochet

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from a certain angle it looks like a bird or a llama don’t you think?

I climbed down the slipway (centre bottom of the pic) and set off across the beach following this man who walked all the way to the sea, swam and walked all the way back again, no towel, not a hot day – brrrrrrrr!

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the tide was right out at 4.30pm

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so I could walk round the headland to St.Elvis Bay

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and do a bit of Beach Cleaning

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and then meandering back

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amongst families, artists

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dog walkers and fishermen all enjoying the late afternoon and early evening…..

….. before a fabulous meal at the Harbour Inn, followed by our must-do-when-in-Solva – Tony’s Tuesday Bingo – “seven and six, was he worth it”, “Theresa’s Den, number ten”, “two little ducks, quack quack…..”

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With a chance to do a few rows between the rounds and the banter.

Perfect day!

Deep

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This photo was taken yesterday on my favourite beach, Newgale, Pembrokeshire. I had gone to visit the deep rock pool that my daughter discovered last August. It was deep enough for Miss E, then 8, to immerse herself in. Last year we all threw a pebble in and made a wish. Yesterday I threw the white pebble in to reconnect us all with each other and the place – deep connections.

The other stripy pebble is going to be used for another little ceremony which I hope to share with you later in the week.

A few more photos of Newgale …

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The beach is vast and wide when the tide is out, a perfect place for a long walk to fulfil one of my 16 for 16 Challenges

And joining in with our Photo Challenge, please join us with your DEEP photos by leaving a  link in the comments.

Next week’s prompt is

ABOVE

 

Photo Challenge Round-Up: RICH

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Kapow!

Says ‘RICH‘ to me

Taken at the local Show in the Flower and Produce marquee.

Jane at Rainbow Junkie

Cathy at Nanacathy

me at Wild Daffodil

Denis at Haiku Hound

Christina A Look at the Little Things

Ellie at Wicked Rural Homestead

 

Please let me know if I have missed anyone

Thank you everyone for the richness of your entries.

Four fab photo fiends created the 52 Week Photo Challenge, we are:

 

Next Prompt is

DEEP