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My entry for our One-a-Week Photo Challenge

Golden Rock, Nevis, Caribbean

We were told that this was the best place to eat on Nevis – what a place.

Gorgeous gardens

fabulous cocktails

Lunch:

sumptuous burger with obligatory Rum Punch for my friend L

and a Conch Chowder for me, (with pink and orange napkins) Yumsk!

Then masses of arty stuff, which was right up my street

side tables made of plastic rubbish set in a solid foam  – now … could I do this with some of my beach finds I wonder???? Hmmmm … must find out more.

I want that green chair!

I want to make that lampshadeHad to go for a sit down – I was getting over excited!

An Antillean Bullfinch came to see if we had any crumbs to spare.

So romantic …….

Lunch

spying from my seat

beach activities below

wonderful delight

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Our Photo Challenge Week 15 : LUNCH

Ronovan’s Haiku prompts (10th April): WONDER and SPY

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Two weeks in the Caribbean! Lucky me!

I’m playing catch-up. Thank you so much Cathy for keeping the Photos purring along.

I can’t just leave out the two weeks of our One-a-Week Photo Challenge I missed – not after nearly three years of weekly postings, so I will be catching up with a couple of posts today.

A few more scenes from that balcony – not a bad place to sit and have lunch 😉

Looking towards St Kitts

Pelicans bobbing on the water in the early morning light

diving for fish

the boys going snorkelling

fishing

evening

storm brewing

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I was staying at The Hamilton Beach Villas which were beautiful, but not quite what they promise on their website. No Spa. When we questioned this we were told that they “had got a bit over enthusiastic on their website” !

There seemed to be a lot of that going on in the Caribbean. Often when travelling I have found people tell you what they think you want to hear – anyone else had that experience?

In a Vase on Monday: Pulmonaria

 

Just back from a wonderfully exotic and quite crazy 2 weeks on the island of Nevis, in the Caribbean. I was on a Ben Waters ‘Rock n Roll holiday’ , he was playing at the Nevis Blues Festival – more to come on all of that!

Driving home from Gatwick airport on Thursday I was struck by how beautiful England is – cherry trees and others full of blossom… and bluebells – so early! I’m trying not to be concerned about that and enjoy their beauty.

Before I even went through my front door, I checked round my garden to see how everyone had been doing in the two weeks I had been away. Aquilegia already flowering and so many Spring bulbs needing dead-heading. The Pulmonaria was past its best and flopped over from the middle, so I grabbed handfuls and cut it back. There were still some pink blossoms to enjoy so I plonked them all in a couple of white jugs.

I nestled them amongst some exotic blooms that greeted me inside the house

I’m delighted with this one on a cactus and am entering it in Cee’s Flower of the Day

The red Amaryllis weren’t planted until January, but they don’t seem to have minded their late planting. The one still in bud is one from last year, flowering again – the first time I have had one flower a second year – I’m thrilled.

A couple of Vases from my holiday:

This one greeted us as we arrived at our luxury home up on the mountain

and I put these few blooms from the garden in a wine glass on the last day, with IAVOM in mind

leaving it as a little thank you to the house.

It is taking a while to get back in the swing of things and I know you have had glorious weather in England whilst I have been away as my garden needs watering.

As much as it is fabulous to experience foreign climes, other cultures and meet some wonderful people – it is so good to be home, especially at this time of year.

Pop across to Cathy to see all the April wonders of ‘In a Vase on Monday’.

Say it with Flowers

When I saw this message on Instagram, my heart leapt into action

Hello everyone. This is Emma and I'm asking you again for your help. I am asking for a "call to arms" or rather a "call to hooks"! Our girl, our lovely courageous girl has asked for flowers to decorate her coffin. I am going to be brutally honest with you and tell you that I am struggling to find the right words for this post. I am sorry if it's clunky. This young woman has more grit and courage than I could ever hope to attain and as far as I'm concerned, if she has asked me to ask you, then I will and you, I hope, will excuse the inelegance of my heartache. We don't have much time and I would love Jenny to see as many of them as possible so if you'd like to send a flower please do and as soon as you are able. Please don't be concerned about colour or yarn or technical ability, a flower is a flower and we will cherish every one. I know Amanda and Jenny are grateful to you all for your love and support. We can't always respond to all of your comments but we read them all and we appreciate them so much. Thank you all for everything. Emma x . . If you could send your flowers to us at: Little Box of Crochet, Atlantic Business Centre, Atlantic Street, Altrincham, UK WA14 5NQ . . You can also photograph your flowers and use #aflowerforjenny and she can see them that way too. Thank you x

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All my knitted and crocheted flower experiments, without a home, get put in a box waiting for a suitable project. Just the place to go to to find some flowers to send off to Jenny immediately.

all wrapped in tissue except a smiley daffodil to greet whoever opens the box

I’m lost for words, but I do hope “Love” covers all.

Pond

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Week 14 of our One-a-Week Photo Challenge: POND

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Back in the darker January days when frost dusted everything with magic, Miss E and I went walking with our cameras. Version 2Miss E was given a camera for Christmas and she was keen to get some frosty shots. We went to Thorncombe Woods and headed for the pond.

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chagrin felt at school

healed with home education,

love, joy and freedom

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Joining in with Ronovan’s weekly Haiku Challenge, prompt words:

CHAGRIN and JOY

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Do you recognise the bobble hat? – I made one for each grandchild last year, but trying to get a decent photo of all of them was like herding cats

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Cute though!

I’ll be away from the computer for a couple of weeks. Cathy will be holding the Photo fort over at Nanacathy, leave a link on her One-a-Week Photo Challenge posts and I will include them in the April Round-Up. Thank you Cathy and as Cathy says:

“Happy Snapping”

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Photo Challenge Round-Up March

Cathy of Nanacathy, and I have put together a list of Photo Prompts for each week of 2017. We get very excited to see how each person interprets the subjects. There is always such a fascinating variety as we often tie the prompt in with the subject of our own individual blogs. A few of us like to link the photo in with other challenges too.

My March collection:

Week 10: FLOOR

Cathy at Nanacathy

Denis of Haiku Hound

Postcard from Gibraltar

Beth at I Am Branching Out

A first time entry from Joelle at  Rant-Along and you get a Limerick as well!

and JP at On To My Next 40 Years

Sandra at Wild Daffodil 

Week 11: SPIRAL

Cathy at Nanacathy

Jane at RainbowJunkie

Melissa at Aran Artisan

Denis at Haiku Hound, plus not just one but Threeeeeee combined challenge Haikus!!!

J at Onto my Next 40 Years

Postcard from Gibraltar

Welcome to Hayley at It’s My Mess and I Love it. (My favourite blog post title, it could be mine!) A great first time entry.

Beth at I Am Branching Out

Sandra at Wild Daffodil

Week 12: HISTORICAL

Cathy at Nanacathy

Jane at Rainbow Junkie

Denis at Haiku Hound

Joelle at Rant- Along

Deborah at Raindrops on Roses ……..   welcome Deborah

Hayley at It’s My Mess and I love It

Postcard from Gibraltar

Beth at I Am Branching Out

Sandra at Wild Daffodil

Week 13: VAN

Cathy at Nanacathy

Postcard from Gibraltar

Beth at I Am Branching Out

Sandra at Wild Daffodil

 

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Subjects for April are POND, LUNCH, ARCH and NATURE

To join in with our challenge please leave a link to your photo in the comments of my post each week, or on Cathy’s post at Nanacathy. Current or archive posts and photographs are all welcome. We usually post our entries on a Tuesday.

I enjoy doing a round up at the end of each month. I do hope I haven’t missed anyone, but if I have please let me know so that I can add your link to the list.

Hot of the Hook

I’m learning new Crochet acronyms so here is my latest HOTHDSC_0791

If there was Ginny’s Yarn Along to join in with I would, but sadly and completely understandably Ginny has decided to step back gracefully. I just love Ginny’s blog, her photographs are superb and I have to admit to being just a little bit in love with her and all of her most delightful children.

A major WIP, in progress for about 3 years has just been finished – a double bedspread with a Mexican theme.

Crochet Slang

This fulfils another one for  17 for 2017 challenge (12 WIPS finished) [Update: Oooops that is misleading, sorry, I have now done 6 out of the target of 12 WIPS, this one shown is one of the 6 and moves me closer to the target of 12 done in the year]

I YAP a lot!

If you would like to share a current HOTH, CAL, FOTH, JOTH, PHD, YAP, WIVP or WIP. I’d love to see them!