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17 for 2017: February

I have set myself a few targets for 2017:

17 – walks longer than an hour

FIVE

3 in January

2 in February

On the 5th.Feb I went for a foggy walk with a friend near Hardy’s Monument.

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We came across the remains of a burnt out car

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Now that might not look very enticing to you – but since making art out of Beach Clean finds, a pile of charred and rusty trash is like treasure to me. Luckily my friend knows me well enough and was happy to help me gather bits from the ashes and put them in the boot of her car to take home.

If you would like to see pictures of a walk at Hardy’s Monument on a sunnier day, click HERE.

On the 12th Feb my daughter, her friend and their children joined me on a trip to Lewesdon Hill  where we hunted for a Geocache box (and found it!). We all went back to Washingpool, the best Farm Shop in Dorset, if not the world! for a delicious Sunday roast.

Washingpool was used as a location in the current TV drama ‘Broadchurch’.

16 – handmade greetings cards.

SIXTEEN – DONE!

15 – beachy things (split into 3 x 5s – 5 pieces of beach related art, 5 beach cleans on new beaches, 5 beach clean sculptures, assemblages or mandalas)

14 – items for my Etsy shop

ONE

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The pattern for this Jane Austen inspired wig is at last in the Etsy and Ravelry shop as a PDF download.

Joining in with Ginny’s Yarn Along

13 – drawers, cupboards, shelves or boxes sorted out.

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One in January and in February the shelf in my bedroom

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12 – WIPs finished

I have been working on 2, not quite done yet.

11 – paintings/ art works

Working towards an exhibition in May/June 2018

10 – house and garden tasks (split into 5x 2s – make two quiches, paint two chairs, complete two house projects, complete two garden projects, raise two pumpkin plants)

9 – textile books worked on.

8 – hand written letters to grandchildren

7 – find 7 interesting objects

6 – items made for Pippin or improvements to Pippin.

5  – random acts of kindness

4 – new National Trust properties visited

3 – make three up-cycled items of clothing 

2 – meet two fellow bloggers

1 – car boot sale

0 – Buy zero new clothes

ZERO

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It is so good to review this every month – much to do!

 

If you would like to join us leave a link in the comments below.

 

Floor

 

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of children walking in socks 

every day shine

 

Week 10 of our One-a-Week Photo Challenge: FLOOR

Ronovan’s weekly Haiku Challenge prompts: KING and DAY

I went to stay with my son and his family in London recently and this is the floor in the hall of their 1950s house – I just love it.

It was such a beautiful sunny Spring day when I arrived at Waterloo so I wandered along the South Bank, one of my favourite walks, there are always fascinating things going on. The tide was high so no beach-combing on this trip. Walking past the Tate Modern towards Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre I came across a poet with a Magic Carpet of poetry

 

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After looking through the titles on the envelopes I chose ‘Butterfly Rhapsody’, which he has in his hand.DSC_0239

He knew all his poems by heart and gave me a rendition of Butterfly Rhapsody – I was entranced – such energy and emotion, so I gave him a donation and have the poem, which I shall put in the textile book I am making for Little Miss M as she loves butterflies. Even though last year she asked her Mum if she could have a butterfly, her Mum asked her if she wanted it as a pet and she said “No, to eat it!”

Well we do put flowers on salads so when you are three ………..

I wish I could tell you the poet’s name but although he signed his work, I can only read his first name – Joseph. I also gave him a Love Rock. Here he is giving another poetic performance.DSC_0238

I wandered on over the Wobbly Bridge and west along the embankment which was bathed in sunshine. It must be a fabulous place to sit in the summer when the lavender bushes are in flower. The walk took me through Victoria Embankment Gardens where mimosa was in full bloomDSC_0242 (1)

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and this delicately scented viburnum which was growing in a huge pot.

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walking in sunshine

golden lights on a spring day

making my heart sing

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The walk from the Wobbly Bridge to my son’s office took just over an hour and a half, giving me another walk to chalk up towards my 17 for 2017. Loved it!

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Cathy and I have created the One-a-Week Photo list. To enter just leave a link in the comments, we’d love to see what FLOORs have fascinated you this week.

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Edit: Kerry’s comment below prompted me to find this 1978 song – the day definitely had this as it’s theme tune:

and now I can link to Ritu’s Musical March Meme

Traffic

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Abu Dhabi heat

sweet sweaty heat to warm me

and heal my tired bones

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I had to dig deep to find a picture of TRAFFIC for our One-a-Week Photo Challenge this week. There is some traffic there, really there is.

Click on the link to see a whole year of subjects ready and waiting for you to have fun with. This picture goes well with Ronovan’s prompt words of SWEAT and HEAT for his Haiku Challenge.

I had to go back to January 2014 when I went to Abu Dhabi to spend two weeks in the sunshine. That winter I had had one illness after the other and needed to feel sunshine on my body to feel well again. Luckily my brother-in-law was working in Abu Dhabi and I was able to stay with him. I spent long delicious hours wandering the beach collecting shells.

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You can see more about what I got up to on that trip here, here, and here

And my favourite shell picture here.

Cathy and I have enjoyed creating a list of prompts for the whole year. Please leave your links to your TRAFFIC photos in the comments and I will include them in my monthly round-up.

 

Artificial

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love this light?

artificial light

not candles

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Cathy and I host a ‘One-a-Week’ Photo Challenge. This week’s prompt: ARTIFICIAL

and I also like to link in with

Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge, this week’s prompts: LOVE and LIGHT

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I have just had this bonkers chandelier put up in the spare bedroom. I LOVE it!

The electrician’s wife told me he thinks I’m a bit potty! He’s not alone!!! I’m going to have fun making cushions to go with it.

Please leave your ‘ARTIFICIAL’ links in the comments – really looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

17 for 2017

Inspired by Cathy at Nanacathy, I joined in with 16 for 2016. It was fun and motivating to have written it down for others to see and sharing the achievements each month with Cathy and other blog readers. No rules, you make them up for yourself as you go along.

I didn’t complete all my targets (you can see how I got on here) but, for me it was good to have an aim and see how I got on and I learnt a lot from it. I’m hoping my 2017 targets are more realistic, whilst still offering challenges.

17 – walks longer than an hour

I often go on walks, but was surprised to discover in 2016 that they are rarely an hour long (most are 30 – 40mins). I love long walks and I love sharing them with Wild Daffodil readers so I feel quite determined to hit this target in 2017.

16 – handmade greetings cards.

15 – beachy things (split into 3 x 5s – 5 pieces of beach related art, 5 beach cleans on new beaches, 5 beach clean sculptures, assemblages or mandalas)

14 – items for my Etsy shop

13 – drawers, cupboards, shelves or boxes sorted out.

12 – WIPs finished

I have an embarrassingly large box full of knitting and crochet W.I.Ps

11 – paintings/ art works

Working towards an exhibition in May/June 2018

10 – house and garden tasks (split into 5x 2s – make two quiches, paint two chairs, complete two house projects, complete two garden projects, raise two pumpkin plants)

9 – textile books worked on.

8 – hand written letters to grandchildren

7 – find 7 interesting objects

(Thank you to Murtagh’s Meadow for this idea)

6 – items made for Pippin or improvements to Pippin.

5  – random acts of kindness

4 – new National Trust properties visited

3 – make three up-cycled items of clothing

I found these sites: Refashionista,  Creating My Way to Success to help me on my way and I’m sure I will discover others.

2 – meet two fellow bloggers

1 – car boot sale

I’ve never been. I’m slightly worried that my propensity for hoarding will get out of hand. I hope to keep this to just the one.

0 – Buy zero new clothes

Make, up-cycle or buy from charity shop. (Apart from specialist activity items – eg I might need a new swim suit – upcycling old ones? – aargh!what a hideous thought!)

Modern clothing manufacture is so very bad for the environment so I’m hoping to cut down on my carbon footprint with this one. Anyone wanting to donate some old clothes for upcycling or using in textile art are VERY welcome to do so!

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I am delighted to discover that there is a growing band of us doing 17 for 2017: Mrs Snail, Nanacathy, GillyflowerMurtagh’s Meadow., Ouch My Back hurts, Ruth’s Arc,  Cherie Langlois, Erin’s Big World

Anyone else?

It’s not too late to join in.

And here is another type of aspirational list made by Lillabella Makes

I’m looking forward to reading how we all get on in 2017.

 

Ripples

 

Photo Challenge Round-Up: Creation

A bit of fun creativity

Jane at Rainbow Junkie    …………… web

Cathy at Nanacathy ………………….. wicker

💜Me at Wild Daffodil …………………. wonder

Melissa at The Aran Artisan ……… wow

Christina A Look at the Little Things ….. women

Dorris at Dig With Dorris ……….. wreath

💜Aishwarya at Captured by Aishwarya …… wonder

Ellie at Wicked Rural Homestead ……….. winter

Jami at Jamichristopher ……………….. wooozy

Welcome Jami!

The 💜 denotes a post that is also joining in with Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge – it’s fun to combine the two in the Phaiku challenge.

Have I missed anyone? Please let me know if I have.

Thank you everyone for your CREATIVE entries.

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

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