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Textile Tuesday: Kunin Felt

Kunin Felt, the Stitchbook CollectiveThe Stitchbook Collective, organised by Helen Birmingham of Untangled Threads couldn’t have happened at a better time. Each month a box of delights pops through my letterbox and new little textile project is born, full of learning, peaceful stitching and an opportuity to share it with the others in the Collective.

If you are looking for a small slow stitching project, I can highly recommend Helen’s kits, which come with full tutorials and all the materials needed to produce a piece of textile art.

May’s box of goodies was all about Kunin Felt and playing around with candles and heating the felt to form flowers or other shapes that took your fancy.

I was a bit stumped to start with and could not work out a design I wanted to create, so I turned to Pinterest and found this post which inspired my design.pinterest, felt, B Zwickler

I laid out some pieces of shiny cord included in the kit an added my own Sari waste cord which I got from YarnYarn, and couched them onto the black backing felt.Yarn Yarn, felt

and gradually built up the design.

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A fun month with bright colours and playing with fire, fabulous!

Have you been playing with textiles this month, or maybe you have some archive posts about textiles you would like to share. Just pop a link in the comments, I would love to see them.

Textile Tuesday happens on the first Tuesday of each month.

Scrap Happy

Joining Kate at Talesfromchiconia for her Scrap Happy gathering on the 15th of every month.

A friend’s birthday was approaching and I knew she would appreciate the recyle/reuse ethos behind this meme, so I went to my vast collection of bits of crochet I have made as experiments with either pattern or colour. crochet experiments

I have a similar collection of art experiments with acrylic paint on paper, so I chose one of these for the basis of the card

Folding the card into 3, I tried out a couple of ideas

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I decided to use the flower which is the centre of the Amanzi block, I lined up all the ends and marked the positions of the holes I wanted to make in the card

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sitting it atop a ball of yarn to pierce the needle through

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Then I sewed the threads through and tied them at the back

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The present was some handmade soap I had bought in St Davids, Pembrokeshire, from the force of nature that is Julia Horton-Mansfield who owns the Really Wild Soap Company.DSC_0491

I first met Julia on one of her guided wild food foraging walks

The soaps and card were wrapped up in a page from an old magazine

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Pop along over to Kate’s to find others who can inspire you to usefully use up bits and pieces of this and that.

Happy Scrapping

A Solstice Vase on Monday

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After weeks of wet and gloomy, we had the most glorious weather for the Summer Solstice

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The honeysuckle grows on a fence outside my bedroom window – can you imagine the heady wafts of scent on a warm solstice evening ………. deeeeeee-lissshhhhhh-usss

I have mixed it with the froth of Lady’s Mantle for a Solstice celebration

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They are in a heavy ceramic circular candle holder with a trough (there must be a better word?) around for flowers. I bought this many years ago in Glastonbury and it has been the centre piece for many a meditation gathering and Solstice celebration in my past life in hippyland.

I do hope you enjoyed the Solstice in your neck of the woods.

Oh how I am delighting in my Long Border filling out, gradually hiding more soil.

(you can see the beginnings of the creation of this border and how it looked a couple of months ago in this post)

Next door are doing some renovations, there will be a fence eventually between the concrete posts, and then that bit of the border will be north facing and in shade. I will move some hostas there when the time is right.

Did you spy a Hot Princess?

Cathy! She is flowering and she is Hot! This is my lovely birthday gift from Cathy when I went to see her last November. Cathy knows I love Hot Pink and this thoughtful gift is just perfect!

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Just before I go I MUST show you some of my poppies – which have been so much enjoyed by me, my neighbours and most importantly, the bees!

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Click on any photo to see it full screen

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Turn up the volume to hear the buzzzzzzzz.

Joining Cathy for her In a Vase on Monday, weekly link with other gardeners around the globe.

and

Cee’s Flower of the Day

 

Happy Solstice!

 

Vase on Monday and My Big Dig

marigolds and argyranthemumsMarigolds, bronze fennel and argyranthemums in a goblet, all from my new long border

The story of my BIG DIG:

I moved to this house in March 2007 and since then I have been battling with the border on the north side of the drive

When I arrived it was neatly clipped (and very dull) as you can see below – so not me!DSCF0013An old field hedge, it was full of brambles, ivy and hawthorn inter-planted with laurel, lonicera, a ghastly variegated bamboo and the whole lot was plagued with never-ending bindweed.

I started to clear out the bramble, ivy and hawthorn but it was hard goingMay2007 006

The border gets very wet in the winter. I’m not one for clipped hedges so I planted a contorted willow I’d grown from a cutting, hoping it would enjoy the spot and soak up some of the water. I slashed and burned the baddies and let the laurels grow tall.

Oh boy, how those laurels love to grow! They were always needing to be cut back.

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I loved how the willow arched over the drive and knew it was Spring when I saw it with the Amalanchier against a blue sky.

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The photo above was taken in April 2018 when I noticed that the willow was showing signs of distress. The leaves were fewer than usual and once formed shrivelled and went brown. I hoped it was a temporary blip.

I battled on against the bamboo which got into everything and was coming up through next door’s paving. Horrid stuff! I could not see how I would ever get rid of it.

Enough was enough – it all had to GO!

The demolition squad came in and with the help of a hired stump grinder, I love a good gadget,stump grinder and my son-in-law’s tractor and trailer they cleared the border within a day.DSC_0563

I wanted to save the willow, and was in denial about the state of it, but you can see how poorly it was. This was in June when it should have been in full leaf.IMG_1534

Gazing at the border from the road, I was thrilled with the amount of garden I had to play with …bare border

– not so thrilled with how the tractor had damaged the drive though, hey- ho!

We were in the middle of a heat-wave but I was determined to dig through every grain of soil to remove any bits or bramble, bamboo and bindweed, before putting in precious plants.

What a job! I knew that no-one else would be as thorough as me, or as determined, so I carried on, digging in 30 minute bursts intertwined with some sitting down with a crochet hook.

Sadly, I realised, the willow was past hope. Amazing to think it had grown that tall from a twig in about 10 years. A guy in the village offered to chop it down for me in July – he looked a bit precarious up that ladder, but he did the job

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And then there was the mighty stump to get rid of, IMG_1758my kind and wonderful neighbour decided it was his mission to rid me of the deceased willow stumpIMG_1761

he laboured for days with beads of sweat sprouting like a fountain from his forehead, but eventually it was out!

Everyone who passed made helpful suggestions about what I could do about the winter flooding, crates were mentioned and all sorts of other ideas but all solutions came with a heafty price tag. I left the hole to monitor the water level and kept on digging and sifting through the rest of the soil.

The hole started filling up with water in October and by November it just sat there for weeks.flood

My solution was to build up the soil to take plants away from the water level and choose plants that can cope with these conditions. The RHS site is helpful: Wet and Dry Soils.

I ordered 3 bulk bags of top soil from the Sherborne Turf Company

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and had them dumped straight in the holeIMG_2613

Fabulous!

And now after all that digging and delving I have the joy of planting.

As suggested by the RHS: Geums, stacchys, hardy geraniums and persicaria were ordered from Dorset Perennials

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Some plants came from the local market and some were transplanted from other parts of the garden ……… and look at it now! (filmed on 8.May)

I feel very proud of myself!

If the plants get through the winter I will think about planting a crab apple next spring.

The border includes Dianthus Carthusianorum a pink perennial with scented and edible flowers which I have grown from seed I collected from a friend’s garden. Happy Days! The flowers are in bud right now but I’m hoping they will appear in a future ‘Vase on Monday’.

Do pop along over to see how other gardeners are celebrating Spring or Autumn on Cathy’s blog, Rambling in the Garden.

In a Flat Lay on Monday

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I’m learning all sorts of new terms through Instagram hashtags. I had no idea that arranging things like this had a name – it is called ‘Flat Lay’ apparently. I have done this ever since I was a kid – I just love arranging things, now I have a proper grown-up name for it.

Joining in with Cathy for In a Vase on Monday.

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Do you remember this post when I showed you what I had just bought from the online shop – Hobbycraft, and asked if you had any idea what I was going to do with them?

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Oh I have had SO much FUN with these fabric flowers ….. they created magic and transported me into another world……..

….  First I made myself a headband using the long wire stem of one of the big yellow Gerberas. The flower was sticking straight up as if it was growing out of my ear – well that just had me rolling about laughing, especially when friends and family joined in and tried it on – we got the giggles and could not recover til our sides ached.

Why didn’t I take photos???                      Just too busy laughing I suppose.

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Then I calmed down and started to make a headdress… I just wound flowers (with wire stems) round the makeshift headband – it seemed to work.IMG_0127

This is me trying to take a photo with my new iPhone – I am not finding all this new technology easy and miss my little old cheap and easy Nokia….

….. and again

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far too serious!

All this was in preparation for my birthday weekend (last weekend)….

much more to come ………. hundreds of photos to sort through ……….. i did have the most wonderful time ……. it wouldn’t have been everybody’s idea of the BEST birthday weekend…… but …..for a newly 65 year old Wild Daffodil it was just PERFECT!!!!!

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another headband ……  who is this one for??????IMG_0135

Can you guess?

My post is not about Yarny things in the making, but if you want to have a good old natter about all things yarny, pop on over to Cathy’s weekly Knit and Natter Friday – always a joy.

Monday Mandala

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Joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for ‘In a Vase on Monday’

with Purple Loosetrife, Marigold, Gardeners Gaiters, Pelargonium, Erigeron

and

Cee for Flower of the Day

Crochet Spiro Star as a centre for Mandala Madness in  Scheepjes BonBon cotton, using a 2mm hook.

Monday Mandala

 

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Joining Cathy of Rambling in the Garden for her ‘In a Vase on Monday’ international Garden Party. I love this meme so much and enjoy seeing what gardeners from all over the world pop in a vase every Monday.

My garden has slipped way down the list of priorities this year and I don’t have many flowers growing at the moment. Yesterday was the first day for ages that circumstances aligned for me to be able to spend the whole day tackling the jungle it has become. As I cut back, slashed and weeded, I saved the few flowers I found and plonked them in jam jars hoping to be able to make up a vase for today ….dsc_0316.jpg

I looked at this sorry collection and realised something was needed for added value.

 

So I lay one of my paintings-in-progress on the floor and then I drifted off into a very happy place playing with petals and leaves

 

 

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Click on the photos if you would like to see them larger.

The centre is the beginning of a crochet mandala in cotton called ‘Sol’ by

You can see the beginning of this mixed-media-mandala in yesterday’s post.

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The words are a quote I have adapted from the book ‘Conversations With God’ Book 2 by Neale Donald Walsch, the quote is “a woman hears the melody of flowers in the wind”, but I wanted to change it so that everyone could relate to it.

Little Miss M (5) was here a few days ago, she loves to have music playing – her favourite at the moment is ‘500 miles’ by the Proclaimers, she says she wants to walk 500 miles with me – now there’s an ambition! We were both dancing to the song and she looked out at the wind blowing through the plants in the garden and said,

“Look Granny, the garden is dancing with us!”

acrylic on canvas with flower mandala

 

Fox and Cubs in a Giraffe on Monday

Giraffe and square vases

The vases are from Chive.com

Hawkweed or Fox and Cubs  have seeded themselves in my gravel garden, I love the rich colour

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However, apparently I should not be encouraging it in the garden as it can be a rampant weed.  So disappointing. For now I’m going to enjoy it, just as the insects are.

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Teaming it with this gorgeous achillea – oof! I LOVE that colour combo.

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Add in the lavender and I’m a happy colour-loving bunny. All three plants are  much loved by the insects – there’s a whole lot of buzzing going on!

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Joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her fun Monday get together of gardeners all over the world.

and

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Silent Sunday

dancer made of petals and leaves

“Those who can not hear the music think the dancer is mad”

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Wordless Wednesday

Petal Mandala

Lavender and Lychnis

Happy Vase

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Erigeron or Fleabane, neither are names pretty enough to describe this little gem of a daisy that grows on my patio, interwoven with what I think is a type of campanula. Both seed themselves liberally and I love them together.DSC_0220

The vase is a pot I bought in Florence, Italy in 1987 when I went there with my Dad. We had a wonderful time together, I have such happy memories of that long weekend .

It was Father’s Day here in the UK yesterday and he has been much in my thoughts. He died in 1998 and would have been 96 this year. He worked hard and played hard, loved a party, had a huge sense of fun and was never happier than when playing with his Grandchildren.

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Teamed here with another of the textile pieces I’m working onDSC_0226

Title: “You are my happy”

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I have to have several on the go at the same time. I seem to need to be able to have a rest from each colour combination in order to see each piece of work afresh.

Joining Cathy and ‘In a Vase on Monday’.

and

Cee’s Flower of the Day.

On the grass on Monday

Today we made flower mandalas

Little Miss M aged 4, with Granny taking orders and happy to be the artist’s assistant.

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Master R, who wanted to make an edible mandala

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Miss E, aged 9

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Joining in with Cathy and the international Monday Garden Party that is ‘In a Vase on Monday’.

 

Say it with Flowers

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

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.

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

Birthday Blanket

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Miss E’s design is coming to life. The daisy squares have been added

The edging done

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Only the daisies to sew on in the centre.

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I’m hopeful it will be finished in time for her birthday.

Joining in with Ginny’s Yarn Along.

In a Vase: White

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Cathy, of Rambling in the Garden, has been inspired by Christina, of My Hesperides Garden  this week and is celebrating blogging friendship with a vase full of beautiful white flowers from her garden – which in turn has inspired my vase.

This little white jug has Tiarella Sky Rocket, a self seeded white lavender, saxifrage and erigeron.

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The props are some crocheted daisies ready to adorn a blanket for Miss E. I started this way back in April last year, doing the many squares for the border has halted the process, but it is her birthday coming up and I really want to finish the blanket in time.

Here it is without a border

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and here is the border in progress with daisies arranged by Miss E

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40 squares and 12 daisies and so many ends to sew in!

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I am also creating a pattern for the blanket so that if I ever did want to make one again (?!) I will have the instructions to hand. This will be available as a free pattern for anyone else who would like to give it a go.

White flowers are my favourite and despite the heavy rain this morning I managed to find some in the garden for another vase

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In the vase on the left there is feverfew, DSCF9288astrantia, DSCF9283and a perennial white wallflower with a gorgeous scent, especially at dusk.

The vases are sitting amongst the pot plants: a white orchid,DSCF9286

Streptocarpus Rhiannon

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and Streptocarpus Myfanwy

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Do pop on over to see Cathy’s vase and all the others that come pouring in from all over the world always lifting a Monday with beauty.

Also joining in with Cee’s Flower of the Day.

Happy Monday!

Update: Some photos of the plant which I think is a perennial white wallflower

Am I right?

Cards, Kits and Abstract Designs

I am still loving playing around with colouring the paper using Frances Pickering’s method, which can be found in her book ‘Under the Cover’.

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and thought these might make a cheeky entry into the Daily Post ‘Abstract’ challenge.

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I do love the way the colours blend and am wondering about framing some of them.

They are perfect for making birthday cards and this one went to Big Sister (6) to go with her letter ‘A’

She really liked it and asked me lots of questions about how I had made it. She wanted to make a card like it, but as I did not have all the necessary ingredients with me I said I would send her some of the paper and cut-outs to make some cards of her own – here is the little kit I put together for her.

3 folded cards and some bits and pieces to stick on them.

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I’m looking forward to seeing what she makes.

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Friends

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a shiver of glee

so much warmth in the welcome

a new type of friend

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Our Photo Challenge Prompt: FRIENDS

Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge Prompts: FRIEND and SHIVER

Ron has such a  generous spirit, he supports and promotes writers of every genre and he is encouraging his readers to go for the Photo/Haiku Challenge Combo – Hurray!!! THANK YOU Ron! He has recently published his co-written novel, Amber Wake, pop on over to his blog and check it out – he has masses of wonderful tips on writing a blog and every sort of writing imaginable.

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The photo: I was away last week on a Textile Course, which as luck would have it, was just a few miles from where Judy Martin of Edwina’s Episodes lives. Judy, or Eddie as I call her, and I have been communicating via our blogs for ages now and have built up a lovely friendship – well you can’t help it with Eddie, she is such a down-to-earth friendly funny kinda gal. So I asked if she thought it would be a good idea to meet up.

Not only did we meet up but we had the most wonderful evening of fun and laughter and an absolutely DELICIOUS meal made by none other than Mr Grump himself! (I shouldn’t really blow his cover but Mr Grump did not live up to his nickname at all – what a friendly, warm and welcoming couple they are!) Both Judy and I discovered that we were exactly as we thought we would be, which meant we felt we knew each other already and conversation flowed as we chatted about blogging, and all manner of other things as well.

This is the second time I have met up with a fellow blogger and I can highly recommend it. The first was a lovely summery meeting with Mrs Snail when we both turned up in bright pink, and now I see Eddie and I were both wearing similar tops – spooky!

And still on the subject of friends, I am giving Judy’s newly published book of poems to my walking friend for her birthday today

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With a card made from the paper I’ve been decorating (another handmade card for my 16 for 16 list ✅).

Here is the back of the card

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and inside is below – I’m loving creating this paper! I love it so much I have photographed some of the pages I like the best and put them in my Etsy shop as PDF instant downloads so that others can enjoy them and use them for their own craft projects, thus adding two more items to the shop out of my target of 14 this year ✅ – I’m ticking lots of boxes in this post!

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The book and card are wrapped in newspaper brought back for me by another friend from her recent trip to Mexico.

And to all my wonderful blogging friends – Happy Tuesday!

Next Week’s Photo Prompt is SECRET

Shhhhh!

Silver

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Bluedaisyz weekly Photo Challenge: SILVER

And joining in with Cathy’s In a Vase on Monday

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I am writing this in haste as I am away from home at the moment (I put the photos together before I left).

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These beautiful earrings were made for me by my sister.

More about the plants and the ‘props’:

I looked in my garden for silver coloured leaves – not many – i must put that right. The ones I found were lavender, perennial white wallflower, a strange furry leaved mint that is in flower at the moment with pale lilac coloured flowers, and the tall spikes are the new growth of a cotoneaster.

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hallmark

Hallmark on the Calendar

S.I.Ld = the maker or firm + Stokes and Ireland, Chester. Registered in 1890

The lion = Sterling Silver

The coat of arms = City of Chester

The letter = the date it was hallmarked/made = 1747

See also Cathy’s silver seat; Olga’s, up close; Jamie’s famous tower

Next week the prompt word is PEACE what would you photograph? Another tricky challenge.