Blogs I Follow
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- View From Our Hill
- The Sandy Chronicles
- Once a designer...
- Going Batty in Wales
- Alice Fox Textiles
- The Shrub Queen
- Photographic Memories
- lifelessons - a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown
- Amanda Jones Crochet
- Ramblings From Jewels
- Creating my own garden of the Hesperides
- The Loopy Stitch
- Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
- The Dorset Rambler
- The Wee House Of Crochet
- Dorset Dawdlers
- The Crafty Therapist
- Morale Fiber
- Tea & Paper
- Julia's Creative Year
- Maria Clarke-Wilson
- The Contented Crafter
- Sewing Etc.
- Words and Herbs
- It's all in a Nutshell Crochet
- Notes From the Hinterland
- Eliza Waters
- Pink Cobwebs
- Buttercup and Bee
- the willow witch
- Life is too short to drink bad wine
- I Am Branching Out
- Well Hopper
- from sewing room to potting shed
- Barn House Garden
- T H I M B E R L I N A
- Postcard from Gibraltar
- An Artist's Journal
- KDD & Co
- Petal & Pins
Category Archives: stoneImage
After visiting Cathy’s garden, the next day I drove another two and a half hours to visit a friend from school days who lives in Cumbria.
The weather had turned cloudy. On the first afternoon we walked at Leighton Moss and the next day walked along a nearby canal.
A happy time reconnecting with an old friend and seeing a very different landscape.
Next day I was off to Harrogate to the Knitting and Stitching Show!
I am very excited about telling you all about it – it was FANTASTIC!
I went to Newquay with two friends – we have holidayed together before many times, so we know it works. This was a special birthday treat for one of us, spent in a very special place.
The video was taken on our balcony and the round room at the end was our sitting room with 360 degree views – it was spectacular.
We walked, we ate delicious meals, we did a mind-scrambling jigsaw together, we danced to 60s and 70s tunes, we read, we watched the surfers and the golfers below, we relaxed, we laughed and breathed in all that ozone.
I hope you too can soak up some holiday vibes from the photos – put on a bit of Elvis, the Stones, the Beatles and the Proclaimers and you will be right there with us!
look at the salt water swimming pool
on the beach we found thousands of these magical remains of By-the-Wind-Sailors
we watched the stormsand drank coffee in the cosy Seaspray Beach Cafe
and every day a rainbow!
it was magic!
The Shelbys are having a Zoom meeting …….. now don’t all talk at once!
Coronavirus has hit Shelbyville
None of the residents wanted to get ill
It was with some resistance
They had to social distance
Yet they found they could communicate still!
All of them had the Zoom App installed
So during lockdown they wouldn’t feel ignored
They could chat every day
Sing songs, dance and play
No chance of them getting bored!
At 9 every day it’s keep fit
With the Aliens it’s become quite a hit
With their yoga and gym
They keep themselves trim
They are not the type to just sit!
Maggie and Shelma miss going to town
All the shops they love have closed down
But the girls are not stopping
They now do internet shopping
They’re the most glamourous Shelbys around!
Sandy misses Shelma whom he dated
His love for her is unabated
He keeps the romance blooming
With lots of daily Zooming
Most of it is very X-Rated!
poem by Judy E. Martin
photo by Sandra Dorey
There might be some of you who have not met the Shelbys before, here are a few links
It feels so good to team up with Judy once again. She is a frontline worker as a nurse and I am full of admiration for her. I was delighted when she said she could find the time to create one of her fabulous poems to go with the photo.
Many thanks for the work you do Judy and thank you so very much for sharing your humour and poetry with us.
Anyone who has been reading this blog for a while will know how much I loathe housework, but these are strange times! Today found me actually wanting to give the bathroom a thorough going over!
As I was putting things back on the windowsill, I realised that every item has a special memory or significance to me.
Left to right:
There is an Umbrella plant, that I grew from a root cutting given to me by a dear friend who I see only rarely nowadays. She is currently staying somewhere in deepest India, unable to return home due to the transport system in that country being under lockdown. The glass bowl it sits in, has been with me since I got married in 1972, nothing special, not beautiful, but it has become an old familiar friend.
In a little pot next to it are some honeysuckle cuttings, waiting to see if they grow roots, so that I can give some little plants to my daughter as requested.
The fish shaped little dish holds a bumble bee that sadly died in my bathroom, I know Little Miss M (7) would love to see it, so I am keeping it for when she is able to come into my house again.
The clay dolphin was made by Miss E when she was about 8. I took her to some wonderful sculpture and stone-carving worshops when she was being homeschooled.
I bought the brass incense burner with the Ohm symbol when I was travelling in 1994 and visiting Buddhist communities all round the world – such powerful memories. It reminds me of chanting in the echoing valleys of the Himalaya Mountains.
The scallop shell was given to me by my neighbour, who is a diver, and brings me yummy scallops in the summer. The shells it holds all come from the beaches of my beloved Pembrokeshire, collected on my month in a treehouse by the sea.
Sea glass, collected on my local beaches, in times gone by.
A collection of tiny white pebbles – there is something so beautiful about them.
The twisted piece of wire with beads: this was a spiral Christmas decoration I had been making with my grandchildren
One of them sat in the bathroom, and after the twins came to stay – I found this one had been just too tempting to resist – I rather like the resulting tiny wire sculpture.
The jam jar has more honeysuckle cuttings,
and the shell on the right was given to me by my Mum when I was a teenager.
A whole lot of family, friends and memories on that tiny windowsill.
Do you have similar little collections about the house?
Here we are on the first Tuesday of the Month , our Monthly Meet-up Photo Challenge, with another collection of WINDOW photographs. To join in please leave a link to your photos in the comments. Your photos can be any interpretation of the subject, and can be your latest photos or archive photos and posts – all welcome.
Forde Abbey on the Somerset/Dorset border in the south of England is the perfect place if you are looking for a collection of windows to photograph. Join them on Instagram to see some wonderful photos of the gardens.
The photos above are the windows to the Orangery, we couldn’t go in in February, but peeped through the windows to see the citrus trees inside
I hope we will be able to wander through this space later in the year when the house is open for viewing.
Til then we had the outside views to enjoy.
But we could go into the Chapel where, behind the Rood Screen, there was a delicate tree flowering in the window – is that a Mimosa?
but this Window at the other end of the Chapel stole the show
especially with that blue sky beaming through.
I’m looking forward to seeing the windows you have spied this month.
Linking with my cheerful cheeky playmate, Judy Martin, for another Silly Saturday
Some are baggy and saggy
Some are perky and pert
Some are tiny little gnat bites
Some so big that they hurt!
Some are flabby and floppy
Some are bouncy double Ds
Some are wrinkled and crinkled
Some hang down to the knees!
Some are always kept covered
Some are all over YouTube
Have you guessed what these are yet?
Yes! A nice pair of boobs!
Poem by Judy Martin
Pebble Art by Sandra Dorey
We have something a little more risky for you next Saturday!
You have been warned! 😉
Judy’s blog is, most deservably, up for an Award and I’m delighted to say so is Wild Daffodil – pop over to Sasha’a Blog and have a look to see all the different categories. You might see one of your favourite blogs there and give them a vote!
I met this guy on Branscombe Beach last weekend, any ideas what his name could be?
He looks like he might be emerging from his underground home to see who’s about.
I think he might be related to this chap who lives in the Lost Gardens of Heligan
I don’t know his name either.
Joining in with Cee’s Oddball Challenge
Here we are again. Helloooooo! How has your photographic month been? I’ve had a great time in the recent snow and ice, in the delightful village of Branscombe, Devon. I stayed in a little self-catering flat, called Nestlecombe, in the Square that I have no hesitation in recommending.
In the bitter cold wind I went down to the beach to see if I could get some inspiration for our subject this month. I do love to see stone-balancing, and you can see some beautiful examples if you look at the Genteel Giant’s photographs on Instagram. My sisters met him on Newgale beach when we were staying there in January, I was back at the holiday let crocheting at the time, so didn’t get to see him, but love his work.
It was far too windy to try stone balancing but I played around with scale a bit.
The sea was scarily fierce and with the tide coming in, it nearly caught me out whilst I was picking up the plastics on the strand line (hence the poem)
I tried in vain to catch the power and the scale – the pictures look tame in comparison with the experience.
We are such tiny creatures who do well to respect nature’s power
death is only a trip away
Please leave a link to your photos of SCALE in the comments below. Can’t wait to see them!
You can see the whole year of subjects on my Photo Challenge Page.
Next month’s subject is
As seen in a hotel.
I love the simplicity of this for a winter arrangement.
Pop over to Cathy’s to see what she has in her Vase this week.
Shelma was going out on a date
So excited she just couldn’t wait
She was looking her best
In her January Sales dress
The evening was going to be great
Sandy lit Shelma’s fuse
She loved his winkle picker shoes
It brightened her mood
To be with such a cool dude
He banished her January blues!
They wanted to paint the town red
But painted the beach blue instead
A moonlit walk along the sand
Strolling together hand in hand
Anticipating what lay ahead.
poem by Judy E. Martin
shell art by Sandra Dorey
What lies ahead for this couple I wonder, any ideas?
Will it be calm seas or stormy waters?
Judy and I have enjoyed teaming up again this week. I do love her take on things, pop across to Judy’s Blog to read more of her delightfully beguiling work.
Did you know you CAN still buy Winkle-Picker shoes? I’ll be looking out for them now.
I recently found the pebbles that my grandchildren children had drawn on last Summer, lurking in the bottom of a bag. They had obviously been lying in wait, ready for an appearance in a ‘Silly Saturday’ or two.
This yoga is really quite good
Sometimes it’s been misunderstood
When feeling depressed
Or when life gets you stressed
It can help to lighten your mood
It can make you look and feel great
Helps you focus and concentrate
The different types of positions
Help some medical conditions
There’s even one for the prostate!
Those earthlings have got it all sussed
This yoga lark is a must
You don’t have to be wealthy
To keep yourself healthy
With a body strong and robust.
poem by Judy E. Martin
pebble picture by Sandra Dorey
Feeling stressed in the build up to Christmas?
The Aliens are back with a bit of timely advice. They have had a rethink about yoga and are limbering up to get fit and ready for the excesses of the festive season.
Judy and I have joined forces again to bring you another pebble and shell Silly Saturday.
I hope you manage to fit in a bit of silliness this Saturday.
I will be taking Big Bro and Little Bro to watch their Dad, number one son, play hockey. I spent many years on the side lines watching first my brother and husband, then my children play various sports, so it will be a trip down memory lane – it is going to be verrrrrrrry cold though, so I’m not sure how long we will last. I’m taking drawing supplies in case we spend most of the time in the club house.
On the scariest night of the year
The Halloween Disco was here
The Shelleys so cool
Dressed as ghosties and ghouls,
Looking rather scary and weird
Thriller got them up on the floor
Monster Mash had them begging for more,
Bewitched went down well
As did Bat out of Hell
And they danced as never before.
poem by Judy E. Martin
assemblage art by Sandra Dorey
background painting by Master R aged 8
Are you all ready for Halloween? The Shelleys are and at the Dee-I-esS-Cee-O!
Dancing to Bobby Pickett’s 1962 Monster Hit
Joining in with the Daily Post: Ghoulish
Hi Everybody, I’m Pebble Pete
The cheeriest chap you could hope to meet
The beach is where I spend my days
With my crew I like to play
We often meet up on the shore
For fun and games, never getting bored
Riding on the waves in the clear blue sea
You’ll find the Stone and the Shell family
I will introduce you to everyone
So you can join in with our fun
Whether in the sea or on the sand
I want to welcome you to Seaside Land!
poem by Judy E. Martin
photo by Sandra Dorey
Welcome to another Silly Saturday!
I just LOVE working/playing/creating with Judy. I sent her the photo of a pebble and she not only created a fabulous fun poem but gave him the perfect name. I’m always excited to see what Judy does with the images I send her.
Judy and I have been thinking about creating a little ebook of our characters and we thought Pete was just the right character to introduce the Stones and the Shelleys and possibly take up the role of narrator, we’ll have to see where he takes us.
Hot off the press
The first batch of cards have been printed!
They are blank inside and all come individually packed with an envelope.
What is it about seeing ones work in print – it’s thrilling!!!
The guy who prints the cards hadn’t read the poems at first as he gets so many to do, but as he was checking through the proof he read them and just couldn’t stop giggling – he was still laughing as he was telling me how funny he thought it was. Lovely to get such a spontaneous reaction.
The cards will be appearing in my Etsy shop soon.
You, my lovely Daffodil followers, can have them a little cheaper at mates’ rates if you send me a message via the Contact Me Page.
I do hope you are having a wonderfully Silly Saturday – if you are doing anything Silly, I’d love to hear about it! 😀