Category Archives: travel

Doreen’s Garden in September

thatched cottages

Last weekend I was in beautiful Branscombe, Devon, England.

flowers, dahlias

As usual I had to make my pilgrimage up the hill to Doreen’s Garden and this time I was lucky enough to meet the delightfully sprightly 84 year old. She is originally from Liverpool and has lived in this cottage for 34 years.

She gives me hope for the future!

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84 year old gardener

We had a lovely long chat and she showed me the best viewing points for photos .. Here

thatched cottages

and then the view to the church

Doreen's garden, begonias, September

Doreen has a box for donations to support the Devon Air Ambulance and so far she has collected over £7,000!

You can even stay in her garden in this delightful self-catering little unit

somewhere to stay in Devon

what a sunny spot!

stay in Branscombe

We talked about her magnificent dahlias

orange dahlia

doreen's dahlia

She doesn’t lift them but cuts them right back to the ground and mulches them.

Doreen's Garden, dahlia, pink

I do not live in quite such a sheltered spot – I tried them years ago and did not have a good success rate, but I might give Doreen’s method a go as there is no doubt, they put on a spectacular show – if only they were scented .. mmmmm there’s a thought. Are there any scented dahlias?

 

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Monthly Meet-Up Photo Challenge: Case

case

This month crept up on me!

I had all sorts of plans for different ‘Cases’ – they did not happen.

Here is an archive photo from way back in 2014 when I went to Abu Dhabi for 2 weeks.

How much yarn would you take for a two week holiday??!!

I’d love to see your take on ‘CASE’, please leave a link in the comments.

The challenge stays open all month.

Next month : TREE

Wednesday in the Sahara

Marathons des Sables

Photo courtesy of the amazing Marathon des Sables photograhic team, more spectacular photos here

https://www.facebook.com/MarathonDesSables/

My son will run 86.2km today and into the night

See the whole of his team here..

https://www.desertrics.co.uk

They are collectively hoping to raise £104k for Macmillan Cancer Support Nurses, and have raised over £90k so far.

They have all completed three gruelling runs of over 30 km each, been blown to bits by a 2 hour hurricane during the night, scaled mountains, skidded down sand dunes – the adventure of a lifetime. Marathon des Sables

I shall be glued to the GPS tracking and live updates on the website, and the outstanding photographic coverage – and crocheting like mad!!!

Ralph at the finish on Day 2 after 7hours 13minutes and 54 seconds covering 39km

Ralph Dorey, Marathon des Sables 2018

Looking amazingly good!

Sahara Sunday

Marathons des Sables

My Marathon-Running son (age 39) is in the Sahara.

He arrived on the 6th and the photo is of the sun going down over the tents on Friday night, his first night in the desert. It was posted on Facebook by the Marathons des Sable photographers.

He and his team of 5 other Chartered Surveyors are raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

They will be running 6 Marathons in 6days – Whaaaaaaaaat!!! Crazy!

They “will run over 250km (156 miles) through endless dunes, over rocky jebels, and across white-hot salt plains.” A quote from the website.

I am glued to the Marathons des Sables Facebook Page as there are real time videos, photos and interviews – I haven’t seen Ralph yet though.

He will have a GPS tracker on him when he’s running and he tells me I will be able to follow him – a dot on a map – when he is racing.

The wonders of technology.

His first race starts at 9am (10am here) when at last the months of gruelling training is going to be put into practice. I have to admit I have butterflies.

Go Ralph!

Snow, Ice and Guinness

Last weekend I went to Branscombe, Devon for a ‘Walk of Life’ workshop.

But

The Beast from the East was foretold and this Beast would clash with Storm Emma and cause all sorts of dire conditions

I wondered if the workshop would still take place, but Helen seemed very determined that it would go ahead so I decided to go a day early to get there before the worst of the weather was due to descend upon us.

I got there just in time, as just a couple of hours after I was cosily ensconced in Nestlecombe, the walk across the road to the Masons ArmsMasons Arms Branscombe was getting icy and the village was soon to be cut off for all except farm vehicles.

In the pub I found a log fire, a warm welcome and a handsome young French bartender. I ordered mushroom soup and Guinness… I do love a draught Guinness.pubGIn his strong French accent, the bartender asked me what I was doing in Branscombe.

“I’m here for a dance workshop on the beach,” says I

“I was not expecting that!” he said, we laughed!

After lunch, while the storm raged and the snow fell, I was snug back in my holiday let, happily watching ‘Shetland’ on iPlayer and doing some more of my Jurassic Coast blanket.crochet and laptop

This is currently my go to project when I just want to do rows and not have to think too much about the pattern. Easy to do in front of the TV.

I laid it on the bed to see how it was coming alongjurassic coast blanket in progress

Just coming up to half way.coastal colours, linen stitch

Keeping to coastal colours in Stylecraft Special DK, 4.5mm hook and in Extended Moss Stitch, which I think is also called Linen Stitch.

The view from the bedroom window

view

After the snow came the freezing rain and on Friday walking anywhere was lethal – lethal but beautiful icicles

so I just had to get out there with the camera – luckily I had my walking stick and Snow Grips with me. I’ve had them for years and never used them before.

snowgrips

There was a crust of ice over everything

ice and snow

which made a wonderful crunchy sound as you made your way across it

I have never seen the effects of freezing rain beforeicicles on creeper

this whole tree was encased in iceice tree

The photos don’t really do it justice as the light was so low

freezing rain

the effect was spectacular

iced fir

iced tree

I thought the pub sign had a touch of ‘Daphne du Maurier’ about it.

pub sign

and in the fieldsice on wire, freezing rain

so much beauty to be found

even the catkins were frozeniced catkins

more icy photos to come …….

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(PS. I was the only one who turned up for the Workshop! Wimps! Ha!)

Now I’m going to pop over to Cathy’s for a good ol’ Knit and Natter Friday

6 Marathons in the Desert

And on the subject of SCALE!!!!

I just had to share with you what my crazy son is up to

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/DesertRICS

Marathon des Sables

He is running 6 marathons in 6 days in the Sahara in April.

This is totally OFF THE SCALE!

If you would be interested to see him in his video of one of his training runs

66 Miles in two days!!!

yer tiz.

 

He and his team are raising money for Macmillian Cancer Support, so it would be wonderful if you felt you could sponsor him.

I’m full of amazement and admiration – he has always loved a challenge!

Wings

………Continuing to share our lovely bright Winter’s walk around the Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset, England.

There is a smaller wings sculpture in the South Garden.

angel's wings

here, viewed from the rampartsWells, Somerset

from where one also gets this glorious view across the Somerset countryside

Somerset

Peeping through the rampartspeep

you can see the moat below

swan in Wells, Somerset

There are some videos of the gardens and last year’s cignets here.

swan by moat

Like us, the swans were basking in the sun

whispering gallery, Wells

(Noelle and Alison in the Whispering Gallery)

swan in Wells

moat, Wells

And so was a cheeky little robin

robin

sitting on his favourite posing post

robin1

All of us glorying in that clear blue skysky and the warmth the sun gave us

Noelle suggested this photo of me trying out the wings, it was such a fabulous day our spirits were certainly soaring

getting my wings

and I must show you Noelle’s marvellous hand-knitted hat and scarf/shawl, which looks like wings to mehandknit hat and scarf

more to come …..