Thursday, 19 October 2017

Carolyn Forster Workshop

Tuesday evening Carolyn Forster was the speaker at the Hamtune Quilters meeting. Table upon table was covered in quilts and her talk covered her quilting life. She was a very entertaining speaker and her quilts were beautiful.

On Wednesday a Perkiomen Valley Quilt workshop had been arranged with Carolyn. Perkiomen is an area between New Jersey and Pennsylvania and had a rich heritage of a certain type of quilt not found anywhere else.

Made of squares and half square triangles we were shown a number of different ways these could be made into blocks and then a seemingly endless number of ways the blocks could then be arranged.

Carolyn's samples

Eight of us enjoying a day quilting and learning a new method of putting squares and triangles together

End of the day display, mine being nearest the front 

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Another hat

Another hat, hot off the needles!
The pattern was free on Ravelry and designed by Anne Mizoguchi.
I used double knit special by Stylecraft and a circular needle. I love the feel of this 100% premium acrylic and it washes so well in the washing machine.
It is not really this shape, but the only thing I could find to put it on for a photograph was a small kettle!

I now have knitted three hats, so I will be ready for the winter weather.

Other news... today we are waiting for the flooring to arrive and be fitted and that will be the end of the kitchen re-fit. I have put everything away but so much needs resorting as and when I get around to it.

Sunday, 15 October 2017


What a busy birthday time at the moment.
Sept 22nd Chris celebrated his birthday in Yorkshire on holiday
Sept 30th Abigail reached the grand old age of 14 years ! Where did those 14 years go?
Oct 9th my sister Debbie was 70 years old, and she is my younger sister so I feel really old.
Oct 13th Richard celebrated his 46th birthday quickly followed by Eleanor who will be 10 years old on the 17th.
Today would have been my Mum's 103rd birthday... miss you Mum.

As you can see it has been really busy around here, but last night we celebrated my new kitchen, I cooked a meal for the first time, and Richard and Eleanor's birthdays.

What fun we had playing a penny game, followed by feely bag game.
Richard blowing out the candles on his cake

Eleanor blowing out the candles on her cake.
She loved the candle so much she took the card wrapping home so her mum could buy another!

NO looking in the bag !!!
I call out the name of an item and the first to find it without looking wins a point.
We all laughed so much there were tears and a lot of cheating.

October IAM

A week later than usual we held our IAM craft meeting.
Seven of us sewing, making lace, knitting, crocheting and chatting... a LOT of chatting and laughing! The day went really quickly which is always the sign of a good day.
Shirley and Penny had made matching crochet blankets.
Such lovely colours.

Jenny showed us her hand pieced hexagon block quilt.
Absolutely fabulous

Jenny knitted me an angel, I love angels, thank you Jenny

Clare had completed her quilted basket.
The Bosal foam is very effective for shaping the sections.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

The Mystery photo

Searching through some cupboards I came across this picture

Me age about 2 yrs old.
The photo was taken by Helen Speight at Kettering
and hand coloured in.
Not sure they had coloured photography 71 years ago!
The frame was falling apart and as I had a cheap picture in another frame the same size, I asked Chris to re-frame it. Much to our surprise there was another photo behind it of my parents wedding. What a treat to find such a treasure. Mum would have been 103 this week.
L to R Bert ? [Dad's friend I think] Edna Harris [ nee Simons] Dad [Stan Simons],
Mum [Mary Ashby] Rose [Mum's cousin] Grandad [ John Ashby]

Almost there

We are almost there with the new kitchen.
OK the fridge/fleezer is in the hall, the paint is wet, the tiler comes tomorrow plus I have no idea how to use all my new appliances and gadgets! Almost forgot the new flooring will be down next week... but we are almost there !
Starting to look like a kitchen again

I have managed to use the washing machine and
Chris has used the dish washer !

Managed to heat porridge in the combi microwave
and clear up the mess as it is so much faster than my old combi.

Hob and oven still a mystery

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Kitchen progress

Monday Richard the fitter arrived to start work on fitting the new kitchen, of course the first piece he wanted was at the bottom of the pile!
Luckily for us Roy came to help as his job had been delayed, this meant work would move along at a faster pace. Although I felt sorry for the people waiting for him to fit their kitchen.
The end of day one, some of the base cabinets are in and the worktop is looking good.
Tuesday again both men were here at 7.30am and did not stop, even for lunch until 3.30pm

Dishwasher and washing machine are installed, plus lots more cabinets.

Extractor hood and more cabinets on this side of the kitchen

The most enormous Hippo bag is in the garden being filled with packing and rubbish
No idea how they plan to get it out of the garden at the end of the build.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Plaster and parcels

8.30 The plasterer arrived to start on the kitchen walls and ceiling... what a mess!

Outside the back door, white footprints lead all the way around the house to the drive.
Hole in the ceiling fixed and re-plastered plus all the walls made good for painting and tiling.
5.30pm  165 parcels arrived, its like Christmas, the new kitchen was delivered into my Happy Room.
Three men carried everything from the truck around the house to the side door at such a pace.

Wickes truck arrives

It's full of the new kitchen

Washing machine, dishwasher, oven, combi microwave etc.etc.
Even a Hippo bag [ maybe there is a Hippopotamus hidden in there!]

Will my Happy Room ever recover?

Today is our eldest granddaughter Abigail's birthday hard to believe she is now 14 years old and such a nice young lady. We chat on Face time and so look forward to seeing her tomorrow.

Friday, 29 September 2017

The Panopticon Atom

In case you are still wondering about the Panopticon Atom seen a couple of days ago, here is an explanation.

Design by Peter Meacock with Katarina Novomestska and Architecture Central Workshop.

Pendle's Panopticon, 'Atom', rests on the hillside above Wycoller village in Wycoller Country Park. Constructed in ferro-cement with a surface coating of metal-based paint, it is both a striking contemporary viewing point and shelter from which to enjoy Pendle's glorious scenery, and an intriguing and beautiful object which can be viewed from afar. From inside, its circular viewing spaces frame spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.

Wycoller is a historic settlement dating back beyond 1000BC. It has close links with the Brontes, and Charlotte is thought to have been a frequent visitor. In 1973 the village was declared a conservation area and the surrounding 350 acres of farmland were designated a Country Park. Wycoller has several unusual architectural features, including seven small bridges that cross Wycoller Beck, and an 18th-century five-aisled barn, now converted into a visitor centre.'

Day 7 Skipton Canal

Our last day in Haworth, so we celebrate with fish and chips at Bizzy Lizzy in Skipton and very nice they were to. Then we took a walk along the canal.

Why is this the only photo I have of the fish and chip resturant?
Everything in the plaice [ get the pun?] was fish shaped, furniture, flooring and even the doors.

A very pretty canal walk

Where canal and river run side by side

Lots of boats moored and some for sale.

Taken from a bridge walking back to the car.
I also managed to complete my second hat, photo taken when we arrived back home after a great holiday in Yorkshire.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Day 6 NT Gawthrope and the Atom

Searching through the National Trust book I find Gawthorpe Hall is only about 15 miles away, so we decide to visit. The guide says it is open from 11am, we arrive just after 11 to find they have changed the opening time to 12 midday. A visit to cafe is a problem as a coach load has also arrived for the 11am opening and have decided to wait in the small cafe. We buy drinks and cake and sit outside, it's a bit breezy today but not too cold.

Gawthorpe Hall has a stunning collection of textiles amassed by Miss Rachel B Kay-Shuttleworth, who died in 1967.
She was a remarkable woman who worked to improve social welfare throughout her life and truly believed creativity was beneficial to wellbeing and happiness.
The collection includes lace, quilts, costume, embroidery and much more.
It was well worth a visit and there was a collection of wonderful bobbin lace which I found really interesting.

Gawthorpe Hall

The textile collection

This is my kind of desk!

Tiny hand worked hexagons

Part of the costume display
Wonderful view from the window 

Chris standing in the "egg"

On the way back to the cottage we passed a sign to A Panopticon Atom, having no clue we stopped to take a closer look. It looks like a giant egg with holes in it! I need to do some research into this, unless you know what it is?
View through one of the holes

Day 5 wool and cinema

Having got on so well with my hat knitting I thought I would have a go at another. I downloaded a free pattern on Ravelry all I need now is the wool!
A quick www search and I find a wool shop called The Wool Shop in Keighley which is only five minutes away. Wow what a treat the shop is stacked to the gunnels with wool of every description, I feel bad only wanting a couple of balls, but with no projects planned I don't want to buy more than I need. Chatting to the owner he tells me he has a customer travel from Braintree every couple of months just to stock up on his wool. Braintree is 175 miles away!


and yet more wool

After a quick lunch back at the cottage we head to Halifax and the cinema to watch Victoria and Abdul. I loved the film and Judi Dench was brilliant as always.

The evening is spent starting work on my second hat.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Day 4 knitting, reading and the NT

After the past couple of busy days we decided to have a day 'at home'. Chris had a book to read and I planned to knit.
When we arrived here in Yorkshire I decided to have a go at using a circular knitting needle for the first time and make myself a hat. Not content with getting to grips with the circular needle I thought it would be a challenge to do some colour work in the hat and choose a Panda design called Pandamonium by Karin Michele.
The last time I did any serious knitting with more than one colour was when I was 17 and made myself and then boyfriend matching jumpers! I've hardly touched a needle since except for some recent sock knitting.
Pleased to say I have now completed the hat with a row of black and white pandas around the edge and cannot wait to find another project using my set of circular needles that I acquired free with a magazine subscription at Yarndale.

Panda hat ready for the cold weather
The novelty of having a kitchen and oven means I have been happy to cook meals every day, and today we had duck, roast potatoes and mixed veg... yummy.  Time for a walk!

Looking through the National Trust book we found a property close by and headed off to walk the grounds. East Riddlesden Hall is very picturesque with its duck pond in front of the building ( slight guilt we had just had duck for dinner!)

The 17c Manor House was very dark with its wood panelled walls, and although everything inside the house was just dressing, none of the original furniture, it was very atmospheric. A little too dark for my taste. Outside was made up of a number of different garden areas, herbs, formal lawns, wild garden, a maze, children's play area etc. We have been enjoying some pleasant weather so it was nice to just wander through the grounds.

Sorry not sure what happened to the photos they seem to have disappeared!

Monday, 25 September 2017

Day 3 Worth Valley Railway

Sunday was the only day we could enjoy the Worth Valley railway, and what a treat. We boarded the train at 11.45 at the start of the line in Keighley for the five mile trip to Oxenhope.
The railway is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, a real journey 'back in time'.
Originally the trains were used to haul tons of coal up the Valley to the woollen mills. There are still a few examples of Mills which brought wealth to West Yorkshire that can be seen as we chug along.
In 1962 the railway was closed only to be reopened six years later by the KWVR Preservation Society.

Our train from Keighley to Oxenhope
Ready for the journey
An unexpected delight just outside the station at Oxenhope was a meeting of the local Morris Minor club. This brought back memories of my very first car, a Morris Traveller.

The buffet carriage was serving a selections of drinks and food, I indulged in a cream tea while Chris had a sausage sandwich, we both had a drink while we waited for the return journey.

We travel next to a pretty valley and babbling brook
The ticket collector
Many films have been made using the trains and carriages, the most well known being the Railway Children. At Ingrow we left the train to explore the engine sheds... wow... such a lot of incredible carriages many marked with the films they had been used in. Even Cliff Richard on his 'Summer holiday' had been filmed in one of them, but also The Hound of the Baskerville and many many more.

In one of the railway sheds I spot Ann

We stop here for cream tea and sausage sandwich!

Love the old gas lamps

The train to take us back along the track

We wait at the signal box for a train to pass in the opposite direction

A visit to the Carriage museum

There are Railway children walks and places to spot where the original film was pictured.

Some carriages are very grand

This is my idea of luxury travel

This luxury compartment is even en-suite

Back on the train for the last section of railway

Such nostalgia

Back to the start of our journey

Carolyn Forster Workshop

Tuesday evening Carolyn Forster was the speaker at the Hamtune Quilters meeting. Table upon table was covered in quilts and her talk covered...