Saturday, 16 September 2017

sweetie beadie!

Just a sneekie peek at what I am working on....

Is it shallow to say these make me very happy......

something about the colour and texture, love running my hands through them
think they are a cross between sea urchins and liquorish Allsorts!
More info on what I am making them for to follow....

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

suffolk Puffs

Last year I was in Canterbury with my sister and picked up this little gismo. It calls its self a yo-yo maker but in Britain we all know that they are called Suffolk Puffs and are traditionally used for making beautiful quilts out of tiny remnants of fabric. 

But these days people are beginning to think out side the box with them, producing all sorts of things from art work to coats out of them.

A few years ago when we were just north of Paris
I brought a beautiful half scarf, half necklace thing.....scarlace....neckarf....nef....
What ever, its gorgeous and so easy to wear.
So a cousin of that would be my plan.

Made loads of colourful little puffs, but true to form I went back to my favourite classic combination, Blue and White, well you really cant go wrong with that can you?

Must say I am rather pleased with how it came out, and have worn it loads this summer, maybe I now need to do a winter version, all plums and navies......ideas, ideas, ideas

Thursday, 31 August 2017

a war time balcony

Sunday was a beautiful day, and I had it off!
The sea was flat calm and so we had to get out in the kayak.
As we came round Clarence Battery I noticed that the back entrance to the old German tunnel was looking very different.  It had been tarted up and definitely has what looked like a table chairs on a balcony, interesting...

Got in abit closer nd yes definitely a rather nice coffee spot. 
The Guernsey Aquarium is on the other side of the headland in the same net work of tunnels and it has recently had a revamp, wonder if it is anything to do with that?

So in very different weather on Wednesday I went to have a look, and yes you follow the U-boat signs over the shark tank
Sorry its blurry, taken quickly...
and you pop out on to this gorgeous little viewing platform
okay I know its not looking its best in that dreadful weather, but on a sunny day I think it would be great.  They haven't got space for a cafĂ© out there, but in the shop there are vending machines.

Lovely to see the Aquarium really busy,
and love the way they have really tapped into the locations war time roots,
submarines in the fish tanks etc!

one more sunny photo from Sunday, do hope we get this weather back,
fingers crossed for an Indian summer

Thursday, 24 August 2017

swimming over piers

A beautiful day on Tuesday, so super on the beach (Rocquaine) and a high evening tide,
made for perfection.
But first Chris suggested swimming out to the pole
Now I know I can be abit slow, but didn't realise it was the pole at the end of the pier that we often swim from till I was holding on to it and looked down..... is a bit weird swimming over something you often walk along...

Beautiful swim though, a lovely temperature 17 degrees. 
I know a lot of people don't agree with me, but I find swimming in warm water really weird, if not unpleasant.  The sea should be refreshing, not like swimming in someone else's bath water!!!!!!

Then back to beach for chicken tagine and trying to keep the sand hoppers out the couscous!!!

Monday, 21 August 2017

Castle swim, a family affair

Well the Castle Swim is getting to be a regular thing now for me!
And this year my cousin Lorna joined me and her daughter Clare, first time long distant (ish) swim for both of them. So we had to celebrate afterwards, did try using our medals to get a discount on the bubbles, but no joy.....
We approached it as a challenge not a race, slow and steady, breast stroke all the way with the odd rest floating, think its 500 metres which is about 40 lengths.  We all felt that the first two thirds were fine then the last third was a push.  But we all did it, and arrived together.
Tempted to wear my medal to work today but restrained myself......