Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Green house girls

This winter my friend Claire and I have made it our mission to walk all the Green Lanes in Guernsey and yesterday we headed down one towards the south coast that neither of us had done before.  In an island this small it is amazing how often that can happen!  Well this lane ran along side an old green house, now sadly there are alot of empty ones here, but that wasnt the case, but it did take us by surprise.

It was full of cows!  Neither of us had ever seen that before, but what a sensible idea, it would be toasty warm in there over winter, the cows had loads of space, and it was only a short walk down the grassy lane to the cliff top fields. Cow Heaven.


Thank you Claire for taking the photos on her phone as I had left mine in the car.
What is the strangest thing you have seen a green house being used for?  And you can have wedding reception - sorry!  That's what Chris and I did ;-)

Sunday, 19 March 2017

The squares are coming together......

 Well in January 2015 I started my use-it-up quilt
and now I have all sixteen squares of my quilt done, and so have started to sew them together in strips of four. And the first row is done.
 Now just need too do the other three, then sew them all together, then do the boarder, then the wadding and the backing.......
....then I will be finished!
Hopefully this wont take another two years????

Thursday, 16 March 2017

shell mirrors

Last week I was in the OGH as smart local hotel meeting a friend for coffee, oh and just a mention they do fabulous posh afternoon teas!  After wards I was wondering through the hotels and came across this amazing wall, I hadn't seen it before, I was impressed.
The mirrored wall was covered in beautiful Victorian Shell frames and pictures. I love this combination of antique and modern.
Had to go back and get a close up. Like them alot, they are up there with the glasss jelly fish

Saturday, 4 March 2017

March swim done, a pretty perfect morning!

Woke this morning to sunshine when the forecast had promised us rain. 
So it seemed criminal to stay inside. 
 By 9, we were out of the house and heading down to 
La Valette bathing pools, admiring the yacht race zipping past us.

There was a bigger swell than I expected and the tide was high,
 so the ladie's pool was not a choice, 
children's pool was calmer,
 but with the walls all under water, the waves were going in all directions!
So I took the right hand steps and tackled the art of walking into the water over pebbles and managing to look slightly elegant, actually an impossible task!
 But I was in,
 and I must say it was a good swim, not a long swim at all, 
but it made you feel alive, all your senses are awakened and that with the sunshine was brilliant.
So March swim is done, 
but I dont think that will be the only time this month, 
it is definitely starting to feel more pleasurable.....

.........even if the sea is still only 9 degrees celsius(48F)....

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

The wild animals of Cardiff!

 We have just had a fantastic weekend in Wales catching up with Chris's brother which was lovely, quality family time, which was great.
We also got to explore Cardiff, city I had never spent time in before.  The castle is very impressive almost feels abit like a film set, well actually it has been a film set a few times,
 Dr Who, Game of Thrones etc.
But the thing that really wowed me was The Animal Wall that runs from the castle round the park.  Its so unusual, its beautiful.  
The wall was commissioned by the 3rd Marquess of Bute and the idea was put forward by the Victorian Architect William. But sadly he died before seeing it started.  It was the architect William Frame and sculptor Thomas Nicholls who finally brought the animals to life.
 There were nine animals originally which were completed in by 1892. 
These are easy to identify as they have glass eyes!






 Six more were added in the 1920s when the wall was extended, like this Beaver, 
and they dont have glass eyes!


Unusual, beautiful and surprising, I loved these, thank you Cardiff!!