{this moment}

Inspired by the wonderful Soulemama.

A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

 

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Awakening…

Well, it certainly wasn’t a cold winter in this part of the world… wet, grey, windy, wet, stormy, wet… but barely a ‘proper’ frost all season, let alone snow.

I fear for our garlic crop – it needs a good hard, cold period to split the bulb into cloves so we may be dumping whole bulbs into the Spaghetti Bolognese come harvest time ;-)

Following our mild Winter we’re also being treated to a lovely early Spring! The past month has seen the garden waking up rather rapidly! No gentle stretch, yarn and slow ascent back into warmth here, nope – it’s been a full-on race to see what can spring into flower, leaf and bud since the end of March.

It’s keeping us busy…

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We’ve got some recently qualified tractor drivers ;-) Always ready to lend a hand…

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We’re being greeted by new shoots, buds and flowers every day. These are the buds of the Alamanchier tree – I’m not sure exactly which variety, possibly ‘lamarckii’ it seems to fit the description. It’s beautiful!

13219707574_6820b1657b_bAnd our Broad Beans (my favourite!) are coming on a treat, as well as those sown directly outside, these are some started inside in pots and they are already several inches larger than this pic and happily sited out in the walled garden. Pictures of which will follow…

I do hope you are all enjoying this amazing season!

 

{this moment}

Inspired by the wonderful Soulemama.

A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

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Leapfrogging…

I dont *think* that’s a euphemism for anything untoward ;-)

In this context it’s the realisation that the big pile of ‘Finished Knits’ that have been worn extensively but have remained unphotographed through our wet, grey, dismal Winter are destined never to grace the blog in a ‘drumroll’ style and it’s time to just bite the bullet and start from the here-and-now ;-)

This is Uniform

DSCF3645Billed as a ‘build your own cardigan’ pattern from Carrie Bostick Hoge (who has designed for Quince & Co. among others and is a fave here) there are options given for long, short, shaped, simple, plain necked or shawl collar versions with different pocket styles and cuff details. I loved knitting this for many reasons but I have to say the pure delight knitting with this fabulous ORANGE yarn as Spring started to work its magic and the sun occasionally shone was just bliss…

DSCF3647It’s Peace Fleece Worsted – a proper woolly blend of 90% US grown pure wool and 10% Mohair for a soft, subtle fuzzy halo – and it is a dream to knit, definitely in my top 5 yarns. It’s a tough little number, properly rustic and this shade – Marigold – is just the most perfect ORANGE (did I mention that already?)

DSCF3640My local haberdashery store even had the perfect vintage style buttons.

DSCF3638It’s already getting a lot of wear… I may have to buy a whole new wardrobe that compliments my new ORANGE cardigan ;-)

DSCF3635All the details – including my size adjustments to accommodate the yarn – can be found on Ravelry here

 

We’re truly springing into Spring in our new home… there is a lot of digging, planting, sitting, sipping, knitting and just general wallowing in our perfect surroundings going on. I’ll do my best to keep you in the picture ;-)

 

From distant shores…

We had a delivery last week that is definitely worthy of its own blog post…

All the way from South Australia – which has been positively melting in a huge heatwave recently – came a big box of amazing yarn that just screamed warm sunshine, bleached landscapes, summer sun… and here we are shivering, windswept, wet and longing for just a hint of the Spring that is not too far off now… surely!

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Sigh… don’t those shades just transport you to a shady verandah with a cool glass of ginger beer, flip-flops and a straw hat (and your knitting of course…)

Fear not! While we’re waiting for another glorious summer to arrive (I have faith!) there is an alternative scenario…

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Let’s think instead of imminent snow! The children won’t forgive me (yes, I do control the weather as well as create wholesome tasty meals, know where the sticky tape is, keep drawers full of clean socks and … OK, now I’ve gone too far ;-) ) if we don’t get a proper winter before that glorious summer arrives, so let’s use some of this amazing sofTrope Bulky yarn to prepare for the cold snap! Grab your 9mm circular or some double pointed needles and cast on 40 stitches… Jess of sofTrope has a fabulously simple pattern for a beanie hat that took me a matter of 3 hours to complete! TA-DA…

And no beanie hat is complete, in my opinion, without a mahoosive pom pom ;-)

OK, I’m ready… bring on the snow!

Resolved…

Well, a new year… how on earth did that happen? It’s been quiet over here on the blog for a while now and although I’m definitely not one for new year resolutions, it would be nice to make this space a bit more inspiring, to share more of the goings-on knit-wise and otherwise this year! So let’s get to it shall we?

Part of the reason for the absence has been a house move a few weeks before Christmas. You know how it is, just as the business gets super busy for knitting season we finally get our planets and moons aligned and the house we had every extremity crossed would become our next home is a reality… after months and months of torturous waiting! Having outgrown our perfect little Victorian house (a family of 5 sharing a tiny 2  bedroom house was always going to have its issues!) we set about finding a bigger, wilder, more ‘free-range’ kind of living space and heard about a farmhouse close by our office that seemed just the thing. We enquired, waited, nudged, waited, chivied, waited and tried not to get too hung up on the what-ifs and maybes that inevitably niggled and it paid off.

The wait seems a dim and distant memory now as we start to settle into our amazing new space…

11409844496_8b533d4527Our  ‘new’ home dates back to the late 17th Century and has a sprawling, higgledy piggledy layout that has been added to over the years…

11409875733_5272998af7Nestled into a hollow in the marshes and completely surrounded by a Wildlife Trust nature reserve it is beyond our wildest dreams…

11409887025_ac8ab76833Outbuildings galore and even a walled garden ready to be transformed into a replacement for our beloved allotment.

11409951726_aec658c66dThe interior is full of tiny doorways, especially upstairs where the rooms are tucked into ancient eaves – the door above is no more than 4ft and even our 10 year old has to duck to go into the upstairs bathroom!

11410058164_8d61e4121eFull of evidence of ancient water pumps and complete with quirky fixtures and fittings everywhere you turn.

And then there’s the garden…

11277701263_3e958cf4ffNot so much garden really as woodland. Those boys… they are indeed in heaven…


11277636445_62304790b7We’re hoping to be custodians of this wonderful space for a good long while for it suits us right down to the ground ;-)

{this moment}

Inspired by the wonderful Soulemama.

A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

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