Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Hedgehog drama and bed linen love :)

Hi Guys :) 
Well, i had quite the shock last Thursday when i found this little guy tangled up in the netting over my leeks!
I ran to get to wake up The Bearded Wonder and he cut him free whilst i held him.

The poor little soul was caught up so badly some of the netting was really wound tight around his spines. i brought him inside and wrapped him up and popped him in a box and called our local wildlife rescue

I dread to think how long he had been stuck as it had been at least a day and a half since i had last been in the garden :(
Wildlife rescue came to collect him that evening and i am happy to report he is doing well, they got the rest of the netting off and he has been eating and drinking :) They are now going to keep him in over winter as he was too small to have survived, so, in a strange way, it was good that he got caught up in the netting.
Does that make sense? ha-ha

Now, i have a confession to make... i LOVE bed linen!
There is something about climbing into fresh clean and pretty sheets that i just adore
Strangers and pilgrims had a great post today devoted to linen and linen closets
 (i must find a place for mine!)
I picked up this lovely set yesterday, i volunteer once a fortnight at a clothing bank, and as we are on a low income we can pick up things if we need them
So i got this and this lovely blue throw, which will be perfect for winter :)
Isn't it divine? *happy sigh* 

I also spent a happy afternoon the other day sorting our wardrobe, so for now, it is nice and tidy :) 

Making a space for growing collection of hats and bandanna's.

I also made a "saddle bag" for the bike to hold tools and puncture repairs, i just unpicked the stitching on one of the side pockets of an old handbag so i just need to add straps to it and it's ready to go! how's that for upcycling? :D
Apparently there is a place up the road that sells cheap bikes , so i'm going to have a look tomorrow to see if i can get one for the hubby :)

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Washing Machine , Bike and Hikes :)

Hi guys, sorry it's been a while, this week has been manic!
First of all, we got another washing machine, for free, and it works! Woohoo!
We have to keep it out at the minute so we can hook the pipe over the sink, but that's a minor setback, we can finally wash things without me breaking my back or having builders hands! We will still handwash some things but i'm so pleased!

I also got a bike for free from Freecycle!
It needs minor work to it, mainly a clean up, but other than that, it is in a fairly good condition, now we just have to find one for the hubby and it will save us a fortune in bus fare when we have to go the nearest town (5 miles away)
I plan on finding a cheap pannier rack and pannier bags to put the shopping in.

I also found a pair of walking boots, in almost new condition, i have been wearing them every day haha they are sooo comfy and warm, they will be perfect for long hikes and winter weather

Speaking of hikes, me and some friends did 7 miles about a fortnight ago  

This is Izzy, the walk leader's guide dog

And little Hallam, who did ever so well on such a long one. 

This is some our knit and natter group (I'm on the left, with the blue bandanna), we are now starting to add borders to the squares of our community blanket, ready for sewing together! I can't wait to show the finished product, it will be stunning!

In garden news, the leeks are getting much bigger! I must remember to take a photo!
Some of them have been eaten, i have no idea what it could be, so does anyone know of leek pests? and of any effective deterrents?

What have you been upto this week? :)

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Woolly Deliciousness

Hi guys :)
i've just realised it's been rather a while since i did an update on what i've been doing with my Woolfest bargains :)
So settle in, there are rather a few photo's haha :)

This is my cushion, it's kind of a showcase of how my spinning has progressed, ranging from thick and lumpy to extremely fine, with emphasis on natural colours, either from the sheep or or nature dyes, the rather bright orange was actually from red onion skins! They were solar dyed, i boiled them up, strained them and just plomked them in a jar with the wool and left them to sit for 3 weeks.

How i'm going to turn it into a cushion i do not know! it's shrinking haha :)

A smallholder at our textiles group gave me some of her lovely Blue Faced Leicester last Saturday and ooh my goodness the difference between this and the Shetland i bought at Woolfest is amazing! It is sooooo soft! i can't begin to describe it. It is a delight to spin with, so i'm very much a Blue Face Leicester fan now :)

I also had a play with blending the two, darks from the Shetland and lights from the BFL to make a delicious grey :)

I had a go at making some green dye from nettle 
(the neighbours probably thought i was a complete kook sat on the back door step picking off nettle leaves, no surprise there mind you) 

I also foraged some blackberries and made the most lovely lilcacy-pink wool from the dye. 
Even though the picture looks really dark, it's much lighter, like in the next picture, even though this one looks too light! 
Technology *sigh* :)

Me and some friends went on a 6-7mile walk yesterday and oh my, the views were stunning!
It was definitely worth it! 

In garden news, the rosemary is growing nicely, still a bit skinny, but i did harvest quite a bit to dry
it looks rather mutant-like with a few large stems sticking out 

And these....
Believe it or not this is my potato harvest... to be fair though, i grew them from scraps and they were in a wicker basket and were generally rather left to their own devices the poor things haha
good job i'm not relying on the yet!

What have you guys been up to this week? :)


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