Saturday, 21 November 2015

Warm In Winter and Baking Day

Hi guys :)
(Yes, I've changed the blog again, it desperately needed a refresh- variety is the spice of life, right?)

Well, the snow is here, in case you haven't guessed by looking out of your own windows ;)
I had to dive out in the snow this morning to rescue my poor leeks! 
As you can see from the photo these were the only ones I managed to save :( I think the  others had decided to go to seed as they hadn't grown any more. Never mind. At least I've grown something rather than nothing :)

I really don't like snow that much. It looks pretty, but it's a pain to walk in, as we live at the bottom of a hill, and the shop is on the other side of it! Luckily, we went food shopping yesterday and got everything we'd need for the fortnight, and got last bits and pieces today, so we won't need to leave  the house at all :)  
I'll admit it does look very pretty

Yesterday i dug out the thick duvet and added an extra blanket as well as the blue throw
I also picked up this flannel sheet the other day when volunteering at the clothing bank, and my goodness the difference in warmth when getting into bed with a flannel sheet is amazing! Sooo lovely and warm, and you don't get that cold shock that you normally get when you have normal sheets, i highly recommend them for winter! 

I'm doing lots of baking and cooking today, I've got a chicken roasting ready for teatime, then the bones are going into the slow cooker for stock,I've already got lots of veg scraps in the freezer ready to go in too :) Then with some of the stock I'm making lentil soup, the rest shall be frozen.

I  also made some delicious scones
and a rather funky looking loaf of bread, but i promise, it was delicious! 
It shall be going with the lentil soup later :)

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Art Exhibition- Done!

Part One: The Carnage

Hi guys!!
It's finally here! After our lovely volunteers running around all week like headless chickens we can finally let out a sigh of relief. All of the part one photo's were taken on the Thursday.

Now, i'll warn you now, it's chock a block with pictures, so go get a cuppa, settle in and i'll tell all.

 (To see bigger photos, just click on the picture you want to see :) )
First, the carnage.
This is only one of the rooms that we prepared the boards in

A beautiful painting of the artist's(one of many) mum and friends in a local care home

a local cyclist

Children at the local nature reserve and allotments

One of my boards, local children drew the kites and i assembled some on the board

More allotment boards

My knitting :)

One of my drawings, turned into a clock :)

Knitted cushions, doorstop and a hat,by the community centre's manager

Knitted square with poppies, the church and wind turbines :)

Local faces and businesses 

Another allotment board

The templates from screenprinting a banner (in the next post , i think.)

The knit and natter board :)

The drawings in the middle are by local artist Alison Diamond, the knitting hands are mine. I love the  way i put it together, as if they are knitting the photographs together

Putting up some of the paintings, again by Alison Diamond 

One of the churches 
Waiting to be hung :) 

"La toilette" By Alison Diamond

"Silvercross" by Alison Diamond

"Red Slide" By Alison Diamond

Part Two- The Opening And The Weekend

On Friday we opened the exhibition with the children processing to both churches, along with a samba band
Meanwhile, we were in the background, The Bearded Wonder catered and made soup for everyone (delicious, by the way, we've brought some home!)
We served the soup, hot chocolate and brownies :)

He cooked the soup on Thursday evening, with me as sous chef  (we didn't get home till 12;30!

That handsome face! <3

This morning i was up and about again, at both churches taking photo's etc :)

The textile group and knit and natter things  :) 
A weaving loom 

A stunning rug woven by Sabine, a local smallholder and fibre artist 
More wooly goodness, either woven, knitted or crocheted 

A whole basket of lovely woollyness! This is Manx Loaghtan , a rare breed sheep, with some beautiful spindles, owned by Louisa, another local smallholder, rent-a-peasant, archaeologist and fibre artist , quite a lot of strings to her bow!

The lovely Lousia and her smallholding

The Blanket!!

After months of hard work from everyone i would like to present to you...

  Our beautiful blanket
To be raffled off at a Coffee Morning Extravaganza, that i shall be going into more detail in another post

The detail and hard work that had gone into this blanket is stunning

The lacy ones are mine (a Victorian lattice square, in case you wanted to know lol :)

 More beautiful artwork

One of the screen printed banners

The second banner

Lots of hands heavily featured in the exhibition

 The wind turbines, in a sort of pop art style

I love these ones, by a local artist called Romy.

And lastly, the local faces on display :)

Phew!  All of the hard work has paid off, and my brain has been fried in the process! haha! :) 

I realise i have left out some of the artists names, but my brain will not remember them! I'll try and find out tomorrow and add them in :)

So there it is, all done and dusted until Thursday, when we take everything down again.

Hope you liked it! :)


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