THE MINDFUL GARDENER

Or keeping him busy….

The garden is looking a bit like a building site at the moment. We have had new guttering as the old stuff was woefully leaky! This entailed moving lots of stuff around to get ladders and things in place to access the guttering.

Him indoors has also taken an interest in the garden since lockdown and has decided to build some raised beds. So we have planks of wood everywhere!

It is interesting trying to mow the lawn around this lot….

Hopefully in a week or 2 the boxes can be put in place ready to fill up with earth and then a few winter veggies. I am hoping that he doesn’t lose interest as gardening keeps him moving and occupied. Still if he does lose interest those boxes will look great filled with flowers! It is so important to keep busy during these uncertain times.

I have my knitting to keep me busy and, of course, I have worked through so other than I have saved a lot of money by not going out for coffee all the time my routine has not changed that much.

Hope you are all keeping safe and well.

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

HOLIDAY UPDATE

Fresh air and the bins…

Look at this beautiful view I have been greeted with when I wake up each morning

Sadly we are going home tomorrow. Don’t get me wrong we have a lovely view of the river Severn at the bottom of the garden but this has been so restful and fascinating watching the estuary fill and drain. Unfortunately there was a train derailment on the otherside of the estuary the day before yesterday. The locals have been advised not to pick cockles in the estuary as there is a risk of diesel seeping through the river into the estuary 😣

It was bin day today, something of an obsession of mine. I have been sorting as per local recycling policy. Household waste, food waste and plastics were taken today. Really impressed that they take food waste and all plastic😏 Because I didn’t know which waste was being taken today I put it all out, I bet the locals thought “bloody holidaymakers “! I have just brought the bottles, cans and cardboard in to stash away safely in the bin store.

It will be the holiday clean up this evening but in the meantime

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

HOLIDAY DRAMA

Storm Francis was blowing…

And we decided we would go out for tea. Sadly the only places to eat were outside so we came home.

Unfortunately we had locked ourselves out but Jane came to the rescue. I climbed onto a wall and then up onto the balcony where, ever security conscious, we had left the door unlocked. I let myself in and then went downstairs and let the men in!

I like to think if I had had my knitting with me I could have quickly knitted up a rope or the like to make it easierπŸ˜‰

We ordered in pizzas for tea πŸ˜‚

Anyway the wind has died down today and the sun is trying to come out. Back to knitting on the balcony😎

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

HOLIDAY SNAPS

Somewhere in Wales…

We have come into Wales for a few days break. I had been counting the days since the end of July, not sure if restrictions would be tightened again but here we are. The cottage overlooks an estuary which fills up with water twice a day.

I haven’t been locked up but these are the views from the balcony where I have found a cosy spot to sit and do my knitting. Breathtaking 😎

So back to the powder pink Guernsey that I am working on.

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

JULY ROUND-UP

A bit if finishing off…

I was a bit of a procrastinator last month. In fact I did very little yarn work but my stash only grew by a small pack of coloured yarn that was a free gift. Therefore I can say temptation did not get the better of me – I really must be off my game 😁

No new projects started in July but I did finish the honeycomb rim beanie and the blue baby cardi. Both of which I had been dabbling with for months so yay πŸ˜†

I have also been continuing with the Let’s Knit KAL although I do have a bit of catching up to do with thisπŸ™„

Work is keeping me busy but here is hoping that August will be more productive. I really need to empty my mind of the stress of work and daily survival and fill my mind with woolly thoughts – my goal for the month.

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

SELF-HELP #33

An evening walk …

I have just returned from an evening walk after a day at work. It has been baking hot all day but it has cooled down a little this evening.

Scorcio 🌞

Since the announcement of a slight easing of the lockdown the world seems to have come out to enjoy the sunshine and get drunk. I was walking past a local playing field where a group called out offering beers. I politely declined. It is a worry because so many are going to have to continue shielding for a long time to come!

Anyway back to my walk. Look at these lovely dog roses.

And the blackberry blossom

So my walk is not as peaceful as it has been and there are certainly a lot more cars on the roads πŸš—πŸš—πŸš—

Anyway back to my knitting!

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

BANK HOLIDAY BLUES…

For some members of the family but not me 😎

Bank holiday Monday but frankly all the days seem to merge into each other. We have done some gardening as a family and sadly the bottom fell out of the pot that N was moving. He was not a happy bunny as he got covered in soil and then horror of horrors there were snails on the side of the pot 🐌

I came to the rescue, more for the sake of the snails than N πŸ˜‚

My son, bless him, has sawn down a couple of shrubs for me while I have been pulling up nettles on the river bank. My arms are quite tingly now but I am pleased with the results and I got to chat to lots of walkers πŸ˜†

But most exciting of all my wool has arrived for the Let’s Knit KAL:

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I am so happy and excited – I obviously need to get out more!!!

I am happy with my trellis shell square so will be knitting those up in this lovely merino wool but will have another go at the windmill square with yarn from my stash!

Wishing you a lovely Whitsun.

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

STASH-BUSTING #31

Still knitting …

Although I have hit the knitting doldrums I am still knitting – phew!

I have been using up some of my baby yarn stash and also passed on some girlie coloured yarn to a client who has been having loads of pom pom making fun πŸ˜„

3 completed incubator blankets!

I have 3 incubator blankets ready to post to the warm baby project but as I mentioned in my last post I am on the look out for something new!

Trellis shell swatch

I have persevered with the lacy square from the Let’s Knit KAL and I have a finished square that I am quite pleased with. It is rather grubby as this was my fourth attempt and I used the same yarn each time but practice makes perfect. I will say that this square has confirmed my suspicion that I may have missed a couple of rows on the windmill square!!!

Anyway I am going to take the plunge and buy the yarn to make the blanket. Obviously I will use wool from my stash to practice the stitches first and will do another practice run of the windmill square πŸ˜‚

So still looking for knitting inspiration but will be taking a walk to the post office tomorrow to post my incubator blankets.

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

ADDING TO THE STASH

Temptations…

My knitting mojo is suffering from angst! I have nearly completed 3 incubator blankets, 5 inches to go on the ladder blanket.

I am still working so have structure to my day but all of the fun activities I take my clients to are closed. We did attempt zumba via zoom yesterday which was not entirely successful. I jumped around to Europop anthems but my client was not keen!

I have found that I am better off at the moment – not putting as much petrol in my car, not buying coffee and not trawling wool shops. So I have treated myself to a couple of craft magazines. Now the problem with buying these is they are all wrapped up in plastic to protect the exciting free gift but this means you can’t flick through to see if you actually want to have a go at anything in the magazine…

Always drawn to the free gift!

I have bought a Mollie Makes which had a rainbow kit as a freebie. I was very excited unwrapping it but was sadly disappointed with the contents. A broad spectrum of crafts on offer but I probably won’t attempt any of them πŸ˜”

I have since bought a Let’s Knit which I have read from cover to cover. I feel inclined to do the monkey freebie and have taken an interest in the KAL. So much so I have priced the yarn on line and practiced the first 2 squares on wool from my stash. The windmill square is complete needs blocking but I think I missed a couple of rows!!! The lacy shell square has been thrown across the room and frogged twice, so nothing to show for that one!!! Probably just as well yarn shops are closed I might have rushed out and bought the wool to linger in my stash for months, possibly years πŸ˜‚

Windmill square in blue!

I will reflect on the KAL. The benefit of doing it would be to learn how to do more lacy stitches but I might be unbearable to live with 😝 In the meantime I have started a beanie with a rather nice honeycomb brim and I have dug out some little Christmas card cross stitch kits. Variety is the spice of life so they say!!!

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

STASH-BUSTING #30

Who would have thought that I would get 30 posts out of my stash?

Still knitting for the warm baby project.

I posted 12 little hats last month and have since been on incubator blankets.

That is one check effect (blue, in the middle) completed, another check effect half complete (yellow) and a ladder effect half complete (again in blue). I got bored with the check effect which is why I now have 2 on the go – attention span of a gnat.

I have also been making little hearts with the intention of making another heart garland but I keep giving individual ones away with a little message attached so my second garland is a long way off πŸ€”

If you look closely there is a strawberry!
A few cherries on the way!
Just for fun a chicken guarding the strawberries πŸ“

The garden is starting to look a bit tidier and starting to fruit. I usually do quite well for strawberries (touch wood) but the birds always manage to scoff the cherries, perhaps the chicken should be guarding the Cherry Tree?

Hope things are fruitful with you all,

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘