Sunday, 28 August 2016

The Peak District Hills :: Number One

Hello lovelies,
I'm interrupting my holiday posts today as I want to chat about walking...I do hope you don't mind.
Many of you will know it's a major hobby of mine these days. 
I love my weekly outings with my walking group ( though I have missed quiet a few of these in the school holidays) and this is the second year running that I've challenged myself to do the Walk 1000 miles challenge

Over the summer I've also challenged myself to walk everyday ( that's outdoor miles only) and it's been good fun. I have missed a few days, but really hardly any at all. 

Reading about walking you come across lots of talk about hill "bagging." A strange sort of term, but I suppose it just means that once you have walked up a certain hill it's in the bag.

In Scotland all hills over 3000 feet are called Munros and lots of serious walkers challenge themselves to climb all 282. Munro bagging is a big thing ( How do they find the time!) 


In the Lade District there are lots of different ways of classifying the peaks. For example there are 214 Wainwrights  

Getting into walking later in life I'm ashamed to say I have walked Zero Munros and Zero Wainwrights. And these places are such a long way from where I live I can't imagine being able to change that statistic very soon. And any way I find really high peaks quiet intimidating. I've been to the top of Snowdon (on a train) and it was scary.

But you lovelies know how much I love a hill. So I decided to find some hills that I can "Bag". 
The more modest hills of the Peak District seemed to fit the bill.
  

Close enough to home to travel to in a day ( well some of them) and hopefully not too frightening.

I found a great list HERE of the 27 highest peaks in the Peak District ( those over 1000 feet) .
Twenty Seven...yay. That sounds doable. Looking at the list I have walked Zero of these too.


Time to change that. At the bottom of the list ( at 1,053 feet) is Stanton Moor...ohhh a Moor, in August ( heather time) PERFECT!

And so today we found ourselves parking in pretty village of Birchover near Matlock and heading out to do THIS walk I found online.

The area has many interesting natural rock formations ( with man made climbing holes) ...


and after a steady climb we got to the very un-frightening and flat summit.


How I loved the mass of purple......


The Cork Stone........


As well as the natural rock formations there is evidence of quarrying in times past.......



Far from seeming like scars these areas were so pretty.....


Looking across the heather and Gorse......


 more deep Quarry holes.......


and bees on Heather......



Man made cliffs I presume.......



all swathed in purple.....


There were well worn paths across the moors that eventually led down into pretty Silver Birch Woodland........


I was looking forward to seeing the Bronze age stone circle in this area. It looked so pretty in pictures I had seen. As we approached I could see it was very busy though. Can you see it at the top of this image?........


 There was a group who were doing Yoga I think...fair enough. But they had draped their coats over the stones and were being watched by larger drinking campers. Quiet odd!.......


We didn't hang around.


 I loved the view across the valley here.......


If you click on this picture you should be able to read the information about the moor and see how the stone circle used to look........


Another plant, along with the Heather, I was happy to see were the bilberry bushes. They are tiny fruits but remind me of many happy childhood hours spent gathering  these for jam making........


At the tower we stopped for a drink and a small snack but I wished I had brought more food as it was lunchtime.......


Soon we were off again, peeping through the trees.........


negotiating the paths........


Staring at the view.......



We descended  from the moor and came upon a busy campsite......


It had so much going on. Archery lessons and a climbing wall were both busy with children. And happily there was a van selling hot dogs for the hungry boys, phew.......


Loved their Hydrangeas too......






Back in Birchover the sun was shining and the stone cottages looked extra pretty.....



 Thank you Stanton moor for being so beautiful and easy to "bag". Now, I wonder which hill will be next?
  I'm not setting myself any time limit on this challenge. It's mainly a way to discover some new places and varying upland landscapes.

Jacquie x

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Cornwall 2016 :: part one

Hello Lovelies,
sorry it's been quiet around here. I hope you are all keeping well.
A couple of weeks ago we enjoyed a long awaited week by the sea. This  year mum came with us and I drove her car down to Cornwall so she could do her own thing sometimes while we were there.
Road closures, roadworks and heavy traffic turned that journey into a 9 hour marathon.
What a relief it was to finally arrive at our destination. How beautiful is this view!......


We regrouped with the rest of the family and headed down to the beach........


I loved the lighthouse off  Gwithian beach



We had travelled though heavy cloud all the way, so to see blue skies appear shortly after our arrival was wonderful. The light in Cornwall always seems special on a sunny day.........


Oh look, a plane flying over with a banner. Another common sight in these parts :0).....


"♥LISA♥MARRY ME"........

Wonder if Lisa said yes?

The boys and their cousins were soon heading into the surf for a quick dip........


 I was happy with a paddle .....


Beautiful St Ives bay..........


after an hour or so it was time to go and find our accommodation. We walked back up to the car park,


And I found Mum on the clifftops......


As always she had been painting..........


I love how this little watercolour sketch turned out.......


Back Soon with part two.
Jacquie x

Sunday, 24 July 2016

A Little Woolly Sheep

Hello Lovelies,
I imagine almost all, if not all of you, know of the crochet guru and all round lovely lady Lucy and her blog Attic 24.
Lucy is one of the organisers of a yearly yarn festival in Yorkshire called Yarndale.

One of the things that makes this event so special is that the organisers always invite yarny types to join in with the fun and create a little something that will be displayed on the weekend. 
In the past I have made the Bunting, and a Mandala

This year they have come up with a cute Knitted or Crochet sheep. It's such an adorable pattern, I just had to have a go at the crochet version.
The pattern called for Double Knitting weight yarn...which should preferably be wool. Hummmm...wool. It's not a thing I have much of, being a big fan of Stylecraft Special acrylic yarn, for it's economy, wash-ability and softness.

Then I remembered I had some thrifted tapestry wool in my stash...would that do?.....


I had a fancy to make a black sheep, but the nearest colour in the bag was this steely grey, well that could work......



Normally I'm happy to sit by my desktop and work at my desk, but on Saturday it was just so hot I was very glad of the printable PDF which made it easy to work in the garden......



As with all Lucy's patterns it was very well written and easy to follow. Soon I had a nose....



 Then a whole head...love those wonky ears....



It quickly became apparent though, that there is not much yardage on a tapestry wool skein and crocheting uses it up at an alarming rate. I had two skeins of the grey, but still needed to make sheepy's body in a contrasting colour to end up with 4 grey legs.........


This is my messy outdoor creating space. Oh I had so much fun. I had clean forgotten the joy of a quick, decorative bit of crochet ......


Here is my completed sheep. She's a very rare breed..a banded midland. You only see them in gardens with giant toadstools :0)..........

 I was really pleased with how the stiff tapestry wool and the 3.5mm hook made her firm and her little legs stood her up easily.

These Yarndale sheep have clothes too...how sweet. So now it was time to choose a colour for her coat. Or a few colours so I did not run out.....

 Pretty pinks and a soft peach.

The coat, like the sheep's body, was simply made in rows. Then sewn together at either end... and a neat single crochet trim added to the bottom......


Next it was time to add a little embellishment. Yikes. My embroidery skills are bad, but I managed a (rather wonky) lazy daisy flower and a french knot....go me :0)


Then I popped on her coat and added a flower from some trim I had in my sewing box....Ta-Dah...


With her legs disappearing into the grass she reminded me of Dougal from a favourite childhood T.V. programme of mine. The Magic Roundabout.

Oh, don't listen Sheepy, I know you have lovely legs and are much cuter :0)......


I'm sure there will be a huge flock of these sheep at Yarndale, and won't they look sweet all together

To make this project even better they will be auctioned off to raise money for a very worthy cause at the end of the weekend

You have till the 9th of September if you fancy joining in Lovelies. All the details and Patterns are HERE .
I think I will have to make another to keep for myself too :0)

Jacquie x