Sunshine and geese

Attenborough Nature Reserve – 3rd June 2017

I hadn’t been to Attenborough for a while, I’d missed feeding the ducks (like the sensible grown up that I am!) It’s a nice place for a stroll, helped by the great cake in the cafe afterwards 🙂

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Poppies: Weeping Window in Derby

The Poppies: Weeping Window installation opened in Derby last weekend as part of the UK wide tour. The poppies were originally installed on the Tower of London to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. It’s nice that the installation has come to Derby, it sometimes feels like not much happens here.

It’s amazing to see, a sweep of red descending from the tower and spreading across the square that viewed close up becomes individual poppies and twisting black stalks. The art suits the building somehow, I wonder what the mill saw of the war…

Cromford Canal

The week before the late May bank holiday was glorious – hot, sunny and perfect for getting outside. Except I was in the office all week… so on the Saturday I decided to enjoy the last of the sunshine by walking along the Cromford Canal from Whatstandwell to Cromford. It’s a beautiful and peaceful place, sheltered by trees reflected in the water, lovely views across the valley in places, and very few people around.

I’ve been trying to practice my sketching and water colours recently so I took my sketchbook with me along the canal, and painted my sketches later on at home. I’m not much good at trees and lots of vegetation at the moment but I’m not doing too badly on more man-made features.

Weekend round-up

Yesterday was my 2 year blogiversary, so here’s a round-up of my weekend. It’s been a quiet and lazy couple of days, I’ve done very little of what I’d planned… but I managed to do a bit of all of the random things I usually dump on my blog for want of a better recording system so it seems like a good enough celebration 🙂

Blog content type 1: random photos of random nice places, such as this view across Derbyshire viewed through the bus window on my way home from Nottingham.

And yesterday’s dramatic sunset.

Blog content type 2: post! I was in a postcard sending mood yesterday, so I replied to a postcard pal in USA, and sent postcards through Postcrossing and Postcard United to Russia, Sweden, and Japan. I’m missing receiving lots of cards at the moment, but I’m frustratingly at more received than sent on both sites, don’t like it when that happens. The bottom right card is an image of a fruit fly nervous system, they wanted to receive weird cards!

Blog content type 3: sewing, quilting, generally making stuff. And also Swap-bot swaps 🙂 I’ve now made the quilt block to match the one I sent out as a swap, with a minor change because some of my central strips weren’t long enough…

And tomorrow is the start of a new week, let’s see what happens next…

Lettermo #16 & #17

I’m not sure what happened to yesterday…the days have all blurred into one! So here’s 2 days together. I’m glad it’s the weekend…

Received cards:

A fun illustrated card of the clock tower in Izmir, Turkey from postcard pal. And a possibly Valentines-ish type of postcard from a postcard pal in Russia, who I just replied to so I might wait before sending another card!

Sent cards:

The smile card is the next installment of my happy mail all month swap off to the USA. And the view of Chatsworth is a reply to Turkey 🙂

Also today, there was a lovely sunset. I can see the days getting longer now.

The day in pictures – 14th January 2017

I put together a bit of happy mail for a Swap-bot ‘send something to make me smile’ swap. Hopefully an envelope of goodies with a card will do the trick…

The shadow of holly on the bus shelter. Today the sun came out, I went into town, and again failed to buy any new boots.

The start of a new quilt! I’m planning to make the Star Light Star Dark quilt from Quilt Habit for someone’s big birthday. The bottom section will be orange, shading to red then purple.

In order to tidy things up, it is first required that I sort the mess into piles on the floor – Elinor tidying theory then says to leave them there to fall over until I get so fed up of it all I finish the job!

And now on to letter writing!

The weekend in pictures – 1st & 2nd Oct

Had to shelter from the torrential rain under a tree next to Nottingham castle and Robin Hood

It’s the start of my birthday week!

Sent on a travelling postcard, it’s heading off to a different part of the USA now. I wonder where my postcard has been so far…

The sun has been shining today, time for a lovely walk to the supermarket

Of course birthday biscuits need this many sprinkles! Lots of biscuits now in the freezer ready for baking mid-week