“Fowl” Play!

April 13, 2013  |  Featured Posts


We’ve just returned from a trip to the Lake District with our caravan and on each day out we saw many water fowl.
I constantly marvel at the beauty of nature when it comes to bird’s feathers.


One evening we drove a short distance from the site we were staying at and visited Grange over Sands. It’s a lovely little place which overlooks an estuary and in the village is a large pond which you can walk round.


This is where I took most of the photos, it was early evening so the birds were fairly settled.



The next little fellow was sitting at the edge of one of the lakes.


Although it was dry and sunny when we were away, it was still extremely cold for this time of year. As you can see in the next photo there was still snow on the mountains and even at the side of the road in places.
Today is the first day we’ve reached double figures for temperature.

We took a drive to Stirling this morning where I visited my favourite wool shop McArees. I’ve not stitched at all since my last post but instead I’ve been knitting again. I find it so easy to take knitting with me in the caravan instead of stitching. It doesn’t require such good light which makes life a lot easier as I don’t want to carry a light with me when we head off.
I bought a mix of colours of double knitting to knit a few small items. I finished this little red ted a couple of nights ago.




We’ve at last finished the kitchen decorating and today took delivery of a new cooker. We didn’t intend changing over but my oven stopped working last Friday so we decided to choose something different.
Vickie commented on my last post that she would like to see some photos of our newly decorated kitchen but rather than show the whole thing I’ve chosen two of the new things we’ve added.

The first is the mini range I’ve just mentioned which is in jalapeno red. I’ve not cooked with it yet but I love the way it looks. We don’t have a big kitchen so it had to be fairly small to fit in.

The second photo is a new toaster we bought to replace our old one which also fell by the wayside. It toasts very differently to conventional toasters and the heating elements are armour plated! It’s an Emma Bridgewater design and is made by Dualit – it was really expensive but worth it.

I’ll finish with a photo that I took just outside Kendal when we stopped so that I could visit a wool shop. Nearby there was a tree which had been yarn bombed – it blended in really well with the surroundings.

I’m determined that tonight I will sit down and actually stitch something. Today is the first day that I have felt the inclination to do so.

Thanks for visiting today and also for your recent comments. Take care.


12 Comments


  1. What a beautiful landscape, it must be heavenly to just drive there with a camper. Spring seems to have finally hit here too, I can sit on our terrace for the first time today. Lovely shots of the birds, and the Teddy is adorable.

  2. I enjoyed reading your post! I agree that nature has the most wonderful colors. Your kitchen looks like a fun place. I love the tree! Thanks for sharing these things.

  3. Fell in love with red ted he is beautiful.
    Lovely post love all the beautiful photos those birds the colours are amazing.
    Love your red cooker and your toaster , hugs.

  4. Such a beautiful post Ann!…I love visiting the Lake District and spent most of my summers there when I was growing up as my mum’s family originated from there. All your photographs are beautiful and your little stripy ted is fab! I love your red stove too and we have a stainless steel Dualit toaster which I can definitely say was well worth the initial outlay (it’s great that they come with a 5 year guarantee too!)
    So happy to hear you’re ready to stitch again..you’re so talented with your needles and thread!
    Happy Sunday,
    Susan x
    P.S Off to look at caravans again next week!

  5. Glad you had a good holiday, your photos are lovely

    Congratulations on finishing the teddy, he’s very cute

    I like your new appliances

  6. It looks like you had a peaceful holiday! The photos of the birds are beautiful…they have such a wonderful colorway and interesting feathers! Great job on the red teddy…so cute! You appliances are neat. They look different from here. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a red range or polka dot toaster! Very fun!

  7. Lovely photos and cute little red ted too!

    Nice cooker, I have a cranberry coloured cooker, that splash of red really makes all the difference in the kitchen 🙂

  8. Looks like you had a lovely trip. Thanks for taking me along.
    Your new stove looks amazing and I love the polka dots.
    RedTed is sweet too.
    Have a great week!

  9. Ann – Such pretty waterfowl – the colors and feather patterns are works of art, aren’t they? Your new range is ‘mag’ I love the vibrant red color and am also a big Emma Bridgewater fan.

  10. YOu’re right fowl do have such interesting and beautiful plumage.

    Cute little ted!

  11. Red Ted is gorgeous as is the stove! I agree about knitting, I take it when I fly, so much easier than stitching.

  12. Mr Ted is so cute and sweet.
    Your new red cooker looks splendid, you’ll be cooking up some delicious things in that.
    I love to watch wildlife and enjoy the outdoorsy things.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me a lovely comment. I’ll be back here to see what you have been up to….

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