Poem of the week.

October 4, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  6 Comments

Welcome to another week and the first Monday of October.


Out of sight they spend whole summers

growing spiky in the leaf corners.

We never hear them drop,

their swell and fall

is secret as imagination.

In split shells they lie,

nuggets for polishing.

Matthew collected a few conkers at the weekend,  but most of them were pretty small.

I’ve still been working on my autumn banner but it’s been slow progress. At this rate, autumn will be over before I manage to finish it.  I’ve been going out to work more than usual and it means my craft time has been greatly reduced.

At the weekend I bought my first ever hibiscus.  I didn’t realise the flowers would open so quickly.  It went from bud to open flower overnight.

I shop a lot in Marks and Spencer and I buy most of my orchids there so I decided to try something else for a change – I must say I don’t regret it as it looks really pretty with the flowers open.

I hope you all had a good and productive weekend.  The weekends truly fly past these days.  Thanks for dropping by and please pop in again soon.

PS Thanks for the lovely comments about my local area – it’s actually very ordinary – the photos must have made it look nicer!!

Scotland on a Saturday.

October 2, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  4 Comments

This afternoon is what we in Scotland call “dreich”.

I decided to post about my local area today – when I say local, I mean very local. The area I’m showing is called Dechmont Law and I can see it from my lounge window.

View from the top of Dechmont Law

View to the south east

The area is very popular with local walkers, especially in winter on crisp, sunny days.

You can see my house from the top.

Deer Park golf course

Our estate sits on the edge of a golf course called Deer Park and all the local streets are named after golfers.

Deer Park

Bridges and Bing

The two bridges you can just see above are around twelve miles from here and I posted a photo of them several weeks ago.
The reddish shale bing you see is fairly unique to West Lothian as they appeared as a byproduct in the mining of paraffin oil many years ago.
They are fast disappearing as the shale is used in the building of roads.

Deans Community High School

It takes Matthew a few minutes to walk to his school which was only opened last year.

Ordnance Survey

This photo shows the top of the Law where there is an Ordnance Survey trig point which used to be used in the making of maps.

I hope you’ve enjoyed a step outside my home and finally a little point of interest. If you look up Wikipedia and type in Dechmont Law you will find a story about a local man and his well documented UFO sighting. It caused quite a stir in our area way back in 1979.

Thanks for visiting Scotland today, please pop in on Monday for Poem of the Week.
PS Thank you to the ladies who have bought lots of the new items I listed last week.

Destash Update

September 28, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  1 Comment

This is a quick message to let you know that I’ve updated my destash page and added quite a few new items. Most of the bits and pieces had been sold and it was looking a bit sad with only two items left for sale so I thought I’d take some time to look out some bits and pieces.

Rushing Off

Thanks for checking in. I’ll be back later in the week.

Poem of the week.

September 27, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  1 Comment

I hope you all had a good weekend.  I’m feeling a bit better today and actually made it out of the house this morning.  Thanks for the kind wishes.

This week’s poem is a very simple one.  I chose it after hearing my neighbour “hoovering” up fallen leaves at the weekend.  I love the colour of the autumn leaves but not the mess they make when they fall.

“Autumn Fires”

In the other gardens

And all up the vale,

From the Autumn bonfires

See the smoke trail!

Pleasant summer over

And all the summer flowers,

The red fire blazes,

The grey smoke towers.

Sing a song of seasons!

Something bright in all!

Flowers in the summer,

Fires in the fall!

Robert Louis Stevenson.

I took the photo of the rose this morning with the moisture of last night’s rain still showing. It was the kind of autumn morning with cobwebs everywhere you looked. I don’t like spiders but I love the beauty of their webs.

(If you click on any photo you can enlarge the image.)

I managed a little more stitching on my banner at the weekend – I’ll post a photo next time.

The photo below shows a little gift fob that I mailed out this morning to the lady who bought all the silks from my destash page.  I try to include a small  gift with all the envelopes that I mail out.  It’s my way of saying thanks to the people who buy something.  It can be as simple as a pack of needles, a piece of fabric or something I’ve made.

This fob was made from a variety of beads and I chose to make it with a soft suede ribbon – I’ve noticed that some stitchers don’t like the lobster clasps because they can tarnish their scissors.

Finally for today can I say thanks to the people who have added me to their list of “blogs I visit”  – it’s always really nice to see your blog showing as a link.  I haven’t got round to adding more to my list but it’s not because I don’t visit other blogs.  I’m always unsure of the “blogging etiquette” and unwritten code of what’s okay and what’s not.

Thanks for dropping in today.  Please pop in for a visit again soon.

Scotland on a Saturday – not quite.

September 25, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  2 Comments

I’m afraid today’s post isn’t going to be about Scotland as I’ve not made it out of the house all week.  I’ve spent the week at home with a cold/flu type virus which has been very unpleasant, to say the least.  I’m gradually feeling a little better but I’m still not able to get out and about today.

As a result, I decided to post instead about Cheddar Gorge in England – we visited there last year.  It’s a lovely area of England – we’ve visited it a few times.

Walking to the caves.

The caves are interesting to walk round – they don’t go too far in or too far down.

View from the top.

If you climb to the top, you get a lovely view of the county.

Looking another direction.

We stayed in a cottage in a little village in Somerset.

Cottage owner's kitty.

I’ve not made much stitching progress this week.  It’s very frustrating to be at home all week and not feel like doing any form of craft work.  I’ve done a little on my autumn banner and that’s about it.  Melissa asked about the letter designs.  My original banner was stitched using Cross Eyed Cricket “Summer” chart as a basis – I decided to keep the same theme going and I am using the new “Autumn” chart as a basis for my autumn themed banner.  It means that the overall look should be pretty similar which is what I want to achieve.  I just change colour and design to suit.

Thanks for popping in today – hopefully  next week we’ll be back in Scotland!   Enjoy your weekend and hopefully you can stop by next week for poem of the week on Monday.

Poem of the week.

September 20, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  2 Comments

This week I have chosen a couple of poems for younger people (by request).

“Lady B’s Fleas”

Lady Barnaby takes her ease
Knitting overcoats for fleas
By this kindness, fleas are smitten
That’s why she’s very rarely bitten.
Spike Milligan.


Behold the apples’ rounded worlds;
juice-green of July rain,
the black polestar of flower, the rind
mapped with it’s crimson stain.

The russet, crab and cottage red
burn to the sun’s hot brass,
then drop like sweat from every branch
and bubble in the grass.

They lie as wanton as they fall,
and where they fall and break,
the stallion clamps his crunching jaws,
the starling stabs his beak.

In each plump gourd the cidery bite
of boys’ teeth tears the skin;
the waltzing wasp consumes his share,
the bent worm enters in.

I, with as easy hunger, take
entire my season’s dole;
welcome the ripe, the sweet, the sour,
the hollow and the whole.
Laurie Lee.

Progress has been slow on my autumn banner so far.  I’m struggling with a sore throat which is the start of a cold which Alan has had since last week.

Today is a local holiday with us, we were out and about this morning and I visited a bead shop I go to from time to time in Edinburgh.

The street above is the one right next to the shop – many streets in Edinburgh are paved with cobbles. They may look good but they are dreadful to walk on and to drive over.

The sun is shining with us today, I hope it is with you wherever you are.  Thanks for dropping in.

Scotland on a Saturday.

September 18, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  1 Comment

Welcome to another Scotland on a Saturday – the weeks just seem to fly past.

This week, I’d like to share with you a visit to my local church.  My neighbour asked me if I would like to attend a Flower Festival that the church was holding today.  It was lovely to see all the flower arrangements made by different groups and individuals.

Although it’s a lovely blue sky in the photo, it’s been breezy today with one or two showers.  I was in Edinburgh this morning and got pretty wet going from one shop to another.

I have added captions to the photos below to take you on a tour of the Flower Festival.

St Andrew's Church

View of the inside.

Sunday School table.

Joseph's Coat of Many Colours.

Girl's Brigade Anniversary

Harvest Display.

Soft and Gentle

Hot and Spicy

More by the children.

Autumn colours.

Millenium Banner


Floral hymn sheet!

Finally I’d like to finish with a photo taken looking across the road from the church.  It’s of the primary school I attended aged four to eleven.

My parents attended the same school all those years ago.  It was replaced many years ago by a modern building but the old building still stands, as you can see.

Livingston Station Primary School

If you look closely, you can see what’s written above the two entrances.  One was for girls and the other was for boys.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s visit, thanks for stopping by.  Please drop in again on Monday for my choice of Poem of the Week.

Stormy weather.

September 15, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  1 Comment

The last few days with us have been quite stormy. Last night it was very windy through the night and today it is sunny but breezy. I think Autumn has arrived.

I’ve been busy, this week, experimenting with some knitting and beading designs. I often think that time spent trying out new ideas is worthwhile on one front but at the end of it you often have nothing concrete to show for your efforts.
One of the things I’m trying for the first time is felting – although I’ve knitted for many years, I’ve never “felt” the need to felt anything before! (excuse the pun).

I started to stitch a new banner for Autumn but I’ve not even got one letter completed as I’ve been out the last two evenings.
Since I’ve got no progress photos to show, I’ll share with you Alan’s completed cat puzzle. He didn’t enjoy doing this one at all – he said it was really difficult to distinguish between the cats as there were so many of them.

Talking of knitting ……..

All this talk of wool!

Thanks for stopping by today, please drop in for a visit again.

PS. I’ve added a bunch of Caron silks to my destash page.

Poem of the week.

September 13, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  3 Comments

I chose today’s poem to reflect upon Saturday’s anniversary.  I will never forget where I was on that day nine years ago.

“If  You Stand Very Still”

If you stand very still in the heart of a wood

you will hear many wonderful things.

The snap of a twig and the wind in the trees

and the whirl of invisible wings.

If you stand very still in the turmoil of life

and you wait for the voice from within,

you’ll be led down the way of wisdom and peace,

through the rough world of chaos and din.

If you stand very still and hold onto your faith

you will get all the help that you ask.

You will draw from the silence the things that you need –

hope and courage and strength for your task.     Anon.

It’s been a miserable day here in Scotland, it’s poured with rain all morning and now into the afternoon.  I’ve taken the opportunity to catch up with some chores in the house.

I received a couple of magazines in the post on Saturday – I’m not sure if I’ll stitch anything from the Ornaments issue.  I have so many things waiting to do that I really don’t want to add something else to the list.

With the new releases just round the corner, I’m waiting to see what is coming out before I add to my wip.

I promised to post a couple of photos of Brandy in relation to him being clipped.



I’d like to say, once again, thanks so much for the kind comments.  They really do make blogging worthwhile and I so enjoy finding new blogs to visit when people leave a comment.  Connecting with like minded people all over the world is very rewarding.

Thanks for dropping in today.  I hope you can pop back to visit again soon.

A walk round town.

September 11, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  3 Comments

This morning we were in Edinburgh as Brandy had to be clipped and the grooming salon we take him to is almost in the middle of town.

The photo above is in St Andrew’s Square which is right in the centre of the city.

Harvey Nicks

Harvey Nicks is just to the right of the lion – only a few steps away.

The Dome

The Dome is a popular venue for people going out and in the winter it looks lovely decorated for Christmas.  The red you can just see is our car.

Out for a stroll.

You often see police horses being walked through the city as their training school is very close to the city centre.

We stopped for coffee once our shopping was complete.

Coffee at the Wellington.

The cafe we often go to is called The Wellington and is staffed by young people from New Zealand (I think).

Every time we visit Edinburgh we go to a baker shop – the photos below are all taken within a very short distance of the store.

Fettes College

The spire you see is of Fettes College which is the school that Tony Blair went to.

Having fun!

The photo above is not anyone we know, they just happened to be there when we were walking.

A view of the castle.

You can see Edinburgh castle in the distance.

Well I hope you’ve enjoyed a quick tour of the city – I did have photos of Brandy once he was clipped but I’ll save them for Monday.

Thanks for popping in, I hope you’ve enjoyed your visit.  See you soon.