Monthly Archives: May 2017

Time at the Allotment

It’s that time of year when things are blossoming and blooming and everything is turning into a gorgeous shade of green. Suddenly, almost as if overnight, trees burst into leaf, fields turn golden and flowers are opening up and everything is light and bright with the good weather.

Today was spent happily weeding at the allotment, some things are a bit behind this year due to the weather, so some places do look a bit bare, but a few weeks and all will be covered and green!

And since Word press is playing up and I don’t seem to be able to caption the pics as I go, here is a brief one beforehand. First up are chives (with Mr Bumblebee photo-bombing the pics), then lavender, strawberries, garlic, redcurrant bush on the right and (tiny) blueberry bush on the left, beetroot, horseradish – which has taken over, and finally rosemary (had no idea the tiny white flowers were so pretty on a rosemary plant).

[These photos were taken with an I-phone and no filters applied – it was a really gorgeous sunny day today! :)]

Plastic-Not-So-Fantastic

Here is a link to a fascinating article about reducing our plastic use in June.

http://www.lowimpact.org/plastic-fish-oceans-2050-give-plastic/

The challenge is not to use disposable, single use plastic for either a day, week or month in June, with the aim of using environmentally friendly products and containers instead.

Some things are impractical, I’m afraid to say (anybody know how to get hold of toothpaste without using a plastic tube or container?!) but others are much easier.

  • Use cloth carrier bags for shopping
  • Take a lunch box to work not buy plastic wrapped sandwiches
  • Use a re-usable drinks bottle (which would probably be plastic anyway!)
  • No ready meals
  • Reuse plastic bags for veg (that you would buy loose in supermarkets e.g. mushrooms)
  • Buy glass milk bottles
  • Refill bottles where available (Ecover washing up liquid etc.)
  • Don’t use clingfilm/ plastic wrap – put food in a container
  • Be selective with what food and drink you buy

It does seem to be all food and drink doesn’t it? I am going to try this in June I think. But I work in a restaurant, so it will be hard to get away from single use plastic there!

I think the key to reducing your use and the recycling of plastics is to be aware of what is coming into the house in the first place.

Just a quick thought for today, Ellen xx

3 Things This Tuesday

Happy Tuesday to you all!

3 things I have been looking at/ pondering this week…

Knitting Magazine…lots of vintage inspired patterns

Lace weight wool only a £1 a ball from Boyes…bargain!

Pattern and wool was free with a magazine a few months ago for a simple scarf. Think the scarf would be a good practice first time one to start with lace, but horrible choice of watermelon colours. So, since lace wool was a quid from Boyes….

Also, I have been deciding whether to knit a ballerina hippo. As you do.

Have a happy Tuesday everyone! 🙂

Local Makers

Thought I would do a few posts linking to some local makers and designers (I live in North Yorkshire in the UK).

Saw a page in the most recent issue of Mollie Makes which just so happens to be showcasing Yorkshire as it’s monthly county and well, I totally nicked the idea from them!

Only, I don’t need to do a different county each month, coz there’s more than enough talent in Yorkshire to last a lifetime you know?!

I have to say though, I did like the designs on the bottom right corner of page 80 of Mollie Makes (issue 79). Starry night skies with black trees silhouetted.

So, to start off the first link share we will have a look at that one! The shop’s name is Studio Factotum and the designer is based in York.

Check out this link to her shop in Etsy for a look at some gorgeous cards…

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/StudioFactotumUK?ref=l2-shop-header-avatar

Hope you found something you like! 🙂

Book of the Moment

So. Books. More books.

I just finished Daniel Deronda after several years. I tried to get into it a few months back and just couldn’t get started with it for some reason, and now after zooming through it in 3 evenings I don’t see why I couldn’t start it. I really enjoyed it and found it quite an easy read and I liked the style of the writing. Some classics are hard to get your head round the meaning and the way it’s been written but this was quite a modern style if that makes sense? It left me wanting to know what happened to the naughty father – did he get caught stealing something else after he stole Daniel’s diamond ring (which was a stupid thing for a man to carry about and leave carelessly on a sideboard when you know there is a man of ‘ill repute’ staying with you but anyway).

Lizzie bought me that book a while ago, and this week I found a parcel waiting for me from Lizzie with a book and some other goodies in. So 84 Charing Cross Road has been read and added to my ever increasing pile of books given to me by Lizzie (thanks!). I liked this book, it just screams Lizzie! An in your face American from New York orders books from a typically British bookshop in London in the years straight after the second world war and gradually chips away at the famed British reserve. I cant get my head around how receiving a parcel of powdered eggs or a pack of tights is seen as such a treat but I guess rationing was still in effect in those days (although eggs?!!). It’s a shame she never got to meet the main man she corresponded with, but that’s life isn’t it?

I am now onto Cross Stitch (again given to me by Lizzie) and I’m liking it so far. only about a third of the way in, curious to see how it ends…I know there’s a few more books in the series, so does she get back?!

I have also read a book called Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki. It’s about how he went from cluttered big apartment in Tokio to smaller empty apartment. Hundreds of CDs and books (gasp) were thrown away, and gradually he got rid of most of his clothes and then furniture! It’s an OK read, I got a bit bored to be honest, hoping for some inspiration, it was more of a book for the sake of writing a book I think.

And finally, I just picked up Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood. I love the first 2 books – The Year of the Flood and Oryx and Crake. They are dystopian fiction, which is probably my favourite genre now. 1984, A Clockwork Orange, The Hunger Games, A Handmaid’s Tale, City of Ember…it makes me want to yell at the film or book “Cant you see what’s going on?!”

And speaking of dystopian fiction. The trailer for The Dark Tower film just landed. OMG. This series is my favourite series of all time by Stephen King. From the trailer it looks like they have picked bits and pieces from several of the books, not sure what to make of that just yet. But i will DEFINITELY BE SEEING THIS AT THE CINEMA! And Idris Elba as the Gunslinger. Gonna be great!

“I do not kill with my gun. I kill with my heart.”

 

 

Malice in Wonderland

I don’t knit toys. I don’t crochet amigurumi. I don’t do fiddly.

But a couple of days ago I thought I would try a free kit with Let’s Knit magazine. My stitches were perfect, I didn’t drop any stitches or anything. They were all neat. Everything was fine and dandy.

Until I came to sew it up.

She looks quite creepy if you ask me. And a bit like a nurse,

KNITTING FAIL!

Why can’t I finish projects like this to a higher standard?

lol…that’s all I have to say about it…just lol :O