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Monday, June 27, 2016

Memorandum Monday

Waving to you all as I watch the clouds and hope the wind will blow them all away soon - looking at the weather forecst I think this week will be one of dashing out to do things whenever there is a clear patch and hoping to be done before the next rain shower.


My new thing for the weekend was making these


these will be going to Bath for an installation in late summer to raise money for the Red Cross European Refugee Crisis appeal - you can find out more here.  I'm pleased to have a good use for bits of pink and purple yarn in my stash and they are easy to make while talking or watching TV.

Hoping you all have a good week

Friday, June 24, 2016

6 words Happy

so last week I accidently posted this week's word so this week I'm doing last week's - happy.  Hope that is clear (oh dear venturing into next week's word which is hope!)

joining in with Miriam's lovely weekly challenge

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Snap in the Highlands

I find the Highlands' scenary dramatic and beautiful although I know some think it is bleak.  I like the bold shapes and few signs of habitation.  For my snap set I chose 4 scenic views taken on different walks


I like how there are layers beyond layers with the different hills and I think the clouds add to the dramatic effect.

The first is from a walk alongside a river which is fed entirely by a spring which seeps up through the limestone - the walk ends at a set of caves but I stopped about half way and enjoyed a sunny spot while others continued up to the caves

The second was another walk along a valley on a path that was used in the past as the main route out of the valley to the water and boats

The third is looking down towards a bridge over a deep gorge - we walked down there and over the bridge - my photos of the view from the bridge are not fabulous as I was holding on tight to the bridge railing at all times so had to operate my camera one handed

The last shows a rainbow - luckily we got home before the rain that caused it reached us

I think I caught up with all your snap sets from last week but if I missed any add them to the linky this week as well as your set for this week

Monday, June 20, 2016

Memorandum Monday back home

Big wave to all the Monday wavers.  I'm back from my holiday in a cottage in Ullapool which is on the West Coast of Scotland in the Highlands.  I was there with my parents, uncle, sister and her partner in a holiday cottage


the conservatory you can see on the side was where we spent most of the time when we were in the house - fabulous views out over the water and sunsets and making the most of the sunshine without being bothered by midges or wind.

We enjoyed several walks - I'm featuring them in my snap set on Wednesday and a boat trip to the small islands just off shore


we saw seals from the boat and various birds.  On our walks and driving at dusk we saw some deer.  On the first morning I saw a pine martin on the grass outside the house - we knew there were some around - so that evening I put some peanut butter on the rocks in the hope of seeing it again.  However the peanut butter only attracted a big slug and some seagulls - which carefully picked at the peanut butter around the slug!

the fabulous light show in the evening continued with a different pattern of the sun on the clouds and water each evening - this is from the last evening


and a new thing?  that would be the wonderful crafted items I came home with.  We were very impressed with the number and quality of the local artists and craft people and went to two small craft markets, one fabulous craft shop stocking only local makers and drove up a very steep windy hill to visit the makers of these lovely pieces in their studio

a lovely couple - she does the painting and he makes pewter jewellery pieces and amazing large clay models of animals.

Off to finish the last of my catch-up on laundry and bills - wishing you all a good week