A Spring In My Step

I know, I have been a bit quiet, sorry! After a month of debating whether or not to continue my crocheting, I have decided to keep going! Though my Etsy shop has not yet taken off, I am working on it getting noticed more, then hopefully get some sales.

I have a new pattern to try out for baby shoes, which I am quite excited about. After doing some research, I think these will be a winner, though got a way to go yet. I have to make them first!

As Spring is nearly upon us, I need to get hooking some suitable wares. Trouble is, its also going to get really busy with work, our gardening rota is already burting at the seams. Need to get more organised and use my time more efficiently, neither of those things come naturally to me!

Keep looking at my shop Here , am adding more each week, just finished this small, chunky blanket, can be used as a cot/pram blanket or as a lap blanket….


Right, I better get on with hooking



New Year Ahead, More Yarn To Buy ;)

It’s New Years Eve and there will be lots of partying going on, I, however, am sat at home with husband and the pets as I have a cold (I have managed to sink half a bottle of champers and now have a gin, got to do my bit ;)).

Just wanted to say Happy New Year to all of you who read my ramblings, lets have a fun 2018!



Age Doesn’t Matter

I have a friend who is 79 ish, I am 45. We met when working in the same shop. I didn’t see her much as we would usually help out at different times, but when we did meet up, we got on ok. She stopped helping out at the shop last year and I didn’t see her for months until bumping into her at the local post office. She seemed pretty pleased to see me and I promised I’d pop round one day for a cuppa.

So, I did, can’t break a promise to an ‘old lady’, can I? She lives alone since her husband died a few years back, doesn’t get out much as she no longer drives and the public transport here is not very good (typical in rural Devon). She does have family nearby but they seem to have little time for her, struggling on with their own problems.

That was six (?) months ago, a year, can’t remember! We are now, I think. quite good mates. I pop round for a brew once a fortnight and end up staying for at least 2 hours none stop talking. Today, we (husband and I) took my pal out to a Christmas Fair at a public garden not far from us. The fair was a bit poor (but managed to buy some booze 😉 so that was good). Then we got some tea and cake and spent about an hour gossiping and generally having a laugh! Husband gets on with her as much as I do!

She has had a full life as a business woman, some of it being in the teddy bear trade. She is also a very talented knitter of tiny clothes for dolls and makes her own teddies (Steiff type bears). My pal can also repair old teddy bears!

Talking of old, I have come to realise that age really does not matter. My friend is funny, interesting…. and a bit cheeky. I do have to watch my language as it can be rather ‘colourful’ but aside from that, I behave the same with her as I do with any pal of a similar age to me.

I think what I am trying to say is, age really is not an issue, never dismiss the ‘elderly’ (my friend will not like that word!). These people have lived and have stories to tell, have sound advice to give and have a valid opinion!

Husband and really enjoyed ourselves and hope to go out with our pal again soon.

If you get chance, make some older friends, everyone gains from it 🙂




Getting Busy With The Hook

Not had a lot of free time recently, as you can tell by my absence! Work has been full on, which is great. Am also seeing my personal trainer twice a week and am weirdly enjoying it.

Never been one for exercise (which is why I need a trainer, to keep me going!!), so suprised myself when I realised its sort of fun. It does help that Jamie is brilliant –  patient and calm with (thankfully) a sense of humour! I would highly recommend having a go. He works at a gym which is part of a physiotherapy centre. If you are in Devon and in the Tavistock area heres where I go – Tavistock Physio Clinic

I have had some time to get on with crochet. After booking a space at the National Trust Castle Drogo Xmas fair in November, I thought I’d better crack on with some stock. I made some fingerless gloves last year and they sold well so am making more!


I have also made a lovely chunky cowl using pure wool with a big button fastening…


Both available in my Etsy Shop

It is laste Sunday afternoon and having been out in the pouring rain with the dog, I think its time to relax….with a hook and some yarn 😉


August….or Autumn??

The British weather always keeps us on our toes…or under our brollies! We are still waiting for a spell of hot weather, while the rest of Europe is at the other extreme of it being way too hot. I am finding our weather is at its best thru September, even early October. This is great for us as we tend to go on holiday then (having no kids, we prefer to avoid the school hols!).

This year we are off to Northumberland, first time and v much looking forward to it. It has a long coast of golden beaches (the dog will be in heaven!) as well as some fab castles, there is even one in the village we will be staying in. Will be taking lots of pics 🙂

Had some great news yesterday – I sold a shawl to a friend in NZ (think I mentioned it), was supposed to take 5-7 days. After 10 I started to worry, after 20 was deciding to refund my pal his money and try to forget the hours spent making it, then after 30 days it arrived!! Hurray 🙂 His wife loves her bday gift, that makes me very happy!

Not too happy with Royal Mail though! I spoke to them via twitter and though polite etc they were pretty much saying ‘its not our problem’ when I was trying to locate where the package was – even though I paid them more to track it!! I went on live chat and was quite annoyed with the unhelpfulness of whoever I dealt with, asked why am I paying for a tracked post service when you dont know where it is?? She pretty much ended the chat by shrugging her shoulders and saying ‘so what? Nothing to do with me’!! NZ Post, on the other hand were brilliant, giving me more info and keeping me up to date even before it had arrived in their country. Royal Mail need to take a leaf out of their book!

Sorry, rant over 😉

I am now having to think further ahead to (sorry for mentioning this) Christmas. Craft fairs book up quick and I have an opportunity to have a space at the Xmas fair at Castle Drogo (National Trust). Fairs are so hit and miss, a lot of work for sometimes little reward. I was at Bude Castle (bit of a theme here!) last year and did very well. If they are on different weekends, I could do both 🙂 though if thats the case I really need to get making!!

Have a great weekend, hope the sun shines!! 🙂


Butterfly Counting

If you are in the UK, have a go at counting the butterflies in your garden, local park or anywhere you fancy. Details in the link here

You only need 15 minutes to sit and count. Butterflies are very sensitive to any change in the environment, a decline in their numbers can be an early indicator of other wildlife losses, so it’s an important study.

Heres a pic of one I took a couple of years back


This is a female Common Blue, I had to look it up on the handy chart that comes with this survey! You can also get some great ident pics from UK Butterflies

Get counting!



Remember that green shawl I made? Well, it is now on its way to the othe other side of the world! Admittedly, an old friend has bought it for his wife, but a sale is a sale and I’m so pleased 🙂 It really does boost confidence in my work so I think I shall make another, maybe one a bit less complicated and time consuming! Better get some more items made for my Etsy shop

I have just set up a facebook page for my gardening business, heres a link to Dartmoor Gardeners give it a like, I’ll keep putting up some lovely plant pics. Got any gardening queries? Will try to help 🙂