1. First bluebells in Perry Wood
2. View over the Chartham Downs. The yellow fields are rapeseed.
3. Detail of carving on viewing tower.
4. mrspao’s chocolate factory open for business again
5. Flowers from my friend Ruth’s garden.
6. Starting to decorate for the chick-bunny fest.
7. 8. and 9. Mole, Charlie and Lola. Three of the four pusses I have been looking after.
(and men and women, too)
Yesterday my friend Susie and I did a stall at the first ever Faversham Hat Festival and what a great event it was.
Susie brought her amazing crocheted earrings and painted eggs and I brought lots of chocolate and some earrings to the fair and we had a very good time indeed. Somehow I managed not to take a photo of our lovely stall her incredible painted eggs so you’ll just to have a look at her blog for those.
We sat and knit socks and had such a good time chatting and meeting people. I even won a prize for my hat which I’d made several weeks ago at my friend Rachel’s hat-making workshop. pao turned up so we could have a well-deserved mooch around Faversham whilst he minded shop for us. We saw some terrific hats – many weird and wonderful ones.
It was great to see all the creativity that people employed in decorating their hats.
Got to love this sheep hat!
I loved this lady and her little dog with a hat on.
My eye was caught by this feathery number. Tamyra would enjoy those ostrich feathers immensely.
This guy had even brought his cow Daisy with him! I first thought it was a little dog.
This cheerful chap seemed to enjoy the chocolates we had for sale.
My friend Louise and I were wearing the hats we made at the hat making workshop. I won a prize for best stallholder’s hat with my hat!
I can’t tell you how much I wanted to try on this town cryer’s hat!!
Even the chicks on this lady’s hat had hats!!
When Susie and I made it outside, we saw this lady on stilts – so cool
We stopped in later on to see Tanja’s friend Horace.
And finally, I could resist these three be-hatted horses!!
(been trying to post this since Sunday but having trouble with broadband :()
1. Saturday brunch at Whitstable Larder at the Goods Shed
2. Tiny irises – I’d planted these very late – way beyond when I should have done and they still blossomed!
3. A Sirius boy
4. Rocket seeds sprouting
5. I knit a cowl!
6. Spring flowers in full bloom
7. I got to see Portapuss again! There is a lady who carries a cat around in her purse.
8. Pretty chandelier outiside at Boho.
9. This cat is ignoring me
10. Vintage cotton reel stash enhancement.
I’ve been a little tied up with little Mr Sirius of late and my new WI etc that I’ve totally neglected my poor blog. I have been taking some great photos in the spring sunshine though.
1. Stone in the Peace Pavement in the Dane John Gardens.
2. Delicious treacle tarts from Mama Feelgoods
3. The Dane John Gardens in the sunshine.
4. Canterbury city walls with the beautiful daffodils.
5. and 6. Cycling along Deal sea front.
8. and 9. Countryside in Ripple.
Sirius update: Well the vet says his bladder is better than he expected but he isn’t going well with the special food or antibiotics they gave him. I am hoping that after a few days of not having much to eat that he will start to eat more than a few mouthfuls of food. I’ve even tried coating it in Whiskas but he is still studiously avoiding it. Silly moggie!!
Sirius was acting a bit strangely and was crying when we picked him up this morning. I took him to the vet’s office and they diagnosed a bladder stone. I am reeling slightly as the vet took him straight in for emergency surgery and was told that we were very lucky as he could have died if we had not noticed and left it. He’s home, stoned, and as Louise would put it ‘busy’ and also has the munchies! Please send healing thoughts his way as he has some recuperating to do.
1. Detail from a stone carving I found.
2. Daffodils for Jeanne. We know how much she loves to see our flowers.
3. Interesting sculpture that looks like balls of wool.
4. Anglo-Indian curry. We visited Leonora’s Kitchen with our WI committee to try her out. It was very spicy but very tasty!
5. Leonora’s Kitchen famous almond and walnut brownie. This is by far the most tasty brownie that I’ve ever eaten.
6. Red berries.
7. I had fun arranging these three mini-arrangements.
8. Socks in progress. I’ve found matching them up a little difficult this time.
9. Weaver’s bridge in Canterbury – the water has gone down quite a bit since I last photographed it.
10. Padlocks on the Weaver’s bridge. Like the famous Pont des Arts ‘Love Lock’ bridge in Paris – people seem to be starting to do this in Canterbury.
Hello! I’ve been laptop-less for over a week so I’ve been using pao’s which doesn’t have all the photo editing stuff on it that I normally use.
1. pao’s full English Breakfast at Kitch. I had the full veggie breakfast and it was delicious.
2. I’ve been madly making brooches in preparation for the shows I’m involved in this month and then in April and May.
3. A very friendly cat who I met on my travels.
4. Detail of a stone in the poetry garden of the Cathedral.
5. Pink hellebores.
6. Newly restored stone at the Cathedral.
7. Made in Whitstable Show table. My friend Tracie’s face plates look incredible.
8. New jewellery designs. I’ve been looking at different colours.
9. Cat in a box.
10. I spent a very long time tidying the house over the weekend and finally got to put my beautiful birthday present in pride of place
1. A hot-a-doodle-doo burger from Byron Burger – possibly the best burger place I’ve been to.
2. King’s College, Cambridge.
3. Cat banner in a church in Cambridge (Michaelhouse Centre) which served rather good tea and home made biscuits.
4. Sushi feast after pao was sprung from hospital.
5. Rather cool dragon outside the Lego store in Bluewater.
6. Woolly bunny and rabbit.
7. Pretty flowers.
8. New jewellery making supplies – a bit of a departure from the pale colours I normally go for.
9. New tea cup and saucer – a gift from pao.
10. Low fat banana muffins I made on Saturday. Recipe soon!
I’ve been so busy this week but I did manage a few photos
1. We continue to be battered by torrential rain here. Even Noah would struggle! This is the Westgate Gardens last Sunday morning.
2. Knitted afternoon tea – good for the diet!
3. Markings on the ground in the Whitefriars in Canterbury.
4. Miss Flomp aka Tamyra who has stolen Sirius’ spot under the radiator.
5. Valentine’s Day cards. Ready to be opened in the evening.
6. We travelled to Cambridge late Thursday evening and were amused by this little reminder of home.
7. There were 14mph winds on Saturday morning and this is just one fence panel of many that would have come down in those winds.
8. Cambridge is full of bicycles.
9. Snowdrops are now in full bloom.
10. Amused by this disabled parking spot.
11. I managed to snap these students dressed up as Dr Who characters with K9 so pao could see. He was in a shop when they passed me.
12. Valentine’s messages in a Cambridge chocolatiers window.