a 7 mile long pink peace scarf

Okay, I've finally done this!.....this is my 1 metre crochet section of a 7 mile pink peace scarf.

I wanted to do this, but I hit a fair amount of resistance in my self. I think it may have been the pink and the long list of other things which I want to make!. Although once I realized it would be okay, and not breaking any rules (whose rules anyway!) to put a colourful granny square in the middle, I was off.

and once totally immersed in the pink, I really quite enjoyed it, especially next to all the other colours. I'll be sorry to see it go. But it's off for a good cause.

photo from the wool against weapons site.
On the 9th August this year, a seven mile long pink knitted peace scarf will be rolled out to stretch between two nuclear sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire. The scarf is a protest to put pressure on the government to ditch the planned 80 billion pound spend renewing the trident nuclear weapons programme. You can find out more about this at www.woolagainstweapons.co.uk.

This project is the brain child of Jaine and you can read about the beginning of this project here on her blog Beeswax and broomsticks.

In the end it was my commitment to doing this that carried me through. This really is the last call.

Editied to add: I forgot to say that the after the event the scarf pieces will stitched together and made into around 2000 blankets, which will be sent to well needed places. Now isn't that a thing!

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I will be away from my patch for the next little while.

hazy summer morning on the common
I'm off to dip my toes in the Dorset sea.

surprised to find this patch of pretty harebells yesterday.
I'm looking forwarding to taking in some of those lovely Jurrasic views. I have walked some of the South west coast path here. A few years ago now. One day I will continue my walk. I remember it was beautiful, exhilarating, scary and bloody knackering! I carried my rucksack and tent, and little dog was with me on the lead. I stopped at Chesil beach after several days, I couldn't carry my pack anymore! I will travel very light next time..... I'm looking forward to seeing it again and remembering the adventure. Catch up soon.


finding some more time.......

I might seriously have found some more time in my day! I quite simply to do not turn on my technology until later in the day! For me it is making a huge difference......there are so many things I would like to be doing and also need to be doing to feel good.
my first page of my new moleskin journal!
This week I have began my day sitting at my table. I have began my new scrapbook journal. I hope it will lead me to some summer magic and relaxed adventures! I treated myself to this Moleskin journal. I spent so long looking at them in the shop the shop assistant may have wondered what I was up to.....I'm happy I splurged finally ♥ ♥ ♥ .

ready to collage
A nice thing to do in the morning. A little bit here and a little bit there. Some water-colour, and different bits and pieces to stick. I have some more pictures and words at the ready.

favourite museli
So no more balancing breakfast over the key board, for now!.... These english rose strawberries are really the treat of the week. Delicious and aromatic...... real strawberries I think. A healthy burst vitamins, I could eat these all day.

So I suddenly felt as though I had more time......I even did some stretching. My goodness journalling, stretching, time to think about what I wanted to do with my little red suitcase! I think I will need to be here less, and spend more time making in the 'shop'. Which I have also actually been doing!!.....can this really be my day!

my new in the shop today picture
I have a few ideas swimming around, making new brooches and some new card ideas. I really want to make the time to do this. This was my Mum's red tyrolean apron. (We had several tyrolean adventures when I was little). I think it goes. Definitely very my little red suitcase..... I have had lots of new ideas lately. I think she is guiding me.

treasures on my window sill
Here are my windowsill treasures. These are wild sweet peas from the garden. My Mum loved sweet peas and she loved Sidmouth (you can see in the picture) and she loved me and her grandson. And we loved her and we loved Sidmouth and I love all the things I have that remind me of her. I love this little space here and all that it means to me.

pretty pink geraniums
Inside my home I'm enjoying these bright pink geraniums.

in the yard
and outside home, I'm enjoying seeing this purple in the yard.

blue sky
Our days on the common are glorious. The sky has been oh so blue. It's a real heavenly delight up here right now.

summer grasses
Summer grasses on the hill top. Our walks have been earlier and felt fresher. It's really nice to get out earlier.

thrifted denim jacket
A spot of thrifting......I think I'm on a roll. A denim jacket. It's about 20 years since I wore my last one.....and it feels great, like second skin..... and do I care?!....I don't think so. It's just asking to be decorated by brooches and badges. This is a vintage resin brooch, which belonged to my Mum. Yes she liked red, it was her favourite colour.

vintage resin brooch
There, lovely. Just right. I've been wanting to wear this for a while. I love it with the denim :-) 

So there you can see me with a bit more time to enjoy my things.

It's all there for us to do. Our nice things are waiting for us. We can find time......forgive me if I'm not around quite so much.

I'm also trying to end the day technology free too. This is all really quite different for me. I find myself thinking about you instead.

Just trying to make the space for some new loves and old loves. Hope to catch up with you soon.




a few healthy summer things!

mean green juice
This is good! I've made a couple of these and have the ingredients for more in my fridge. I haven't done any juicing for a long time. This tastes zingy and healthy, and if I say here now that I will be drinking this later, I hope to stick to it! I found my way to this inspiring post from tales of ted and agnes, watched the film and found the recipe. If you want to try it follow this reciepe :-

                                      a bunch of kale,
                                      4 celery sticks,
                                      1 cucumber,
                                      2 granny smith apples,
                                      half a peeled lemon,
                                      ginger root.

Feels seriously healthy!

flowers from the garden
Remembering to pick flowers from the garden and bring them inside. It's all nice now, include some herbs if you can. I must try out some herbal teas, home made style. Yesterday I forwent my daily coffee. I have been feeling quite caffeined out in the last few days. Time to remember to drink some summer drinks instead of endless teas!

remember to breathe!
Yes, breathing is always a good thing.....especially after too much coffee....!
Oh and did I mention mercury has been retrograde for the last couple of weeks, please don't ask me to explain, because I don't think I can! but as the planet of communication, you may have found yourself talking utter codswallop. That should end and we will can all start making sense again!

thrifted sandals = happy toes
If you don't like toes, look away now!................

Thrifted sandals, love the little cross stitch. I'm very chuffed, almost new, my toes are very happy in these.

Happy little pink piggies........sorry!

homemade tick repellent
I have made a tick repellent. There really are a lot of these nasties around this year. Be careful walking through long grass, meadows and woodland. Cover up if you can or wear a repellent. There is a lot of talk of Lymes being spread, and this not a nice illness. It can be treated early if you notice a bite with a rash or white ring around it and have flu like symptoms with a course of anti-biotics. I found this natural tick repellent here. Apparently the ticks really dislike rose geranium. Thankfully I do like it and I have also added a few drops of lavender. I spray my legs before I go for a walk and also the dog. It makes a lovely feel good spray mist. Not for babies and cats though.

my view of the valley
I feel there may be some kind of pause here. The need to kick back and relax is there, as well as all the summer cleaning and maintenance chores which are calling. I've been having a little jig around here and would like to carry on straightening things up a bit, having a bit of tidy in all the places I seem to find myself, technology wise! I would also like to put more attention to my shop and grow this. There is only so long that is comfortable to be sitting in front of a screen in the summer I think. The need to move and stretch out a bit more is definitely calling.

I must tell you, this bag has become my summer outfit and I am really loving it. It's just adding that bit of summer brightness that I need. There may be no going back now. Homemade and handmade is the way forward. Dig out those vintage linens and create!

Hope you manage to kick back with some healthy moments, find a colourful rug and enjoy a summer view from somewhere,  drink long summer drinks. Breathe out. X