Monday, May 25, 2015

The National Trust in Devon

National Trust properties feature in all our UK trips.

Parke was 3 miles from Three Pound Cottage.

We took the river walk to the medieval weir.

Castle Drogo was not Lutyens' shining moment.

This scaffolding alone cost 1 million pounds.

6,400 acres of working farms, 200 cottages and gardens.

Sir Richard Acland donated the land and the 18th C home to the Trust in the 1930s.

Always on the lookout for a robin.

The Parker family's Georgian mansion and estate near Plymouth.

Lots of places to roam . . .

and peek into.

Although not a NT property, it is within Dartmoor Park
about 20 minutes from Three Pound Cottage.

A beautiful setting for the animals. . . 

and a great time to visit  . . . babies everywhere!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Abroad Thoughts From Home

Before the spell begin to fail,
Before these things have lost their power,
Before this grassy kingdom fade
And Georgetown traffic roar invade,
I think so fondly on my Lustleigh hour. *





fish 'n' chip-ing






and more lane-ing





and homewarding

                                                                                                                           * almost Betjeman

Friday, May 15, 2015

Fairground Has Returned

How neglectful! Two months without a post! Shame on me.
Perhaps I can appease you with photos from our most recent UK adventure to Lustleigh, Devon.

Lustleigh is a charming village on the edge of Dartmoor National Park . . . 

with its own pub, a couple of churches and 
a fantastic corner shop called The Dairy.

We rented Three Pound Cottage, a 16th C thatched, grade 2 listed property that had all 21st C mod cons including heated floors.

 There were many walking paths on our doorstep
  leading through residential areas . . .

farms, valleys and cleaves.

 Dartmoor was a short drive away.

More of our trip to come.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Life's Not Fair

 I'm a cross between a Golden Retriever and Standard Poodle.

 I'm supposed to chase things,

 like that rabbit in the garden on Thursday.

It's not fair that I pull a muscle doing what comes naturally. 

 So, I go from my blankey downstairs 
to my blankey upstairs

 waiting to feel better.

 It's not happening.

Sigh . . . may as well sleep.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Nothin' Like Noro

Two knitterly things to share.
1.)  The Rowan Felted Tweed arm warmers

 are finished.

2.) A bag full of Noro Silk Garden found its way 
to my home from Main Street Yarn in Milton.
 Two colour ways were hunted down, #377 and #275.

 Noro is interesting. These skeins are all #275. . . 

 and these are #377. 
Makes for addictive knitting because the combinations are endless.

 Knit two rows with one colour then, two rows with the other.
A few months ago I made a scarf and arm warmers like this.

 A simple straightforward design transforms into something spectacular.
Noro Silk Garden is a bit 'rustic', but it does soften with wear.

Well . . . back to work.