Thursday 13 September 2012

Really Random Thursday

Reasons to be cheerful and random bits and pieces from this week:

While the children were being spoiled rotten at aunty's, we got to go off  hill-walking!   Striding along unencumbered is something I sometimes miss from pre-children days so it felt a bit like that moment of liberation at the airport when you've checked in all your baggage - both baggages in my case:-) - and are free to wander around knowing that it's all taken care of.

There was some of this:

and quite a lot of this:

I love these beautiful textures on a fallen tree:

...and this rock with its signs of the amazing heating, heaving and folding that went on millions of years ago:

Amazing colours reminded me I haven't seen many butterflies this year:

Peacock butterfly

There was a little building in the woods:

with a magic door:

It appeared much bigger inside than outside:

and led, quite unexpectedly, to a balcony:

with a view over a waterfall!

It was like something in Narnia.

Then there was this - can you guess what it is?

It's an ell! This one dates from 1706, and would have been used for measuring fabric, among other things.

Flippin' ell (Sorry. Appalling British pun.)

There was quite a lot of photographing of a finished quilt - a big thanks for some really helpful suggestions and supportive comments while I was dithering about this one:

How to photograph a quilt is an art in itself and Amanda Fabric Engineer's post made me laugh.

And...there was some of this:

Hooray for triple ace cake!

I'm linking up to Live a Colorful Life.   I love this feature - full of glimpses of different lives in different parts of the world.

Live A Colorful Life

Latest stops on the Let's Get Acquainted Blog Hop are great, as always.  Please check out:

Sep 4
      Lorelei from Mermaid Sews
      Leoni from Strandkorbtraum

Sep 6
       Tessa from The Sewing Chick
       Bethany from Make Me A Quilt

Sep 11
        Anne from SpringLeaf Studios
         Kristy from Cotton Addiction

Sep 13
         Julie from That's Sew Julie
         Chelsea from Pins and Bobbins


  1. This is awesome! So much beauty! I love that butterfly, the texture on the trees, and that little room! How cool to find that unexpected balcony. I saw another post the other day about Scotland. I seriously need to go there!

  2. Beautiful pictures. And that balcony was amazing.

  3. What a lovely day out and triple ace cake to finish with, what could be better than that??

  4. Wow, beautiful countryside. What a great way to spend a day. I loved your baggage analogy:).

  5. Beautiful pictures! I love the magic door.

  6. Fabulous photographs! Thanks for sharing your walk. I especially love the butterfly picture.

  7. That wonderful folly would be a wonderful place to get married. Aww, it's brought out the romantic in me :-)

  8. What a magical place and you took such lovely pictures!! I'll have to check out Amanda's post about photographing quilts. I often find it quite challenging!! Thanks for sharing the blog hop info - I am on the list!! :)

  9. The waterfall looks amazing, it's so lovely to see such beautiful countryside. I want to put on my walking boots now! And tea and cake too - perfect!


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