bye bye july

The end of July…..well almost but if the next couple of days go by as quickly as the rest of the month, it will be August before we know it.

Not sure how I feel about August, it always seems like it’s all slipping away to the ‘not-so-nice’ bit of the year!

Anyhow I don’t want to dwell too much on that yet!

My garden is full of blooms!!

There have been lots of days out during July….. to gardens…..

and parks…..

alongside canals…..

and to a walled garden…….

to days on the beach……

and misty mountain walks!

Actually the misty mountain walk turned into a downpour and we were soaked to the skin…..and I mean the skin!!

However the weather has mostly been good and we have had some lovely adventures.

There has been some making for my girl during the month too…..a new throw for her room and another little cardigan.

And of course there has been a bit of creature crocheting too!

All these girls will be in my shop this evening at 8pm (BST).

So sadly it’s bye bye July… have been lovely!

Thanks as always for taking the time to stop by and read my blog…wishing you all a wonderful August!! 🙂

september already


I truly find it hard to believe that it’s September already, maybe its because I’m still waiting for the rest of summer to arrive!!

August in this part of the UK was still quite damp but the flowers did keep blooming, all except the sweetpeas that is and I’m happy to report my tomatoes are now ripening.






A little quiet spot to sit when the sun did shine.


And a little home grown posy.


Trips out over the past couple of weeks included a day to the seaside for my Hb’s birthday….it looked almost Meditteranean (almost)!


And a visit to the beautiful Ballyrobert Cottage Garden.


This is how I would love my garden to look.


We also paid a visit to the fantastic Ulster Folk & Transport Museum.


So much lovely vintage there.


All in all not a bad end to August despite the rain…you’d think we’d be used to it by now!!

So here we are in September (still summer according to the GRD calendar), the month when I become another year older and we celebrate 35 years of marriage!!

Helia Collage

I’ll just you leave with the next batch of animals!

This is Helia, her name means ‘of the sun’ and she certainly brings her own sunshine with her.


Next is Anthea and her name means ‘flowery’.

Zinnia Collage

Zinnia is a celebration of those beautiful flowers that I cannot get to grow in my garden as the slugs and snails eat them all.


And finally this little mouse in her mossy green outfit is of course…. Moss.

All these girls will be listed in my Etsy shop on Tuesday 6th September at 9pm (BST).

More information about my animals can be found here.

And finally, finally, just before I go I would like to thank the lovely Micheline for nominating me for the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’, thank you so much Micheline, you’re very kind.

Have a great September folks!

summer days


It is extremely hard to believe that we are half way through August, I am convinced that a week is much shorter now than it used to be!!


It is also extremely hard to believe that despite the title of this post that it is actually summer, certainly up here in the northern parts of the UK there has been a distinct lack of sunshine.


The garden has suffered as a result of the poor weather, my tomatoes are plentiful but still green and the rain has only encouraged more slugs and snails who have helped themselves to quite a lot of things including all my courgettes!


This is my first sweet pea and it only bloomed last week and I’m still waiting on my pink cosmos!!


Despite the weather we have still tried to get out and about and we enjoyed a lovely trip to the seaside to watch an air display.


Making so far this month has included a crocheted blanket for a new baby girl…..


…..and the beginnings of a new cardi for my little princess.

Bay Collage

My animals this month include Bay the little blue bear, who is a seaside, sailing sort of girl.


A little red and white check girl called Gingham.

Eglantina Collage

Eglantina whose name means ‘wild rose’.


And finally Thistle!


All four of these girls will be listed in my Etsy shop on Monday 15th August at 9pm (BST).

More information about them can be found here.

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Wishing you all a good week, fingers crossed for some sunshine to ripen those tomatoes. 🙂