Splash of Colour – November

Better late than never, they say, but I can’t believe it’s Friday and I haven’t managed to post all week.  Higgins and I have just got back from our walk, and the rain has started so I can sit down without guilt while he sleeps off the exercise (and the obligatory bath, well he is very low slung!)Emma over at Silver Pebble feels just like me about winter, but has come up with a ‘cunning plan’ to keep the Winter Blues away.  She has invited fellow bloggers to post a blast of colour at the beginning of each month between now and Spring to keep our spirits up which is right up my street (although anyone who has been visiting Planet Penny for a while now will know I don’t really need an excuse to get colourful !)

I need a bit of cheering up now though.  We’ve had a tiring, noisy but ultimately great weekend with family and now they’ve all gone home.  The little boys, one four, one nearly five and one six year old  very nearly ran Higgins’ legs off and he had so much fun.  Although he was puzzled, very puzzled about the blue stripy human puppy which every one wanted to cuddle.  It made exciting squeaky noises and was, allegedly, very nearly as cute as Higgins but wasn’t allowed to play. 

 Tim has gone back to work for two weeks and it’s just me, Higgins and Henry.   There’s  been a lot of sleeping but lately  he’s been looking at me saying, “I’m BORED!”

So, November colour…Well, there’s been a lot of orange about…

 There’s been sunshine too…and pink… I found a strangely speckled dahlia…

 What do you think?  I like my flowers to be a true clear colour on the whole, but I don’t want to sneer at it’s brave attempt to carry on flowering.

But orange?  I am generally heard to say,’I don’t like orange, but…’

I’d run a mile from any clothing in orange, it would make me extremely miserable.  But a blue bowl full of clementines, now that would make me happy.  Nasturtiums?  I love them.  Pot Marigolds.  Pumpkins. Autumn leaves. Terracotta tiles. I’m sure you can add to the list. And the book that is making me happy at the moment, and adding an extra splash of colour is Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts en Provence.  It’s full of orange, and I love it!

One day, I will make one!

So every time the mud outside gets too much I shall escape to the sun and Provence and dream…

Back in the studio, someone else is getting a colour fix, but he’d better not eat those cushions!

I'm not chewing...I'm not!

I shall be back next week with my latest colourful cushion, another fair isle which has been progressing rather slowly.  Have a lovely weekend, I hope the sun shines where ever you are and if you are celebrating Guy Fawkes Night, enjoy the fireworks!

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About penny

I live in Norfolk, England in a cottage on the edge of the Norfolk Broads where it can be peaceful and beautiful, or wet and muddy, or occasionally wild and windswept. With me is husband Tim, Henry the elderly and opinionated tabby cat, and Higgins, the miniature dachshund with a massive personality. You’ll find me chattering on about wool and textiles, knitting and crochet, recipes, books and patterns, exhibitions and shopping and of course, the adventures of a small dog! Planet Penny has a Facebook Page, you can find me on UK Handmade and I am featured on Channel4/4Homes Favourite Craft Blog List.

9 thoughts on “Splash of Colour – November

  1. Emma

    The weather has turned wet and mucky. Who cares when there’s this much colour at Planet Penny? Stunning. You’re a star for joining in. This is just the blast of colour I needed! Thankyou x

  2. Crochet with Raymond

    Hello Penny!!!
    Lovely to see you back!
    Loved all of those orange photos…. seeing all this autumn goodness is making me think that autumn is not as bad as I think!
    I love the third fassett quilt, gorgeous!
    have a lovely week!

  3. Toffeeapple

    Well now, you know I always come to your blog for a splash of colour! Good to see you back again and glad to know that you all had fun together. Higgins is looking very put-upon isn’t he?

  4. Penny

    Thank you Penny for the glow of warmth from all that orange, it’s funny because when I was a kid I alwaysdrew the sun in orange rather thsn yellow and so orange has always been warmth and velvet happiness for me! Thank you for your kind comment, I am on the mend now and I am becoming more and more appreciative about the NEED for colour as the winter descends, good to hear your news d Higgins is looking heavenly …I would love to given him a cuddle xox

  5. Penny

    ps. sorry about poor spelling, I type too fast and am to lazy to check my comments! and I am off to explore more Fassett happiness on the net xxx

  6. Kate

    I am SO with you on the orange thing… I lust after orange. PINE after orange. But the most I could ever wear would be a dusky peach. Life is cruel.

    Thanks for visiting my blog! It’s a pleasure to meet you. Your photos are stunning! <3

  7. melissa

    You know I love my doxies!! Every time I see Higgins, I want a black and tan so bad to go with our red mini. but hubs says “no”. yeah, i’ll betcha if i came home with one, he wouldn’t say no. Go Higgins!!

  8. Geraldine

    You can always be relied on to brighten us up !!
    Lovely nasturtiums (sp?) ! I planted a packet of Laura Ashley vanilla yellow ones this year and got precisely one plant out of it . That one plant had five flowers . Yours are miles better . Do you have a name/supplier for them ?

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