Tripping the Light Fantastic!

I can’t believe it’s Monday again, the days are galloping away and I’m scared to look at the Christmas Counter on the side bar!  And we’re still having glorious weather here in Norfolk.  (I apologise if this isn’t the case where you are, honestly, I’m not gloating!)

We went off to make the most of it the other day, if you’ve seen my Silent Sunday post, you’ll know we went to the coast.  I always take my camera, I always take loads of photos – as you’ve probably noticed – but I never tire of the view, the colours, the light and freshly washed feeling in the air.  I hope I’m not repeating myself with all these photos!

We went in the afternoon this time, so the tide was further out…

…and you can see there were lines of the most beautifully coloured seaweed washed up on the sand.

We had seen a parasail bobbing above the dunes as we drove up, and it turned out to belong to a dune buggy wizzing round and round on the flat sand left by the retreating tide…

This was our special beach when I was a child, and in all the time we spent there, we never saw a seal, but now we can expect to see one or two on every visit.  I spend ages trying to get a photo, and usually end up with an expanse of water and what looks like a speck of dirt on the lens, but I think this time you can see it’s a seal..

…or perhaps not! (If you want to find out about when Higgins met  a seal, he wrote about it here! He got much closer than me!)

The seagulls were slightly easier…

…although even they were determined to make a swift get away!

Talking of swift get aways, where’s Higgins going…?

I just love this photo, low flying dachshund!

This time we rather ambitiously decided to climb up and walk back along the dunes, which was slightly hair-raising.  Higgins went first, running furiously and sliding back and so needing a hand under his bottom for a helpful boost, then me, in much the same condition (with less running and more boosting…) and then Tim, heroically preventing the three of us from slithering back down to the beach!

Meanwhile, it’s Handmade Monday again, and I’ve been experimenting.  With Christmas coming up I’m obviously doing the obvious in the way of decorative items, but I’m also working round the whole idea of pretty decorative bits and bobs which, like puppies, are not just for Christmas.  After all, I’ve had my heart and pompom bunting on the dresser for ages, and my origami ball is hanging up in the centre of the sitting room just because I like it.   I love fairy lights, and have them round the mirror, but I decided it would be interesting to see if I could make them just a little bit more Planet Penny.

I have an interesting little basket of  Blue Faced Leicester yarn which I dyed in order to make the Sophie Digard inspired scarf a while ago…

… and thought it might be fun to play around with the colours and make my fairy lights flowery…

Unfortunately, they are really hard to photograph!

I then moved on to another set of lights, this time with lemony yellow bulbs, so I made the flowers with little yellow centres, and they also look really pretty…

especially when I tried them on my wire tree.

It would be lovely to know what you think? Shall I write a pattern/tutorial? I could sell one or two sets in the Planet Penny shop perhaps, for non crocheters. They could go anywhere, being battery LED they’re very safe.

And finally, a further flight of fancy took me back to my pompom maker for a bit more fun…

(and you can also see I’ve been buying pretty things from Vanessa, don’t you love her ‘thank you’ card?)

Phew, I think that’s all I’ve got to say for the moment!  Don’t forget to pop over to Ist Unique Gifts for the Handmade Monday Linky where you’ll find lots of other lovely things going on!

See you soon x


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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.

18 thoughts on “Tripping the Light Fantastic!

  1. Liz

    What a delightful post! My youngest and I really enjoyed the guest post and the flying Higgins shot is brilliant.

  2. Toffeeapple

    I love the flying Higgins too, what a hoot! And, of course, I adore the landscape pictures, so much sky you have there, that’s why I love Norfolk so much.

    Your fairy lights are a revelation, you have such original ideas Penny. Where does one buy battery operated LED fairy lights?

  3. Martha

    oh wow! what an unusual project with the crochet and Leds! and the tree looks great! fabulous shape!
    well done! x x x

    love the sea photos, so warm, calming and relaxing!

  4. redneedle

    Inspired ideas Penny esp. like the pom poms may have to give that one a go. Lovely pics too, that seaweed is amazing and Higgins at full pelt is brilliant 🙂

  5. Wendy

    Never apologise for seaside pics – you can never have too many of them! They’re all fab. Love the fairy lights – what a lovely idea x

  6. Jan @ Handcrafted by Picto

    Great photo’s. I love the Suffolk/Norfolk coast and never tire of seeing your lovely pics.
    I have fairy lights around the house all year round, they are so pretty it’s a shame to put them back in their box.
    Jan x

  7. Lorraine

    Hi, Just recently found you, wanted to say hello. I love the flowery fairy lights and your pom poms such happy colours. We too were up at the coast this weekend it was lovely.

  8. Sarah Plant

    I love the photo of Higgins!! and didn’t know you could get pink seaweed! Lovely photos Penny 🙂 plus I’d definitely buy some of your fairy lights! x

  9. FordieZo

    Hello! Thanks so much for your comment on my blog!
    Lovely to ‘meet’ another crafter in Norfolk 🙂
    Thanks for the link to the craft fair in Holt, unfortunately I can’t make that weekend, but will follow the site so I can see when the next one will be.
    Oh and the Theo thing….surreal!! 🙂

  10. Penelope

    Penny, pure genius! Love your fairy light idea, so planet penny so perfect! As for the flying Mr. Higgins, well what can I say?
    beautiful coastal pictures by the way, I long to see those Norfolk beaches with their immense stretch of land, I certainly will never bore of them xox

  11. Teje & Nero

    Hi Penny and Higgins! Your photos are so beautiful! What amazing thing that ‘red’ on the sand and Higgins is just the best ‘flying’ dog!
    Your flower lights are fantastic! Great idea and they are really beautiful!
    xxx Teje

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