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Norfolk November Skies and a Rosy Glow…

Hello!  I can’t believe it’s taken so long to get back here for a catch up.  I must say the new look for the blog is really growing on me now, and it seems to sit much better on a phone or tablet.

Last weekend Two Rivers Trail Christmas Fair was AMAZING!  We couldn’t believe how many people came, there were cars parked all over the village, with people having to walk for half a mile to get to us!  The Planet Penny Stall looked like this…

craft stall Two Rivers Trail..although I don’t think many people managed to stand back to have a look at anything!  If you would like to see more, all the photos I took of the day are over on the Two Rivers Trail website where you can see some of the beautiful things from other members of the Trail.

I actually thought I would have a quiet week catching up with things, but it’s been anything but, and so busy I’ve struggled to find time to even get out for a walk with poor little Higgins…

He’s not impressed!

miniature dachshund

So in the spirit of a breath of fresh air, here’s yesterday’s walk which took place when the sun came out after a miserable gloomy start, and the wonderful Norfolk November skies came into their own.

Norfolk Sky November

Higgins Miniature dachshund

Ivy on treeseedhead and Norfolk SkyAutumn leavesgrasses and Norfolk Skypine conerose hipsYou don’t get long after lunch for walk at this time of the year, do you?  It does mean being treated to a wonderful view of the sunset as we head back home.  Note the mud! Glorious isn’t it?

Norfolk Sky sunsetsunset Norfolk skysunsetEnding just after we arrived back in a wonderful rosy glow.

pink sunsetAnd talking of a ‘Rosy Glow’  I’m going into boastful mother mode again,  Last night elder son Thomas won a second award for one of his children’s books, The Pets you Get at the Brilliant Book Awards!  Proud?  You bet I am!

TYhe Pets you Get - Thomas TayloAdrian Reynolds, the illustrator, you may well have met before with the Harry and the Dinosaurs stories, which have been made into a popular TV series.

Since I often turn up here with a book review I have no compunction at all in recommending ‘The Pets you Get’ as an excellent buy for Christmas!

And now, I have a ‘cunning plan’ for December on the blog so I’m off to see if I can make it work!  And it’s December tomorrow so I better get going…

see you then…x


My Planet Penny Facebook Face

I’ve had a Facebook Page for Planet Penny for a while now, and very slowly the ‘likes’ have mounted up.  It’s been very long winded, so when I reached the magic 200 I had a ‘giveaway’, and one lucky person has just won a needlefelt pin cushion in a little drawstring bag.

 ( I think I need to make more of an effort with Facebook, so if you’ve got any tips I’d love to hear about them, and if you want to ‘like’ me, I need all the friends I can get! ) But for now I’m heading off towards 300, and then I’ll do the ‘giveaway’ thing all over again!

Anyway, having a little gift to parcel up made my own surprise package in the post very useful indeed.  I have recently been awarded Fave Blog Status by the Dotcomgiftshop which is quite an honour in itself, and I was also sent a selection of gift ribbons from their Mothers day gifts range as a present.

Perfect timing!

And hugely useful to me as not only is Mother’s Day fast approaching, but my mum actually has a birthday at the beginning of March, as does my son, my niece and most of ‘Rabbit’s friends and relations’!


so I’m very well stocked for all the gift wrapping, all I have to do is make the pressies!

A Blog Award


I’ve just been nominated for an award!  Isn’t that fabulous?  Thank you SO much, TillymintBoutique

It’s to be awarded to blogs with fewer than 200 followers, and I don’t actually know many followers I have, as WordPress doesn’t work like Blogger.  (I’ve recently started using Bloglovin’ which works really well, so if you would actually like to officially follow me, the button is up on the left hand side bar! Ed. to add: and now I’ve found a subscribers widget too!  ) 

The rules are simple:

– Show thanks to the blogger who awarded you by linking back to their blog…
– Post your top 5 blogs and let them know by leaving a comment on their blogs…
– Post the award on your blog!

…and I have chosen five ‘young’ blogs to pass on to you all…

They are, in no particular order:

  1. Daisies Divine for knitting and sewing
  2. Moobaacluck an artist and illustrator with a great range of hand painted goodies.. I’m after some painted bunting!
  3. PickleLily making and baking in Somerset
  4. Knitsofacto knitting and crochet and gorgeous photography
  5. Faith knitting and crochet and the most adorable puppy!

Do visit them and say hello, there’s lots to see!

I’ll be back very soon with this week’s Reasons to be Cheerful.  I hope you’ve been looking for them amongst the January gloom so you are ready to join in!


See you soon x

Sharing Out the Good Things….


Hello!  I’m back, and earlier than I thought, as I fully intended to be heads down over the felting needle this week. However, the sun’s been shining  and it’s been too nice to stay indoors, so Higgins and I went off to our favourite wood for a walk and I thought you might like to share our afternoon.


Here is Higgins, looking smartly colour co-ordinated for Autumn.

Unfortunately the afternoon didn’t end so well for him, I don’t know what happened, it could have been the quick dash about he did with a passing Springer Spaniel, but by the time we got three quarters of the way round he was limping and he ended up being carried back to the car.

So it was a visit to the vet today, where alas my perky little pup, up for anything, turns into a legless jelly who collapses into a puddle of pee with panic.  SO embarrassing!  As I had thought, it’s probably a pulled muscle or an awkward twist and he’s got painkillers and has been told to rest and NO JUMPING!  This is going to be a problem.  All the books say Dachshunds must be careful, with their little legs and long backs.  Unfortunately, Higgins hasn’t read the books.

So healing vibes sent to Higgins will be very welcome, and some luck in my direction would be good!

Anyway, I hear you wondering what good things I’m thinking of sharing out. So this is my cunning plan.

I realised too late that, although I had celebrated my 150th Blog Post with a prize draw, my 200th post slipped by without me noticing!   So I thought I’d celebrate belatedly with the 210th post.

So what am I going to share? If you’ve been visiting Planet Penny for a while, you will know that back in June I met up with Penelope by the Sea, and she gave me a birthday present, and it was the fabulous Julie Arkell book…

and since then, by a circuitous route, I have been given another one.  Well I love it, but it seems selfish to be looking at it with another one sitting on the shelf which I know would be so much appreciated by someone else. SO…. I though I’d do it this way.

I’ve had some great suggestions for the name of my little cow, so from the list of names, you choose your favourite. Obviously, the name with the most votes will be awarded to the cow, and I’ll put all the names in the famous hat and award to the first name drawn out the Julie Arkell book AND a teeny tiny blue Planet Penny sheep!

So, here is the list of names…

  • Esmeralda
  • Ermintrude
  • Petunia
  • Lucy
  • Daisy
  • Dandelion
  • Burdock
  • Flora
  • Marguerite
  • Lola
  • Besse
  • Moomin
  • Marilyn
  • Molly
  • Gertrude
  • Pearl de Lait
  • Miss Marple
  • Pamela  (this last from my husband as he feels the cow looks just like Pam Ayres!)

All you have to do is  leave a comment with your choice of name, and if you put a link to the draw from your own blog I’ll put your name in twice .  I’ll let it run for a couple of weeks into October  and then ask Higgins to draw the winning ticket, I’m sure he will have recovered enough by then.

Thanks so much for all the name suggestions.  I now have enough for a whole herd!

There is still time to vote for Planet Penny on the Dorset Cereals Little Blog Award and it would be lovely if you would.  There’s a draw for all those participating so there’s  potential for another prize!

This Way…or That Way?

I’m rather hoping with your help I can find out a little something I’ve pondered on off and on for years. Nothing major, just a little curiosity.

I think I’ve mentioned the Knit and Stitch Group I started a couple of years ago in our little village.  It started off at my place, outgrew the parking spaces, moved to the larger home of another member and out grew that and we’ve ended up in our new, quite swish, straw bale Village Hall.  If you look at the picture on the link you can see the round Meeting Room where we now get together every month.  Last night we had the best attendance yet!

We didn’t want to limit to a ‘Stitch and Bitch’ type knitting group, we embrace stitches of all sorts, knitting and crochet, needlepoint and cross stitch, patchwork and applique.  We are pretty cosy in our round room, and very nearly lift the roof off with our nattering – in fact last night the Yoga teacher had to put her head round the door to shush us so they could get into their ‘cool down’ zone…. woops!

We had a crochet  class last night  as quite a few members were keen to learn, or brush up their skills and this is where my question comes in.  I have taught knitting over the years, and although I am left handed I knit in just the same way as right handed people so it’s never been a problem.  But crochet is a different matter.  I just don’t do it like anyone else I know.  I was taught by my left-handed grandmother, I don’t know who taught her.  So it was left to Claire the Crochet Queen to impart her knowledge to the group.  However, I have found that if someone struggles with the conventional method, my way seems to work.  My solitary pupil was going great guns the unconventional way by the end of the evening.  The thing is, it doesn’t actually look any different to the ‘real thing’ and seems so much more logical.

So, I’d love to know if anyone else does it my anyone else weird like me?!

This is the ‘proper’ way…

…the left hand holds the work and the left index finger feeds the yarn round the hook.

For the life of me I can’t do that , I get in such a tangle.  Inexplicably my grandmother’s ‘left-handed’ way does everything with the right hand, holding the yarn as in knitting…

I can’t be the only one, can I?

I love to find out!

And we had a new member last night, the lovely Gabriella Buckingham, who blogs here,  sells here, and learns to crochet in a straw bale building!

Aah, I’ve spotted a small dog, hinting that it must be time for , whisper it, w.a.l.k.i.e.s. and by the look of the gathering clouds, I’d better do it quickly…

Looking forward to your comments!


P.S. I’ve just found out I’ve been nominated for the Dorset Cereals Little Blog Award! It would be SO lovely if you could vote for me, there’s a voting button at the top of the right hand side bar. Thank you so much x

Blog Award

I have very kindly been given this award by Hayley of Pink Fluffy Warrior, thank you very much Hayley! I now have to nominate five other blogs which is not an easy task.  I know some people are not keen on these so don’t feel obliged to take part, but it is good way of highlighting some lovely places to visit in Blogland.

All you have to do is.
Thank the person who gave it to you and link back to their blog.
Copy and paste the award on your blog.
Pass the award on to 5 other blogs, and leave a comment on their blog.

So my nominees are:

1. Penelope of L is for Love

2. Julie of Swedish House

3. Emma of Silver Pebble

4. Celia of Purple Podded Peas

5. Lisa of Bobobun

Do pop over to visit them and stop to say hello.  You’ll find a very eclectic mix of new bloggy friends!

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