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Rain, Rain, Go Away!

So currently this is my view from my desk…overlooking the new terrace and the place where the lawn would be if only it would stop raining!  Is it the same where you are?  Are you in hibernation mode too?

This isn’t the only reason I’ve been a bit quiet, I’m nursing a shiny new knee!  It’s also a bit hurty (as my smallest grandchildren would say) so I’ve done rather a lot of nursing it (and bending and stretching and wincing).  But today it’s perfectly comfortable to sit at my desk, ideally positioned to look out at the rain and the mud (and the cowslips which have escaped and taken over the old bit of lawn).

In my last post I was getting set up for two needlefelt workshops at the Forum, Norwich for Makers Month.  These went SO well, and it was lovely to have a workshop full of enthusiastic students and lots of interest from people passing by.  

And the exhibition for Makers Month was amazing too.  Who’d have thought you knit and crochet the Queen?  And that’s ALL of it, including the face and hands…incredible.There was also the most wonderful garden, all made with knitting and crochet…And also…NUDIE KNITS!  (Please don’t look at this if you are of a sensitive nature, there are naked knitted people featured!)

I have another workshop coming up on 26th May in my home village on the Norfolk Broads.  If you are outside the area this is an ideal opportunity to have a long weekend exploring Norfolk, the Broads and the beautiful city of Norwich around a morning’s workshop making your own beautiful needlefelt notebook.

More details to follow, but do get in touch if you are interested in knowing more, I’m happy to chat.

So, the rain is still falling, and don’t think Higgins is going for a walk anytime soon…!We’ll just have to wait it out until the sun comes back…See you soon…x

 

Beating the Winter Blues

Winter Blues… If you’ve been following Planet Penny for a while you will know I get very grumpy about the winter months, and I know I’m not alone.  For me, it’s not the cold, or even the wet it’s the days of unrelenting gloom.  This winter, in my corner of the UK, it seems to have been particularly wet and gloomy.  And don’t even get me started on the mud!  After all the building work it’s also encroached into the garden which is a sad shadow of it’s former self.  The big new window which is going to be so lovely in the summer months gets splattered every time it rains, added to which there are paw prints from next door’s cat.  She likes nothing better than to stand up and pat the glass by Higgins’ nose while he goes off into paroxysms of rage the other side of the glass!  However, I digress…

This year, one of my challenges has been to try to work through the gloom and not let it get me as low as the last couple of winters, which were a real struggle.  When I’ve been for a walk with Higgins, I’ve consciously tried to lift my gaze above the mud, to embrace the feeling that beneath the bare branches of the trees, inside the twiggy hedgerows new life is humming, just waiting for the longer days and spring warmth to burst forth.  I love the smell of the newly turned earth in the fields, as the tractors churn up and down, trailing screaming gulls in their wake, and the clean straight furrows waiting for the first spikes of green.

I went out hunting the other day, to find and capture the colours and textures of January, and this is what I discovered…

Norfolk Winter walkwinter brackenwinter cobweblichenwiner holly lichen in winterwinter leaffeatherwinter viewSometimes we have sunrises like this…winter vapour trailsand sunsets too…winter sunset…and there is always my little friend!higgins the dachshundSo, how do you cope with the Winter Blues?  Or do you love the winter months?  I’d love to know.

I’ll be back very soon…x

 

 

Autumn Walks and Acorns

I can’t believe we are nearly at the end of October! It’s all been a bit busy here on Planet Penny.  We’ve just had a flying visit from the grandsons and grand dog which is enough to send anyone in a tizzy, especially Higgins! The grand dog is very “Tiggerish’ and Higgins has to be careful not to be bounced on.

I’m having to do a bit of resting because of the M.E. so I’ve been installing things on my shiny new iPad so I can sit with my feet up and write blog posts.  This my first attempt.  Not so much the writing as working out the best way to process the photos…I’m getting there…gradually.

And I’m also getting ready for the Two Rivers Trail Festive Fair which is coming up next month, so felting needles at the ready, I’ve been making acorns.
But we have had some lovely weather, so over the past few days we’ve been out with the camera enjoying all the colours of autumn, so come with us, it’s only down the road! I love to think that someone was walking along eating lunch, tossed the apple core in the hedgerow, and planted a tree!2016-10-23-10-54-59This is one our favourite stretches along the walk, sheltered enough not to get muddy.Because we do mud rather well in Norfolk!MudAnd while there are acorns on the trees…acorns…there are needlefelt acorns in the studio!So watch this space… I’ll be back to show you the finished articles and with more news about the Festive Fair.

See you soon…x

Autumn Planning – looking ahead

Hello…and Happy Sunday!  I hope the weather is being kind wherever you are.  Here in Norfolk we are presently bathed in beautiful Autumn sunshine, which is trying very hard to dry up the huge downpour an hour ago.  But it’s warm, the doors are open, Higgins is sunning himself and all’s right with the world…well on Planet Penny anyway.

Looking back over the blog I find I’m usually a bit moany around this time of year and I realise it’s not the autumn I don’t like because it can be beautiful.  The colours and the angle of the light.  The misty mornings and sparkling dew on the leaves.  It’s looking ahead to the lack of light that lowers my mood.  I find it really hard when the sun sets ever earlier rises later and later, and the clouds don’t lift all day.

So I’m autumn planning,  determined to find lots to do, and lots to share and to try to keep motivated this time round.  I hope you’ll join me!

So here’s a little glimpse of what Higgins and I have been enjoying on our dog walks this week…Mini dachshund in autumn planningAs you can see…he’s just a blur!

So many gorgeous colours and textures…Autumn Colours - autumn planningWe’re going to keep enjoying it for as long as we can! Autumn sunsetSo, coming up, I’m going to show you some cosy knitting in a fabulous autumn colour…autumn planning - knittingand an irresistible fabric purchase from my favourite shop, Arts Desire.

And on Friday I shall be taking part in a Blog Hop with Sew and So …here’s a little clue!Autumn planning blog hopI’ll leave you with some winners.  The TWO lucky winners of the fabulous crochet book from this post are Susan and Julie.  I wish I could send everyone a copy though, thank you all so much for entering the competition.

And if you didn’t win the book, there is still a chance to win the lovely Happy Crocheting bag on the newsletter.  Just subscribe via the yellow button below to take part.

See you soon…x

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Guest Post: Higgins and the Pawsome Box

Higgins miniature dachshund reviews his Pawsome BoxHello!  Higgins here.  It’s been sooo long since mum let me loose on the keyboard but I really wanted to tell you about my Pawsome Box, cos I love it when I get my very own post.

(Mum gets soo grumpy when I open hers.)

Pawsome BoxI had to give it a bit of a chew and a thump about to get in, but when I did it was PAWSOME! Pawsome box contentsThere were TREATS!  treats for Higgins the miniature dachshund from the Pawsome BoxThere were TWO bones! And some more treats, a lead, and some wiping things to make me smell cleaner (Hmmph!  I smell lovely already!)Higgins and Pawsome BoxI LOVE the stripy bone…it squeaks!Stripy bone(Well it did, until I had a little accident) but I STILL love it…Toy from the Pawsome boxAnd the other bone I can just chew…and chew… and chew…Higgins jumpingI thought this was just for me because I’m special, but mum says ALL the dogs in the WORLD can have this treat too because there is a special code from the lovely Pawsome people to get a discount.  So I thought I’d better tell you all so that my doggy chums can have some post too.

You just have click here to find out all about the Pawsome Box and use this discount code ukbtswem when you buy.  

It’s my birthday next month… I’m not hinting or anything, mum…..MUM?

Hello June!

Rubbish, aren’t I?  It’s been a whole month…

My excuse, however is the run up to Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios, which started last weekend.  I now have a few days grace before we open again on Saturday so here I am with a little round up of the last month.

I sorted out my vegetable patch.  Here it is, showcasing the Anti-Dachshund Preventative Flag SystemRaised BedThis is how well it worked…HigginsIn RaisedBedHmm…back to the drawing board on that I think.

In the rest of the garden the flowers have been wonderful. Under the Laburnum tree the air just vibrates with the buzzing of bees.  It’s such a shame that the whole wonderful display barely lasts a week…LaburnumThere have been poppies…Poppyand Granny Bonnets (although the best ones have self seeded in the verge outside the fence)…Granny BonnetsCherry blossom…Cherry BlossomRhododendron… rhododendronI love the ‘rhubarb and custard’ colours, don’t you?

And my favourite ‘Dog Daisies…Dog Daisy

I bought a super new book…Perfecting Sourdoughabout which, more later…

And had a spotty manicure!ManicureBut my big decision of the month is for a Planet Penny clear out.  As I have said in previous posts, I am gradually trying to whittle away the ‘stuff’ which bogs me down.  As much as I have been happy with my ‘makes’, I need to move things on to clear space not just in the studio, but in my head.

So I’m having a Planet Penny Silly Sale during Open Studios, and selling off all sorts of items, materials and end of line yarn at bargain prices.IMG_20160528_204927If you live in the Norfolk area and would like to snap something up, pay a visit to our Two Rivers Trail come and see me, and make me an offer I can’t refuse!

See you soon…x

 

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