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I love country gardens

Craft Fairs and Family Fun

It’s been a busy half term week here on Planet Penny what with the How Hill Craft Fair and family fun with a special visit by two little boys over half term.  Not that they were always recognisable as little boys…

Halloween Family fun…slightly troubling for a granny!

The craft fair went well, such a lovely venue

How Hill Craft Fair

with beautiful views over the gardens and the Norfolk Broads…

How Hill Gardens and View

How Hill

The robins proved very popular and quite a few flew off to new homes…

wire tree with needlefelt robins

So the felting needle will be red hot again next week to refill my little tree!

Higgins has had a lovely week with his favourite boys, and even had his moment as an artists model for Thomas, their dad…

miniature dachshund being drawn

…but didn’t quite get the hang of posing!

He was invited along with the rest of us for a wonderful lunch with my second son, and my talented daughter-in-law produced a fabulous cake worthy of the ‘Great British Bake Off‘, and Higgins even managed to get in on the act with this too!

Fraisiere Cake with chocolate dachshund - family gathering

It was all most enjoyable…

Miniature dachshund takes a nap

So creating has been a little low key this week,  I actually have something on knitting needles for a change, but I’ll save that for the next visit.

I’m sending my continued thoughts good wishes over the ‘Pond’ to everyone who has been affected by the horrendous weather.  I hope you have all the help you need to get back to some sort of normality as quickly as possible.

I would also like to send a big, BIG thank you for all your visits, and lovely comments and the support you give me here on Planet Penny.  Today I reached the huge milestone of having 200,000 hits on my blog since its very tentative beginnings in December 2007.  100,00 of those visits have been in the last 7 months!  I have my thinking cap on for a celebratory Giveaway so watch this space…

I’m leaving you for now though with the Handmade Monday link and I’ll be back soon…x

English Country Gardens

Hello from a bright and breezy Norfolk!  Having spent the week creatively working towards a Handmade Monday post featuring more crochet creations I am changing tack  with a completely different post altogether!
Today the neighbouring parish hosted an Open Gardens day along with a Scarecrow Competition and I came home with so many beautiful photos I had to share them.
Old garden shed with climbing rose
I love this garden shed, beautifully aged with not one straight line left and apparently held up inside by innumerable posts, but terribly picturesque!  And a wonderful mixture of old fashioned roses and honeysuckle scrambling all over it…
For some reason all the lupins in my garden have given up the ghost this year, so I shall be looking out for one this colour at the garden centre…

 ..and you can never have too many delphiniums, can you?

But it was the scarecrows which stole the show in the end.   The competition theme was a royal one, which gave some wonderful scope for creativity ….

The very last one caused a great stir when he suddenly sat up and said hello!

But the two I liked the best  were, coincidently, both dog themed.  It was certainly a great bonus for the makers to have so many of the Royal family Jubilee masks around to use in their creations, but what struck us with this one was the way the Queen’s shape and body language had been so beautifully captured…

And the corgis look full of mischief!

But then there’s Bill’s corgi!  I’ve mentioned Bill before, he is my crafty buddy Kit’s husband.  He just happens to be an amazing artist who can build cars, and made me a winder for wool and now can add Corgi creator to his CV, and it’s got nothing to do with plumbing!

He’s looking a little startled, but look what’s heading his way…!

So that’s what I did today, I hope you enjoyed it too!  I shall have to fit in an extra post or two to catch up, and as next week is birthday week for the four legged members of the family I’m sure there will be more photos to share.   And I have more to say about what I’ve been up to over the week…

I’m linking up as usual to Handmade Harbour for Handmade Monday where you’ll find lots of lovely creative blogs to follow.

I’ll be back very, very soon…x

P.S.Before I took all the latest photos, I had been puzzling over all the flower pictures I had already taken over June, and put them together as a little film.  Sit back with a cuppa, and relax in the Norfolk sunshine…

A Colour Infusion

I try so hard this time of the year to convince myself I like autumn.  I look at all the beautiful photographs in Country Living of autumn leaves, and snuggly coats and interesting things to do with sweet chestnuts.  I read articles about the joys of crisp mornings and hot chocolate by a roaring fire and, while I like all these things, nothing can make up for the shortening of the days, and the prospect of the colour gradually leeching out of the surroundings as winter approaches.

Today has been glorious and I took the camera out to capture the last few flashes of colour in the garden

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So while it’s sunny outside I make the most of the colour left in the year, and when the weather turns, I, and my studio assistants, Henry…

…and Higgins…

…(Oh dear, you can’t get the staff!)… get stuck into the dye bath and making our own colourful landscape.  Using the microwave has been a revelation as far as dyeing is concerned.  I’ve never really used it it much in the kitchen apart from defrosting things, heating up my wheat bag and exploding custard (don’t ask).

dyes

Using the Easifix dyes I’ve been able to work out a foolproof method of mixing the dyes, getting reliable results and not ending up with multicoloured hands and splashes all over the walls. I had the most wonderful time experimenting with mixing the powders and the amounts and have been really excited by the variety of hues possible just using the four shades, Turquoise, Golden Yellow, Ultramarine and Magenta. I have been so organised! colour swatches

…and now I have a whole gardenful of beautiful yarn to play with…

If I never made anything with all these gorgeous colours I would happily sit and look at them, but I do have a project in mind…

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