Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Retrospective 5

Hello

Thanks for popping in.

For the next few weeks  as I will be taking a break.  Rather than leave you with nothing to read, I'm going to put a few links to older blog posts which you may not have seen.  Normal service will be resumed eventually!

Today,  here are some history blog posts to look at.


Bayeux Tapestry in Reading




Wellington College




Loseley Park





Cheerio

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Retrospective 4

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Thanks for popping in.

For the next few weeks  as I will be taking a break.  Rather than leave you with nothing to read, I'm going to put a few links to older blog posts which you may not have seen.  Normal service will be resumed eventually!

Today,  here are some art blog posts to look at.

David Nash at Kew





Pop Art at the Lightbox





John Piper Windows in Iffley




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Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Retrospective 3

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Thanks for popping in.

For the next few weeks  as I will be taking a break.  Rather than leave you with nothing to read, I'm going to put a few links to older blog posts which you may not have seen.  Normal service will be resumed eventually!

Today,  here are some seaside blog posts to look at.










Cheerio

Friday, 12 October 2018

Retrospective 2

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Thanks for popping in.

For the next few weeks I will be taking a break.  Rather than leave you with nothing to read, I'm going to put a few links to older blog posts which you may not have seen.  Normal service will be resumed eventually!

Today,  here are some National Trust properties to look at.

Nuffield House





Winkworth Arboretum in the Autumn




Upton House




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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Retrospective 1

Hello

Thanks for popping in.

For the next few weeks I will be taking a break.  Rather than leave you with nothing to read, I'm going to put a few links to older blog posts which you may not have seen.  Normal service will be resumed eventually!

Today,  here are some National Trust properties to look at.


West Green Gardens in September




Dorking and Polesden Lacey




Syon House and Lady Jane Grey




Cheerio

Monday, 8 October 2018

Guildford in Colour

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You can't ignore a beautiful day, a trip out is needed to make the most of it before those Winter days arrive.  Guildford was looking it's best with the blue sky reflected in the river. It was a really colourful day.


Even at the Guildford House Gallery, Jennie Tuff's exhibition An Encounter with Colour provided a feast for the eyes.  Known for her posters on the London Underground and posters promoting Kew Gardens Great Broad Walk Borders, she uses collage as well as acrylic paints.  If you follow the link you will find an explosion of colours.


Look at the blue sky out of the window and the intricate latch.


Guildford has a lot of exciting shops.  I couldn't resist having a look inside.

Oka

Loaf
The stores have some unusual names!  This flower canopy was in the new Tunsgate Quarter.


Penhaligon's
As with every trip to Guildford, the question soon arises as to what the colour scheme is like in the Castle Park this time.






Spectacular as always.  Their memorial flower displays to mark 100 years since the First World War were particularly poignant.


The Gardener was tidying up this perfect display so I cut him out of the photo!
17,000 steps, a cheese scone and a chocolate bircher!

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Friday, 5 October 2018

Park by the Shops

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Thanks for visiting.

Someone's eaten all the food so we're back at the Park on the way to the shops to see how Autumn is progressing.

It's definitely redder in the tree department.




The sun's out, it's rather warm.


The ducks are happy, the single swan is happy and the Egyptian geese are enjoying a good old squawk about something.  People are fishing, dogs are being walked,


The flowers have perked up.




Blue sky is all around.


What's more, the fair is back in town.


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Thursday, 4 October 2018

Autumn Leaves

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How about an Autumn Mosaic on a sunny day.









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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Socks

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A couple of weeks ago, Jo of Through the Keyhole very kindly sent me a ball of  Stylecraft Head over Heels wool as part of her giveaway and I've been enjoying trying to decide what to make.

First off I thought I'd make a little cardigan for a tiny person but having finished the back and two fronts, decided to frog it as the colours didn't match up very well.

Next I tried a mandala as I know someone who'd be delighted with a new one but after ten rounds it had to be frogged again as it looked like I'd spilled something on it because of the colour blotches.

Time to try a pair of socks!  I find knitting a bit tricky these days as my fingers lock sometimes which is rather annoying so I found a crochet pattern  e.g. voilá



a pair of socks, looking beautiful, feeling cosy and made to measure.

Despite all the frogging , the wool has held up well.

Cbeerio

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Cousins

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Thanks for calling in.

Here's another book for your lists!

Cousins by Salley Vickers is an intriguing book about a family experiencing difficult times from World War II until the present day.  

Following a dreadful accident, the unfolding story is narrated by three of the female characters - you have to concentrate when they change over to remember who exactly 'Mum' is this time.  Their points of view of the situation combined with their different characters and knowledge of past history of the family together with the Author's psychoanalytic approach provides the reader with a great page-turner.





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Monday, 1 October 2018

Walk

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Here we are again!

It's even more windy today!   Warm enough for a sleeveless t-shirt though.  My posts are always a few days out of date!   Let's have a look at what we can see this time!

Conkers!  Not an awful lot, poor old horse chestnut tree's leaves are all shrivelled up.



This is the Devil's Highway, sounds a little frightening but don't worry.



Hello, what's this?  Possibly bracket fungus.  Not really sure.  If it is, the tree could topple down.



A speckled wood butterfly in a speckled wood.



The fishing lake is full of waterlilies.



So many  beech nuts.


A couple of posts ago I showed you a new gate in the middle of a field and I just had to investigate around the other side.  The area has been cleared and flattened and a few small trees planted round the edge.  It looks like a building site.  What a shame.




More fungi, the more I look to find out the names the more I am getting confused!


Red veined dragonfly

Happy Autumn walking.

Cheerio