Monday, 31 July 2017



Thanks for visiting.

My crochet squares are all joined together now, I thought you might like to see it pinned to the floor to give it a Jolly Good Stretch.

Sorry about the lighting, it's a bit dark in there!  I'm very pleased with it even though the speckled wool seems to hide the stitches.  There's a frilly edge around the edge - one row treble and another worked on the wrong side of three trebles and two slip-stitches repeated all the way round.

It will be winging its way to our youngest son who put in a request to find it a home which I am delighted about.

Now I have an excuse to set to and make another one.  Which colours though . . . . ?


Friday, 28 July 2017

Five on Friday - Vegetable Soup


Thanks for joining us as we link up with Tricky for Five on Friday.

Our vegetable planting had a late start this year with us being away at the Optimum Time.  Tomato plants had to be bought from the nearby Nursery but the chillies carried over indoors for the Winter, have performed really well and the seeds planted later than usual, have caught up and are producing the required vegetables.  Sadly, we won't have any potatoes this year but the ones grown at the farm are delicious enough.  Let's have a look in the garden.

One - Tomatoes

Mr CK grows them in growbags and cuts off the suckers, which he has planted in pots, producing even more plants.  You can never have enough tomatoes, they are so versatile, even the green ones. There are two varieties, a small red one and a larger brown one.

Two - Seeds

Along with the usual radish,  Mr CK has tried fennel and swiss chard, all in pots, which have done brilliantly.  Both are so pretty to look at and the fennel fern is quite tasty, a bit like dill with an aniseedy twist.  I'm looking forward to seeing the seed pods.

Three - Chillies

The year-old chilli plants have done really well and this seems to be the way to go, rather than start from scratch each year.

Four - Beans and Peas

Again in pots, after a bit of a slow start, these are coming on well and will give us enough for a few dinners.  We thoroughly enjoy eating these raw fresh from the plants, well, after a wash, they taste so much better.  These are dwarf varieties, just right for the pots, it just shows you don't need an allotment or huge garden to have a go.

 Five - Flowers

I couldn't resist finishing off with a few of the recent stars.  The verbenas were purchased from Lidls very cheaply.  Initially they seemed to take a long while to get established but now they are off and looking beautiful.

Wishing you all a very happy week wherever you are.


Thursday, 27 July 2017

Park Art


Thanks for dropping in.

As well as the pretty garden, the Park had something extra on offer this week as the student open exhibition was on with the Arts Centre's walls covered in this year's students' work.

Courses are available for stained glass, jewellery and silversmithing, life drawing, quilting, crochet, printmaking, oil painting and ceramics.  Have a look at a few things that caught my eye.

Maybe you might like to have a go at making something, have a look at what's on offer where you live.


Wednesday, 26 July 2017



Thanks for calling in.

Down at the Park by the shops, more of the summer plants have opened up to give a shot of colour here and there.  That's the beauty of visiting somewhere on a regular basis, there's always a new star taking its opportunity to shine.

By the lakes, the bulrushes looked magnificent stretching up.

I was glad to see the 'poo-cleaner' out working on the footpath, all those Canada Geese do make a dreadful mess! This year seems worse but a good hose down has restored the place.

Someone will be looking for their pink hat!

Always a treat to walk round this beautiful garden.


Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Design Museum


Thanks for calling in.

The Design Museum in London has moved from its site near the Thames to where the Commonwealth Institute used to be in Kensington near Holland Park.  It's been open a while now but I've finally been to visit to admire the £80 million building.

Right next to the gates of Holland Park, the entrance leads you to the revamped 1960s building, the interior transformed by Architect John Pawson.

Head of Invention by Eduardo Paolozzi greets you in the grounds.

Inside the building, the enormous, spectacular space opens before you.  Looking up, the huge concrete slab leads to spines on the ceiling and combined with the lighting, makes it look like a sunburst, very apt for a museum of ideas.

I liked the way the stairs for the different floors didn't connect together.  The first flight is padded in the centre so you can sit and enjoy the vast space.

Right at the top, is the free permanent collection in the Designer Maker User section featuring items from the 20th/21st Century, some of which will be very familiar and ring lots of bells.

There's a crowd sourced wall of 200 objects gathered from 500 individuals who nominated their most important objects.

With plenty of space for temporary exhibitions in two galleries, a restaurant, café and shop its a great space with Holland Park right next door as well.


Monday, 24 July 2017

TheMost Popular Exhibition Ever


Thanks for visiting.

Quite by chance as I walked by the Serpentine Gallery in London, I noticed that The Most Popular Exhibition Ever! was on.  You cant resist a title like that, can you.

The ubiquitous Grayson Perry was exhibiting his work, a mixture of pottery, tapestry, bronze and other media, each carefully crafted to include a comment on contemporary life.

The exhibition is free but donations are requested - there is even a two headed pig with slots in for you to decide where to put your money.


Friday, 21 July 2017

Five on Friday - Kensington Gardens


Welcome to the blog as we join Tricky for Five on Friday on his FAST blog.

Today we are walking through Kensington Gardens in London. Adjoining Hyde Park, the 265 acre park is full of magnificent trees and flower borders.  Here are five places you can expect to find within the park.

One - The Albert Memorial

This extravagant memorial to Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's Consort, designed by George Gilbert Scott, celebrates not only his life and interests but also Victorian achievements. He can be seen holding a copy of the catalogue for the Great Exhibition of 1851 which he masterminded.  There's a frieze containing 187 carved figures of poets, sculptors, musicians and artists, whilst at the top figures represent Europe, America, Asia and Africa plus others representing commerce, engineering and agriculture with angels and virtues at the top.  Albert died of typhoid fever aged just 42.

Two - Kensington Palace

The birth place of Queen Victoria and where she lived until she became Queen, Kensington Palace was also home to William and Mary, Queen Anne and still is home to members of the Royal family today.  The State Rooms are open to the public.

There's a beautiful garden there next to a leafy tunnel which was really colourful last time I visited but this time is had been turned into a White Garden in memory of Princess Diana, it's 20 years this year since she died.  You can't tell from the photo just how white it is.

The gates to the Palace are still covered in messages and flowers for Princess Diana.

Three - The Italian Gardens

Many features of this water garden were taken from Osborne House on the Isle of Wight where Queen Victoria and her family spent their holidays.  Prince Albert took a great interest in the garden there and had the Italian Gardens built in London for his wife.

Four - Serpentine Galleries and Pavilion

There are two art galleries and a summer pavilion to enjoy which I have mentioned in other posts.

Five - Diana Memorial Playground

Although the Diana Memorial Fountain is in nearby Hyde Park, there is a memorial playground to delight children, complete with a pirate ship.

Photo taken from website

There's lots to do in this large leafy space right in the heart of London.

Just finishing off with a pretty road on the way back to the station!

Have a great week.