Monday, 30 January 2017

Big Garden Birdwatch

Top left - Great Tit, Top Right - Blackbird, Bottom - Jay

This year we took part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch and were amazed at how many birds we have in our garden! The kids have had a fantastic time recording all the birds we saw as part of their learning. We made our own bird feeders out of lard, bird seeds, nuts, grated cheese and breadcrumbs.

Homemade Bird Feeders

The colours of the birds were amazing and I think this will inspire a series of hand dyed handspun yarns based on the colours of the birds we saw.

Robin and a Song Thrush

We took lots of photos and our son created a short video on some of the birds that graced our bird feeding station. The whole family has found a real interest in birdwatching and nature and we are sure to carry on trying to spot and identify the many species of birds that visit our garden. Just today we had a Spotted Woodpecker visit us!

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Handspun Yarn Sale

I am currently having a small January sale on some of my handspun yarns in my Etsy store. These include hand dyed Shetland wool, Alpaca, Herdwick, Texel, Merino and Bamboo. Please click here to see all the handspun yarns currently on sale.

Superfine Alpaca, Falklands Merino and Mulberry Silk Handspun Yarn

Summer Wine - Hand Dyed Merino Wool - Plant Dyed - Handspun Yarn

Shetland Wool Yarn, British Wool Yarn in Buttercup

Handspun Texel Single Ply Yarn, Hand Painted Yarn, Fiesta

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Stunning Views at Botallack Mine, Cornwall

If you are thinking of visiting Cornwall on holiday this year you should definitely visit Botallack Mine. It is one of the most stunning places! Used as one of the film locations for the BBC's Poldark Series the scenery is breathtaking and we are so lucky to live only a short drive away. We walk there regularly and each time we visit my 8 year old daughter declares "it's beautiful mummy". It certainly is beautiful and rugged with the mines clinging to the edges of the cliffs. On a day like yesterday the sky was blue and the sun was shining and it was simply amazing, we even go to see the sunset too. Below are some of the photographs I managed to capture on my iPhone.

Botallack Mine National Trust

Wheal Owles or Wheal Leisure as it is known in Poldark



Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year - 2017

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year! Let's hope this year is a peaceful one! I have two new year resolutions the first is to be more productive and finish my WIP's! I am going to embroider more, knit more, crochet more and definitely spin more! My second is to learn to drive! How can I get to my age (not mentioning how old I am!) and not be able to drive, so this year is going to be the year!

I am going to be working on lots of new projects too, including some new tutorials and videos now I have the space! It's going to be a great year I can feel it!

This year I am going to get fit too and walk this guy more (see below) my beloved Border Collie Benji. Since we moved to our new house it's been great to get out walking him more now that we live in the countryside. We are also five minutes walk away from some of the most beautiful beaches and it's brilliant to know I can step out my door and walk to the sea! We have been living in Cornwall 6 months now and it is wonderful and the Cornish people are amazing!

Benji Woo Woo saying Happy New Year!!

The weather here has been really mild here but it can be a bit chilly first thing in the morning so I made myself a crochet ponytail hat yesterday!


Thursday, 29 December 2016

A Frosty Morning

Today we had the first frost to reach our little part of Cornwall. The flower farmer's field was covered in a frosty white layer this morning and all the daffodils were drooping their golden heads. The weather so far this winter has been really mild and it is so unusual for us as we are used to the weather in West Yorkshire. I think for the first time since we moved to our beautiful 18th Century cottage I was wearing double layers when I took our Border Collie Benji for his morning walk.




The early morning light is so beautiful here in our little valley. The birds were up early whistling and chirping in the trees as I walked the wooded path with the leaves crunching beneath my feet.



It certainly set me up for the day! I have been busy carding the beautiful Ryeland sheep fleece I bought recently from a local producer just down the road from me in Sancreed. I have spent the morning making lovely batts on my drum carder ready to spin.



Wednesday, 28 December 2016

A Cosy Cornish Christmas

Our first Christmas in Cornwall has been wonderful! Living in our little cottage near Land's End we have had some lovely festive fare and walked off two Christmas dinners with winter walks with breathtaking views. It's been fantastic! The Cornish people are really friendly and we have had such a warm welcome to our new home.

Winter berries, mince pies and a Christmas wreath

Sunset - Land's End

Cape Cornwall



Thursday, 22 December 2016

Christmas Greetings From Cornwall

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and 

a Happy New Year!


Christmas Robin - illustration copyright Sarah Whittle