Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Peak Bluebell

 Carpets of bluebells in our local woodlands - always such an improbable sight and yet they are there every year.

It's taken a while for them to reach this pitch of blueness.

And, at last, we were able to take a short break, up the Suffolk coast to Aldeburgh.  From there we went twice to walk around the bird reserve at Minsmere.  

Deep reed-beds in every direction, warblers in full song and the eerie booming of the bittern.

Something we never expected to see in broad daylight: that's a large adult fox. Click on the picture to see it better.

Friday, April 02, 2021

Spring Tides


Once the Stay Local restriction was eased, we were able to go a little further to our favourite coastal walk at Tollesbury.  Blackthorn blossom is out at present.

A reed bunting displaying.

The saltings harbour a range of bird life.  Walkways provide access to the mud moorings.

But what a change when we went again yesterday.

A high Spring tide had completely covered the mud banks and saltings.  Water had spilled out on to the roadway.

Meanwhile, inland, blossom was in full plumage.

And we passed this curious abandoned tanker.  Not clear what it is or how it got there at the field edge. 

My current Work in Progress: Eala Bhan by Alice Starmore.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Friday, March 19, 2021


A cowl, using a stitch pattern from the Japanese knitting Stitch Bible and Peruvian alpaca gifted to me by a friend who had been there.

And a hat to match.

The swatch for the Gardengate jumper by Jenn Steingass, using green from a yarn pack bought in a charity shop in York .  This clearly dated from the 60s or70s when it was still possible to buy the yoke already knitted with enough wool for you to knit your own plain body.  Worn with a matching tweed skirt, this has the classic look of the time just before the miniskirt arrived. 

In my sample, I am aiming at a more modern aesthetic.  In actual fact, knitting with three colours in the row is not for the faint-hearted.   I managed the yoke by identifying which two colours to knit first, slipping the stitches for the third colour, and then filling in the third colour on a separate round. 


Friday, February 12, 2021

Vaccination Day!

 We were called a couple of days ago; fortunately, we both got the same appointment time for Earls Colne Pump Hill surgery.  Very efficient process with the roads clear for us to get there.  But, my, it has been cold.

With the minor roads still treacherous, we have been forced back on local walks around the village.

And, finally, an ice sculpture created by cars splashing up water on to overhanging branches on the way to Earls Colne.

Sunday, February 07, 2021


 Signs of Spring on our daily walk:  hazel catkins bursting out all over, that curious greenish gold they have.

Heavy snow predicted for the next two days, so the catkins might have been a bit premature.

A bit of knitting:  a little cowl using just under 50 gms of a lovely blue alpaca skein i found, not in Peru, but in the charity shop in Cockermouth.  Pattern is one of the simpler ones in the "Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible".

Two hats, one with the yarn held double.  Interesting how that felt to knit up.

And one with the yarn held single and using a traditional Fair Isle pattern.

My current knit, again a pattern from the Japanese book.  Not as complex as it looks.

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Christmas in Coggeshall

Real effort has been put into Christmas door wreaths this year.  I went all round the village and hardly saw one duplicate.