Friday, 22 May 2015

A mishmash post

First of all I would like to say hello to Sue in Suffolk who has just discovered my blog, welcome Sue.

This post is a bit of a mishmash, lots of random things have filled my life this week so hope you won't be bored reading about my day to day activities. On Monday I baked some cakes which I have to say did not last very long! Three menfolk in the house means they get consumed very quickly!

One was a tangy lemon cake and the other a dark Jamaican ginger cake, both of these moist sticky cakes are proving to be firm favourites. Of course as I am following the Slimming World program not one piece was consumed by me - feeling virtuous! 

Talking of Slimming World, I am still in the zone, another 1.5 lbs lost this week so in total that makes 1 st 5.5 lbs, hoping for another 1.5 lbs next week to get my 1.5 stone award - keep your fingers crossed for me.

In between being at work for two days I have managed some crocheting. I have started making a baby blanket for a work colleague who is expecting a little boy and have continued with my Cottage Squares. I have printed of the pattern for part 4 of the Lilypond blanket but haven't made a start yet, will attempt to start that over the weekend.

There are so many crochet ideas in my head at the moment, just need more time to sit down and put them into practice. I am a bit of a serial starter and tend to have far too many projects on the go at once! I am also taking part in Winwick Mum's sock along but am falling behind with that one, I am at the point where I need to pick up stitches and I hate that part so am finding any excuse to put off doing it. Hopefully I will get back to it next week as it is half term so should have more time to get back on schedule.

I joined my friends from the Knitty Natter group that I attend to go and see an amateur musical production of Pride and Prejudice last evening, one of our members was in the cast playing Charlotte Lucas, a fun evening and a brilliant production.

I haven't been able to do so much walking this week as I have had a painful foot but have managed a couple of gentle strolls at Rooksbury Mill. Sorry if I am boring you with photos from this location but we cannot keep away, it changes almost day on day and we always see something of interest, here are a selection of images from this week. We were lucky to see two water voles, they can be somewhat elusive so it is always a treat when we spot them. Lots of babies in evidence this week as well, ducklings cygnets, moorhen chicks and one lone coot chick.

I hope you have enjoyed my mishmash post, will be back soon with more ramblings.


  1. Have just discovered your blog and have to say what beautiful photographs. What an incredibly lovely place to walk as well. I think I would find it hard to stay away. May I ask which camera you use? - Tam

    1. Tam, welcome to my blog. Thank you for your very kind comments on my photography. I actually use two cameras, one is a digital DSLR which is a Canon EOS 500D, I have a couple of different lenses I use with this camera but would love a longer lens to be able to zoom in on wildlife but they are very expensive. I also have a little camera which goes everywhere with me, this is so useful when I don't want to carry my larger camera and kit with me - this one is a Canon Powershot SX240HS and takes remarkable photographs for such a small camera, it has a 20x zoom lens on it which is unusual for a little pocket camera. I hope this info is helpful. Jan xx

  2. A lovely post - how virtuous of you not to touch the cakes! The crochet looks very pretty and your wildlife photos are gorgeous, as ever :)
    Cathy x

  3. What a lovely post, full of my favourite things! :-)

  4. What a fantastic collection of photos - you were so lucky to not only see a water vole but take such brilliant photos too!

  5. Your photos are lovely Jan you have a very good eye for a picture.

  6. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I hope to see you again sometimes. I am now following along your blog so I will be back sometimes. xx

  7. As usual it was super to go on the journey with you. I think Swanage and the area are lovely. We used to go there on days out or when we stayed at mother-in-laws caravan at Weymouth. You ought to send your photos of the water vole in to Springwatch on BBC2, they are doing a survey about the numbers in the country as they are in decline. As usual photos superb as well. Thank you Jan Chris xx

  8. What lovely photos you've taken of so many creatures - it must be thrilling to spot them! I'm glad I came across your blog! It will be nice tagging along with you on your rambles - Ann