Friday, 3 June 2016

Five On Friday

I am, once again, linking with Amy at Love Made My Home to bring you my Five On Friday post.

It has been half term this week but unfortunately the weather has been more like February than end of May/beginning of June. Apart from a day out on Saturday before the weather turned decidedly chilly I haven't really been anywhere apart from a trip into town (more of that later) so have been busy crocheting - I really have the bug at the moment and have far too many ideas in my head that I want to transfer to my hook!

Anyway, here I go with my five this week:-

On Saturday we motored to Crofton on the Kennet and Avon Canal, the main reason was to see Flying Scotsman again, but this time at speed rather than stationary as it had been in Salisbury the week before. I tagged along as well as I enjoy walking along the canal and it was a good opportunity to get some steps in. When we arrived we saw that Crofton pumping station was in operation and as we had never been inside before we decided to add that to the day's activities. I cannot begin to understand all the technicalities of what the beam engines do but basically the pumping station was used to raise the water by steam up to the summit of the canal at nearby Bruce tunnel to maintain the water in the canal after boats have passed through the locks. Since 1959 this all happens by electricity apart from the occasional break down where the steam engines come into operation again. However they still hold occasional open days at Crofton where they demonstrate how the beam engines work.

We took a footpath from the canal past Crofton Water through the meadows up to the village of Wilton. There was a profusion of wild flowers growing in the meadows, it certainly seems to be a bumper year for flowers everywhere which is so lovely to see.

Red Campion

Ox-eye Daisies

complete with insects!!!

White lilac

Vetch plus ants!!!

Besides the above there were masses of cow parsley, buttercups and speedwells. We thoroughly enjoyed this walk and I am sure we will be repeating it one day very soon

I mentioned above that it has been a busy crochet week and I was pleased to complete another charity blanket, this time a ripple blanket. I love making these, it is something I can do without really thinking about it and ideal to pick up when I have been watching the tennis at Roland Garros (when it hasn't been rained off) and makes a change from projects where I have to concentrate a bit more.

This was a interlocking colour sequence blanket and is complete with a butterfly which is the symbol of the Sunshine International Blankets of Love. I am tempted to start another one of these but really must finish some other projects first.

Yet another Sunshine blanket has been in production this week, I only have three more squares to complete before the joining and edging can begin. Hopefully I will be back with another completed blanket to show you soon.

And yes, I have already started another blanket, what am I like! This one is a V-stitch blanket, I haven't made one of these before but again, it is one that I can do while watching TV (well that is my excuse for starting this one before finishing the previous one).

I still have to work my squares for the Last Dance On The Beach CAL this week, hopefully will get to those over the weekend.

I mentioned above having to make a trip into town - I suddenly realised early on Wednesday morning that my wedding and eternity rings were missing from my finger. They have been loose for sometime (a downside to losing weight) and I really should have done something about it before now but hate not wearing them. Anyway, after a three hour search (missed crochet time) turning out the freezer, kitchen bin, wool boxes and just about everything else I did eventually find them thank goodness. Having found them I decided to take the action I should have done months ago and they are now safely in the jewellers being resized (down three whole sizes) and I have also taken the opportunity to get my engagement ring repaired, I haven't worn that for ages as I lost a stone out of it a few years back. Hopefully I will get them back in a couple of weeks time.

Well that is it for this week, please do go and visit Amy's blog where you can link to other 'Five' posts. Have a great weekend.


  1. The weather has been like Winter here this week too. Beautiful photos of flowers. I am impressed with all of the crochet projects, love the completed ripple blanket, such lovely colours. Glad you managed to find your rings and are getting them resized, what an achievement having them reduced by three sizes. Well done.

  2. I've been trying to get some nice photos of ox-eye daisies but the sun never seems to be in the right place when I find a pretty clump. Well done with yours!

  3. Oh I can relate to the engagement ring bit, my stone fell out about 4 years ago and I have not ventured to do anything about it yet. three sizes down, wow! Well done you, glad you found the rings and now are sorting them out. Love all your crochet, you will enjoy the heart square for the CAL this week, quick, easy and so very effective. I could almost smell the white lilac from your photo, just lovely Jan x

  4. Glad you found the rings! Definitely time to get them resized. The crochet blanket looks wonderful. I love the colours of it. Sounds like you've had some wonderful days out. It is certainly easier now that the weather (hopefully) is getting better.

    Have a lovely weekend

  5. So glad you found your rings, I can imagine how you felt. Bet the flying Scotsman looked wonderful at speed. I'm still trundling away with my 4 ply cardigan. Can't wait to finish it. Have a lovely weekend. B x

  6. Thank goodness you found your rings and can now get them resized. You had a lovely steam day with the beam engine and the Flying Scotsman. The wild flowers do seem to be especially lovely this year don't they?:)

  7. A great collection of photos and you were oh so lucky to realise your rings were missing and be able to find them! Sometimes we need something like that to spur us on into action!

  8. So glad you found your rings, my heart was in my throat reading what happened! It is good they are being fixed! Crofton is a fascinating place isn't it, I went as a child and again a few years ago. I definitely recommend a visit when the engines are pumping on steam, it is so interesting to see them in operation. Your blankets are beautiful. I love your new v stitch one, the colours are very nice together. Love your pegs arrayed like that too, I enjoy doing that as well! Thank you for your support of Five On Friday, I so appreciate it!!! Have a great weekend! xx

  9. Good job you found the rings, they could have been anywhere. Your crochet looks wonderful, I expect you've enjoyed having it on your knees as it's been so cold this week. x

  10. Glad you found your rings. I lost the big stone out of my engagement ring last summer, never found it and had to replace it.

  11. Such lovely colors in your crochet pieces. The ripple blanket should make someone feel really loved.

  12. What a relief that you found your rings, Jan--whew!! How proud you must be of your weight loss--well done :)

    Your crocheting projects look lovely--such pretty colors in each. Hope you are having a good week...