11 Mar 2016

Five on Friday

I'm joining in the Five on Friday hosted by Amy at Love Made My Home. Once again thank you Amy for organising the link-up. The link is here.

This week I received a card, letter and some special breakfast tea from Tracy of Sunny Corner Farm blog who also participates in Five on Friday. Tracy lives on a smallholding in rural New South Wales, Australia where it has been very hot indeed with no rain for weeks. Thankfully it's beginning to get a little cooler as the season changes to Autumn. Tracy enjoys letter writing, gardening and crafting so do drop in on Tracy and say "hello" if you haven't already met her through Five on Friday.   



It was another interesting couple of hours on the Lent course this week thinking about being mindful of the present moment, taking time for quiet reflection, finding ways to live differently from the ways of the world, simplicity of living. We looked at some pictures of paintings by artists whose work demonstrates this in some way e.g. still life compositions, a solitary figure sitting down in an interior setting. Afterwards I met our granddaughter as she was also in town taking her theory driving test which she passed. Now she can take the practical test when she finishes her course of driving lessons.

gilded angels decorate the wooden roof vaulting

Yesterday was another dull, damp and misty day so instead of going out for the day we went and had a browse around our two local nurseries.  There were plenty of plants to make up displays in planters or pots and hanging baskets. I bought two varieties of primulas (below) then drove uphill and along the top lanes to get back home.

Primula Gold Lace, (left), Primula Marmalade (right), mimosa (bottom left)



My friend who helped me with my crocheting spotted a learn-to-crochet book in a charity shop and got it for me.  It's a Dorling Kindersley publication so the illustrations are very clear. I've been making at least two granny squares in an evening using the red wool I had left over from making a scarf and a new ball of purple.  (The purple is not as bright as in the photo in the collage). I've also bought some cotton yarn - white, lemon and lime -  for when I'm ready to start another project.



I'm looking forward to my painting and photography half day course tomorrow and as the International Women's Day workshops are taking place nearby I hope to go to one or two of them.


Wishing you a good weekend,
Linda :)


53 comments:

  1. Looks like you've had a good week. Your primulas are beautiful especially at this time of the year. I find the birds pull off the coloured petals in my garden but leave the wild primroses alone.

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    1. Interesting about the birds' food preferences! The other day when it was very cold and miserable weather I wondered why the sparrows were not huddled in the bushes but were up in the trees pecking at the branches. Then I realised that they were pecking at the unopened buds of the May tree.

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  2. I seem to see primula so everywhere at the moment. So many different colour ways. Love the vaulted ceiling in that roof. Sounds like you had a good week. Barbara

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    1. It's been a good week and weekend so far. I hope you're enjoying a restful weekend yourself.

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  3. Beautiful primulas, I love the vibrant colours of them. I am hoping to get started in my garden today rain all week has delayed things.

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    1. I hope you manage to get into the garden this weekend. The grassy areas can be quite waterlogged. Enjoy your weekend whatever you're doing.

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  4. some great photos, thanks for sharing! hope you have an awesome weekend, all the best, Fast-SoS

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    1. Thank you FAST SOS family. All the best to you too!

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  5. Oh what lovely things to do for the week. I adore primulas and have one that's been flowering right through from last year in one of my hanging baskets. Good luck with the crochet. That scarf looks nice, but I'm not sure I'd be brace enough to try it.

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    1. Primulas are wonderful plants for brightening up the flower beds and planters. The new ones are on the kitchen window and brighten my washing up time! I don't know if I'll ever manage difficult pattern in knitting or crochet work. I'm happy with what I'm doing at the moment.

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  6. Wow, what beautiful primulas, the colours are stunning. I hope you get on well with your crochet, I will warn you it does become addictive. Enjoy your workshops. xx

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    1. Thank you Jan. Whilst my husband is enjoying his gardening I will be busy with some new interests this year although we do enjoy our days out together too.

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  7. You have had an interesting week, Linda. The flowers are lovely and colourful and uplifting for a grey day. I hope you enjoy your upcoming courses and workshops:)

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    1. It was a good week. The half day sessions that have started this year in the studies department of the library put on by a small arts organisation will be a good way to further an interest or learn a new skill.

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  8. I think you've got the crochet bug. With me, it took a while for it to click but once it does, you're off. There'll be no stopping you now. I do like Dorling Kindersley books, their illustrations are great when you're learning something new. Well done to your grandaughter, I hope the practical test goes as well.

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    1. Thank you Jo for your good wishes for our granddaughter passing her test. Now for the next challenge of the practical. I do like the DK books and if I spot one in a charity shop I'm pleased. One charity shop was selling everything off for 30 pence even hardbacks and I found an up-to-date one on geography. They're handy as reference books.

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  9. I just read your profile. You spend your time between Yorkshire (I'm a huge fan!) and Italy?? How wonderful! Now I'll go back and read your post. :-))

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    1. Thank you for your visit. We're blessed to be able to spend time in Italy as well as the UK. I hope you find the back read of my posts on life in both countries interesting.

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  10. The gilded angels and the beautiful collages are so lovely. Glad you had a good week and you are looking forward to your time at the course.

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  11. Greetings Linda, how nice to receive this cute card and special tea. I loved seeing your photo villages. I'd sent you some sunshine but we are expecting (and hoping) that we'll get some rain starting today. Have a wonderful weekend, Pat xx

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    1. Thank you Pat. I hope you're having an enjoyable weekend.

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  12. those yellow flowers with burgundy are fantastic and say JOY to me, both types in those colors.. love that stone wall with The Tree. mother loved to crochet and my problem with that was she made so much she started giving the things to me whether i wanted them or not. I had several colors of toilet tissue covers and enough pot holders to the day i died... so i had to start giving them away. isn't it odd what a photo can bring to our minds? i saw that pattern page in the book and it all flooded into my head

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    1. The primulas say 'joy' to me also. I'm attracted to the names of different varieties and these ones, Gold Lace and Marmalade, are well named. I do remember those knitted or crocheted items. I still have a cover for something small, probably made by a great aunt. It has a plastic doll's head and top half with a knitted skirt.

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  13. I do like primulas but something always eats the flowers...I wish I knew what it was.
    I've got that crochet book and find it very useful, I'm sure you will too. Lovely card of 'Skippy'.

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    1. Primulas are vulnerable to tiny insects that are difficult to spot as they hide in the leaves. Birds also like the petals! My new primulas are too precious to go outside at the moment. They're on the kitchen window sill just standing in a planter. I've got some in the flower beds that seem quite hardy although a little tatty, but they do perk up and produce a few flowers.

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  14. I see that in you the weather does not spoil. It's gray skies and rain. It is probably warmer, however, because the meadow is green and blooming daffodils. Joy were flowers in the nursery. I love the mimosa. Regards.

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    1. Hello Giga. It's still rather cold here. Some days it's frosty and there is sunshine and blue skies and other days it's misty, damp and dull, but that's only to be expected at this time of the year. We make the most of the hours when the weather is better and brighter. I spotted the mimosa in the garden centre and just had to take a photo to remind me of Italy in March. I'm rather doubtful that it's suitable for growing here in the colder temperatures of the north of England.

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  15. Seeing all the beautiful crochet blankets on the web it makes me feel that I should have a go. I am very much a beginner and your book likes ideal.
    Lovely primulas and lovely gilded Angels.
    I'm sure you will enjoy your workshops.
    Have a wonderful weekend :)

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    1. Until a few weeks ago I had forgotten how to crochet. Then it just clicked after some experimenting with the stitches. The book is good, better than the old one I had for showing 'how to' very clearly. I like DK publications and look for them in the charity shops as they are worth getting. Do have a go at crocheting. I hope you're having a good weekend.

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  16. Lovely to see these moments from your week. Congratulations to your granddaughter on passing her test, I hope the next one goes well too! So lovely that you have been in touch with Tracy, that is just wonderful! Thank you for joining Five On Friday, I hope that you have a good weekend! xx

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    1. Thank you Amy for your good wishes and also for the Five on Friday link-up that you organise. I hope you're having a relaxing weekend.

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  17. Your courses sound interesting. Love the colors of your granny squares. Those formulas are incredible.

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    1. I enjoy learning new skills and there's some good groups and courses around either free or for a modest cost to be able to do that. Have a lovely weekend both of you.

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  18. Love the gilded angels! And how beautiful...your photos of the countryside. What a great gift of the tea! Glad you have made a connection with Tracy.

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    1. One of the enjoyable aspects of blogging is getting to meet new bloggers from around the world and learning about different lifestyles and cultures, making new friendships across the miles. Thanks for your blog friendship Marie.

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  19. Those garden nurseries can be dangerous places. So easy to spend more than you plan. Well it is for me.
    I truly enjoy seeing your lovely part of the world.

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    1. I do enjoy looking around garden centres and we have two good local ones surrounded by countryside. Even going there to browse is a pleasure. Great views from the terraced areas. I'm sure you're looking forward to your trip to the UK. I enjoy seeing where you live via the blog.

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  20. Lovely to hear about your week, and beautiful photos! Sounds like you are learning some wonderful new things. I love to crochet, too. Hope your weekend is fun. xo Karen

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  21. It's lovely to take a drive home which gives you some different views isn't it? I've enjoyed hearing about the courses you are taking and the crocheting you are all set to do. Lovely card and gift from your blogging friend. It's always good to receive post, I miss those days when letters would come and cards from friends faraway. Have a great weekend. Oh and so glad your granddaughter passed her theory test she must be so pleased, xxx

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  22. I have always loved red and purple together - ever since living in the Schwartzwald, where window boxes brimmed with red geraniums and purple lobelia. What will you do with your squares?
    The views of your drive home are beautiful. The stone walls in England are remarkable. I couldn't get enough of them and have a file full of photos of rolling hills cross-hatched by stone walls in Derbyshire.

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    1. I think red and purple go well together. Interesting that the combination of those colours remind you of the flowers in the window boxes in Schwartzwald. How lovely! For me the colours remind me of anemone flowers. They grow wild in the meadows near our Italian home. The crocheted squares will be made into a blanket for a charitable organisation.

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  23. I wish it were warm enough here to start shopping the nurseries! We're having a graduation party early May so I'm definitely going to have to shop earlier than I usually do so things look nice by then. I miss crocheting; that book would be great to help you get going again since DK books really are great at pics and explanations.

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    1. The weather isn't that good for outdoor gardening yet, but as the two nurseries are near where we live it's a pleasure to go there and enjoy the short drive along the lanes at the same time and perhaps stop for a coffee in the cafe. Also we go to get fresh compost etc. and shop early to get a better selection of plants before they all go in the Easter holidays. We can store them and other items in the covered yard. A graduation party in May - that's an exciting event to look forward to.

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  24. Sounds like you are interested in lots of things! I hope to visit a nursery or two next week while I'm on spring break.

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    1. There's always something new to learn and I wanted to do some crafting and painting this year as it's a while since I did any. My main interest is reading, although I'm quite a slow reader these days. I'm sure you'll enjoy the Spring Break.

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  25. It's always good to remain centered in the present and reflect upon a simpler lifestyle, we could all benefit from that. Congrats to your granddaughter, it's always a relief to get the theory out of the way!

    I love the gilded angels, your choice of primulas and the views from the lanes. Enjoy your course, I'm sure you'll take much away from it.xxx

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    1. Thank you Dina. Have a good week!

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  26. Good Morning Linda, Such lovely country roads. I have this thing about empty roads. I especially liked the daffodils and the long stone wall. And those clusters of bright yellow mimosa, gorgeous! May the Lord keep drawing you in during this Lenten season as we draw closer to Easter.

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    1. Hello Gloriade. Thank you for your visit today. I'm in a quiet place at the moment and taking some time away from blogging. I hope you're having a good week. Every blessing to you and your family.

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  27. Sounds like you're busy! The class sounds like something I'd like---wish I could take one here. I need to look into it. The flowers and countryside are beautiful and the card is cute. Great job at crocheting--something I don't seem to have the patience or teacher for.
    Enjoy your week!

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