Monday, 8 February 2016

Spring Flowers

Flowers are always a wonderful thing aren't they!  At the moment we have daffodils - rather early! - and snowdrops out in the garden which are all looking beautiful.  There is even an odd anemone.  Do you want to have a look?

Above is the lone anemone.  I was thinking about running out and rescuing it this morning as we are facing another named storm today - Imogen? - but I expect that it will do better outside than indoors.

There are masses of snowdrops this year.  I adore them!!!

In fact I don't think that you can ever have too many snowdrops!!

Or too many daffs!!

These pictures were all taken last week, and I had intended to share them before, but didn't get to it somehow!  Things are rather busy right now.

Do you want to see what Hubby has been up to?  He is doing some tiling for our current decorating project.  This is a work in progress!  These are ceramic floor tiles that look like wood planks.  The area where they are gets a lot of traffic and wet and muddy feet so it needs a good floor that can be washed down and not bothered by the wet so the tiles are much better here than wood flooring would be.

If you can crochet, or even if you can't, please stop by Jill's blog Emerald Cottage.  She is doing some fundraising for her London Marathon run which she is doing to support the National Autistic Society.  Jill is seeking donations of crocheted squares for a banner she needs to make.  I have made some which I will be sending today (forgot to photograph them before I sealed the envelope).  Any support will be gratefully received.

Hope that you all have a good week and that you had a good weekend!


Friday, 5 February 2016

Five On Friday

Well that was quick!  I feel as though I have only just finished reading your posts from last Friday and here we are again and I get to go round and visit more of your great posts!!!  Yay!!  I love Friday!!!

I need to give a bit of an introduction about my five things today.

You might know the lovely Barbara from Coastal Ripples.  She is running a monthly link up called Paint Monthly.  The idea being to link in from the first of the month to share a painting or group of paintings with others. 

I was thinking about what paintings I might have to share this month, and the ones that I really want to share need me to take some better photos so I will save them for another time.  Instead I went back looking in my photo archive to see what else I had.

Not long after I started blogging we went on a wonderful holiday to Sorrento and we visited Herculaneum - which I cannot recommend highly enough.  I thought that many of you would not have been reading my blog back then, it seemed like a good opportunity to revisit some paintings from that visit.

So here are five for this week.  Wall paintings - frescoes - from Herculaneum.  I don't have any information to impart about them, so just enjoy looking!

Aren't the incredible!  To think that they were buried by a volcano and then excavated and are still as wonderful as this after all the years they were underground.  It really astounds me.

I hope you enjoyed seeing them.

Thank you for joining Five On Friday, for making it what is and for going and visiting others.  I appreciate you so much for that!

I hope you have a good weekend whatever you are doing - or not!  Here it will be housework for me and DIY for Hubby and I really do want to catch up on some reading and try to work more to get my tapestry finished.  It needs to be done!


Thank you - as always! - for joining in and for going to read others posts.

If you want to grab a Five On Friday Button or get more information about how to join in the All About Five On Friday page will tell you all that you need to know.


Thursday, 4 February 2016

Messing about in blogs

I have been messing about with my blog again!

In a good way though this time and I am far more confident, quicker and proficient than I ever used to be.  It is very satisfying to know what you want and to be able to make it happen without a mass of fuss isn't it.

Not that I ever thought that I would get to this stage, or that it is perfect.  There are several things that I want to do that I don't yet seem to be able to, but I will get there.

So what is new?

A new header - simplified and now the same across all of my "platforms" if I dare to use that word.  I have also added my photo onto all of my social media outlets so that you know it is me.

I changed the badges that you can click to find me elsewhere.  That is what those rectangles are over there on the right hand side near the top.  The ones with crochet and writing.  Click one and you will find me somewhere else - should you wish to find me somewhere else that is!!!

Making these was particularly satisfying.  I have had little dots up there before and it took a long time to get those in place, but I needed to add to them, and I wanted something more personal to me so a change was in order.  Having struggled to make them before, once I quickly looked back I knew exactly what to do this time.  I even figured out how to make them all the same size which is the bit I am most pleased about!  Sad I realise!!!

Another change is to remove all of the book reviews from the sidebar - they are now on their own page.  You can find the link at the very top of the sidebar - click Reading My Books to see the reviews now all sorted by author.

I will also be adding pages for my crochet, recipes and so on and gradually those things will go from the sidebar too.  That will be a longer job though as I want to include photos in those pages and that takes me more time.

This is a good start though I think.

I would love your feedback on how things look, how they work, do they work and so on.  If you click something and it doesn't work please let me know and if you cannot find something that you think was there before please let me know that too.

I am definitely not any sort of expert in this area, but I am enjoying it and as I said, it is very satisfying to be able to do something that you want to do isn't it!

Hope that you are finding some satisfaction today!