Ta-dah moment

I’ve finished my waffle stitch crochet cushion. Love the strong mustard colour of the wool. I have enjoyed learning this wonderfully textured stitch. The second cushion is now underway, different colour, mocha. I’m planning on replacing all of my cushions, I think for the Autumn and winter season they will be chunky and cosy.



What a difference a day makes



It’s true what people say, what a difference a day makes. Glorious sunshine this morning. After yesterdays weather, grey and rainy,  it’s a shame to miss this opportunity . So lets get out and enjoy it. Belper river gardens are always a joy to visit, ajacent to one of the Arkwright mills in Derbyshire. It seems such a contrast between the dark gloom of the mill and the beautiful river gardens.

Only part of the mill is in use today, mainly office space. Unfortunately the rest of the building is slowly decaying. Nevertheless the gardens are still beautiful, purple seems to be the theme for this year. Most of the planting is shades of purple and the band stand looks great with its handmade bunting and hanging baskets full of pretty flowers. Ducks, geese, pigeons and even a cormorant were all enjoying the early morning sunshine. On one of the ledges of the mill a pair of peregrine falcons have set up home, how lucky we are to see such a magnificent bird.

I’m always an early bird so I’ve never seen anyone enjoying the rowing boats. They are available to hire but not until 11am. I’m already busy doing something else by then!!! I enjoyed the peace and quiet, maybe one day I will pop along a bit later and try out the rowing boats.

Perfect pie

Cloudy grey skies and rain greeted me today when I opened the curtains. That quickly put a stop to my plans of a day on the allotment, never mind. With the abundance of fresh vegetables and the remains of a chicken lurking in the fridge, it seems a perfect day to make a tasty pie for our lunch.

imageMmmmmm, chicken a vegetable pie, delicious .

imageOooops, that didn’t last, but it was so tasty .

Waffle, waffle



As you already know I’m new to crochet, so you can imagine my excitement when I learn a new stitch. Life on the allotment is slowing down as the season draws to an end, for us anyway. So, my thoughts have turned to Autumn and winter projects, I simply can’t sit and do nothing. Cushion covers, I am looking to create textured and interesting new covers. After looking at many, many blogs, I gained inspiration and chose waffle stitch ! Looks complicated. Amazing tutorials on you tube have helped me to crack this beautiful neat stitch, thank you to all the wonderful people who painstakingly show beginners like me how to achieve fantastic results. My cushion will be DK, stylecraft in mustard. Look out for my completed cushion, it may take a while. X

Sunny Sunday

It’s been glorious here in Derbyshire today, sunshine throughout the day, wonderful. I’ve spent most of the morning on our allotment. Picking runner beans, french beans, courgettes the size of marrows and lifting a few of our main crop potatoes (Desiree).  Since we began our allotment adventure I have kept a diary, mainly to remind me of what to do and when. I’ve heard many, many people comment about the early arrival of Autumn! Looking back through my diary it seems we are a little early with some crops. I wonder if anyone else is experiencing the same.

A wheel barrow full of crops. Beetroot, Tomatoes, French beans, Purple french beans, Runner beans and Sweetcorn..

Food for thought

Early start on the allotment today. Picking produce made me think about how wonderful it is to grow your own. In our busy lives we take so much for granted. The ease with which we visit the supermarket to buy everything we need, want or feel we should have. Being on the allotment allows you to think as well as chat to others and share produce. If only we shared more in our lives.


Bumper crops

Wow, it’s that busy, busy time of year again. The months are flying by! The weather has been fantastic which encourages all the wonderful crops on our allotment to produce more. It’s our 3rd year on our allotment and boy it’s hard work but very rewarding. I still love every minute, whether it’s hot, cold, sunny, wet or windy. We have a fantastic group of plot holders on our site, admittedly we are the smallest allotment site in this area, only 20 plots. Our site is a haven of peace and calm most of the time, we do have little issues to deal with, mostly the constant discussion about the use of weed-killers! I am totally against the use of weed killers or pesticides. Why would anyone what to destroy our environment and not to mention spray an area in which you want to grow edible foods. I’m sure every allotment site faces constant discussions that not everyone can agree on. We usually put these to the vote and thankfully reach an amicable conclusion. I would love to hear other people’s experinences of allotment life. I hope that you are all enjoying the wonderful weather and if you are on your allotments I hope it’s a place of peace and joy.

Sue x