Thursday, 20 October 2011

Part 2: Boneyard Shawl

I have just finished my Boneyard Shawl. It has turned out slightly different to the pattern but it is unique to me. I found that I had made a mistake but it was too late to do anything about it.
I am so thrilled of how it has turned out using the Noro yarn. I crocheted an edge all around and have stitched on buttons down the back of the shawl.
I even had enough yarn to crochet a hat.                                    
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Front of shawl. Back with added buttons.
You can see the hat below.
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Tuesday, 18 October 2011

More photos of Olivia Hat Pattern

In this post I will show you some more photos of my Olivia knitted hat pattern. I first talked about it in this post. The first time I knitted this hat, I used Manos de Uruguay yarn. I love this one but next time I make it I will be sure to make the band tighter.DSC02656

I have also made it with green King Cole Merino Superwash yarn. See how different Olivia it looks using other yarn. You can mix and match to you own liking.

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In the photo below, I used Laines Du Nord yarn. I have also knitted a sweater in same yarn but a slightly different colour. I really like this yarn but unfortunately can’t get it locally anymore.


Using a thicker yarn means that the hat will sit much better on the head and helps to prevent it slip or blow off when its windy.


I added a thicker band and now it fits like a glove.


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Monday, 17 October 2011

My Fuchsias of 2004/2005

In this blog entry I would like to share many photos of Fuchsias I have had and seen in 2004 & 2005. We will take a journey through some of my favourite Fuchsia photos.

The photos below were all taken in 2004.

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DSC03193 Forget Me Not

The photos below were all taken in 2005.


Chang was a favourite but really they are all beauties.


Border Queen

CeliaSmedley_1 Celia Smedley
Charming_1 Charming
Checkerboard_3 Checkerboard was one of the very 1st Fuchsias I grew and it lasted for many years but sadly I no longer have it.
CountessOfAberdeen_9 Countess of Aberdeen
LadyPatriciaMountbatton_3 Lady Patricia Mountain Batten
GartenBonstead_4 Garten Bonstead
PintoDeBlue_1 Pinto de Blue
StringOfPearls_6 String of pearls
I have many more photos and hope to share some more in future postings.
There is also a popular Fuchsia thread on the Trowels Garden Forum.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

A Day’s Hillwalking in Glen Doll

Today we took a walk up to Bachnagairn from the Glen Doll cark park. It was a nice walk alongside the River South Esk and the colours were very autumnal. Here is a map:


It was such a pleasure to be walking today as the weather was great. We saw a lot of flora.



The Autumn colours were magnificent.



We even saw some wildlife.

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Friday, 14 October 2011

Heucheras - Coat of Many Colours

One of my favourite foliage plants is the Heuchera. I have been steadily growing my collection of Heucheras over the past couple of years. I shall be taking photos every month of my Heucheras to monitor how the leaves change their colours throughout the winter. Here are some photos that I took recently and I hope you like them.
MARMALADE Last year Marmalade was my 1st Heuchera and after seeing it change through many different shades, I became totally hooked on them. It is amazing to see the colour changing on their leaves. These photos were taken throughout Autumn and Winter 2010/2011 and you can see the dramatic change from a dark green right through to a lime green with some red tinges. I’ve now cut it back to encourage new growth.
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OBSIDIAN This one reminds me of dark chocolate.

FIRECHIEF This is a new one to me and the red has been stunning. I will keep a close eye on this one.

PURPLE PALACE It is now in the mode of changing colour. It was very nice throughout Summer.
BLACKBERRY JAM Another favourite of mine, the leaves shimmer in the sunlight.
I will update with new pictures in November when colour starts to change. Please feel free to leave comments. I’ve also got a thread that is dedicated to Heucheras on my forum: You are very welcome to contribute or view.
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Here we are in 2013 and its time to take cuttings from my heucheras and repot into fresh compos once the frost lifts.

I got more Shanghai in 2012 and Brass Lantern and planted these in between Lavenders.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Some more photos of Salzburg trip

As promised in my last post about our trip to Salzburg I will share some more photos from the trip.

We took a drive around the lake district or Salzkammergut as it is known in German (

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First, we drove to Fuschl am See which is one of the smaller lakes but very picturesque.



The next stop was the town of St Gilgen which lies alongside Wolfgangsee. The lake is bright turquoise in colour. I’m not sure if the picture does it justice.



Leaving St Gilgen behind, we drove South to a quaint town called Hallstatt (if a bit touristy) which originates from the salt mining days and is built into the hilside overlooking Hallst├Ątter See.

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The buildings are very colourful and picturesque, as we found in all of the places we visited in Austria.

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It was amazing to see fruit trees growing like this. I think they are pears.

Rounding off our tour of the lakes, we headed back North towards Salzburg and took in Traunsee. This one was spectacular.



The water was so blue in the lake. A magical place.