Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Don't trust anything to luck

Hello. I've really enjoyed myself today. Watched some more of Scots videos, did you like his artwork? I've been working on a flowery decorative ornamental thingy, I did my walk, and made this video. So there you go, two videos in one day.



Thanks for watching, and we'll meet up again tomorrow.
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Hooked on Scott

Hello. My head is full of arty stuff at the moment. How to make a frame for my picture has found me on yooootoooob looking at videos, and once I am on there I get sucked in. Always something new to learn.

A lot of presenters I don't warm to at all. They mumble, and don't speak clearly. Some of them try too hard to be perfect and polished. Some of them go through their routine on automatic pilot. I want to see a person with personality who shows a real passion for what they are doing.

I have discovered a great guy who is an artist, paints pictures, and makes wood frames and wall sculptures. I am hooked on Scott. He works mainly outside and has his cat for company, and he explains his thought processes as he is working on his art. I like that, knowing what is going on inside someone's head is just as important as admiring the finished article. He has mastered the art of editing his videos to perfection, unlike myself who doesn't edit my videos at all, ha ha.

This is a short video of 11 minutes, giving an overview of what he does. Some of the longer ones explain in detail the different stages of his work. Have a look at this one, and maybe go to his channel on yoootooob and find some more if you are interested.



Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up later.
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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Donations for Workaid, and freebies.

Hello. I hope you are well. I delivered four sewing machines to Lincoln yesterday. Three of them were mine, then I was asked if I could take one more because my friends no longer use there's. Plenty of room in the car. 
So, this is the collection point nearest to me for the charity Workaid. The garage is almost full, so they will ask head office in Chesham to send the van to empty it. As you can see there are a lot of garden tools, and there's all kinds of tools in there for woodworking. These will be sorted out, repaired where necessary, put in a container, and shipped off to Africa. All the collections and refurbishment are done by volunteers. They also fundraise to pay for the transport of the containers. Take a look at the web site and see if there is a collection point near you. Perhaps you have something useful that you no longer need, to donate.
This is a very nice freebie which I found in a skip recently. Aftershave moisturizer. Just out of curiosity I looked at the company web site. This particular product sells for £12 for a travel size. This is the bigger size, double the amount, so I reckon this was about £24. Brand new and still in a box. It smells absolutely gorgeous and it melts into my skin. I slap it on my face, ha ha.

Another freebie. Last week someone brought lots of sewing cottons and embroidery silks into Crafty Club, their friend was having a clear out. Very kind of her to offer it to us. There was a lot of it and everyone took something home. Fandabidozi eh! I love free stuff.

I had a mooch around the car boot sale this morning at the football ground. There wasn't many booters, not much to tempt me, I only spent 20p. However, as I was walking through the retail park, I park my car on the road because I don't want to pay the 50p to park, I spotted two £1 coins on the ground. Then I remembered that the old ones are no longer legal tender, someone must have deliberately thrown them away. Not to worry, I have to go to the bank sometime this week so I'll get them changed for new ones there.

I've been sanding the driftwood, now I have to watch yoootooob videos on how to make a frame. Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
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Saturday, 14 October 2017

A walk in the Yorkshire Wolds

Hello. Me and my two buddies Paul and Paul, did a walk yesterday, we went over the bridge to Yorkshire. It was my turn to choose the route and be team leader. I went through my Country Walking magazines and found a nine and a half mile walk which started at North Newbald. It was only 40 minutes away in the car and it was Paul's turn to drive. There was plenty of parking in the village centre next to the Green. 
We followed the instructions from the magazine and set off along Eastgate and out of the village. What a good idea this is, free dog poo bags and a bin to put them in after use. 
The path took us up to Syke House Farm where we did a right between Sancton Wold and Newbald Wold. We were down in the bottom and looking up to the right we could only see the top bit of the wind turbines on the other side of the hill. As it was a blustery day they were turning quite fast. There were several of them and the whooosh of the blades made quite a lot of noise.


At the next junction we turned left onto the Yorkshire Wolds Way, a long distance path. Half way along there and we were making good progress. I thought that the route wasn't going to be long enough and we would get back too early, so I suggested extending it. I never rely on a just a magazine route, and always take an OS map as well, in case I need more options. We all agreed that we would add a bit onto the walk and make it longer.

It was a lovely day, even though it was windy it was quite hot for October.

We picked up the Wilberforce Way which is an old railway line, now suitable for walkers and cyclists. On the outskirts of Market Weighton we left the track and after a bite to eat we carried on down a very overgrown track. We battled our way through the undergrowth to come out on a road at the other end.

We had to walk down the A1074 for a short stretch, luckily there was a footpath. Just before we came into Sancton we did a right turn onto a track, past Houghton Hall, and through Houghton Moor Wood.

A selfie in the woods.

I loved the golden colours of the bracken.

The walk back to the car was a long straight track, time for a sit down just before we came into North  Newbald.

I took a few snaps, it's a lovely village. Spotted this toilet complete with cistern next to someone's front door. Makes a quirky planter.

Produce for sale outside the farm. Put your money in the tin.

Neat and tidy gardens and cottages.

This is our route, it works out at 13 miles, Paul checked it on his GPS, and I double checked it on Bikehike.co.uk

Added to my total, plus the three miles today, puts me on 981 miles. Mighty chuffed with that.

Thanks for popping in. Enjoy your Sunday, we'll catch up soon.
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Friday, 13 October 2017

Octopus's Garden

Hello. I am not doing any more work on this, it's how I imagined it to be, so that's it, done. It only needs framing. I think Octopus's Garden suits it fine, so that's what it is called. 
Needle felting, embroidery, and tiny sparkly beads. 16 inches by 12 inches.











The new Cannon camera takes better pictures than the old one. I have a new battery for the Fuji, so it is not redundant, I will still be using it.

I'm off for a walk with my buddies. Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
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