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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Thursday, 12 October 2017

Cheap is good, free is better

Hello. I sometimes ask myself if it is worth going into a shop and coming out with only one reduced item and nothing else. Yesterday on the way back from the vet I called in the little Tesco Local shop and found nothing. There were reductions but not cheap enough for me. Just along the street is the Coop, might as well have a look in there as I have already stopped the car. Only item worth having was this yogurt, it was £1.25, now 31p. So a little bit  was saved. Some people might not bother, but I think if you can save a little here and there, it all mounts up. 

This afternoon I spent some money, the car needed new tyres. I've kept the old ones for as long as I dare, but with winter approaching it is wiser to have good tyres. So that will be a hefty amount on the credit card statement when it comes. I must say, the car immediately felt better to drive, with the tracking and balancing all done, and correct inflation, the steering felt more positive. I had been thinking of changing the car, but can't find another Focus Estate exactly like the one I have but a later model. I have decided to keep this one, it's still got low mileage and will be fine for another year or two.

I called in at the Cash and Carry as I was passing. Got a few bits and bobs. Jars of Heinz Mayo for 20p each, boxes of cereal for 50p each. Next door was a cafe, and I saw that a van was parked outside and the men inside were removing all the fixtures and fittings, looks like it has closed down. They were chucking everything in a skip.

Pity I wasn't there earlier, the skip was more than half full, so I don't know what was buried at the bottom. The men seemed in a bit of a hurry but they let me take what I wanted. They were in the middle of dismantling the counter, and instead of smashing it all up which would have been the quickest way of doing it, they took it apart by removing the screws so I could have the undamaged pieces of timber. Really chuffed with my free wood.

Heidi supervising again as I unloaded it.

My annual credit card statement came today. Just as I expected.

The difference in the amounts is what I am due to pay on the latest bill which arrived yesterday. I just use it for convenience, a lot of my spending I pay with cash.

That's it for tonight. Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Heidi supervising the gardening

Hello. I'm spending a bit of time in the garden weather permitting, to keep everything tidy. I haven't touched the back hedge much over the summer, so it needs some attention before it gets out of hand. They have a similar hedge two doors down and they haven't touched theirs at all since it was planted, now they have a massive wall of greenery which will need some serious chopping back if they leave it much longer. I will not let mine get to that state because then you have the problem of disposing of all the unwanted branches. I keep trimming mine up to keep it to a manageable height. 
Yesterday the weather was fine and I was on the step ladders between the hedge and the summerhouse when I was aware of something moving about above me on the plastic roof.. I looked up and a little paw reached out. Sweet little Heidi was watching my every move. Then she decided to sunbathe on the porch extension roof, while I moved along the hedge and carried on with the trimming.  
There are still a lot of flowers in the beds.

These were blooming in the spring then they died off, but now they are back again.

Still some fuchsias in flower.

I bought this heather in a pot from Aldi last week, it was £1.69. A good buy I thought. I've re potted it so it has plenty of room to grow.

My sister made a veggie chilli when I visited last week. I don't normally .like spicy food but it was ok. She made too much, and as they thought it was too hot for them she gave me the left overs in a plastic box to bring home. I had some pea and bean salad left from the yellow stickers the week before, so I mixed it all   together and heated it up. It was very tasty indeed.

I went to the vet today to pick up Heidi's tablets, and on the way there I made a diversion along the river bank to see if I could find some driftwood. It was very blustery, and the tide was out. The ground was a bit boggy but I managed to fill a carrier bag. I want to use the wood to make a frame for the octopus picture. Not sure how I am going to do it, first it needs sanding down.

I've had a phone call from the Workaid charity collection point at Lincoln. I'm going to deliver the sewing machines on Saturday. I shall to have to find a man to help me lift the treadle machine into the car. It weighs a ton.

Off now to watch something on yooootoooob. Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Open the Cage, Murphy, by Paul O'Grady. Book review

Hello. Paul O'Grady is one of my favourite entertainer/presenters. He comes across as a very sincere guy, no airs and graces, just tells it like it is. Funny, down to earth and to the point. Lily Savage was a hoot, my goodness did she make me laugh. I have always been fascinated by blokes in frocks, and Paul played the part of Lily to perfection.
I have read one of his previous books, this one covers the period of when he was starting out on the club circuit as Lily, through to his mainstream television appearances, and the London Palladium. 
Murphy was his manager/partner, and the story is about the two of them touring the country, then the world, as Paul became more and more famous. There is drama, great sadness, and extreme hilarity in this book, and you can feel the emotions oozing from the pages. He writes as he speaks on television, which feels like he is having a conversation with you. There is lots of name dropping, he must have met most of the famous people in the world. This also give an insight into how the entertainment business works. Even entertainers have their idols.

I must say Paul has worked extremely hard throughout his life, and hasn't been afraid to tackle any opportunities which came his way. Some great photographs in the book, it's good to put faces to names.

If you want an interesting read about one man's journey to the top of the entertainment world then this is the book for you. It's funny and it's sad, and a great read.

Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
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Monday, 9 October 2017

More art at the 20 21

Hello. I'm glad you liked the Woolly Spires. While I was at the 20 21 Arts Centre I took these photo's. There are two other exhibitions on at the moment. This one is inside a dark cave, which is basically a big box painted black. On two walls, floor to ceiling, are projected brightly coloured psychedelic moving pictures. When you stand in front of them an image of your own body is projected onto the screen. Here is me in red, taking a photo. 

On the other screen I am blue. You can dance about and do whatever you like. The kids were having great fun.

I got my legs and my shadow in this shot.

This is another exhibit which the kids were attracted to. Dare you touch the electric fence? When you did pluck up enough courage and knew you weren't going to get a nasty shock you found that each strand of wire made a different weird noise. The temptation was to walk around it touching as many different wires as possible to create an eerie sound echoing around the church. I guess the speakers are hidden inside the four metal corner posts.

These exhibits are going to be here for a while so plenty of time to see them.

Crafty Club this morning was lively as usual. I have at last finished the Sea Bed picture. Someone said it's like Octopus's Garden, the Ringo Starr song. I've never heard of that before. Now I need to frame it, I'll post pictures later.

I was up at 4am this morning, now I'm feeling a bit jaded, so I'll sign off. Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
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Sunday, 8 October 2017

Woolly Spires at 20 21 Arts Centre

Hello. I was in town yesterday and popped into the 20 21 Visual Arts Centre to see what's new. Some good exhibitions are now showing for the next few weeks. 
Are there any knitters out there? How about knitting yourself a church. There are six of them on show, and pretty big they are too. Not all made by one person, but by community groups throughout Lincolnshire. 
There isn't much detail about how they were constructed, but I guess that each one has a wooden shell inside and the sections were knitted by many hands to fit it. 
They are exhibited in the walkway between the old church which is the main gallery area, and the new building which is the main entrance, coffee shop, and gift shop.

Here is the blurb on the board, click on it to enlarge

If you want to see more photo's click on the artsnk web site.
There are more photo's on the Woolly Spires Facebook page

Get your needles clicking ladies, and knit yourself a church. Sorry, no patterns available, make it up as you knit  :o)

It's Sunday and I have got a few things I need to do. Enjoy your day and thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
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