Friday, 31 October 2014

Some finished knitting

As promised here are my latest finished knitting projects.

The first one is done in Jamiesons Shetland Heather Aran and is a pattern by Debbie Bliss.

This one is done in Rowan Summer Tweed

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Something New

I do like something new - don't you?

There is a new online Christian community starting up on 1 November - His Kingdom Come, a creative community of faith. You can find it here. There will be a blog hop on Saturday to launch it and I am sure there will be lots of exciting things to follow.

Why not check it out?

His Kingdom Come

Monday, 27 October 2014

Visit to Roslyn

Several weeks ago our Church took a visit to Roslyn Chapel, just outside Edinburgh. It was the first time I have been there, but a fascinating place.

 In 1446 Sir William St Clair, 3rd Prince of Orkney, founded Rosslyn Chapel. It is thought that the village of Roslyn grew up to house them. The chapel took 40 years to build. It is thought that it was originally intended to be part of a cruciform building, but William died in 1484 and building stopped.

Virtually every surface is covered with detailed and elaborate carvings of figures and scenes.

Roslyn Chapel is the setting for part of Dan Brown's book, The Da Vinci Code. When the book became a best seller it caused an unprecedented rise in the number of visitors to the chapel, which still continues today.

Roslyn has always had a bit of a mysterious side to it, and legends associated with it. You are not allowed to take photographs inside the chapel, so I had to content myself with the outside of it.

If you are ever in the area then I recommend you visit it.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Review - One little Word

You might remember this post from back in January when I chose my word for the year and signed up for Ali Edwards One Little Word project. As the year is starting to draw to a close I thought I should perhaps update you. I wasn't really getting to grips with my word (which was Strengthen), so in March/April time I changed it to the word GROW, which seemed to fit better with what my intentions were for the year.

In some areas I have managed this well and in others not so. I certainly have not managed to keep up with Ali's project, despite buying folders etc.

My main area in which I feel my word has applied so far this year has been in my job, which I started in May. I am now working almost full-time for The Salvation Army and really enjoying it. It does take up a lot more of my time and so other things (like crafting) have had to take a bit of a back seat. It has taken me time to get used to working every day again, which I have not done for a good few years! I feel my work is enabling me to grow in many ways, which is good.

I have completed several knitting projects, which I have still to photo and blog about. My stash of wool has also grown this year - oops!

One area in which I have not done so well is healthy eating and exercise - so need to do something about that!

If you chose a word for the year how are you doing so far?

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

More Cardiff

We also went to Cardiff Castle

On our last day the sun came out, so we went along the coast a bit to Penarth, which has a lovely Victorian pier.

We then went further along the coast to a medieval village, where Merlin was filmed - it was closed for refurbishment. Seemed to be a recurring theme of the week.

We did enjoy our week and might just have to go back sometime to see the Doctor!

Monday, 20 October 2014


It rained most of the time we were in Cardiff, but we still enjoyed ourselves. We went to Cardiff Bay, which is a lovely place.

The Welsh Parliament building

We had really wanted to go and see the Dr Who experience, but unfortunately it was closed for regeneration!

For Torchwood fans - we were looking for the secret entrance.

Sunday, 19 October 2014


We are just back from a week's holiday. We went down to Cardiff, which is rather a long drive from here, so we decided to stop for a night at Manchester. Mainly so that someone could go and see Old Trafford. He has been before but wanted to see the new statue of Sir Alex Ferguson.

We also wandered over to the Lowry Centre and Gallery - unfortunately we did not have time to go into the gallery but this is the bulding.

 And looking over to Media City.

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