Sunday, 19 April 2020

Social Distancing at RHS Wisley

Back in March we went to RHS Wisley to see the cherry blossom.  The pandemic had reached the UK and social distancing measures were in place.
There were a lot less people in the gardens than normal and everyone was being considerate and observing the distancing measures.
This was just before the UK went into lockdown and we were glad to visit when we did as who knows when we will be able to again?
The cherry blossom was perfect! It reminded us that a year ago we were in Japan to experience sakura season.


The blossom was a joy to behold!

We enjoyed a wander around the gardens,











but didn't stay for as long as normal.

Spring 2020

Spring arrived with all her hope for the future,

but also lurking just over the horizon was the corona virus pandemic.
It has taken me a while to start this post as I didn't really know the best way to document this time.
We have been blessed with unusually warm weather and nature has continued to delight the senses and soothe the soul.

In the UK we went into lockdown on 23rd March, my children (they're adults, but I still call them children) were already working from home as their companies had closed the offices.
My husband also joined us at home and the pair of us have been enjoying a local walk each day, admiring the arrival of spring together.
The village pond was full of frogspawn at the beginning of March.
We spotted the pair of little white egrets by the brook a few times.

The sunshine brought out the butterflies.

We picked wild garlic, which I made into pesto.
We are so lucky to have many public footpaths and green lanes leading from our village into the countryside.





We have spotted a few deer on our walks

and even managed a glimpse of the elusive great spotted woodpecker that we hear in the copse behind our home.

Monday, 23 March 2020

February Knitting Adventures

Towards the end of February, I headed to Farnham to meet my friend Amanda at Unravel, a fibre festival.
Unusually for us, we were only window shopping! I am knitting from stash this year, but very much admired Dusty Dimples yarn and made a note for future shopping! :)

The Pompom Quarterly stand had some beautiful samples on display.

The Shifty on the Kettle Yarn Co display was rather lovely.
I did allow myself some souvenir yarn from a new to me dyer, Ted Knits UK.  I would have preferred to buy 3 skeins for a project, but as we were there on the last day of the festival stocks were limited.

The next day I was off on another knitting adventure.  This time I was travelling to Ipswich in Suffolk for Julie of Suffolk Socks very first knitting retreat.

The retreat was held in the historic Old Neptune Inn near the harbour.  The building's history has been detailed by the Ipswich Society here.  Julie had found a very special place to hold her retreat, it was a joy to sit and knit there whilst chatting to the other lovely attendees.

Delicious meals were eaten in the dining hall.

Workshops and a mini market were also held there.  Ellie of Craft House Magic taught an after-thought heel class.



The lovely Emma of Seren Yarns taught us how to make Dorset buttons.

I now have another hobby! :)

I also enjoyed Julie's felt bird making class.

We were all spoilt by Julie with a very generous goodie bag, which also included a project bag from Ellie.

Pretty stitch marker necklace by Feral Strumpet gifted from Julie.

On a couple of mornings we walked around Ipswich.







Christchurch Mansion











All too soon it was time to leave.  If you would like to see video footage of my time at the retreat you can find it on my February YouTube vlog.

I left Ipswich and headed to Norfolk to spend a few days with my parents.

I also went out for a day in Norwich with a friend, before heading home.