Saturday, 29 August 2015

If only...

My nephew visited us last summer when we were looking after a litter of abandoned kittens awaiting owners. He was so keen to take one home, but sadly, his dad wasn't so keen.

The layout  was made using an old set of papers I can't recognise as they were given to me by a fellow scrapper, with additional doily papers by Stampin' Up,

 and some tiny pieces cut from a last piece of Sassafrass paper I have in my stash.

Doily papers are by Stampin'Up.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Portland Swimming

It is rare that we go to the island of Portland on a sunny day, as there are few place it is safe to swim on the island, but if the weather is really calm, then you can swim from some amazing sites on the isle.
In mid August, we had a gloriously hot Saturday and knowing that the main beaches in Weymouth would be packed we decided to head for Portland. We began at a small, rocky cove close to Portland Bill.  A week or so earlier the sea looked like this; no-one in their right mind would swim from here!

..but when we set out, the sea was azure, calm, cool, and deep.

I love to get straight into the water, so stepping down onto ledges that almost formed steps into the water was perfect for a lovely dip!

There was also a huge rock pool, perfect for crabbing..

.. and the large flat rocks were ideal for sunbathing and a picnic!

After a cream tea at the nearby Lobster Pot, we headed off to Chesil cove, the Portland end of Chesil beach.

As a child I was told it was too dangerous to swim from this beach as the currents are too dangerous; I think most of the time this is true (as in the picture above), but occasionally on a very calm day you can swim from Chesil beach, especially at the more sheltered Cove end.

As you can see, on this day the sea was just perfect, the beach is extremely steep, and tricky to get in and out of the water, but completely worth it for a great swimming experience.

I have to admit, in all the years I have been going to Dorset, this is the first time I have swum off Portland; well worth the wait!

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Tyneham and Worbarrow Bay

On one of the few sunny days this week we took a trip to an area of Dorset that is closed to the public for over 2/3 of the year, as it used by the MOD as a firing range out of the summer season. The army land hides a beautiful bay and the tiny, deserted village of Tyneham; abandoned by order of the government during World War 2, and never returned to its owners.

Although it is very sad that the people of Tyneham were evicted and never allowed to return, the valley and adjoining Worbarrow Bay are truly unspoilt as a result; time really feels as if it has stood still in the 70 years since their departure. I visited around 6 or 7 years ago and revisited again this summer.

 In some of the more preserved buildings it feels as if the villagers have just gone out and will be back any time.

The main street, including an early phone box, before they were painted red.

The names are of the last class to attend Tyneham school, empty coat-hooks awaiting their return.

My sister, nephew and me at Worbarrow bay; sheltered, beautiful, striking cliffs and gorgeous for a swim.

One of Dorset's hidden gems; just make sure you check online whether the ranges are open before you visit.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Gorgeous Dorset. .

Regular readers will have noticed that I have not been posting much of late.  All due to enjoying myself on the south coast in my holiday destination of choice.  I was also lucky enough to be able to stay a few extra days in  my sister's van with her. Kev (never one for spending many hours on the beach) went home a week before me.   He had been itching to get the jobs we started finished,  tidy his garage and begin to make a hall stand for a friend of ours.  (And then have to clear the garage again! )

So now I'm home here are some of the photos that will be appearing on scrapbook pages soon! Today starts with a cloudy day in Lyme Regis; a fabulous cliff top drive away along the Jurassic coast from Weymouth.

Nets on the harbourside.

Harry on the Mill steps.

..and looking out to sea.

the gardens overlooking the beach

and a photo of Kev and I taken by Harry.

More pictures later in the week.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Finished at Last!

We were some of the latest schools to finish this summer, only ending term on Tuesday.
A few people moved on from our place, some to new jobs, others retiring.

My own TA didn't leave our school, but she has switched years to work lower down the school, which is a pity as I have really  enjoyed working with her. I made her a card to say thanks for all the help she has given to me and the children over the past three years.

The sentiment is a Tim Holtz embossed and sanded one, a new purchase! Paper is a very old Graphic 45 one.  Looking forward to a rest (after the decorating is done).

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Home decor decoupage.

Decoupage means to cut out. I decided to make use of this old craft to decorate a set of drawers I use as a jewellery box using things cut out from the wallpaper that has been newly hung in my bedroom.

The drawers are old ones from Ikea, I painted over the previous design in eggshell paint.

Once this was dry, I cut images from the wallpaper, they curled a little, so I flattened them in a heavy book.

I then used wallpaper paste to stick them to the drawers, cutting the bird in places so it would stretch over the front  of  the  drawers but still allow me to open them.

A coat of satin varnish to make sure the papers will be hard-wearing enough, job done.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Garden photos

On such a miserable July day when it has rained from ten until tea time I had a look back through some of the photos I took of the garden earlier in the month, you remember?  When it was really hot and we didn't stop moaning?!

 First of all, we have had an amazing gooseberry harvest this year, not done anything with these yet, they are in the freezer.

This is a little rose that came from my Grandma's garden.  It can be a little temperamental, some years it flowers, others not, but this year it has been worth the wait as the blooms are gorgeous.

So pretty, even the cat likes them!

And finally, the hanging baskets.  Spring was cold and dull, so I didn't feel like planting them, but looking at how they turned out I am so glad I did!

When I look back at a page with these photos on in the dead of winter, they are certain to cheer me up.