flowers, Garden, Kitchen, wild flowers

fruit-forage-feast

Another nice day and I remembered to toddle to the top of the hill armed with a plastic box. My objective was a gathering of brambles and sure enough the nice big bush I had already photy’d was still covered with good sized fruit. I soon had at least a punnet full and a hand full of scratches/nettle stings and some purple fingers. Later in the day I decided to turn my hand to jam making instead of scoffing the lot in one go. Although not a great jam eater I am still pretty chuffed with the result – only one small pot but that’ll do fine. mmm…. sticky.

bramble - bramble - jam

flowers, Garden, Halton Castle, Personal, Photys, Views, Walks, wild flowers

a wee stroll in the sun

Off out wi’ the camera since it was nice ‘n’ sunny this forenoon. I had intended heading for a beautiful garden (didn’t snap as it was being worked on at the time) but got distracted by these on the way. They are connected to my previous post As I Walked Out… since it is more or less the same area just shifted forward four months. Spot the differences?

  1. wonderful wildflower end of the Millenium Field… super
  2. closeup of a cornflower, my first
  3. medium sized gowan – big daisy
  4. the brightest yellow – black eyed susan/rudbekia
  5. fluffy thistle heads
  6. fat glossy rosehips
  7. broom pods ready to pop
  8. popped! (sound backdrop of pops, crackles, buzzing bees and thrumming crickets)
  9. bramble view – taste good too!

wildflowerField

cornflowerBlue

gowanFine

sunnyFlower

thistleFluff

rosehips

broomBangers

broomBanged

brambleView

Crafts, Folksy, Polymer Clay, shops

All Things Lime…a Folksy Friday

Although I spend a lot of time blundering about webby spaces I very rarely know what’s going on. (“That sounds like you” – the audience) I had no idea what a Folksy Friday was until yesterday …a Thumbthing Thursday?
Well I know now ‘cos one of my little handmade products has been included in a Folksy Friday collection. Many thanks to Anna Hamilton-Gunn.
Nip off to the Lime Garden to have a look – the Folksy Friday lime collection

lime buttons - set of 6But what was featured? ah – my set of tiny swirly buttons –  so if you fancy adding a cocktail punch to your usual LBD click off to the planetaye shop.

Caipirinhas all round I think!

Art, Beads, Crafts, Polymer Clay

Fresh Out the Oven

My first batch of buttons, polymer clay moulded onto metal covers with a shank at the back. These need a bit of attention to remove little burs and flecks, mibbe polish the white stars/hearts too? (finished size = 22mm diameter)
Having got myself an oven thermometer I discovered today that my little fan oven, kept for craft work, was running about 20°C below the indicated temperature!! This explains the crumbling and snapping of my last set of beads and whatnots (I had blamed some “old” clay). So the moral of the story is, always check – the display could be lying.

Button Set

So here’s the complete collection with the white areas sanded and buffed for a nice shine!
shiny finished buttons

flowers, Garden, wild flowers

personal poppy

Mother Nature has seen fit to reward the previous two posts with the tiniest poppy growing at the front of my house.
Despite chucking wildflower seeds at the ‘wild patch’ for a couple of years there have never been any results, till now! But she is sooo small, even this photy gives her a false robustness. Really only 15mm or so across and with a stalk like a hairy thread. Good for you Tiny!

Tinyiest Poppy

flowers, Garden, Halton Castle, Photys, Uncategorized, wild flowers

As I Walked Out…

…one early morning. Not so early and with my coffee and biscuit in one hand and wee camera in the other, and I even had to nip home for a new card and batteries. So please enjoy my hour and a half wander round Castle Hill.

  1. whins (gorse)…mmm that coconut scent
  2. broom with their little bean pod shapes
  3. may blossom (hawthorn) cast yer cloots if you wish!
  4. lilacs, unlucky to have in the house?
  5. field of baby ferns emerging from their dead
  6. english bluebells drooping grcefully behind a wall
  7. fern skeleton and new hawthorn blossom, old meets new
  8. a huge and slightly annoyed bumble bee
  9. buttercups from my front door – yes it’s meant to be a patch of “weeds”!
  10. wild turnip, …really?
  11. baby oak leaves unfurling and looking a soft and shiny

Gorse or WhinsBroomHawthorn BlossomLilac BushFern FieldEnglish BluebellsLast Year-This Year Big Bumble BeeButtercupsWild TurnipOak Leaves