Sunday Sevens #33 29.5.16

Hello there, I do hope you’ve had a good week. It’s been a great one here, busy as usual, here goes…

Big blue

The week started with a belting Monday morning. It was glorious, as you can see there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. I popped out for a quick walk/ jog/ limp along and found myself in Rosia, by Parson’s Lodge and at Camp Bay. It was truly beautiful. It’s at times like this I remember just how lucky I am to live here. 

Not wishing to burst this bubble of loveliness, but within an hour of taking these pictures the clouds had rolled in and the wind was gusting. I guess I was very fortunate to enjoy the best of the day!

Spring Visual Arts Competition

The Spring Visual Arts Competition was officially opened on Tuesday. It’s a chance for anyone to enter their art works and see them hung on the walls of the Gustavo Bacarisas Gallery in Casemates Square. The categories included; Painting, Drawing, Prints & Digital Painting,  Sculpture, Photography, Video and Installation.  

In all 145 entries were considered for the big prize which was won by Alan Perez for his very moving installation (in the bottom left above). Called Shame on Europe history repeats itself, it featured photos of the European refugee crisis projected onto a huge pile of suitcases roped together. 

Natural colour combinations

On Wednesday I took a walk to a different part of the Upper Rock Nature Reserve To visit Devil’s Gap Battery. (The walk features in my latest Stroll around Gibraltar) On the way up to the footpath the nasturtiums were beautiful. I spotted this clump with the tiny purple flowers between the vibrant orangey yellow. You can’t beat that for a colour combination.

Med Steps

I just can’t keep away from them can I? I went back up the steps on Thursday morning. It was another beautiful, warm, late spring morning and I really enjoyed the walk. Every time I go up at the moment I seem to notice new flowers and plants. As one type of plant dies off it’s replaced by another stunner. I spotted these lovely flowering cacti this week. They’re like a huge version of what my Mum has in a pot in her front porch at home!

Dressmaking class

The time has finally arrived (on my dressmaking course) for me to design my own skirt. I have two very special family weddings coming up next year, so I figured I may as well make my skirt a bit special so I can wear it for those. (Plus, one wedding is on my side of the family, the other on Mr Postcard’s so no one will know I’m wearing the same outfit twice πŸ˜‰ shhh! It’s our little secret)

I’ve decided upon a fifties style of skirt and am hoping to make a top in the same fabric when I learn all about tops next year so it should look like a dress…. No pressure!

At last!

I love agapanthus. I have tried unsuccessfully to grow them for years, both at our last home in the north of England and here in Gibraltar. I reckon I’ve tried at least 4 times since we’ve been living on the Rock. You’d think living here with this climate I might be able to manage it. Well at long last, after many false starts I have a healthy specimen and she’s looking beautiful on our balcony. I think she knew it was Chelsea Flower Show this week and thought she’d better make an effort! πŸ˜‰


This week I have been crocheting little amigurumi dinosaurs again. (The pattern for them is in Simply Crochet Magazine Issue21) I just can’t help it, they’re so addictive. I have had requests from the smallest Postcards for two and I’ve made a third as a gift for a young man I know. I love the crochet part, can you tell that the sewing together is my least favourite part? I’ll share a finished picture of them next week. 

Thank you so much for stopping by, until next time have a lovely bank holiday weekend! 

Sunday Sevens is a weekly blog series featuring seven photos from the last seven days. It was devised by Nat at Threads & Bobbins blog. Pop over to her blog to find out more if you fancy joining in!

15 thoughts on “Sunday Sevens #33 29.5.16

  1. Lovely to see the blue sky. Still single figures at night in Yorkshire. Your idea of a skirt and top is great for a wedding or two. You can afford to be a bit extravagant with the fabric. Can’t wait to see the result. Loving the crochet K xXx

    1. Thank you! I’m quite excited though slightly daunted by the prospect of making the skirt to be honest. It’s a relatively simple design to make but I’m hoping to use something that may be a bit slippy to stitch and I really don’t want to end up looking like I’m wearing something ‘home-made’! Hope the weather warms up a bit for you soon x

  2. That dress is going to be amazing! Looks fantastic, there is a lady on Etsy who makes the net underskirts in any colour you like, she is in the UK but posts world wide.
    What a beautiful week, the weather looks great, it’s been lovely here as well.

  3. The cacti are prickly pears aren’t they? I have some in my garden.

    I like the dress idea. Are those your drawings? Very good. That’s one reason I couldn’t make my own patterns, zilch drawing ability like that.

    The agapanthus is beautiful, I like them too.

    1. Yes I think they are prickly pears. The flowers are so pretty. The dress bit was my drawing but I can’t take any credit for the figure wearing it – they were printed on the sheet already πŸ˜‰

  4. I love all the little design sketches for your wedding outfit. Sometimes I enjoy seeing beautifully done sketches even more than the finished article – somebody blogged about the royal collection on show in the U.K. at the moment and it was the sketches that caught my eye. I can’t draw to save my life so maybe that’s why πŸ˜‰

  5. Designing your own skirt, eh? Pretty impressive, I’d say, and a great idea to make a matching top to double up as a dress. Have you been watching Chelsea too? I’ve been enjoying it this week – some of the gardens are incredible!

    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ we’ll see how impressive it is when it’s finished ;-).

      Oh yes, I’ve loved watching Chelsea. I was hoping to go this year (I went 2 yrs ago and loved it) but unfortunately it didn’t quite work out. Fingers crossed for next year though. I went to Gardener’s World Live at the NEC a couple of times before having children and really enjoyed that too, but Chelsea is off the scale! What an incredible place πŸ™‚

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