Sunday Sevens #216 5.4.20

Hello, I hope this finds you safe and well. It’s been another funny week. I feel like I’ve not really done anything and was surprised I managed to find seven photos from the last seven days to share with you. Here goes…

Swab time

Last Sunday morning I was phoned and asked to come to the drive through testing for Covid-19. I had phoned the helpline on Saturday – 10 days after calling the first time to report symptoms and after being told to self-isolate which we had done. It was a bit of a highlight being able to leave the apartment albeit for about 25 minutes in total.

It wore me out though. I needed to go back to bed afterwards to have a sleep! I haven’t had my usual energy at all.

Sunset

The compulsory sunset photo

No Sunday Sevens is complete without a sunset photo don’t you think? This was last Sunday’s view from the balcony.

Whoops, looks like I started another blanket…

So, last week I spotted that a new CAL or crochet-along had begun to be completed while we are all under lockdown. It’s been put together by the lovely people behind the Crochet Sanctuary and is called ‘Pandemonium’. If you would like to join in, you can find the pattern (which is released twice weekly) on the ‘All things Crochet Sanctuary’ Facebook group.

Don’t look too closely though… I did it a bit wrong and had to unravel slightly. 😉

Rainbows of hope

I thought I would jump on the rainbow bandwagon this week (this lockdown has helped me rediscover my crojo – had you noticed?). I saw loads of lovely patterns online for crocheted rainbows but thought I’d have a go at doing my own. After two failed attempts at an ‘arc’ which were wonky (and yes, I know I could just do a circle and fold it in half) I gave up and did a little flag instead.

Home learning

We have been very fortunate in that the Little Postcards have all had online lessons this week. The teachers here in Gibraltar have done a great job keeping their pupils engaged through online teaching. However before the lessons kicked in, Littlest had a go at growing carrot tops. They are coming on rather well. They will be given to Diamond, our house rabbit, for a treat once they’re a bit bigger.

Pandemonium Part 2

The second part of the Pandemonium CAL was released mid week – what a treat to look forward to! I’m really enjoying it.

It’s finished – at last!

My Catalan Bay blanket

In case you missed my post yesterday about it, I finished my Catalan Bay blanket this week. It’s only taken a year 🙈. I had to wait until Friday for the sun to come out to take a photo!

So, there you have it, another week on lockdown. As for the test results, they came back positive for Covid-19. I suspected as much, but I felt a lot better knowing for sure. It’s not been nice, but I am feeling extremely lucky to have had a relatively mild dose in the scheme of things. I am thankfully now on the mend, although I don’t think I’ll be fit for climbing the Med Steps again for a while even if it was allowed!

For now we remain in self-isolation but hope to be able to get out of the apartment sometime next week for a government sanctioned walk once we know the household is completely clear of symptoms. It’s strange how the things we took for granted just a few weeks ago now seem so precious.

We have some very good friends and neighbours who have delivered shopping and medicine to our door. Thank you so much for that – we’re very grateful.

Gibraltar has risen to the coronavirus challenge. Whilst we haven’t been able to witness the empty streets other than on our car journey to the drive-through test facility, I have watched the daily governmental briefings and seen news reports about the new Nightingale hospital facility at the Europa Point sports complex, heard about the volunteers who have come forward to help in many ways and joined in the clapping and appreciation for all our key workers at 8pm each night.

Thank you to all of you who have contributed to the effort, your work is very much appreciated.

Until next week, stay safe & stay at home x

Sunday Sevens was first created by Natalie from Threads and Bobbins.

A Catalan Bay Blanket Story

Once upon a time (about a year ago) a lovely crochet designer called Eleonora published a crochet-along (or CAL) pattern for a new blanket called ‘Changing Tides’. The previous year, Eleonora had published another seaside themed blanket on her Coastal Crochet blog called the ‘Seaside Stash Buster’ which I joined in with and created my Sandy Bay Blanket.

Even though I had approximately 7,248 other crochet projects on the go at the time (well not quite, but it felt like it), I couldn’t resist having a go at Eleonora’s new project, and so it began…

Just like the previous year, Eleonora posted helpful You Tube videos along the way to help with tricky stitches and rows and soon had us all crocheting like pros!

I set off like a bull at a gate and didn’t take the time to plan what my colour choices would be, and decided (resonably early on) that I didn’t like what I had done so started again…

My project came with me on holiday…

…and before I knew it, I had a rather nice ‘changing tides’ sea developing in front of me. The name ‘changing tides’ is very appropriate because at the end of each row you turn your work and travel back the way you came in much the same way the waves do as they land on the beach.

It even made it down to the beach…

…those bobbles are rather time consuming, so I did a spot of bobbling on the bus…

…and still the tide came in.

And look … it even featured on Eleonora’s Instagram feed on one of her weekly round-ups! That made my day I can tell you.

By this point I felt that perhaps it was time to think about something other than just sea and waves…

And inspiration hit me. Last year’s blanket was based on Sandy Bay.

My Sandy Bay blanket from last year

Why not make a blanket based on another of Gibraltar’s lovely beaches…. Catalan Bay?

The brightly coloured houses gave me lots of excuses to use some different vibrant colours.

But what colour should I opt for first? What about the aptly named ‘shrimp’?

Shrimp was just the ticket for another row of bobbles and they could represent the buoys which hold up the nets in the family swimming area.

It felt good to see a pop of colour against all that blue. The buoys were finished during a short break in Spain while sitting under the cool of some trees.

And again, my blanket made it into one of Eleonora’s weekly round ups! What a thrill.

Time for more waves, and then finally dry land and a beach!

Then came the sandy bobbles, a terracotta coloured sea wall, and those brightly coloured houses which populate Catalan Bay. Behind the houses came the green vegetation which then gave way to the grey of the upper Rock and finally the sky and wispy Levanter clouds forming on the crest of the Rock.

I tell you what, those different colours were a bit fiddly and you do not want to see the loose ends that were on the back!

It’s taken an inordinately long amount of time to get to the end, but get to the end I have! It’s time for the big unveiling!

Last year, I was able to do my big ta-dah moment on Sandy Bay beach itself. This year, because of our current situation in lockdown because of the Coronavirus, my big ta-dah is just having to happen on my balcony… at least the sun’s shining!

Thank you very much Eleonora for yet another fabulous crochet-along pattern. Thank goodness I managed to get this one finished before you launch this year’s blanket (just a week before I believe!). The online community which was formed because of these blankets is truly wonderful. It’s so important to feel like you are part of a community, especially at times like this.

Until we meet again, Catalan Bay, thank you for your inspiration!

Sunday Sevens #208 3/11/19

Hello there, thanks for stopping by. We’ve just got to the end of a lovely midterm holiday here. We ran away up the coast and had a few days away, it was fabulous. Here’s this week’s midterm Sunday Sevens…

Pink Hibiscus Gin

And relax…. mid term holidays began in earnest with a trip along the coast to our favourite hotel. A session of Aquafit & Zumba meant that this gorgeous concoction was imbibed totally guilt free!

Pink skies

Mr Postcard spotted this view just after the sun had disappeared behind the horizon on Monday evening. I managed to miss the beautiful skies completely!

Pink flowers

This beautiful tree was blooming outside our hotel window. What a stunner it is against the bright blue Andalucian sky!

A sunset stroll

One evening I popped onto the beach nearby just as the sun was going down. The epitome of tranquility.

Outdoor cinema

Now this is a cinema with a difference. This huge screen was erected by the side of the hotel pool once the swimmers and sunbathers had departed for the day and Littlest and I snuggled on a sun lounger to watch Hotel Transylvania 3. What a lovely evening it was!

Just chillin’

On the last full day of our holiday, we did a lot of nothing really, and it was lovely! I did manage a bit of poolside bobbling though on my Changing Tides blanket designed by Eleonora of Coastal Crochet. The last bobble has been created (at last! Sorry Eleonora 🙊) and I’m on the last-ish leg!

Still in the EU

I don’t know whether you can make out those flags on the Gibraltar side of the border, but one of them in theory shouldn’t have been flying there on Friday 1st November when we came home from our trip to Spain. We have had a stay of execution and we remain as members of the EU family for a bit longer – a fact I’m truly happy about.

Here comes the rain…

After a wonderful sunny week on the Costa del Sol, autumnal wet and windy weather came to this part of the world… can’t complain though after the week we’ve had!

And that brings this week’s Sunday Sevens Nines to an end for another week. I hope it’s been a good week for you!

Until next time, bye for now!

Sunday Sevens was first created by Natalie from Threads and Bobbins.

Summer Craft Challenge 2019 (Week 4)

Good evening, here’s week 4 of my Summer Craft Challenge…

Day 22 Saturday 20th July

Back on the aqua blues after that pop of colour last week…. do those bobbles remind you of anything?

Day 23 Sunday 21st July

…more waves.

Day 24 Monday 22nd July

… and still more waves!

Day 25 Tuesday 23rd July

And here is my first row of land… a spot of wet sand!

Day 26 Wednesday 24th July

I have a grey stripe now…. looks a bit like pebbles don’t you think?

Day 27 Thursday 25th July

We spent a lovely hour in Catalan Bay on Thursday evening which made me think perhaps it was as good a time as any to reveal that this year my seaside blanket will be made with a Catalan Bay theme – I can’t wait to capture some of the colours of those Catalan Bay homes!

Day 28 Friday 26th July

Today I did a bit of planning for my Sandy beach rows, then a spot of ruffling…

We have had a rather busy week this week and as it’s the summer holidays I’m taking a little holiday from my phone as from tomorrow. I’ll keep up with my Craft challenge and will tell you all about it when I return!

Until then, bye for now and thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Summer Craft Challenge (Week 3)

Hi, 3 weeks down already, those days are zipping by at lightning speed! Here’s week 3 of my summer Craft challenge…

Day 15 Saturday 13th July

Last Saturday after what felt like weeks of ‘shrimp’ bobbles I finished the round and changed to ‘lemon’ instead!

Day 16 Sunday 14th July

I’m liking the contrast of the citrus colours against the blue…

Day 17 Monday 15th July

I managed to find time for a little bit of crochet on the balcony as the sun went down time…. ahhhhh!

Day 18 Tuesday 16th July

… more bobbling.

Day 19 Wednesday 17th July

Whilst on a flying visit to the Costa del Crochet, I managed to finish the bobbles and even managed another row of blue.

Day 20 Thursday 18th July

I got a lovely surprise on Thursday morning – my Spanish bobbles featured on Eleonora’s weekly round up grid of her Changing Tides CAL with crocheters from around the world. What a treat to see that when I picked up my phone!

Thursday’s Crochet was pale blue…

Day 21 Friday 19th July

Friday night was a rushed crochet before bed – so rushed that I realised today that I’d done it wrong and had to frog it! Whoops!

That’s it for another week… thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Summer Craft Challenge 2019 (Week 2)

Week two gone already! It’s been a very busy one here with the Island Games (more on that in Sunday Sevens here tomorrow). Here goes with this week’s crafty endeavours…

Day 8 : Saturday 6th July

Saturday was a very grey and cloudy day here in Gibraltar which made it perfect weather for me to sit out on the balcony and do a bit of catch up on the Coastal Crochet CAL without getting sunstroke. That’s week 6 complete (just another 7 weeks’ worth to catch up on now…)

Day 9 : Sunday 7th July

Sunday was a busy day going to see some of the Island Games events but there’s nothing like a spot of crochet while the sun goes down to unwind!

Day 10 : Monday 8th July

One last row of aqua inspired blues before a change of colour….

Day 11 : Tuesday 9th July

And this is the colour change I opted for, the rather aptly named ‘shrimp’. The perfect colour for for a spot of bobbling on the beach!

Day 12 : Wednesday 10th July

And the bobbles continue…

Day 13 : Thursday 11th July

A spot late night of bobbling in front of the TV.

Day 14 : Friday 12th July

Well I’ve been bobbling since Tuesday and I’m still going!! There’s a lot of work in these bobbles and it’s been a busy week, so my crochet windows have been small. I’m hoping next week will offer more time with my hook…

Thanks for stopping by! If you would like to join in with the summer Craft challenge, just upload a photo of your crafty work onto Instagram with the hashtag #summercraftchallenge2019

Just in case you were wondering, I’m currently working on the lovely Changing Tides Blanket CAL by Eleonora from Coastal Crochet.

Summer Craft Challenge 2019 (Week 1)

And so it begins… school’s out for summer and as in the previous three years I decided that the only way to survive the long 9 (yes, 9) week-long school summer break is to find a few moments each day to do something I love (not just drinking Mojitos – although this was a particularly lovely one) but making something or doing something crafty.

Although I only work a small part-time job, this academic year has been a very busy one for me with other projects going on. All of those things are coming to a hiatus during the summer months which is giving me the perfect opportunity to pick up my crochet hook, needle or paintbrush and get cracking in amongst the usual arguments, suncream & sand that punctuates the summer months.

Each day I will attempt something crafty and post it on Instagram using the #summercraftchallenge2019 hashtag. I’ll also publish a weekly round up of my crafty endeavours – this forces me to actually stick to my summer resolutions! If you would like to join in, please do and use the hashtag on Instagram too, I’d love to see what you’re up to as well

Here goes with Week 1:

Day 1 : Saturday 29th June

I may only be on week 4 of the Coastal Crochet CAL when the CAL is already in its 12th week, but I have plenty of time to play catch up this summer!

Day 2 : Sunday 30th June

A spot of long waving in front of Glastonbury on the telly!

Day 3 : Monday 1st July

Got the long waves finished on Monday night.

Day 4 : Tuesday 2nd July

Now for the turn of the blue waves on Tuesday.

Day 5 : Wednesday 3rd July

Life got in the way of crochet on Wednesday…

Day 6 : Thursday 4th July

On Thursday I did get the time to pick up my hook, I managed a lovely row of granny clusters… My photo from Tuesday made an appearance on Eleonora’s Thursday round up of her Changing Tides CAL (from Coastal Crochet) which was a lovely surprise (top left).

Day 7 : Friday 5th July

Another busy day meant no crochet for me, work, swimming with the Little Postcards and then the Calentita Food Festival last night! I’m not doing too well with this year’s challenge am I? Never mind… here’s where I’m up to so far. Better luck next week I hope! Still at least I’m now on week 6 of the Coastal Crochet CAL I’m very slowly catching up!

If you want to join in (and do a better job than me) of posting a crafty photo each day on Instagram throughout your summer, please do join in with the hashtag #summercraftchallenge2019