Sunday Sevens #160 28.10.18

Hello, this Sunday Sevens comes to you courtesy of the mid term holidays – hooray! Schools broke up on Friday for a week, and we all heaved a collective sigh of relief – no early alarms for a week! Here’s this week’s Sunday Sevens:

Making rainbows on a rainy day

Last Sunday afternoon, we had a terrific rain storm. It had been forecast but it was dry and bright-ish so I packed the Little Postcards into the car and headed to Kings Bastion Leisure Centre. Between us parking the car in the multi-story car park and walking to the exit the heavens had opened. We had about 4 hours of monsoon-type deluge. It was a real shocker after our long, hot and dry summer.

The rain came with such force that man hole covers were lifted by the floods and roads were awash with water. People were urged later on by the authorities to stay indoors. We piled back into the car and headed home. It was the perfect afternoon for a cuddle on the sofa in front of a family movie and a bit of crochet. Littlest’s rainbow ripple is now finished (all bar sewing in the endy bits).

Dressmaking class

So my practice run at making a jacket has come to an end. The pattern measurements fit ok and I learned how not to make a bound pocket! (🙈) Now it’s time to go for the real thing, and get it right!

A new project

Now the blanket is finished, I can get cracking on my next project – a jumper for me from a pattern in Simply Crochet magazine. Will I get it finished before the end of winter??!

Goodbye to our old windows

After five years in our home, we finally got round to replacing our old, rattling windows this week. It was a decision I had put off making until last winter, which was really grim and cold. I didn’t want to lose the character of our old apartment. I loved how the window panes had air bubbles in them which cast lovely patterns on the wall at sunset, but I didn’t like being woken on stormy nights by the noise of the sashes rattling in their frames, or feeling the wind on the back of my neck through the closed window and lounge curtains while watching TV of an evening. On some days last winter the temperature fell to below 10 degrees in our lounge – even with the heater on. Coats and a blanket were obligatory for an evening’s tv viewing.

The time had come for them to go. We have replaced them with double glazed wooden framed windows, there are no air bubbles but by Jove they are lovely. They stay shut or open as you leave them, there are no cracked panes and the noise of the traffic from the road outside is stopped too. It was definitely the right decision. They met all the planning requirements for a historic building too.

Football practice crochet

Football training is back into full swing as the season has restarted for the junior leagues, so that gave me time to make some progress on my new jumper!

Moody sunset

Friday night’s sunset was a lovely golden affair. I managed to catch a quick glimpse between dinner and washing up!

Road trip

We headed across the border into Spain for a drive yesterday. There were so many big birds about. There were loads of black and white cranes flying around and I saw a red kite as well as these huge birds too, I’m not sure if they are vultures or not. They were very impressive as they swirled about on the thermals.

That’s it for this week’s edition of Sunday Sevens, seven photos from the last seven days. As always I’m linking with Natalie from Threads and Bobbins for this weekly blog series. Until next time, thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

Sunday Sevens #159 21.10.18

Hello, here’s this week’s rather brief Sunday Sevens – it’s been a bit busy today!

Flowers

I love seeing these frangipani flowers when they’re in bloom. This lovely lot are by the side of the road near Commonwealth Park and they always make me smile when they appear.

Dressmaking class

It was all about the sleeves at my dressmaking class this week. Hopefully, I’ll be allowed to do some proper sewing very soon!!

Watercolour lesson

At my watercolour class this week I was unsure of what I’d like to paint so had a go at attempting a view from a photo. It was supposed to be a Spanish church on a hillside. Not my best one…

Lunch with a view

Mid week I had a lovely lunch with Mr Postcard at the most southerly restaurant in Gibraltar; Bistro Point. We had a nice meal with a stunning view. We watched the stormy rain clouds heading up the Strait towards us.

Happy post

My latest yarn purchase arrived in Gibraltar this week, ooh I’m being so good not cracking it open before finishing my current blanket project (see below ;-)).

Rainbow over the Rock

Can you make out that faint rainbow just above the centre of the photo? I went out for a walk on Friday morning (it was a bit wet and slippery for the Med Steps) and as I headed back north from Europa Point I spotted the beginnings of a rainbow up ahead.

Rainbow bobbles

I’m in the dog house, I started this blanket for Littlest before embarking on my Sandy Bay blanket . I have been asked frequently when it will be finished – I’m on it! Finishing off the border now!

As always I’m linking with Natalie from Threads and Bobbins for this weekly blog series.

Summer craft challenge 2018 (week 1)

School’s out for summer! As I stare down the barrel of another 8 week-long summer break from school, yet again, I thought there was only one way I would survive it with my sanity intact; to craft every day.

As in the past two previous years, I have set myself the challenge to do something crafty each day (even if it’s just 10 minutes). Each day I will put a crafty photo up on my Instagram account and at the end of each week (probably on Saturdays), I’ll publish a post about my crafty week. It’ll be as much to encourage me to keep at it as much as it is to share my crafty summer and it’s worked before (twice).

Here goes…

Day 1 (Saturday 7th July)

Life has been rather hectic in the past couple of weeks and my ability to take a few moments out for crochet or anything else crafty has been severely restricted. So now I intend to put that right, and I started with a bit of a catch up on my Seaside Stash Busting Blanket from the Coastal Crochet CAL by the lovely Eleonora. I’m about 3 weeks behind… but I’m catching up!

Day 2 (Sunday 8th July)

On Sunday we took a drive into Spain and I brought my crochet with me in case there was a long queue getting back into Gib. As you can see there wasn’t, as it happens, but at least I was prepared just in case!

Day 3 Monday 9th July

I know I really should finish some of my existing projects, but I happen to know that a little baby girl is due to be born very soon, and I thought she might like to have her own Little Donovan Lamb. This Little Box of Crochet has been waiting patiently since it arrived back in March.

Day 4 Tuesday 10th July

One Donovan head completed!

Day 5 Wednesday 11th July

And now he has a body.

Day 6 Thursday 12th July

Much of the day was spent at the beach and as this is a gift for a new born, I didn’t want to take it out with me. The busy day out and about only allowed time for a little bit of arm-making!

Day 7 Friday 13th July

And now he has arms! One comment on Instagram, when I posted this, was that it looks like he’s sunken in a field of clover – I like that image.

So there you have it, one week done already, I can hardly believe it’s gone so quickly! Seven left to go on this Summer Craft Challenge.

Sunday Sevens #134 29.4.18

Hello and welcome to this Bank Holiday edition of Sunday Sevens. We are enjoying a 4-day weekend here in Gibraltar with Workers Memorial Day tomorrow and May Day on Tuesday. Fortunately, we enjoyed some rather nice sunshine yesterday, although we have had heavy rain and thunder storms overnight, so it’s turning out to be your usual British bank holiday! However you are spending this weekend, I hope you’re having a good time 🙂

Heavy seas

Last Sunday I took a walk around the eastern side of the Rock and was mesmerized by the waves. They were crashing on the rocks below like billy-o and were quite hypnotic to watch.

Poppies & partridges

Poppies and Barbary partridges were the order of the day for my Monday trip up the Med Steps. These were the first poppies of spring this year and are always such a treat to see.

Just killing time with a crochet rainbow

One afternoon I found myself with some time to kill in the car while waiting to pick up Little Postcards. Fortunately, I came prepared with my crochet. A lovely way to while away a few moments.

Another painting finished…

At my art class this week, I finished off my freesia painting. That’s four now that I have done in this style and I’ve really enjoyed painting & drawing them (all four are below). The first one (the purple iris) was a copy of a greetings card, which my watercolour teacher had by an artist called Judy Ball. The original was a lino print rather than a ink and watercolour picture.

I then copied that style to do my own compositions of daffodils, tulips and freesias.

Gib Rocks

The Postcard from Gibraltar ‘Gib Rock’ has been set free in the beautiful Alameda Botanical Gardens. It was left in a particularly tranquil spot, one that’s special to me, because it reminds me of my lovely Gran. She sat in this area for a while on her only trip out to Gibraltar to visit us. If you should happen to see my rock, I’d love to hear from you 😊.

Out of my window

I love that whenever I look out of my window here, my view is always changing. I glanced up while on the phone one lunchtime this week and spied this old fashioned ship picking it’s way amongst the bunkering tankers and cargo ships. I have a great app on my iPad called Marine Traffic (a bit geeky I know) which lets you see the name, country of origin and destination of many of the ships out in the Bay. Sadly, I was too busy to take the time to find out about this one. It does look rather magestic don’t you think?

And finally, time for something different…

I spotted this little chap in the middle of the lawn behind the Gibraltar Register Office this week. I hadn’t walked that way for quite some time and had never seen him before. I think he’s rather sweet, and I think Gibraltar needs more garden gnomes!

I’m linking with Natalie from Threads and Bobbins for this weekly blog series.

Sunday Sevens #124 25.2.18

Hello there, I hope you’re having a nice weekend. We have been blessed with some lovely weather this week (I wore a T-shirt to do the afternoon school run on Friday), but – and it’s a big but, I have it on good authority that we are in for some very wet weather over the next seven days.

It’s funny you know, whenever there are severe weather warnings for the British Isles, that often means that for us down here on the southern most tip of the Iberian Peninsular get pretty rubbish weather too – admittedly not as cold as ooop north, but, still bad. So, as the UK grabs it’s thermals and digs out the shovels and grit to cope with a big freeze and snowy weather, we are digging out our wellies and rather fetching waterproof trousers to cope with an impending monsoon.

Anyway, weather talk aside, here’s this week’s Sunday Sevens…

Sunset across the Bay

Clearly last Sunday nothing of note occurred as I didn’t take any photos. This lovely sunset happened on Monday though. All of a sudden the apartment was bathed in the most beautiful orange glow and I looked out of the window to see that the sun was just about to set behind the hills directly opposite our apartment windows. Each day the sun is setting further to the right (north west) as we get closer to spring and it was a beautiful beam of orange which signalled the end of Monday’s daylight.

Seaside blanket silliness

I’m really enjoying the twice weekly instalments of the Coastal Crochet Seaside stash busting blanket Crochet Along. Last week, one of my fellow CAL-ers uploaded a cute photo to Instagram with a Lego diver, seaweed and fish on her blanket and I thought I’d join in with the silliness. I spent rather longer than I should have digging about in search of a Playmobil diver and his gear, but only managed to locate his breathing apparatus. I gave up and raided the bath toy box for this pair. I have a horrible feeling our diver has met a sticky end somewhere. (Note to self : I really must grow up).

Dressmaking class

At my dressmaking class this week I finished my slice and slide frill around the top of my toile dress. It was removed from the mannequin and converted from lots of jigsaw pieces of fabric to just two to check I had the correct drape for the frill. It’s not looking too bad. I’m awaiting instruction on what to do next….

Crochet confusion

I have been attempting to start a rainbow crochet blanket (requested by a Little Postcard) for a few weeks now, but I have really struggled with it. First of all, I tried a new ripple pattern, which required a lot of concentration by me. I really wanted something I could do without too much thought in front of the telly, but I kept getting so far and having to frog it because I’d made a mistake way back at the start of the row.

On top of this I wasn’t completely happy with the colours I had chosen. I picked them online and got them sent to Gib, but when they sat next to each other, they were a bit harsh. I finally relented and went to the wool shop here in Gibraltar and bought three complimentary shades which evened out the rainbow effect I wanted. I also found a new ripple pattern which worked better for me. Back to the drawing board, but I had a plan!

Blue skies

I mentioned a the start of this post that we have had some beautiful weather this week. This was the gorgeous blue sky on Wednesday lunchtime. I was supposed to meet a friend for lunch but she got a call from school to say one of her little ones was ill, so lunch was postponed and I got the bus home. This was the view from the bus stop over the top of the park and Trinity Cathedral to the top of the Rock in the distance.

Watercolour daffs

I managed to finish my latest watercolour painting at my watercolour class this week. I’m rather pleased with these daffodils. They go well alongside my iris painting from a couple of weeks ago. I have decided to have a go at another painting in this same style with pen and watercolour, and after a bit of a poll on Instagram, it’s been decided that tulips should be my next subject!

I love it when a plan comes together…

My persistence paid off I think, the rainbow blanket is coming along well (although not fast enough for the Little Postcard who wants it for his bed…. “When will it be finished Mummy??” “Errr, don’t hold your breath son.”) I’m finding these ripples so relaxing to make, with not too much counting required by me. I have enjoyed a couple of episodes of Wallander on Netflix as I hooked these rows during a few quiet moments. I have been wanting to work on this all the time and it has come with me to football training and a football match just in case I get the chance to hook a few extra rows! My kids are seriously considering disowning me….

Batman update….

Did you see Batman in my last Sunday Sevens? He’s still up there bless him – I took this photo at 10:30 last night. They must have good helium in Gibraltar!!!

That’s all for this week’s Sunday Sevens, I hope you have a good week. If you are in the snow, keep warm, if you are in the wet, keep dry and I’ll see you next week, same time, same place. Toodleooo!

I’m linking with Natalie from Threads & Bobbins for this weekly blog series.