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mardi 14 mars 2017

Hexathon catch up

It's the second Tuesday of the month so it is time to link up with Anthea at Hibiscus Stitches for all things EPP. Do pop over to see what everyone has been doing - Anthea has a great giveaway too!

I have made progress with putting together my Hexathon quilt and it now looks like this.

I am putting it aside for a while now as I concentrate on some other projects but more about them next time.

samedi 11 mars 2017

RSC catch up

Having been away for the month of February my first priority was to make my RSC  February blocks. The colour for the month was Aquamarine and surprisingly I had very little of this colour in my stash. So there will be no extra make in this colour. Here are my blocks.

The colour for March however is red and I have plenty of that. Here are my red blocks.

On my to do list for next week is a scrappy red sewing machine mat.

I am linking up with Scraphappy for Super Scrappy Saturday.

This week I have also been working on my Hexathon quilt and playing around in my sketchbooks.

It has been good to have a few days of sunshine and to be able to get out in the garden. There is plenty of spring colour around making it a pleasure to be out there.

samedi 4 mars 2017

Friday Night with Friends

I spent Friday afternoon with friends too! Along with millions of other women around the world I took part in the annual Womens World Day of Prayer service which we hold in the Chapel of our local hospital. The service this year was prepared by the women of The Philippines and focused on fairness. We each had a copy of this colourful picture depicting the balance between brightness and darkness, lush and plentiful harvests on the right, industry, destruction and poverty on the left.

It was a beautiful service to share in.

So in the evening I was sewing with friends around the world and many thanks to Cheryll for getting us organised.
I was working on my swap hexie flowers tablecloth and made good progress adding a couple more flowers.

Do pop across to Cheryll's blog to see whet everyone got up to.

I hope you all have a great weekend.

jeudi 16 février 2017

A Windy Day by the Sea

Today we have been down the coast to visit two of our favourite places in this part of the world.

Our first stop was Las Negras, a small town in a beautiful cove. Sleepy at this time of year but still several bars open and a few shops. We sat outside a bar on the 'promenade' with a perfect view of the Cerro Negro - Black Mountain - for our coffee and tostadas.

A good spot for watching feeding Sandwich Terns.

After a wander around the village we moved down the coast to Playa El Playazo, known to us as Castle Bay because of the Castillo San Ramon which stands at the northern end of the beach.

The castle was built in the 18th century  to defend the Almeria coastline from Muslim pirates. We have walked to the castle on several ocassions - there is a beautiful, rocky cove the other side - but today we just took the first part of the path and then a wander over the rocks. There are some very interesting places where the sea has eroded the rocks.

We then turned round and walked along the length of the beach to the southern end. This cormorant was happily drying off it's wings on the beach.

All along the tideline we saw these jellyfish.

There are plenty more rocks and pools to investigate at the bottom end of the beach and being windy there was plenty of spray too!

A good view too of the Cerro Negro back at Las Negras.

A rare picture of a windswept me!!

Once a centre for mining, Almeria is now very much a tourist area but it also produces a large quantity of vegetables for Europe. Most of these are grown under plastic and so as we leave the coast and head inland there is a large wide valley which is just full of plastic green houses. This picture shows just a tiny amount to give you an idea of what it looks like.

There are some interesting pictures taken from space which show the extent of this plastic see here

Well I think that that is enough pictures for one day - I hope you enjoyed.

mardi 14 février 2017

EPP Tuesday

I am linking up with Anthea at Hibiscus Stitches again for all things EPP.

The only sewing that I brought with me to Spain this year was my swap hexies for February - which have been posted off and guess who forgot to take a photograph first! - and my Hexathon quilt. Some progress has been made although not as much as I had anticipated. It is not portable so while watching bowls or sitting on the beach I have been knitting or working in my journal. But here it is in all it's glory so far!

I am pleased with how good it is looking and hope to find some time over the next 10 days to get some more done.

Last week we went up the coast to Aguilas - this is the promenade!

I think they could have been a bit more adventurous with the pattern though.

Have a great week.

lundi 6 février 2017

Spanish Update

Greetings from sunny Spain!

We have now been here just over a week and enjoying every minute. The weather has mostly been good - even the very high winds yesterday were accompanied by sunshine.

The day we arrived we called in to a supermarket after dark on the way to visit a friend for supper. The first thing we heard as we opened the car door was the sound of roosting starlings in the reeds opposite the car park. So the next evening we were there with binoculars and camera just before sunset hoping to see murmerating starlings and were well rewarded. We soon moved from the supermarket carpark to a better vantage point and were able to watch thousands of starlings coming in to roost.

Here you can see some of the early arrivals dropping into the reeds.

The dark swathe across the middle of this picture is roosting starlings.

Here they are jostling for position

The sunset was beautiful that night - here are some of the later arrivals.

The sight has been spectacular although we have not had the huge dark clouds of swirling birds that we have seen pictures of. We keep going back in hopes though!

On Friday we visited the Cabo de Gata lighthouse at the far south eastern tip of Almeria province.

We have been there many times in the past as it is a stunning spot but mainly in search of the Trumpeter Finch. It is a North African bird with a small colony in the Cabo de Gata National park. We have seen Trumpeters on three or four ocassions  but this time we saw several and very close to the car. This one was just a couple of metres from the car.

 A perfect view. And they really do trumpet!

Have a great week.

mercredi 25 janvier 2017

EPP Tuesday and more catching up!

It's the fourth Tuesday in the month and so it is time to link up with Anthea at Hibiscus Stitches with all things EPP.

There is not much to report on the EPP front though - just that as well as these

I have altogether 47 diamonds and 26 hexagons basted and ready to add to my Hexathon hexies. They are my project this year for our month in Spain - and we leave tomorrow, so am now very excited!

Just a couple of things to quickly show you - this lovely Christmas postcard arrived for me from Sheila  of Sheila's Quilt World.

 Isn't he jolly! Thank you very much Sheila and I am sorry it has taken me so long to post about him.

Lastly, a last minute project before our trip has been this Noodlehead open wide zippered pouch.

 I had saved all the scraps from the Shibori bag that I made last year and already had the zip so it made up very quickly. Follow the link for Anna's excellent tutorial in three sizes - mine is the largest as I wanted to store all my art materieals together to take away.

By pieceing the lining I had just enough fabric! The base of the bag is 4.5" x 8" and it stands 8" high - looks enormous in my picture but thats the angle I was taking the picture from.

I hope to be posting some pictures of sunny Spain in the next few weeks but they have had a very poor winter and there was even snow on Alicante beach last week.

Have a great February.