Three Things Thursday: 3 November 2016

Now I know that I don’t usually post twice in a day, but earlier I really wanted to tell you about the starlings, but since it’s Thursday and time for gratitude, here is my second offering today.

As usual I’m joining with Emily of Ms Emily’s Home for Full-Grown Nerds (note her new blog) and others for Three Things Thursday. As she says…

*three things that make me smile: an exercise in gratitude – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog with the happy*

First, I’ve finished my first blanket for the Sixty Million Trebles project. When I’ve made a few more I will have a fine excuse to go and visit Danielle at The Make It Shop in Manchester because she is acting as one of the collection points. One particularly great thing about this blanket is that I made it entirely from yarn given to me by Itwasjudith over on the blog Wee Story Book, so my gratitude goes to her too.


blanket #1 9840 trebles (i.e. stitches)


Second, I was given some glorious red crab apples the other day – these are going to brighten up the apple juice I’m making.


honestly, these are crab apples, not cherries


Third, beautiful mornings. I am trying to remember to take my camera with me when I go swimming so that I can photograph the view from the car park in the early morning light when I leave (it’s dark when I arrive). This one was taken on Monday:


early morning Aberaeron


So, those are three things making me smile this week – what about you?


Three Things Thursday: 22 September 2016

As usual I’m joining with Emily of Nerd in the Brain (and others) for Three Things Thursday’. As she says…

*three things that make me smile: an exercise in gratitude – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog with the happy*

This week, everything is hand-crafted…

First, a new tea cosy. The old one had started to disintegrate, so I whipped this one up, complete with pompom in a spare hour or two.


Purple and a little bit sparkly

Second, lovely new (well, I’ve had them a few weeks) scissors made by Ernest Wright  & Son Ltd. The company only make scissors and they have been doing so, by hand, since 1902.


I couldn’t resist the design

Third, new purses. These were crafted by a new friend I made when I visited  London. I liked them so much, I ordered two, a big one and a small one… she even personalised the small one for this happy snail!

So, those are three things making me smile this week – what about you?


A time and a place

Brooklyn Blackout Cake - too fiddly to make every day!

Cake – an important element of lunch on the last Thursday of each month

On the last Thursday every month I go out for lunch… it’s nothing fancy, just meeting up at a friend’s house with a few other folks, sharing  food that each of us has brought. These days I usually take cake – it was generally agreed that these sessions are best with cake – otherwise, we never plan what we are taking along; I think it’s what’s known as a ‘pot-luck’ in the US. We could end up with four pans of soup or three loaves of bread and a jelly, you just never know. In fact, even though there are usually only four of us at most, we generally manage a very acceptable meal.

Anyway, the point is not the food – although that is good – the point is that we take a few hours out of our lives to inspire and encourage each other. We are, in fact, meeting as a ‘learning guild’ – the result of all of us being registered for the diploma in applied permaculture design. However, since we started getting together in 2012, we have got to know each other and become friends. We share our ideas about living more sustainably – through our gardens, families, work and hobbies – and encourage each other to take projects forward. It’s lovely to have like-minded friends to bounce ideas off and who will talk sense to you when you are going a little off the rails.

Similarly, Mr Snail-of-happiness has just gone off to meet with some other people in the area who are doing NaNoWriMo. They are going to meet up every Sunday through November to share their highs and lows of writing nearly 1700 words a day and hopefully give each other encouragement if anyone is finding it hard. Unlike my group, though, they are meeting in a pub! Who knows, perhaps they will continue to support each other once the month is over.

It may seem like an extravagance to take time out of your life to share a meal and chat, but it almost certainly isn’t. I come away from my gatherings feeling enthused and energised… not to mention happy, and that certainly shouldn’t be dismissed as a successful outcome!

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