This is a very belated catch-up and thank you to Veronica (Veronica Roth) and Libby (Truly Myrtle) for giveaways I won over the last few weeks. I really should have thanked them publicly before now. But hopefully later is better than never.
Veronica sent me a copy of a book she loves – Tottering in My Garden by Midge Ellis Keeble. I made a start last night and think I will love it. Veronica writes a beautiful blog documenting her life in Canada (with forays to the UK too – she is an artist and gardener and takes beautiful photographs, sometimes of the everyday and sometimes of the spectacular whether it is of her art or stunning Canadian scenery. I’d thoroughly recommend visiting her blog, it is a warm and beautiful place.
Libby sent me a skein of gorgeous Midnight Yarns hand dyed New Zealand yarn – in a colour-way called ‘Mustard from a squeeze bottle’! This was a giveaway from Libby’s podcast which she started earlier this year. Libby is a talented knitwear designer living in New Zealand and her blog is a wonderful source of knitting inspiration and information, there’s lots of tutorials and tips. I have just finished one of her Settler Shawls and can’t wait to share it…..once I have managed to take some photos that do is justice. I feel a certain affinity to Libby, as well as awe at all that she is achieving, as she is a mum of four too and her littlest has just started school…….I’ll be in the same boat in 15 months time (gulp!).
Thank you to you both. I love my gifts and feel very lucky to have won.
While I’m here I thought I’d share some photos from a family trip a few weekends ago. We made the most of a Monday off school and set off to the south shore of Loch Ness, an area we haven’t explored previously. We stopped at Foyers and had a stunning walk down to the falls and on the way home stopped on the shore of Loch Ness for a picnic………..much to the children’s disappointment Nessie didn’t make an appearance! We really enjoyed getting into some ‘proper’ fairly rugged Highland scenery. The Black Isle is a bit of an anomaly for the Highalnds with a relatively mild and very fertile rolling landscape – very different from the landscape that surrounds us just a few miles in either direction.
We have just had a most lovely week with my mum and dad – lots of delicious food and family time, some great walks and plenty hard work in the garden. We now have a frame for our raspberries, a new veg bed and a whole lot of digging completed. Perfect, and thanks so much mum and dad!