Hobbies & Projects

My primary hobbies are Walking, Gardening and trying to keep on top of the Allotment, so these each have their own pages.

Here you’ll find everything else.


Crafting

Cross Stitch Christmas 3 – Rudolph the Reindeer

Have finished the third of my Christmas cards (well…I’ve finished the cross stitch part anyway. Yet to sort the glueing, as with the others) and it’s shooted straight up my list of favourite festive ones so far, primarily because (like the Christmas Tree) it has no back stitch! Mind you, the Robin is still the…

Cross Stitch Christmas 2 – Robin

Still attempting to create my Christmas cards this year – and it’s slow going! But really enjoyable! This one has turned out so beautifully, I’m very proud! But oooofff, I’ve a work colleague who says she loves the back stitch more than anything and I just Don’t Get It!!!

Cross Stitch – Christmas

Sorry! But if the decorations are for sale in the shops (since the 1st), then I reckon blogging about cards I’m hoping to send is a fair cop!

Cross Stitch – trickiest back stitch yet!

It was an absolute pill getting all the back stitch in for this but it’s turned out really really well! Still don’t know how to do a French knot – will have to drag Selina back over again!

Cross Stitch – newly finished

It should go into a card but the one the set provided is narrower than the actual cross stitch! But nevermind!


Bookshelf Challenge

Readalong with Laini

As Laini and I have been reading along together for 2 and a half years, we decided that we were well overdue the creation of a spreadsheet. After all, it is Laini who has sorted through over a decade and a half of book clubs, to gather information on authors, genras, score and so on.…

Readalong with Laini

We have finally finished the Witch Finders Sister by Beth Underdown. I was left underwhelmed but will honestly review this one soon! Next up, some festive cheer – a Christmas themed book from off Laini’s Unread Shelf challenge. This Christmas by Nora Roberts Four festive stories starring the MacGregors Laura, Gwen and Julia are happily…

Bookshelf Challenge – Book 11 – The Story of Lucy Gault

For the last few years, one of my besties has been doing the Unread Shelf challenge. The idea is (in part – it’s a bigger challenge than it looks) to use prompts to help a reader work through the Unread Titles on their shelves. Inspired by her, I am in the midst of attempting to gain control…

Bookshelf Challenge – Book 10 – Marina

For the last few years, one of my besties has been doing the Unread Shelf challenge. The idea is (in part – it’s a bigger challenge than it looks) to use prompts to help a reader work through the Unread Titles on their shelves. Inspired by her, I am in the midst of attempting to gain control…

Readalong with Laini

We have finished Dune and decided that our next shared read is one from my unread shelf The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown ‘The number of women my brother Matthew killed, so far as I can reckon it, is one hundred and six . . .’_________________________When Alice Hopkins’ husband dies in a tragic accident, she…

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By Heart – Poetry Challenge

By Heart 07 – The White Rose

The White Rose John Boyle O’Reilly – 1844-1890 The red rose whispers of passion,And the white rose breathes of love;O, the red rose is a falcon,And the white rose is a dove. But I send you a cream-white rosebudWith a flush on its petal tips;For the love that is purest and sweetestHas a kiss of…

By Heart 06 – Hey Diddle Diddle

Hey Diddle Diddle by Roald Dahl Hey diddle diddle We’re all on the fiddle And never get up until noon. We only take cash Which we carefully stash And we work by the light of the moon.

By Heart 05 – Night – Francis William Bourdillon

Well. I’ve been a bit rubbish at this particular challenge. In nearly three years I’ve tackled an entire 4 poems. And while I did learn them off at the time, I’m not entirely sure that I could just stand up and recite them now. Not me at my most diligent! So, I will refresh on…


Various current, past and occasionally abandoned (for now!)Projects

Blog Updates

After 2 years and 9 months, I’ve filled up my blog storage space again so am undergoing the big sort out. Over the next few days, I’m hoping to sort out the kinks and images. So if anything looks wonky, do let me know via the comments, so I can get it fixed asap. 👍…

Bookshelf Challenge Update

For the last few years, one of my besties has been doing the Unread Shelf challenge. The idea is (in part – it’s a bigger challenge than it looks) to use prompts to help a reader work through the Unread Titles on their shelves. Inspired by her, I am in the midst of attempting to gain control…

#NextUp – Bookshelf Challenge 16 – Dune

We have just finished the excellent Dark Matter by Michelle Paver, so next up is a book from Laini’s shelves. I’ve gone for Dune – Frank Herbert Before The Matrix, before Star Wars, before Ender’s Game and Neuromancer, there was Dune: winner of the prestigious Hugo and Nebula awards, and widely considered one of the…

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All Hobbies Posts

The Real Women of Greek Myths Jigsaw

As some of you might be aware, I’m a huge fan of Natalie Haynes (for example here, here, here and here). So when she tweeted that she had participated in a jigsaw of significant Greek characters from myths and legends… well… clearly I had no choice but to embrace my two hobbies colliding! Think you…

Christmas week jigsaw

A pre-Christmas gift from D’elle – a Dobby jigsaw in a sock. A single sock. I’m finding the lack of a second sock stressful but nevertheless, still a free Dobby! A very fun jigsaw to make, but missing a piece. I’ve searched high and low and I’m pretty sure I didn’t lose it!!!

LeedsBookClub Christmas!

Yippee! It’s that time of the year! Am busy organising the @LeedsBookClub Christmas do for December and feeling incredibly excited to see everyone in person again! Since March 2020, there have now been a total of 75 book clubs via zoom; 1 Christmas meet up face to face and 3 in person book clubs. So…

Accidentally jigsawed like a psychopath

While visiting Grasmere in the lake district, I discovered a shop dedicated to jigsaws. Naturally, this proved fascinating for X and I and we spent Some Time in there. He picked up a 2000 piecer that I’m hoping we’ll do together some lazy weekend (assuming we have such a thing in the near future) and…

Allotment – dig, dig, dig

Now the shed is up and fabulous, I’ve decided to use the paving slabs to make a little patio. And then decided to use the remainder for a bigger patio. I feel like I might be starting to get there, but it is slow going! Hopefully it’ll be completed by the end of the month,…

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Reviews

Quick Review – The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

This evening, we curled up for a movie night, after a pretty frantic few weeks. It was X’s pick and he went for The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. Starting Nicholas Cage, Nicky Cage (digitally altered Wild at Heart era manifestation of his ambition), Nic Cage in film flashbacks as well as a very small,…

2 minute review – See How They Run

Last week, X and I took a trip down to the Everyman (other cinemas are available…just about…for the moment anyway) to check out the latest Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan film See How They Run. We first saw the trailer for this during my only other cinema trip recently – last years showing of Dune…

#NowReading – The Ancient Guide to Modern Life – BookShelf Challenge 9

For the last few years, one of my besties has been doing the Unread Shelf challenge. The idea is (in part – it’s a bigger challenge than it looks) to use prompts to help a reader work through the Unread Titles on their shelves. Inspired by her, I am in the midst of attempting to gain control…

GUEST POST – Book Review – The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

I’ve a massive treat for you all, to mark World Book Day. Which is today – so if you happen to have seen many strange and magical creatures running around today – it’s not just 2022 throwing another curve ball! It is in fact, our younger humans celebrating literature and the wonders that it brings!…

OPERA – Alcina – full stream from Opera North!

And not two nights after we were whisked away to a strange magical island, Opera North shares the whole thing with the world via the web. We live in exciting times! This is absolutely breathtaking and I think I’m getting much more out of it on a second watch! Told with some of Handel’s most…


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