Friday, 19 October 2018

Daily photo challenge round-up (20)

You know I do do other things than just take a photograph a day, haha. I just never seem to get round to writing about it but I have all the photos and I will share - I'll share the Sloe Gin we made and the walk we took in the forest and the walk in the Mournes - good times.

For now, here are my Fat Mum Slim photo prompts for the past week...

Day 13 - natural
Can't get more natural than the circle of life...

Day 14 - baby pink

Rose petals, a felt heart, lace and beads.
(Not happy with this one but had to think of something for the prompt)

Day 15 - baby blue
The cutest softest little teddy

Day 15 - chocolate
What better to represent the colour chocolate than some chocolate 😄

Day 17 - light
The sunlight through a dandelion seed head, one of my favourite pics from a lovely weekend.

 Day 18 - dark
Beautiful autumnal sunsets make for great deep, dark shadows.

Day 19 - palette 
An untouched travel 'nude to night' make-up palette 

Thank you for visiting!
The next post will be more interesting 😀

Friday, 12 October 2018

Daily photo challenge round up (19)

You thought I'd forgot, eh? Well you'd be right but it's still Friday and though I am trying to watch TV, drink wine and relax it suddenly came to be that I forgot to do my round up. So as to stop all the crying and worrying that you may dear reader have gone though, I am doing it now.....

 Day 6 -purple

Verbena growing at the side of the path, self seeded from a nearby garden

Day 7 - Orange 

On hols back in the spring and we found a brilliant wee coffee shop right when the hiking was getting tiring 😄

 Day 8 - aqua (and a Toby)

After a good hour of mad zooms with his fave ball Toby and ball have a nap...

Day 9 - grey

Grey hares on a grey background; a favourite cushion in the house.

 Day 10 - White

I missed this prompt yesterday! So a pretty white boat and it's reflection.

Day 11 - black

As a puppy #itstoby was a very dark boy, almost black though now he is grey and white 🐶

Day 12 -fave colour

Haven't had just one since I was tiny but I guess the sweet dark ruby of a Malbec and the colour green and wood are the top 3 😄🍷 (may have already drunk some before photo could be taken)

With thanks as always to Fat Mum Slim 
Best wishes for the weekend, we have much rain to come tomorrow but hope to get stuff done anyway. Plus being back on the hiking wagon....Sunday looks like a short trek day :)

Love and hugs

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Newry Canal trail (Ulster Way)

I went on a hike friends! It happened, finally, on Saturday last and was 10 miles of glorious canal side dandering with Toby in tow. Andrew worked it all out and we drove to Scarva and left the car, got a bus to just outside Newry and started to walk back. If we had done it the 'proper' way we would have had 2 miles of walking through Newry's industrial estates and beside a duel carriage way before started, so stuff that!

My hip is still bad and sadly the new medication didn't take the pain away but at least it didn't get too much worse. I got my first blister in a while (the tow path was tarmac-ed and very unforgiving - even Toby hurt his wee ankle) and the good old pain in the shoulder right at the 10 mile mark like clockwork but...10 miles off the Ulster Way; a huge bag of sloes and beautiful weather = happy times.
Newry canal walk 1 - Carrie Gault 2018
A beautiful leafy walk to the canal from the bus stop
Newry canal walk 2 - Carrie Gault 2018
apples, rosehips and the official path
Newry canal walk 3 - Carrie Gault 2018
pretty perfect day for it!!
Newry canal walk 4 - Carrie Gault 2018
signs pointing in all directions and details of the old remains
Newry canal walk 5 - Carrie Gault 2018
my boys ; the pastoral views, a sculpture honouring the canal and all those who worked on it
Newry canal walk 6 - Carrie Gault 2018
dandelion; some of the many horses on the trail, sloes galore - they're ours all ours!

Newry canal walk 7 - Carrie Gault 2018
Never seen so many swans in the one walk but these three were the closest and oh so elegant

Newry canal walk 8 - Carrie Gault 2018
lunch stop at this lovely crumbling bridge with views into a sheep field and a slightly sleepy Toby behind me

Newry canal walk 9 - Carrie Gault 2018
Time for a break in Poyntzpass with it's lovely town sign; railway control box; old traditional pub and a Guinness

Newry canal walk 10 - Carrie Gault 2018
Then just a few more miles past more lovely woodland and this idyllic 'Lough Shark' (or 'Acton Lake'). Toby hurt his ankle so had to carried the last mile or so - he seemed to like it

So there we go, a good walk and I'm slowing getting myself back into hiking. We have a goal in mind for next year and plans are afoot but I'll not share that just yet 😉. Into the Mournes this weekend....

Ecotherapy rocks!
Carrie x

Friday, 5 October 2018

Daily photo challenge round up (18)

The DIY project has begun; I have rediscovered the joy of cross stitch; I have a wonderful new book to read (concentration has been very poor recently and I'm managing to keep up with the photo a day challenge! Hurrah!

Plus, tomorrow I am meant to going on a hike and the autumn colours are fabulous this year :) No fear of winter has crept into my bones just yet and there is still just enough light to type by at 18:22 :)

This past week's photos are a mix of two months, October starting brought a brand new month of prompts from Fat Mum Slim, this time it's all colours and I don't know how I feel about it yet. But first there were two left over from September to share, feast your eyes........

Day 29 - grey

Part of the Berlin wall, painted grey and with a monotone flowery hand grenade pasted onto it. Love the extra scribbles too

Day 30 - pineapple

I haven't reached that part in the pattern but soon I'll be stitching a row of pineapples 🍍😃

Day 1 - yellow

A dandelion in full bloom

Day 2 - pink

I tried to find something 'different' = pink sheep in a field not far from home!

 Day 3 - blue

A blue pillar with a reassuring little sign.

Day 4 - Green

'...the green green grass of home'. Love our countryside..

Day 5 - red

A bright shiny vibrant new post box 😊

So weather you are gardening, allotmenting, crafting, hiking or none of the aforementioned > 
Hugs and love
Carrie x

Friday, 28 September 2018

Daily photo challenge round up (17)

Another Friday has raised it's head and this time it looks really rather autumnal and crisp. The flowers are starting to go over, the trees are an utterly delightful shade of red/brown/orange, the sky seems bluer. Toby is back to fighting fallen leaves in the patio one of his favourite pastimes and I am thinking ahead to a new jumper for him.

I'm ready, it's going to happen anyway but now I am ready for the coming darker mornings and nights, the nip in the air and more rain and/or snow. The blankets are out, the cosy clothes have been sporadically worn, candles are making there way into the house and we are in the midst of a big DIY planning session = time to wake up to Winter coming.  Goodness knows if this winter we will see extremes in the weather as we did this summer, but I'm prepared and it's almost HYGGE time :)

Here are this week's Fat Mum Slim photo a day prompts....
Day 22 - waiting

Waiting for a table for a moment, not coffee this time but bubbles 😁🥂

Day 23 - hanging
LOVE this paste art with the girl's hair hanging down from the ceiling

Day 24 - bite  
Currywurst, one bite is never enough

Day 25 -  playful 
The Berlin Wall's playful take on the beer drinking culture there.

Day 26 - kind act
It doesn't have to be a big act. 

Self kindness - taking a moment to savour a coffee and clear my mind.

Day 27 - flowers
Loved this wildflower garden and bee hive at the Rowallane National Trust property. So pretty and productive. Love 🐝🐝🐝

Day 28 - entertainment 

There were so many things I could have chosen for this prompt but then I realised I'd been staring at this bundle of fur most of the day so far... even whilst asleep, he entertains me.

Keep warm my lovelies! I hope, like us you are enjoying the fruits of your allotment, (we're having a delicious vegetable curry with our own pumpkins and kale in) and are winding down.
Love and hugs
Carrie x