Friday, 28 August 2015

My fave veggie cafe is closing and other bits

The end of an era looms as my favourite veggie cafe in Bridlington, The Little Organic Bakery (formerly Bean There), is closing sometime in September. My friends who own it are going in to semi-retirement and looking forward to doing other things now they have their first grand child.

It's a real shame but nothing stands still and I have some lovely memories of happy times with friends and food from my trips to the cafe over the years.
Today was such a day, I met up with two dear old work mates and we went for one last pig out with Bob in tow too. We basked outside in the garden for a while until it got a bit breezy and then moved inside for food.


A delicious black olive tart with salad was munched through at great speed and washed down with dandelion and burdock.


Followed by a chocolate slice and a few things to take away in a bag for supper!
The good news is, the cafe is being taken over and going in to safe hands with a couple who are going to carry on with veggie food so I will probably get to try that before the year is out.

The bank holiday is nearly here and I have the annual Hornsea Pottery Nostalgia day to attend tomorrow. All weekend rows of tables piled high with vintage Hornsea will be for sale, I can't wait to see if any rarities appear.


Shocked to see Christmas fabrics have already appeared in our local Boyes shop, actually I think I've seen a few Christmas things popping up in the shops this month.


Lastly, we had a fox visiting recently, this was my best picture looking out of a grubby window at him, he usually comes when it's a bit darker so I never manage a shot but I got a really good view of him this time, looks in great condition. Hope he survives with all the idiots round these parts shooting who would probably take pleasure in putting an end to him.



Keep safe mr fox and have a good weekend everyone.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Bag making, Spiralising and Instagram

The sneak peek of my fabric designs for bag making on my previous post has slowly started to turn into bags, they are shaping up as cross body purses.


There are quite a pile to stitch up which is going to take a while as I've got busy with real work again after a quiet spell.
Some of the bags match with previous scarves I made.




Here we are in a bit more detail.








This has been the week I joined Instagram as Fabric Mountain, I must admit to having no interest in it before. It just seemed another thing like Twitter, Pinterest and all the other social media to take up more of my time in front of a screen and less time making and creating. However I've recently heard good things about it helping to promote crafts peoples work as it's mainly a visual medium and hence I threw the towel in and joined. Having been warned by Green Rabbit that it can be addictive, I can confirm it is now that I've got going and I'm starting to find my way around!

Other new things this week. Spiralising! I've wanted one for a while, I did a lot of reading of reviews to which one I wanted only to find it was out of stock everywhere I looked. Anyway Amazon reckoned they were back in stock at the end of July so it was just a few days later than that when I ordered and here it is.


It is rather fab and we've made courgetti last night and it's so easy to use and clean that I see it having a lot of use.
I lightly sauted my courgette strands and they did wilt down a bit leaving not a huge portion of food so tonight I'm having another go and doubling up.

This Lurch Vegan spiraliser was definitely worth the wait and great value at about £35.





Monday, 3 August 2015

End of July roundup - creations and trips out

August already and I'm noticing the shorter days and I feel like I haven't done much creative work recently so I just looked back to my photos and found a few bits I'd done in July.

Made a few more lavender wands.


I very quickly (hence the hand scribbled look) knocked up this 'transport' theme fabric design for a competition Print Me Pretty are having next week, I've called the design Motoring Sing a Long as I've popped some song titles onto the design. I've snook my own car on there and a few classic shapes, I always wanted a Citroen 2CV or a Morris Minor van so they are on but I did have an old purple Mini Clubman van at one stage which I loved, I realise now that I like vans better than cars!



I had some designs printed on to thick canvas as I'm making some mini messenger bags although they will probably be a bit more simple and like cross body purses when I get chopping and sewing.


That is the current creative doings.

It's fairly quiet on the wildlife front here, most of my bird friends have moved on or cleared off for a few months to do whatever they do before returning for food in winter. I only see one robin now and again.
However we did have something exciting a fortnight ago, a family of shrews. It was as if they had just popped out of the nest for the first time, tiny little velvety things sniffing around and hiding in the dead leaves. They were quite unafraid of us and standing on the patio they would run around your feet before taking cover again. You need to look closely on these pics as they were amongst a pile of rubble and wouldn't stay still for long. 
We had about 7 of them scurrying all over for a few hours one afternoon and the next day they were gone as quickly as they appeared, never to be seen again.



The strange summer weather has not made it very appealing for evening strolls this year. Probably only been out about 3 times but here are a few pics of Flamborough Head the other week and the lovely wild weeds and grasses.





My sister has been back in the country for a week doing some more hospital runs with my dad so we took her out for the day on Saturday for a change of scenery and some tea and cake! Our trip was not very far away, just over the Humber Bridge.



We went to the Ropewalk Gallery at Barton, it's always a nice place to have a potter around and enjoy the lovely treats in the cafe. New to me this time was a little sculpture garden with some of my favourite sculptural plants, the sea hollies and grasses and not sure what these quite vivid purple pods were.







I hope everyone has a lovely August and it turns out to be a good late summer.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

The Farewell Tour #2 - 140th Driffield Show, 2015

Looks like this year was my last chance to visit the Driffield Show so as I haven't been for a few years off I went last Wednesday.

I made an early start and I actually only live about 2 miles from the showground so I had considered walking but it's usually so hot and exhausting wandering around the show that I didn't fancy the 2 mile walk back. With hindsight maybe I should've done because despite my early start, traffic was building and the 2 miles took me 54 minutes in nose to tail traffic!

I was hoping to arrive in time to see my friends cow, Bronte, on parade. I was too late, Bronte had already strutted her stuff in the arena and had been awarded second in her class. This is Bronte.



 She is a really lovely cow and seemed quiet natured in the somewhat busy livestock areas with bulls mooing loudly and some other lively cows kicking off.

Bronte is going to have a nice life out in the field after her show appearances this year and as far as I know she will not be eaten.

Bob and I were quite freaked out with the proportions and muscles on some of the bulls, it was actually quite unpleasant to look at because it was like looking at all the different joints of meat on parade, not exactly the best environment for a vegetarian but I had to look as I walked past them.


We swiftly moved along to the sheep pens and photo-bombed some of those guys.



Sadly no Herdwicks which are my favourite sheep variety but look at these, do you think that ginger is their natural colour!


Then I spotted a small pen of deliciously cute little pygmy goats, my favourites :)


On to rural crafts and there were some interesting things going on with willow, rope making, baskets, wood turning and corn dollies.


I realise I didn't get any corn dolly pictures but they were making some lovely things and amazing brooches and corn dolly beads which I would've loved but couldn't afford. I did try YouTubing such things when I got back but I only found simple corn dollies to make and not jewellery.

To change the subject slightly I did find corn wands and lavender wands to make on YouTube and as I had been picking lavender the other day I made these wands, very simple so I will put the link to the video if you fancy a go.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6p8VdjPWF0

Back to crafts at the show and some nice entries in the knitting and handicraft section.





Finally, a few photos of the rescue birds of prey, I love the European Eagle owl and the bottom picture foreground is a Goshawk.





A pleasant day out and not too hot and overwhelming on this occasion despite having one of the highest turn outs in a few years, supposedly nearly 30K.