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Thursday, 26 October 2017

Scavenger Hunt - October

I've just realized that tomorrow is the 27th and link-up day for Scavenger Hunt so I'm scrabbling around trying to fill the gaps in my post.  I've been crazy busy this week with a couple of family birthday celebrations and just life generally, so this post is all a bit last minute.

  Making


I'm seriously trying to reduce my yarn stash and as I've a load of cotton but only one ball of each colour...what to make?  These mandalas are a great solution and quite addictive, not sure they have much purpose except as coasters and teapot stands but they are pretty.  You can find the pattern at Attic24 on the sidebar if you'd like to try one for yourself.

I also made this chocolate fudge cake this week as a friend came for coffee, it wasn't half bad. 


 Empty



 My purse !  Well almost, some of these coins are euros!



 Starts with a ...... F
Meet Bess, my new foster Feline.  I'm looking after her for a while until a new home can be found.  She came into the Cats Protection earlier this year as a stray with a terrible flea allergy and hardly any fur and she still has an ongoing skin problem.  As you can see she is much improved, she is the most affectionate puss and has taken up residence on my spare bed.


 Paper

 A paper wrapped religieuses au chocolat from the local boulangerie in France.

Et voila!



 Neat
Shocked at how disgusting my cupboards had become, I recently had a thorough clear out and chucked some stuff with an expiry date of 2015, washed all the surfaces and tidied. At least now if I have unexpected guests I won't be too embarrassed to open the doors.  


 Street

I took this photo of Haywards Heath High St. from the upper deck of a 1966 double decker bus, more of which later.




Kettle

 Desperately trying to get a different slant on an everyday object ...and failing.




8. Unexpected

 At the beginning of October this invitation dropped through my letterbox, I hadn't been in touch lately with my cousin who was arranging this birthday surprise for her father, so it came completely unexpected. 



 Vase
 I prefer a rustic, informal look to my flower arrangements and use jugs often, this one was bought in a junk shop years ago and was just the right size for a last few garden offerings, miscanthus zebrinus and Japanese anemone.



 My own choice


Here's my uncle Ray on his 90th birthday.  His surprise included a vintage bus ride followed by Afternoon Tea at his local football club.



So that's my offerings for October, you can see more interpretations over at 
(I've just realized that I've previously referred to this blog as I Live I Love I Laugh!   So sorry folks, especially Kate... you've all been too kind to even tell me that I'm a buffoon!)

Must dash, I'm on shift all weekend and have a ton of stuff to do before then.

37 comments:

  1. Lovely photos. I have some japanese anemones in my garden/back yard. I should cut some and bring them in. You have inspired me! Bess looks very content. Are you sure you wouldn't want to keep her! A friend of mine fostered a black and white Tom called Tobias 2 years ago.She couldn't give him up. :) Your chocolate fudge cake looks yummy. X

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    1. Thanks Shazza. Bess is a sweetie, but I'm forever hoovering up fur due to her skin condition.

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  2. This was so much fun!

    And that kitty is so adorable and sweet looking ...

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  3. Happy Birthday Uncle Ray! Love that photo, what a brilliant way to spend a birthday.
    I do like those mandalas. they'd look good sewn on the back of a denim jacket.
    The flower arrangement is tres chic and the clean cupboards put ours to shame.
    Bess is gorgeous. I love a black and white moggy. Stephen Squirrel's got a flea allergy, too - he nibbles his fur till his legs look like mangy Primarni leggings.
    A 90th Birthday party! I hope I'm throwing parties when I'm 90. xxxx

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    1. Bess' legs look like that at the moment and the carpet continually has black clumps of fur on it. The Hoover is never put away! Uncle Ray is a legend
      Xx

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  4. Oooh, your Paper photo is to die for! the cake looks wonderful and scrumptious. Yes, I have a sweet tooth. Attic24's mandelas are good; I've made a few. Love the vintage bus too. I like vintage vehicles, especially commercial ones. I hope Bess finds a new home.

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    1. Yes those religieuses are worth waiting for.

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  5. So many lovely images! I'm from Sussex but haven't been to Haywards Heath. I love your jug as a vase, what a beautiful shape! It's a good job we don't live close by, my husband would love to adopt a cat after our last one sadly disappeared.

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    1. Where in Sussex are you from? There are always lots of rescue cats needing a new home.

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  6. Wonderful set of photos, crochet mandalas and the bun look lovely.
    Amanda xx

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  7. And laugh! Love it - laughter is the best - I think I shall entirely forgive you and you are definitely not a buffoon! Thank you for making me laugh tonight :D Clever stories and photos, especially love the angle of your kettle - very arty! - thanks for joining in :)

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    1. Glad it gave you a laugh, can't believe I didn't notice sooner!

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  8. Great selection. My hubby says he didn't drive one like that, but similar vintage & older. He grew up in Leeds & was a bus driver.(retired now) I use all sorts as vases & love quirky vessels too. I've not done a multi-coloured manadala, but should try,as I've lots of leftover yarn from rugs etc. Oh, Bess I'm too far away to adopt you, but your gorgeous. Have a lovely weekend & take care.

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    1. Mandalas are perfect for using odds and ends.

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  9. A lovely selection of pictures, love the one of Uncle Ray enjoying his birthday and the paper revelation is c'est magnifique.

    Diana

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    1. I don't suppose I'll be going to another 90th in a hurry. It was a lovely birthday surprise for him.

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  10. such lovely photos . I do like cats but unfortunatly my dog doesn't I love that black and white one, back in the day we had a black and white one and a tabby. Great pic of the bus and your uncle.Happy birthday to him.

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  11. Wonderful set of photos and great choices. Like Vase, Paper and your own choice and I love starts with 'F' poor little Bess I hope she gets back to full health soon:)

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  12. I love the colours of that mandala! And aww, isn't Bess the cutest cat ever? She looks quite at home at your place! I'd never heard of religieuses au chocolat, but it does look quite delectable. How lovely is that vintage bus, it makes modern buses look definitely boring. It looks like uncle Ray enjoyed his surprise! xxx

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    1. The bus ride was great! Lots of comic remarks from 'passengers' about needing to stop for prescriptions, pubs or hospitals. Xx

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  13. Great photos. Love the crochet

    Julie xxx

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  14. Only the French would be religious about chocolate :) How wonderful is that :) It's why I adore France and will be breaking my gluten free thing to risk one of those next time we're going through.
    I love the crochet stash buster too and your vase and definitely your furry friend - lucky wee thing to have found you.

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    1. Yes you must Fil, they are divine.

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  15. I'd love to give the mandala a try. I can't tell from the photo how big they are but was thinking that, if not too big, they could make a nice garland.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. This one was a bit larger than a drinks coaster but small than a placemat. With your talent you'd have no trouble with these.xx

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    2. This one was a bit larger than a drinks coaster but small than a placemat. With your talent you'd have no trouble with these.xx

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  16. Happy belated birthday, Uncle Ray! What a brilliant birthday surprise.

    I loved your mandala; it should be possible to crochet them together to make a blanket should you so desire.

    The jug with flowers was so beautiful like a work of Japanese art.

    Hopefully your empty purse will be full again soon....

    xxx

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  17. Great set of photos. Belated happy birthday to your uncle Ray, love the look of those cakes and your jug of flowers is gorgeous! xx

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  18. Lovely seeing Haywards Heath High Street again. We lived in the nearby village of Balcombe until Kate was 2 years old and it was our nearest town for shopping. Can't say I recognise any of it except the steep hill - at least it seemed steep when I was pushing a pram and carrying shopping. Love your rustic vase with it's simple arrangement. Sorry comments so late this month.

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  19. On the contrary, your kettle photo looks great to me. I like your approach to flower arranging. How nice your Uncle's birthday sounds! Congratulations to him!!x

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