Photo Challenge – Orderly

This is a photograph from when I had just bought my merchant’s chest. With time, I now have even more varieties of cotton thread and so although they are still arranged into bags of the same sort , they are no longer so ‘orderly’.

Similarly the draw with Stylecraft yarn in it, Not so good for this post because of the knitting needle case, now with balls of all sorts of different sizes, is much harder to keep in such a nice orderly fashion.

I expect you can see that I like to arrange balls in a rainbow order zig-zag.


Photo Challenge – Beach

Given the recent inclement weather it is not the time to use the above topic as an excuse to go to the seaside.

So I looked through my archives and decided that this, though a recent photograph, is probably as good as any to share. One of the few photographs I have taken which aim to show the beach more than the sea.

Photo Challenge – Found

Not an easy subject this week but here is my offering. Photo Challenge - Found I love the sea and standing on a beach but Southampton, although it is a port, is so given over to commerce that the nearest paddle and build a sand castle beach is quite a few miles away. So I am always a sucker for any thing like a beach when I am out and about.

In this case I was in London but the sight of a stretch of sand along by the river was really attractive and I was especially pleased to find this very worn piece of shell which made it seem even more beachlike.

The other side  Other side of shellis really smooth and lovely to hold, so I decided to keep it.

Monthly Montage – August

I shared both crochet and knitting this month. All about my three latest patterns on Ravelry: partly planned and partly because of the hiatus in actual crafting caused by my damaged elbow. So there was a crochet Celtic Hot Pad, Three Small knitted Angels and an updated version of my crocheted Real Snowflakes. August montageI also shared quite a few photographs. Three for the Photo Challenge: Lane, Thrift and Fold. I missed out on Point as I was just beginning to cope with living life with only one hand! Lastly, I shared some photographs of Chichester, especially the cathedral, that I took on a visit last Autumn.

A day in Chichester

Chichester stationLast Autumn I spent a day in Chichester. At the time I had so much photography to share, with my garden and the Photo Challenge, that I didn’t find a space to share my outing, though I have shared a few of the photographs in other contexts.

In the morning when I arrived I wandered around the town and saw the market cross. market crossA most ornate structure.

Quite soon I decided that it was time for a drink and a bit of sustenance so I found a café. The ButteryThis is called ‘The Buttery’ and had architecture that made it a little different to your normal café.

Unfortunately they were short staffed that day and by the time I received my coffee and scone I was wondering whether to leave and try somewhere else. Coffee and a sconeBeyond the market cross there was a street with some market stalls marketand lots of bunting!

As you can see it was a rather overcast day, though luckily it stayed dry.

My main reason for coming to Chichester was to visit the cathedral so that is where I went next.

Here is a splendid statue of St Richard of Chichester outside the cathedral. statue of St Rchard of ChichesterInside there was a temporary art installation by the famous artist and sculptor, Ana Maria Pacheco. Art instalation

The installation was called “Shadows of the Wanderer” and images the story of Aeneas, who carried his father Anchises away from the ruins of Troy. However it is also designed to remind us of the struggles of refugees fleeing from so many trouble spots today.
The above photograph is not very good but I thought that I should include it to give you an idea of the total installation.
I was more interested in taking photographs of some of the individual figures.
This one I labelled “Scary”.  SculptureThis one “Beautiful” Sculptureand this one “Courage”. SculptureI then moved on to look around the rest of the cathedral.
Of course I had to go  and look at the Piper tapestry Piper tapestrythat I remembered so vividly from my first visit so many years ago.
Here is a closer look. Piper tapestry closer viewFurther back behind here there was another striking tapestry. anglo-german tapestryAn anglo-german creation.
There was a lot of stained glass in the cathedral but having limited time I just took some photographs of the Chagal window as I am so very fond of Chagal. Chagal windowThere was an interesting piece of roman mosaic that had been uncovered. Roman mosaicAnd to give you just a  glimpse of the cathedral as a whole. Long view back down cathedral
I liked this piece of ceiling. ceilingI had bought a snack to eat for lunch and I then went to the Bishop’s Gardens to eat it. Bishop's gardens
Taking this photograph of the Cathedral spire on the way. Cathedral spire seen through trees
 I have already  shared the photographs of bees that I took. Such as this one. bee on sedumBut I also was struck by this rudbeckia. rudbeckiaVery obviously autumn! with both the sedum and the rundbeckia.
By now the sun was beginning to come out and I managed to get another picture of the spire against a blue sky spire against blue skyas I went back to the main part of town. archwayI hope you enjoyed this little glimpse of what Chichester has to offer. It is my general intention to go back some time and explore further.


Photo Challenge – Fold

As an aside, saw orthopaedic doctor on Tuesday and he said that he didn’t think I had actually broken any bones, just soft tissue damage, so he took off the splint and said I could gradually return to normal over next two weeks or so. A little gentle knitting and crochet seems to be possible, so not long before I can be completing some more things.

Now ‘Fold’.

One from the archives – this is a photograph of an origami angel I made as a try out for some Christmas cards last year. Just four extra ones as I had run out of time to make more crochet ones. I do like the idea of angels, especially guardian angels, expressing the thought that we are loved and protected.

In the Talmud it was said that every blade of grass had an angel watching over it!

Photo Challenge – Thrift

I can never hear the word ‘thrift’ without thinking of the old threepenny bit (pronounced (thrip-any) that showed a picture of the sea thrift plant – a play on words for the idea of saving them.

So of course when they ceased to be legal tender, I just had to pop one in my impromptu coin collection.

Fortunately my camera is small and light and can be operated with one hand so I am not reduced to using only archive photographs.

So here is a photograph of my saved threepenny bit. threepenny bit


Photo Challenge – Lane

When people hear the word ‘Lane’ I would guess that they tend to think of country lanes. Well, when I have had the time, the weather hasn’t been suitable for going out and trying to photograph country lanes, though I would have liked to. So I had to think of something else.

I remembered the proverb “It’s a long lane that has no turning.” and thought about a long lane in Southampton that has a few wiggles but nothing you would call a proper turn – Hill Lane.

Hill Lane is about 3m that is almost two miles long and goes from the top of Southampton Common down almost as far as Southampton Central railway station.

Well of course you cannot capture the whole of a lane like that in one photograph but on Tuesday, after going for my weekly walk on the Common, I went across to the point near Bellemoor Road where you can see the whole of the top quarter of Hill Lane and took this photograph.

Of course Hill Lane rather belies the proverb!!