Saturday, April 16, 2011

Park picnics

I have been moping around the last couple of days feeling very poorly and very sorry for myself. You know how it starts with a bit of a sore throat and you think, "Ack!" and then it suddenly turns into something so very nasty that knocks you off your feet literally for the next few days? It has gone from a bug like flu with nausea and tummy ache and shivers and aches to a full on head cold. However, trying to stay positive I thought I would post about our recent pinic in Lyme Hall last Sunday. Do you remember my post not so long ago about the same place where the snowdrops were budding? I thought it would be nice to show you what it looks like in the heart of spring. We got there around 10.30- 11.00ish - a good time to go as it gets really busy after then. Found this lovely spot by the lake:


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and settled down on the Ugly blanket which proved to be a great picnic blanket as it is massive and so there was no teetering on the corners on those small roll up blankets people use. I would have been using mine but I lost it in typical ME fashion and was kind of forced into using theUgly blanket.

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Nothing posh. Just what we had in the house. Butties, pringles, fruit and juice and some chocolate mini rolls. There's nothing like eating outdoors is there? Then into the house and the gardens and here are some snaps of how the garden is looking now: Hyacinths everywhere and the smell so fragrant.

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And these were taken in the arbetorium:

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So colourful. I can't wait for summer. I have been doing some crochet too and finished off Clare's scarf and she now has it and loves it thankfully. Cream centres this time with more pinks and purple shades:

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Also had a go at Julia Crossland's Popcorn Flower:

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Really like this and will be making more shortly.


And another flower square by Rose Hip: IMG_1184


So there you have it. That was last weekend. This weekend I am staying home sulking! Thanks for all the lovely comments and especially new readers and followers. I will be heading over to read your blogs soon. Have a lovely weekend whatever you are doing. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


37 comments:

Aisyah Helga said...

Hi Hazel,

Hope you're feeling better. It seemed like you had a lovely time at the picnic with your family. And you have been busy with the hooks, too! I love the scarf's colors! Can't wait to see what you're going to do next!

Have a relaxing weekend :)

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Lovely photos and very bonnie crochet work. I hope you feel better soon, it's not nice when it hits you like that.

Gillie said...

Oh poor Hazel, I am sorry, hope you are improving quickly. Haven't visited Lyme since we last lived in Cheshire, we should have a meet up! Love the scarf, such gorgeous colours!

andamento said...

I love all your crochet flowers. Hope you're feeling better soon.

Rachael xxx said...

Sorry to hear you are not 100% at the moment, but what lovely photos of Lyme Hall never been there myself ,but it looks lovely.

Cath said...

Gorgeous pictures . Hope you are feeling better soon . XX

Helen Philipps said...

I loved seeing your picnic in Lyme Park. I used to go there years ago when I lived in Manchester. I hope your horrible virus has gone now - there are lots of these sore throat ones about at the moment and they do make you feel so poorly. Your crochet looks beautiful. Hope you have a good weekend.
Helen x

Margaret said...

What a beautiful garden! Wow! I love that flower scarf and your other crochet too. Just wonderful!

Jackie said...

What a beautiful place to have a picnic and spend a spring afternoon. Your lovely photographs really captured the feel of where you were.

I hope you feel much better really quickly!

Christine said...

Sorry to hear you've not been well, hope you are feeling better soon.
Beautiful flowers, both real and crocheted.

MiniBinoy said...

Hello Hazel...I just stumbled upon your blog!!you have a lovely blog and photographs in the post are awesome!!

geeky Heather said...

What gorgeous flowers!! Thank you for the beautiful pictures. That scarf is very, very pretty!

Lesleyanne said...

Hope you are feeling better soon. Lovely pictures from you day out.

Mylene said...

Beautiful flower pictures and your crochet are lovely.
Hope you feel better very soon.

nutmegg said...

I hope your feeling better soon, your Spring is my Autumn which means Winter is on it's way...(yuck)...love the flowers ....xo

mainely stitching said...

Feel better soon! And thank you for sharing all this beauty with us, even though you aren't feeling spiffy yourself!

jane said...

Hope you feel better very soon Hazel, it sounds very similar to the bug I had and it took be quite a while to get over it so take care of yourself.
Love your pics of Lyme Park - haven't been there in ages and it looks so beautiful. Wonder if I can find time for a visit over Easter?
Love your crochet scarf and the latest flowers.

Sally said...

Hope you are feeling better soon Hazel.

The photos are lovely. Makes me want to go out for a picnic myself :)

Carol said...

OK, that's it! I'm moving to the U.K. What gorgeous, gorgeous flower photos, Hazel. All we have are a couple of daffodils blooming here so far this spring...

Lovely crocheted pieces, too--the scarf colors are perfect.

Hope you feel better very soon. That is the thing when you have young children, you are constantly picking up their germs. Wait till you're old like me and you'll rarely get sick :)

Dani - tkdchick said...

Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! I'm so jealous all I've got is grey and dull!

Hope you're feeling better!

stitches from wales said...

cant see anything ugly in that blanket!!

What a lovely way to spend a day.

Nancy said...

Hope you get to feeling better soon! Thanks for sharing all the pictures of the picnic and park grounds. Looks like you had a grand time!

That scarf is so nice, just love the colors!

Suz said...

Hi..hope you're feeling better soon
Another lovely flower scarf and another lucky friend
The picnic looks wonderful...nothing at all better than a picnic on a crochet blanket
Hugs Suz x

lily said...

Just found your blog, and I love it, crochet, cross stitch and gorgeous photo's, will be back soon with a cuppa for a good read.......housework calls.

Sandra said...

What a beautiful display of flowers, a lovely place for a picnic. Hope you're feeling better now, there's so many nasty bugs around at the moment.

Berit said...

What divine springy goodness!~

I'm so sorry to hear you are having such a terrible virus/cold--ugh! I do hope you recover soon to enjoy spring. :D

Love the cream centers on the flowers you made, too. :)

Kate said...

Hope you're feeling better now Hazel.
Lovely pictures of your day out - you're quite right too - there's something special about eating outside.
Love the flower scarf - perfect colours.

Lee said...

Beautiful pics!

Heidi said...

What a wonderful place to go have a picnic! I wish I could go with you and sit on that NOT ugly blanket. Loving all your crochet flowers. I have not touched my hook in two weeks. We are redoing the garden now at our new house and it is hard work that sent me into major FM attacks...sigh. I will be taking it with me to Cranberry Cottage though to enjoy sitting in the garden while crocheting.

Enjoy your Easter weekend! Early wishes in case I do not get a chance before then...

Hugs from Holland ~
Heidi

Julie said...

A lovely picnic, sounds like the perfect way to spend some quality outdoor time in the sunshine.

Clare's scraf is amazing, i REALLY MUST have a go at one of these.

{{Get well soon huggies}}

Jeanne said...

Awesome awesome photos Hazel - I am always envious when you post photos of Lyme Park. I will get there someday and dream of Mr Darcy coming around the bend LOL. I hope you are feeling better, it's awful to be sick when it's so lovely outside!

Julia said...

Hello sweetness, I hope you're feeling heaps better by now - love the photographs of your day out, especially the one with the reflection, beautiful!! Also love your hooky pics, not done a bit for a while and feel inspired to dig out the yarn...

Sending love
Julia x

Keri On said...

Beautiful granny squares! And I love those flowery scarves/shawls! Found my way here from attic24...but I know I have been here before..not certain if I've ever left a comment! The picture of your father w/ the beautiful stitchery is great!

Maggie O said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely spring picnic...still unbelievablely cold and snow here. The colours are fabulous in the landscape and your work. Feel better soonest!

Siobhan said...

Your crocheting is beautiful!

Loved the pics of your park picnic. There were people grilling out in the park yesterday and oh my gosh, the smell was so good--I wanted to run over and grab a bite of food and keep running. LOL

I hope you're feeling better!

mdgtjulie said...

Hi Hazel. I'm fairly new to blogspot, and found you here through Cindy and then Lynn. I love the flowers. Hyacinth is my fave, followed closely by Lilacs. They smell soooooooo good!!! It sounds like you had a lovely picnic. I hope you are feeling better by now and have a lovely Easter weekend!

Libbie said...

What little cuties you have! That looks like a fun picnic! Gorgeous flowers! The real ones AND the ones YOU made! I love your colors!