peppermints & poppies

where life imitates art

a grand day out (part 2) July 27, 2009

Filed under: Photography — Katherine @ 8:27 pm

Just photos today, really. My brain is so, so frazzled.


We met this horse in a field by the beach. We fed him two apples and he showed us his horsehood. Must have been really good apples.

One lonely spade on the beach.

And so to bed.

I’ll be back soon with actual words. Promise.


a grand day out (part 1) July 22, 2009

Filed under: Photography — Katherine @ 6:27 pm

Leeds Station. 10am.

Not the start of my journey, as I have to travel a little to get to Leeds, but the point at which my camera sneaked out of my backpack for the first time.

In black and white because I thought it made it look all atmospheric and what-have-you. My black and white also made it up to Alnmouth, about 12pm:

Ok, the rest are in colour. Lovely, vibrant, beachy colour.

We crocheted merrily all the way there and back on the train. There’s something delicious about setting yourself geographical granny square targets – “ok, finish the square before Darlington”. I quite impressed myself with the amount I got done. I have now nearly finished the Dahlia block.

We walked down to the beach from the station (it’s just under a mile) not because we were feeling particularly virtuous, but because the buses confused us too much. Happily it was all downhill and presented us with all manner of opportunities to take photos.

We then rocked out a picnic on the beach. I mean really, sand aside, is anything better than sausage rolls and crisps on the beach? (Even if a storm is creeping threateningly up on you). I doubt it.

Of course, the best thing about storms, especially ones that end up missing you, is C L O U D S!

Poking about finding treasure on the beach took me right back to my childhood days. There was also a whole dead sheep (minus the eyes). I didn’t take any photos of that, and managed to resist my childlike urge to poke it with a stick. Go me.

And then it was evening.

It’s probably some kind of offence to take photos of other people’s kids with a telephoto lens, but he finshed off my shot so perfectly. Thanks, random little boy.

I took so many photos that day that I haven’t even looked at all of them, so these were just a few of my favourites. There will be more… oh yes.


custom cupcakes

Filed under: Baking — Katherine @ 6:00 pm

For an order. My brief was: Vanilla on vanilla. Girly colours.

I did half plain buttercream, and half tinted pink. I made the lilac flowers and butterflies from scratch. It was epic.

Apparently they were a hit, which is always nice to hear! Hooray for girly cupcakes!


i’ve been to the seaside! July 20, 2009

Filed under: Photography — Katherine @ 10:56 pm
I call it Kneescape

I call it 'Kneescape'

After the admittedly overly-warm success of our Holmfirth jaunt, me and Miss Heather decided to jaunt further afield. Northerly afield, to the lovely Alnmouth. And there happened to be actual sun. SUN! At the English seaside.

I happened also to take 581 photos while I was there, so it’s taking me a while to shifty through them. But an epic seaside photothread is imminent!


slow, slow progress July 10, 2009

Filed under: Crochet — Katherine @ 10:48 pm

Baby granny blanket is growing. I swear it is.

Trouble is, it’s growing about as fast as an actual baby. Maybe in nine months I may be able to warm myself under it. Maybe.

I made an executive decision a few days ago that on each block of four, I’d have a different red colour. The first block – this one – features the lovely ‘Port’. And I was running low on a couple of colours, so I placed a slight order:

Yesterday I started on the second block, with the featured colour being ‘Dahlia’, a bright, deep magenta colour. I think it’s working. It gives a very different effect to the port. I just hope that it’s good different and not sugar-free-calpol different!

I’ll keep you posted.


the sweetest thing July 8, 2009

Filed under: Baking — Katherine @ 8:40 pm

So, those commissioned cupcakes I mentioned? These babies:

It’s probably a good thing that only one was salvaged for the picture! They’re simple chocolate, with a pink tinted vanilla buttercream and fresh strawberries. Cheerful, girlie and springlike. And very, very tasty even if I do say so myself!


things to love about thursday July 3, 2009

Filed under: Crochet,Photography — Katherine @ 7:03 pm
Iced ginger ale and strawbs, anyone?

Iced ginger ale and strawbs, anyone?

An afternoon off work spent sitting in the sun sipping summery drinks.

No peppermints, though...

No peppermints, though...

An evening stroll through the poppyfield at the top of the lane.

Making progress

Making progress

And marvelling at how all it takes is three rows of granny edging to change a personality.