Saturday, 23 January 2016

Walk: West Deane Way - Walk 3

Although it is lovely to drive out to the countryside and walk, there is something very satisfying about starting a walk from home without having to use the car. Today, I walked part of the West Deane Way walk 3 in the clockwise direction from Nynehead to Tonedale. I joined the trail at Wharf Cottage and extended the walk by returning in a circuit by roughly following the B3187.

West Deane Way Walk 3: Clockwise
Terrain: Muddy lanes, fairly flat. If you extend the walk into a circuit, it is even pavements but the second leg is mostly uphill.
Distance: 2 miles for Walk 3 (5.9km for my circular walk)
Time taken: 1 hour 20 minutes

Opposite Wharf Cottage are some interesting remains of Nynehead Lift which was part of the Grand Western Canal.

This is the view from the top of Nynehead Lift towards Nynehead Court. The walk continues into Long Copse.

The Highlights: It was lovely to see so many snowdrops along the hedgerows but there were none along the wooded lanes - maybe in a few weeks time.

The Lowlights: Unfortunately the walk ends at the sewage treatment plant at Tonedale, however if you are following the proper walk, you may wish to do an about turn before you go too near!!

Love Mrs Jones x

Note: This walk is part of the West Deane way which is a 50 mile circular route through Taunton Deane. For more information and links to all the maps, see here.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Patchwork: Plans 2016

I didn't get an awful lot of sewing done last year, but already have quite a few plans for this year.

Currently making...

I have started (finally) on a quilt using the Dashwood September Blue fat quarter stack that I have now had for too long.

So, the whole stack has been cut into rectangles ready for pairing together into squares which will have some white sashing between. My original plans were something with quite largescale pieces as the features prints are quite large, so my rectangles are 24cm x 12cm.

I am currently whizzing through the initial chain-piecing, and am hoping that it will be quite a quick and easy quilt.

Patchwork Plans 2016

I have recently discovered Freshly Pieced's blog and have a huge crush on this Moroccan Lanterns pattern:

Moroccan Lanterns PDF Pattern - Freshly Pieced Quilt Patterns - 1
Image Source: Freshly Pieced

I really want to get my hands on a copy of Nancy Purvis' book Quilting from Every Angle. Her quilts are modern and really fresh. I particularly like Fossil and Vertebrae.

I am also on the lookout for a raccoon quilt block - can anyone recommend one?

What are your patchwork and quilting plans for 2016?

Love Mrs Jones x

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Walk: Worlds End Pub Walk

One of my New Year's Resolutions is to get more active. I definitely increased my activity levels in 2015 but I want to make more of a commitment in 2016 by going out more frequently. The idea of going to a gym or exercise classes really does not appeal but I do really love going out in the fresh air for a walk, and the bonus is that apart from a pair of walking boots, it is completely free!

My first walk this year was a circular walk from the World's End pub in West Buckland, Somerset and is available to download from their website (bottom left hand side). 

The World's End Pub Walk
Terrain: Mostly quiet country lanes and (muddy) fields - some gentle undulation.
Distance: 3.5 miles
Time taken: 1hr 30 minutes

This walk quickly takes you away from the busy A38 onto a quiet country lane past the back of the orchards of Sheppey's Cider Farm and into farmland. We spotted what I think was a kestrel perched high in one of the apple trees.

The route then takes you across a footbridge into a wet and muddy field (walking boots a necessity when it has been raining). Soon after this, we were led somewhat astray by the written walk instructions which have clearly been superceded by a new public footpath {at point 2, follow the public footpath signpost to the top left corner of the field rather than the route between the hedge and fence}. Then as you emerge through the gate you turn immediately left onto the farm track.

The Highlights: The abundance of mistletoe growing in one of the orchards was a lovely sight, as was the dark fern lined cutting on the last leg of the walk. At one point you have a great view over the area and up to the Blackdowns and Wellington Monument.

We resisted the temptation to spoil our good work with lunch in the pub, but had it been a frosty day, I think I may have had to give in to a bowl of soup!

Love Mrs Jones x