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Kirsty at the Leopard Anchor has had a rather splendid idea. She’s hosting a monthly photo scavenger hunt – she posts the topics and you have the rest of the month to take the photos. Clever, eh?

Me being me, I signed up a few days before the deadline, but here are my photos.

Inspiration

I’ve posted before about my love of the library, and it continues unabated. I love the library, the pleasure of picking up a book just because it takes your fancy. Our library has a great stock of inspiring books for the crafty sort – here are the ones I have on loan at the moment:

The top one is the River Cottage Bread book, by the way, which despite my wheat allergy, has inspired me to make all sorts of bready things (there are lots of not-wheat recipes) and Mr S&S to contemplate making a clay oven. No, really. Some of these books were fetched from libraries in the far reaches of the county – a little van brought them to my library – which cost me nothing. Libraries are brilliant, and if we don’t use them, we’ll lose them. Join your library and borrow books, people!

Ahem. Next heading:

Something I made

Yeah, bit of a cheat here. I have made things this month but for various reasons I can’t show you yet. And the stuff I made before this month I’ve already shown off. So this morning, I made this cup of tea:

It was very nice. And the chickens on the mug lead to the next category:

Motifs: Birds

I bought this fabric at the Festival of Quilts. It’s slightly baffling as it’s not my usual taste at all – I dont’ usually go for the very cute and pastel – but something about it really appealed to me.

Then we have Supplies
I was in a hurry, so I grabbed the yarn that came to hand in about 2 minutes and piled it up. So many possibilities!

And finally, Holiday

I haven’t got round to posting much about our holiday – Dance Camp Wales; it’s a camp, in Wales, there’s dancing – but here’s a picture of the Little Girl joining in with the evening dance:

I recommend you have a look at Kirsty’s blog, not just because there’ll be a list of all the other scavengers, but because the blog is lovely. She’ll be posting September’s categories soon if you want to join in!

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I took a break from my desk yesterday and went for a walk. Spring is definitely on the way. My magnolia has big, fat furry buds; the willows are covered with catkins; and my beautiful hellebore is just about to come into flower. And the herons who nested by the river last year are back, which makes me very happy.

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Birds

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Red berries…

I took this picture of the cotoneaster before the birds ate all the berries. We’ve had a bit of a cold snap and they’ve been feasting away. The holly trees are almost bare, as is one of the cotoneasters. The other, hidden behind a friend’s caravan on the yard, had so far avoided their depredations – but today I saw a flock of birds on it. They all scattered as I approached, but I’m sure, now they’ve found it, they’ll be back.

I have spent most of the year wondering whether to keep the cotoneasters. Throughout spring and summer they do very little, and they do take up space. But I think, over these few weeks in winter, they earn their keep. And the birds seem to like them.

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