Friday, 8 February 2013

Prayer Shawl and smiling because...

  that shawl / wrap thingy is finally finished!!!
"not before time" I hear you all shout!
Well it is now done and dusted
 and dare I say it
now that it's finished I'm not sure that I like it
I think it's because I was at it for so long
that I'm fed up looking at it
but anyway here it is ....

**T a   d a h**
Prayer Shawl
We had snow and icy roads on Tuesday morning
and while it looked lovely
thankfully it was all gone by lunchtime
- my kind of snowy weather!!!
The primulas are starting to flower in the garden and look so pretty...
Mr. Raindrops  is working away this week
and boy oh boy am I enjoying having the bed to myself
no snoring and snorking and I can toss and turn to my hearts content
so it's just teddy and me for the next few nights...
he doesn't like the smell of hyacinths
finds the scent strong and overpowering
so guess what's in the hallway and smell heavenly...

The sun shone on Wednesday and while I was out in the garden this big man popped his nose
through the fence to say hello!
 I'm still trying to catch up with you all this week
but am making progress slowly but surely
If I haven't popped in to say hello to you yet
I'm on the way!!

Today I'm linking up with Karen from My Little Home and Garden
who is doing a post full of sunshine and happiness.
Karen has a lovely blog, pop over and say hi!

Have a great weekend my friends full of smiles and joy.

Well it's Friday and so it's

{Green Day 31}
Why not post your photos here?
Thank you to all who participate I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do
Raindrops and Daisies

The object of the link up
is to post a photograph of something green.
The photos can be of anything you like
once they have a green theme,
green fields, pretty green things, green clothes,
green leaves, green foods,
anything at all that takes your fancy!

I hope that you will join in the fun.
Now here comes the boring bit - a few rules

1.   Please do not post anything that may be deemed offensive to others.
2.   Only post material that belongs to you.
3.   When posting your photographs please link back to Raindrops and Daisies
4.   Link directly to your Green Day post and not to the url of your blog
5.   Try and visit some of the other participants and leave a comment


Unknown said...

Yay, you have your knitting done:):) Looks very pretty and comfortable. A curious horse:)

Lynne said...

Snow you say . . . I heard it never snows in Ireland.

Love your wrap, are you wearing it?

Like the cable stitch teddy bear . . . enjoy sleeping ignore free!

Your touch of flower color teases me into springtime wishes!

homemade@myplace said...

Beautiful flowers and gorgeous shawl!!!! Brava Fiona!!!
xxxx Ale

Ingrid Tunheim said...

Hi! I belive weather in Ireland and the south west coast of Norway are quite simular. My favorite snow is also the snow that disapears some hours later... I am also waiting for spring and I belive it will be here i a couple of weeks or four...

Have a lovlely weekend home alone.

E. said...

I know that when I visit your blog I will definitely see the prettiest things and pictures!
Have a happy weekend! :)

Lucinha said...


Seu xale ficou lindo. Gostei muito da mistura de cores.
As fotos da neve são lindas também.
Um lindo final de semana. Abraços

Sandra said...

I love your colourful mosaic in a mixture of spring and winter atmospheres! That shawl looks so snug and warm and the colour of the brooch goes so well with the yellow in the yarn!
I can't believe you already have flowers in your garden!
I love the soft image of the yellow tulips and hyacinths!
I've just decorated my windows with pastel-coloured crocheted flowers - it looks quite a contrast to the falling snow outside!
Have a great weekend and I had to laugh at your pink cable-stitch teddy bear. He smiled back at me!

inge said...

The shawl is stunning well done the brooch really suits it.

chica said...

Lindo teu post,Fiona.

Gostei do xale , das flores, da neve, do cavalo, ursinho de pelúcia.Tudo!

Lindo Green DAY! beijos,chica said...

Dear Fiona,
Now come on! what do you really want to hear..
I think its this..---your wrap is stunning..and it looks great on you.. you can mix and match polar necks under it.. am I right!!! well done.. looks great with the broach too.
You finally got your looks so fresh and crisp.
i love your teddy..and your hyacinths look so pretty, i love their smell.
i also like your new header.
wishing you a happy weekend.. enjoy your special time alone..
xxx val

Ellie Foster said...

Dear Fiona
Well done on your shawl/wrap, whichis lovely, by the way. It is always so nice to finish a project! Lovely photos and a great mixture of winter and spring. Enjoy having the bed to yourself and the scent of the hyacinths.
Have a great weekend
Best wishes

eileeninmd said...

Hello Fiona, your shawl does look lovely and I like the broach too. I am a little envious over your primulas blooming. I am looking forward to seeing flowers and color around my yard. My hubby has been watching TV late, letting me fall asleep before he comes to bed and starts his snoring. Lovely pretty flower arrangement and your teddy. Have a happy weekend!

Derek said...

This post has so many delightful contrasts.
Thanks for sharing

Sush said...

Oh Fiona, I'm always in awe of anyone who knits. I've attempted it so many times and it's always a sad wilted mess. It looks lovely, and you'll enjoy it after a breather.
I love all the pictures and enjoy your time alone it's a rare treat in this household!

Ailime said...

Olá Fiona, o seu xale ficou belíssimo e sorri, porque não ouve o roncar do seu marido:))!Como a compreendo. Adorei o seu ursinho, a neve, as flores e o seu enorme cavalo. Muito belo! Abraço eexcelente dia verde: Ailime

Maria Luiza said...

Oh! Seu blog está lindo! Parece uma primavera! O xale, as flores, o ursinho rosa bebê, a neve, o grande cavalo, mostram sua alegria e alma renovadas! Pena que seu marido ronca! Aqui era eu! Rsrsrsr!!! Beijos!

My name is Riet said...

THat shawl is lovely Fiona. I like how you draped it round you. Good idea.
No green day for me today, sorry. I don't have much inspiration these days but I am sure it will come back as soon as the weather will be a bit better.Have a nice week.

MarmePurl said...

All of it...Just Lovely!

Jo Turquezza said...

Oi Fiona, vou participar hoje, tá?
Que lindos o cavalo e o ursinho diferente e difícil (acho) de fazer.
Todo o restante agradável demais também.
Parabéns pela postagem.
Jô Turquezza - Brasil

Lisa said...

Fiona, enjoy! (you wouldn't want the snow we're going to get here later) :o

Vane M. said...

Olá, Fiona! O cachecol ficou lindo, gosto das misturas de cores. Achei muito bonita a foto do seu visitante, cavalos são animais nobres e belíssimos. Tenha um espetacular green day. Um abraço!

My Little Home and Garden said...

Hello, Fiona

I like the wrap. The colours are lovely and it's just the thing for this snow storm day, inside looking out!

Your header is pretty, very spring-like.


Giga said...

Wiem co to znaczy chrapanie męża i rozumiem Twoją radość, że kilka dni będziesz spała ze słodkim misiem. Pozdrawiam cieplutko.
I know what it means to snoring husband and I understand your joy, that a few days you'll be sleeping with a sweet teddy bear. Regards warm.

Sherry said...

We're in the middle of a major snowstorm here in southern Ontario and I do mean major, so seeing your springy banner and thinking about hyacinths is just what I needed this morning!

And I love your's gorgeous!

Ashling said...

Snow, ice and flowers? The best of all worlds indeed. Happy sleeping!
Oh--and the shawl looks great! Cozy, colorful...well done!

Ivy, Phyllis and Me! said...

Good Afternoon Fiona, I love your new reminds us of "things" to come....warmer days, flowers peeking their heads through the soil...I cannot wait.
Your shawl is really beautiful and the brooch is perfect. Put your shawl away for a week and forget about it, then re-find it, trust me you will fall in love with it all over again.
Have a lovely weekend.
Best Wishes

Southhamsdarling said...

Hi Fiona. Gosh, so many comments and here I am, bringing up the rear! We have snow forecast for Monday :( Just as I was really trying hard to think about Spring. Your primulas are out quite early. They're very brave!! I loved the knitted scarf/shawl 'thing'!! It should certainly keep you nice and warm, and I like the muted colours. Take care and keep warm.

Claudia Moser said...

The shawl looks great, maybe I'll do some knitting this weekend too! Smiling!

Chatty Crone said...

Your shawl and your photos are both great.

TexWisGirl said...

i know you are glad the snow disappeared quickly, but so glad you got that beautiful fence photo to share with us first! love the sweet neighbor. :)

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Great photos - and I really love love love that pink teddy - did you make it?

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Love all the color in your post today! I like the snow photos too. We don't have much color here and the snow isn't even pretty now. It's all dirty and dingy.
I don't have anything to share for Green Day. I will have when spring comes.
Have a great weekend!

geetlee said...

The shawl looks FABULOUS :) I love the teddy bear too!
Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Jannibele said...

You make me happy with your lovely photos and all the colours! I am impressed by the beautiful shawl you have knitted. That must really keep you varm. Have a happy and green weekend.

Pamela Gordon said...

Hi Fiona, I love the shawl you made and I think it's very beautiful and cozy. Your photos are gorgeous. Primulas and horses and pretty scenery - lovely post!

Hayu Maselli said...

O... great JOb!, beautiful shawl Fiona.
I love those colors so warm like autumn.
that cuty lovely pink teddy accompany while Mr. Raindrops away. I can feel how happy you are, yes I knew how does it feel suffer for snoring ;)
beautiful photos. so white there in Ireland.
I will be on green day tomorrow as usual ;)have a nice weekend
love ya

Suz said...

The shawl is beautiful. My favorite colors.

Unknown said...

Hi Fiona,

The shawl looks very nice, well done you. It was snowing in Dundrum Tuesday morning, but when I reached the city center where the office is there was no sign of snow. How different it can be. We really want spring now don't we?!
Enjoy your weekend too!

Magia da Inês said...

º° ✿彡
Olá, amiga!
Seu post está lindo e variado.
Tem flores, um xale lindo e bem aconchegante, tem neve (eu nunca vi neve porque aqui não cai) e até um olá muito agradável.
Bom fim de semana!
Beijinhos do Brasil.
✿ °•.¸

carol l mckenna said...

Wow! Photography, knitting, horses ~ great post and so much creativity! ~ Wonderful! ~ I love that shawl ~

Carol of: (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

lambs and ivy designs said...

If I were there I am sure we could have lots of crafting fun in front of the fireplace!! I would love to know how to knit!! Your shawl looks beautiful!!

Stay warm my friend,

♥●• İzdihër •●♥ said...

It is so cold ...

Jen said...

The shawl is beautiful I love the colors, and it looks so cozy! How funny to see snow and primulas in the same post! Your pictures are gorgeous. Love your new header.


DIMI said...

Dear Fiona,i love your new header!Your wrap is fantastic and your pictures are amazing!
Thank you for your visit and for your wishes on my blog!Have a lovely weekend!

Life, Loves and...... said...

Flower are fab and the shawl amazing

Lindy said...

Your shawl looks great. The colours are beautiful. Thanks for the comment on my blog.

Anonymous said...

I think it is all quite delightful. I love the your flowered header.
Have a happy weekend, Fiona

SweetMarie said...

Your shawl turned out so pretty! I just love your horse photo! I'm smiling because your blog is so full of pretty things. :)
Happy days to you!

Annie Cholewa said...

I've nothing green to share this week, but I had to pop by and admire your finished knit ... it's lovely :D

Maggie said...

I'm so happy that you came over to Normandy to say hi this morning because now I get to have a look around your lovely blog!
I love hyacinths, adore their perfume.
Your wrap is stunning and looks so warm & cosy besides being stylish, what's not to love?
I may be back to join in your green linky party soon.
a bientot

Snap said...

I love the sun shot on the primulas. Gorgeous. All your photos are lovely and fun. I've made more than one project that at the completion I wasn't sure I liked, but others did -- and they got a gift! :D :D Happy Sunlit Sunday!

oldthings said...

Dear Fiona , you have so many reasons to smile ! You have done very good job , your shwal is lovely with warm colours.Have a nice Sunday !

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I like the colours in your wrap, maybe it will grow on you.
Primulas already, I can hardly wait for spring and the arrival of mine.

Allison said...

I LOVE hyacinths!! They are indeed "heavenly". :-) My friend made one of those wraps for me in green. I think it looks great on you and shows off your tiny hips! You go girl!

NatureFootstep said...

the shawl is gorgeous. I love the colors in it. It is autumn colors. So maybe you need it for autumn chilly evenings. :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Your shawl is gorgeous! What a beautiful work of art and one you'll enjoy! I wonder if you made your Teddy...he's so sweet!

Betty Manousos said...
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erleichda said...

The shawl looks wonderful Fiona!
and everything around looks rpetty much like everything around me...

Glad to read you are having nice time

lots of love xoxoxo

Judy said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I absolutely love your shawl

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Your shawl looks wonderful! I guess you are having a good old time by yourself! Your hyacinths and tulips look marvelous! I could use a poke of color in my house like that right now! Your pink teddy is so your 4 legged visitor!

Visiting from Sunlit Sunday! Liz

Ruth Kelly said...

The poncho is marvelous. The horse looks very tired.

By Neymes said...


Busy Little Chicken said...

Love the shawl/wrap!! The colours are gorgeous!! As for catching up with things....I'm still trying to do this as well!!! I think that days pass me by with out me knowing it!!! Love the horse photo!!

Unknown said...

Hyacinth and tulips.. what a heavenly combination!

orchid0324 said...

Dearest Fiona,
Wow, lovely pictures from snow, primulas and so on♡♡♡ I wished to see the pile of snow this year at least once but we may not be able to. Just sprinkling some time(^^;)
So Sorry for my absence for the "green day" link lately. I seem to have lost the material for posting. However, I promise I WILL do again soon, my friend.

Thank you SO much for the sweet comments for me. I hope you are going to have a wonderful new week.

Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Ellie said...

Oh Fiona I love your shawl it is lovely. Did it take you a long time?
I love those lovely spring colours in your vase - so pretty :))

Marcela Gmd said...

Lovely!!! I like your blog! would you like to follow each other?
Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

Leslie said...

Great reasons to smile!! I love the shall ~ it turned out gorgeous!!! I have the bed to myself this week too ~ good thing since I am still fighting this flu bug.

lenalima said...

Meu Deus qta neve!!! eu não gosto de friozão!
amei o chale , lindo!

Anonymous said...

Just in time to see your finished shawl. YAY!!! It's gorgeous, Fiona. Love, love, love.
Thank you for stopping by the shop and thank you for the anniversary wishes. The concert was beyond our expectations and indeed it was a most magical evening.
Always a delight visiting with you, my friend.

Betty Manousos said...
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renae said...

Oh thank you Fiona! Happy Valentine's Day to you!

Bonnie said...

Such pretty pictures! WOW!!! Love the hyacinths and tulips!!!! Your shawl is amazing! Great job. I would be smiling too. Our weather has been extremely rainy for the last four days! That long is unusual for us and now it has turned cold. I THINK the sun comes out tomorrow. I am ready! It looks very cold at your house.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Sweet Like Cinnamon said...

Well I think your wrap is just beautiful! You must be very proud to have made it :-)

Bonnie said...

I love the wrap, and the lovely pin. I totally understand how you can tire of something when it takes awhile to complete. Maybe you could fold it up and pull it out next fall. It would be like having something brand new. Just a thought. Happy Valentine's Day! Bonnie

Giga said...

Przykro mi, ale nie widzę Twojego nowego posat :(
I'm sorry, but I can not see your new Posat: (

GardenOfDaisies said...

These are truly lovely things to smile about. I see that I am thinking along the same lines this week as you were last week. What do they say about great minds? ;-)

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