Newbridge Yarnbombing

Apart from those designed for less than life-friendly activities, what kind of bombs are there? Bath bombs – yay! Love a bit of fizz and bubble in the bath! Sex bombs… well, you’ve either got it, or you ain’t. Love bombs – they’re cool, too. But what about Yarn bombs? Newbridge has a week of fun for its June festival. The June Fest hosts loads of events, activities and fun – including the brilliantly mad and colourful yarnbombing in Liffey Park. We went along to see the park dressed up to the nines for its annual make over .

Aren’t the sunflowers amazing? I should have taken a recording – when the wind blew they undulated beautifully. I loved these.

I think this was some kind of weird sacrificial offering to the river Gods… lol.

The Swan statue – wearing a crocheted swimming cap in case it fancied a dip in the Liffey.

The only snakes in Ireland, thanks to St Patrick, are crocheted ones. Fancy a game of snakes and ladders anyone?

Buzzy bees.

Probably a DUI. Should have used the cycle path.

A closer look at the Swan statue and a glimpse of the Liffey Arms across the road.

Bunting.

Not far from the Curragh. Looks like this pair lost their way a bit, though.

Pom-poms galore.

More bees! Friendly ones. No stings in their tails.

Tree hugging to lamp post hugging.

A strange monster spider beastie thing! An indigenous species exclusive to Newbridge. I believe it poses no threat to human life forms but is deadly to socks. Or willie warmers. 🙂

More lamp post love.

There were loads more – the park was totally rocking its gladrags! Nice way to spend the morning before following the nature trail round the park.

We weren’t sure if Bad Lippspringe Way mightn’t turn out to be a very bad road, father… so we took the good road home.

Happy Days!

Dandelions

Lions are the king of the jungle. Dandelions are the king of the fields and gardens. Everywhere. There’s no disputing the tenacity of these weeds. Their taproots go down to the devil’s doorstep, I swear. They have the sinewy strength of  a champion arm wrestler on steroids. Yet how delicate and pretty are those seedheads? Pure fluffy white bobbles of loveliness. But those bobbles blow off and the seeds disseminate like crazy bananas into legions of dandelions. Dandelion control is one, long, exhausting battle. I concede that I will never win the war but try to preserve some space for other flowers, paid for with hard-earned money and planted with care and tenderness. I do make use of them so that their invasion and occupancy aren’t entirely one-sided though …. (cue Dr Evil maniacal laugh).  I eat the leaves in salad (using ones from my back garden, far from petrol and diesel particulates) as they are tasty and have diuretic properties. I cut them with lovely full seedheads and give them a good shhuzzhh of hairspray and pop them in a teeny tiny teapot for display. They are very sweet and pretty and last for a year or so.

I refuse to use any form of chemical weed killer. Just more contamination. Read about Round Up and glyphosate here: It’s sad to read, almost daily, of how many species of ANYTHING – insects, spiders, fish, animals, etc, are on the endangered list. I try to do my bit to encourage some bio-diversity in my garden. Bee, butterfly and insect-friendly flowers and shrubs. I leave a small area uncultivated for ground-burrowing bees. There’s a small clump of nettles just for the butterflies to lay their eggs. We can all do simple things like this to help nature out a bit. Talking of butterflies, I was out shopping yesterday and was dismayed to see Home Store and More selling f***ing BUTTERFLY NETS. With so many butterfly populations in decline this store is selling nasty butterfly nets as toys for children. They are almost as soft as a plastic sieve. No butterfly will survive being caught  in one but Home Store and More want to make some cheap change by selling them to kids for summer fun. Gah!

Changing the subject, last night I went to see the legendary and wonderful Jerry Fish:

Tremendous fun. The fan dancer was amazing. It was a great show and everyone came out feeling happier for it. We sang along, stood up in our seats and danced on the stage. Men hugged and danced together. Barriers and inhibitions were broken down so we could just have fun. Don’t get me wrong – this wasn’t a Roman orgy with naughty cameras upskirting togas or anything. Just fun. Let your hair down and dance like nobody’s watching type of fun. I wish every Saturday night was like that.

I have another bright spot, to look forward to – next week am going to see Further Ted and there’s to be a Lovely Girls Competition! I’ll be practicing my lovely laugh all week.

Anyhoo, right now I’m sitting here with a home made facepack (Rose Water and Glycerine, Castor Oil, Multani Mitti (Fullers Earth but sounds much more exotic in Hindi) with Aloe Vera gel and also a hair treatment made from Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, a drop or two of lemon oil and grapefruit oil, topped off with a Minnie Mouse shower cap. Very attractive! A contender for the Lovely Girls Competition???

Now for a good shower and shampoo. This party’s over. I’m going home.

Queen Anne’s Lace- Free Ps brush for your collection

My garden has many flowers that I cannot name. I have recently been informed that I have Wild Carrot growing in my front garden, or its alternative name that I prefer, is Queen Anne’s Lace.  I came up with a very stylised but pretty design for the flower heads and turned it into an ABR brush.

The settings I used were:
Spacing: 170%

Size Jitter: 90%

Min Diameter: 10%

Scatter: 250%

Colour – Foreground to Background: #F23055 and #4977F9.

Here’s the brush for you.

QueenAnnesLace

Tilda Doll

The latest Tilda is done and dusted. She was finished off by stuffing the top half of her legs and her body. The wooly stuffing is so much nicer than the cheap polyester cushion form filler I’d been using. Her arms, head and calves were already done so I didn’t unpick or unstuff her but the next one will be completely filled with wooly bits. Her calves definitely have the look of some serious water retention that would demand a course of diuretics IRL.

They pose so prettily.

I have made the dungarees a number of times now and have found a way to avoid having a raw seam around the bib/waistband. It spoiled the finish. I think I have learned enough now so that the next one will be perfect… 🙂 …famous last words…? I think I’ll use a slightly darker main fabric as well – she looks a bit milk-bottle-ish. Don’t want to add D3 deficiency to the pitting oedema, poor woman!

Mind your bees wax

I was going around the garden enjoying the sunshine and smelling the flowers, as you do, and could hear the buzzing from the cotoneaster from a couple of yards away. It’s come into blossom and is a huge favourite for the bees. They were busy buzzing from flower to flower and gave me a great opportunity to get some pics.

Look at the veining on the wings. They look like cathedral windows. Love the fuzzy jacket. If you’re very gentle, you can stroke a bumble bee. I have. I use my little finger and stroke with the side rather than the finger tip and just stroke the fuzzy jumper area-keeping right away from that abdominal posterior… 🙂

The cotoneaster is covered with tiny blossoms so there were loads of flowers to pay a visit to.

Time for the off. Chocs away! Pretty much a vertical takeoff – they don’t have the sleek aeronautic physique of a Harrier jump jet but  they’re efficient and manoeuvre with amazing agility.

Remember the bag of wooly bits I ordered from Amazon for stuffing the rabbits and Tilda dolls? It arrived today.

It’s huge! Ignore the mess. I tidy up when I’m finished but leave everything out until I’m done.

Time to finish stuffing Tilda’s legs and body and get her done. Stuff to do!  🙂

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