Weekly Photo Challenge – Contrasts


Rough/smooth, hard/soft, whichever way you look at it there’s a lot to be found in contrasts. Full details of the challenge can be found here and Just Snaps is also up and running. Fancy a 2 month blogging challenge? Find out more here.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Between

You all know that I love to dye. The results are always satisfying, but there is another stage……….

It’s right in the middle – half way through – between the wet and dry fabric!

It’s called RINSING.

And there are no short cuts! If you try…… this tangle is usually the result!

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Full details of this week’s challenge can be found here and an entry from Just Snaps is ready to view too.

New Book Will Be Released June 10


Looks like a good read

Originally posted on newfoundlandtraveller:

My third book Strong Camino Woman is available tomorrow on http://www.smashwords.com for $4.99. This 36000+ word book tells about my adventure on Camino Frances last May. It includes journal entries and some blog posts.


(an alternative cover which is not the cover chosen but it is similar)

1. Go to http://www.smashwords.com
2. Search for Strong Camino Woman or Pauline Finlay
3. Download the 15% or buy in your required format.
4. Enjoy and rate the book. Let me know what you like and dislike.

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There’s nothing tastier, at certain times, of the day than a homemade scone. Whether you rhyme it with ‘gone’ or ‘bone’ they are delicious, and my mother used to make THE most delicious. I’m sure I’ve mentioned them before, and thankfully she passed the recipe down before she forgot how to make them.There are all sorts of myths and traditions with scones – how they should be served, what you can do with them etc, but I won’t go into those here.

I needed some yesterday, but due to various circumstances was unable to make them in the time available. The answer was to buy them from a supermarket that I trust. We’d had them before – and they would be a good substitute.


…… They had SOLD OUT!

In desperation we took what was left on the shelf



They were duly served.

Sadly, these are possibly the worst scones I have ever tasted…… we all took one bite and left the rest. Sad really, because in anticipation of a tasty morsel I had written this little ditty

Scones are delicious with jam and with cream
I’m sure you’ve heard that uttered.
Whatever the rest
I think they are best
When warm, and simply buttered.


If you think I’m going out in that….!

I’ve mentioned before that I take a photograph each day of our Rowan tree. There was a time when I could give you a link to the blog where the photographs are featured, but I’m sadly out of kilter there…… so I won’t remind you where it is! This morning I was faced with this.



So I decided to wait!

So glad I did. Ninety minutes later and …..


…… the sun shone for the rest of the day

Weekly Photo Challenge – Room

If you missed my earlier post I hope you will take a look before you leave this site. It relates specifically to today, and refers to someone I love. There’s more to this post below than at first meets the eye, too – so don’t forget to scroll right down too.

This week’s Photo Challenge is ‘Room’. If the family see this they will laugh raucously, I’m sure, because I never have enough. I can fill a space before it is vacated! However, the one place I always ensure that I leave PLENTY of room is in the dyebath!



The fabric needs room to move in the fixing solution. Below are the results of part of the above collection



Incidently, if anyone is near South Wales and is interested in learning a little about dyeing, I’m teaching a day workshop on 14th June at Busy Bees Patchwork in Newport. There are a couple of places left, if you are interested email Busy Bees directly for details. It’s very good value and, apart from having fun, you will learn that it’s simple and logical to create colour on fabric.