Reading My Way Around the World

Saturday 31 March 2018

March Scavenger Hunt

And well as the Positive News Blogfest, the end of the month marks the fun Scavenger Hunt - words to be interpreted by a picture, hosted by the lovely Kate at I Live, I Love, I Craft, I am me.  I've missed a few months but I'm back to play along :)


Short of going out and photographing all the very many potholes around the roads at the minute, or thinking of the hole that is left by all the friends who have passed away this winter, it took me a while to find this photo from last summer - the treasures in a hole on the beach.


This is a cardigan called Cosette and my first attempt at knitting from the top down and doing a seamless piece.   It's slow work but I'm pleased with the results so far and can't wait to see it blocked and pressed, opening out the lace pattern and evening out the stockinette parts.  Nearly finished the body now and ready to start adding in the sleeves.  

Reading now

I've just started this book and it's really enjoyable.   Zadie Smith is a name I see regularly but have never read anything of hers before and I'm engrossed ... she's a great writer and it's interesting having a glimpse into the world of a young black person growing up in London.  

Black and white

Messing around with the macro function on my camera, I'd been playing at angles on this pine cone and thought it looked interesting in black and white.

Begins with H

I was scratching my head for a while trying to find something beginning with H and spotted this orchid holder which I brought back from Germany a few years back ... there are lots of glass shops in the shopping arcades in Germany and I rarely come home without a piece.  These were so cute.  And my orchid loves it - this one is blooming for the third or fourth time.

My own choice

Watching the birds in the morning is such a soothing pastime - and with all the cold weather we've had they've been putting on quite a display around the feeders.  I was chuffed with myself for catching this one ...  a bullfinch I think - he was sitting in the sun and stayed there for ages.  

Off now to see everyone else's interpretations of the prompts..  Do you fancy joining in?  Check it out here.   


  1. Hi Fil - lovely collection of interesting things - and the bullfinch is a delight ... so pretty! Thanks for the FB link across to WAWTB ... I'd have never have got there otherwise - enjoy the weekend and a blessed Easter and spring to come - cheers Hilary

    1. Hi Hilary, thank you so much - have a lovely Easter xx

  2. Well done with that knitting! As usual a good set of photos and stories. I was drawn to the orchid holder; I love glass things. Sadly my house is too cold for orchids...

  3. I always enjoy seeing your photos and the accompanying commentary Fil - and I'm always inspired by your interpretation of the prompts. Your sweater is looking gorgeous and the green is so lovely - the perfect vibrancy of Spring isn't it?!

  4. Lovely photos and stories. I love all your beach treasures in o hole on the beach and the orchid holder too. Lovely to have a bullfinch in your garden. I hope you enjoy wearing your lovely cardigan when it is finished:)

  5. Great photos Fil. Holes on the beach can be fascinating & I've lost the way to do macro on my camera at the moment, but can do it on editing my photos on the computer, so I'm in awe of your pine cone. Well done & take care.

  6. Take a photo from a different perspective or in Black and White and I find it takes longer to realise what it is. The pine cone is just that. Lovely. I've looked at top down patterns before but never been brave enough to tackle one. Yours looks to be working out well. Think I love your feathered visitor best.

  7. Wow - never seen a glass orchid holder - so pretty and so delicate looking :) your knitting look good, will be nice to see it again once finished and blocked and being worn xx

  8. Love the photo of the bird, he's a lovely colour and looks really cute :)


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