Liverpool Sea Odyssey – little girl giant

After the uncle giant fell asleep we headed down to Pier head to see his niece and her dog sleeping. We weren’t quiet so look with getting a clear view but once she woke up and started moving it got a lot better. Again it was an incredible piece of street theatre to watch. The atmosphere in the crowd was fantastic. Everyone loved her and Xolo her dog who was running around and entertaining the crowd.

Sweet Shot Day


Liverpool Sea Odyssey – uncle giant

On friday I heard about an event taking place in Liverpool over the weekend to commemorate the titanic disaster. A 50ft giant uncle, dressed in a diver’s suit, was searching the streets of Liverpool for his young niece, to deliver her a letter from her father who died on the Titanic. The little girl giant was also walking the streets with her giant dog Xolo in search of her uncle. They would finally meet up on the docks on saturday evening and sail away down the river Mersey on Sunday. We were in two minds about going. On the one hand it would be a fantastic piece of street theatre but on the other we live approximately 1.5-2hrs away from Liverpool and we imagined the roads and trains would be horribly busy. In the end we woke up early on Saturday morning and decided to risk it. The trains were as busy as expected but it was totally worth it. We joined the crowds outside St George’s hall around an hour before the uncle was supposed to take his afternoon siesta.


About 30 minutes or so after we got there, police bikes came round the corner and then we noticed music getting closer. Suddenly this incredible 50ft puppet came round the corner. He eventually sat down right in front of us. The puppeteers assailed down and removed his helmet. The skill and co-ordination involved was incredible. There were directions being shouted at them but because they were in French it some how added to the sence of theatre.

Once his helmet was removed he promptly fell a sleep. Complete with snoring and sounds of the sea playing.

I’ll be back with part 2, the little girl and her dog, tomorrow.

Amigurumi dinosaur and currently reading

Yesterday I finished my first attempt at amigurmi crochet.  I followed this pattern to make a dinosaur for my 2 year old nephew.

It’s not perfect but I’m pleased that I have made it. I think I needed to use a smaller hook, as the wool is only 4 ply and you can see on the arms, the stitches are stretched too wide (or perhaps I’ve just over stuffed them). I also noticed when I was linking up the pattern that I had attached the legs to the body the wrong way round! Never the less I am happy with this dinosaur and hope my nephew will like it too.

When I first started learning to crochet before Christmas I struggled with the magic ring technique needed to do amigurumi but after completing my blanket I tried again and found it much easier. Obviously all the crochet practice made all the difference. Now I just need to decide what to make next.

Last week I finished reading When god was a rabbit by Sarah Winman. I can’t say I was that impressed with the book to be honest but I liked it enough to read it through to the end (an improvement on the book I read in February). I went to the library on saturday and found a few books that were on my list of books to read and dove straight in to the first wife by Emily Barr. At my current rate of one a month these will keep me going for some time! I’m hoping though that I will find more time to read with a selection of books that I can’t wait to read on hand. When I signed up to good reads last month, I joined the 2012 challenge and set my goal as 12 books.

2012 Reading Challenge

2012 Reading Challenge

Claires365hasread 2 books toward her goal of 12 books.


Linking up with our creative spaces and finish it friday (finished too late for this weeks yarn along).

Photos from my weekend

Here’s the reason I don’t do “scenes from my weekend” posts regularly, its Wednesday already and I’ve only just finished editing the photos. The weather was so beautiful this weekend (unseasonally warm) and I took a few photo that I am pleased with so I wanted to share them here.

Saturday was mostly shopping and housework but I did find time to bake a cake and some bread.

Sunday was another glorious day. We were up early as my husband was running a half marathon. After a morning sat in the countryside watching the runners cross the finish line, my family came over to visit us. We went for a late sunday lunch at our favorite local pub, followed by back to ours for some of that cake I baked on saturday (since it was my mum’s birthday on monday). All in all a pretty nice weekend. Looking forward to the next one already.

Crochet blanket complete

Do you remember the blanket I started between Christmas and new year? well I finally completed it last weekend.

It’s now sat on the end of our sofa just waiting to be used on these chilli March evenings.

It measures 1.5 meters by 1.3 meters. The red and cream stripes are double crochet and the grey mostly single crochet, with a few rows in the middle being double crochet (where I used a slightly thicker yarn). I did not follow a pattern. I started by chaining to the width of the blanket I wanted and then crocheting stripes of different widths and colours, trying to keep the colour changes and size of each stripe random.

At the moment I feel I am not reading enough books (too many blogs but not enough books!). I spent too long in February trying to get in to a book that I didn’t dislike but equally there was nothing making me want to pick the book up so consequently I didn’t. This morning I decided to sign up to good reads (you can find me here). I’ve added all the books that I can remember having read (over the last 5 years possibly longer) so that I can get recommendations based on these. However I have a problem remembering books I have read before so it is by no means all of them. There is also the option to set yourself a challenge of reading x number of books in 2012. I’ve started low with just 12 books this year. I love that I can keep a record of books I want to read and also that it will give me personalised recommendations based not only on the books I have read but those I have put on my to read list. Does anyone else use good reads?

Also linking up with our creative spaces.

Scavenger hunt sunday 5th February

Strike a Pose

I struggled with this one, so here is the best I could come up with. A photo taken last weekend during my street safari course.


It’s snowed a lot here yesterday and overnight so this morning we walked through the park to the supermarket. I was going to take a photo of our walking boots in the snow but then I looked up and noticed the shoes hanging in the tree near the skate park area.


Apart from photography, my hobbies include cooking, baking and recently learning to crochet. This is the throw I started just after christmas.


The children’s play area was empty due to the snow. This is the shiny, climbing frame.

Color Me Green

Green leaves in the snowy park.

Street safari Manchester

Yesterday I went on a street safari course in Manchester (I shared some of the photos here for this weeks scavanger hunt sunday). We spent 3 hours walking around the city trying to capture candid street photos and photos of the architecture and street art. These are a selection of my favorites including the first one which I submitted to paint the moon p52 (unique perspectiv) and was included in Annie’s picks of the week, I was so surprised and honoured to be included. Street photography is not something I have considered before, so it was something different for me. I signed up for the course as it was greatly reduced on groupon and I hoped to learn a bit more about photography. I did learn a few more tips about photographing reflections and I had a go at trying to capture candid street photos. I definaetly have a long way to go with capturing good street photos but I really enjoyed exploring the city with my camera and with a group of people all interested in photography.

52 Week Project Photo Paint the Moon Photoshop Actions PSE

and then, she {snapped}