Stapledon Woods, West Kirby, Wirral
Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby, Wirral.
It's snowing. It's winter, so that's not so unusual. From the media fuss, however, a person might imagine that the wintry weather had come unexpectedly despite this being January, and despite January often being the coldest month of any year here in England. It's not that cold really - the pond in Gilroy Nature Park isn't even frozen at the edges.
I've made a start on a new cross-stitch, using 24-count black Aida. It's ages since I've done any cross-stitch! I got thoroughly fed up with counted cross-stitch as it's tedious constantly having to count the coded squares on the chart then count the holes on the Aida to know where to stitch. Fiddle to that! Never again. This time I wanted to create a cross-stitch peacock, so I bought some Aida off eBay, took a few photos of peacocks from Google Images, then used a loose running stitch in a contrasting colour to mark out where the peacock lay on the Aida. Then I started stitching - simple! So far I've done the head (without the crown/crest) and part of the neck, and I've found this method is much quicker and far more creative than counted cross-stitch, and consequently more fun.