Sunday, 31 May 2009

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Blog Hop ~ Let the summer begin!!

Hi everyone, and welcome to Stamptacular's very first 'Blog Hop'. You should have just come from Janneke's blog, remember you need to visit each DT members blog and leave a comment to be in with a chance of winning the grand prize. I hope you've been enjoying the hop so far.
I love the summer all the pretty colours of the flowers in bloom and of course the sun is a bonus, though here in the UK the past two summers have been a bit of a let down on the weather front and more of a washout, with excessive rain, so here's hoping for a better summer this year. This time of year I really enjoy watching all the birds and fledglings especially the Starlings, what characters they are.

When I'm not crafting I love to go course fishing with my other half Steve. We are lucky to have a lake at the end of our garden so we don't have to go far.
Combined with the fishing we love having family and friends over for a BBQ, and if the weather's bad we just cook, we can't let wet weather spoil the day. Our biggest BBQ and get together of the summer is on the August bank holiday weekend when our village have a raft race on the canal, it so much fun to watch and even more fun when everyone gets to throw flour bombs, not only at the raft racers but at each other too.

I hope you've enjoyed looking at some of my favourite summer pictures, don't forget to leave a comment and then you need to hop on over to Kristin's Blog.
You'll find my post for this weeks Stamptacular challenge in the post below this one.
Enjoy your hop!!!


michele said...

Just wanted to say I only found your site today and it’s really cool. You’ve been very busy and have so many good ideas. Your creations are really cute. I write a London based crafty e-zine and blog named Extremely Crafty Ideas. Would love to hear what you think.

Emma said...

What hectic fun you seem to have looking at your pictures.


Moni said...

So gorgeous pics, hope you are enjoying fishing! Hugs, moni

crafty amy said...

Oh my I would love to do some rafting that looks like too much fun! I lov your wedding card the wire and beads is amazing it looks so expensive and detailed.

X Amy X

Tanja said...

Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures!

Have a great sunday, Hugs Tanja

Anonymous said...

what a great summer you will have then, predicted lots of sun too.
I haven't been fishing since I was very young - usually from a boat on the river Clyde !

next stop Kristin's blog...

Manuela said...

sounds to be lots of fun in summer for you, huh? :) great! i really like your wedding card joanne! it looks sooo elegant, it's really fantastic!! and hey, i would love to go fishing ... i didn't do that before :) have a nice sunday, manuela

Linda said...

Looks like lots of fun!!

Lena Katrine said...

Wow! it seems like you're having some exiting summers!

I've now been visiting Paula, Nikki, Line, Pricilla, Donna, Liza, Joey and Janneke - and now it's tour turn!

During summer, I love spending time on our 23 feet boat, and go swimming in the sea!

Happy summer, Joanne! Hugs, Lena

Shelley said...

What fun picture? Hope no one gets hurt!
My time will be spent with my husband relaxing in the garden and visiting family. hugs Shelley

Anonymous said...

wow! looks like you all have a grand time in the summer...hilarious starlings and giant hamburgers!

we spend most of our summer in the pool which is just down the alley from us or at the library which is right behind our house. this summer we will be building a new garage!

this hopping thing is a blast! have fun reading all your comments!

Nunt said...

Hi Joanne!

Woah, your summer looks wet - one way or the other :D I'm not much of a water person - but I don't mind watching other people have wet fun :D

Hope you'll have a nice and sunny summer this year and loads of fishies!

xx, nunt

Paula said...

What a FUN summer in store for you...I love that you have "a lake at the end of your garden" neat...and the flour bombs sound fun as well as the rafters themselves!



Littlebear said...

Hi Joanne,
It looks like you have great fun in the summer!
I think this year will be better, it seems like we've already had more sun than the past two years put together.
Clare x

lizzie said...

how cool is the priate float!!! i would love to do stuff like that here... but i don't know if anything like that is around lol
we do like to watch the water skiiers over by a lake by us, they always put on a fun show!

Lorraine A said...

Fab photo's Joanne :-) Lucky you having a lake on your back door !! wow ! :-)
Am sure you'll be having fun in Devon, hope you're catching loads of fish :-)

We have just booked a week camping in Devon in August :-)

Lorraine x x

Altering Diva said...

The rafting looks like a load of fun

Debra said...

You sound like a fun person who loves to do fun things! Loved seeing the photos. Your cards are wonderful!

Have a great summer in the UK!

Debra in Conroe, TX

jennruggeri75 said...

I just love your pictures!! You seem to have soooo much fun! I love your blog!!

Julies Crafty Creations said...

Your summers look great fun, loved the photos and your whole blog too. Hugs Julie x

Michelle Redman said...

What fun your rafting look like!!! I would love to do something like that!! My fav summertime thing to do is hanging out with my girls!! Going to Disney, Adventure Landing (our waterpark here in Jacksonville, Fl), the pool, the beach, etc. If you can't tell we enjoy being out in the sun all summer!!

Your wedding card is sooooo awesome!! I absolutely love your ebllies!! GORGEOUS!!

Have a great day!!

tracy said...

wow sounds and looks loads of fun!
now its my turn lol
unfortunately i prefer the shade!
but we do spend half of the time in either wales or the lake district taking long walks, swimming in streams running down from the mountains oh and visiting the local homemade icecream shop that sells over 45 flavours and i do enjoy that it doesn't get dark till much later in the evening.
tracy x

scrappyjan said...

looks and sounds like you have great times with your family and friends... TFS, janny

Lisa Foster said...

Thank you for sharing these wonderful pics...looks like your summer is packed with fun! What a lovely place you have with a lake right there! I Hope the weather is better for you this summer:) Hugs, Lisa

Crazy For Scrapping said...

great photos and really sounds like fun. TFS your summer fun with us

Pam said...

Hi Joanne

What a great place to live, thanks for sharing you photos with us.


joey said...

Hiya Joanne, gorgeous piccys hun, love the water bomb ideas lol, sounds like so much fun.x

Anonymous said...

Wow Joanne how nice to have a spot of water so close by! It's so fun learning more about you! Great, fun pictures.

Lil Sis said...

What a fabulous fun summer you have -love the idea of a lake at the bottom of the garden. The raft races look great too, its looks like you have a close knit community, quite different to life in London I'm lucky if I know 5 people in my road and I have lived here for 20 odd years!

We do have Epping Forest though which is beautiful and only a 10 minute drive away and I forgot to mention before in the blogs but the best thing i get to do in the summer is to drive my car with the roof down.

Hugs Beccy x

Jerusha said...

Your summer looks like so much fun!! I just love the "misery on the bounty" picture - made me laugh! I can't wait for summer this year - it is nearly here! We spend a few days by the ocean and it is marvelous! Enjoy your summer!

Sprytebyrd said...

Hiya Joanne! What great fun it looks like you have in the summer! Maybe next summer we'll be in the UK visiting family, so be sure to save some good weather for next year if you get any!! :)
Have a wonderful summer!

Sue said...

hi Joanne - great piccies - my family love to fish - but they have to go much further than you! That made me laugh - what my father wouldnt give to have that at the end of his garden!
Our village has a fun day but it isnt as "funny" as yours!
Happy Summer!

Nikki said...

Spending a day by a lake fishing how great that would be just total relaxation :)

The Crafty Den said...

Wow Joanne, what an interesting and fun life you lead - you like 'action Joanne' lol! Thanks for sharing your activities with us. Hugs, Denise x

raindropecho said...

I love fishing also! You're very lucky to have a lake near you. Being in Los Angeles, I must settle for piers, but it's still fun. Hope you enjoy you summer, and good luck with the fishes!

Sheila, The Dreamer said...

Ilove fishing too! I've never heard of flour bombs but they sound like a blast!!!

martha said...

The raft races look like great fun!!
Happy Stamping!
Martha in Michigan, USA

Carmen O. said...

How lucky you are that you do not have to go far to go fishing! I love fishing and camping but do not get to do it very often. That raft race looks like a ton of fun! Have a fabulous summer.

SMK said...

Haha, your photos look like so much fun! :D

Carol said...


Been enjoying a bit of summer sun today paddling pool, gentle weeding and tea outside on the patio BLISS :)

Hope you had a great day too

craftydesignz said...


Thanks for sharing a snippet of your life with us, From what i see you have a fab summer planned



debra said...

Well joanne
sounds and looks like you have loads of fun in the summer hols, those canal races look so much fun
hugs Debra

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

I love just being lazy and reading a book, but this looks like fun!

Skraptacular Designs said...

Hi Joanne, awesome would it be to have a lake so close! Fabulous photo!

I would so love it if we had a raft race looks like so much fun! Do people just hand make their own rafts and enter the race? Such a fabulous idea and great excuse for a get together!

Oh, and I don't think I've ever seen a burger that big before! It honestly looks like it was bigger than that little boy's entire head! LOL

I also wanted to let you know that I am so excited to have you as a part of the SSC DT! Your creativity is beyond belief, your eagerness to help no matter what the occasion is, and the love you share with us is amazing! Thank you!


Toothy said...

WOW that raft racing looks so much fun.

Anjou Krelovich said...

Wow! You guys look like you have a blast over the summer! Love the photos.

Gwendolyn said...

That raft race looks like a ton of fun! I love spending time in the water. We also have a lake in our back yard and spend a lot of time there.

Christine said...

that raft race sounds like a lot of fun!!!


Rima said...

Oh Joanne those pic's of the rafting race look like a lot of fun :)


Nikki Schmaltz said...

That last picture cracks me up:) That burger is bigger than him. So fun!

Chris (Wellnifty) said...

Great photo's Joanne, looks like you had a lot of fun

Chris x

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