Thursday, 2 August 2018

Hot Hot Hot but now not

This post was started a few weeks ago but I've had trouble with the photos uploading. However a solution has been found, by me, in the form of dropbox.
Do you find it confusing to switch photos between devices? I have extra icloud storage but so many photos its not enough. So Dropbox it is.
Shortly after I wrote the last post the weather took a turn for the better, the lambs shed their plastic macs, the bluebells appeared and a very warm Spring began which I thoroughly enjoyed.

It's been so lovely to have walks in the woods again without having to bath Hetty before she can come inside!


The sheep and lambs have been a delight to listen to from across the road. I apologised for not being vegetarian every time I stopped to watch them They seemed very happy in the fields and some of them are still there. 

A lot of the early Summer was spent with the house in upheave mode while we re decorated our 'everyday' room. 
After all the paint decisions there was the carpet to consider, and while we waited for them to come and lay it (5 hours after they said they would) the rest of the house was upside down.


The next day I was out but Brian vacuumed it and noticed lots of little gaps appearing in the pile.
(her is Hetty modelling the faulty carpet)

So back to square one, with all the furniture displaced for another few days while we waited.

But I think it was worth it.
We had a few reservations about putting back 'all the clutter' but since all the orange pine was painted in lovely colours it looks a lot less busy and I love my pots.


The old table is now the only bit of natural wood but we like that.
I found this gorgeous fabric for the curtains, which I had the devil of a job making , because it was so expensive I skimped, and it has a big pattern, but they look lovely.


Then the final incongruous indulgence.. an IKEA 'Poang ' chair. I've always wanted one,  they are not expensive but I thought it would look out of place. You don't say 'out of place' you say 'eclectic'

We also got a new sofa from IKEA. 
Cheaper than a Laura Ashley one I found in an old catalogue from 1985, and very comfy. 

I love the wall colour. 


All in all it's worked out well, and I love the whole room, and even though it was done on a budget it pleases me as much as if it had cost a fortune.Big thanks to my lovely husband who worked so hard to get it done.
A change is as good as a rest.
It made me want to do a bit more sorting, so I emptied teh glory hole under the stairs. 
I needed protection though!
I've read some interesting books,


and I taught a class of my own locally in mid-may and we had a super time with lovely people.

I've done a bit of sewing of brooches, but not much after last years full on production line.


We had a few days away. The first night was in Twickenham, where the 'Green' wasn't.
Stayed with my long long time friend Annie at her lovely house.

Then went on to Sussex. We stayed in Rye for a few nights and visited Dungeness,

saw Derek Jarman's cottage and garden,

popped to Hastings,

pootled around Rye,

visited the gorgeous amazing Great Dixter Gardens,



and stayed in a lovely little terraced house with a teeny coutyard.

It was perfect for the two of us, beautifully decorated and equipped, very central, (slightly hairy unpacking as it was on a double yellow line at a junction) a perfect place to explore Rye on foot.


I found 'Miss Mapp's' house.


On the way home we stopped to look at Canterbury Cathedral where Brian had his first student placement way back in the 70s. 
His accommodation was the white building to the right of the main entrance.


He'd worked on the restoration of the Black Prince's tomb .
It's a fabulous building well worth a visit. The rest of Canterbury is mainly shops but there ere one or two other interesting sights and sounds.

Then it was my birthday and we visited an equally interesting pace, Manchester! Not quite as 'picturesque' but vibrant and full of the unexpected.


Number two son who lives there, found a great restaurant for us,  Allotment, where we had a series of delicious small plates. yum.



Compare and contrast. 
Rye..


........Manchester.


Back home again..Hetty found a prickly friend in the garden. Night after night she got very excited about him, but sadly , one morning, I saw a little not-quite-round  shape on the road....sniff.


                                    The last wee at night isn't as exciting for Hetty any more.
I spent a very hot but very delightful weekend in Llanidloes and stayed in Rhayader, where I picnicked in a park by this lovely river.

I was teaching a workshop in the Minerva Centre and will add some photos when I can.

So far I've enjoyed a Summer of lovely long hot walks.


I've rooted out some old friends in the form of skirts and dresses from years ago, which now fit me again, and I've reacquainted myself with another old friend. 



Phew.






Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Moving into the light and a sudden wow.

Even though Easter was so cold we managed a little posy for the table.


In fact it was so cold that these new lambs were in macs.


Now its warming up and things are galloping along in the garden in their own way.

The little things are the best.

The blackbird spent a few weeks sitting in a nest being waited upon by her beau but then disappeared and left nothing in the nest. We don't know why.

There are sparrows in the bird box with camera but they've made their nest so high it's blocked the view.


Our Felt group had a trip to the Lancashire Archives where we looked at old pattern books.
I had a play about and came up with this pieces and few spiky brooches



We've been choosing paint for our living room. 
I think we have every Little Greene and Farrow and Ball match pot now.

We finally decided on Fescue..a gorgeous colour, and the only one we liked on all four walls. Its amazing how the different light alters the colour around the room.


Anything that doesn't move has been painted and is being painted.
Its all quite exciting but always takes ages in our house.
New carpet and sofa and curtains next. Unfortunately the only curtain fabric that comes anywhere near what we want is £80 per metre!! I was looking more towards £10 so I'll be trawling the factory shops until I find something.

In response to many many requests I have organised a two day felt workshop for next weekend. 
I'm looking forward to it but haven't completely filled it so if you want to come... email me quick! 
It's suitable for beginners and experienced learners. Wool provided.

I've been doing a lot of walking lately for health reasons and although I have lost inches I don't seem to be losing weight.
I joined Chorley Walkie talkies walking group and had 4 long walks with them recently. They start and finish on a Saturday in Astley Park and there was a redcoat encampment there one week.
I love seeing authentic re-enactment costumes. 


The man on the left had made his own uniform.
I don't suppose the table was authentic but all around it was.



I walk on my own a lot too ..oops I mean with Hetty ..and we went to a nearby village last Saturday in gorgeous weather. 
The visiting Cricket team arrived here and I saw one of them get out of his car, look around and say 'Oh Yes'. It was that kind of a day and place,



I've been making a few more fish and found a new way of presenting them.



These have gone to Found Gallery in Dunbar.

I also decided to treat myself to a craft workshop just for fun for me.
I did a mosaic making course with a delightful teacher called Briony Machin and produced a name plaque for our door. I'm really pleased with it.


I went shopping and found a garden hamper..humper (?) which is just the right size for bathing Hetty when she gets muddy.


There is one fatal flaw...once you've filled it with three washing up bowls of water...you can't move it to empty it.


Hah! Says Hetty.

WOW say I...I have just realised that last week, on 29th April to be exact, it was the 10 year anniversary of this blog. I have enjoyed writing it so much and I love looking back over the posts, and the memories. I have made lots of friends through it over the years, both online and in real life.
The same day a year later makes it 9 years since my beloved Willow died. 



How the time has flown.
Here is the very first post.










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