Saturday, 16 August 2008

Ups and Downs

Guess where I was yesterday?

The Festival of Quilts in Birmingham.
Two hours drive, a lot of walking and 'oohing' and 'aahing,' and a two and a half hour drive back in heavy traffic so no wonder I am tired out today. (Nothing to do with the fact that I called at M&S at the M6 services and bought the components of a meal and ate them too late last night)

I am not comfortable with putting pictures of other's work on my blog but this is just a detail of work by Dorothy Caldwell. I was bowled over by all her work. And she was so generous allowing photography for personal use. I don't know if this counts as personal use.

I confirmed yesterday that the people I have met in cyberspace do exist in real space, and are very nice indeed. First I met a lady from belgium who had bought something from my ETSY shop.
Then I met Viv of Hen's Teeth an absolutely delightful person

who gave me a little package to open at home...just look at this gorgeous pincushion..

I am so lucky to own this little beauty. Thank you Viv. I won't be sticking pins in it..too nice.

Then I bumped into Gina of Fan MyFlame..I recognised the brooch she was wearing! She was talking to Maggie Grey of Magstitch and Workshop on the Web so it was nice to say Hello.
After a bit more walking round I met up with Maureen from Maureens Mixture and she gave me two of her lovely ATCs.

I realised having met all these lovely people, that a photo is only the tip of the iceberg.

I got home to the news that one of the pieces from this post has been accepted for the Lancashire and Yorkshire Open Textile Exhibition at The Platform Gallery. Naturally, being a glass half empty type of girl I am dejected at the rejection of the other two.

I didn't get round to checking the nest yesterday, but went up the ladder this morning and guess what?
While I was looking at Quilts, my little Goldfinch Family was fledging..and I missed it.
Today, the nest is empty.
So good luck little birds, fly well and far..and keep away from Jools...
If you look carefully you just might see the mother in this short clip. (The voice is radio 4)
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