Thursday, 21 June 2012

Every picture tells a story.

The brooches standing up on their pins have given me an idea. I might make a 'Theatre' someday with felt figures. Watch this space!

Here are 'Ma boys' sitting by the river at Art and Garden.

 Sunday when this was taken was a nice sunny day but Saturday...well.....shall we draw a veil over Saturday? Late friday night it was cancelled due to waterlogged car parking field. Early saturday morning a phone call.."Jackie, Its on again..get out of bed!" I was pleased it was on but sitting all day in a marquee in the rain was a bit reminiscent of childhood caravan holidays in Abergele.
Anyway Sunday was nice and I took courage and did something I have been meaning to do for all the years I've been there. I walked over the bridge.

 And I walked back again. My knees were like jelly when I got back on dry land but I did it.
                                          On the way I caught sight of the minutest bit of garden.

Here's the Summer house with lovely paintings.

Overall it wasn't a bad weekend, its alway enjoyable socially but financially it was very poor.
It was a great joy to meet one of my favourite blog readers 'JP" who came with the other 'JP" her husband.   I also met Sarah and her daughter from 'The Art of Moodling' whose sunny smile exactly matched her blog profile pic!
It was a delight to meet them all and makes it all worthwhile.

Oh AND I WAS on the radio and it wasn't bad at all. I didn't tell anyone because it would have made me nervous if I imagined my Mum and my friends listening. I told my husband not to listen and I didn't mean it but he's very good and he didn't! 
I made him listen on iplayer and he said it was good. So then I listened and do you know what? It was quite alright. I sounded a bit fat though!
I hadn't realised it would be live. They just sat us down, Chris who owns the garden and me, and started talking to us. When the music was playing the presenter discussed the next question. well as the crossing the bridge, I've been on the radio.  Bucket list?

Now, this is the inspiration for the title of this post.
Can you tell what the story is?

The bird box covered with much gaffer tape because a few weeks ago the bottom dropped off. The nest, full of baby blue tits,was dangling on a twig below, the cat was licking his lips, the dog was chasing something around the garden, and the parents were having hysterics on the washing line.

 We fixed it all back together and the parents came back and raised the babies. The I found one on the path. I think it had tried to fledge and not made it so I stuck it back in the nest and when we opened the box the other day I'm afraid it was dead. It had a kitchen roll shroud and  cremation in the wood burner.

Anyway look whats in the nest.

A little bit of lime green merino wool which Hetty had been playing with outside.

Now here's another glimpse of our garden. 

 The bit I ignore has blossomed. We have a fine show of what some might call weeds but I love them.
 Such a fantastic pink.
 They are taller than I am when I stand on the path.
 Hetty demonstrates.
 Hetty has had a trip out to meet Donald, The Nova Scotia Duck-tolling retriever. I hadn't heard of them either!
 He's just a baby.
 The meeting went well.
 As usual..there are brooches! 
 Brooches for Woolfest and brooches for an order.
 I love the background colour of this felt. I used a horrible orange lumpy felt to start this off and it gave a lovely glow.

I'll be at Woolfest on Friday and on the IFA stand from 1-3 pm.

And finally......


Iz said...

"Sounded a bit fat"???? You daft thing! Wouldn't like to meet Hetty on a dark night...

WinnibriggsHouse said...

So many lovely events and fairs have fallen foul of the weather this year. Glad you got to do yours even if you aren't going to be a millionaire on the proceeds. And hurrah for gaffa tape. At least you saved most of the little darlings!

Tami @ Lemon Tree Tales said...

I love that last picture of Hetty ... it's a bit otherworldly with her glowing eyes.

Hurray for tackling both the bridge and the radio. That bridge would worry me a bit.

Miriam Weaver said...

A lovely post Jackie, glad it turned out well if not financially! Hope the weather is good at woolfest, wish I was able to get there.
Love the photos of Hetty with her new friend a those eyes well what can I say!!!

Heather said...

Super post Jackie and I love your felt 'Theatre' idea. Art and Garden looks beautiful and congrats on crossing that bridge and on your radio interview. Bravery indeed! Glad most of the bluetits survived and I love your foxgloves. I have just one - a free gift from the birds. The brooches and Hetty are all as gorgeous as ever.

jennyflowerblue said...

Thanks for the fab brooch, so precious and perfect for my Aunt. Our foxglove is flowering well this year too- do you think it's 'their' year? I love the pick of man and dog- very cool! x

Rachel said...

Well done for crossing the bridge with jellified knees - sounds quite a challenge.

I'd love to see you create characters using the techniques you use for the brooches!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

How in the world would you sound fat? Hmmmm - trying to get my head around that one. As for walking across that bridge (twice, no less)...well....better you than me! Give Hetty a hug for me.

Lynda Howells said...

My son has a Nova Scotia Duck-tolling retriever..I have many images of "Alfie" on my blog..
.they are gorgeous animals. Love your brooches. xxlynda

Thimble Fingers said...

As always you bring a smile to my face. Well done on conquering the fear with the bridge, and on your radio interview.
Your foxgloves are amazing - one of my favourite flowers.
Another wonderful display of your brooches and Hetty is as gorgeous and funny as always.

Anna said...

Well done for crossing the bridge, it reminds me of one in New Zealand, a bit scary at first but great fun!Live on the radio as well, another first!!I also have stunning wild foxgloves in my garden, I let them seed all over place.

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