Monday, June 26, 2017

It was hot.....

...................I am a chilly mortal and love warmth but our little heatwave last week knocked me out.  I did nothing  a little bit of gardening very early in the morning collapsing onto the sofa and reading for the rest of the day. Now thank goodness we are back to normal British summer and can move again.  Yesterday we went to the lovely town of Faversham for the Open Gardens.  We only managed about a third of them but the talking point was the variety and the fact that quite ordinary houses hide amazing spaces. The first one had a wonderful wildflower meadow

 Then there was this tiny little garden  (with a very cosy looking garden room ) crammed full of interest

Another slightly larger garden but still smaller than mine with a lovely summer house which also had a heater for the chillier days.

These three were my favourites, others we saw were too manicured for my tastes. One set of gardens were very interesting and very productive but I didn't get any snaps because they were a bit congested not only with plants but people.  The Gardens belonging to the quite modern houses were small but in addition they had small pieces of land belonging to the local school which they are allowed to use as they see fit as long as  it is tended. the land is on  the other side of a small stream, wish is crossed by a series of small bridges. There was an abundance of vegetable and fruit trees and one even had a chicken house. Hopefully I can go back next year and do better.
Our last visit was the Physic Garden behind an Elizabethan building which originally a grammar school. The garden is being restored and enhanced.  A wonderful tangle of everything.

On the production front very little has happened, I am blaming the weather for what is a massive production slump.

Not producing but I loved these intructions by Mary Corbet of how to open Mill Hill Beads. When we had cats I used to blame them for me getting beads everywhere but I am just as bad without them.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

At times like these........

...... it is difficult to stay up beat and at the moment I am failing miserably.  The sad events of the last two weeks in Manchester and London and afew private issues are sending me into hiobernation mode and the weather isn't helping. 
Bank holiday weekend we had strong winds and heavy rain which brought down the tree at the end of the garden and the rose it supportd .  My fault to a cetain extent as I have been talking about thinning the rose for some time now.  Well we thinned it on Monday alright,   You may remember a couple of weeks ago it looked like this.
Then this happened

 and now it looks like this. 
All I can say is thank goodness for the artificial lawn because in the wet we would have trashed any real grass.
I now have to think of something to fill the gap, it faces north and I would like some winter interest so an ideas would be welcome.This is the gap I need to fill, as you can see we have left the stumps  of the tree and the rose to give them a chance of regenerating.

I am still playing with paper and have nearly finished another junk journal, in the meantime I made a small field notes sized notebook
. Some tuck spots but mainly pages for writing and drawing.
 I wish I could claim to have painted the thrush but alas it was just a scrap I found.

 can we just get the election over so that we can switch on tv, computer or ipad without being bombarded with this opinion and that harangue?
Can we all try just to get along, life is so short.

Off to cut, fold and paste.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Catch up......

.......again.  There have been a few outings in the last two weeks and the time flies by.  One of "the Girls" had a very special birthday and we took a trip to Lewes in Sussex for the first part of the celebration and then for the second part we went to the very special Sew Not Strawberry Jam for a fun day making aprons.  As usual we had a wonderful welcome from Sam whe had taken the trouble to put up Happy Birthday bunting

 and made the most delicious array of meringues, homemade biscuits and a creamy, dreamy, Swiss Roll topped with chocolate dipped strawberries. My bad, too busy eating them to take photos.
This is a very special place and we were delighted to learn that next year Sam ill be arranging workshops. If you search this blog with SNSJ tag you will see some of the great days we have had.
I made a little journal as a gift in anticipation of the good time I knew I would have. Mainly country themed of course.
 One of my favourite pages.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Tidy? Moi?.......

.... no matter how many times I tidy my desk(not often) it always ends up looking like this, I work in a space that is approximately A4.
However last weekend the rest of the house was tidy because my lovely sister-in-law came to stay. She came down from the north of England leaving sunshine behind and didn't see it again until she was on her way home.  So much for the sunny south. However it didn't rain and we were able to get out and about.  One of our trips was to the Antique and Vintage market in Faversham. Lots of temptations..

Brenda bought   me the smallest thimble I have ever seen, under half an inch in diameter.  We tried to imagine the tiny mite who had used it to stitch. We found a lovely charity shop ( just like the ones before Mary Portas) and I collected this lovely bundle. 
Particularly pleased with the stamp album which still has stamps. The book with Chinese writing and the Classical Review in the picture came from another place.

Had a real senior moment when Brenda came down, when to meet the train at Euston at 11.29am and had to wait until 2.15pm. I had mixed up the times of her leaving and arrival trains.  Made good use of it though and had a lovely wander through a bit of London I hadn't visited before. Found this beautiful terrace
it had this park in front of the terrace, an energetic lunchtime game of tennis going on.
Not far away from here I found an amazing second hand book shop, that's where the other treasures were found. I was just wandering so hope I can find it again. Wandered into this

with this at the end of it.
I love London.

On Monday night we had a real treat.  42nd Street at the the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane.  Lovely to see a show with such a large cast.  My goodness those dancers work hard, exhausted just watching.  Brilliant.

One of the reasons my desk is particularly I have been working on two books, one of them a special secret.
Pleased with this one though.
Lovely wrapping paper from John Lewis.
Some pages, don't know how to make those "flip though"videos so just a lot of photoas.

Last one is Turkish Map fold I have just mastered. Yes it's a junk journal, the funny thing about it is, I keep making journals but the nearest I get to journaling is this blog and we know how regular that is.
Addicted I have already started next  "journal".

Monday, May 01, 2017

Nothing to see here.....

......bit of an up and down week, started off OK with a "laundry" visit to the see Their Finest .
Enjoyable would be the verdict.  The Wednesday to the local theatre to see "Made in Dagenham" performed by DAODS my old musical society(I was given a life membership when I retired).  Very proud of these young people.
Then the cold arrived...................I don't have colds very often (thank goodness) but when I do....suffice to say I am at the "sitting on my chest" stage, still feeling like a dish rag.  As my mother used to say "A seven days if you treat it and a week if you don't", so only three more days to go.
I did take the opportunity to catch up on Line of Duty  in time for the last episode.  Friends had been urging me to watch it and I can see why.  Good Telly. 
 I have made a couple more Mystical Lanterns and I have started on a secret project but no pictures so as I said "Nothing to see here" Pass the Benilyn!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Ta Da.......

...finally the lawn has been laid.

and after
Bring on summer.

Tuesday was a fun day with the girls we had a glorious time making signatures for Junk Journals.

Tea, cake and laughter what more could a girl want.

I am making a black white and red one, a couple of pages so far.
Such fun, what I like is the flow of ,"Oh, I could do that" or inspirations for different books which pop up.  Should write them down really for when the dreaded empty mind hits.

Yesterday we braved the crowds. Who organised an exhibition in the same place and the same say as the London Marathon Registration?  ICHF that's who and it was another disappointing show. The Craft side stuck in the world of peel and stick ons.  Now don't get me wrong I will use these things but when I go to a show I want to see new products and good quality supplies.  The sewing side was OK but again nothing to get the juices flowing.  Huge hall only half used with everything cramped together so the aisles were over crowded making it difficult to get near stalls.  The day was cut short because I panicked needlessly when I couldn't get DH on the phone.We were going to do an enamel workshop so I was very cross with myself.
Enough moaning. I did buy a portable ironing board a bit like this oneImage result for portable ironing board 
 so perhaps now I will stop burning the carpet in my workroom.
Saving highlights of the exhibition were meeting again Helen McKenna who comes from my home town and marvelling at the Aberteifi 1110-2010 Cardigan.
Designed and co-ordinated by byLisa Hellier  assisted by Susan McComb it took 300 knitters to make it. This is the first time I have taken photographs with my phone so apologies for odd angles.(First one had my finger over it!!)

DH 85th birthday tomorrow, off spring coming this evening so off to prepare birthday feast.

Sunday, April 16, 2017


......on the 1 Year of Stitches front.  I think I stitched myself into the ground in the run up to the exhibition and at the moment have no desire to pick up a needle or even any ideas of what to do.  My second fail this week has been the garden. This was my garden last weekend
As you can see the lawn is in need of some TLC, this patch in the corner has refused to grow despite repeated seeding and plantings.  So we decided to replace it with an artificial lawn, having admired a neighbours lawn over the last year. Due to mis-communication (one of the modern evils)  instead of being able to show you my wonderful new lawn this is what the garden looks like today
We have to wait until next Friday, very frustrating because the weather is good and all the blossom is out.  Heigho!
Look at my beautiful yellow rose, it is called Rosa Xanthina or Canary Bird it only flowers once but it is worth it to have such brightness in the garden at this time.

Deutzia just burst in the last two days.
This is a joy in my son's garden
 The chestnut tree opposite our house has it's candles too so Spring is well under way.

My one success this week has been to finish a junk journal.

a few favourite pages

I have started to make the Mystical Lanterns pieces.  
Good for something to pick up and put down.

This week looking forward to a play day with The Girls and hopefully getting the lawn put down.
Hope you have a successful week. 
Happy Easter.