27/04/2015 § 3 Comments
and a-jaunting we will go …
My great friend and I spent the weekend jaunting around Dorset, exploring all around from our base at Swanage Bay. After what seems like weeks of unbroken sunshine here in the south of England, the high pressure decided to desert us for the weekend, but the sea mists and occasional shower didn’t affect our trip one bit. We visited some favourite west country towns – Shaftesbury, Sherborne and Bridport – before meandering along the coast with stops at pretty villages that took our fancy. Much cake was consumed on these frequent breaks in our day!!!! At Lulworth Cove, we enjoyed a simple but quite delicious early evening meal at the Lulworth Cove Inn – we both had small portions as we were still quite full of cake – and the little home-cooked steak and ale pies with veg were outstandingly good. If you’re visiting the area, make sure you book a table – we just happened to be very lucky and were fitted in as we were quite early.
So many fabric treats came home with me – and another chair! When my daughter phoned to make sure we were back I said “Guess what?” and she said, straightaway “You’ve bought another chair!” I’m obviously boringly predictable.
More photos of the prettiest little cottages in Sprintime, and a Scandinavian design rocking chair next time – and apple blossom in the garden!
What did you get up to at the weekend – what’s in bloom in your garden? Do join in and leave a comment – it’s so interesting to hear about your adventures.
23/04/2015 § 6 Comments
every day will be rose-coloured …
La Vie en Rose Patchwork Quilt – a bespoke commission
Edited to add some lovely words from the fabulous lady who commissioned this quilt:
‘I bought my lovely quilt as a commission. It will be a family heirloom. I asked for roses and pink base with pastel colours. We called it La Vie En Rose because that is also one of my favourite songs too (Louis Armstrong or Billie Holliday) and the name fits the roses theme. It fits perfectly with cushions and accessories I already had for my bedroom. We’re changing it back to pink, you see. Adaliza kindly incorporated two fabrics I chose so that the quilt would match my existing cushions and dressing table curtains. It looks lovely on my Laura Ashley cream iron bedstead. I now just have to change the wallpaper, move the table lamps, put the right curtains up. I am very pleased. It is very well-made and high-quality.’
and a photo …
19/04/2015 § 2 Comments
earlier on this evening, my friend and I wandered along The Itchen Way, near Itchen Abbas …
and a postcard, for Flora – “Isn’t he a handsome chap?” …
The girls are benefitting from some interesting walks. Son J2 is good company and usually takes his camera. I’ve treated myself to a little pocket camera – Canon SX600 – I’m really pleased with it so far though there are lots of effects that I haven’t played with yet.
Here’s another countryside walk a day or so ago, in glorious sunshine …
Did you know that the easiest way to tell whether blossom is from Hawthorn or Blackthorn bushes is apparently quite simple: Blackthorn blossom appears on the branches before the leaves, unlike Hawthorn. Blackthorn also appears a bit earlier. Both are members of the rose family.
In Wales, the Hawthorn is often called Bara Caws (bread and cheese) as the young leaves are meant to taste similar. I’ve used the red berries in Hedgerow Jelly along with other wild foraging fruits. I’ll have to come back in the Autumn and see whether these bushes bear the fruits of the Blackthorn (sloes) or the red berries of Hawthorn, then next year I’ll be able to test the blossom theory! Yeah – as if!!!
This evening I’ve stewed the first rhubarb from the garden – always a treat. I’ve made some shortbread to go with it for after our supper. This afternoon J2 made some wooden raised beds for the veg patch and then we laid some gravel – it’s looking good. I’ll be back with some photos in the week. Oh, and there’s another quilt order to finish too! Busy days! Enjoy your week.
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15/04/2015 § 7 Comments
What do you think of my beautiful table cover? Ultra pretty colours and oh so practical. I’ve got 4 of them! One’s round – for the patio table; all the others are rectangular – to fit the larger garden tables. Have I been busy or what???????
Well no, I haven’t been busy with my crochet hook !!!! They’re from our local discount supermarket and cost under £4 each – ultimate bargain – and they’re huge. When I popped in there yesterday another lady saw mine at the till and whizzed off to buy a couple for herself – they really are pretty and machine washable. The crochet stitches are so lifelike. It’s Aldi, if you want one – but I think you’ll have to be quick!
Here’s my garden sewing studio – can’t believe I’m sewing in the garden in April …
Misty and Mrs Quacky say Hello – Belle was too busy to be photographed. She was ‘helping’ J2 with his latest artwork. She lays there and gazes at him all day.
All the photos are with my new little pocket camera – a Canon SX600. Zoom x18, video recorder and so much more – I’m very pleased with the photos too.
Now, I’ve another quilt on my big machine upstairs so I’ll do my sewing indoors in the morning, and set up some tasks for outside for the sunny afternoons – long may they last.
13/04/2015 § 3 Comments
latest quilts, now in stock in my Quilt Store …
just click on a photo to go to the individual listing with details about the fabrics, dimensions and lots more photos of each quilt
08/04/2015 § 2 Comments
Buds are bursting and bulbs are blooming – it’s quite amazingly beautiful.
All is well here but I’ve rather lost my blogging voice and Flora is currently building herself a nest, so is busily occupied on other matters!
I hope to show you some quilts that I’m working on sometime soon.
Enjoy the Spring … whatever you’re up to
18/03/2015 § 6 Comments
at The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton until 21 March 2015
There’s an informative review of this theatre company’s production here, when they performed the play recently in Scotland. This afternoon, I nipped down to Southampton on the train to take my seat in the circle at The Mayflower Theatre where I sat, spellbound, throughout the performance of this poignant and thought-provoking story. Ava Potter, the little girl who played Scout was enchanting, as were the other child actors playing her brother Jem and friend Dill. Daniel Betts, playing Atticus Finch, was the epitome of the book character – gentle and worn, wise and intelligent, caring and just.
Do you go to the cinema or theatre on your own? I could ask a friend to come with me, and often do, but sometimes I enjoy the independence of watching solo. I’m no theatre critic and rarely read reviews before I watch a production – I like to have the experience all to myself, with fresh uncultivated eyes and without preconceptions.
I’ve read Harper Lee’s only novel, many times over the years and this afternoon’s performance brought the characters to life, just as I imagined them. I loved the patchwork quilts (3 in total)! Even the quilts looked authentically Southern, worn and loved. Now I want a picket fence, an antique day bed just like they had on stage – and Atticus’ rocking chair!
Today’s outing was my second this week – on Tuesday to escape the anti-cyclonic gloom that had descended bringing cold air and drizzle, I walked to our local Winchester cinema for the matinee showing of Suite Francaise.
I strolled home in a different place – I’d been transported into a story by amazing actors – another life, another time, another world.
I’ll be taking a break for a couple of weeks – things to do, people to see.