18/06/2017 § 2 Comments
Broad Street, Alresford
Today, on the hottest day of the year so far in Alresford – a pretty market town just a few miles from Winchester – many residents of the aptly named Broad Street opened their garden gates and WOW was it a surprise just what hides behind those elegant facades.
It was extraordinary and a wonderful way to spend Sunday afternoon. Many gardens are incredibly long with different ‘rooms’ to meander through. Towards the lower end of the street, the gardens back onto the river and 12th century bridge. There are courtyards and terraces, summerhouses and thatched outhouses. So much to see and then of course, there are the plants and flowers – so beautiful and so many different styles of planting.
In one back garden, there was a covered walkway between the house and annexe with a chain downpipe linked up to a water feature. I definitely want one of those next time I build a summerhouse!
I have enjoyed the afternoon though it was mighty HOT. During the week I spent an evening at Mottisfont in the world famous walled rose gardens. More pictures next time. Hampshire is a wonderful county, with so much to see and enjoy. I’m jaunting west next week so expect some more photos with boats!
PS :: Thank you Clare for reminding me about the cake – how could I forget? Yes, there were lots of cake stalls and plant stalls as well as a duck race at a local very large house, though that wasn’t officially part of the Open Gardens. My friend and I had 2 slices of Victoria Sponge, both were outstanding. We fairly waddled around those gardens after that!
09/06/2017 § 1 Comment
June’s full moon is called the Strawberry Moon. I’ve been out, down to the headland overlooking Mounts Bay here in Cornwall tonight, but there’s thick cloud and a bit of drizzle in the air so it seems the full moon is shy tonight.
I’ve named my new crochet blanket Strawberry Moon as the colours are like crushed strawberries and cream (clotted of course), with blues and soft misty greys, warm reds and soft pinks.
Earlier on this evening before the drizzle set in, I took Strawberry Moon for a short walk from the seaside cottage where she’s been hooked up this week, to the harbour for some photos. She attracted quite a bit of attention! I used Sirdar Aura in shades 130, 131 and 132 where the soft colours blend and flow through the yarn like the ebb and flow of the waves under a summer sunset. A 6.5 hook and corner to corner crochet meant the first rows grew fast then as I reached just over 1.8m on the 2 sides, progress was slower but just as relaxing and enjoyable.
I’ve loved making this blanket that will forever remind me of my June holiday in Porthleven, when the Strawberry Moon hid behind the clouds but my memories kept me warm!
08/06/2017 § Leave a comment
beside the sea!
I’ve been in Cornwall this week and it’s been wonderfully relaxing. The weather has been through every scenario – hot sunshine, humid & thundery, driving rain, gales, flat calm – typical English seaside weather and I’ve loved every minute.
Whilst clicking away on my little pocket Canon camera, I’ve also discovered some new settings – as you can probably see! I love the 4th one with those warm heathery hues.
I’ve unusually left the collies back at home with J2 and am without a sewing machine! I haven’t even bought any fabric this time BUT – come on, you knew there’d be a BUT …
I bought some yarn in Truro on my way through last Saturday and I’ve been back 3 times to stock up as I’ve been crocheting a blanket – there’ll be photos of it by the sea tomorrow.
How’s your week been?
07/06/2017 § Leave a comment
15/05/2017 § 3 Comments
I’ve had a flurry of cushion-making! Two of my sewing machines have been threaded up and put to good use, as they have very different skills. My huge Janome Horizon has a beautiful blanket stitch (in fact it has about 6 blanket stitches), but my favourite is just plain old blanket stitch which I can adapt for stitch widths and spacing. I’ve used it for applique work on cushions, with great results. This is the machine that I use every day for stitching and quilting and it has a phenomenal range of stitches, most of which I’ve never used!
I recently purchased a retro Bernina 807 that I’ve long coveted for its ability to do freehand embroidery. I took advice from 2 sewing machine engineers and they both recommended the same machine. The mechanics of this machine mean that it stitches in every different direction and churns through freehand. I used a whole host of coloured threads to add embroidery to the stunning Japanese print with budgerigars and cockatoos. Love it!
I was looking for inspiration for patchwork cushions and did a Google search for images. The photo that caught my eye was one of my own! I made this trio of cushions way back – probably 5 years ago!
I just love working with reds and warm colours. Simple square shapes using checks and patterns bring a homespun simplicity to my most recent one …
This week I’m going to be busy putting the finishing touches to my stock so I’ll be ready for the annual Watercress Festival that takes place in the pretty little town of Alresford in Hampshire at the weekend. It’s a huge event that has grown in popularity and size over the years.
If you’re able to visit on Sunday 21st then do come and say Hello – I’ll be in Station Road. And if you could keep everything crossed for fine weather then I’d be really grateful!
Have a good week.
12/05/2017 § 1 Comment
Wednesday night was clear. Stars twinkled and the moon was full. May’s full moon is called the Flower Moon – don’t you just love that moons have names?
So far this year we’ve had January’s Wolf Moon, February’s Snow Moon (and it did snow just a little), March’s Sap Moon and April’s Pink Moon.
I went to sleep on Wednesday with moonshine in my room. A mere sliver of light shining through a narrow chink in the curtains. It was magical. Before darkness fell, I’d had a wander around the garden and found to my delight, the first rose of the summer in bloom.
And the flowers just keep on coming – clematis in full and glorious bloom, shy Sweet Woodruff in the shade and sweet Pansies in a basket.
Enjoy the weekend. I’ll be in Alton tomorrow with some new quilts and cushions.
08/05/2017 § 4 Comments
I’d better do it in photos otherwise I’ll be writing a book!
It’s busy here every day with new quilts and quilt patterns whirling around in my head and in my studio. Yesterday I found something that I’ve wanted for AGES – a prop for my stand when I’m out and about, on which to display my quilts – a Victorian metal Cot Bed. So perfect and I can’t wait to show you but it’ll have to wait because the collies are huffing and puffing and none-too-gently reminding me that it’s time for their walk!