Winter draws on …

11/11/2012 § 12 Comments

It’s frosty this morning and my breath made misty clouds when I went to let Flora out of her cosy henhouse.  It’s still and serene – a misty chill cloaks the air beyond the windows and doors – and the garden has a curious glowing tinge of silver mixed with gold.  There’s a magic about November.  Our white birch tree is completely bare and her slender, pale limbs seem to disappear up into the clouds.

Inspired by the season, I wanted to capture our tree as the leaves turned to gold and fluttered down …

Yesterday, autumn trees and hearts lined up in their box frames on my stall at Alton’s Makers’ Market!  The drizzle had stopped by the time we’d set up and a busy day followed, with the Farmers’ Market in full swing and a packed Market Square, buzzing with art & craft stalls.

In other news …

Did you hear about the sheepdog that sold recently at auction for £8,000 guineas (£8,400)? It was a record sale and Midge has gone to live in Suffolk with her new shepherd.

We thought we detected a certain likeness …

What do you think?  Could Belle be worth thousands of pounds? She’s never seen a sheep, but she loves the duck!  We’ve always said that she looks as though she’s been ‘designed by committee’, and has just about grown into her ears – but it’s taken years!  Don’t you think she bears an uncanny resemblance to Midge?  Maybe she could make a living as a ‘screen double’ – for scenes that don’t involve herding sheep, obviously!

The Suffolk shepherd, in an interview, explained that even though Midge was incredibly valuable she would be living outdoors so that she grows a thick coat.  I had to miss that bit out when I read it to Belle, otherwise she’d have nightmares …

I love a sofa with lots of cushions!

Really? Some sheepdogs don’t have a sofa to sleep on? Nightmare!

Our collies may not do the job they were bred for, but they still have important work to do each day – guarding the house, exercising their humans, herding the duck, welcoming family when they come home, watching my every move and understanding every word we say (even when we’re not talking to them).  I’ll swear that Misty can spell ‘cos when I subtly say to Himself that we’re going “O-U-T” or it’s time to “F-E-E-D” the dogs, she dashes either to where we keep their leads, or the sack of dog food in the kitchen!  Intelligent or what? She usually works out what we’re doing next faster than Himself!!!

Have a lovely week ahead and enjoy what’s left of the weekend.  We’re going for “W-A-L-K-I-E-S” in the chilly sunshine!

Adaliza x

PS – pop over to see what’s happening for Handmade Monday at the Handmade Harbour site.  I love Wendy’s opening line – “It’s been one helluva week!”

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§ 12 Responses to Winter draws on …

  • Heard about that collie selling for so much money. Wow. Must be an amazing dog. I know that many farmers with collies make them sleep in a kennel, but our have the run of the house. Especially as they get older it is hard to make them sleep outside, especially with our frigid temps. Your Belle is gorgeous.


  • adaliza says:

    Hope Phoebe is staying warm. Thanks for popping by. Belle & Misty would definitely leave home if they had to sleep outside! Hope Kate’s training is going well.


  • Your little box frames are so pretty. Hope you did really well with your stall. Bet you didn’t come home with very much as all your makes are so nice.


  • Love the cushions 🙂 and I think Belle is very cute!


  • fiddlyfingers says:

    Love the tree. It looks fantastic in it’s frame 🙂


  • Wow – you have a packed stall – full of wonderful makes. I bet they were popular. I hope you did well at the fair.


  • Wendy says:

    I love those trees you’ve made. The stall looks lovely. Oh, it definitely has been one helluva week, I really wouldn’t know where to start (and maybe more importantly where to stop!) so I’m leaving it at that!! 🙂


  • adaliza says:

    Hope this week is a bit more manageable, Wendy. Don’t work too hard.


  • Ginny says:

    Your tree is really lovely. Is it embroidery and applique – it’s quite hard to tell? Your dog is really lovely too.


  • t1ckledp1nk says:

    Those little pictures are lovely. The colours on the tree are so appropriate for the time of year.
    I heard about the sheepdog too. Not sure my three (not Collies, although Digby’s breed was originally a cow herding breed) would welcome living outside either.


  • adaliza says:

    Yes – freehand embroidery on my machine and then appliqué. It’s fun to see how each one is different!


  • I think your stall was beautifully set out. \everything looked perfect to make a cosy home. The cushions looked sumptious! Belle looks very comfy amongst the pillows and throws!


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