15/05/2013 § 6 Comments
my sewing room …
This onerous task was long overdue – a total reorganisation was needed and I couldn’t pick up a needle until it was done. A couple of weeks ago, at our local recycling centre, I spied the two sets of wall shelves (ikea, naturally) and bought them both for £8 – complete with wall fixings – just like new. I couldn’t wait to start drilling and that’s all my own work – drilling into the wall, rawl plugs, spirit level and everything. Once the little units were up, I added the narrow picture shelves underneath and they’re exactly the right width for ikea spice bottles, which in turn are perfectly perfect for storing little bows, buttons and bells. I rustled up the crochet snowflake bunting – far too pretty to save for Christmas – and ‘Himself’ treated me to the paper lantern lights! It all came together today – finally!
and by night …
On the opposite side of the room, there are more shelves, a collection of pretty pictures, a tapestry and in front of the window sits my beloved Horizon with scrap bag underneath – overflowing, as always. The table’s newly painted in two-tone pink & grey, to match the little sewing cabinet and stickback chair that I finished last week. Phew!
The tapestry village scene and old prints are all charity shop finds – the deep violet frame is newly painted. The tapestry itself is beautifully worked – all for £5 and my little collection of Mary Rose Young jugs is out of storage at last.
Have you spied the Ladybird books? My favourite is …
Last summer I was again treated to a present – a vintage Ladybird book from the People at Work series. I love the romantic pictures and vintage scenes – the technology of farming has moved on a bit since the old days and I’m sure the farmers are very pleased about that!
Those were the days, when the old Massey Ferguson tractors rumbled across the fields. No safety cabs in sight, though I remember when everyone had to have roll bars fitted. I learned to drive on one of these when I was about 10 years old! Nothing too dangerous – a flat field, a haycart on the back and I had to steer and use only the clutch to move along at a snail’s pace. It was SO exciting. When I was a teenager, my first sweetheart was a farmer and I remember many a happy evening courting, whilst fixing the head gasket on the old Massey before he walked me home across the fields and we stole a kiss at the farm gate!
This evening, the sun finally appeared after last night’s gales and today’s grim and dismal cloud cover. Having spent the afternoon sorting out my room and reminiscing over my farming book, we took a short trip out of Winchester to Cheesefoot Head where the views are stunning …
Everything has turned green, in just a week or so – fresh, brilliant, vibrant hedgerows with cow parsley just beginning to froth and billow and the golden rapeseed flowers covering acres and acres of Hampshire – Spring has finally sprung.
Today has been a very satisfying, happy day. Yes, indeed!
23/05/2012 § Leave a comment
in the evening sun …
Can you see the tiny white dot right in the middle and in the last grey layer of landscape? That’s the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, 32 miles away! Even with extra zoom lens power, that distance is a bit of challenge! I can definitely see it though.
There’s something magical about the end of the day, as the sun sinks and the shadows grow. It had been raining during the day and when the sun came out in the evening we took a little trip to Cheesefoot Head, just a few miles out of Winchester. Up on the ridge, there are amazing views south towards Southampton and east to Portsmouth and on really clear days, as far as the Isle of Wight.
I love being outdoors and a jaunt after supper is always a treat. Hampshire is lovely – Winchester is special – Home is Sweet – the fields are green! I think I need a bit of seaside though. I’ve been longing to walk on a beach, to feel the sand between my toes, to look out into that blurry spot on the horizon where the water meets the sky. Yes, definitely – some seaside is on my ‘places to go, rather urgently’ list!