14/04/2012 § Leave a comment
has been out and about over Easter …
We began the journey towards the Easter holidays in warm sunshine, a row or so most afternoons after work, while the sun was still packing a punch! Flora Quacky Duck enjoyed pecking at stray strands whilst Belle and Misty kept a watchful eye, as usual, on whatever I’m doing!
Then we journeyed west – back to my home in Wales …
We stayed on an organic farm for B&B – super stylish! Ken and Amanda are an innovative, artistic and extremely talented couple with a lovely family (and collie dog) and an amazing home. Handmade furniture, home-cooked delights including fresh-from-the-oven hot cross buns at a candlelit breakfast, there’s a farmshop and glamping opportunities. If you’re thinking of travelling west and want somewhere beautiful to stay, visit Nantgwynfaen Farm – really – it’s well worth a visit and the local rural/coastal scenery is the best in the world (maybe I’m a bit biased)!
Then we went to Bath. A few times each year, if possible, we escape – just the two of us, for some peace and quiet – a chance to enjoy time together away from the bustle of family life. This time, Ripple One came too …
In Henrietta Gardens yesterday morning, I mooched out for a spot of calm in the Quiet Garden. I’d just spread Ripply out for a quick photocall when along came Kitty – a Kitty who obviously knew a comfy spot when she spotted one!
I love the way that Ripple is sharing my journey this year – I’m buying balls of wool when I see them and there’s no real plan. I like life to be like that – no targets, fitting different parts of life around each other without pressure – home, family, work, patchwork, dogs, crochet, garden – I’ve loved taking time out over Easter, to relax and enjoy and Ripple is good company in my quiet moments, wherever I am.
Today is a VERY special day – April 14th – and it’s our Wedding Anniversary!
Twenty-eight years ago, we married each other, here in Winchester with best friends and family sharing our day. It was a beautiful sunny day, and at Lainston House, they took the tables and chairs outside for us as we enjoyed a less-than-formal wedding breakfast on the lawns!
Happy Anniversary – to the Love of my Life!
25/03/2012 § 8 Comments
I did have a lovely day yesterday at the C-L Fair!
So much to see – and buy! We had lots of treats and maybe the best of all was being able to share the day with my all-grown-up daughter. Apart from strolling around and enjoying the stalls together, we had coffees, amazing raspberry & white chocolate muffins, lunch at The Hilton and she waited patiently, surrounded by our shopping bags, whilst I had one more look around Loop in Islington on our way home!
We visited Camden Stables market which was memorable – most of all for the statues of the horses which were superb! It was such a good idea to take the bus back to Waterloo – so much to see, so many famous addresses en route. Altogether a brilliant day out.
“Thank You – Sunflower!”
I’ve returned home brimming with ideas and today I’ve been busy …
Suffolk Puff patchwork is so much fun. I saw some yesterday and couldn’t wait to get home and have a go. It’s been years since I made anything with these adorable puffs. Oh – look at the chair I picked up this morning too …
How totally Country-Living is this combo? A retro chair, a vintage knitted blanket and a soft, scrummy patchwork cushion! I’m also working on recovering a beautiful round basket – just the job for a sewing basket and …
This is a Hollywood Themed wedding cushion for M & R who are getting hitched later in the year. They specified diamonte, black & white – very glam! The lace is actually sparkly too and in the sunshine it positively glimmers. Fingers crossed for a sunny day for the happy couple.
Talking of sunshine – today has been brilliant too. Buzzards soaring overhead here at home, the first cut of the grass and sitting outside to do some sewing (suffolk punching)! I also enjoyed a Pimms – made from tea! We tasted this great idea yesterday at the fair and treated ourselves to some tea from The Lawn. This afternoon I enjoyed Rhubarb Patch Tea, topped up with fruit & lemonade – just perfect for a sunny afternoon!
And now there’s another hour to enjoy the garden and still some evening time to enjoy rippling time before bed!
OOOoooo I do love Springtime!
Now pop over to see what all the other creators & bakers have been making for Handmade Monday.
23/03/2012 § 2 Comments
“… describe yourself!”
“Yeah – you!”
“Well – I dunno. What a daft question! Why d’you want to know, anyway?”
“OK – let’s try another one. In three words, what have you been doing this week?”
“That’s easy – I’ve been to the ART MARKET, I’ve been TAKING PHOTOS in the garden and I’ve been RIPPLING.”
“Have I passed the Three Word test?”
“OK, you’ve passed.”
“Why do you want to know?”
“No reason, just being nosey, I guess!”
It’s been a busy, busy week but I’ve managed to squeeze in some lovely time in the garden and treated myself to another tree! Yes, a Silver Birch for £4 from Tesco! It’s more of a twig than a tree, although the bamboo pole that was attached was quite tree-like! I’ve planted it in a pot and hope that it does well.
I think I may have mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I’ve finally got the hang of crocheting the Ripple pattern. Now, I’m off and there’s no holding back. This is week 2 and I’m topping 20 rows. I’m working it in Drops Karisma, mainly although I’m not being too fussy if a pure wool from a different stable takes my fancy. I can see why people get ‘hooked’ on rippling!
Anyway, in three words – what have you been doing this week?
It’s easy, simply choose 3 happy things and all the boring bits just melt away!
Enjoy your weekend – I’m off to the Country Living Fair with my daughter tomorrow and I CAN’T WAIT!