Feels like Spring …

04/03/2016 § 1 Comment

… is attempting to work her magic.

Our mornings are still chilly, the light sparkly frost on the rooftops and garden melting away as the bright rays of the sun slide seamlessly across the landscape. My snowdrops have had their winter’s moment of delight and the drifts are retracing their colour steps back to green – a different green from their eager January shoots – less vibrant, more sleepy – as they head back towards the earth.

Vibrant yellows are popping up – in the hedges, along the verges and in the neat cottage gardens.  Garden gates lay open beneath a clear blue sky, inviting Spring to wave her wand across the trees …

Spring daffodils


sunshine through the gate

Last week in my discovery of c2c crochet, I gathered some balls of fresh, soft multi coloured yarn and made a pretty little throw for my sofa …

c2c Spring throw WIP

here it is as a WIP

on my sofa with Gypsy Rose Afghan

Spring c2c blanket and a tapestry cushion

c2c Spring crochet with daffodils

Spring Blanket as I’ve named her, lives happily over the back of my lovely little green sofa, with the more famous Gypsy Rose blanket that I wrote about when I made it and has been my most popular post since I started blogging 4 years ago.   Does anyone recognise the little tapestry cushions? Remember Primavera tapestries?  I so loved them and stitched several though it’s a few years ago now.

Today, the sun streamed into the lounge and the bare branches of my White Birch tree in the garden appeared to reach up to feel the warmth of the sun in the beautiful blue sky.

Spring mantle

White Birch tree in my garden

A new month and new challenges – I have these fabrics lined up for new quilts and quilt kits – my target is 20 quilt kits and 2 little quilts.

Walk in the Park quilt fabrics

Walk in the Garden fabrics

I’m linking up with Finish it up Friday and Red Letter Quilts OMG (One Monthly Goal) so I’m hoping that 2 little quilts and 20 kits will count as one project!!

Let’s see what everyone else has finished – and is aiming to finish in March.

Happy Spring Days.


Spring into Spring

20/03/2014 § Leave a comment


‘It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:
when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. ‘ 
~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

I’ll say no more!


Lazy Sundays …

22/01/2012 § 14 Comments

It’s a funny day – Sunday – don’t you find?

When I was young – fancy free and  – well, just generally footloose I guess, it was a funny day.  And now, with middle-aged contentment omnipresent, it’s still a funny day.  I remember grey, drizzly wet Sundays in Wales.  The pubs were all shut, the chapel timetable had to be adhered to – and I didn’t even go to chapel!  But trotting past on my pony, who would generally shy and create a scene when confronted by all the Sunday hats, was rather disapproved of, or so I felt!  So chapel times of arrival and departure were to be avoided. There was no farming activity, other than the stock to be fed.  No hay was cut or gathered in, even if a dry spell was forecast to break.

When our children were in school, there was the looming cloud of ‘school tomorrow’.  Friday night treats and Saturday’s freedom all forgotten, there was the trudge of clean washing & ironing and of course the dreaded homework to be finished.  The boys say that I’d plonk myself down after all the weekend’s happenings and reply – to whatever emergency presented itself – homework/uniform/cookery ingredients/cash requests  – “It’s Sunday night, and I’m trying to relax!”

I too had work in the morning and Sunday evenings were to be strung out for as long as possible.

I don’t know how people manage if they hate their job.  I love teaching and have been ‘back-in-the-saddle’ for an awfully long time now, since having a bit of a break while our three ‘under 4’s’ were under about 5!  I’d hate to have just 2 days off each week from a job that wasn’t fulfilling and a bit of a challenge at times.

Today’s Sunday though, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed.  It’s been a lazy, but fairly productive day.  We were thinking of going out for lunch, or getting an ‘English’ take away from a new place that’s opened nearby – traditional hot English meals to take home.  Well, I looked at the prices, which are actually not that extortionate, I decided very quickly that I could pop to the supermarket and feed us for at least 2 days for the same amount!

Roast chicken, loads of veg and a pineapple upside-down pudding with custard is on the menu for tonight.  Our eldest son has a bit of a bug, so my excuse is that he needs feeding up – in a good old-fashioned sort of way!  Tomorrow I’ll make some soup and we’ll have the leftover chicken and potatoes in a salad.

I spent ages doing some quilting this morning and pieced up another one too. I’m looking forward finishing them both (hopefully) for my gallery show in February.  You’ll have to pop back to see them in the week.  The one that’s almost done is called Meadowsweet!

Here are the lap quilts I finished earlier this week …

Dolly Daydreams

Farmyard Friends

Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams - folk art hearts galore!

Hope you’ve enjoyed your Sunday and it leads you gently into a lovely week.  There are always some interesting and inspiring tales and makes over at Wendy’s Handmade Monday blog.

The bulbs are poking their heads up in the garden – Spring is just around the corner!

There are primroses in bloom outside the front door!

Adaliza x

PS – and dinner’s smelling just fine too!

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