29/01/2012 § 16 Comments
“Queen of the Meadow”
and there’s the meadowsweet, golden stalks amongst the amazing geranium leaves! I love meadowsweet (also known as Queen of the Meadow), I used to gather bunches of it from the marshy fields near the little river Ceri in Wales. It smells divine – of sweet, summer meadows.
I dashed outside to capture the last of the daylight to take these pics. There’s still the top binding to stitch, but I’ll do that this evening. The back is warm, soft flannelette and I quilted it to give maximum ripply drapes rather than the crisper texture of free motion quilting.
I’ve so enjoyed today. I spent an hour or so this morning watching lambs coming into the world at Sparsholt College (see previous post) – it was wonderful to see the shepherd expertly helping a young ewe with her firstborn. His intervention was minimal, to ensure that her natural instinct was encouraged and not interrupted. After a couple of minutes of looking rather perplexed, she began rhythmically licking her baby as the steam rose from him in the barn. Then, with the wibbliest wobbliest legs, he stood up and began to feed. Brilliant!
Friday afternoon will be exciting this week, hopefully, as my gallery show commences. There’s a lot of listing and labelling to do in the meantime!
Have a lovely week and pop over to Wendy’s Handmade Monday 51 to see what everyone else has been up to.
07/01/2012 § Leave a comment
Some days seem to have so much packed into them and today has been one of them!
Back in December I met Pauline from the Monteagle Gallery in Yateley. She and her daughter admired my textile stall at one of the Winchester Christmas markets and we got chatting. I was invited over to discuss a show at the gallery – for the whole of February. So, off we set this morning for a bit of a trek across the north of Hampshire to find Monteagle, which is absolutely super …
We’re all sorted, I used my new Quilters diary for the first time – the dates are set …
Adaliza @ Monteagle Gallery
3 – 29 February 2012
Open 9 am – 4 pm weekdays
10 am – 2 pm Saturdays
There’s a lovely little teashop too!
On the jaunt westward and homeward, I felt the need to not return quite yet! Do you ever get that feeling? The sun was shining, it was cold and bright, a certain sense of freedom filled me and, as I was at the wheel, we veered off towards Alton!
Now, you all know I love Alton. The scene of many a craft market (they start in March btw), but today as usual on the 2nd Saturday of each month, the High Street was buzzing with activity in the form of the Farmers Market. I met up with one of my favourite stallholders – one of the ‘ladies on the corner’ who bakes! A few nibbles made their way into my basket and then a quick skip round and about, followed by a light lunch at a coffee shop and a visit to the lovely wool shop on the hill (only 3 Lima alpacas came home with me) and we were off again.
I made the little brooch earlier in the week, and was wearing it today on my Welsh wool vintage coat! I thought it deserved a photo moment or two …
Not quite ready to steer straight ahead, we made a detour to Alresford, and on the way …
I spotted a field with some of the cutest Section A Welsh ponies. They’re all hairy and obviously very well cared for – just look at those neatly trimmed hooves and well-covered bellies. They all marched over, as soon as I stopped the car – swerving rather erratically into a muddy gateway and waking the Housework Fairy, who’d drifted off into the land-of-nod – “Why have we stopped?” he enquired, then looking around, he spotted the ponies and asked no more!
Onward to the market town of Alresford where I just popped into a fabric shop to stock up on my cushion supplies …
Oh no, the receipt is visible on top of my haul – must sort that out immediately and hide it! “You spent HOW MUCH?” – I can hear it now!
Then home in time to take the collies out for a run to Farley Mount and give Flora a cuddle just after dark on her way to the henhouse. Did you see the moon tonight? It’s just a shade off being a complete orb – January’s Storm Moon – magical!
Time to fill the house with lantern lights and wish my ever-growing number of baboshkas a “Good Evening” then rearrange the little pewter duck that I treated myself to in Stockbridge yesterday afternoon. She’s a new addition to my pewter clock and tiny pony collection on the mantlepiece!
Yes, I’ve been jaunting on 2 consecutive days – what a great start to the New Year!
Then a cosy evening with friends – HF rustled up an amazing chicken murgh masala from a Keith Floyd recipe – really special with loads of ginger! Now I’m going to fuss about with some patchwork on the kitchen table, until bedtime when dreams of quilting and ponies will undoubtedly fill my head!
Night, night …