Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Just testing

I haven't been able to blog for ages--this is just a test to see if I have found a way round the problem.
This is just a picture of Rosie after her operations in the summer. She didn't need a bandage over the wounds and can escape a lampshade collar so a bit of old tee-shirt was ideal for stopping the long ends of her stitches irritating her. (As a quilter I resisted trying to hide the thread ends for her!) :o)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

May garden update--picture heavy!

Thought I would take some pictures of some of the garden whilst the grass is actually cut! If I blog them it will remind me what was out when and which I need to remember to prune.
All the trees have either been grown from seeds/cuttings or as small (less than two feet high ) plants.

The first two pictures are from inside! The orchid has flowered almost constantly for about six years now. It has never been potted on or fed and it gets a drink when I remember so I have been very lucky.

The house plants are thriving. I love the colours of the leaf and the flower of this pelargonium. Often one or other is more attractive or they don't quite "go". I think this is Vancouveri? 

The drive down the right. The box hedge is needing another trim but the white geranium is flowering well. The box hedge keeps it from flopping.

There's the white geranium from another angle looking back to the front lawn.

This is the entrance to the "field garden". The tree in the middle came from a packet of seeds that were supposed to be Pagoda trees. Whether it is or not I still don't know but it is a lovely shape.

This is another view of it.See that clump of rushes beneath it to the right? A willow tit or a chiffchaff (not quite sure which) makes a tiny little nest in it every year.

Just past the Pagoda tree is the first silver birch. Not much of it shows as it has Clematis Montana and Honeysuckle right up to the top and hanging in curtains from it. That is a variegated Wiegela with the pale pink blossom.

On the left in the foreground is an Acer. Behind it is the Mulberry though it is not in full leaf yet. To the right is an Amelanchier.

This is a pine that I grew from a pack of mixed seeds. It grew almost horizontal at first but has now decided to reach for the sky. It sheds clouds of pollen if you brush against it. It looks like a peacock's tail with all thouse cones.

Looking back down towards the Pagoda tree and the redwood.

This is towards the bottom corner with the Japanese Larch to the right and to the left is a Japanese Cedar. This as a soft red bark that peels.

Up behind the silver birch towards the hedge at the end of the garden.

                                 That Pagoda tree again.

The redwood in the middle and a plum tree to the left.

Looking back uphill.

Cherry to the left and Japanese Larch to the right. Underneath is a carpet of greenery which for the life of me I can't remember the name? Is it a cross between Heuchera and Tiarella? It pops up everywhere and has a lovely perfume especially in the evening.

This is just one of the buddleias spread around the garden to encourage the butterflies. There are so many butterflies already this year! Last year we didn't have very many at all. The mild winter and heavy blossom this year have given them a boost.

Back to the Redwood again.

Some more perfume around the bottom of a pear tree.

The azalea is past its best but the forget-me-nots are still going!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

It has been a long few months.


 We had a very sad and upsetting end to 2013 and start of 2014 so not much creative stuff has been done.

We became even more familiar with this bit of road even though sunny, dry days like this were rare at the beginning of this year.

We also got  became very familar with this view over Keswick.


It is spring now and time to get motivated again! There is a garden to get sorted,for a start, before Mother Nature takes over!

Check out this double rainbow. The colours were incredibly intense!


Wednesday, November 06, 2013

So long since I blogged -some pictures of our favourite walk.

The river is low here but it has been high since this was taken.
Tranquil meander by the hostel
Past our neighbour's garden
Through the old kissing gate.
Rosie waiting for me to catch up.
Rosie watching dogs in the river . Nothing would induce her into cold water!

Are you coming?

Love how the sun comes through this horse chestnut tree.
The leaves were just beginning to fall.
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Friday, September 13, 2013


Tidying around I came across this quilt sandwich on which I was trying out some ideas. It is just a spare piece of curtain lining and an offcut of an old blanket which I sandwiched and marked out in squares about 8" across.
It is used up now ------not sure whether to keep it whole for reference or cut it up for mug rugs!
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Sewing ,postie and rosettes.


The autumn temperatures are creeping in, so time to do a little garment sewing.
 This is a favourite jacket pattern that goes together so quickly and easily. These two helped me to use up some more fabric.
The first is a sort of brown marl. (That is a very straight coat hanger so it looks a little wavy!)

This one is a navy knit fabric with a bit of a pile so it looks almost like velvet.
Both very comfy and cosy. :o)

Postie delivered my three quilts back from Great Northern Quilt Show,Harrogate complete with their rosettes and awards. I knew that two of them had rosettes, but didn't know until I opened the parcel that the third one had a Judge's Merit rosette too! What a pleasant surprise!
There were also some Lilian Hedley books and a cash award too! It is raining today so maybe I can  curl up and get some reading done this afternoon.

This is the third quilt which I entered ,at Harrogate, into the theme competition "Illusions". A difficult one to photograph with that black background. The colours are more true in the picture above this.

The rosettes just squeezed onto my board.
 Think they are all going to have to cuddle in closer now.
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The silverware I am afraid sort of disappears into a drawer.

Linking this to Esther's WOW

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Rosettes at Great Northern Quilt Show Harrogate.


Last Thursday evening I got a lovely phonecall to say that "Just Doodling" had won the wholecloth award at the Great Northern Quilt Show. I had great plans to go over there on Sunday but unfortunately life got in the way and I missed it so I never got to see the show or my quilts.

                           This is a photo I took when it was just finished and some pictures of the quilt in progress.
I was thrilled with the news but imagine my delight when I saw photos of "Just Doodling" and "Northern Spring" on Fiona's blog and saw the caption saying that it had got a rosette too-----looks as if maybe two of them! I was having a coffee whilst I was scrolling through and nearly swamped the keyboard with the surprise. :o)
A good surprise though-a really good start to the day. :o)
Linked to Esther's WOW

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Dress a girl around the world.


I read about this scheme in a magazine and also heard it discussed on various email groups so was delighted to find a really good use for some lengths of cotton. Using an assembly line method it took a very small amount of time to make these 13 little dresses.
Why not have a go yourself?
For more information click here: Dress a girl around the world