Saturday, 30 June 2012
I promised myself that I would jot something down each day so that I wouldn't forget events/ chronology etc etc because as you know I like to present a pretty professional front on this here blog.......(snigger). And of course, I never got round to doing it. I take the photos and I'll just have to hope I can dredge up some commentary to go with each one!
First up, here is a photo of Bessie-Van where we have been laying our pretty little heads each night to sleep. Today she goes back to LynneK who will soon be off on her travels once more, but it has been terrific to have our beds parked at the bottom of the garden for 10 nights! From here on we will be living it up at The Red Cat Hotel, our local hostelry which hosted Krissie's birthday dinner. We are in good company here, as Jilly Cooper and her husband Leo spent their honeymoon at this very pub. (reference for middle-aged Brits only, probably!) Since then of course there have been lots of visiting rugby clubs which lowered the tone somewhat but they now have their own clubhouse (we own a couple of bricks!) so life is a bit quieter now.
The boys always love to help Poppops in the garden, Dylan when he was younger in particular, and now Fraser. Here he has built a drystone (brick) wall...yes, really/. The bare feet are because they go barefoot even to school in NZ and because Poppops hadn't noticed little bare toes and bricks together....
Jim bought Dylan a remote controlled helicopter, which actually only Dylan can get to fly properly!
Meanwhile Fraser and Nanny were indoors making the party cake. He is a superb egg-cracker.
Jim took the boys to Sandringham where they did the Yellow Route which Poppops said was the easy one and Dylan knew was NOT.....and so they got lost....but all was well and they found their way home.
So in-between showers the boys are having a good time. They've had fun with their cousins and friends and we've all sorts of things planned for next week. This week-end will be a big family lunch, and Dylan is starting his Holiday Scrapbook to be taken to school on his return home.
Not much in the textile way of things in this post - I am quilting in spare moments and am on track to finish it in time to go into Krissie's suitcase. Beccie has asked for a very special cushion - I'll make the cover and she will buy the cushion at home to save space. We've been poring over 'teenage bedroom makeovers' on Pinterest as that's what's happening when they get home; we found some great ideas.
So, more holiday news and piccies next post, but also some good news on the textile front for me. But you'll have to wait and see! Bye for now, I won't say anything about the weather as I know it's probably as bad where you are as it is here. If you live in Lincolnshire it's a whole lot worse, I am so sorry for them. Hopefully next week will see a change. xxx
Sunday, 24 June 2012
Well, apologies for nto being up to speed with reading and commenting on your blogs....but I feel I'm excused....there has been a pretty good excuse! The Kiwis arrived an hour earlier than expected and it was great! We all managed to squeeze in somehow and things are not too bad on the where-can-we-put- things front, we seem to have assimilated most of the stuff. Thank heavens for Lynne's Bessie-van (I haven't taken a photo yet, I must do that tomorrow.) which Jim calls the Gin Palace or The Passion Wagon depending on who is around! I promise you, LynneK nothing unseemly has been going on there! It is very comfortable, though and you can watch the starry sky through the window in the roof!
I did discuss having the children's photos on the blog and daughter-in-law Krissie and son Kit were fine with that. Previously I had been over-careful not to even mention family names. However I read other folks's blogs and see many of you are quite relaxed about it. So here is Fraser drawing pictures for nanny with his favourite marbles to hand.
The weather was so bad we had to keep them occupied indoors, which meant colouring, marble runs, carefully monitored amounts of time on electronic games, reading....and 3 hours at the park with Poppops in the wind and very light spitting rain.
We had a gathering of the clans on Friday as it was Krissie's birthday and all her brothers and sisters arrived at ours then we all went out for a meal at our local hostelry.
We had a lovely meal, and did lots of catching up and chatting. Jim and I left early to look after the littlest ones....yes, we have reached that stage in our lives ....it doesn't seem so long ago that OUR parents were the ones who 'sat it out' and baby-sat.
Yesterday the sun shone and we all went over to a barbeque at Krissie's brother's home. The children ran and shouted to their hearts' content and played beautifully together. Jim and I met another branch of Krissie's family and enjoyed the chat. There was the usual disaster with the Putting Together of the Barbeque which all the men pitched in with. Then Krissie's younger sister Helga broke down in their car and had to be fetched......oh the stress!! But everything turned out fine in the end.
So, we are at Day Four, which has been a very Chill Out Sunday. We all needed to catch up on some sleep and not have any other commitments to worry about. Kit Krissie and Bex are watching the England match, Dylan and Fraser are in bed....though not asleep....we have had a little boy down the stairs 4 times so far..I can't sleep! Well it is very light, the sun sets over the back of the cottage, and has been shining right into the bedroom; just about to set as I type, so hopefully he willbe dropping off soon! Bye for now, will post in anpother few days when I have some new photos to show you.
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
C'mon, let's go for a quick Garden Tour. It'll be quick as it's not large, as gardens go, but a bit bigger than Natalia's balcony!
I brought the basil indoors to recouperate, and I must say it is looking a lot better now. SOMETHING has been enjoying it!
That was his granddad's rocking chair. Yes, it does need dusting. No, I'm not going to do it. Oh, and that used to be my wardrobe, we bought it in a junk shop in Wymondham, with my friend Sue K. - do you remember Sue, about......oooh, 25 years ago!!!!
So there we are - back at the beginning again. Like I sadi, it's not a huge place, our garden, but at the moment it's not looking half bad.I think it may be due to take a battering as The Kiwis have arrived!
Yes, Number Two Son and is family arrived at 4pm today. They struggled manfully with tiredness, and managed to unwrap birthday presents, eat some supper and have a good chat, but in the end they were almost asleep on their feet. Children upsatirs and asleep by 7pm and Kand K went up at 8pm. J and I will be sleeping tonight in Bessie-van, on loan from fellow Stitch&Bitch-er Lynne which will be a HUGE help. Lots planned, including a birthday tea tomorrow, big family gathering for daughter-in-law K's birthday dinner on Friday....ooooh allsorts going on. However I shall be taking loads of photos and keeping you posted. And I WILL finish that quilt for K!
PS Have just seen my 'Guest Blog' on Handmade Harbour blog - check it out!
Monday, 18 June 2012
Yvonne and I were allocated space to the right of the altar, which included the old anchor which is dropping rust all over the place. I hadn't realised how HUGE this is, and it provided a good resting place for Gloria...she looks almost like a figure-head, doesn't she?
Gloria was made in felt and felted wool at a Madeline Millington workshop a few years ago. Obviously this is one of Madeline's designs, so she is not for sale..though I have had several offers for her...but I love working with wool and have been creating some designs of my own.
Yvonne made Rosie from recycled sweet papers....Roses, of course, and 'found' fabric. Despite the theme of being a 'second-hand-rose', it wasn't until she had finished setting up that Yvonne realised the wings were covered in a rose design, although you can't see in the photo because of reflected glimmer. Of course, all the spectators assumed it was meant to be!
There were hand-crafted angels from a variety of 81 local businesses, clubs and societies. Yvonne and I were demonstrating crafts on the the Saturday, there were also a few stalls with pottery, picture framing and woven willow angels. Not to mention the refreshment tables!
You had no idea Yvonne was musical, did you? Or angelic......
Yvonne was standing on tip-toe for this shot which is why she is looking so....uplifted! And I think the Restoration Committee will be feeling uplifted this morning as there were around 2,000 visitors over the two days. Hopefully this will go a long way to providing those much needed funds. We were amazed at the numbers through the gate, and both Yvonne and I met up with dozens and dozens of folk we knew from our various 'lives' - neighbours, friends, old colleagues, ex patients/clients, fellow textile lovers; we kept trying to find a quiet time to eat our sandwiches but the stream of visitors never stopped. A Celestial Success, I'd say!
Tuesday, 12 June 2012
Well, perhaps not strictly a 'textile' jaunt, as no actual cloth was involved. However, there is a link - bear with me!
One of the great things I've found since starting to blog, is the connection I've made with other bloggers. Often it's just a case of regular reciprocal commenting on each other's blogs, which may be merely a sentence or two, or a more robust joining in the debate. Sometimes you find you really click with someone; you discover you have things in common beyond fabric, and 'off-blog' communications happen. Now, I'm not suggesting that because someone comments on your blog they become your 'next new-best-friend', however it is a great way to make that initial conatct with someone with whom you have interests in common.
One such blogger is Cathy at Potter Jotter. She and I have been chatting for a while now 'off-blog' and I asked if we could meet up in order for me to write up a Textile Jaunt about her. The (fairly tenuous) textile connection is that Cathy adds patchwork decoration to many of her pottery pieces. I had already checked out her website and had my eye on her stem vases.
Yesterday I cheered myself up immensley despite the pouring rain by driving across county to Cathy's home and feasted my eyes on her pots. It was a very relaxed meeting, we hit it off from the start (is it becos we is Northerners??) .
We started by inspecting the kiln, which looked like a large spin dryer to me - Cathy is desperate for a larger one as her business is rapidly outgrowing this one.Then we came back into the 'pottery' which is actually the ex-study; Cathy does not 'throw' her pots, but creates them by the 'slab' method, hence she has no need of a wheel and buckets of damp clay , she can keep the whole process at a small domestic level. As she says, she has a life! As well as selling direct to the public via her website, Cathy has contracts with several National Trust shops and Anglesey Abbey, and several outlets in Norwich. I was able to photograph some items which were waiting collection.
A group of ladies in the village have initiated a Sunflower Project and asked Cathy whether she could come up with sunflower related items. Of course she could.
Oh, and talking of sunflowers, Cathy was able to give me some really easy solutions to getting the image for my own Sunshine Award onto my blog - result, eh?
My lack of photographic expertise lets me down here somewhat, but I hope these shots give you an idea of Cathy's work. I love it! Paradoxically, Cathy admits she knows next to nothing about patchwork and quilting, though she dreams of one day having time to sit down and stitch one for herself. Wait til retirement, Cathy, bags of time then - NOT!
The time sped past but eventually I had to leave, in order to get home in time for Mollie practice....see what I mean about time, and not having any! However I 'll be back next month in order to pick up a couple of small packages......I'll tell you all about it then. Thanks so much for having me over, Cathy, great to actually meet you, and pleased we both 'passed the test'! Hope you've all enjoyed this Jaunt, see you next time.