Monday, 19 October 2015

I sewed!!

As I mentioned in previous posts, I have been making a little time to work on Sleeping Beauty.
Progress is slow, but satisfying. I think I'm almost at the half way point now. :-)
 Lots and lots of time is spent out in the garden. We have been working hard out there.
Like my cross stitch, it is slow progress, with a looooong way to go.
I have harvested my first crop of broccoli and have more planted, along with loads of other things.
The second veg bed is built and I have half of that planted and more seedlings are coming along.
I've harvested beets grown over winter in the green house and twice have taken lettuce leaves.
There will be more of those tonight.
Back to the sewing.
Saturday was a wet and stormy day.
We don't seem to get many of those, so I made the most of it and spent some time in my play room.
I cut and added the thin inner border to my Christmas Story quilt.
 Next I cut and sewed together the pieced outer border, before fusing the applique pieces into place.
I cheated a little when it came to the medallions, by fussy cutting them from a piece of Christmas fabric.
 I even found time to make a start of the blanket stitch.
Maybe I'll have time to do more of that today.
With the Christmas Story being so close to a finish, I have started to dream about what might be next.
I pulled out a beautiful batik kit that Tony bought for me, lots of tiny pieces waiting to be appliqued into place, that would be fun to do. But I think something quick and easy first. 

Monday, 12 October 2015

Men at work.....

Need close attention!
Belle has been watching very closely as the guys are re-glazing house.
She has followed their every move.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Changing of the guard.

It really was only a short time ago that I made this blog post about my long awaited quilt hanger.
But, as spring has most definitely sprung here.
I decided it was time for a change.

This quilt was made from a kit many years ago.
There are things I would do differently now and indeed since hanging it, I have started to plan some maintenance for it.
But for now, it is a beautiful summery greeting for anyone coming through my front door. 
I have been finding/making time to do a little cross stitch, but most of my spare time at the moment has been spent out in the garden.
Remember the cherry tree I showed in my last post?
For the last few days working under that has been wonderful. It keeps me shaded from the hot sun and, it is a great attraction for honey bees.
There are so many of them, and so much busy buzzing you could be mistaken for believing you were very close to a hive.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Tilt your head to the right side please!

Before I start, two apologies.
It's been a while, I know, but as you will see here, I have been rather busy elsewhere.
And secondly.
 He took some of the following pictures and saved them, try as I might, I cannot get them to sit up nicely. Hence the need to tip your head to the right. 
It was a public holiday here in South Canterbury New Zealand yesterday. (Monday)
So the weekend was go, go, go in the garden.
I had a good tidy up and pulled plenty of weeds.
 And got to get up close and personal with some wonderful flora.
I love the Helebores or winter roses.
I knew them as Christmas roses back on the Isle of Man as they flower at midwinter/Christmas time.
 My crop of brassicas that have been in all winter are now starting to produce.
 My broccoli are tennis ball sized.
No sign of a tennis ball in the Cauliflower though.
And would you just look at this cherry tree.
Now for the sideways photos!
After the weeding it was time for planting.
In went the lemon tree.
 I have spent almost a year digging over and weeding this patch in preparation for planting. I was hoping to have some raised beds, but got impatient, so made up these little plots with timber reclaimed from another cleared area.
On Monday I finally put in plants.
Leeks, Spring onions, cauli, broccoli, beetroot and spinach.
 Another small bed will be going in this coming weekend, to the left of it. (Or the top in this picture!!)
Plenty of room for some tomatoes against the fence, some beans and some squash.
I'm really looking forward to harvesting my own home grown vegges.
 The planting trend continued in the greenhouse.
The beets at the end have been there all winter, in fact we harvested some yesterday and ate them with dinner. The flavour was not as strong as I expected. We were told today that beets grown in a green house are not as nice as those grown out doors.
Newly planted are tomatoes, capsicums, chillis, basil and a second batch of spring onions.
While I was pulling weeds, and putting in veggie plots, he was destroying.
There was a ratty old pergola here and a raised bed.
Now they are both gone. His next task will be to take out an old wooden arch and another small raised bed, in preparation for removing this daisy, dandelion and weed patch er turf and laying a lovely new lawn.
We're getting there!
One day we will have a lovely garden.
I'm discovering lots of new growth popping up all over the place, some of it I recognise and some is new to me. I'll share pictures as we move through the year.
Crafty wise I have been doing a little cross stitch, but not much else.
I have threads to bury on the white quilt I was using as a practice piece in my frame, before I practice on it some more.
I have plans and ideas and of course the Christmas quilt is still whispering to me......
I gifted the caramel stars quilt to a colleague.
She likes it and wondered how she would keep her dogs off it!
Time to go sit with my cross stitch.