Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Not such a quick stitch then!

I mentioned in my last post that this would be a quick stitch.
Wrong!
I'm still not stitching as much as I used to.
And I spotted a mistake and had to rip, rip, rip it out!
Not all of it, just most of the middle section of wing.
The ripping took almost as long as the stitching.
Oh dear, never mind, it's the journey that counts, not getting there fast.
Lindsay was spot on with her suggestion that it may be the dragonfly, by Sparklies.
You can't really see it in my pictures, but the fabric I'm stitching on has the prettiest sparkles all through it.
I think I have resolved to do another letter in the alphabet after I finish this piece, then I have another larger project lined up. It's chart is spread over several pages, so maybe if I'm disciplined with myself I can alternate between the two for a while.
Ha! as all crafters know, plans can and do often change!
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Work in the garden has slowed considerably.
Though I do seem to be spending quite a bit of time with a rake in my hands.
Leaves on the lawn is not good, especially if we get a bit of rain.
And there seems to be a plentiful supply of both at the moment.
I think I need to build a compost area.
Tony disagrees!
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A day off work today, but I'm trapped at home awaiting a delivery.
I saved a few jobs knowing this was due to happen.
Then I'll stitch.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

I sewed!

Can you tell what it is yet?
LOL
It will be a quick stitch, but thats ok, it will keep me going while I ponder what to do next.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

More garden doings.

Tony has been working hard in the garden the last couple of weeks. I didn't get a true before picture.
But on the first image, you get an idea, that flattened earth by the green house door was just that, earth and crusher dust and lots of weeds. Tony worked hard to get rid of the weeds and level it all off.
He did a great job.
 This week after watching a 'how to' on you tube he laid the paving.
The grey pavers we have collected together, they were lying about the property, the previous owners must have had a few too many.
We couldn't get more grey, but did find the lovely orange/red ones in the garden centre.
On special as they are end of line!
While Tony was working, the wind was getting up and this tree tested his patience. 
 As fast as he was removing leaves from the prepared surface, more were blowing in!
Cute pattern though.
As the edge between the lawn and the base of the green house is not only much slimmer than a single paving stone and also narrows to one end, we have opted to line the ditch with some weed suppressing membrane and pile cobble stones in there. We'll do the same along the other side too.
At the other end of the green house (Sorry forgot to take a picture) We need to do some more work, before we pave it and put in a water collector.
Gotta go, house filling with guests.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Come for a walk?

 It's been a while since I took you along for a walk.
As you know, I love to walk in the scenic reserve.
It is so pretty in there. The day I took the camera along was lovely and warm, the sun was shining and there wasn't a cloud in the sky.
 The birds were singing and the crickets were chirping. 
Sometimes I find huge pine cones on the ground, but not this time, they were all up in the trees.
I also see toadstools, loads of toadstools. And lots of different varieties too.
Some trees are ever green, some are still green and others are bare.
But there are some trees that have beautiful autumn colours.
 I love to see the reds and golds.
 The road is kept clear of leaves, but the trackways and areas along the road are carpeted in crisp autumn leaves.
 Love the dry autumn we're having. Much nicer than the wet soggy autumns I remember in the UK.
Of course the cooler autumn evenings meant that we have on occasion turned the heating on.
And that needs to be inspected.
At one point I thought she was going to try to get inside the thing!
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I do have garden news, but will save that for another day.