Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Oh, and planting seeds too, in recycled egg boxes that I can dig straight into the vege patch when the seedlings have grown.
I have been pruning roses and digging in lots and lots of mulch and compost to be well prepared for the spring. Daffodils are starting to appear and I am enveloped by the wonderful perfume of the daphne bush every time I go outside.
I have also been cutting fat quarters for a craft stall that our Creative Fibre friends are having soon and I decided to make a pear pincushion from a Heather Bailey design.
This was a bit fiddly to make, but I can't wait to make more in different colour combinations.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
It is very beautiful with Birthe's exquisite botannical paintings on alternate pages and decorative motifs using the same plants on the other pages. She has drawn and painted plants from her garden and her walks in the countryside and gives interesting snippets of information about each speciman, and encouragement on drawing and design.
Friday, July 17, 2009
I am tired, my shoulders are tense and I have a large red sore patch on my neck where my violin has been resting.
I have just watched a gigantic red removal truck carefully ascending the narrow, steep driveway of my neighbours and realise that they must have finally sold their house. It is not a nice day to be packing and relocating. They have lived there for about fifteen years ...it will be quite a change for them to move into town.
Two more rehearsals until the concert and I shall be glad when Sunday is here. Last night I looked at the faces of all my friends in the orchestra, musicians I have played with for many years and thought that everyone looked tired and tense. No one looked as if they were enjoying it immensely. I hope it will be different tonight.
I am very glad that I am not in a professional orchestra although the pay might be quite nice !
I am weary of playing the difficult passages over and over.
Time for a tea break and some knitting of cables I think.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I want to start panel four, and it will be complicated enough to dispel the music in my head and replace it with "slip 2 to the back, purl three"....and so on.
Monday, July 13, 2009
The idea with this super fine, very soft yarn is to felt the mittens once they are knitted.
I felted these using a mild wool wash and dunking them in the bathroom basin with hot water and gentle rubbing. I was a little bit cautious because I didn't want them to shrink too much and then not fit...they could probably do with a bit more felting but I will see what Mum thinks.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
When I came home I was desperate to spend time in the garden. It has been sadly neglected over the last two months and the amount that needs to be done is just a little bit overwhelming.
I made a start yesterday...replanting the strawberry bed, mulching them in with some leafy compost and fertiliser.
Today I am going to plant some stocks, poppies, polyanthus and put in the broad beans and a few sweet peas, and prepare a patch for some early potatoes.
Today I feel as if Spring is just a "sniff" away.