Archive for July, 2009


July 30th, 2009 | Other | 7 Comments

As well as getting thrushes in our garden we also get lots of squirrels. They are great fun to watch in the winter when the trees are bare and they fling themselves from branch to branch. Tony took this great photo through the kitchen window the other morning.                       […]


July 27th, 2009 | Stitcheries | 7 Comments

It’s been a good work day today. First, I found out that my workshop at the Festival of Quilts is sold out. Amazing, but true. And then I receive a message from Vintage Bess to tell me that she has very kindly included my grass embroidery in her treasury on Etsy. This is a real first […]


July 25th, 2009 | Home, Other | 5 Comments

I got a surprise parcel the other day (love those!)  and inside was George. He was greeted by a big smile, let me tell you. Tif found him and sent him to me for safe keeping. He doesn’t hear quite as well as he used to, but the other dogs are looking after him, particularly […]

Mother nature

July 23rd, 2009 | Other | 4 Comments

The boys have been enjoying (in the gruesome way only small boys can) watching the thrushes smash snails against the garden patio. And it really is an amazing thing to see in your own tiny, very suburban back garden. That is until they found this: We’re pretty sure it’s Joe’s snail not Henry’s. Joe’s okay about […]

Tears and sore fingers

July 22nd, 2009 | Patchwork and quilting | 6 Comments

                  I usually choose to hand quilt because it looks so textural and interesting (here’s a stunning vintage wholecloth example).  However, it takes forever and a day and it hurts your fingers (can’t get on with thimbles). So I find it a bit of a chore, actually. I find it helps to hand […]


July 20th, 2009 | Other | 13 Comments

It’s just a small frond of seaweed casually placed on a grey pebble, by the tide But, I don’t think I’ve ever found anything so lovely.      

Leaving Present

July 16th, 2009 | Family, Other | 6 Comments

Sadly, Joe has to say ‘goodbye’ to his lovely infant school next week.  He has had a wonderful three years there and so, we wanted to give all the staff a little something to say thank you. So, we bought them this for the staff room: I know this poster doesn’t need any introductions in blog land, […]

Sunday morning

July 12th, 2009 | Home, Other | 3 Comments

I took my camera into the back garden this morning inspired by the perfect dewdrops on my all time favourite plant. And for an all too short time it was just me and the dew and all was still Lovely.        


July 10th, 2009 | Patchwork and quilting | 5 Comments

So, as I predicted, I came into the studio this morning and immediately saw what was wrong with my Blighty quilt (it’s supposed to be called ‘a green and pleasant land’ but appears to have renamed itself) A few (much happier) hours later the quilt now looks like this:     There is still a long […]


I spent this morning drawing and cutting out sea gulls and sticking them round old Blighty. All. Morning. And, now (at 8pm) I’m not sure I even like them. So, I’ll probably spend tomorrow morning taking them all off again. I can’t do it now because I no longer trust my judgement. I’m giving up and watching TV instead. […]