Monday, 22 June 2015

If you have a minute or two I have places to show you and things to see......

Hello my dear blogging friends, firstly may I thank those who left comments last time and for those new followers I see  I am so pleased to "meet "you. I have actually made myself some time to share my coming and goings with you and I hope you are suitably settled with a cup of whatever,I will warn you there maybe lots of pictures. So I will start where I left you last time with a glimpse of the water nymph at Pallington Lakes Sculpture Park. It was not  a warm day like the last time we were here but it was fine and we had the added bonus of this to shelter in or even light the woodburner if it got really cold.
The Riverkeepers hut, everywhere is really well constucted and all so clean and up market, Even the loos had dyson driers for your hands and granite tops.Would you like to see inside the hut, This is the far end . 
The shelf above the window ,held books on birds etc and playing cards and games. I loved the ceiling.

I forgot to take a pic of the other end dur, However it was imaculately furnished with 2 easy chairs and a woodburning stove. Blankets and throws on the chairs for use if need arose, The view of the river from outside ,we were hoping to see a dipper, I need to see one of those before I die. So hope I do not go anywhere just yet. You have guessed we did not see a dipper.
This person was looking at us through the trees,
We took a picnic and enjoyed that before setting off around the lakes and sculptures. We must have been here about the same time last year as the daisies were in flower again.Stretching into the distance.

Both sides of the pathway ,just a delight . At the end of the walkway was this.
So time for another cup of tea here.
No children or dogs allowed here and they only allow a max of 40 people a day. So very peaceful and so good just to breathe in tranquility. Lots of sculptures too many to show you here and acres to wander round. As I said lots of seating areas and all done to a very high standard. 
It was a Grand Day out! Of course it was made possible by Graeme and Sue as it was their Christmas Present to us. They have given us another day out for Martins 70th which is a trip to Southampton on the train and 2 tickets to see The Jersey Boys, as they play the Four Seasons music I am sure it will be wonderful. Kate and Iain paid half too.. They have paid for the complete package but I have to wait until August. Kate went to see them in Manchester and said it was brilliant. They are looking after Ollie for the day. Talking of said dog, here he is under the apple tree last week in the sunshine.

I was sitting in the summer house and he often lays opposite or on the step . Talking of the summer house do you like our new additions to it. We  saw these last week and they tweeted they would like to live in our garden.
The little blue bird was a gift from Michelle for my birthday and I though he looked quite sweet above the clock. The additions were the 2 bird pics , We have been really lucky with birds visiting us this year, I have to fill all 4 feeders every day. Talking of gardens ,birds etc , I finished my ufo with Miss Julie over at Needlecraft Haven and when I had finished it I knew just who should have it , My friend across the border in Devon ,June aka Butterfly Wings had a birthday and although I missed the day I sent this as an unbirthday present. So pleased I heard in an e mail She loved it. Do you want to see? .

I must admit I found it hard to part with, but to me it said June, she loves her garden and with all the sweet creatures etc on it ,it could not stay here. Here is the little cage  on the top left.



Sorry not good at taking close ups they go all blurry.I love the little ladybird on the leaf on the right hand side and all the little bees etc. I backed it with Rose fabric and found a little block saying Today is a good day.
I made myself a little scissor fob , Stitched over one on 32 count fabric Daybreak that Sally gifted me. The design is by The Little Stitcher and is called The little brown bird. 
I must be having a bird moment! Not mentioned sheep at all this time, there is one coming of course. A couple of years ago for my birthday Christine sent me a little kit to knit , It is called Heather and is a kit from Madebyewe. Anyway I was rooting through a bag looking for something else when I found the kit, So this last weekend the knitting  needles were found for this, That is what I was looking for, knitting needles, would you believe it I have "Lost" a fabric bag that I keep all my needles in and my mums that I inherited , so quite a lot of needles, Anyway it has disappeared into the cupboard of abandonment never to be seen again. So I played making a strange looking sheep called Heather.Thanks again Christine ,I bet you wondered if I ever did knit her ,well here she is, I had not realised that the place that supplies her is Broadwindsor craft centre ,which is not so far from us and I have been there often . For anyone who wants one she does online orders,just search for madebyewe.

Her jacket was a little large. Made out of all British Wool and even real fleece for the stuffing. However this is what I was going knit with the needles I could not find. 
So I sent for yet more needles to add to the ones I have not found and last night Sunday I started her head, she is not going to be a grey bunny though . My friend has just had a new grandaughter named Lily so I thought this could be Lily the pink like her and will be a little present if she looks anything like this when finished.
I seem to be rambling on yet again, I better show you wips and then call it a day.Or perhaps not !! Although a rather gruesome find on the beach I will share with you.We walked Ollie to his usual beach just after the rather windy weather we had recently and washed up on the shoreline were these.
EEEEW!! Jelly fish by the hundreds. Martin put his size 9s next to one and you can see how big it is. They do sting but not as bad as some , I did not realise that they can sting even if they are dead. They have all gone now but it was a strange sight and all out at sea you could see the sun glinting off them,Ollie did NOT go swimming that night. He stayed in the fields where it was much prettier.
The skylarks are in fine voice now and we get swooped on by swallows and swifts. We took a visit over to Portland on Thursday last and it was a beautiful day . We are so lucky to live where we do.
My childhood home about 6 miles from where we live now and I will maybe take you there again next time. Meanwhile stitching continues on Mondays  (tonight) with Sally and Hallowe'en stitching, In the Parlour with my maids on Wednesday. Shepherds night with Sheep on Thursday with Sally and Friday Christmas ornaments again with Sally. I will have to find another ufo to stitch with Julie.at the weekend. I will update you on all things crafty next week. Hope you have enjoyed the toing and froing and I will leave you with a few flowers I have on my table ,picked from the garden.
Enjoy your week and like me just keep rambling lol.
Hugs 
Barb,

Sunday, 14 June 2015

My Goodness me, it is now Blooming June , everything in the garden is lovely.

I think I must start with an apology to any of you who wonder where I have been, not far, just very busy I am wondering if June will go a little slower so I can play catch up.As you can see by the header June has brought my rose bed into flower and the smell is simply gorgeous. Julie my dear friend who has just finished Irish Garden which is simply stunning ,take a look at her blog anyway she said the front garden had probably changed since her visit,so just for you Miss Julie the front garden.
This was taken in May so it has all grown a lot since, but gives you some idea. Talking of May I think I had better show you my finished girl. At last!!!
The back looks like this, rather a plain finish this time, but she looks rather sweet I think.
I thought I may hang this one ,when May comes round again. I have not started June yet, so I am not giving myself deadlines on these I shall do them as and when I feel like it,sounds like a plan.!
We have had major celebrations both last and this month. On the 18th of May my mother in law had her 90th birthday and of course photos had to be taken so I could make her this for her to remember the day by,
Her favourite colour is all purple shades and she collects in their (probably hundreds) of teddy bears. I will not bore you with all the photos that would take all day ,but I will show you a few of my children and their children.
Now who is who, well Mum is in the middle , Kate dd is on her right of the pic and son in law Iain.
Graeme ds is on the left and his cousin Louise in the middle ,next to mum is daughter in law Sue.
The pic at the top is her with her grandchildren.



These are her great grandchildren, Kates brood. Under neath is them again with Ella , and Willow who is so cute and belongs to Charlie on the right. 
The top pic is me and Martin with her.  Underneath is Kate Iain and Charlie who is her cousin and was their pageboy. Just one or two more and then I will go onto something else. 
This is Graeme our son and Sue with the cake they made , Sue made the cake and Graeme iced and made the sugar flowers. The flowers I did are behind.
3 cousins , Ella ,Callie and Caitlin. underneath Jack and his girlfriend Katie. So now you have met some of the family. It was a lovely day, at the Upwey Wishing Well and a lovely cream tea with all the family. Mum was a bit overwhelmed by it all ,as it was a complete surprise. So you can see why I have been missing. Also in May was an exhibition of The year of the sheep and the members of Royal manor Workshops of which Martin is chairman put on a show of all things sheep and a few other subjects too. 
My knitting bag is at the front and oh I love those rag sheep , The one sitting at the top took my eye, I think I need one!!!
My Shepherds Bush Afghan took part too,I also hope you do not mind but some of the sheep items you have made me took part too. I put my name on them as it was easier, but if you spot some of the things you have made me well a round of applause for you too as it helped put on the show.
The little woolly jumpers were so cute.and how about these for a flock.

One lady did a piece of tatting and it certainly had the WOW factor.
It is the piece on the black fabric. I put my sheep virtues in and the woolgatherer too but better maybe leave those for another day, In the quilt room though was this . 


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Martin bought me the picture of the gloomy sheep and it now hangs in the hall.
The one on the left. Martin put some of his sheep in too.

He put them on a light box so people could see them properly. There was a lot more than I have shown you and such talented people out there. 
Just one more sheep, a button one , I think I may have a go at this one.So cute.
Alfie our youngest grandchild who is 8 had to make a shield for a school project. He was going to a iron age fortification called Maiden Castle which is an earthworks just outside Dorchester. He wanted to be a  Celt \(only 2 of them had celtic designs) the rest were romans, So he did not stand a chance really lol. Any way here he is with Grandad helping , or was it the other way round. And the finished article with its proud owner.

So what else happened in May, well Kate our daughter had a birthday and here is the card I made her , thought you  would like to see. 
She loved it.  I have not forgotten my stitching although now you can understand why it has taken a back seat . I have been stitching with Sally on my Hallowe'en cubes and have just started W. 
The cauldron is black not blue ,


 I am really enjoying stitching these, putting together may be a different story. I have finished at last the Elves that are part of the Country Cottage Needleworks Christmas Ornaments again I have been Stitching with my dear friend Sally. 
Now we have started on the next one and already I am liking this a lot.
I have finished the church this  week ,wonder how Sally got on.Not much to show on my BIG Shepherds Bush ,something had to give and it was that. I have finished my ufo with Miss Julie though .I cannot show it to you as I have yet to decide if it is to be a gift . I think it just may be . 
All these birthdays  and another celebration last week . My husband reached three score and ten on the 5th and here is a pic of him on his birthday.We went to Pallington lakes the day after his birthday and had the use of a Shepherds Hut that was named The River-keepers Hut as it was right by the river.I will show you more of that later \(a second installment\).I think I had better call it a blog post now , so until next time , quicker than this maybe lol. I leave you with the pic of himself on his birthday , a man so very dear to me. Take care all and keeeeep crafting whatever it may be.,

A taster of what is to come.

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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Where has the sunshine gone ?

Hello my blogging friends, after a glorious month of sunshine , we now have grey skies with the rain at times . The garden /jungle is loving the weather and is all thriving. I have taken some pics to show you as it is such a transformation to the one we planted just 3 years ago. I do have stitching to let you see and a finish and a giveway I won.
So where do I start, the stitching I think this time then if you aren't interested in the garden you can skip it. . I was so lucky to win a giveaway , I am not usually very lucky, but I only enter the ones I see that I really would like to stitch and not just for the sake of it. Anyway I saw this on Carins stitching blog and just had to enter. Well it is a sheep after all.
These are the new colours from Classic Colorworks, Not only did Carin send me this she also sent me this lovely pincushion.
I love this running hare and scissors and the little patch of the backing on the front. Thankyou Carin if you read this , I downloaded the link so I could stitch this for myself not realising that I would get the finished article . So lucky I am.  I did offer to give her cute little witch Brumhelda a holiday but Carin needed her to help with her quilting.
I also had some new stash come this week,as if I need more , ho hum . Anyway I could not resist these two and I have ordered 2 more which will be coming soon I expect. I ordered this new one from Blackbird designs, My Pink Rose,
I already have the fabric for this, so I only had to order the threads. Next I saw this and had to have it.
When it will get stitched is anybodys guess but I liked it.
Again have the fabric just had to get the threads. They look very similar to the Blackbird designs colours.I do like this colourway. Have you realised yet they are not sheep!!. I will be showing you my sheep fix for this time later , as I have to have at least one sheep in each blog post.
This was my finish for this week , Christmas Cookies my Friday evening SAL with Sally, I finished it on Friday and made it up yesterday. 
I used some bakers twine to edge it with. Now for progress reports. Sunday is the Blackbird Designs Sal with Tracy over at Needlecraft Haven and as you know I was in two minds whether to carry on with the one I had chosen as I have had 2 failed attempts ,one with frogs and the other had to go in the bin. So if it does not work this time ,3rd time lucky I will be choosing something else.I decided to fill the house as I go, rather than doing windows and outlines first.
The fabric looks lighter than it is,it is called Iced Coffee. Then tomorrow it is Sally and my spooky night. I have the ghost finished on the 3rd Cube, this is by The Primitive Hare. I am undecided ,should I finish them as I go or wait until all 9 are done. Scarey stuff indeed. 

Again fabric darker than this and he looks a bit like Caspar the friendly ghost. He has to have a broom and the letter L so maybe he will be finished by next time.On Tuesdays I stitch the Calendar girls (sorry if you  are getting this each time ,but there may be some new people reading this, if so hello to you and welcome ,) 
I am stitching May but it  is only just around the corner, so I do not think it will be ready until the middle of May. 
Sorry, not a lot to show really ,but at least you can see I do make progress between one post and the next. I also had some fabric to finish these with come this week but I won't show you that until they are made. Wednesdays I am in the parlour ,eating cake ,I am allowed in here as is virtual. I am stitching the Neighbourhood Friends from LHN. This was a pattern that was designed by Lhn and all proceeds were given to animal charities which you could choose where it went. I chose the Golden Retriever one as as you know Goldies are very close to my heart. This is how far I have got and now I start the second side.
I hope to make this into a lead and collar holder for Ollie. We are a bit sad today, he has a very dear to him friend, name of Zac, He has met Ollie in the fields for many years along with his owners and 2 other dogs. Zac was a goldie too and he and Ollie were great buddies with much kissing and playing going on. However today when he got to the field he put his nose in the air to see where Zac was and did not immediately take off to find him. ,Martin met the owner a bit further on with the 2 other dogs. He said Ollie was looking for Zac ,but he has gone to the Rainbow bridge to wait for him. He had gone for a walk last Wednesday got 50 yards into the fields and collapsed. His owner rushed him to the vets only to find he had a massive tumour and nothing could be done. He was an old dog 14 ,and at the last was doing what he loved to do, so at least for him it was quick. He had got thin and we did wonder. Ollie was completely bereft,even the owner commented on it, I think  every year is precious now as he is 12. Anyway this will be a tribute to all his dog walking friends that he meets, although Zac was special. 
On Thursday I have started the big Shepherds Bush design I have had in my stash for many years The Earth Gatherers ,so I am not rushing it just like the designs themselves they just call for slow and unhurried and are so worth it in the end .This will be my third gatherer.
She  only has a hand and an arm but you get the idea.

Lots of open space to be filled on this one. Sally is going to be starting SB The Fold . That brings us to Friday and another new start next week. Saturday is my UFO night with Julie and Mr Stick , cannot show you that though .
So my friends that is the stitching bit done. 
Martin has been busy and here are my sheep fixes one blind sheep with no legs yet and one finished.

Reminds me of Shirley in Shaun the Sheep lol. We have not been on any travels for you to share this time as most of our spare time has been taken up with this.,
Decorating yuk. Everywhere seems to be in turmoil and its only hall stairs and landing. We are doing it white or sail white as it is called , black framed pics will be hung on here along with the big mirror. We still have the Bathroom to do and loo. I say that in the Royal sense you understand. While the man of the house is wielding a paintbrush I am confined to barracks no outings.
We did have our usual shopping trip to the supermarket and I picked up these ,they really were WOW! look at those, in fact a lady stopped us an asked where we had got them . Her daughter had been asked to get her some from up country as she had not seen them in our store. Hee hee got there first and there were only 2 on the shelf. 
In the summer house they look just perfect.
They remind me of crewel work I did many years ago,now I wonder where that went,
The summer house has had its spring clean and I have been able to sit out there a couple of afternoons. The garden though is growing madly.Here is the view from just above the summer house.

This one is just below.
One taken looking toward the house.
Don't look too close as there are weeds. I did not take any of the front garden maybe next time, . While we were shopping on Friday for sunflower hearts for the birds at our local garden centre, we saw this and I was treated to it. It is now planted along with some foxgloves that went in the shady part of the garden. 

It is not as pink as this more like a peach colour. it is called a Cornus. I love my garden and although I miss lots of flowers I do not miss the work of having to prick seedlings out etc etc. We have so many heights and shades of green in different forms it all works. We do have a tulip tree at the bottom of the garden , it was unsuccessfully trying to grow in a pot so when we were having the garden revamped we decided to stick it out of the way somewhere where it could take its chance in the garden. Well it certainly liked the move as it has lots of flowers this year.


This petite little flower is right down the bottom and is called The Pagoda flower , it does not last very long but it is very pretty.
A clump of blue.

And this acer  is a lovely colour too.Although it looks a bit washed out in this photo.
So there you have it a trip of sorts around our back garden. Please leave a comment if you have a moment I come back often to see if I have one or two, Thanks to all of you out there that are kind to this woman who waffles on about nothing in particular and is so happy to have you as "Friends"
Take care and keep safe,
Hugs from Barb.