Tuesday, 25 September 2012

We can all do with a little help

A little help is what we got! 2 boys came over to help grandad and I move some bark (not Ollie) from the front to the back garden. Oh did they have fun and did not want to stop.Alfie hands on hips 5 going on 55 supervised when needed ,just to make sure grandad was doing it right. This is the side that just needs a little tlc. The other side is the new bit , but photos do not show just how much is in there in fact it looks a little empty.
Of course the wigwam was temporary -shows how much I am out of date apparently it is not a wigwam it is a hobbits house! This border will look so much better next year.
The leaves on this are green during the winter but at this time of year are a bright scarlet colour the flower in the middle is pink which turns white then to turquoise blue with a yellow middle. Certainly different.
Since this was taken the gingers at the back have started to flower and we have screened the wall with bamboo screening and put a redundant water feature in between the bamboo and the gingers. Will show you again later when all are a little more established.
Sorry about the photography will get a man that can ,to take some better ones.

We did have a lovely day and at lunchtime we went to the pub opposite and sat and had lunch. Scuse the photo of the woman with the new haircut ,not sure if I like it or not yet. Seem strange after having it longer for a while.
Then we went home and the boys carried on moving bark until 4 pm.
Just love this one of Alfie, there must be a caption for this one don't you think.?


Well enough of the gardening . I have finished Caitlins damask shawl .I expect she will be over for it soon.I did have a bit of a time with it and like the first one I did say damn and blast more than once. Just hope it gets washed carefully ,or I can see it becoming a dollies shawl.
Here it is sitting on my new bench, well I had to have a new bench to sit and admire the new border.
Not very good pics sorry,


This is the latest shawl,another holdenette in Autumn shades. I am also going to attempt some fingerless gloves so I sent for some more wool and also to do a shawl for the Dear Mother in law for Christmas. Not sure if the colours appear right in the photos .Twill give you some idea though.
This is for the gloves to go with the shawl and here is Mils shawl to be.
So shall have to go find my stitching head and see if I can do some to show you next week.i am finding it a chore at the moment to stitch which will never do. The cottage in Daisy Lane is almost there, just have to do a bit of roofing then I can start on the fence and "twiddly" bits. My sal with Sally , she is a dear as when I see a post from her she gets me all fired up again,is going very very slowly .I think its the colouring I do not like. I am also as I said trying to read a few more books but this one is a very very long one that I am reading . It is Fall of Giants by Ken Follet , I ordered it for my Kindle and I am about 30% through it. The sequel has just been released and I have got it in hardback for Martin. Not sure if I will read that ,as it is another whopper. This coming weekend we have our Autumn exchange to open and I shall be able to show you next time. So at least you will have some stitching to see. Ollie news now and it is not good. There is no cure for his foot condition, we took him 40 miles to see a skin specialist vet ,and after 2 hours of consulting he said the only thing he could suggest, if it was really distressing the dog was surgery ,fusing his toes together . He said he had not seen this condition so bad in his 20 years of practising. It is caused by the hair growing into his feet rather than out. I was going to suggest hair removing cream but thought it sounded a bit flippant. Poor old dog ,but it only worries him when the are ready to burst and within an hour or so he is fine. So we  just have to try and keep any infection under control by shampooing his feet after his last walk of the day.Not walking him on roads and pavements just fields and beach. So I took this pic of him in his chair sulking.
So all my news you have this week, oh I did have a giftie surprise from my Julie friend today a holiday souvenir a tea towel from Scarborough, she said it was for Martin and I to share! Well I usually get the wiping part and he does the washing,so it is mine! Also you that have dishwashers, beware !as Julie said a quote from her hubbys dad is,those that wash up together, stay together. Well we have been together a while now so maybe there is something in it. Now going to leave you with a pic of the flowers my Dh gave me last weekend , arent they something.
Please excuse the clutter here there and everywhere ,just thought you might like a touch of sunshine whilst the rain is hammering down-just started again. Thanks so much for leaving comments my friends and followers ,will try for a few stitches this week. Need a bit of encouragement I think. So to you all take great care and I hope to be back with you again soon. Hugs n stuff Barb x

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Sorry I have kept you waiting.......

The cameras in the house have been travelling so I had to wait for their return to be able to give you a catch up. You may wonder where they have been , well Graeme borrowed them to take to Philadelphia and New York. So they have been some distance away. Graeme ,Sue and Ella had a wonderful holiday , they stayed with some friends who emigrated a couple of years ago and then went on to New York for a week in a hotel. Sue said they were really hot on security and she was asked lots of questions before being allowed in to the country. Now they are back to work, school and reality. They came down at the weekend to return the borrowed bits and bobs and brought me a little bit of America and at this time of year it had to be a pumpkin.
Whilst they have been away we have had a garden designer who specialises in exotic plants, putting our garden to rights,he has been working like a trojan, our big border out in the back garden had almost reverted back to the wild, with our holly tree which was 10 ft tall being covered in brambles. In fact all that border had been taken over and was really looking neglected and uncared for. I am not able to garden anymore and although Martin knew it needed doing he found it beyond him to tackle it. Anyway Dale came and had a look and now in 2 weeks we almost have a fabulous (well I think so) border.We have bamboos and ginger plants and a banana oh lots to look forward to . He supplied all the plants and it has membrane down, the Bark comes on Friday so next time I will let you see what WE have been up to. Well I did have to make numerous cups of tea and iced drinks when it was hot. It is small world ,as I found his wife used to do my hair about 17 years ago, she left to have her babies and they moved to Cambridge. They decided to come back to Weymouth and he started his own Coastal Garden company. So now I have a brand new haircut as I have not been able to use my hairdresser as it is upstairs and I cannot do stairs. Kirsten said she would come in after work and do it for me,she works as a teaching assistant at the local secondary college dealing with children with Aspergers. Sorry rambling here aren't I. I am sure you want to hear about stitching etc don't you. Well not a lot being done really. Think I am losing the will here. I did do another cushion for the berries and birds basket, Sally and I have decided to have a little break from Shepherds Bush this year and do Blackbird designs. I do find I am missing the muted colours and delicateness (is that a word) of SB designs maybe I will have to sneak one in here and there. Anyway here is my first Blackbird on a Monday with Sally done.
I changed the colours that were used on the chart and had added a few beads to the birds beak. This week I am did a little more on a ufo that I found in the box of abandonment ,it is a Blackbird Loose Feather Design ,Beyond my Heart.
You will have to excuse the crumpled and folds in the fabric will press it next week.I am wondering if I could be a cheat and use it on Julies UFO night too on Needlecraft Haven then I needn't get Quaker Diamonds out until later. Talking of my friend Julie I sent her this ,this week , I had ordered it for myself as I have all the BP books and could not resist this to add to the collection. I know Julie likes Peter and BP too so I sent it along for her and to read to her dear little grandaughter Izzie.
Peter does seem to get himself into trouble . The other two I liked the sound of the write up so those went into the basket too. I have ordered a few others but they have not arrived yet . Hairy Bikers diet book , (well one can hope) a book on Bamboos which we borrowed from Dale and thought it might be useful to have and a Katherine Webb book that I cannot remember the title of. I have been reading lately and would like to get to 40 books this year but I have a way to go yet. Tonight it is the start of the second week in the parlour of the little house in the Country - so if you would like to join us there then come along to Needlecraft Haven and sit in the parlour with us and stitch whenever you like during the week. If you can I would love a pic from you each week and we will see which designer of LHN, CCN,or the Sampler girl you choose. Last week after the summer break we had our first meeting and I am looking forward to seeing what everyone has stitched this last week, it is not a race, as much or as little as you please just has to be one of the three designers. Here is my choice for the first piece. It is a LHN design called Daisy Lane Cottage . Not a lot done but will do a little more this evening.
I also sent for this little booklet and it is lovely , la d da designs a plenty.
I have more (only a little) stash coming from the US the last wordplay design September ,then all I have to do is stitch them ,also the LHN Its snow cold ornie chart. I am sorely tempted by The Primitive Hare Brooms for Sale ,but trying not to fall in the pit that is calling my name and telling me I really need it!!! Well only one thing left to show you which is Martins latest creation.
So looking forward to Strictly and Downton so maybe more stitching will get done. Take care all and hope not to be so long next time in posting. Hugs and stuff Barb.