Friday 9 September 2011

A taste of things to come, and those that are already!

Well it is forecast for high winds and rain again this weekend, so more rough seas and spray. We went over to look at the Chesil Cove on Tuesday, talk about just blown in from the windy city,there are times when I am thankful I am not a size 10 (not often but sometimes) the wind fair took your breath away,but it was so exhilarating to see the sea and feel the spray. Sorry about poor quality of pics as I said it was wet raining and my glasses could have done with some wipers.
Such a shame an awful weekend is forecast as so many autumnal shows are on and if it is anything like Tuesday we will not be venturing far.
This damp weather is no good for the pain either. I think next time we visit Colleen I shall stay there (if it is not too hot).
Last time I told you Jack may not get his maths course for A level as he only had a B, all is well ,when he turned up on Monday he had an interview with head of Maths and he said his paper showed he was 1 point off an A so he would let him do it.
However after the homework he was given he is beginning to wonder what he is letting himself in for!! He had grandad helping him last night -hmmm -perhaps not having any lessons as such for a few months has made him rusty. Martin said some of it he has not done for almost 50 years!! I think they both had brain ache when they had finished. The college had given them papers to see how they would do not using calculators and I think they were A level type papers to see how they would react. We shall see later when he finishes today.
Alfie bear the littlest grandchild started on Monday just Mornings and afternoons next week. Full time after that. Everyone else children wise restarted with new teachers etc.
All happy at the moment.
It must be that time of the year again when Squirrel Nutkin comes searching for a little something to nibble. Here he is just outside the lounge window on his way to have a little snack of the sunflower hearts.

Need a magnifying glass to see him,he was just having a quick look at me.You can click on the pic to make it bigger and then he/she will be looking at you! However here is a closer view. If you click on this one you can see him holding on to the perch bar. I did try to get one of him hanging by his tail but could not get close enough.

Sorry if you are not a fan of these greys ,but he is just so sweeeet.
Enough I hear you say is there no stitching news this time, oh yes there is a finish ,but only a small one and some gorgeous stash (please have drool bowl handy lol)
Well finish first I think, this is for the NH christmas monthly ornie of which this is the first I hope to do this month. Not a tree ornie but could be if you wanted it
to be if you stitched it up at the bottom and made a hanging loop.

Prairie Schooler Christmas trees11 stitched over one on 28count linen.

Mansfield Park has now at last got its fancy border and the frog was visiting at the time of stitching , I now have a Fannys house to build. I hate building houses!

A little progress has been made on My Moms Garden and Sally and Colleen were there to witness the swearing and gnashing of teeth that accompanied the frog visit there too. I have undone the "DARN" darned tulips and will come back to them later!!
Have you seen Sallys new start the Pansy Roll its luverly.

I also have a little progress on the piece that I started back along when I asked if anyone knew what it was, with The witching season almost upon us I hope to have a finish to show soon.

Oops almost forgot that one, this was a design that was chosen to be stitched as part of the monthly challenge on Needlecraft Haven. It is a free design called Le Temps des Cerises by Le Chalet des Perelles.
Now my goodies .

I succumbed to this and if you like a bit of history and also some designs to stitch this may be a book you would like too.If you want a look at what is in it then go to Anitaslittlestitches blog and scroll down to Aug 23rd..
Meanwhile here is one page for you to see

At last I had my Loose Feathers too and hopefully I shall not have to wait too long until the next one.
Some threads from Vikki Clayton arrived to enable me to make a start on the Needlecharmer. Whenever !

Also to whet your appetite some peas in a pod etc in the new Mollie Makes magazine that came this week.

So a fairly productive week in more ways than one, we (the royal one) tidied an attic and found lurking in its depths these beauties but what to do with them .

Perhaps I could incorporate one into a giveaway at some point. They are boxes that contained different teas that came from Fortnum and Mason .
No I do not shop at F&M Chance would be a fine thing, a friend of ours used to be a buyer for Twinings Tea and from time to time a few boxes would be going begging.Well my dears thanks so much for coming over , I would offer you a cup of tea,but the boxes are empty,it would have to PG tips. Ok I will go put the kettle on, how many?
Thankyou for all the peeps that come and leave me a little note , its just so nice to know people enjoy reading these wafflings of mine, and also to be able to look back and see just what has been achieved in a year. I hope I will at some point have the go ahead to show you what I had and made for the summer exchange hope it will not be too long .
So bye for now and take great care of yourselves
Hugs n stuff


Sally said...

It's lovely to see a post from you dear Barb:) I was getting a little worried about you. So glad that Jack got in at the college he wanted. I'm sure he will settle soon. I know when Jess started at 6th form she felt really snowed under with homework in the beginning but it settled down after a while and they did not get so much. Abi had her first day yesterday and seems to like it so far. No homework as such so far, jsut some brainstorming to do for the first photography project. She only has one lesson today which started at 2 pm!

All of your stitching is lovely. I love your monthly challenge piece. Wil you be starting Needlecharmer soon??? Lol! Love the look of the new BBD book. Do you think if I ask nicely Carl will buy me it for Christmas?

I hope the winds and rain don't appear this week. I hate it when it's really windy.

tea for me please!!! Lol!

Take care {{{{hugs}}}}

Hazel said...

What a lovely post Barb. You have some lovely new stash. I have been eyeing up that Schoolgirl one since it came out. Nice Mansfield wip. I am determined to start and finish another Sampler Girl one before the end of the year. x

jane said...

Lovely to hear from you Barb, so pleased that Jack got to do his Maths A level - it is hard though I know from DDs experience and so completely different from when I did it 35 years ago!
Lovely stitching and some very nice stash. I still don't have all my Loose Feathers stash and it will be time fro the next one soon!
Hope the weather isn't too wild - you made me smile when you said about the rain on your glasses! Take care of yourself!

Mouse said...

oooo hello :) well where do we start .. well done to Jack for getting in to do his maths ... lovely stitching and stash and ooooo nice tea boxes :)
loved the wild n wet photos .. we have actually had a nice day today :) love mouse xxxx

Michelle said...

Glad to see you Barb like Sally I was getting a little worried about you. You have some lovely new stash. I have been wondering what the Schoolgirl one was like, I will pop over to Anitas blog to see what it is like before I make up my mind. Did think about buying the Needle and Thread one also. Your stitching is lovely x

Tina said...

Lovely chatty post Barb,love the pictures of the sea,well done to Jack.Dribbled all over the keyboard whilst looking at your new stash,really want that book myself.Love your ornie,thats a really unusual way to finish it.Mansfield is looking fab,love the fancy border
Take Care
Tina xx

Jennifer M. said...

I really enjoy your ramblings so ramble away! Its always fun getting an insight into someone elses life outside of the hobbies. ;) Gorgeous stitching and I'm sorry the frog came for a visit. He is an unwelcome guest in my stitching space I tell you.

Enjoy your weekend!

Christine said...

The sea has been a bit wild here too, and we've had some spectacular thunderstorms.
Great stitching and finishing.
Those boxes look as if they were made for thread storage to me, the tea labels are just a disguise ;D

Lesleyanne said...

Love the sea photos. Would love to live by the sea. Congrats to Jack. Lovely stitching and new stash.

Julie said...

Congrat to Jack, i hope he get son well at college. How did Alfie get on, i hope all went well for him too, he's grown up so much since you started this blog.

Great stitching, the challenge piece looks wonderful.

Nice new stash too, the books looks interesting, might have to take a look at that.

What a fabulous box, i am a sucker for wooden boxes and baskets. DH has some wooden boxes that came from the Rolls Royce factory when it was shutting down.

Love to you all xxx

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