Tuesday morning Pitch and Stitch - 10.00am to 1.00pm

Tuesday morning Pitch and Stitch - 10.00am to 1.00pm
This hanging from Annie Downs' Hatched and Patched book should be in every caravan as a cushion or decoration!

Saturday, 22 April 2017

What a Beautiful Morning!

Victoria and Ben are upstairs packing so I thought I'd take a few minutes to walk Milly around the garden.  It is such a beautiful day - warm and sunny - and since it's supposed to be freezing next week I thought I'd take a few pictures before everything gets ruined!

The apple blossom is stunning at the moment

in fact, there are flowers blooming all over the place

Even the Rosemary is covered in pretty flowers for remembrance

The greenhouse is bulging

and this mum was looking after her triplets that were born yesterday afternoon - all three had to be pulled out because they were coming out the wrong way, but they are doing fine now.

On days like these all seems right in the world! 

Friday, 14 April 2017

Happy Easter

Well, it had to happen, didn't it?

In went the Hot Cross Buns at midday - and I got them out when I put the pizzas in at 7.00pm:

Certainly left me hot and cross!!

Luckily they were the five that couldn't fit in with the first batch, so we did actually get some edible Hot Cross Buns:

Monday, 10 April 2017

Exhibition Time

Well, it's all over.....we had the two day exhibition this weekend and now I'm in recovery.  Of course it had to be the sunniest, warmest weekend of the year that we had to stay indoors the whole time, but that aside it was a very good show.  We had a lot of visitors to our stand and I hope that they will be joining us for future workshops - especially those who said they'd like to stay in their caravans.

Our stand looked lovely thanks to all Lynne Johnson's beautiful quilts - and I have a strong feeling that I shall be starting on that Yoko Saito Town Quilt soon.

I got my quilts ready for the show - although some of them were definitely rushed and not as good as they could have been:

Shabby, shabby chic
My Donegal Tweed Quilt

Clare Kingslake Stitchery

Beginner's Quilt

and finally my little Flower Garden Hexagon hanging

We also had, on our stand, our list of Summer workshops so I'd better put it on here too:
Wednesday 12th April                    Quilt Day with Lynne Johnson
Wednesday 19th April                  Scrappy Quilts with Lynne Johnson
Wednesday 26th May                     Quilt Day with Lynne Johnson
Wednesday 3rdMay                       Japanese Patches
Wednesday 10th May                     Quilt Day with Lynne Johnson
Wednesday 17th May                     Clare Kingslake-designed Stitchery
Wednesday24th May                    Crochet jug cover with Helen Cubitt
Wednesday 31st May                     Quilt Day with Lynne Johnson
Wednesday 7th June                       Postcards
Saturday 10th June                           Foundation Pieced Cushion with Helene
Wednesday 14th June                    Quilt Day with Lynne Johnson
Wednesday 21st  June                    Yoko Saito Town Quilt and Christmas Quilt with Lynne Johnson
Wednesday 28th June                    Quilt Day with Lynne Johnson
Wednesday 5th July                        Na├»ve Flower Wall Hanging
Saturday 8th July                               Summer Bag Day with Helene Burgess
Wednesday12th July                       Quilt Day with Lynne Johnson
Wednesday 19th July                      Machine Quilting with Lynne Johnson
Wednesday 26th July                      Quilt Day with Lynne Johnson
I'll be mailing out the long version soon.

Meanwhile, lambs are popping out everywhere on the farm.  I'll try to get a little video of them running around in the sunshine!


Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Feeding Time

So here is the little lamb I'm feeding:


in between sewing on sleeves for the Market Square Quilters' Exhibition this weekend!

Monday, 3 April 2017

Spring Lambs!

Well, it started a day early, and has been a bit slow, but lambing time has come around again.

This was the first lamb this year

and there have been a few more since.


So far I'm just 'supplementary' feeding - this afternoon a ewe had triplets so we gave the third to a Mum that had lost her two on Saturday.  She's not looking very well so it may not work out but she does keep licking it and the little lamb is constantly trying to feed so perhaps it will end well.

My Mabel, a lamb I reared quite a few years ago now, lambed today and is a fiercely protective mother - she butted Jonathan all down the field as he was bringing them in!

I shall put up more picturesque pictures when the lambs are a bit older, have plumped up and are skipping around!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

It's The Thought That Counts....

Mothering Sunday - payback day - and my two were very good as always.  When I was little I'd go out into the garden and pick Forsythia and Daffodils for my mother, and my mother remembers going to church and giving her mother little posies of Violets.

Well, Sunday dawned bright and beautiful and because George was sleeping in - fine because he'd be up later to go bell ringing - so my day started with helping Jonathan to feed the sheep: all plump and ready for lambing to start on April the 1st.

Then I went over to visit my mother, armed with flowers and chocolates!  We had a look at her garden, which is very much a spring garden and ready to burst into colour.

After that I nipped home and opened my cards from George and Victoria.  In George's he'd written, "hope you will enjoy the bells at the service", so I thought I'd better get down there and have a listen.

As well as George bell ringing, Jonathan was playing the violin at the service so it was going to be quite a treat.  I went into church but couldn't hear the bells over the violin music, and, choosing my son over my husband, decided to go outside and listen.

Well, it was perfect, the sun was shining, the graveyard was all green and yellow with the daffodils, and the beautiful sound of bells ringing out made for a perfect scene. I've always loved the fact that George has taken up bell ringing.  I stood listening and thought what a perfect Mother's Day gift the scene was, and how lucky I am.

After the service I came home.......and George was still in his room!  He'd overslept because of the clocks changing......

Finally, this is the picture my nephew sent my sister, I think it's so funny.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Finished...at LONG Last

At times I have wondered if I'd ever be able to say this.....but, the day has come, and I have finished my medallion!!

I think I started it in 2011 - and it has been hard work but, once I've quilted it, I think I'll be pleased.

All those years ago it was my plan to show people that quilting needn't be an expensive hobby, and decided to make it out of four old dresses that I'd loved.  I've just been searching through my old trunk to find photos, but could only find pictures of two of the dresses.

Two were Laura Ashley (this is one, and I'm wearing it at an old friend's wedding where I was one of the two Maids of Honour - I think it must have been about 25 years ago)

and the other one was actually a skirt and top which I bought on my way to an interview in London - I think it must be about 30 years ago

In fact it was again at a friend's wedding - I got fed up with going to people's weddings after a while!!

The last dress was a Miss Selfridge dress which I really loved and would have bought between the above two.

When I first started the quilt I was a bit worried that I might still want to wear the dresses but, looking at them now, I think they had their time!

So that's the good news.

But there is also a little mystery happening around here.  Everyone knows about my friend who comes over once a week and hides a little sheep we have somewhere in the house, and then I have to find it and hide it again (- don't ask).  Well, this week I couldn't believe it when I saw she'd introduced a cat into the game.

She denies all knowledge of it though, as does everyone else I've questioned......so, where has that little cat in the yellow coat and purple scarf come from?...or did I make it and have forgotten?  Am I losing my marbles?  Oh dear.