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, 28 June 2014

Weekend Workshop

Half way through our weekend workshop and we've been having a lovely time.
Here is some of the work that has been done:

Can't wait to see what's been created by 4 o'clock tomorrow!!

Also, another little thing that's bugging me - we have these grasses growing all up our bank.  I thought they were wild garlic because they grow from a bulb, but apparently not.  Any one know what they are?

First they are just a reedy type grass, then they have a little bud on the the top, which opens to reveal seeds (above right) which in turn sprout shoots (above left).


Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Hay Making

First of all, never let your son near your computer!  George has been on ours and it's been almost impossible to do anything ever since - he's changed everything and it's driving us nuts!  And he's only been home at weekends but now he's finished at Sparsholt (no more driving up and down to Winchester every Thursday and Sunday) and finally has his Diploma in Agriculture.  Today is his first day out of education and he was up at 7.30 - let's see how long it lasts!

Haymaking has been done and the field is now clear of the rows of hay drying in the lovely sunshine we've been having.

When I went out to take this I saw all the lovely daisies - whenever I see them I think of a lovely Italian song called Margerita (Italian for Daisy)

I also managed to finally get my beans out of the greenhouse on sunday - took a picture before the pigeons get them

This weekend it's all go - we have the weekend workshop with Helene - Charm pack weekend.  I'll still be working on the one I started last year.  Hexagons are soooo slow!

Tuesday, 10 June 2014


Before I move on completely, here are a couple more wedding pictures:
Nice hat!!

Victoria made the hearts the bridesmaids are carrying at the willow weaving workshop Alan Hulford took for us

Over the years we have taken pictures of Victoria and George by the stone - I'll have to dig them out.
As I said in the last post, following the wedding Jonathan and I spent a wonderful few days in a converted cow shed in Wales (a beautiful converted cow shed).  There was a bird table outside the kitchen and we loved the fact that woodpeckers fed from it all day.  I have always envied Sandra C when she talks about the woodpeckers she has in her garden - I had only ever seen one up here - at dawn one morning years ago.
The day after we came back, Jonathan and I were talking in the office, looked out the window and saw this:
We couldn't believe it!!  He's a regular visitor now.

On Sunday it was shearing time.  I love it when the shearers come.  We brought the sheep down the evening before, and then waited for Ben and Tom to come with the Kiwi shearers.  They sheared 125 sheep in about 2 hours.  The caravanners came over to watch and said they'd learnt more about sheep from Ben in half an hour than they'd know all their lives!

Ben telling stories
Picking out the lambs


Once the sheep are sheered, they skip away like lambs again!