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!

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

April Showers...and snow, and wind, and frost, and a Bit of Sunshine!

Well, April is really acting up this year.  We've had glowering skies

and snow
and cold wind and rain but luckily, in between, bits of lovely sunshine to walk out in.  Most days Millie and I get to walk alongside the paddocks and enjoy the sight of the lambs playing in the late afternoon sun

But a lot of us are feeling very tired, so it was nice to get some inspiration in the workshop today.  We welcomed Sheila back and hope she and Ron manage to come down to the caravan site a few more times this year!

Victoria and Ben are over from Jersey and it was lovely to see what Victoria has been working on.  She has used some software she has to make a cross stitch pattern for a picture of Maidencourt, and we were all astounded at her exceedingly intricate work which looked more like a photograph than stitching:

It's going to be stunning when she's finished but such tiny, tiny stitches!

Elsewhere in the workshop there was knitting, Anthea was working on her bag and showed me her carousel piecing,  Louise and Sally were quilting

Janet was working on her English Paper-pieced Hexagon quilt
Mikky's mum was admiring Louise's stitchery and listening to the chat (but mainly waiting till she could go and see the lambs)
and Jackie was working on her beautiful little smocked dress

Some really great work rewarded by a cake made by Micky of Simply Delish!

Thursday, 21 April 2016

How Many Log Cabins?

Just a quick little post before I go out to give the lambs their evening feed and hopefully listen to George ringing the bells for the Queen's birthday at the same time!

We had such a tiny, but perfectly formed, workshop yesterday that I was able to crack on with the log cabin border of my Medallion Quilt.

The method we use is foundation piecing

because they make such precise blocks

and we had to make so many (I haven't counted), but I really think it makes a lovely border

Louise, who is relatively new to quilting, said that it seemed very complicated - the way I had to keep measuring and adding and taking away bit.  I reassured her that if I had followed the instructions properly from the start, it would have been much simpler.  Also, looking at this picture, there seems to be something dodgy happening in the corners, so some remedial work may be necessary!

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Wehey! Hands-free!

After a very long two weeks, I am so pleased to announce that my lambs are now hands-free!

You really wouldn't believe how much easier this makes life.  I just pop the bottles in the racks, hang them on the side of the hurdles, and stand and watch them drink.  The most I have to do is nudge a lamb towards a spare teat if she's trying to barge in on another one.  Of course I still have to wash the bottles and mix up the milk from the powder, but, honestly, that's nothing to having to feed each lamb one after the other.
Things are brightening up!

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Sunshine and sewing

Well, on a beautiful, sunny morning like today I don't mind going out to feed the lambs at all!  Four of them can manage feeding off the rack now which makes things so much easier - and, since I'm back at work on Monday, I hope all eight will be able to do it because I can't see George or Jonathan sitting out there feeding them one by one!

So, whilst the sunshine is all mine, the sewing isn't.  By the time we get to sit down in the evening I can't do much more than a line of knitting, so I don't have anything to show.

I was really pleased though, to receive from Julie a photo of her folk art hanging she started at our workshop:

I think it looks lovely.

And then Carole sent me a photo of all her Antique Sampler blocks laid out and ready to put together:

So beautiful.  Now we are holding two Lynne Johnson classes each month, we have plenty of spaces at the beginning of the month if anyone feels inspired to join us.  We always have a lot of fun putting the world to rights and look what we achieve at the same time!

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Life Goes On

This has been a very difficult week for East Garston, with the funerals of three wonderful local characters who will truly be missed.

However, life has to go on.

People who have been reading this blog for a while will remember this picture of my pet lambs, Mabel and Lucy, sheltering from a summer shower in the chicken house:

Well, now I'm bottle feeding Lucy's latest triplet (she could only cope with twins)

But that's not the only one

There are so many that George thought I might need a hand

They always make me think of piranha fish they way they swarm around trying to get milk from anywhere:


And at four times a day this makes for quite a lot of work.  However, once they get used to the bottle, and three of them are already, I can feed them from a rack that makes life much easier.

Meanwhile, they are nice and snug in their little house, safe from the cold wind and any hungry foxes.