Monday, 18 May 2015

I'm still here - it's just that I'm over there!

Truth is I've been distracted. 
Completely and utterly distracted. 
And for the last few weeks I've been spending the majority of my spare time over at the allotment. 
I know. 
I've kept it very quiet! 
I don't want to bore you with all of the details but if you do want to pop over and take a peek you can see me here.

Meanwhile I've been enjoying my own garden. 
What a fantastic time of year it is out there. 
So here's a few of my favourites.


Meanwhile I'm off to don a wet suit and lash some poles together ....
Hope you are enjoying the flowers wherever you are.
Jane
xxx

(All will be revealed soon!)

Saturday, 2 May 2015

The robin that came a bobbin'

As you know I love my garden birds and, after the recent disaster of the poor little blackbird chick, we have had the joy of a new clutch of robins. The mum and dad have been very attentive and become braver than ever fetching food. 

Then the other day this happened.

It was quite magical!


Hope that made you smile!

Back soon with some makes.

Jane
xxx

Monday, 27 April 2015

This was the weekend that was ...

It started with this.


The annual Floating Market was back!

A whole array of different traders turn up once a year to sell their wares - and of course look very pretty!


Of course Mike soon found his favourite.


And me!


Peek inside.


Of course one of the hidden treats is sitting in our garden listening to the conversations of people going by. No - it's not in the least bit nosey it's - errrr - ummmmm - being interested.

Closer to home we've had the robins nesting in the ivy. They are now so used to us that they are almost eating out of my hand. Not sure what the people walking by would think of me though - hand full of dried mealworms outstretched as I cheerily quip 'come on little fella.' I don't know how or when this actually happened but that seems to be my default response to any creature I now come across. 

Not sure what would happen if one of them answered me back. 

Here he is posing on the bird feeder (he's that tiny dot).


As for our poor old blackbird chick - sigh - he was doing very well until last Friday when we found him lying in the path. Not a scratch on him. So much so that Mike even tried to do a mini resuscitation. 

It didn't work :( 

Here he is in happier times (the chick not Mike).


Mike's a bit taller.

With a bit of a beard.

And trousers.

Mostly.

I've starting knitting a sock! Winwick Mum is hosting a wonderful sockalong - do pop over and see what she has posted so far. But in typical impatient fashion I wanted to get started. 

So I have. 

Feeling positive so far but haven't 'turned the heel' yet.

 Wish me luck.


And the 'eyelash from Oswestry' fabric has been cut out to make a simple skirt. Now I'm concerned it's more of a craft cotton, without much give, and I - erm - need a bit of give! I've decided I'm going to stitch very narrow seams in a bid to convince myself that my size hasn't gone up.


Other than that we've been spending a fair old chunk of time at the allotment. 

'The WHAT? You kept that quiet!'

We've even started to pick a few lettuce! I foresee a future where I develop a serious lettuce aversion in an attempt to not have to eat it three times a day.


And other than daily doings that's about the weekend summed up.

Hope you've had a good one.

Jane
xxx


Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Allotment Update!

The evenings have been too lovely to stay indoors so we've been creating mischief at the plot!


What's going up in your garden?

Jane
xxx

Sunday, 19 April 2015

A song, a journey and some fabric!

To the tune of For He's a Jolly Good Fellow.

I met a girl called Jo
Who told me what she knew
About a fabric gold mine
About a fabric gold mine
About a fabric gooooold miiiiiiiiine
In a place called Oswestry.



Soooooooooooooooooooooooooo ...

I knew I had to go
A long way off I know
But I knew of a lovely cafe
I knew of a lovely cafe
I knew of a lovely caaaaaaaaaaaaafeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Where I ate and fed the ducks.




Theeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen ...

I carried on my way
On such a lovely day
I asked for lots of directions
I asked for lots of directions
I asked for lots of direeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeections
To get me to my shop.



Whispers in awe - Textile Express  



I walked into a dream
Bulging at the seams
With every kind of fabric
With every kind of fabric
With every kind of faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaabriiiiiiiiiiic
All at a bargain price.



Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd ...

I went from room to room
The choices made me swoon
With linen, silk and cotton
Corduroy and chambray
Lace and velvet and poooopliiiiiiiiiiin
I had to make a choice.



Soooooooooooooooooooooo ...

I didn't know where to start
So decided to follow my heart
I chose some jazzy cotton
And then some floral poplin
With lots of lovely lineeeeeeeeeeeen
And a couple of trimmimgs too!



Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooow ...

My purse is nice and light
But what a lovely sight
I'm not sure what to do with it
I'm not sure what to do with it
I'm not sure what to do with iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit
Any suggestions please!



And as a final thank you for the tip off

For Jo's a jolly good fellow
For Jo's a jolly good fellow
For Jo's a jolly good fellooooooooooooooow
Pop over and say hello!



Find Jo over here.




(Apologies for the dire use of rhyme)

Jane
xxx


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Much Ado About Bloggers ...

... or as Mike would have me put 'blogging' as it is more akin to the original 'nothing' of the title.
This is the sort of conversation we were having at 5am. I couldn't get back to sleep and I was wondering how I could write about our lovely bloggy meet up that we had on Saturday in Stratford upon Avon - home of the great Bard himself. Amy and Jo have already written about it very eloquently so I was trying to think of a different angle. I thought about using the magic of song - but being a blog of the written word this proved tricky. So the Shakespeare link was broached. By 5.10am I was chuckling so hard I had tears rolling down my cheeks. Looking back it must have been pure hysteria as the suggestions were at best mildly amusing, and at worst - not amusing at all. When Mike realised there had been ten of us he suggested The Tenpests. Whilst I sunk the lowest with Macblog.

So.

We met and drank tea and visited Sew Me Something and nattered ten to the dozen and wandered through the park where there was wonderful music then travelled back to the 1940s and I ate some comical eggs and carried on nattering and took lots of photographs and received some wonderful gifts and had lots of hugs and then had to go home.

It was the best!

Sadly my camera decided to play up and wouldn't allow me to take more than a few pics but I hope they will give you a flavour.


And here we are!

Back row:
Mel from Mel Makes
Sarah from Sarah's Pigeonhole
Front row:
Gilly from Gilly Makes

And of course we can't forget our very lovely Ashley from Lazy Daisy Jones who joined us later and even brought along her pin up man!

Thanks so much to Gilly for organising such a warm and wonderful day.

And to the rest of you:
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Jane 
xxx

Monday, 6 April 2015

Allotment - April




The second visit to my lovely new allotment - just two months behind schedule.

Hope this finds you all springing into the new season!

Jane
xxx