Friday, 30 July 2021

Sunshine and tears

July you have been a month of flowers, happiness
and smiles tinged with sadness.

I’ve hand stitched and machine sewn
and learnt new things along the way 

Sketching, printing, flower pressing, different techniques
for making textile samples, free machine embroidery and

The sun has had his hat on so there’s been time spent
in the garden

There’s been a return to the caravan and a catch up
with friends and for Mum to have a little holiday in her favourite
place Grange Over Sands.

A chance to see the Grayson Perry tapestries

It’s been a month for the country to open its doors
again and for us to take the masks off if we want to
in public places 

It’s been lovely to see goddaughter Sofia graduate
after all her hard work and for her to be starting her
career in September 

And our beautiful niece leaves school to move on
to college and a future in teaching like her Mum.

July you’ve given us some lovely memories.
My final one is tinged with sadness as we remember
our friend Sandy.  We have hearts full of the times 
we spent together. So we will smile as we think of

Sunday, 25 July 2021

And in the blink of an eye

No I’m not on the naughty step. Tuesdays sewing class was cancelled
because someone had been in Gail’s shop who had tested positive for
covid so she had to get tested herself.

Not to worry that gives me a week to bite my nails before I’m
tortured again with cutting and stitching accurately.

So to Wednesday and market day.
One of my favourite things is seeing our fresh fruit and veg
in the sink in cold water ready for washing. Doesn’t it look colourful.

Look here the strawberries look like an advert for Marks & Spencer.

In the garden the Astilbe has joined the party

And the hanging baskets are growing more beautiful
by the day

Thursday and it’s been a day of running round doing errands.
Poor Frida my 18 year VW is spending a few days in the garage
being serviced and a bit more tweaking ready for our trip upto
the Lake District next week.

We had a lovely early tea with our bestie and her Dad then
back home to watch Channel 5 Inside Hampton Court and another
episode of Baptiste on BBC Iplayer.

I might sound like my chirpy self but a lovely friend Sandy
lost her life to cancer recently at 48 and after visiting her
Mum and sister on Thursday I’ve lost my chirp a bit.

Here’s to you our beautiful quirky friend.
It’s hard to let you go.

Love to all our friends at home and in my little iPad world.
See you soon.

And then how did this happen so quickly
Our gorgeous niece Olivia off to her prom on Friday night.

Wednesday, 21 July 2021


In Grandma’s days Monday was always washing day, so
sticking with tradition the bedding was stripped and on the
line first thing, taking advantage of the hot weather we are having.

After a trip to the Post office I dropped off a frock at friend
Val’s, who I haven’t seen in over a year, then called
in on my buddy Jane and had a cuppa with her. Nearly four
hours after I’d left the house I reappeared to the wandering welder
thinking I’d left home.

After a late lunch I stocked my basket up with books, pencils, more
books, some stitching and headed off into the garden.

These are some pieces I’ve been tinkering with.
Painted bondaweb with yellow emulsion paint then ironed onto plain navy cotton.
Next up I’ve cut out pieces from a print fabric and machine stitched them down.
They are my sample pieces for the textile group I’m with.

Tuesday after my Pilates zoom class I set to work on the next
part of Jo Hill’s Flowers and Grasses course.

This retirement malarkey is full on, she chuckled.
How was there ever time to go to work.

I’ve a new book to start tonight by a new author.
It’s a modern day Romeo & Juliet with the trials of two
people from different religions.

Before that though I’ve got the last of the sewing classes
held locally.  I know I’ve managed to make a tote bag and
a fabric basket, but I have to tell you ladies all this pattern
cutting and accuracy is not for me.

I’ll be sticking with my usual make it up as I go along stuff.

Have a lovely creative week


Monday, 19 July 2021

Welcome to the weekend

Welcome to the weekend 


Basket at the ready, eh up there’s something missing.
No not the wandering welder, he’s getting the car out ready
for the off.

It’s a brooch.  A girl has to have a brooch or one is quite
underdressed haha.  Certainly not underfed from this angle.

So off we set, over the moors to visit our favourite market town,
Todmorden in Yorkshire. A twenty minute picturesque drive
from our house in Whitworth, Lancashire.

Today felt like Saturdays used to feel before covid. Relaxed.
The sun was out, the market stalls were full and we
came home with lots of treats and essentials.

Flowers from Petals & Patina, on the inside market, for the
jug I recently bought from THE LINEN GARDEN

Its an early birthday present for me from me. I’m spending
my pension money already.


A walk across the moor to post a birthday card.
Flowers and grasses gathered on the way back.

Time to stop and stare.

Back home there’s flowers to be pressed between the pages
of an old sales ledger

Some to put on my desk for inspiration.

and the rest outside where I can investigate their origins further
in the Flowers Show To The Children book from the early 1900’s.

Our local art gallery Touchstones have mounted their
newest exhibition - Grayson Perry’s tapestries.
So I’m sorting a date for us to go.  

Job done and it’s time for tea. French onion savoury
tart with salad and chutney for the wondering welder and a salmon
and asparagus one for me. Bought fresh on Todmorden market yesterday.

Tonight we will be watching the new thriller series Baptiste on BBC1
then trying our best not to binge watch further episodes on IPlayer.

I hope your weekend has been a luvverly one
and whatever the new week brings, make it a good ‘un.


Thursday, 15 July 2021


There’s not a lot happened since Wednesday’s blog post except
for learning about a Japanese printing method called Hapa Zome.
Flower bashing to you and me.

Here’s my first attempt.

Then I messed about with the image on PhotoGrid and
came up with a lovely print.

There’s been a call out from best friend Sue asking if I had
a toilet bag her Dad could borrow to take in hospital with him.

This led me to quickly stitching one together with no idea what
I was doing and ending up with one flowered side and one tweed side.
Don’t ask me how that happened, the flowers should be on the inside.
I knew I was getting a bit above myself thinking I could do it.

The night before at the sewing class I’m attending I managed to
make this fabric box with blow by blow instructions by teacher
Gail. I’ve never been as quiet in my life, I had to concentrate so hard.

I was sharp enough to use the same fabric on the inside as the
tote bag I made last week and I’ve got them earmarked now for a
friend’s special birthday later this year.

Next week is the last of the sewing classes. Even though I’ve
managed to finish things it requires far too much brain power
for my liking. I’m more of a faffer and bodge it sewer.

I spotted this the other day and thought Annie’s Friday Smile ladies
would appreciate it.

Here’s a little update of what’s going on in the garden

Hope you are all enjoying the sunshine.
Have a good weekend