Sunday, 23 June 2013

On the road again ....

I am off this morning to have lunch with my newly married god-daughter Annie and her husband Barney:  and I will be delivering their wedding quilt:  all done, binding finished and personalised label sewn onto the back:
So good to be able to deliver this personally rather than posting it - I can see their reaction - fingers crossed they like it!
Then I carry on up to Nottingham so I can spend a few days with my dear old Mum.  We will be watching the tennis at Wimbledon so plenty of time to sew whilst enjoying the excitement!  I have just started a new Scarlet Letter piece:  Country Life Sampler.  This is a LONG sampler but I love the design, lots of interesting animals etc. to sew.  I am sewing this on 35 count linen with silk threads:  it should be gorgeous!:  here you can see my start on the border:

The weather has been so mixed, but on Wednesday we met up with life long friends who were down in Devon for a few days R&R:  and it was a glorious warm sunny day! We went to Noss Mayo and had lunch sitting outside in the sunshine:  it is such a pretty place:  I highly recommend if you are visiting South Devon - it is about 12 miles East of Plymouth:
here are Linda and Della - I have known these two sisters all their loves (they are younger than me!) - I love the whole family, they are very special to me.  So we had a great catch-up over a delicious lunch at The Ship Inn - perfect.
Now it is back to a typical English summer - cold damp and murky dismal!

I decided a couple of weeks ago that our dovecot should be moved - the trees have grown completely around it so it can hardly be seen, and the doves are not using it.  Rod agreed - but it was quite an operation:  scaffolding and a winch - it is large and very heavy:  luckily he was in the right mood for all of this, so down it came:

and then up it went down the garden on the right hand side of the deck overlooking the river where we can see it all the time - I am very happy!

Well, I must get my sewing together and get on the road.  I have made a lemon cake for mum, it is her favourite - I have some local strawberries and clotted cream, and a cottage pie for supper - a good start!

I hope you all have a great week - and I should be able to share some good progress on Country Life when I come back, plus Annie's reaction to her quilt!


  1. Your young people will be delighted with such a lovely quilt. Not been to Noss Mayo before, will try and remember it for a visit. Enjoy the time with your Mum and the tennis.

  2. They are going to love the quilt -- it's just gorgeous! So glad you had a wonderful time catching up with your friends. Good going on moving that dovecot -- what a job! Have fun at your mum's -- yay Wimbledon! Can't wait!

  3. Your garden looks beautiful. Have a safe journey round the country over the next few days. Jx

  4. What a beautiful quilt! I'm looking forward to seeing your progress on Country Life. Enjoy your visit with your mum - sounds like you will have a delicious meal! :)

  5. That quilt is magnificent! What a great start on your sampler. I look forward to seeing it come along.

  6. They must surely be thrilled with the quilt! I am liking your sampler already - gorgeous colours in the border. The dovecote operation looked a bit precarious - he obviously knew what he was doing though! xCathy

  7. The quilt is beautiful. Soft colors. The newly married couple must love it.