My last post was such a happy one and I really appreciated all the lovely comments you left. Do you know those starlings have been here regularly ever since? More young ones this week, they are so comical, like a gang of naughty toddlers and make as much noise too!
I also passed my 100 followers mark, although I'm sure my latest friends will be wondering why they bothered as it has been such a long time since there was a post. I hope you have hung in there and, when you see this post appear on your blog roll, you will forgive my absence.
So where have I been? Well I've not been totally off line, as you will know if you have spotted my Instagram button on the right hand side of my blog, but I haven't been in blogland very much at all. I've found it hard to concentrate.
It hasn't been the best of summers, I'm well but we have had family illnesses, mostly minor (although DH who is scheduled to have a hernia op in a few days time would disagree that his falls in the minor category!) but, shortly after my last post, our teenage granddaughter was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Shocked isn't the word, in fact I don't really have any words to describe how everyone felt at that time. She has had a major operation and, hopefully, everything bad has been removed. Obviously there will now be continual monitoring. What a lot for a young girl to take in but she has been incredible. So proud of how she is/has coped with it all.
As other bloggers will know crafting can, at times, help to distract and fill your mind with happier thoughts so here are a few things I've been working on
I've made and posted quite a few flags for Lucy to make into Yarndale Bunting (as have lots of other crocheters, I think she has received thousands!) These made with Lucy's May Roses were my favourites.
I also bought one of the Yarndale bags and decided to personalise it. First I edged it with the right side of the crochet facing me but this didn't quite work for me,
so I re-did it with the wrong side facing so I could fold it over, I think it makes quite a nice edging.
I then decided the reverse looked a little plain so I added some patchwork.
So, if you are going to Yarndale too, look out for me and my "pimped" bag!
I've made a quilt too, it is Rachelle's "Quick and Easy Eiderdown"
Lots of pieces to cut out but only two sizes so didn't take me too long. I backed it with a vintage floral sheet, popped in a single duvet which was packed away in a cupboard and..................
I was really happy with how it turned out (I don't seem to have taken a very good photo do I?)
That one isn't much better! Absolutely perfect for these cooler nights (is it me or is Autumn rushing in this year?)
My latest projects include an, almost finished, cushion cover.
and a Granny Square blanket.
I'm using Stylecraft Special DK but ran out of the green (Aspen). An order placed with Mason's on Thursday evening was delivered this morning, great service! I can now resume my hooking.
We still have lots of visitors to the garden, the birds have to compete with several of these little fellows for their seed
I know they can be a pest (and over the next few weeks I'll be cursing them as we compete for the walnuts) but ............... just so cute!
This little fellow flew into the window but, after a little rest, I am happy to say, he fully recovered, phew!
A lot of the garden is rather neglected but there are still some beauties to be found. The Dahlias have done well.
I bought these last year and overwintered the tubers, they have made much bigger plants this year.
I wish we had "smelly" vision because the scent from this lily would knock your socks off
It was a lot of work removing the awful red lily beetles but worth the vigilance. Finally, one of our hanging baskets, they do take a lot of watering but I wouldn't be without them.
I think that has almost brought me up to date, apologies once again for the break in transmission. I hope to catch up on your blogs very soon.
Have a lovely weekend, Carol xx