The hot weather is holding well and it looks like it will last until the week-end at least. I am planning on having a lottie party on Saturday and Sunday and have invited everyone along to get the weeds under control. Ron has said that he will barbeque some sausages and hamburger patties for anyone who turns up. The lottie has really had to take a back step with everything going on lately. But I am sure that by the end of the week-end it will be beaten back into submission. I also need to clear out the old pea bushes and their frames and get the rest of the leeks in for those lovely winter soups.
Although the hubbard squash has been attempting to take over the lottie for some time now – the little fruits seem to start growing and then become yellow and drop off. I have even hand pollinated two of them so that I could keep seed this year and they are also not looking that great. This time last year I already had a couple of decent size ones. I so wanted to enter one into the Lottie Show on 9th August, but it does not seem that I will be able to.
My Peacevine tomatoes are however doing very well and although very green at the moment, are lovely sizes. Maybe they will ripen in time for me to enter some into the show. I have been very impressed with these heirloom tomatoes and got them from my HSL swop this year. I will definitely be drying some seeds and distributing them far and wide to keep this heirloom alive. Only hope that they taste as good as they look.
This evening I am going to Brownsea Island to see the “Merchant of Venice” with a couple of girls from work. I am really looking forward to it as I have never been to Brownsea Island nor seen the play. I am also really looking forward to seeing live red squirrels and I do love the little grey ones that visit my back garden even though most people call them “grey rats”.
I even managed to remember my binoculars (as we are seated right up at the far back left) so not sure how much I will actually be able to see and hear. At least if I cannot see or hear anything I can wander (with my eyes and binoculars) around the scenery. I also packed my camera and will definitely be taking some lovely photos – so hopefully I can put some lovely photos up. So armed with my raincoat and anti-mosquito I am ready for anything.
Make the most of all situations and live a beautiful life…You are too blessed to be stressed.
A little about Me
For me, my blog is inherently personal, and a place of personal expression – first and foremost it is simply a place for me to talk out loud, to work things out, to recognize my life, to record who I am, to be listened to.
I am married and a mother of two grown up sons. I am also the proud grandmother of a beautiful grandaughter, Alisha May Leighton who is the apple of my eye. We emigrated to the UK in 2004 from South Africa. The adjustment has been hard for us leaving so many loved ones behind but well worth it to secure a healthy, happy future for our sons.
I love life and am passionate about it - I always try to live life to the fullest as I believe that life is not a dress rehearsal, and I will not get another chance to pass this way again.
I am a practising Christian and love quilting and teaching ribbon embroidery. I also love gardening, both at home and on my allotmenthalf just down the road from where we live where I also have four chickens. I also love reading (when I have spare time) , cooking, eating and entertaining family and friends.
Currently Reading ...
Shutter Island, Dennis Lehane
Gardens Monthly Oct 2010
Gardeners World - Oct 2010
Dream more while you are awake.
What's in my Needle Work Basket Right Now..
I have a couple of quilting UFO's on the go - SA Round Robin Quilt, Mystery Quilt, Mom's Round the World Quilt. Alisha's Jersey, finish binding her blanket and get a couple of hats done for Christmas
Our classes are held in a private, cosy environment and to ensure personal attention student numbers are limited to a maximum of four per class. The beginner classes are limited to two per session so it is essential to book early to avoid disappointment.
What if I have never embroidered before?
You do not need any previous embroidery experience to attend these classes as you are taught all you need to know. So come along and learn more about this beautiful style of embroidery.
These classes are aimed at beginners, and comprise of 3-hour sessions once a week. The lessons cover all the basic ribbon stitches with loads of tips and hints to help you on your way. Clear, illustrated with step-by-step pictures and drawings and comprehensive course notes are provided.
History of the Craft
The art of silk ribbon embroidery was first developed in the 1750’s to decorate the clothing worn by royalty. The revival of Victorian craft techniques may be part of the reason that silk ribbon embroidery is seeing a new generation of interest in South Africa and Australia.
The most interesting aspect of silk ribbon embroidery for professional crafters is that it is not as time consuming as other forms of stitching like cross stitch and needlepoint. Silk ribbon embroidery is three-dimensional. The designs of roses, daisies, dragonflies, and ferns pop out of the background fabrics to give interesting, elaborate detail. Yet, no matter how intricate the design, the stitches that make up the whole of the design are uncomplicated. Ribbon embroidery uses many of the classic stitch techniques with a few stitches unique to the art. The stitches are easy to learn with a few tries with the needle so is an ideal hobby for the beginner.
Design, ribbons, threads etc. are purchased as you need them and the cost of these depends on what you purchase for your specific design. Start up fee for the first class and design, ribbons etc is usually around £ 35.00. Thereafter you will only pay for the workshop and the threads and ribbons you purchase on that day.