Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Born again naturalist......even Spiders!!

I picked this little book up in a charity shop and have been inspired to look at my garden differently. Now I know alot of you who read this are ahead of me here, but I am guilty of noticing the fancy stuff (birds, mammals, dragonfly's, butterfly's) in the garden but ignoring the less glamorous stuff (beetles, spiders,bugs). I know that without them the creatures higher in the food chain wouldn't be here, but I do ignore them....well not any more! I have decided to try to record everything in the garden for the next year and see what I find, it was interesting to read that the so called "wildlife-friendly" plants are just as good as other stuff...have a read of this website www.bugs.group.shef.ac/uk about the BUGS projectof gardens in Sheffield. So, I'm off to find a notebook......

Now anyone who knows me knows that this is a brave photo! I don't do spiders! In fact on night shift a couple of weeks ago another nurse and I found a HUGE one in the ward, neither of us like them so we shut the door to the empty room and even thought about running sellotape along the bottom of the door so it wouldn't come out! Debra and I really shouldn't work together on nights at this time of year as neither of us can remove them!

The ivy was humming with bee's yesterday filling up on a good pre winter feast. Painted Lady butterfly's and Red Admirals filling up too. My husband hates the ivy and would tear it out tomorrow but I plead with him to leave it!
In the evening my daughter and I went to walk the dog and watched this amazing sunset...it really was this colour!


Monday, 12 October 2009

What came home with me from the Knitting & Stitching show..and what's this insect?

Does anyone know what this little insect is? It was on our car yesterday and I can't remember what it is although I have seen one before I'm sure.

As promised here are the bits I bought at the Knitting and Stitching Show last week..........Rowan fabric, I've got 2 quilts to make, one for my mother for Christmas, she has asked for another lap quilt, and one for our Pastor and his wife who are expecting their first baby in January.

More wool than you would know what to do with! I just bought this one but could have got really carried away.

A Rowandean kit of a lavender field, it doesn't look very colourful in the picture but I saw one made up at the show and it was very bright. My friend bought two kits!

Some scraps that I don't know what I will use them for yet but probably to embellish a landscape patchwork.
This is really good silk waste which will embellish a sea scene I think
A book to inspire me, I love Sally Holman's stuff anyway.

There is no special reason to buy a Kaffe Fassett book...but I can't resist his stuff.
That should be enough to keep me busy over the winter months!
















Sunday, 11 October 2009

A field of poppies...in October!

Last week my better half saw this field of poppies as he went past on his motorbike, so took me off to see it yesterday. It is up on Fontmell Down near Melbury Abbas in north Dorset. It's a very big area and is a huge scarlet splash across the hillside.
They had it on the news this week as of course they shouldn't be flowering in mid October. It seems the farmer ploughed up a field that hadn't been ploughed for years and the latent poppy seeds were given the chance to put on a show. It's a bit like the poppy fields in France in the 1st World War, the ground was suddenly churned up where the trenches were and the poppy's popped up.
Afterwards we went across to the little airfield at Compton Abbas and enjoyed a baguette and a mug of tea and watched the little planes taking off.
If you live near enough do go up and see this field...but be quick, they'll be gone soon! It's a gift when things like this show up, and half an hour sat looking at them is a tonic for the stress filled life!



Friday, 9 October 2009

Knitting and Stitching in London

In a random way my friend Suzie ( and Goaty, seen here on a blue post outside)and I decided to go to the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace yesterday. We had never been before but as Susie grew up in the road just behind the Palace she was keen to see the exhibition and to catch up with her Uncle who she hadn't seen for 20 years!
I need to say that the goat in the picture is a member of the team on the Palliative Care unit where Suzie and I work and often goes with staff on their holidays or on days out!...and of course always likes a picture of the occasion. I think this is his first time in cyberspace too!
I left home at 05.20 am and made it to the exhibition at midday, we spent ages in a traffic jam on the M25 all because a lorry driver had forgotten to fill his truck up with diesel and so caused a huge jam, our National Express coach was very delayed because of it. It was a shame as we missed 2 hours and hence didn't get around all the rooms.
Alexandra Palace is a beautiful old building and has plenty of inspiration of it's own. It was worth the hassle to get there.


This life size boat was knitted and all the creatures in the next picture were around it, all knitted too.

See Nemo at the back!What about these colours...I could have seriously overspent......maybe I did!



This is not a drawing but done in thin black thread.




Ohhhhhh, wonderful colours.





But this has to be the most inspiring window, I think I may try to recreate it in patchwork sometime.
Next time I will put some pictures on of what tempted me!














Saturday, 3 October 2009

Salem and hidden things in the picture.

This is a very famous Welsh painting called"Salem" painted by Sidney Curnow Vosper in 1908. It hangs on our wall here at home and before that it hung on my Welsh Mother-In-Laws wall as a reminder of her Welsh heritage. It was painted in the tiny Baptist Chapel called Salem in Cefncymera, Llanbedr, near Harlech in North Wales. While we were up in Wales we drove up into the hills to see it.
It is said that you can see the devils face in her shawl ( the nose is the sitting lady's hands) and if you look closely there is a hint of a little girl looking through the window. Click on the picture to get a better look!

When you open the door it is exactly as the painting, the only thing missing is Sian Owen who was the lady standing in the foreground. All the people in the painting were real people except for the seated lady in the red shawl just behind Sian who was a tailors dummy and the head is again Sian Owen in profile! Apparently the little boy, Evan Edward Lloyd was frightened of the dummy and would not go near it.



This is the Chapel from outside, completely unspoilt, no charge to go in, no shop, no tat. What a refreshing change! They used to baptise folk in the pool in the river that runs just below the chapel.


This is another painting by the same artist which also hangs on our wall of the same Sian Owen getting home from market in her kitchen.