Saturday, 30 January 2010

Chilly walking and the final bit of the quilt.

Well, here is the final bit of the quilt...the baby's name is to be Gracie Ann (not Isabella as I had thought!) It's gone now to it's new home although the Mum and baby are not there yet as there have been a few difficulties..but hopefully soon.
It was chilly walking yesterday but very pretty in the winter sunshine, the cottage looks so inviting.
This road leads to the little church of St Stephens, it has a very long lane up to it, behind me there is at least the same distance of tree lined road.
Just another view of the green and trees at Pamphill in the dappled winter light.
Well I'm off to Taunton in Somerset today to collect my sewing machine which has been at the repairers for a few months now, looking forward to it very much. I have 2 night shifts this week then a week off, so I'll be catching up on my sewing....I have stacks of stuff ready to be sewn together!

Saturday, 23 January 2010

A baby is born and a quilt completed

Just in time! I finished this cot quilt last night and the baby arrived today! A baby daughter for our pastor and his wife, their first baby. She's about 3 hours old now. The quilt is entirely hand-made as my machine is still not returned so every stitch was sewn by hand. Click on the picture to see the fabrics better. I am going to embroider her name in the middle next to the flower but need the name to be confirmed....I think it will be Isabella.
I took this picture on an old roof, trying to be 'arty' but I think the daylight was a bit too bright and the colours don't show up.
We had lunch out at a pub called The Scott Arms in Kingston,Purbeck, overlooking Corfe Castle and I took the picture in the car park on an old roof which goes down to ground the new father was once the landlord of this pub...before he became our Pastor! My husband meanwhile tried to pretend he was not with me while I was draping quilts over a car park!

Friday, 22 January 2010

The stork is arriving today, hopefully!

I need to quilt like mad today...there's a baby on the way! Our Pastors wife is in hospital being induced today and having their first baby. We are reliably informed that it will be a little girl....I have made a cot quilt and am just sewing the border on now. I thought I had another 8 days....but it seems not!
I'll take a picture of it later when I have finished!
I hope the info is correct about it being a girl because it's a girly quilt.........

Friday, 15 January 2010

Walking in the snow at Arne

Last Sunday, I woke at I'm not lazy, just been on the night shift at work! We went out late afternoon and parked at Arne but rather than take the usual path we went off over Coombe Heath. These Sika Deer were in the field that we crossed and barely moved to get out of the way. I have to confess that I am a bit of a nervous walker in the snow so it did become a bit of a slow and deliberate walk.
However when we got to the top of the hill this was the view over Purbeck, looking across to Middlebere. The channel here is part of Poole Harbour but was iced over in places and the poor old birds were having to skate over it.
This Fieldfare was one of about six that have been in my garden this week along with a few Redwings. I have also had a female Blackcap, Long Tailed Tits, Coal Tits, Greenfinch and Song Thrush as well as the usual visitors to the feeders. I put some apple out for the Thrush, Fieldfares and Redwings which they devoured very quickly. Now the snow has gone so have the visiting birds, shame but it was nice to see them.
I have seen more different varieties of birds in the garden by the 14th January than I did in the whole of last year!

Friday, 8 January 2010

Staying home and baking...and enjoying it!

As it's so cold at the moment and we are being told not to go out if we don't need to, I have been staying in and actually enjoying it!. I have been hand sewing a quilt for a baby due in three weeks and baking biscuits and puddings.
These Empire biscuits I saw made on the The Hairy Bikers by a lovely Scottish lady and her daughter (catch it on iplayer if you like) They scored very highly with the family!

This lovely tin was a Christmas present from my parents, it's really heavy and solid.

This is what came out of it, pineapple upsidedown pudding which was served with "lashings of custard" in true Enid Blyton fashion!
Back to work tonight so no more messing about trying to be a Domestic Godess!

Thursday, 7 January 2010

At last!

At last...the snow has reached our bit of Dorset! I was beginning to feel a little left out when I saw how much snow some areas have. This little snowman has appeared on a gatepost opposite our house, I think he's nicer than a giant snowman!
My son walked through the woods near us and took a few pictures. I know we have less snow than alot of you have but it was fun anyway. My son's girlfriend lives and works between Reading and Basingstoke and they have alot there, she cannot get to work and they have closed the place down as no-one can get there.
I am due to go on night shift for two nights from tomorrow and am a little worried as I live at the top of a steep hill and they forecast alot more snow, I will probably walk and maybe ask my parents if I can sleep at their place during the day as they live near work. It's not so much the snow that's a problem but the ice.
Very pleased to have a pair of Song Thrushes visiting the garden every day at the moment, had a flock of Long Tailed Tit's also.

Monday, 4 January 2010

In the frosty weather it is easier to walk along the old railway lines which tend to be up on an embankment rather than across muddy fields, so that's what we did yesterday. we haven't had much snow here in our part of Dorset just lots of ice and frost. This is all that remains of Spetisbury station and although the trains have long since gone, they have been replaced by a peaceful place to walk. I think I saw a Bullfinch in the bushes but not sure enough to record it as a sighting. However I did see a Fieldfare eating apples on a tree, and lots of noisy Rooks.
The building down below is the old Post Office in the village, now a private home.
As we stomped back to the car the locals were lighting their fires and no doubt having tea in front of the fire....which is exactly what we went home and did too!
Whilst walking Wrecks the dog at about 4.30pm this evening I saw a large flock of Starlings making their lovely patterns in the sky. Wrecks and I went to where they were, all the time more starlings were joining the flock, and ended up in the local graveyard. We stood and watched as they flew low over our heads with a swishing sound as they went over. Eventually they all suddenly flew down into the trees I was standing next to and surprisingly they all went to roost in a group of Monkey Puzzle trees. I must confess that I have always hated Monkey Puzzle trees as they seem so out of character in the UK, however obviously some wildlife likes them!

Friday, 1 January 2010

New Year walking round Poole harbour

What a fantastic day to start the New Year! We stayed up last night to see the New Year in, friends came round and we spent the evening playing on the Wii.....much hilarity! While half the country were sleeping off last nights excesses the day opened up to be wonderful. Not too many people about early I think, but later a few hardy's ventured out underneath coats, scarves, gloves and hats.

We walked along the beach to Redhorn Quay which is on the other side of the harbour looking to Brownsea Island. There is no quay there now but the signs of past activity are showing.This little robin was all puffed up in the gorse but we also saw Avocet,Oystercatchers, Redshank, Dunlin, Shelduck, Teal, Wigeon, Brent Geese, Grey Plover, Curlew and Buzzard.

Stopped at Corfe Castle on the way back for a cup of tea (no luck, tearoom full!) so had a walk instead and watched the steam train on it's way back to Swanage.
No resolutions this year but 5 goals a month!
Goals for January;
1.Declutter every room.
2. Make a baby quilt for a baby due soon.
3.Lose 8 lbs in weight.
4.Don't use the microwave.
5.Walk for at least half an hour daily.