Monday, 26 July 2010

Sneak Peak

Our new Home Sweet Home! Lived in by four generations of the same family, the main parts built in 1850 with additions in the 1950's and 1960's it is completely unspoilt and I am in LoVE! It is such a happy house!
It seems that we have moved to a mobile phone dead patch and, slightly more problematic, a Broadband blackhole - despite being told that access would not be a problem by the dreaded BT helpline! So I shall be Cafe Wifi-ing for a while yet! And very civilised it is too! Thus far I particularly recommend The Bicycle Shop in Norwich but I shall let you know if I discover more lovely places each time I post!
I have spent three days ripping out carpets to reveal beautiful dark old floorboards and colourful linoleum, peeling off vinyl wallpaper to discover gently faded block printed papers beneath and generally having a lovely time with the beautiful boy getting used to our garden, all the sheds, and discovering great cycle rides in our new area!
The builders arrive next week so chaos will reign but in the meantime we have a constant flow of visitors welcoming us to our new village, the children play out on the street so the beautiful boy is already making new friends and ... best of all.... something really, really exciting for me... Mr Parravani comes around with his ice-cream van and stops right outside our door! Wahey!
I shall be back again soon with pictures of holes in walls, woodworm in the roof and nasty, nasty damp patches! At least until the builders make them all go away!  Thank-you for all your lovely messages. It is such fun to have you all along for the ride! t.xx

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Did someone mention moving house?

Well, aren't you all just wonderful! Thank-you so much for all your comments, messages and emails. What a privilege it is to be part of such a supportive global community and how kind of you all to offer so much care and wisdom.
Now, just to put your minds at rest a bit... Have I been slaving away over packing cases? Oh no. There has been cake!
Grandma had her bi-annual Open Garden Day fundraiser so we baked, and iced and baked some more! Grandma made pretty pink fudge...
 and zingy green Turkish Delight
My oh my there were treats galore to take my mind off of those packing cases! 
Back home there was the 'View from here' to distract me. I have been recording this view nearly every month for over two years now. The recording of it serves little purpose other than to amuse me, but that's enough! Over the last 13 years I have wasted hours looking at this view from the kitschen window. Recording it makes me notice what could be taken for granted.
And the packing? Well, four wonderful men turned up today and, as if by magic, within hours anything that did not move was popped into a box! The beautiful boy was still asleep when the packers arrived and I did find myself checking he hadn't been popped into a big box too!
Books vanished from shelves....
Furniture and textiles were swept away....
Everything started to look a lot less like home.....
And the kitschen? Well the china was gone in no time leaving just the English Rose in all it's glory.....
We have one more sleep and then early in the morning the men will be back with their lorries to take us to our new home. A much smaller cottage, one ready for builders and therefore not one for all our boxes which will need to be safely stored until we are ready for them. So, we have a camp kitchen packed for the long summer break....
Bye bye old house.... we have been very lucky to live here and we know the new owners will be happy here.
I shall have no Broadband for a while and so there will be a pause before I show you where we're going.....I'll be back as soon as I can!
Now, did someone mention cakes?
Have one whilst I'm gone. It's the least I can do! t.x

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Brace yourselves... it's a big one!

Life has been silly busy. A garden running riot with all the sunshine...
end of year treats for the beautiful boy...
...stitchy commissions and gifts for friends...
I do love a bit of calming blanket stitch....
and sunshine parties with glamorous girls....
...with knock-out jelly tipples for the grown ups!
But alongside all of this happy activity there has been so much more besides. Come with me for a walk to the top of the garden. Through the Beech hedge we planted when we first arrived here...
...past the Willows I planted as an arbour but which somehow decided to become a tree....
Looking over to the birch copse we planted many years ago and which has provided many a happy den-building afternoon...
...through the Rowans to the big climbing oaks.
 We are in the top meadow and here is the big thing which has been keeping me busy the last year and absorbing my time and energy... in early Spring this board arrived at the top of our garden amongst the Sloe blossom...
and just a couple of weeks ago it finally changed to this...
So, I'm thinking you'll need a cup of tea now? Come with me back down through the garden all the way to the blue front door...
Come in one last time and make yourselves at home for a cuppa...
I have been so grateful to so many of you who have noticed my absences from my blog this last year. I have found it difficult to visit and share only a small part of the huge events which have been taking place in our little world. Ready for that cup of tea?
Now that the house is sold my husband and I are being kept busy separating over 20 years of life together. Divorce is a messy business and not something any parent would lightly choose for their child. But we are sensible people and we are managing in a civil and grown up way to focus on the one little person who matters most in all of this.
Thank-you all for following me and knowingly or unknowingly supporting me through what has been a difficult year. I am not one for wearing my heart on my sleeve and I will not be talking about these things again.
In the inimitable words of Forrest Gump... "that's all I have to say about that.".
So, the lavender harvest is in and soon there will be a new beginning as the beautiful boy and I move to our lovely new cottage with so many exciting new memories to be made and to be shared. I hope you will come along with us. t.xx

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Another week, another patchwork..

Well, only a little one this week. A little pram coverlet made using some of the additional squares from last week.
Backed and bound with the lovely rosy vintage sheeting...
and there's been some feathery snipping too this week....
I so love working with candlewick and blanket felt and I especially love making owls..
You have to keep an eye on them or they're off and away into the trees...
These are the last two of those lovely cotton crochet flowers...
and this fellow was decked out in more boy friendly colours and has already been delivered to a store where he was immediately snapped up to be taken to a new home!
Hopefully he's getting lots of cuddles. I find with my bunting owls at events that little people love to stroke them against their cheeks... so sweet!
The workroom is always a tip after a productive week and it's been a bit non-stop around here lately...
I really ought to have a clear up before I start on an exciting new commission but I prefer to just distract myself by looking at the little things..
There's always lots on the barmy shelf to fill my eyes....
Not least these lovely flowers gathered for me by the boy... summer in a jug!
Oh and this little poppet hiding in a corner... he's gone to a new home too!
 They quickly fly the nest so more to be made this week and that commission. Something special for a big day in August... I love wedding commissions. So much responsibility and such a privilege. Back soon with more news. t.xx