Sunshine days

The days are gorgeous right now. All that miserable wretched rain has passed, the monkeys have regained their health, (and with it my sanity), and the world feels full of possibilities again.

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Time to broaden my horizons with a trip into London with my friend Jenny to see this wonderful exhibition; Designing Women Post War British Textiles. Featuring work by designers such as Lucienne Day, Jacqueline Groag and Mary White the exhibition was slightly revelatory for me. So much of the design from that period I had always taken for being American or Scandinavian, so to see these beautiful, striking designs and realise they were British was extraordinary. I really can’t recommend it enough and if you can get there before it ends on the 16th June you definitely, definitely should. I’ve never visited the Fashion and Textile Museum before but I’ll definitely be back, it’s a wonderful little museum and they have some great looking workshops there too.
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Home to ponder some new projects and progress on the WIPS. Here is Miss Marmoset’s new Hourglass quilt top. All pieced but still lacking borders – apologies for the terrible photo I thought it would turn out splendidly as it really looked as if we were about to get a belter of a storm, (you know that wonderful light that appears just before a storm?), but it seems a bit washed out instead. After six years of fiddling and experimenting my camera remains an enigma to me.
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This week has seen me pricking out and potting on until I’ve run out of pots, compost and fingernails. I’m now at that uneasy stage torn between hoping all my seedlings survive their transition and being terrified that they will. In which case you can expect plenty giveaways of basil, tomato and pepper plants over the summer months.

I hope the sun is shining on you.

Thanks for reading,
Helen
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Wake up and smell the Vicks vapour rub…

It’s almost a month since I last blogged – where did May go? Actually much of May appears to have been spent clearing up after poorly small people at about 3am. Barbary Boy has had a shocking run of ill-health starting with a chest infection, running seamlessly into a tummy bug and is rounding off his ‘bad things come in threes’ with a four day run of fever stubbornly refusing to stay under 40C. We are all tired, wan and a bit grumpy; and if I hear the Thomas theme tune one more time I may have to stab myself in the eye with a fondue skewer. 

However in between the germ warfare good things have been happening. Miss Marmoset is still defiantly healthy and her reading is developing at an astonishing pace. My days of ‘net surfing with her watching over my shoulder are now over. The garden is slowly starting to bloom and there has even been a bit of stitching here and there. Miss M’s hourglass quilt is pieced and just needs some borders adding. As soon as the sun comes out again I’ll get some snaps.
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In the meantime here’s a little Jubilee bunting flag I’ve stitched up while watching ‘The Best of Thomas‘ with Barbary Boy over the last few days. The children’s school has asked for everyone to make a bunting flag for their Jubilee celebrations and this is my contribution. I’m quite pleased with it really as I don’t usually attempt embroidery, and I can’t lie I’m terribly proud of that little Corgi’s face!
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I thought I’d share Miss M’s latest portrait of me. The hair’s about right, and I’m glad she’s got me smiling but really I’m not that – well – stacked.
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Thanks for reading,
Helen
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