Patchwork summer

It’s been so hot here this week, so hot even the lovely Kiwi struggled with the heat;16 years of living in the UK has changed him. The monkeys have spent most of their first week of the holidays pretending to ignore the constant soundtrack of ‘hats, hats, KEEP YOUR SUNHATS ON!’. Seriously though, I don’t want burnt scalps on my watch, brushing Miss Marmoset’s hair can be traumatic enough as it is.

Yet despite the scorchio conditions it’s been a great start to the hols. We have pottered in forests (shade), splashed in the paddling pool, taken leisurely trips to the park, it’s been exactly the kind of week I think we all needed by the time school was out. True, it was tense when the TV broke on Day 2 of the holidays. There was a brief moment as all family members exchanged shocked glances and pondered the possibility of having to spend six weeks actually talking to each other. However we’re all adjusting well and I think the hot weather has made that adjustment much easier. That and remembering we can still get BBC Iplayer on the computer, telly methadone as it were.

I will be tackling nothing more demanding than paper piecing this holiday. When I first found the on-line quilting community I had no idea what English Paper Piecing was when people referred to it. It took a while for the penny to drop that it is just patchwork. In my head things that are made on a sewing machine are part of quilting. Things that are made by hand, patchwork. I have no idea why or when I made the distinction, but it’s stuck somehow. So it will be a patchwork summer. I have the many diamond hexies to work on and I think I’ll dig these octagons out again and see if I can turn them into a big sham pillow. 
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The last time I showed you any pics of the garden it was looking pretty bleak and empty, so some pics of the border in full bloom. Enjoy, I am!
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Happy summer hols and as always, thanks for reading,
Helen
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