Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Stitching or gardening

Well gardening season is here so that won out over stitching as the weather has been so lovely. We've had a few days out visiting garden centres, so many beautiful plants but such a price these days but I did buy another lupin and a dianthus for the border.

   I did manage to stitch another little chart by Samplers and Stitches, 

and a little bit more on Hedge Row by Plum Street Samplers.

Another Prairie Schooler ornament ready to be finished off.

Tony has been working so hard on enlarging the pond, the irises were taking over so he made a smaller pond and waterfall to give the fish more space. He also made the little wooden boxes for the marginal plants. It's keeping him happy, there's always something to do in the garden.

I've been potting on in the greenhouse.

The tomatoes are coming along nicely even after a late start.

Even more seedlings to sort.

The canary rose has made another fine show for Spring,

and for the first time since we planted the wisteria many moons ago it has decided to flower.

One more picture of the pond.

So that's what I've been doing over the past few weeks, keeping busy and trying to relax. I love this time of year when I seem to come out of hibernation. The birds are nesting in the hedge, I'm so glad that we still have somewhere for them raise their young and so lovely to hear the birdsong especially when you're not having a good day.

Still baking and reading and planning things to do. DD has said that she hopes to be moving out soon, she came back home to live when Covid started two years ago. It's been lovely having her here but as she works from home it's sometimes hard to do things that make a noise.

That's all for now, take care,

love Sue xx

Friday, 1 April 2022

A finish and a new start

We had snow again this morning and  heavy frost over night so I'm hoping that all the plants and seedlings will survive. We've got lots of blossom coming on the fruit trees so it will be a shame if they are killed off by the cold.

Hopefully I'll manage to get a post to work as for the past few weeks my old computer has been giving up the ghost and finally died last week. I'd had it for eight years so it has certainly done it's job. After looking at new ones and trying to find one that was not too expensive, my middle daughter offered me her old one as she didn't use it any more so fingers crossed I can make this work.

First off, a finish. A little bit of Spring by Samplers and Stitches, a lovely little stitch to do.

Lizzie Kate's Flowers has been made up into a little pillow.

and two of the Christmas ornaments are almost finished, just got to decide whether to mount them on the sticks and bobbins or whether to just have them on ribbon hangers.

A new start on Plum Street Sampler's Hedge Row, love the little hedgehogs.

A few pictures of the garden

the daffodils are lasting, I always love this time of year when thy bring so much colour to the garden

The Viburnum and red robin are making a lovely show

and the Amelanchier never fails to shine through on a cold Spring day.

These are the flowers from Mother's day last Sunday from DD Rachel, the chocolates from Kim have almost gone but they were yummy.

Well that's about it for now,

love Sue xx

Monday, 28 February 2022

Another oldie framed


I've just been checking back on my blog and hadn't realised that I started this SAL of Beatrix Potter in 2011. I finally finished it in 2015 and since then it has been in a drawer with all the other stitching that needs framing or finishing off. OH framed it for me a couple of weeks ago and it's now hanging on the wall where it belongs. I have quite a few pieces that I got fed up with stitching on or my tastes changed but looking back through them now I want to at least finish another one or two this year.

February's ornament is finished, I'm not sure if I'll finish them off as trees as they are in the booklet or whether to just have them with a loop for hanging on the tree. No rush at the moment to decide.

Another small stitch to make up, I can't remember who it is by and the chart has been put somewhere safe and I can't find it either. Too much going on in this old brain of mine lately and not all of it good.

Another couple of project bags have been made and have made a welcome change to get my sewing machine out as it doesn't get used as much as it should. Lots of fabric in the cupboards waiting to be used, both patchwork and dressmaking so I ought to make more of an effort before gardening season is upon us.

I had a craving for something sweet over the weekend so a little baking was done, needless to say that there's not a lot left of either the cake or the tarts now. I love making cakes, it was the last job that I had in my working life when I made cakes for a tea room which I really enjoyed doing.

No flowers in the garden at the moment though we have been out getting everything in the garden ready for Spring but a nice bunch of daffodils makes things look cheery. OH is out in the garden now putting in new compost bins that he's made but as it's raining I don't think he'll be out there much longer.

That's about it for now, take care,

love Sue xx


Thursday, 10 February 2022

February catch up

Last year I was determined I was going to make more ornaments for the Christmas tree but as usual it didn't happen so I thought I'd try again. I've managed to stitch one and start on another so fingers crossed I don't lose motivation again. Thankfully the days are getting longer and the sun keeps peeping through so as long as I keep thinking that Spring is on it's way I'll be ok.


 So this is the first, Prairie Schooler book 183

DH had another one to frame for me. I finished this last year but never got around to putting up a picture. Fragile Dreams by Design Works.

I've put a few more stitches into Spring Planting by Dimensions, it's about time I finished some of the many UFOs that I have.

I thought I'd have a go at making a project bag, I'd made similar before but never used vinyl but I didn't find it too tricky. Quite pleased with my first attempt.


 Not a lot happening in the garden other than this lovely helibore with its pretty flowers. The daffodils and tulips are showing through but nothing worthy of a photo yet.

Well that's about it for now, take care , Sue xx

Thursday, 20 January 2022

A long overdue post

It's been a while since I last blogged, the second half of last year wasn't a very good one; losing friends and family is never a good thing to go through but it does put life in perspective. As well as that we also lost our lovely cat Troy, after all the tablets and medicines that he was taking it was dementia that finally made us make the decision to let him go. He was 16, a really friendly cat  who brought a lot of happiness to our family.  We still have his son, Gizmo who is now about the same age as there was only six months between them so we're not completely cat free, we still have lots of fuss and purrs.

A little bit of stitching to show. I did manage to do the Christmas exchange that I do every year though I sent something that I'd stitched earlier in the year as I couldn't motivate myself to do any stitching.

This is what I sent to Cathie

and this is what I received from Jenn, such a lovely exchange.
DH asked for woodworking tools for Christmas and he's been busy using them.
I stitched this piece just before Christmas and he made the box to go with it. The photos aren't very good as the light wasn't right and I don't think my old camera is doing so well these days but for now it will have to do. He's also been framing some of my old stitching that needed doing as I hadn't framed them right in the first place.

Berry Days at Thistle Down Farm by Brenda Gervais, I still have the needlebook to stitch but that can be done later.

I was going to put some more photos up but blogger doesn't want to let me so I'll leave it here for now.

Take care all,

love Sue xx

Saturday, 1 January 2022

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all my friends and family, lets hope that it's a good one for all of us.

Love Sue xx

Friday, 16 July 2021

A Summer exchange

Another couple of months have passed by with no blogging but the garden is still keeping me busy as is my DH who is thoroughly enjoying his retirement. He's never had much time to get out in the garden other than weekends but he is out there from morning 'til night either digging or building rose arches or playing around with the fish pond but it's good to see him keeping occupied.

I've still not done a lot of stitching as I keep having migraines, the optician says it could be stress related or my blood pressure might need checking or it could be bright lights or being on the computer a tad too long. I'm trying to not stress over things, a bit impossible when you're one of the world's biggest worriers, and I've been keepng off the computer which has been easy as I've spent so much time outdoors I've not missed it.

I did stitch my gift for the Gift of Friendship exchange which I do every year. This year I sent to Deb.

And this is what I received from Gail, isn't it lovely. The picture on it is from when we used to do a thread exchange many years ago so it's a lovely reminder of all the friends I made along the way.

I feel truly blessed with all the goodies that she sent it was like Christmas opening all of the little parcels that were in the box.

Troy hasn't been well again so another trip to the vets so along with his heart and kidney problems he now has an overactive thyroid, it's costing us a fortune at the vet's but while there's hope we'll keep trying.

A few pictures of the pond and the garden. Tony had six new fish bought for his birthday at the beginning of June and so far four of them have died. The aquatics shop they came from said it was probably stress that killed them but we asked advice from someone else and they seem to think the fish might have a parasite that is killing them so at the moment the water is a lovely shade of blue with the chemicals that have gone in. It makes the fish look very pretty.

The photo of the veg garden was taken a few weeks ago, it now looks like a jungle with everything growing.



The pergola is a work in progress and it's keeping DH busy.

Well that's about it for now, I have stitching on the go and knitting too, the skirt I was about to sew is still waiting to be done but there's no hurry all I seem to wear these days are gardening clothes.

Take care all, Sue x

Friday, 28 May 2021

Good intentions

It's been a few weeks since I blogged mainly due to the fact that there's not been a lot of stitching going on but there has been a lot of gardening. That is to say that we've gardened when the weather has been kind to us which for the past few weeks hasn't been all that often.

It is looking good, nice and tidy but the plants that we've grown are at least a month behind from last year but hopefully they'll catch up.

Stitching has been going on in the evenings but lately all I've wanted to do is sit and nod, it must be all the extra exercise that I've been getting in the garden.

A few finishes, some that have been lying in the cupboard for a while.



and just a little more stitching,

and lots of baking to keep energy levels topped up.

I was going to put some pictures of the garden up but blogger doesn't want to let me do anything. It's taken ages to get these photos up so I'll quit while I'm ahead and try again later.

Sue xx