Friday 28 August 2020
Saturday 22 August 2020
For quite some time now I have been growing more and more irritated at this - wherever I am someone else always wants to be on those exact GPS coordinates. In the car park - another driver always wants the car park I have indicated I am turning into. On the footpath - if I keep to the left so do all the other pedestrians and I have to move aside. In the Supermarket - other shoppers always want the trolley I have stretched my hand out to take and my position in the aisle is always the favourite of the other shoppers nearby. At the bank - other customers step ahead of me in the queue with a bob of their head which I interpret to mean 'sorry'. Even at the library - other clients put their hand out for books I have laid on the table beside the checking out machine while I fumble with my library card Excuse me!!! That's mine!!! What. Is. It???? Is it my magnetic personality? Is it my short-fused temperament?
Currently I am considering purchasing a bicycle and am aware that this aware phenomena will no doubt pursue me on the cycleways also where I will well feel less protected. The DBEM thinks I should not get a bike - "you're an adult woman and I shouldn't tell you what to do but...." However I have problems with my left heel and ankle that are curtailing my walking at present and the physiotherapist has suggested a bicycle. I may go to the store and investigate. Currently the weather is not really conducive to such activity.
Anyway - enough ranting. Today has been a beautiful day despite the weather forecast for rain and I managed to clean some of my outside windows and do some gardening in the vegetable beds. All is well in that part of the world :-)
Tonight I will help the DBEM with her knitting and finish off one of the books I have downloaded. So a quiet and restful day
Thursday 20 August 2020
Tuesday 11 August 2020
Today I collected the Quakers in Japan from the framer and I am very pleased with the result. It is now hanging on the wall where I can look at it easily and allow the waves of nostalgia for Japan to sweep over me. This is a truly wonderful design from Tempting Tangles.
It was hard choosing a frame and supplies are limited due to import restrictions from Covid-19 but I am pleased with this one and think it suits well.
Now I am back hard at work finishing off the Shepherds Bush Christmas epic and this years quota of ornaments for the family. Hopefully there will be another update on progress this weekend.
Saturday 8 August 2020
This lady is almost my next door neighbour down here in The Antipodes - she lives in the beautiful Hunter Valley of Australia . She loves stitching - she churns them out as we say here in New Zealand. The list on her sidebar of completed pieces would, in my mind, make her eligible for a Gold Medal at the Stitching Olympics. And what's more she keeps to a theme. I'll give you a hint as to what that is
Ho ho ho; Angels; trees; stockings....
Can you guess?
Yes, this lady stitches Christmas pieces (mainly) Those she keeps for herself are sometimes massive masterpieces. Currently the huge piece she is working on has to be sideways in her frame! But she also stitches for family and friends. I really admire her use of beads in finishing some of her smaller items.
I particularly liked the Australian Alphabet names she has stitched for her nieces children and wonder whether a similar pattern exists in my country.
I searched through my stitching for something she might like and came up with this.
If you can't guess from all I've written then try this link and go visit Elfie You too will be inspired.
Sunday 2 August 2020
Anyway, a progress shot - I have decided to leave all the beads until the very end so this is very much unadorned.
Speculaas biscuits was amazing. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and as the cafe was closed early that day we came home for a slightly overdue afternoon tea. The DBEM was so tired she promptly fell asleep and nodded off for most of the next day too:-)