Friday, 3 December 2021

My head is hanging in shame - a long absence

Today I was reading about a woman who described herself as "my mother's PA'.   Me too, I said, as my diary is full of the DBEM's entries: "Order prescription; Schedule podiatrist; Hearing Aid checks; Knitting yarn top up shop; Vaccine passport" etc etc etc.   Just occasionally I squeeze in "Embroiderers Guild; Stitching Group; Library" for myself:-)   I didn't realise it was so long since I had posted on my blog - no excuse really, just that life got in the way.

There has been lots of activity though -  the garden keeps me busy this time of year but I have had a lot of pleasure from all the flowers.   Our recent rains have ruined a lot of the roses but the Christmas lilies are about to pop, gladioli are flowering well and every day a different colour of Calla lily seems to pop up.   Strange things do happen though -  my deep blue hydrangea is a lovely shade of lilac this year!   I need to find out how to get it to revert to my favourite blue.   Any ideas?

It is fun to watch - even if my neighbour grins and says "Do you know you can't eat flowers.   How are your vegetables doing?"    "Very well", says I.   The asparagus has been abundant; the silverbeet,  broccoli and lettuce provide our necessary intake of leafy green veges; celery and white and red cabbage have made excellent coleslaw and my rhubarb needs to be renamed Red Triffid it is growing so well,   As a trial I grew some potatoes in a tub and they have surpassed expectations so I will have new potatoes for Christmas.   And there are carrots, red beet, runner beans etc coming along too.   

This week I completed the Frisian Whitework sewing set for one of my Great-nieces.   I received Yvette Stanton's book for my birthday and it has been really easy to follow her excellent instructions and teach myself about this new-to-me counted work technique.   

A needlebook, pincushion biscornu and a scissor fob are all contained in a small drawstring bag.   

Here's hoping I be back again quickly.






5 comments:

  1. Great to see you back. I think hydrangeas like acid if they are to turn blue but you can buy a specific product to water in to do the job - or at least you can here in the UK. What are Christmas lilies in NZ?
    Hope your DBEM is OK = and it's lovely to see you back!

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  2. Nice to see a post from you. I agree with the above comment, the soil composition will affect the colours of the hydrangea so look into that.
    The whitework is beautiful, such a lovely set as a gift.

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  3. Your great-niece is very lucky. It looks beautiful.

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  4. The Frisian Whitework sewing set is lovely. You have been busy in the garden. I find that growing some of your own produce is satisfying.

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  5. Glad to see you back! Our schedules look similiar with grandma's appointments, but as we are both still working, there's plenty of our own too. That sewing set looks great!

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