We’ve taken down the ‘dressings’ on the greenhouse & I’m delighted to report that, after two weeks of bandaging through the storms the patient is intact & sound of limb. Meanwhile uncovering the swaddled contents has been very exciting. Sweet peas sown in October, geraniums wintered over, oriental poppies from seed all thriving & just look at the tray of dahlia seeds...
Sometimes the tiniest things create a moment. This scrap of wallpaper clinging on behind an old radiator that had been in place since the 1970s. The paper 50s? 40s? Earlier?
For the first time that we can remember we have been graced with a pair of grey doves in our garden. He keeps watch while she pecks at seeds under the feeders. Streptopelia decaocto you are most welcome to our corner of the Shire.
Flying across the Canterbury Plain & into Christchurch on my last visit, tears of excitement now tears of sadness.Feeling every ounce of pain & heartbreak for this beautiful city & country today. #christchurch #newzealand #
Day Three of new boiler/ water tank things, the world is out there burning, Storm Gareth is raging & I’m tucked up in my sewing ‘cosy’ making clothes for a stuffed rabbit. For the quilt group Summer Challenge we were all given a secretly wrapped & different piece of ‘ugly’ fabric and asked to make something/ anything from it. I think I did alright in the ‘ugly’ department, I quite like this. And I am loving making miniature clothes with their tiny seams & facings.
The writing has washed off the label but I think these might be Belle Époque. Always so pleased I bothered back in October.
It’s a Monday morning & whilst women are out there saving the world or writing books or fitting our new gas boiler (yes) I am sitting here stuffing & dressing Wilhelmina Woodmouse & listening to ‘Pompeii’ by Robert Harris. Is this legal? This is my apprentice piece hence why the ears are on the wrong sides. And to think I used to half dread work on a Monday morning because there would be a stack of messages from Social Services about weekend child protection disasters. Right, it’s Luna Lapin & C.J. Samson’s ‘Tombland’ next. #lunalapin #wilhelminawoodmouse
Is it possible to feel an attachment to the boiler? I’m a bit sad that it’s boiled its last this morning & is about to be pensioned off. Installed in 1994, soon after we moved in, 25 years of relentless service, the old work horse that rarely lets us down. But its technology is Neolithic & some new-fangled young upstart is about to arrive. Four days of mayhem now follow.
If this isn’t Storm Gareth then heaven knows what’s in store when it is announced. The garden seat our best Beaufort Scale indicator of storm force. Greenhouse not in London (yet) 🤞 but no electricity this morning.