Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Back in my Garden

 We,ve painted the summer house ,put up some pretty dolphins , chased away the spiders, moved out our grandsons toy tractor...so now I can sit and relax in there once again.
 Thats my daughters little dog ....and do you like my new summer dress ? I bought it in the CHSW  Childrens Hospice South West shop in Helston....raising money for those short and precious lives and their families .
I am so pleased with it ! It is nice and cool and loose over my sore tummy .
.......and  purple ! : )   I ,ve also got out that old straw hat again . I,m abit of a " Second -hand Rose "
         Aaah ! It's good to see a bit more of the sunshine once again  .

                                                 I,ve been stitching this .....

              .....but now I,m stitching this ....and as I sat and stitched ,  I looked across the garden and noticed something peculiar going on with this Agave potatorum .

                                                       ....what's going on ?

                                       It's beginning to put up a flower spire !

Mullion Cove to The Lover's Rock

Every day now , we take a walk ....and everyday I,m pushing myself a little further . This is a favourite  little walk of ours....from Mullion Cove to the Lover's Rock .
Some days we,ve had quite thick drifting fog .........

.              .....but then .....when the sun comes out ....it is breathtaking up here  .....

                            .......and we walk along to the Lover's Rock  ..........

                         ........ where one can look across to ancient caves.....

    There are beautiful wild flowers here and lichens growing on the branches of the bushes and even on the rock .

Monday, 22 June 2015


The weather has been nice and I,ve been sitting in the summer house  stitching .
I love this book by Ingrid Eggimann Jonsson called Yllebroderier  . It is a Swedish book , but it doesn't matter , such joyful and colourful designs and the pictures are just so inspiring .
 At the moment while I have this horrible post trauma stress thing going on , it  is for me a much easier and free-er way to stitch . I,m finding it very therapeutic .

Friday, 12 June 2015

Meanwhile Outside in the Garden

So as you know I,m recovering from a big operation ..... I think that the last thing I did out here was planting  out Autumn onion sets and my White Foxglove seedlings .
 I had been looking forward to seeing an orchestra of white foxgloves !
Unable to push the lawnmower , my wonderful husband has been taking care of the Labyrinth ...it is looking really good !

         I still cant do very much , but lovely to watch the bees around these flowers , I, ll have lots of seeds to gather for next year .... and maybe some to share  !

I keep telling my husband to keep the garage door closed and make sure there aren't any swallows flown in !  I wouldn't want them to get trapped inside there .

 My favourite rose at the moment is Rosa Glauca .I love its simple pink flower against those gorgeous blue leaves .
Rain coming over night will hopefully bring up the Little Gem Lettuces ,Kale , French , purple podded and runner beans that I,ve sown .
I managed to get a little sleep last night , nice to listen to the rain on my window .

Squirrels Playing in the Tree- finished !

                          I think that little bit of pastel blue makes it easier on the eye .

                 So on to something else ....lets see whats happening out in the garden .

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

a little bit more ....

Its coming along nicely , not sure that red squirrels and red roses go together all that well , so I,m going to throw in a little touch of blue  .

If at first you don't succeed ...

 Try , try , and try again .....my hands still shaky , but slowly I managed to draw out with my pencil onto my linen twill ,  another piece , with some more cheeky squirrels .
 This is my own design , just freely drawn just as it came out of my fuzzy head . Fuzzy on account of having very little sleep .
 I used an ordinary pencil . stem stitched around pretty much everything to begin with and herringbone stitched the rose leaves .
I,d really like to get the soft effect to the squirrel's tails this time .
 The red rose of York in memory of the wonderful finding , excavation and re-burial of King Richard the Third recently .

St Mary's Shawl Ministry

                                                       Thankyou SO much !

I shed tears...and more tears.....of joy ...when I came home to find Father John had called and left this in the porch for me . I cant tell you what comfort this is bringing to me ....and to know I am in your prayers . Thankyou  so so much !

      My shawl is just beautiful , such lovely colours and it smells so lovely too !

On the long road to Recovery

I,ve been poorly and am now on the long and very slow road to recovery .
No I ,m not going to talk about the operation and spoil my journal ... but I will talk about how I am now trying to battle my way out of Post Trauma Stress , which I hope may be more helpful to someone else suffering with this .
 Above is my first piece of embroidery since leaving hospital ...my hands where very shaky and my stitching is not up to my usual standard .....however not long after this I began to have some therapy and gave in reluctantly to taking medicine to help .

This is the next piece . It was going to be a little medieval purse for re-enactment ....except those squirrels really don't look right !