~In jeder Sprache wohnen andere Augen.~

lundi 31 mars 2014

Let's take a walk

... through the garden

very lush yellow hellebores

Plenty of new daffodils 

EG has started mowing the grass

slimy guests already out


....walking down to the stream

where EG planted hundreds more of daffodils

fresh food growing for a 'strudel' (ground elder and nettles)






every year he cuts branches from the willows

picture in the middle shows our picnic stone



one of the giants to hug

another hug tree

the grass is growing well

a look back to the 'ruin'

I wished I had the buzzard's view

the water is clear and it is so peaceful there

so much to sniff




the willows offer so much for wildlife


that's it for this time


No idea when I will be able to access the blog again because I have ordered a new laptop. There will be a lot of new things to be learned and a lot of data to be shuffled over.
But before that, we are off!
Wales, here we come! Very excited to find out more about Anglesey Island.
See you next time.

mardi 11 mars 2014

Une journée parfaite




That is what it was - in fact, all my 4 days in the UK were perfect ones.

Getting ready, full of excitement,  packing up some unusual things this time.


Son's birthday card and symbolic surprise 

red gift box

containing this apron

EG found the text should have ended with 'drunk' 

inside the hat box

my heart always beats quicker once I see this coastline

Thursday seems to be a better day for traveling , the M25 was clear, so was the M4. Arrived in Bristol without any delay and waited for son to have finished work - even found straight away the place in the city center. I always have a giggle when I see Cabot Circus. Insiders know why ;-)

After a pre-birthday dinner, (there were 2 to follow), next day was - big joy - going to see lovely Niki in Shepton Mallet (http://nostalgiaatthestonehouse.blogspot.be/) - thank you again, Niki for all those nice things you kept for me. Here is a selection of what I bought but I shall not show all of it ;-)

a stunning hat box

all covered by Niki in vintage fabric (quick! put the lid on to preserve this great smell of lavender)

today I discovered that calendar she had added to my pack :-)

pity the smell does not come across on the picture
all true treasures


Shopping in Wells: have already tried out the first Annie Sloan paint from Poppy Green 





this fabric was also found in Wells, at  'Sew Vintage'


strawberry fabrics from Millie Moon


Saturday morning, we (Marion and I) set out early to have our great day in Shrewsbury.



The directions which were given by Jo before (link: https://www.facebook.com/Rusticandwhite), with the advise which Park & Ride to take and how to find the place of Rustic and White, were just fine. We  arrived just in time to attend our first ever workshop.

The room was prepared in such a great way

Everybody had its tag ready made by Christine - all differently crafted

Explanations were given by Christine how she does her artwork

hand-quilted items decorated the room

one nicer than the other

intricate pieces of her art everywhere


he sat there quietly enjoying all that excited bunch of ladies

Christine's one of a kind papier maché dolls

Jo had hung a chain on the wall, very clever!

more of the unique quilt work

and the pieces of fabric art all 'speak'

this was breath taking: a bandage from former army use

rolled up like a parchemin (script roll)

truly awesome!


this also is so unique, a day book entry

more quilt detail



my very preferred detail of the parchemin


the window with the curtains and flowers in the vase

the needle on top of the left

every detail additionally embellished

Finally, our finished works:


Margaret sat next to me - she is a professional! In no time she had made up this brilliant piece

Melanie's


Gwen's second brooch (sorry, not sharp picture)

Deirdre's





inside Amanda's

Rebecca's (her daughter's name is Grace)

Margaret's second item


The wording on Gwen's brooch said it all - A PERFECT DAY



We do hope to be able to do such extraordinary day again!

With special thanks to Pondside (http://pondside1741.blogspot.com/) who made me aware of Gentlework (http://gentlework.blogspot.com)

P.S. Pictures from the UK were taken with the small Lumix and are not so great. But there are better ones on Gentlework's Facebook page and also on D's blog here :http://deeatthecarlton.blogspot.com