Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Perfectly imperfect.....










I finished my little quilt....and I think the title of this post says it all ! hehe...well it is my first ever quilt...Treacle the cat liked it so much I found it hard to keep her off it...so I had to make her a little mini-quilt for her basket....of course she completely ignores that one and chooses to sleep on the full size version....
 Have a lovely week !
Gail x

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Time to harvest...

It's already time to harvest the lavender....
a lovely job...
sweet and calming....




I came upon a book from my childhood...
the princess and the pea...
it was one of my favourite stories....
made me feel quite nostalgic...





summer has returned to our shores...
for the time being that is...
so there is lots to be done in the garden...
and... I am attempting to make a quilt...
so if I have any energy left after gardening...
I will sew till the sun goes down....

wishing you all a lovely week....
Gail x

Friday, 12 August 2016

I feel I can fly.....













I don't usually disclose much about my personal feelings here on my blog...
I try and keep it as a place where people might find inspiration or at least feel uplifted after their visit...
but....the truth is I suffer from an 
anxiety problem...one that clips my wings...
stops me from feeling the freedom that I long to feel...from reaching my true potential...
throughout my life I have suffered in varying  degrees....
sometimes able to venture far and wide ...
to hiking in the Himalayas...
 or picking grapes in Crete...
and sometimes....
trapped in fear, unable to do the most simplest of things...like shopping in the supermarket...
or socialising with those I love...

when faced with the opportunity to fly in a 
gyro-copter over the beautiful English lake district...
well.....I so badly wanted to do it...
but that anxiety ...those adrenaline fuelled rushes that take the breath away ....that make even normal things so terrifying ...
could I do it ?? 

it was a quick, rash decision....into the flying suit and into the flying machine and  ....off into the air...up..up...up...
and away....
I couldn't believe it was me flying over the beautiful countryside....over the lakes and mountains....
tiny emerald coloured forests and miniature fields of cows beneath me....
the wind in my wings......
it was my soul that was really flying...
free and happy....
The instructor was great...so reassuring and informative about the local area....
what a wonderful experience....
I did it ....
so just in case anyone reading this suffers from panic or anxiety or depression...trust that you have strengths and qualities in you that you may not dream possible ...

Gail x

  



Saturday, 6 August 2016

Sunflowers.....

A simple packet of dwarf sunflower seeds ...
lemon coloured .....
height 80 to 100 cms....
mmmm...well they are now giants....
about 2 metres high ....
reminded me of a favourite childhood story...
Jack and the beanstalk !! 

Photo courtesy of internet








giant tomatoes too ! 
taste delicious....


a cooling foot soak with alchemilla mollis 
and lavender.....


new cushion covers...
 made with cute star patterned fabric ...
envelope style...
quick and easy !





Happy weekend everyone !
Gail x

Monday, 25 July 2016

Bucolic....











Now is a perfect time of year for a walk in the countryside...
with wild raspberries in abundance....
the trees a rich, green tapestry...
a shady forest glade ...
the silence almost too much...
put the picnic rug on the grass next to a stream...
just the right place to sit down for a picnic...
and pause for a while...
pause.... just for a while...
pause and listen...
only the sound of water now...
trickling lazily over rocks...
and birdsong sweetening the air... 
here I might drink of the forest...
 and replenish my soul ....

wishing you a nice week...
Gail x

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Bee-have....

 







I've come inside for a bit of cool....
the temperature is in the 80's today....
the sky is blue...
summer is back...in the UK we have
to enjoy it while we can !!

An early morning visit to the allotment to water today at about 6.30am....
and the bees were already hungrily feasting on the annual poppies...
2 or 3 bees in each bloom at a time ! 
So a cheap packet of poppy seeds is a great way to help our endangered friends...! 

Enjoy the sunshine ...
Happy Days...
Gail x 
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