Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Scatter kindness......







These are photos of our local Abbey.....taken first thing in the morning ....
the ruins are wrapped in an eerie glow.....
perfect for imagining the monks that once walked here....
after the mist lifted, it was a perfect, sunny, spring day...cold and bright...

sending good wishes out to you.....
 wherever you may be !
Gail x


Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Spring flowers....









Some hellebores...
 and a sprinkling of primula vulgaris...
have a nice day !
Gail x

Thursday, 12 March 2015

A hare for Easter.....


 It's time to use the lavender from last year to make lovely sleep pillows...
and as it's nearly Easter I thought 
an image of a hare might be nice....












I stitched the hare by hand on an old piece of linen after an attempt on the sewing machine went badly wrong ! sometimes hand embroidery gives it a nice naive look...
I filled it with sweet smelling lavender.... 
and added some ribbon to finish it off ....
You can see my "design" book is bursting at the seams...It is stuffed with all sorts of bits and pieces of embroidered fabric and ideas for creating.... I think it's time for a new one !

Best wishes to you all and thanks always for your visits and comments...
you make my day that bit nicer !
Gail x




Friday, 6 March 2015

Amaryllis time.....

I love amaryllis and have quite a few dotted about the house...


I actually had to move all my hyacinth bulbs to the back porch as the smell was delicious but quite overpowering !


I finally got round to making a stripy scarf...


I used garter stitch which makes it nice and flat with no curled up edges....it's nice and long....husband has taken a liking to it so I think I have lost it hehe


 an old enamel sign....




A new addition to our family...
 "Treacle" ...










I'm so glad that the days are getting lighter and that the garden is waking from her slumber....rewarding our patience with wonderful and delicate spring blooms...even the flowering cherry is on the verge of blossoming.....
Wishing you all a lovely weekend !
Gail x


Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Walkies...





















My sister and I had a lovely walk in the woods....about 30 minutes from where we live....we set off quite early in the morning....there was snow on the hills and the air was lovely and fresh....I love these kind of winter days ...the sunshine is so welcome and yes, you have to wrap up warm but once you are walking you soon get quite toasty ! The lake was frozen solid and had the most beautiful images across it...like wings...other pools of water held fabulous reflections of the bare trees....birds were busy gathering food and nesting materials...it was a stunning day.....
natures healing gifts come in a variety of shapes and sizes.....sometimes it's the feel of the sunshine on your skin...sometimes soft,summer rain or the smell of the moss on the woodland floor....or maybe a fleeting glimpse of a wild creature amongst the trees... after today's walk my soul felt truly nourished.....thank you mother nature you are awesome....
Hope you all have a lovely week...
Gail x

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Natural beauty....

 Too beautiful to eat ?
Romanesco Cauli









It really tasted as good as it looked !
I would definitely try these again as I found the flavour was milder but nicer than the usual cauli...


finished another jumper ...Yay ! 
This one is merino chunky so knitted up quite quickly...it's so nice and soft, a lot different from the woollen jumpers I remember as a child....
it's a tad warm too !!


Have a lovely "nearly spring" week !
Gail x
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