Tuesday, 29 July 2008
Seriously, though, I am feeling a lot better than I did a few days ago and I am hoping by the weekend I can get back to some kind of normality ! I am the world's worse patient for sure, and I am so glad this last week is over !!!
Nothing to report on the sewing scene other than I have made a start on my Miniature Booty Swap Quilt, but not worth showing at the moment. I did make a number of 'resolutions' whilst lying around doing nothing (VBG!) not the least being that I MUST do something to reduce the ever increasing number of UFOs, and I did manage to order a load of batting from the UK !! The idea is that this should arrive just about the time I am feeling well enough to start crawling around the floor and get some quilts put together - well, that's the master plan !!!
Thursday, 24 July 2008
I have spent the last 2 days confined to bed , doped up with antibiotics, trying to combat yet another bronchial infection !! I started feeling a bit 'off' over the weekend but thought it was just the start of a summer cold - Wrong! It has turned into the real thing !! Today I do feel a little better, but still very groggy and have the most awful sounding cough you can imagine (!) so its back on the old inhaler, cough syrup and any other drugs thought likely to put a halt to it !!!
The problem I had in January was bad enough, but then it was quite a hard winter, which would explain a little why one might end up with a bronchial infection - but do you know what is really bugging me now ? This is the nicest weather we have had so far this summer , temperatures are in the very high 20s, and me, I' m in bed through most of it !!!!!!
Monday, 21 July 2008
Saturday, 19 July 2008
It is starting to look a lot better now ! Next step is 80 Flying Geese !! I wish I could take better photos of these quilts , they are just becoming too big (!) , but I am sure you get the idea !
And some information for anyone looking something to do during the next few weeks (LOL!!) - have a look at this site and the wonderful free workshops that are being offered , there is something for everyone. I promise you it has to be worth a visit ! There is also a logo if you'd like to grab it .
Thursday, 17 July 2008
This is my 4 Season Quilt Swap for 'Summer' and made by Rose Marie from Toronto. It is absolutely gorgeous and the photo doesn't do it any justice at all !! The quilting is so detailed and most of it hand quilted at that ! You might be able to see some of it in this photo
and it doesn't stop there - just look at the label !
Thank you so much Rose Marie, I am just delighted !!! Thank you also to Margaret for all her hard work in arranging the Swap. Just one little regret - I wish I had known about the swaps sooner as I have really enjoyed 'playing along' !!!
One of my fellow British ex-pats here in France, Claire , has been posting views from her various windows - now I don't have such pretty views as Clare ,so won't be rushing around the house snapping from every window (!!), but thought you might like to see the view from our garden gate this afternoon
Yes, harvesting has started, the Combines are working all hours and the roadways are jammed with tractors & trailers of all ages, shapes & sizes !!! Most of the grain goes to the local co-operatives and you cannot imagine what a driving hazard this causes ! Now, please don't laugh, but this is the time of the kamakazi wood pigeons !! They flock onto the roads to get at the fallen grain, so driving at the moment consists of closing your eyes each time you come across a bunch of pigeons. They promptly take off as you approach, but goodness only knows which way they will fly !! Going up to Megan this morning I counted 42 birds in a couple of kilometres - so far I've been lucky and managed to miss them all, but one day ................!!!!!!
Keep forgetting to mention, just over 1 lb off this week (1 lb 6 ozs actually). It must have been the ice cream (Ooops !) last week-end that slowed me down (!!) but I am quite OK with that, at least its the right direction
Tuesday, 15 July 2008
"I have so many photos that to try and post them all would mean being here half the night (!!)so these are some of the other attractions parading the streets for our entertainment. There were troubadours and jugglers, archers and falconers, dancers and fire-eaters, fools and stilt-walkers and I could just go on and on ......................! "
It seems such a shame not to mention everyone and who knows, maybe one day I will get around to publishing all the photos on a Picasa album !!!
Monday, 14 July 2008
and grusome !! Check the net !!!!
The Chateau and gardens
and I could just go on and on !! It was a great day, one that saw 1,000 costumed participants joining in the celebrations and I can't imagine how many other visitors came along to pay their tribute to this pretty little town and to say
Happy Birthday !
Sunday, 13 July 2008
Complete with doves and a bridge to its own private island !!
Ooops!! Almost forgot the fishermen !
We didn't manage a great distance, just a respectable 8 mile round trip ,which isn't too bad for the first time out, and the weather stayed dry for us even though there were some very black clouds around a lot of the time.
Tomorrow, which is a National Holiday, we will be back in Josselin , as the town is celebrating Bastille Day and its 1, 000 birthday (do towns have birthdays ?) with a Medieval Market & Fair where all the inhabitants and exhibitors really pull out all the stops with their costumes, so I am sure there will be more photos of life in Brittany in a few days !!
Saturday, 12 July 2008
I understand that the swap is based of the concept of the movie “Pay it Forward” (which I haven't seen !) where acts, or deeds, of kindness are done without expecting something in return, just passing it on with hope that the recipients will also pass it on. So here’s how it works, I will make and send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment to this post requesting to join the PIF exchange. I don't know what that gift will be yet, or when it will be sent. Not this month now and probably not next month, but it WILL be sent (within 6 months) and that’s a promise! What YOU have to do in return, is to pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog - So does any one want to join in ?
Friday, 11 July 2008
Anyone for lunch ??
Whatever it was I didn't get in ,which is a great pity as the pool itself is just so incredibly old fashioned, with rows of little changing cubicles down each side where you go in one door fully clothed and pop out the other in your bathers and straight into the pool - fabulous !!! So I can only show you some close ups of the ceramics, but there is a good photo of the outside on this link as well as a write up.
Well, that's a little part of our day out in Rennes ! We had a lovely lunch sitting outside in the sunshine, and it will come as no surprise to hear that more fabric found its way into the shopping bag !!!