Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Spring Sunshine

Actually, last week's  weather was more like Summer than Spring - cloudless blue skies and glorious sunshine, which was a lovely change to the grey skies we've had to endure for most of February.  Not being quite warm enough to brave a trip to the coast, where else  would we go but back to one of our favourite walks along the Brest to Nantes canal !

Josselin is one of the most picturesque towns in our area, and is only a 15 minute drive away from home .  No matter how many times we walk the canal bank around the town, the  dramatic setting of the chateau towering above the town and canal never fails to impress.

Weirs and locks

Walkers, cyclists and avenues of trees

There's even a small jump course for those wanting to place the odd bet or two !

Not quite Aintree, but lots of  fun on race day.

An afternoon out wouldn't be complete without seeing some flowers would it?

Finally let me show you one very brave cat

I certainly hope she's a good swimmer :-)

Sadly, our weather took a turn for the worse over the weekend and we are back to the cold, grey stuff, but fingers crossed that it doesn't stay too long.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Job Done!

First the Triple Crown, and now today the Grand Slam  -  the boys done well!!!

Da iawn Cymru !!

* photograph courtey of Reuters

Friday, 16 March 2012

Ooops !!

What do you do when a very special little girl's 1st birthday creeps up on you and catches you unprepared ?  Why - cheat of course !

You buy some very cute fabric,  add a couple of borders,  and in no time at all, one birthday quilt :-)

                                  HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAISY XXX

Friday, 9 March 2012

Empty Nest Syndrome

 In our garden !

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Sow A Long

I always find it amazing how much free information & tuition is available on the WWW
posted by so many lovely quilters prepared to give of their time and talent .  For people like me who do not have easy access to quilt shops, libraries etc  these are lifelines indeed !

Deciding which project to join in with is always a difficult choice, but one that did catch my eye during blog wandering was the Sow A Long on Barrister's Block blog. No - It's not a spelling mistake, 'sow ' is quite correct!

The story behind this project was to encourage quilters to get to grips with the Farmer's Wife sampler quilt, hence the play on the word 'sew'.  Unfortunately the author of the book has decided that she is not happy with a bunch of people sewing along together and you can see why on this post

Don't know who's right or who's wrong here, but I, like so many others, bought the book just to join in the fun. Now I wish I hadn't as most of the blocks are available in the public domain, and whilst the stories are interesting, I personally do not find the instructions as clear as in my other quilting  books.

Regardless, Randy has decided to carry on with her project as the Barrister Block Sow A Long, posting 3 public domain blocks every first & third Wednesday of the month. Today (or maybe tomorrow for me) blocks 7, 8 & 9 will be available if you feel
like joining in, and these are my blocks 1 - 6

Thanks, Randy for carrying on in spite of everything !

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Dydd Gwyl Dewi

St David's Day

Wherever you are and however you choose to celebrate, be proud to be Welsh!

Cymru Am Byth !