Saturday, 31 May 2014

Felting again .. Again xx

Getting back my felting mojo after a difficult year last year has taken longer than I thought it would but was delighted to make this floral necklace for a wonderful friend to wear on her wedding .. I have waited patiently to be able to show it , but today is the day and I'm well and truly back in the saddle ..inspired by so many beautiful flowers about at the moment , my hands have been felting away ..and I'm set to continue in this theme for a while .. Spotting flowers on walks and hurrying back to order the colours required to make these beauties ..has fired up my creative side again ..and it feels very good ..very good xx

 

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

All about the bees ...

 

Our Nim's island project is drawing to a close and we are looking to start a new project on our beautiful bees so I thought I would share some links as we progress .. ..we are starting the week with looking at some bee poems ..there is a lovely one here and here and we will also have a go at this mobile found here . No instructions but looks pretty straight forward ..

We are going to try to draw a hexagon with a compass found here and look at bee types and make a honey cake.. I hope to add more as links as we find them x

 

Monday, 26 May 2014

Foraging fun and sunny skies..

 

We have just spent a wonderful 24 hours out at the chalet .. I had organised for Tom and I to go on a guided forage , I have been foraging a while now but Tom had expressed an interest so we both went ..it was also a good excuse to spend some quality time with my now 14 year old boy , he is changing and growing at an alarming speed and I can feel the years moving so fast now ..it was wonderful to spend time with him , he's great company .. The coast path was bursting with flowers and all manner of insects and we walked and we listened intently to everything our guide told us .. And for this mama , I hope the information stays in this forgetful brain xx he has been enthusiastic about the walk and has requested to go on others ..I'm happy to oblige :-) x

 

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Gorgeously hot..

I sat out in the garden this morning to write our weekly plan , the sun was already incredibly hot and I lifted my face to it ..thankful .. In the last week we've had visitors of the feathered variety in the arrival of the swifts and in human form as lovely relatives stopping by for long chats and plenty of food .. We've had trips out to the woods , which were bursting with flowers and blossom of all kinds and we've sat on blankets in fields with dear friends .. And talked and talked and talked .. Blissful ..I hope this weather lasts .

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Beautiful Borage and other garden tales ..

The garden is very slowly starting to come together ..it still feels very vulnerable though after the awful weather ..the plants are slightly unsure of themselves but after hesitating are forging ahead .. We have herbs establishing ..sorrel , sage , chives , thyme , valerian , chamomile ... Marjoram , mint , fennel , nettle and wormwood ..Comfrey and beautiful borage are also racing ahead .. Veg wise ..we've had one picking of bunches of radishes and Swiss chard , broad beans ,potatoes and lettuce not far behind ..beans and peas are almost ready to replant along with purple carrots and kale ... I love to linger a bit in the mornings now ..to see how it's all going .. Checking for the plants we've lost to greedy slugs and inhale the scent of fennel and sage , grabbing some mint for morning tea .. The boys swing in the hammock in the afternoon whilst I complete very small tasks ..Roo loves to shriek as the hammock swings higher and higher .. T boy pushes him .. And I weed , dig , tidy and sow .. Then the rain ... And retreat xxx