Not only has the blog been sadly deglected for the longest period ever, so has the garden. I need to get out and sort out all the weeds, cut the grass and hedges and generally make it look pretty again.
The area around the front door still looks ok. I'm really pleased with the colour of the lupins and the front door.
The problem with leaving the blog for so long, is feeling all of a muddle of what to say. Its much better to do shorter posts more often (mental note to ones self). Its not that there has not been lots going on, but then maybe that was the problem there has been lots going on.
Just thought I would add a photo of the inside of K's shed its been a hive of activity with all the DIY.
K also whipped up a great new card display for the garden show which I had a stall at the beginning of June. (sadly forgot the camera for photos). It was a wonderful show full of lovely things, in a great setting. I felt really encourage by peoples lovely coments about my work - a big thank you. It filled me full of confidence. I have to admit I lack a little in the confidence department, I must over come it.
Just before the show I spent ages agonising over how I could get full size prints (A3) done of captain Ruperts party picture. At the very last minute I invested in a new A3 printer, with ultrachrome inks with a 200 year life. I can now do lovely big prints.
It was the only way really to do justice to Captain Ruperts Midsummers Eve party picture. I had the original and the print together and showed K he could not tell the differance so I'm delighted with the quality. I had the prints just in time to take to the show, which was fantastic.
I'm saying a fond fare well to the little Westies. They are all framed and and can't wait to settle into their new home with some more Westie friends.
I have also been doing a little sewing, I'm not best at sewing. When I was little, I would make dolls and glue their clothes as I had no patients for sewing. I'm finding it more enjoyable now and sewed pelmets by hand as my sewing machine is always misbehaves. They still need finishing, with ribbons and bells and sparkly bits, but they work at keeping the morning light out without all the fancy extras. I still need to make the one for the other bedroom window in total its going to be 40 panels! I have some nice felt too for sewing more captain ruperts.
I have told you Captain Rupert has been for his summer holidays, we have been away too. K has been sailing down at Weymouth, and I love the time he is sailing to sit on his boat cover and concentrate on painting. So we packed the car jam packed full of sailing things camping things, paints and paper for a windy week by the seaside. I can't beleave I forgot my camera, but that made me use my sketch book which was a very good thing. I will save my paintings and drawings for another post.
The days went so quickly and soon it was time to return, for a few days manual labour on our new driveway. We had always planned to have of street parking, we are not allowed to have it in the front garden and in the back garden we needed planning permission, so it took time. We finally sorted all that out which was great as although its a quiet country lane you get tractors and combines and grain lorries and the gritter in winter not somewhere you want to leave your car.
A digger dug it out the other week leaving us to find some railway sleepers and build the little retaining wall and put up a new fence for Captain Rupert to disaproove. It took 3 days, of K and I hauling sleepers around and shifting earth, at least 2 tons. I was shattered. Other casualties involved a bent and blunt chainsaw a cracked socket set and some broken drill bits and screwdriver.
We are pleased with the end result even though it has eaten into the garden a little. I can't wait to get some more plants in to soften the look abit too. Just need to sort out the scalpings and gravel.
And see this view as we pull out of the drive.
I am slowly going to be catching up on everyones lovely blogs. I worked out I can subscribe to the rss feed in yahoo mail and hopefully keep up to date much easier on all the blogs I read with out getting in a muddle and giving up on blog land.
Do remind me if you would like a link in the side bar and are not there, I still need to update it.
Its feeling good to be back in the world of blogs, thank you to everyone who is still here. Had better go and catch up in the garden while the sun is out.