Friday, 22 June 2018

A Visit to the Renovated Temperate House in Kew Gardens

22nd June 2018

Beautiful weather again this week.....

.....I decided to visit the wonderful Temperate House in Kew which has had an amazing renovation....





....some of the beautiful blooms...


....the pattern in the centre is stunning....


....always love the sound of running water....



.....a wonderful structure...



....looking down from half way up the spiral staircase...


....view of the ferns from the gallery, stunning...

...the side structures...


...the roof....


...a display of colourful leaves.



>>>>>>>

Spent the next hour meandering through the gardens and found places I had not seen before!



The boardwalk was stunning...


...found the 'Ice House'




...the domed ceiling...


....water lilies...



....there were many school parties enjoying the open spaces, even having their picnic lunch under the huge trees which made a 'cave like' space. 

>>>>>>>>

A few years ago I bought this book of knitting patterns at the Yarndale Event in Skipton. The patterns are mostly very simple, using mainly garter stitch, but so easy for a child to wear and quick to make!!


I used a cotton/silk blend yarn, so soft,  to make this little cardigan/jacket for Alba and have enough yarn to make a little jumper for another special little person!


>>>>>>>>

Off home sitting next week, back to near Hampton Court so will be enjoying dog walking along the river Thames, I have my embroidery kit and knitting project packed and ready to go!!!



Friday, 15 June 2018

The Joys of Homesitting!!!

15th June 2018

My first homesit was last Christmas looking after a cat and dog, the dog was a delight and loved his walks. Since then I have done 8 more weeks looking after 2 different cats and another cat/dog. Such an experience seeing how very different they all are and such characters!!
 The last 2 weeks I have been looking after the most beautiful cat I have ever seen, long soft fur, beautiful markings and blue eyes! She took a couple of days to get used to me and now joins me on the sofa, stretches out for tummy tickles and loves sitting on my laptop while I am stitching!!

While getting dressed this week she jumped into my small case....


.....this week on Tuesday night managed to get into her food store basket with a basket of toys on top...


....and created this horrible mess, she had opened this new bag of treats and punctured 3 packets of wet food which had leaked all over the basket liner!
Needless to say she didn't want her breakfast next morning! I now fasten the buckles on the basket so she can't get in! She woke me at 4am this morning, payback for locking her store!!


>>>>>>>>

Tripped over a paving stone this week and landed rather heavily on my right knee causing threads to break in my comfiest jeans...


....decided to do a Boro repair, a Japanese way of mending visbly, and am quite pleased with the result, prefer this to a hole.


.....

I love walking around Richmond especially near the river and saw these delightful ducklings and a Heron fishing nearby.



>>>>>>>>

Remember I started this a few weeks ago and it was meant for a card for my granddaughter but made this solid stuffed shape instead using her favourite colour at the moment -PINK! Thought it might stand on her book shelf. 


Off to her birthday party tomorrow with the rest of the family, really looking forward to it....



Sunday, 27 May 2018

5 years blogging today.....

27th May 2018

Greetings from a very sunny London....

...I have been thinking how much my blog has changed over the years, it started out as a record of my Machine Embroidery course with Anne Griffiths but now is a sort of diary of my life which has changed so much since my gorgeous granddaughter arrived!

I have managed to spend a lot of time with her over the last couple of weeks and we have so many laughs and adventures together, I have play dates, not babysitting!!

Playing in the sandpit...


....running away so I can chase her....


....loves climbing...



....taking her favourite bear to see the tomato plants.



>>>>>>>

I have also been busy gardening, mainly weeding and tidying and lots of watering....

...before and after photos









Knitting and stitching a number of projects, no photos yet, and enjoying all the wild flowers in the parks....



Thank you for reading my blog, 82, 644 visits since I started!!!


Tuesday, 15 May 2018

An Afternoon in Chichester......

15th May 2018

After meeting Susan Shafrir I went to explore Chichester.....

... walking from the station towards the town centre I saw this beautiful stone building at the Buttermarket crossroads....




....there were many stalls on the main street selling crafts, food and craft products...


....so many lovely buildings...


....and of course the Cathedral...


....enjoyed wandering around the Cathedral grounds on this beautiful sunny day....




....the Bishop's gardens, open to the public,  so very peaceful....





....very old walls sprouting pretty pink flowers!






....I love wandering around old churches and am in awe of the craftsmen who constructed these amazing buildings all those years ago....




....I particularly liked the modern pulpit ....


....fabulous stained glass windows...


....renovation work on the roof and cleaning the stonework...


....one of the entrances into the Cathedral grounds....


.....this is now an Italian restaurant but the date says 1718!!



A great way to spend a Sunday, 2 hour train journey from Richmond passing beautiful yellow fields of rape, many very large greenhouses growing tomatoes, freshly ploughed and planted fields including a field of solar panels very near the greenhouses!

Chichester is well worth a visit with its many interesting buildings, shops, two cinemas, two theatres, an art gallery, almost daily markets and a variety of eateries and pubs!!