How time flies…………..in a couple of weeks we will be at the summer solstice………….mid summer’s day. We have had some beautiful weather here in Suffolk of late; although there has been some rain, the temperature has been warm so the crops are growing and for us dog walkers the cow parsley, nettles and grasses are making our walks somewhat more difficult at times. I do wonder what it is like to be Sandie, our Cairn, as she battles through the long grass with nothing but a continuous green tunnel before her. Both dogs are now getting older; Webs at 11 and Sandie now 10 so our really long walks are reduced in length. We still get quite a good early morning walk when the dogs are at their freshest, but later in the afternoon, a civilised stroll is all that is needed. Here they are enjoying the coolness of the water at our local ford…….I wish I had joined them!
Well, here I am as a newly married woman of four weeks. It seems incredible to look back to my previous comments here last autumn when Webs and I moved in with David and his dog, Sandie, as the time has absolutely flown by. Our wedding day, which we so enjoyed with both of our families, was blessed with warm, sunny weather.
The following week we stayed at a cottage near Aldburgh on the Suffolk coast with Webs and his now companion, Sandie. It was lovely to relax and go for long walks along the coast and visit the pretty towns like Snape, Walberswick, Orford and Woodbridge. Although I know the area, as I have lived in Suffolk for more than 20 years, it was lovely to actually spend time just relaxing and having the opportunity to explore this area further. We have both been extremely busy over the past months so it was a great time just being able to ‘catch up’ with ourselves.
Two views taken this morning of a farm pond, just outside our village. An absolute joy to see the beautiful array of yellow daffodils bobbing in the breeze. Thankfully our weather in the UK has made an incredible improvement over the past 6 weeks; almost summer weather on odd days. Let’s hope that we finally recover from the awful winter many of us have had to cope with. Till next time, Lx
Well, I’m now finally catching up with you all…………what a few weeks it has been. Our Greek island of Meganisi sounds a long time ago. Webs and I have finally moved from our lovely Suffolk cottage to…a large 1970’s bungalow………it does take some getting used to, but, a month on I am really enjoying it all. David, the new man in my life is fine and Webs, of course, isn’t ‘out done’ as he has the lovely Sandie seen below for company.
It has been great to embark on my ‘new life’ with the thought that a new year is about to start and I find myself thinking how lucky I have been.
I’ll keep you up to date as the months go on as we are intending to convert a garage to a kitchen, dining/ living area…..for both dogs and us. There is also a super garden here, which is great. As some of you will no doubt realise I love being outside pottering, cutting back, cutting down, planting and generally getting dirty and muddy in the process. Because of the alterations much of the garden needs a complete overhaul, so for me, it is even more exciting.
I’m sorry that I still haven’t got my “charts for sale” up and running on the blog…………A new resolution and adventure for 2014. I’m slowly getting there.
If I don’t get the chance before the 25th, then I can only wish each of you a very happy seasonal greeting to my stitching friends all over the world.
Just catching up with you all………..a bit later than I intended. As you can see from the photo I have been on holiday for two weeks on a very small Greek island. Absolute bliss. For once separated from the lovely Webs but he had Sandie, the small Cairn I have mentioned with him at the kennels. I know it isn’t ideal, but I have to say he always goes in without any problems and appears fine when I pick him up.
Well, the latest news now is that I am engaged —-WOW!
It was a complete surprise, for although I knew I was getting a ring for my birthday, I wasn’t expecting a proposal. It was easy to say ‘Yes’ as David is a great bloke. We were both widowed about 4 year’s ago so understand some of the trials of life that many of us have to go through. So now when we go for a walk there are two people and two dogs………good company all round.
Hi everyone. I hope yo are enjoying our summer weather which most of us have been able to enjoy of late. I have spent a super week with my 5 year old grandson, Gareth, and as you can see the lovely Webs isn’t far away. He was like a shadow, always just behind Gareth, following him everywhere. The photo is in a friend’s garden where my Grandson was able to try out riding – at very low speed – a mobility scooter. Absolutely fabulous. It taught Gareth spatial awareness, confidence, having to concentrate and he loved it. My friend built an obstacle ‘run’ of sticks so that Gareth had to learn to weave through them and reverse as well as manoeuvre through narrow widths. I think, that although Gareth has already had a lovely week away in Italy, his best memories may well be learning to ride this scooter.
By the way, just in case some of you are worried, Web’s is carrying a soft toy that looks like a very realistic pheasant. This toy has a ‘growl’ sound that can be made by squeezing it….Neither I can make the sound or Webs, but its rightful owner- my friend’s Cairn- gets wonderful noises from it. I think Cairns must have a very strong grip (bite). As you know Labradors have quite the opposite.
I have just had a super week’s holiday in West Sussex, a county very dear to me as I spent many happy years there and my eldest son was born at Chichester hospital. I have to say that Suffolk, where I now live, is much quieter and possibly has a slightly drier climate, but I still miss the rolling hills and wooded areas and easy access to the coast. It is many years since I have been back and one forgets that trees, hedges keep growing! I had quite a lot difficulty in finding my way round the village of Lodsworth to find a previous home but still managed to find the wood where I used to walk with another of my Labradors, Sadie, but Webs enjoyed the new smells and the exercise before travelling on to Pagham for my week’s stay. As you can see in the photo, not all rest as I had some paintings to work on, but still a lovely, quiet interlude for us both.
The weather finally improved for a few days last week and this sunny picture taken of Webs and the wonderful field of yellow buttercups makes me smile. It is a proper meadow as all through the next few months there will be a constant change in the type of wild flowers that I will see. The rabbits dive for cover on our early morning walk but Webs doesn’t bother about them now, he knows they disappear too quickly. We quite often come back this way in the afternoon after a longer walk, so it is lovely to see how the scenery changes in a different light, but with sun on the field the buttercups couldn’t look more glorious. I’ll have to take some close ups of the flowers I see as the months progress with an update, as a meadow like this is a rare beauty these days.
We are now into May which I think is such a lovely month; bright, fresh foliage, bulbs that start the colours off in our gardens and the birds all busy looking after their fledglings.
It has been a very busy time of late designing for the magazines I work for, but Webs and I managed to have a week away in East Sussex and thankfully the weather was kind to us. It wasn’t exactly shorts and tee shirt climate but still dry and relatively warm, certainly good enough for lovely walks across the downs and by the sea.
We stayed at a lovely cottage in East Dean that takes dogs so Webs was as excited as me to wander round new areas. Whilst there I met up with a friend Angela and her dog, Meg, who is a gorgeous, friendly Westie…..Webs really enjoyed the company as well and we all had a lovely walk through a nature reserve which took us out to the edge of the sea. A great pub lunch later satisfied the hunger pangs after our long walk. Angela and I go back to the days of working with DMC – 25 year’s ago. I was a designer for them for both needlepoint and cross stitch kits and Angela stitched many of these designs. She now works for the magazines that I design for, so quite often my charts are stitched by her which is always a plus for me as we get a chance to talk about the work.
The Toile de Jouy design at the top, was one of my designs recently stitched by Angela. It was shown in Gold magazine, issue 101. I’m really pleased with how it has worked out as I have been a fan of this style of design for many years and I think it is especially beautiful for displaying in a bedroom, as the subtle blend of colours creates a calm and relaxing mood.
Hard at work at my computer. February has been a really very busy month , which is great , but, and I’m sure many will agree, how to spread one’s time sensibly so that one gets the best out of a day…not always easy. As you can see in the picture there are two musical instruments; the beautiful double bass belongs to my youngest son who is an accomplished musician and the piano, which we can both play, now an aged darling. That one I’m no too sure about though, as these instruments have their day and this piano is getting past its prime. I’m hoping it will keep going just long enough for me to make my dream come true………..
Playing the piano again has become a challenge for me, as two years ago I decided that I needed a new direction and was in need of something to stretch myself. I decided to try and get my Grade 8 piano exam. If I say that my last music exam was for my Grade 5 at the age of eleven it appeared quite daunting. My music teacher is fabulous and now two year’s later I’m working at Grade 7 pieces with the hope of taking the exam later this year. Still quite a way to go but I’m so enjoying the challenge, especially when the goal seemed really rather unrealistic.
I’ll keep you informed as to how I get on………..!
Just an update on the gorgeous Webs…………now 9 years old. He is beginning to plod and I spend quite a lot of time waiting for him to catch me up on our walks. Not too bad in summer but with the weather in the Uk of late I’m not always too happy.
Webs as lovely as ever………Typical retriever, always has to have something in his mouth. In this instance it is a rat! I hasten to add a soft toy one. He has had this for 4 years – a gift from my youngest son. It is still ….albeit, a bit grubby at times, still intact. It is the first thing he grabs in the morning when I come down to greet him and if I get visitors. BUT, did you notice the pink dinosaur on his collar………a gift from my 4 year old grandson. I thought, ‘hey’, this must show the feminine side of Webs………..it is a talking point with the other dog walkers, and Webs doesn’t mind.
Take care…….happy times. L
This photo was taken two years ago and the snow lasted rather a long time. We have just had quite a covering of the white stuff over the past 24 hours so I’m now wondering what the next few weeks will bring. It is lovely, but it can cause chaos. I’m so lucky to still have a shop in our village and…… with a post office. It is the hub of the village news and we are very lucky to have it. It is on one of our walks and when the word ‘shop’is spoken that is all that is needed for Webs to know the way……..he does by the way a get a biscuit for sitting quietly outside…….I think you are realising he isn’t stupid and food rules!
I have lived in Suffolk for 20 years and now have a large black Labrador for company to go for long walks with in the beautiful countryside. I like to spend my time walking or gardening as this is a favourite hobby of mine and with a large plot to tend it is just as well. London or Cambridge are cities I visit as often as I can and I love to travel. I have a degree in Printed and Woven Textiles and as well as teaching art I have worked as a freelance designer for many years for the retail trade and card companies. For the past twenty years I have concentrated on designs for the needlework market but I now work mainly for the cross stitch market, providing designs and charts for most of the needlework magazines.
I love this time of the year when the first hint of Autumn appears. Walking Webs first thing on a clear, frosty morning is wonderful and although I may groan at times being out at 7am, on mornings like this I am so pleased to have a dog to walk. There is another photo of him sitting by my swing that my boys put up for me earlier this year – see the ‘Home’ section. It hangs from a beautiful large willow tree in the garden that is planted next to a small stream that runs through the middle section of my plot. A lovely place to sit and watch the dragonflies on a sunny day. I thought perhaps – if you are doggie person, you might like the view of Webs 8 year’s ago…………rather a cute puppy – probably the size of his head now.