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Thursday, 27 February 2014

Scandinavian Rose 11 and - bread

The weather for the past few days has been trying to fool us into thinking that the spring is here.
I wish it was true! 
Although we still get some rain, the weather seems to have settled down, and it is more like something we would expect at this time of year. 

Out of my hibernation comes 
a freshly baked bread

and part 11 of 
Scandinavian Rose Quilt BOM.

This is a long and narrow piece, not easy to take a close up picture of.

Three more to go........ Getting there.....

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Saturday, 15 February 2014

Scandinavian Rose 10

I am on a bit of a roll on this one now, I have finished stitchery no10 of Scandinavian Rose Quilt

and I am already working on part 11.

I wish you all an enjoyable weekend!

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Thursday, 13 February 2014

houses revisited

Our run of the wet weather, political storm and blaming game continue, as more and more areas of the country are under water, catching emergency services totally unprepared for something like this happening over here. Usually we are the ones sending help to emergencies abroad. 
In my part of Somerset the rain changed to hailstones this morning, and then to snow, falling on our "not yet garden".

In the front the newly planted roses were covered in no time, as was the new lavender hedge, plated in the autumn, now hardly visible on left of the picture.

It did not last, as the sun came out for a while, giving us a chance to go for a walk. This was only a short break in the weather, more rain and gales are forecasted for tomorrow, adding to the misery of all those people suffering already. 

Also today I have rediscovered another one of my last year's project, until now still packed away since the move, Yoko Saito's Mystery Quilt (no longer a mystery), or "my houses" as I call it. 

It is time to get on and finish it, there is still lots of stitching to do on the borders.

I have some new tools for my "tool box", these tiny scissors are great for cutting out tiny applique shapes. I wish I had them and the Apliquick tools before I started this quilt, considering how many Sewline sticks (which are great, by the way, could not be without them) I have used so far, using my fingers and covering them in glue.

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Saturday, 8 February 2014

what is on my bedside table

There are two books I want to share with you today.

The first one is "RALLI QUILTS -Traditional Textiles from Pakistan and India".
It a beautiful book, a feast for eyes; quilts created in basic conditions, without all that specialised sewing equipment available to us.
I saw this book on Tiggy's blog and it got my attention. Knowing Tiggy, it had to be good. Do pop over to her blog - her stitching is just as colourful.

My book is a "used" one. The previous owner was a library in Columbus, Ohio, and although obviously well read, still in very good condition.

This book reminded me that some time ago I made this small Korak sample. I wonder where it is? I still haven't unpacked all my stuff since our house move.
This is nothing to do with the book above, it was just the colours... Korak is a very different way of making a quilt. May be I should make a large one - some day...

The second book is a novel, "Under the Skin" by Michael Faber.

This is a very unusual book. It is a second time I am reading it, the first time was a few years ago, and I remember I felt "disturbed" when I finished it, this book is unlike anything else I have read, the most unsettling one.
I could not put it down the first time, and I rushed to get to the end, to find out what it was all about.
So, I am taking my time the second time around, to enjoy the writing; it is hard to believe that this was Michael Faber's first novel.

If you like an unusual, a thought provoking mystery, give it a try.

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Friday, 7 February 2014

floods on Somerset Levels

Firstly, thank you for your emails, from those who know that I live in Somerset and are concerned, after seeing the floods on your news. We are fine, we live about 10 miles from the Somerset Levels, on the edge of the Mendip Hills, so higher up. (If you click on the "Somerset Levels" link above, you can see what the Levels look like not flooded and its proximity to the sea).
 We are just fed up with the rain, but that is nothing comparing to what the people on the Levels have been going through.

Somerset is a large county, the Levels are just a part of it. It is a flat area, below the sea level and during  high tides easily flooded. It is said, that this is where "Somerset" got its name from - as the area always used to flood during the winter, the farmers used to take themselves and their livestock to the surrounding hills and return to the Levels for the summer - the Summer People.
So, historically the floods were always there, but they were managed in various ways - by canals and by dredging rivers among others. Few years ago the government and the environmental agency decided, for reasons known best to them, to let the Levels flood - and this is the result; this year, with much higher than average rainfall, the Levels are well and truly under water, and the parts which are not, are cut off. The picture above is not mine, but from the Internet, sorry, I can't remember which site; I just want to show you the scale of it. You can see more pictures here .
Some of the homes have been flooded since Christmas, and it is only now, when under the media spotlight, the government  has decided to do "something" and promised money. But by now the damage has been done; the cattle and other livestock, standing in the water on the farms, need to be evacuated. There are other small businesses there which can't trade. 
With the weather forecast not in our favour, more people have to leave their flooded homes.
It has been a lovely, sunny day in Somerset today, but it was only a brief break. More rain and strong winds are forecasted for the next few days. 
Of course, it is not only Somerset which is suffering, the coastal areas of Devon and Cornwall have been hammered by high tides; a part of the railway connecting those two counties literary washed away. I am sure that our bloggers in those parts have their own stories to tell, as do others in other parts of the country.

It is evening now, it is dark outside and I can hear heavy rain falling on our roof, but we are dry inside.
I can't even imagine what it like for the people living on the Levels.

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