I "blame" our lovely summer for that; now is time to be outside and simply enjoy it.
My stitching is also on a slow burner. There has been some more boring sewing, like taking trousers up.
I definitely have shorter legs than average, because every time I buy trousers, I have to take them up..boring.
I have managed however to bring my four chicken blocks together.
You know how after you have worked on separate blocks for a long time and then you join them together, it suddenly all makes sense? Well here we are, my four seasons chickens. It is only the outer border which is missing; it will be just plain and quite narrow. I am very pleased with the flying geese, I think they work well here.
It will be some time yet before I'll completely finish it. I think this calls for hand quilting and that will take time...
I have really enjoyed stitching applique blocks; I think I will use applique more often in the future.
The chicken tails were little more time consuming, choosing and stitching all those narrow strips of fabrics together, not really knowing how they will look until they are done.
Now the weather has cooled down, I will be back knitting squares for Mystery Knit-Along.
The plants in our new garden have suffered little with the heat of last few weeks, but nothing serious.
We have however lost our new plum tree; not due to shortage of water, but possibly due to some virus.
The garden centre has agreed to honour the guarantee and replace it in the autumn.
Some disappointment with the new lavender hedge. In the autumn I ordered lots of lavender, Hidcote for the hedge, and a low variety, Little Lady (picture on the left), for underplanting roses.
Now all lavender is in flower, it turns out that all of the lavender the nursery sent me was Little Lady, which looks great in the rose bed, but of course is making very miserable hedge.
But they were great about it, admitted fault, and are sending new Hidcote for the hedge.
Hidcote, by the way, is in the picture at the top of this post.
I will leave you with some great hydrangea blooms from our new garden.