These mornings when I go out for my walk, I am greeted by lots of swallows ..... they are gathering before they set off south for the winter. They are very noisy, and constantly swooping through the air, so this morning I thought I would try to film them. I've never inserted a video clip into the blog before ....... and I won't be doing it this time, as it was taking forever to upload (next time I'll make the film much shorter!) However, I can show you them sitting on the wire
There was a beautiful clear blue sky this morning, full of contrails .... this one made me smile - did the pilot change his mind about where he was going?
When I saw this tractor and trailer coming towards me, I made sure I stepped as far back on to the verge as possible!
This afternoon, I headed out to the studio to start making something on the new sewing machine. It didn't take me long to decide to use this pattern ...... I saw it recently on Thimbleanna's blog and just had to have it! I was delighted last week when the pattern arrived
I like to keep my patterns intact, so I photocopied the pattern sheet, stuck it to a piece of card and cut out the bits
Then of course, I had to choose some fabric ....... I decided to use the beautiful fabric that I bought at the NEC ....... a bit extravagant perhaps?
I drew the head, ears, paws and feet onto a folded piece of calico
I set the machine up ready to sew - after picking the stitch, the screen showed me the settings to use
Sewing round curves is not one of my strongpoints - I am better with straight seams, but eventually all the pieces were sewn and cut out with a small seam allowance
Now, I have a confession to make ......... I should have then turned all those pieces right side out and stuffed them, ready to use when I stitched together the body. BUT ....... I sat down in the summerhouse to have a cuppa with Malcolm, and picked up the book I have been reading. I was almost at the end ..... and couldn't put it down until I finished it! So you can blame Stephen King and his latest book 'Under the Dome' for not seeing any more sewing!!
While I was having fun in the studio, Malcolm was hard at work in the garden. The pergola has become completely overgrown by a clematis, honeysuckle and climbing rose, so he had decided to cut everything back. Having made a start yesterday, he finished the job this afternoon
I'm off to the dentist tomorrow afternoon to have my troublesome tooth out ....... I will have to practise my deep breathing exercises to stay calm!!