Remember I recently showed you a photo, taken from the front doorstep, of the higgledy piggledy fence? Well, that wonderful old fence is no more, and has been replaced with a straight fence!
this is all that remains of the old fence
I went for a walk this morning, stopping first to eye up the apples in the neighbours' old orchard
but I didn't jump over the wall to pinch some - the wall may only be hip height on the road side, but it is twice that height on the orchard side!
I stopped at the church to read the information about the "village idiot"
I occasionally mention the joys of having the long lens. The next two photos show the difference that it makes - the same view, shot from the same place, with first the standard lens which came with the camera, then with the long lens
this thistle is waiting for a breeze to waft its seeds away
I took lots of photos of seedheads
these rosehips, on the shady side of the road, are still green
but this one, on the sunny side, is red
walking down the hill, you might wonder why there are warning poles in the verge
ignore them at your peril - there is a deep ditch to the right of them!
there is a much better crop of apples in the hedgerow this year
it has been an overcast day, and the photos of the fields have a hazy look
I still have lots of photos from my walk, but I'll keep them for tomorrow, as I promised you some sewing. I am teaching my textured applique workshop next month, so I got out these samples which I made years ago. They show the difference that fabric choices make, as the leaves and flowers are the same, but the colours suggest the four seasons
I thought I ought to tidy them up a bit, so added borders
then layered them up and quilted the backgrounds
the last stage was to add the binding - much better
I also finally put the binding on the wallhanging that I made when I showed the Abbey Quilters the techniques (there is still a little bit of quilting to be finished)
when I was at Stitchin' Heaven yesterday, I selected some more thread for Nice People, Nice Things, and wound them on to bobbins this afternoon
I don't think I've had a knot in a skein of thread before
I mentioned yesterday that a length of fabric had sneaked into my bag. Fortunately it was from the sale shelves, so wasn't too extravagant a purchase!