Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Such a Lovely Day

It seems like we have been waiting a long time for some good weather, and for the icy wind to stop.  Today we got our wish and it was a lovely day.

In my garden purple seems to be a popular colour - the irises, in particular, are spectacular (and they smell gorgeous too).

Irises along front wall

But the peachy coloured ones are beautiful too...

Peach iris 2

And then there is the wisteria, which is relatively new and just finding its feet climbing up the oak tree...

Wisteriaon oak tree

If you could only smell those flowers...

Wisteria

I have just planted (today) a Magnolia, called Susan.  I had one of these in England and it is lovely. A deep purply-red flower, coming out a little later than the big blowsy pinky-white ones and so mostly missing those late frosts.  I don't know how many years it will take until it flowers...

Magnolia Susan just planted 2

I cut most of the lawn yesterday, but it is really a bit much for me to manage these days, so I am leaving a 'wildflower meadow' area that I hope to add wildflower plants to over the coming months and years. I'm hoping it will be all blowsy and gorgeous!

Right now the view over this uncut part of the garden, over the farmer's meadow beyond and to the Monts de Blond in the distance is pretty stunning in itself...

Meadow View

Meadow View 2

It looks exceptionally beautiful from my little Blue Bench Garden...

Fantastic view

In this little bit of garden the roses are just coming out.  There is a David Austen rambler which is going to be a mass of flower...

David Austen rambler about to flower

...and a French one that just repeat flowers all year until the first frosts...

French rosebud

And, as a bonus, I found under a pile of nettles and weeds (I did tell you it was all getting a bit much for me to manage) a rather fabulous pink (yes, PINK) Lily of the Valley that my friend Joan bought for me some years ago at a flower show we went to out here in France.  I'm afraid the pink does not show up very well on camera, but I can assure you it is VERY pretty!

Pink Muguet

And finally I wanted to show you something else rather wonderful.

For the first time, a little wren has nested in my d├ępendence (sort of a stone shed attached to the end of the house) and made a sweet little sideways-on nest...

Wren's nest

I haven't seen her for a couple of days, and I hope she hasn't abandoned the project, as I go in here pretty frequently and there was a time when the log splitting machine was in almost  daily use, making a lot of noise...

Time will tell...



Tuesday, 3 May 2016

La Tache, May 2016

I was over at La Tache today.  It really looks its best in May when the Wisteria is out...

panorama

This picture is two photos 'stitched' together, so it looks almost semi-circular, but it's really just an ordinary, flat-fronted house...

I paid to have the back and front gardens cut...

Mowing the 'lawn'

and it took all day...

But it looks pretty good now.

Along front

Along to rear gate

Patio

Barns

The weather held for us, which was good.  In a few days I'll go back and give the front a haircut with the mower and it'll be even better!

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

A Cardigan for ME!

Well, hopefully...

It is a long time since I made an article of knitted clothing for myself, other than socks.  I can't even remember the last time.

But I have been turning out my stash and selling off some yarn, and making lots of socks, but when I came across this yarn and the pattern, I thought I might just make the effort to knit myself the cardigan!

It is a free pattern on Ravelry, by Carol Feller, and is called ICED.  It uses DROPS ICE yarn which is now discontinued...

Picture from a Google search...


This is as far as I have got...


Cardi

...but it hasn't taken long as the yarn is chunky weight.  I have 18 balls, which is what the pattern calls for, but I'm a little worried that I might use more, as I have made the body straight, rather than shaped at the waist as in the pattern and I've already used 4 balls. Also, the sleeves don't look very long in the pattern pictures...

Image result for Iced - Carol Feller

This is one of the pictures on the pattern and it doesn't really show much detail.

However, I also have some of this yarn in a pale coffee colour, so I'm thinking I can make the front band and the ends of the sleeves in that colour if I need to...



Tuesday, 19 April 2016

RIP Richard

Just a quick post in memory of my husband Richard, who died 10 years ago.


Still love you...

Thursday, 7 April 2016

No News is Good News

Not much happening here at present.

Why don't you go and look at my other blog :

http://www.chezpenny.blogspot.co.uk/

...which is where I am spending all of my time at present!

Looking towards front window

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

A Prickly Subject

About a year ago I promised my daughter that I would make some cacti to decorate a certain shelf in her school.  (She's a teacher).  But somehow I baulked at the prospect - I just couldn't work up any enthusiasm so I ignored the whole thing, hoping it would go away.  Of course, it didn't...

So currently, after a rather pointed reminder, I am working on a series of 10 cacti, in 14cm pots.  I thought I'd show you some pictures.

Green flower fat

Yellow flower triangular

Yellow flower fat

Purple flower full pot

I have done eight so far and am currently working on the ninth so the finish line is in sight!

She also wanted the flowers to be in the school 'house' colours of green, yellow, blue and red, which stretches the mind somewhat as I have never seen green or blue flowers on cacti (other than those glued on the tiny ones in the local greengrocers!)

It's pouring with rain outside today, so i don't think I'm going anywhere until it stops.  I've lit the woodburner in the kitchen and the little portable gas heater in the living room, so I'm just going to be knitting for a while until No.10 Cactus is done and dusted!


Tuesday, 23 February 2016

More Teacosies Vicar?

As a change from hats and gloves I have been knitting tea cosies.  The pattern for the cosy is my own, but the 'toppings' on these two come from other designers.

The big daffodil on this one...

Daffy Cosy2

...is from this free pattern by Loani Prior,  and the pastry tart on the top of this one...

Queen of Tarts 1

...is from this pattern by Jill Turner.

I'll be putting the cosies on my ETSY shop soon.

By the way - I've made another sale in my shop since I started promoting it with ETSY - so the marketing does bring more people to the site!  It's not expensive, either.