Thursday 5 October 2017

Days filled with stitchery and thoughts.....

Ah! Autumn, I love you.
My favourite season and my
cosy friend who returns loyally
each and every year.

Yesterday was a perfect day with leaves and sorting, I resisted the temptation of opening the book to look at my daisies that are being pressed, I wanted a  little peek but did not want to disturb the process.

The count down of our holiday has started and my head is full of lovely things.  I have sorted my holiday journal.. tick.  I have wrapped carefully my on flight stitching ( Christmas trees) .... tick.  The cases are down and being filled and a case within a case ... tick.  That of course is for the treasure that will be making the journey home with us already paid for up front ...

There are so many things that I am looking forward to when going back to New England in the Fall, silly little things but never less exciting for me. Things like walking through beautiful woods and picking up leaves.  Having a warm apple juice with  cinnamon ( its unpasteurised apple juice and with the spices it is so lovely, we can not get that here)  Going back to The Canterbury Shaker Village for the day and long walks on their vast acres of beautiful land with lakes too.  Meeting up with wonderful friends that we have made over there and the vast space that is America.....  I still remember the very first time I saw the American Autumn/Fall I truly could not believe the colours.  The photos did not do it justice and I went goose pimply when I stood in the White Mountains and looked over on a huge hill I remember gasping and it was our 10th Wedding Anniversary. Even now thinking of that memory makes an excited chill run through me.

Today my thoughts are with the sea in America and the sand dollars and seals that you see along the shore lines.  I was lucky enough to have found a huge carved mother of pearl sand dollar button that is very old indeed and I am still to decide quiet what to do with it.  My latest idea is that stitch it to a piece of pretty but not too fancy quilt and maybe stitch some words.  They need to be sea or sand dollar related and the only one I am liking at the moment is below.  We will see what else I can come up with.  I want it to be right and it is waiting patiently to be used and of course framed.

The sea, once it casts its spell,
holds one in its net of wonder

Jacques Yves Cousteau

I am so in love with the woods of America along with Cape Cod for the sea and this year fingers crossed whale watching ( weather permitting) .. Last time we went we could not go because the sea was too rough out where we were supposed to be going but this year I have high hopes for it and my camera at the ready...  We have both never done it before and both of us are so excited at the prospect of it.

The weather there right now is warm and that will mean I can take off my sandals and beach comb along the vast shores of Cape Cod.  It is a happy us that wander always on the look out for a gift of the sea that she gives up to the land.... It is a bumble time for us and a happy one.  Wandering along and not clock watching just enjoying the sea air and the vast beaches and different and beautiful shells and sea glass that can be found along the wet sand where the sea kisses the sand.

We want to treasure each moment of everyday and not rush it, in the hope that time might be kind to us and go just a little slower for us to take time out and relax.

I found my beautiful mermaid the last time we went and she has the most beautiful face as you know, now of course I am not talking at the shore line but one of the little boutique shops that were near a place called Stonington in CT...  We are visiting Chatham this year and that is by a wonderful harbour that have working fishing boats.  The seals wait there bobbing in the water on their backs and dozing in the sun.  We could not understand last time why they were so near the shore but it became apparent as the fishing boats came in and were putting all the bits of fish they did not want or need after they had cleaned them back into the ocean .... it was feed time for the seals and what a sight it was too!

So one of my things today is I am going to be doing research on the laptop and look and see what quotes and sayings I can come up with for my long over due picture with the sand dollar ... it has spent to long in tissue in a drawer and it is time for the beauty to be looked at.

I hope you have a wonderful day and enjoy your day.   I will be doing my research and keep on with a little tidy and leaf work here.

Happy Stitching! XX


  1. You certainly know how to paint a picture with words Sarah, I almost felt like I was there. You are going to come home feeling truly inspired xxx

    1. Hello Dawn

      Thank you! .. not long now can not wait!
      Glad you enjoyed your read.

      Sarah xxxx

  2. Sounds like you are going to have the most wonderful time. I am looking forward to reading all about when you return.

    Julie xxxxxx

    1. Thank you Julie I am getting more and more excited.
      There will be a few blogs about my stitching and treasure hunting American adventures!

      Sarah xxxxx