Monday 25 June 2018

Seasons in my stitching...

There is no season such delight can bring,
As summer, autumn, winter and the Spring.

  William Browne, Variety, 1630   

As you all know by now I am a seasons girl, I love them all and I really could not live in a country with a climate that did not have them all.  Although if push came to shove and I had to choose it would be Autumn as a favourite, right now I am thoroughly enjoying this Summer like no other.

Most days are hot and this week it is set to be high twenties into early thirties here and it is not every Summer in England we get this sort of weather, me, I am enjoying every moment of it and my office in the garden is just delightful and so very pretty.

Well what a beautiful weekend as well, it is just so lovely waking up to a warm morning and having breakfast in the garden with my husband, no rush and no where to be... such a enjoyable time and blessing. We got some bits done that I needed my husband to do but I must just tell you and regale you of a a story of brave me....

I did not want my husband to be doing too much as his work load is stupid and although there are some things I just can not physically do myself there was one thing that needed doing.  The little fountain in our garden was blocked up with leaves and petals.  Now with the webs that appear around it and my husband telling me there was a rather large arachnid that it belonged to ... this is where brave comes in.

I got rubber gloves on that come up to my elbow and went there with the hose and the gun attachment
that can turn up fiercely and I started to spray water in and grab out all the detritus in there. ( I had turned off the electric by the way)  anyway I cleared a little bucket full of stuff and kept the hose running until it over spilt and was clear and clean.  Then I went back in and turned it back on.  I was shaking a little all the time but is is working perfectly again without coughing and choking and with an old paint brush and water I cleared away and webs and sprayed around it with rose scented cleaner in the hope Mr creepy eight leg monster might inhabit somewhere else deep in the garden and away from me.  This was on Friday morning last week.  My report to you is that there have been no more webs and I think I made it leave .... I need to stitch myself a bravery badge!!

When I was sat outside on Friday stitching in the glorious weather we are having well I kept a keen eye to see if it was about but nothing .... and the little wall mounted waterfall was babbling away perfectly and made the whole day very serene and happy.  One job less for my husband to do.  To say he was impressed is an understatement.  The thing is if the arachnid had made an appearance I would have run and the whole thing would have been left to him, I know it!... still I felt grown up and a bit brave ...

"It was June, and the world smelled of roses. 
The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside."

―Maud Hart Lovelace,

This Summer is turning out to be one of the best in a long time and I seem to be more productive sat at my outside office where Homespun HQ has made it it's temporary real estate ... ( in other words me at the table and chairs outside and in our garden)..  
I have my basket ready and also I need to get down to the photographer this week, well tomorrow actually and get some professional photos sorted for publication so today is a very busy day indeed and one where my head is down and it will be stitch stitch stitch.

I have so much that I like to do of a day including the boring but necessary house work chores, my personal journal entry and updating my design journal, then there is my blog here to you and answering emails .. this all takes hours before I even pick up a needle so an early start most days is essential.  I am loving the warm and light evenings it helps with the time I have.  In the Winter when it is dark at 3.30pm in the afternoon it just runs on by as it is not light until 8am either.  So I am making hay whilst the sun shines as the saying goes and making most of my 15 hour days ..

The flowers and the wildlife along with walks along the cliff top have started to fill my design journal and so I can draw upon that during the winter months if needed.  I am enjoying filling it up and writing down ideas and little quotes.  The wordsmith in me just can not stop finding them and seeking them out.  Some of my favourites are in my personal journal.

In early June the world of leaf and blade and flowers
explodes, and every sunset is so different.

John Steinbeck

The sunsets that I have experienced this month have been truly beautiful and it looks like the sky is on fire.  It is so beautiful to stand in our garden and watch the sun settled down and for the dark inky sky arrive with the bright moon. I sometimes sit there in the warm breeze with a drink and watch in awe at mother nature at its best.

For today though I have lots to be going on with and my kettle is full and waiting for me to go make another coffee and then take it out with my basket of stitching and starting my sewing day.

I hope you have a wonderful day whatever you are doing today, and as always  💮💮💮💮 ....

Happy Stitching! XX


  1. Sounds like you are making the most of this beautiful weather. I have just about had time to breathe this last couple of days, but having to stay near the phone as I am awaiting a couple of phone calls, but I have like you taken my tea and my basket of things to do in the garden sitting near the door.

    Julie xxxxxx

    1. Morning Julie
      I am so pleased that you have been able to get to sit in your garden and rest a little. Our summer is really beautiful this year thus far and it does make a difference to our well being.
      Hoping all is going well and lovely to hear from you.
      Sarah xxxxxxxx

  2. Lovely quotes Sarah. My goodness you were brave! Sounds very much like me. I love flowers and gardens but there are so many bugs n spiders etc that it puts me off gardening ...I'm not afraid of them but I don't want them to be hurt so it all becomes a problem. I am afraid of the big spiders though and I'm a bit worried that with the windows open all day and night that a few might set up home indoors....but we're not going to think about that....are we! 🤣.
    I've bought some cooling mats for the doggies as I'm worried that our trip to Sussex will be so hot for them, they can have them in the Landrover and then in the hotel room, although Mum and Dad might end up on them as well!! 😂 I don't do well in very hot weather. Will be looking around Midhurst on the Thursday, looks so quaint. Can't wait. Enjoy your garden office xxx

    1. Morning Dawn
      Ooh I was brave! Petrified of spiders.
      Cooling mats sound fabulous! .. you should all have a great time. In Midhurst in West Street is love lane vintage and it’s Lucy’s shop. She is also the organiser of the fair you will be going to .. shop is gorgeous so worth a visit.
      Also of note .. go past her shop ( on the right hand side , if it’s on the left hand side to you .. turn aboutlol) there is a cafe in a square there near a church . Great lunch and outside tables so doggies will be good there.

      Have a lovely day in this gorgeous weather

      Sarah xxx

  3. Thank you Sarah, nice to have recommendations. Xxx

  4. Wonderful plans for your week and you inspire all of us.

    Summer is a season of beauty and inspiration. Thank you!!

    1. Thank you Lora!
      This summer is lovely, we do not get that many like this so it’s certainly inspired me.
      Have a lovely day.

      Sarah xx