My office yesterday was out garden table and chairs and I was more than happy with the wildlife around me and the smell of lavender and scented roses in the air. I saw two gorgeous dragonflies that were dancing together and their colours were peacock blue and green with some black, the glistened in the hot sun. Not many birds at all as it was too hot and they were, I think staying in the shade of the trees and only coming in to bath and to drink. I had to fill the birdbaths around 7 times and they were loving the cold fresh water on them.
I was sat there with a cold drink ( for a change) and with lots of ice and happily stitching away at my mushroom sampler. It is still not finished but I am in no hurry as I am thoroughly enjoying stitching it. I keep coming up with little whimsical ideas and trying them out. I love mushrooms both to eat and as decoration... there is something magical and fairy like about them and anything flora, fauna or fungi I love to stitch or draw with all the textures that they seem to have. Artistic licence then takes hold and why not have paisley mushrooms anyway!
In the morning I managed to get a work basket ready but I was too impatient to do another in the end because we do not get that many glorious mornings where you wake early and it is already 19 degrees, by 3 in the afternoon we had 26 degrees and there was a little welcome breeze coming off of the sea. I had the best day and not a phone call or any drama ... just a slow stitch day in paradise!
It got a little warm for me to be pulling through the needle in the afternoon so I had an unscheduled design and idea four hours, bliss ... There is always something I can do that is work related and fun as well. I love what I do and I am grateful every day that I can do this for a job.
The weather is supposed not to be anywhere near as fabulous today or tomorrow but we will see, I am still waiting for the huge thunders storms that were coming into the South Coast at least three weeks ago, I will wait and see how it pans out.
Whilst waiting for my husband to come home I also managed a glass of wine and journaling time, along with a letter written for a dear pen pal.... It was a productive and varied day and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I think tomorrow may see my mushroom sampler finished and then I can get on with another couple of bits that I would like finished .. then to a new design.
I can not tell you how quickly my day went and I have today and tomorrow where I do not have to go anywhere at all so I have my list of things that I would like to complete.. actually I do have to go to the post office but that is a lovely walk in the nice weather or a very quick couple of minutes in the
As I am writing this blog to you I am watching large seagulls swooping around and looking in gardens for food they like. They do not come in for seeds but if there is a little extra out there like bacon fat or bits of cheese they seem to know. Even if I tuck it down the edges of the law under the trees, where I am sure they can not see it from the air ... they seem to know. I will be going out with a coffee and feed them all after this. I have decided to mix it up a bit on times so they look for their natural food as well and do not just rely on the food that we all put out around our neighbourhood. The babies have flown the nests and everyone is watering their gardens so the juicy worms should be there for them. Miss Muddy Beak however waits for her breakfast... I have not seen her beak muddy in ages! she is loving bacon and mealy worms .. oh and nuts chopped up as well ... I know I know ...but she is my lady and she is very dear to me indeed.
I am thinking it must be competition time again and so I am having a think about the prize and what the competition can be ... So watch this space over the next few weeks. I need to get my thinking cap on.
My husband and I love to make pizza's in the summer as we love them cooked on the BBQ. We have a pizza stone and the taste is amazing. I always make batches of the tomato sauce and the dough and he loves to do all the toppings ( although I am boring when it comes to pizza, proper Italian that is does not have to have lots of different things on it at all ..) I like Margarita with green olives and herbs and he well he loves things like pork and apple or meat feast or one of his favourites is chilli beef .... I keep mine simple.
This year though we are making sourdough pizza bases and starting our culture to be able to produce
We have a feeling you see that England this year is going to get a stonking summer and we want to enjoy the outside as much as possible. Sat outside with our supper every night that the weather will allow us is the plan. Pizza and salad supper suits on occasions ... Also cooking on the BBQ as well so that I might work in the garden and then when my husband gets home after being cooped up in an office all day he can get some fresh air and sit in the garden and unwind a little from his incredibly busy day..
Well on that lovely note I think I will love you and leave you and start my day. My work basket is ready and the coffee is ready to be made. I need to start my day and finish some slow stitching.
Tomorrow is Wednesday so I will see you back here on Thursday bright and early in the hopes that the wonderful weather is still with us ... Have a great day whatever you are up to and as always....
Happy Stitching! XX