Monday, 22 January 2018

Scones and Raspberry Jam

What a strange January this has been so far ..... hardly any visits to the garden and not much work done in our own either.
But ... we have decorated one room in our house 
so that is great news.
If truth be told, it is the only time in the year that we would want to be indoors doing it. 
I`ve honed down my piano music collection and trying hard to keep the room uncluttered.
Today we had a lovely walk at Rye Harbour .... a great place to visit if you stay at Freshwinds Camping. The bird life is amazing. 
We saw a seal swimming up the river gulley.

We think the seals hear our voices and they are curious enough to come up and have a good look round.

I am doing my annual fabric review.
The system I put in place a few years ago is still working well.
The fabric is folded into regular folds and is stored upright in lidded bins.
The scrap bins were rather full so I did some mini-patchwork.
Using old denim jeans, I made some small simple bags with a patchwork strip down one side.

 After I had cut the rectangles, there was quite a lot of pretty fabric left over so I made rather a pile of tiny hearts.
And even then there were useful pieces left so I cut tiny hearts to sew on various projects throughout the year.
The very tiny scraps go in a bag and they are taken to the local nurseries for children to use in collage work.
Bigger scraps are being made into bunting.
I began these 4 sets today.
Yesterday was such a miserable day, it seemed a good idea to make a batch of fruit scones so we lit the fire early and sat close by, scoffing scones and raspberry jam, reminding ourselves 
of summer days. 

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Silent Soldier Arrives

Having got way-laid with house matters, and knowing that once we had got a taste of outdoors that would be it, we made our first visit to Freshwinds Garden for 2018.
We walked and sat in the polytunnel for a cuppa.
In the lane the catkins were out and a single primrose.

The sheep were steadily grazing with the joyous donkeys kicking up their heels on the far side.
In the garden Anne has been working on a new tunnel for rabbits and guinea pigs to explore.
I checked on the dormant dahlias and they all look safe and untouched by any rodents.
Anne joined us and we began discussing ideas for this year.
This will be the new witch`s garden.
I was inspired by a single picture on Pinterest.
More to follow.
Bits of sedum, not yet well-rooted, have been found on the ground after high winds.
 The helleborus is beginning to flower.
On the way home Tim was unpacking the Silent Soldier he has purchased. This is a scheme run by The Royal British Legion, whereby individuals or businesses can purchase a silent soldier to be placed on roundabouts, in fields or by roadsides to commemorate those who lost their lives or came home "silent" from WW1. Tim hopes to put it in the village.
As we trudged up the lane in the last of the watery sun, we met Lizzie, Tim and Anne`s niece, with 29 year old Chelsea. They had been out for some exercise.


 At home the pots of pansies are a welcome splash of colour. DARE this piece of ground elder show its face in our newly refurbished rose garden!!!
Incidently, we had a nice lunch at the Winchelsea Beach Cafe, also newly refurbished. I highly recommend it. Friendly service and good hot food.
A great place to visit if you are camping at Freshwinds this year.


Thursday, 11 January 2018

Ghostbuster Games

I have a 4 year old nephew who is nuts about Ghostbusters.
With that in mind I decided to make him a proton pack for Christmas.
There were plenty of ideas on Pinterest.
I had one or two rules to stick with....
1. He could get it on and off himself.
2. It looked authentic.
3. It had a "gun" and slot.
I gathered a pile of junk materials and just started sticking with brown parcel tape.

Steve had pipe insulation which was perfect for the "gun" and a Pringles tube to place it in at the side. Various bits of tubing and beads completed the base.
I just happened to have two pieces of black webbing which I threaded through and they just clicked into place.
Next I did cover the whole thing with papier mache....just a thin layer using tissue paper.
It was sprayed with black stove paint and then I stuck on various Ghostbuster stickers which I downloaded from the internet.

It was finished in time for Christmas.
On Boxing Day he received it, and we spent most of the afternoon playing ghost hunts.

Here is Frazer wearing it for the first time.
It is bearing up well under use. I think my brother has had to poke a smaller tube back in.
On the whole quite a success.
A week or so later I made a ghost catching box to go with it.

I gave it 2 red cord handles to make it easy for him to carry.
This has now become part of the game as well. 

Whoever would have thought that I would be playing Ghostbusters with two very excited little boys on Boxing Day!