Thursday 28 March 2019

Everywhere is progressing

Last Thursday I had my bandage off and stitches out revealing two 8inch very neat scars. My ankle feels like my foot again and I am walking almost normally around the house. It does swell so still needs plenty of elevation and I can't walk far but already I am starting to feel like I did before my fall in April 2017.

We're still sleeping downstairs in the conservatory, as we are not overlooked we only have roof blinds. It's getting light at 5.30 so not too early and this Saturday our clocks go forward an hour so we'll be able to sleep in a bit. 

The garden is progressing into spring, being north facing it takes a few weeks into a new year until we get sun so our bulbs and flowers are a little behind. Everything is now starting to bloom, I'm expecting them to all come out this weekend .... typically we're away but I'm sure they will still be out on Monday when we get home. 

Lady Clare camelia - this should be red but after its first
year it has always bloomed white - stunning flower 
There are so many buds this year
These came out one at a time,
three great colours
DH moved these into the sun to encourage them to bloom
Our fig, new to the garden last year
My finally piece of progression is my Temperature Quilt, a SAL with my friends at Needlecraft Haven. I've stitched up to the 25th March on both pieces.

The temperature is forecast warm today and tomorrow so I'm hoping the yellow will appear again on my day quilt. Because there is no cloud the night temperature is dropping so the light blue may be needed again on my night quilt. It's so interesting to see the changes and the stitch design is very clever, I'm really enjoying this SAL.

Day Time Temperature Quilt 
Night Time Temperature Quilt 
It is nearly the end of March, that's three months of 2019 already. This Sunday is Mother's Day here in the UK - best wishes to all the Mums - and Monday being the 1st April is April Fool's Day so watch out for the spoofs!

Friday 15 March 2019

Gifted Gorgeousness - March

It's Gifted Gorgeousness time - a superb idea hosted by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching to share our gifts both sent and received. It's lovely to see everyone's gifts which can be:
  • any chart, kit, thread, fabric or finishing items you have been given
  • any chart, kit, thread, fabric or finishing items you have won in a giveaway
  • any chart, kit, thread, fabric or finishing items you have bought using a voucher given to you/won by you
  • anything you have gifted to someone else
My first item is a gift I stitched for a very good friend who we met through the wine industry. Last month was the People's Choice Wine Awards, for which I was a judge, and I knew she would be there so made this small gift. She loved it, it now lives in her office. 

A gift for a wine loving friend 
To my huge surprise I won a giveaway on Rosey's blog, Ishkabibble. It's a beautiful chart by The Needle and I with a heart for each season. I have an idea already about how to finish these, although I will be altering summer slightly.
Thank you Rosey 
A week on from my ankle operation and my foot feels ok, the stitches are starting to itch which, although frustrating as I cannot get to them, is a good sign.

Last week my Hubby and daughter bought me some lovely flowers. I had great fun yesterday wheeling into the kitchen (I am not allowed to weight bear until next week) and stretching over the sink to refresh them all. They all look like new and will hopefully last a while yet.

Gorgeous flowers from Hubby
Beautiful bouquet from Philly
It's always nice to give and receive gifts, I hope you've had a lovely March GG too.

Monday 11 March 2019

Happy dancing !!

You may know that back in April 2017 I had a very nasty fall resulting in a dislocated left ankle which was also broken in three places, and a broken right foot. As you can imagine it took a long time to recover and my left ankle has never been pain free. 

On Friday I returned to hospital to have all the metalwork from my left foot removed and a tendon cleaned/repaired. The operation went well but I am back to using a chair at home as I am not allowed to put weight through my ankle for two weeks. As nothing is not broken this time it is not so painful, just time to heal wounds and soft tissue - hopefully I will finally be able to walk without pain.

An old friend has returned home
for a couple of weeks
It's like going back in time wheeling around the house but at least this time I know how to do stuff. Our bed is back downstairs in the conservatory, we quite like our garden bedroom. 
A sunny morning from our garden bedroom
I have been able to keep up to date with my temperature quilt. We had a few unseasonably warm days at the end of February but March has started to turn colder. It's so interesting watching the changes, when the days were warm the nights were even colder resulting in a big change over 24 hours. 

Night time to 8th March 
Day time to 8th March
I have also managed to finish three more ornaments for my church tree, I find these quite therapeutic as there is no chart to follow, I just stitch. I have another two to do and then some wip pieces I found that just need finishing and will be perfect additions to my Snow Tree.

Three more hardanger ornaments for my church tree
Finally a big happy dance, I finished my La Penseé Positive the night before my operation and so was able to do a little dance around the room. I'm hoping to order the frame soon and have it ready to hang in our bedroom for when our bed moves back upstairs. I've really enjoyed stitching this as a SAL with the ladies at Needlecraft Haven.

La Penseé Positive
My next stitching will be for the Easter Exchange with Needlecraft Haven and a gift. There are also the spring designs in the NH Seasonal Challenge so I don't think I'll be bored whilst resting up.

Friday 1 March 2019

St David's Day - spring begins

Happy St David's Day 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

St David is the patron saint of Wales, tbe Welsh symbols are leeks and daffodils. I love to celebrate the UK's patron saints with food from that country. Tonight we're having lamb steaks with homemade welsh cakes.
Welsh cakes cooking 
A tin full ! 
I also make sure we have daffodils in the house from today as it is the start of spring. I make sure we have fresh ones all the way to Easter which this year is mid April. I use my Grandma's vase until Easter time when it is used for my Easter Tree.

Spring is here
I really enjoy making themed dinners and changing things around our house for different events, holidays and the seasons.

As it is now spring I have changed my Jardin Prive tree and my Drawn Thread mantle picture. My spring mini pillow is also now on  display.

Jardin Prive - Spring
The Drawn Thread
Mini pillow
Springtime is when our days get lighter and warmer and the garden comes to life - it makes us all feel brighter after the dark days of winter.