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Friday, 30 March 2018

Kate's photo challenge - March 2018



Joining in with the lovely and talented Kate at I live, I love, I craft, I am me


1.     Hole:   I still look back on that weekend and shake my head in slight amazement that we actually did what we did, and on a scale that is frankly ludicrous for a domestic garden.  If you're new to Bag End, or you want a reminder of just how mad we can be:
this is the link for Day One,
this is the link for Day Two,
and this is the link for filling the hole we spent so long digging!





2.     Making:  Harder for me than you might think - I am (nearly) always in the middle of making something so it was hard to choose.  In the end, I decided to wait until yesterday, and just photograph whatever was on the sewing room table.

March has not been a good "quilty" month, and for most of it my table has looked like this, perhaps it should be titled "Making a Mess".  I am in the middle of numerous things - trying to 'relearn' how to sew freehand feathers (hence large sheets of paper & a big pencil sharpener, and the quilt top for which they are destined pulled off the Shelf of Shame), a bag to cover the top of my tripod, rebuilding/stocking the 'spares' boxes for the caravan and campervan, the huge tub contains velcro, zips and all sorts of haberdashery nonsense and hasn't been put away since I made some luggage straps for the 'spares' boxes. And so it goes on, in truth, my sewing space looks like this more often than not




3.     Reading Now:   Another hard one - when I am not making something I am reading something!  A picture of my Kindle seemed like a cop-out, so here is a real book which has got a lot of attention from me since it was published at the beginning of the month.




4.    Black & White:   I used a B&W photo last month, so for this challenge I've included a photo of a section of a small quilt I made years ago using black & white fabric.  (There is a reason for picking this one, hopefully I will get to that in April!)




5.    "H" is for Horticulture:  I have always gardened, grown things, and Bag End is the lovely culmination of a lifetime getting my nails split and fingers dirty in soil.  As a teenager I wanted to study at the local Agricultural College but it was not allowed (I was told "that is blue collar work and this family does not do that", yeah, still pissed about that . . . )



I'm not really one for poetry, but there is a line in this piece by Ralph Waldo Emerson which feels good:

To laugh often and much;

to win the respect of the intelligent people
 and the affection of children;

to earn the appreciation of honest critics
 and endure the betrayal of false friends;

to appreciate beauty;

to find the best in others; 

to leave the world a bit better
 whether by a healthy child,
 a garden patch,
or a redeemed social condition;

to know that one life has breathed easier 
because you lived here.

This is to have succeeded.


6.     Own choice: sticking with "feels good",  (OK, so 2 lines from the poem!)   I know there is one life that has breathed much easier because Management and I lived here.









26 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness that is a hole and a half, my stitching corner looks like yours, a tidy craft room just does not seem right. My favourite is the dog though sheer joy. Lovely photos to brighten up a rainy Friday. x

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  2. Now that is a hole! Great selection of photos, love the joyful dog:)

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    1. Thank you Rosie, I still shake my head in slight disbelief but that's what happens with a large digger and blokes who are having fun . . .

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  3. What a great hole. I followed the link to putting the liner in and what fun you have all had! We own a field and were only talking yesterday of taking the 'stream' that runs through it and making it into a pond. Love the quilt in the black and white; were the coloured squares made up of several pieces of fabric?

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    1. Oh believe me, putting that liner in was not fun. It weighed about as much as Management and I combined and the wind kept trying to shift all the fleece padding we'd laid underneath!

      Those are 'nine patch' blocks, so yes, each colour is a different piece of fabric.

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  4. A lovely selection of photos for the hunt and Daisy looks very relaxed and happy :)

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    1. Thanks Eileen, yes, Daisy was definitely on good form that day. x

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  5. Your garden is looking lovely and when and your hole has transformed into a proper pond it will be fantastic with all the wild life it will attract. Quilt is beautiful too.

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    1. Thank you Jak. We're really pleased with how the pond has turned out.

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  6. My word - that is a hole and half!! a whole lotta hole :D Bless Daisy - another happy dog photo - we've had a lot this time, now that can't be bad xx

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    1. Cheers Kate, I think the pond stuff all happened before we met. You're right, there have been a lot of pups sneaking in this month.

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  7. I love that poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson! You certainly have made a difference on the landscape: your garden patch looks lovely. I do rather love your dog, too.

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    1. Thanks Ali, compared to what was here before then yes, we've certainly made a 'garden patch', and Daisy is very much loved too :)

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  8. Love pic five, so full of fun, a tidy craft area is wrong on so many levels, I like a muddle, I can then see things differently.

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    1. Thanks Marlene, afraid we have to differ - I hate the sewing room when it is in a mess like this, I can't think straight and am itching to put everything away, finished or not.

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  9. Your craft room is much tidier than mine. Your quilt is amazing!

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    1. Oh dear, I don't think you and Marlene would really like my sewing room! Thank you for the nice words about my quilt.

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  10. That's a proper hole - and it must've been fun getting a digger in... And the poem is beautiful - I knew some of the lines but didn't know where they came from. Your craft room is really creative looking and the dog looks crazy happy:)

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    1. Thanks Fil, yes it was fun having the digger here but no-one would leave the keys laying within my reach - miserable buggers!

      We’d like to think Daisy is happy :-).

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  11. That's one big hole! I like your photo for H too :)

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    1. Thanks Louise, the hole does look a bit better now it is full of water :)

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  12. Great depictions of the words & you've made them seem easy, even though you said they were hard.
    Love Daisy destroying the ball, but the quote was the best, so have written it down. Thanks & take care.

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    1. Thank you Susan. Glad you have seen "the garden patch" for yourself, although sadly never at its best.

      That ball is the oldest Daisy has and I sometimes think of throwing it away, but it's the on she always gets first, so it stays!

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  13. That hole reminds me of the old Bernard Cribbins song - "don't dig there, dig it elsewhere, you're digging it round and it ought to be square" etc :)

    Love the photo of your garden, and Daisy just had to be included somewhere :)

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    1. Thanks Eunice, you know Daisy will be included, she is "my choice" every day, not just at the end of each month!

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