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Friday, 16 November 2018

That Was The Week That Wasn't

If you're old enough to remember TWTWTW . . . then you probably learnt to type on a manual typewriter and learnt about currency in multiples of 12

More up to date and closer to home, I've had a week that wasn't - wasn't anything drastically wrong with it but I've got to Friday afternoon wondering where the time went.  It began with the start of a sort-of-cold last weekend;  "sort of" because all the basic recipe ingredients were present but not in the right order or correct quantities.   However, I felt grotty enough to make a conscious decision that I was going to kick back and relax until I felt better - getting jelly legs trying to take Daisy on a less-than-half-a-mile walk around the block might have been a clue that I needed to take it easy.  I have managed to read at least one book on my Kindle every day, and tidy through a massive amount of old house paperwork which is destined for the compost bin.



Talking of compost, on Wednesday the regular chap came from the council to empty the rubbish bin near our house, he's a nice bloke and we often have a natter if I'm out with Daisy when he is here.  He is also a conscientious rarity and decided to sweep up a lot of the fallen leaves which were on the road and pavement.  They were bagged up and are now waiting to go on our compost bin.



There's been rain, and sunny spells too.  Autumn colour is probably past its best but overall Bag End isn't looking too bad.



The three Mahonia in the Coppice are flowering their hearts out to the approval of many bees.







Not much else is flowering, but this anemone has never had bigger blooms.  Only four or five months late?



It has been a good year for berries.  I didn't get around to photographing the yew hedge in the New Garden but it was laden with berries, all of which have been scoffed by the blackbirds.



Not much going on quilt-wise.  I am going to need to buy new canvas for the leaders on my longarm machine, so am waiting for samples.  Until I get canvas which is not stretched and bowed, doing any pantograph patterns is out of the question, and I am just too rusty and out of practise for freehand work, so nothing is going to get quilted in the near future.  I'd hoped to have the latest Trip Around the World quilted for Halloween but (shrugs shoulders), I'd rather wait and do it nicely than ruin it.

So what's a fabricholic to do?  Obvious - get out the box of Christmas fabric, panels, assorted blocks and pieced units and stare at it until I can decide what to do with some of it.






12 comments:

  1. Do hope you are feeling better. Strange weather happening everywhere at the moment, but glad your garden is doing OK. It must be lovely to walk past the Mahonia, as I know they smell gorgeous. Will you be making your own leaders or purchasing the APQ ones? It's putting them on straight that is the biggest problem we find. Happy pondering on the Xmas fabrics, relax, take care & huggles.

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    1. Thanks Susan. I'll order canvas from a UK supplier, no point having something twice the price shipped from America :) Not worried about putting them on straight - there is a 'seam' on the rollers that I reckon I can line up against. Of course, it's easy to say that, I haven't actually done it yet :)

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  2. I have to admit that it's a 'yes' to the first three statements. I remember that the programme's title was shortened to TW3 and my typewriter was an old Royale my dad brought home from work.

    It's good to see something still flowering in the garden - I was out with the dogs a couple of weeks ago on a Monday walk for a future blog post and photographed the remains of a couple of rhododendrons still in flower.

    The council guy definitely sounds like a rarity, you don't get them like that any more - well not round here you don't anyway!

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    1. Hi Eunice, look forward to seeing your walk photos (and trying not to get behind on your future blog posts!)

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  3. I hope you are feeling better now and it's a yes to the first three statements from me too.
    Your council chap is a rarity, what a treasure. The weather has been fairly mild here this week, not complaining about that of course and lovely to see your garden still looking good.
    Take care and give Daisy a hug from me.

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    1. We must be extra lucky with 'council chaps' because that is how I met LP, and look what a godsend he turned out to be? Feeling a bit better thanks :)

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  4. I love staring at fabrics, deciding what goes together and making plans, I have had my Christmas fabrics out at least once. Sometimes it's good to have a kickback week. My body is telling me to slow down, enough is enough, so lazy weekend here, baking Christmas cakes, later that normal!

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    1. Hi Marlene, well, baking Christmas cakes doesn't sound like a restful weekend to me, good luck! Hope your shoulder is giving you less trouble.

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  5. Yes I remember typing up Martyn's thesis for uni on an old clumpy typewriter and asking did he really need to use the word pedestrianisation so often. That council guy is certainly a rarity, round here you should see the mess on windy bin collection day, especially the recycling collectio.n

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    1. Morning Sue. I learnt to type on a manual typewriter and remember being terrified the first time I used an IBM Selectric, remember those :) ? It seemed very futuristic!

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  6. I've been doing some of that perusing too, trying to decide on the background color I want for a Wendy Williams quilt called "Around the Garden". This is one of those projects that will take me years, probably. I learned to type on a manual, of course. Oh the days of carbon paper and whiteout.

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    1. Thanks Sue, I'd forgotten about carbon paper and whiteout fluid!

      I looked up your quilt - holy moly, it's stunning! I can see why it might take a while to get finished :)

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