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Thursday, 9 May 2019

Finishes

Blogging seems to have fallen by the wayside, not intentionally, but there are neither enough hours in the day nor sufficient energy in those hours to accomplish everything.  Especially when "everything" includes a non-characteristic amount of sitting around reading or doing very little.  But progress is being made, generally slowly.  I have been waiting for a moment when inclination and weather line up to take some photos, I may be waiting quite some while.  Better to document with cloudy and dull photos rather than let the backlog get bigger, and bigger, and bigger.

After my last post I went down to the drive and threw myself into the task of shifting the pile of chippings.  I filled buckets and Management carried every one of them by hand to the edge of the big bed which is becoming a lovely impenetrable shrubbery ***







We didn't bother to count but think there were at least 8 'rounds' of 20 buckets . . . The whole task would have been a lot easier if I had done it a couple of months ago before all the new growth came through, but I didn't.  The great "take-out" from the job is that there were virtually no weeds to remove which, in an area this size, is something remarkable.  I'm putting that down to the fact that every couple of years this area gets a mulch of 4" - 6" of material.


I'm going to count this as a finish, although it is a never-ending job:  straightening out all the things which get dumped on my sewing room table, and straightening out a lot of the things which get dumped on my desk.





Also finally finished, over the course of many days, is all the quilt binding.  The Christmas table runners were pieced in December last year.    The quilting happened in early March,  with the binding machined on a couple of weeks later.

So an elapsed time of about 22 weeks is pretty good by my standards.  The little floral quilts were started on 10th January, only 18 weeks from beginning to end which is supersonic speed!  I have washed them both to get a head start on looking 'lived in'.





I watched an awful lot of snooker last week, which combined with sitting bent over whilst sewing didn't do my back any good at all, perhaps one day I will learn not to binge-sew or binge-TV-watch.  Neither is good for me.





Knowing how long it normally takes me to do any clothing alterations, I've surprised myself by changing the sleeves on one of the new shirts I bought at the beginning of April.  The cuffs were too tight so I took off the internal tab which I was never going to use for rolling up the sleeve, fixed some of it to the cuff and added a pretty button for decoration (and to cover up the existing and now defunct buttonhole).  Oh, for some warm weather so that I can actually wear it.



I have [sort of] finished straightening up the greenhouse for the season.  Big decisions made about not growing lots of things we normally grow, partly in order to keep the work down and partly because I just don't have the motivation this year.  I know that's grief, I know it will pass, and using the greenhouse differently is just as valid as growing too many tomatoes years after year.



The net house is much tidier than it was, although I still need to fix up mesh to support runner beans.  Of course, actually sewing some bean seeds would be a good start . . .



I found a great value anti-flyscreen for Bill.  "Proper" campervan ones are about £140 - stuff that for a game of tiddlywinks.  25 quid from Amazon was far more attractive but I needed to do something about fixing it.    As I was making it up as I went along and concentrating there are virtually no photos.



A day's sewing to make a channel filled with magnets (advantage of van being metal bodied 😀) and a completely unnecessary but great fun 'pretend bunting' pelmet.  All I need now is some hot weather which necessitates sitting with the van doors open.



On another mad day in the garden I completely weeded and mulched the little cyclamen bed.  There should not be foxgloves and aqueligia growing strongly in here but they are too pretty to remove and I am not a hard-hearted enough gardener to pull them out until flowering is over and the plants have set seed.






There's probably more but I can't think what it is.  But at least I now have a record for myself of what I've done in the last couple of weeks.





***  It was pointed out recently (in a kind way) that finding your way around Bag End when new here was a bit tricky.  I'm in the process of annotating the lovely aerial photo which Management got for me,  and will republish it when I am done.

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  1. I watched lots of snooker too - there were some good matches I thought.

    Warmer weather on the way according to a forecast - should make things feel better

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    1. Hi Sue, I've watched snooker for more years than I can remember and I don't think I have ever seen a match like the final, particularly the first day. Glad you enjoyed it too.

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  2. You've definitley achieved much more than I have. Maybe some sort of star chart with rewards could be our motivation. 😆
    Love the bunting. How cute is that! We just need some hot weather now. Where did it go? X

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    1. Hi Jules, I know there's a lot of talk in blogland at present about getting things done, a feeling of not keeping on top of things, and so on. What has worked for me is throwing away The List.

      I still write myself notes, little things I need to remember on that particular day, but The List with an endless litany of big tasks is no more. Instead of reminding me to do stuff, it became a stick that beat me every day pointing out all I hadn't achieved. It is difficult to articulate just what a difference it has made to me.

      A couple of other things which have contributed are (i) not putting things off. Such as rather than taking laundry out of the dryer and dumping it on the bed "for later", I fold and put everything away immediately. By not letting little tasks pile up I seem to have much more time and (ii) being really strict with myself and going to bed at a set time every night. Helps my not-very-good sleep pattern.

      Hope this is some use to you. xx 💚

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    2. This resonates with me!!!!!

      I've been on the "Find-A-Plan" for housework bandwagon. And finally, I sat back and wondered, WHY? For whom, am I so driven, to keep everything 'spick and span'?

      What's for me/us, is fine. What's for "them," isn't fine.

      As expected with me, I am re-thinking, that with which I was so enamoured, for a while.

      -grin- By now, wouldn't you think, that I'd know...? That my "Oh Shinnny" kicks, back fire??? Or at least, that eventually, they become Less-Than-Shinnnnny...?

      Gentle hugs...

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  3. Be gentle on yourself, be kind, take things as you need to - if one day your mow the lawn, wash the car, move all the mulch and clip the hedge - brilliant - you have an excellent day, if one day all you do is have a shower and wash your hair - brilliant you have had a gentle and kind day. Not every day is good, but there is often a bit of good in every day - sending hugs and wuffs xxxxxxxx

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    1. As always dear friend, the most perfect words, thank you 💚🐾

      There have been many days of both kinds, and the great thing is I am getting to be OK with the gentle ones. And you are right - every day has good in it if you take the time to notice.

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  4. Ohhhhh, an lovely aerial photo is coming! Yesss! Since I am totally lost, about what you do there, and how it looks and etc. Glad someone was smart enough, to tell you and ask for clarification! :-)

    KJSUTCLIFFE above.... Her comment is brilliant. Her advice is perfect, for everyone. So perfect!

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    1. Thanks Wisp. It's a big garden, it is easy to get lost 😉

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  5. Dear Jayne
    It sounds like you have achieved a lot (and we can see that you have from the photos). Do what you feel like each day, just as kjsutcliffe says above - wise words.
    I feel your pain literally as I have just attempted the quilting for my first (and probably last) quilt, ending up with neck, shoulder and backache. I should have done it in stages too. Bother.
    However, your end results do look fabulous!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Oh poor Ellie. I did exactly the same quilting my first quilt on a regular sewing machine. At one level my neck has never been the same! It was one of the deciding factors in investigating the then unheard-of-and-only-in-America/Australia monsters called longarm machines!
      Hope you are feeling better now.

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  6. I can only echo what Kate said, she couldn't have put it better. I hope you're (slowly) beginning to feel a bit brighter. I'm commenting late on this as since yesterday morning I've had no pc - it's dead, defunct, non-operational, but I can't get it into the repair shop until next Monday. Luckily my friend Lin has lent me her laptop which will at least keep me on the internet for the important stuff but emails are completely out for now :(

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    1. Thanks Eunice, hope you can get your PC sorted soon. These days we are so lost without them.

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  7. You've made great progress at Bag's End over the years. It's time to sit back and enjoy it more than work on it. It does look lovely. My gardening mojo seems to have disappeared completely.

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    1. I would love to be sitting enjoying the garden - but it is too bloomin' cold at present and the new furniture we ordered so I could sit comfortably is yet to be delivered . . .

      Hope your mojo wanders back at some point, if only to plant some nice things to encourage the birds ☺️

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    2. Let's hope a warm front moves through in the next couple of weeks!! I want warmer weather when I'm on your continent!

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    3. You're in luck, the forecast for the couple of weeks commencing Saturday is rather good :-)

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  8. I hear what you say about abandoning The List and have given it some thought since you commented about it over on my blog, but I’m a ‘lists’ person at heart and would drift of course without one. I’m glad it works for you though. Your quilting finishes are gorgeous and the garden looks lovely (although I will be glad of a map) ... despite how you feel, you are getting things done. Be kind to yourself and let the passing of time heal you xx

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    1. Hi Eileen, in truth, I believed I was a "lists" person too, having been a slave to them most of my life. A few months ago if you had told me abandoning The List would work I'd have laughed, maybe not in your face, but laughed at lot!

      We are all different, and as long as what you are doing works, then you are doing the right thing.

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  9. You have been busy. I hate having to alter new clothes. I used to be able to buy perfect length trousers/jeans but for some reason the same brand have decided to lengthen them - no it isn’t me that has shrunk - now I have to shorten every pair that I buy..

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    1. Hi Sue, that must be extremely frustrating for you :(

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  10. Wow, I think you've accomplished plenty there. I don't know what's happened to the weather just lately, I'm back in socks and jumpers and the heating's on again, it doesn't seem like May at the moment, especially after the lovely start we had to the season. What a pretty blouse, we just need some sunshine now so that you can wear it.

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    1. Ruddy freezing here too Jo. We had the heating on half the day yesterday which I hate at this time of year, our fuel bills are already bad enough.

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  11. The quilting looks great and you have put me to shame in the garden. I will get out there on Sunday and weed the last of the beds.
    Bev x

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    1. No shaming here Bev, just do what you can, when you can, and try to enjoy it 😉

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    2. I did do the weeding today and it looks so much smarter. I put some Begonias in pots on the steps and some Tagetes in the borders. B x

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  12. Wow, you've been one busy lady, both inside & out. Quilt finishes look great, as does the faux bunting. Now that was a clever idea. The garden is looking so tidy & I'm not good with pulling things till they've finished flowering either. I'm so envious of your greenhouse & did I notice lots of strawberries? Have a great weekend, especially Sunday & take care.
    Huggles.

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    1. Yes my love, lots of strawberries. I am not growing tomatoes this year and hopefully the strawbs in there will fruit at a different time to the outdoor ones and extend our season. Sadly they will be over by the time you get here :(

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