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Another digital image


This one I have created from a piece of patchwork I made a few months ago.scallop20 -3 -277 100 89.71 I may work with this image when I have time, printing it out on to fabric perhaps add embroidery and/or quilting to hi-light some of the areas of interest and I think I may have this printed on to a canvas for our lounge.  I may well make this one available as a limited edition print in the very near future.

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Bank Holiday Monday

We have typical bank holiday weather except it is not raining.  Our neighbour is having yet another one of his fires which upsets the whole area as they are smelly and go on for days.  We can’t have the windows open nor can the washing be put out as it will stink but he doesn’t seem to care, he has been told by the council to not cause a nuisance does he care NO!

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   This was the view from our back room window at about 10:15 this morning.  Needless to say that the washing will stay wet and the windows will remain shut! 

These fires are left unattended especially over night.  They are then banked up in the morning to continue probably all day.  Inconsiderate cretin.

Ok rant over.

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The abundance of flowers all of a sudden

The plants in our garden have suddenly burst into flower; at the weekend the lupins where just small promises of the delights to come, today the flowers spikes are magnificent.   There are many more to come in purple, orange, yellow and salmon pink.DSCF0880 The flag iris has been baking nicely in the hot dry weather and has thrown up a gorgeous purple flower, as it is a new plant it has exceed expectations.  Sadly this plant has just the one flower spike this year but next year we should have many more.DSCF0851The other iris, a beautiful bronze, has yet to flower but as it is a much older plant promises much with the numerous spikes that come with age.

The oriental poppies are a mass of buds just ready to burst into flower, we have several different colours from bright red to white all just waiting – another few days and they will be open, it is a shame that they don’t last very long.

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My not so Squirrel proof Bird feeder!

Squirrel in 'squirrel-proof' bird feeder!

Image our surprise one morning to come down to find our local cheeky squirrel sitting happily eating his breakfast in our ‘squirrel proof’ birder feeder.  Not only has the squirrel been enjoying meal worms and a variety of seeds but the magpies have worked out how to get their share too.  The cleverest magpie has worked out that if it flies at and just pushes the feeder it either falls off or scatters enough food for it and its mate to eat.  The local pigeons cottoned on to the idea that if they stuck around whilst the magpies where in the garden they too would get fed.  Oh no, the magpies wouldn’t stand for that, we saw many a fight between pigeon and magpie, that is until the pigeons worked out how to feed themselves, needless to say the pigeons weren’t as successful as the magpies so much so they have given up flying at the bird feeder – I think they where using their heads rather than their feet, they are so stupid.

Before the squirrel sat in the feeder it had had many attempts to dislodge, rattle, shake and basically try to make a mess of the food but all attempts failed up until this one.  The most spectacular failure happened early one morning with the squirrel running back and forth on the lawn between the feeder and the washing-line prop trying to work out if it could run up the prop along the line to the feeder – it failed in magnificent style the squirrel ran up the prop, the prop slipped, the squirrel frightened itself silly and disappeared over the fence whilst the bird feeder fell off the washing line spilling its contents across the lawn for all the birds to enjoy without interference from the squirrel!

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A Possible Good Idea but…………..

I have been looking into the possibility of importing a fabric cutting system from the USA.  I looked, researched, played with, considered costs including carriage, VAT and import duty  and have now disregarded this idea. (  The exchange rate is not as good as it used to be.  With the system costing as much as a basic sewing machine I think I would rather have a new machine or save a bit more, investing in a machine quilting frame and a specific quilting machine, after all I have a cutting mat and a rotary cutter.