Choose your colours then cut out little flowers, loads of them, then sew them to a backing with knot stitches, apply leaves, in my case very randomly, then sew the whole thing onto the bag. Remove big M&S label, and voila a bag to replace the one I lost with my dress in Leamington. I think this bag being so bright will be easy to keep an eye on. Unique or what!
Wednesday, 25 February 2009
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
My Valentine and I went out to enjoy ourselves this weekend. On Saturday we started off with a visit to Hill Close Gardens. They were holding a special snowdrop exhibition and had set up some tables at waist height, with well labelled specimens in their new centre. There were some lovely special ones which I shall look out in specialist catalogues, but for now, we can enjoy the normal single and double blooms in our garden. They also had a few examples of winter and early spring flowers, and did pretty well considering how much colder the weather is this year. Afterwards David and I walked around the little parcels of gardens and admired clumps of snowdrops under their hedgerows.
On Sunday with the warmer weather we took a circular walk up to the Castle where we spied a few snowdrops: along the side of the drive, and again in one of the small gardens by the gate house, there were a few. Later by St Nicholas's Church there were some clumps up. There are still some to emerge, and to think, the area was covered with snow only a few days ago.
We bought some snowdrops from Hill Close Gardens and here they are ready to be divided up and planted out in the garden. On Monday I was sitting in the conservatory with the window open and was drawn outside by loud buzzing. About 10 bees were busy on the snowdrops flowers.
We left some wonderful drifts of snowdrops in our garden in Swindon. Last year I planted about six pots of snowdrops in the garden in Kenilwoth, which I had bought during our break in Norfolk last spring. Together with this lot, we have the makings of nice displays for future years, and I shall be on the look out for the early bees and bumblebees next year.
On gardeners question time this time last year, the panel were asked: As it is leap year, are there any jobs the panel would do now and again in four years time? I remembered one of the answers which was to divide clumps of snowdrops. It is much better to plant snowdrops out when they are green, rather than in the form of dried bulbs. I expect my snowdrops to bulk up well over the next three years and look forward to splitting them in 2012!
These are just a few snowdrop facts posted up at Hill Close Gardens:
Friday, 6 February 2009
The following day when I spied that they were still keeping up their efforts, I relented, and suggested that perhaps a few cakes would not go amiss. The three children squealed with delight, and even more when I suggested they may like to decorate their cakes too. However, I did say they were to ask their parents to give me approval, and with that in hand, a date after school was agreed. I remembered that Veronica & Matthew had given me a box of letters as part of my cup-cake kit which was my birthday present.
On Abbey Field with its lovely slopes there were crowds sliding down the slopes. Knowing how the wind blow the snow, I realised that it would be thicker on the other side of the park where slopes are steeper too. There were fewer people there, and, so suggested to some young people that they try it. After a few minutes I would see them enjoying themselves though I think their climb back up to the top would have been harder.
David has a lovely sense of humour, and from time to time arranges Stripie into different poses. I think this was the January Blues pose. Notice the cuddled up and arms crossed pose!