Friday, April 20, 2012

Triangles and other exciting stuff............

I am still alive, I am happy to report. Fingers working, so here I am. (Fingers a bit battered after destroying my pinking shears trimming the edges of all the triangles!) Not much else seems to be co-operating at the moment, though. And the week is almost over already. How did that happen??
I have been making the bunting for a friend's daughter's wedding in the middle of May, so there has been much measuring and cutting and stitching, and muttering around these parts. And now I have to wait for the ordered bias binding so that it all matches and looks good.
Bunting is one of those things at events like weddings which no-one sees, but it makes the place look nice. If it is good and matching etc etc, that is. But if it is not matching and odd, then everyone notices in the kind of way I would rather they didn't, if you see what I mean.
Anyway. I have opted for the good option. And so my kitchen is festooned with rows of flags because the maths is in operation around these parts. Distance between triangles, length of tie up binding x number of flags etc etc. I have things written down and we are ready to go the moment the binding arrives on my doorstep. All 100 metres of the stuff. Well, I needed 90+ metres, and it is cheaper to buy 100 and the blessed perfect thing is that it comes in 25m rolls. No joining. Hallelujah.
It will take a day or 2 to finish, iron and package nicely and we will be able to move onto other things. Like more bunting. I have the inclination at the moment to make some red, white and blue ones. Don't forget it is a big UK year - The Queen and the Olympics and we may just become rather what is that word that I can't remember....................PATRIOTIC!!!  Eureka!

Well, why not?

So anyway, I did actually write a post about how I felt after an appointment on the phone on Monday with one of the consultants in Bath, but then I didn't post it. It sits there waiting. Maybe I will post it when I do this one. I will see. All I will say is that she is very good at her job and I was a wreck afterwards. So washed out and lacking anything remotely resembling energy. But that was Monday and now it is Friday and I am still here, so that is good. I think.

 Apart from the bunting saga, I have waved goodbye to Jean who, at this very moment is sitting in Kathmandu. How many of you have been to Kathmandu?? It is the kind of mystical place we read about, like Timbuktu, isn't it - but never visit! She is going to go on a plane trip around Everest while she is there too. SO exciting! I can't wait to see the photos and hear all about it. In 3 weeks time.

So I have been going to aqua alone this week and I have had a wonderful time dancing in the water with my friends there. Oh, we do laugh at ourselves. Only my leg has had other ideas, and when I crawled out yesterday after 3 sessions this week, it was bright red from ankle to groin in the places the nerves are misbehaving. I cannot tell you how attractive one red leg is. Sigh.

Oh yes, I had my hair cut. My hairdresser and I have decided that it would be fine to try a new style next time. Summer. Hmmm. I can always grow it again. But I may well chicken out before then. Watch this space!
And I have been in and out of the garden on the very rare days it has not been raining torrentially. I know I keep saying this, but it has rained every single day since the water restrictions came in. One has to wonder why they didn't start the water restrictions in the middle of winter, seeing that it makes the rain come. Rain in winter would have been fine. Right now I have washing all over the house drying because I can't hang it outside. And I want to be out in the garden planting stuff.

When the sun comes out for a few minutes, I am out there filling more pots with more seeds to see if I can grow the masses I collected from my plants last year. They all have highly technical names like "pretty little daisy-like flower" "big orange one from the windowbox" "spikey long yellow flower". See? I am so clever. Well, I look at my photos and then I see what they are. I am so impressed that some of the seeds are actually coming up in the greenhouse. Now I need good warm weather to plant them out. And no doubt, I will fill the greenhouse again. I love growing things from seed. The peas are shootuing and the lettuce is up.   I managed to re-pot 15 pots of lettuce, each with 2 or 3 plants in them. I will deposit them on the doorsteps of friends. I have enough, and having 42 extra lettuce plants seems a trifle excessive. I would go green.The potato pots are now full of soil - I start with a little and, as they appear, I cover them up with more soil until the pots are full. Then they can do what they like.

What else can I tell you.....

Missy and her parents have returned from their Alpine holiday. They had a great time, even if the weather was unimpressive. Missy has mastered the iPad, and has acquired amazing skills which leave her Grauntie and the rest of the family stunned. I tell you, the rate technology is developing, and the ease with which the very young embrace it, is a very scary thing. And it costs a great deal to try to keep up with it all. Well, don't we all dream of iPads and such newfangled things??? Do not tell me, at this point, that you all have one. Fingers in ears here.

So I will leave you now and go and cut out a little more patriotic stuff, because if I sit for more than 5 mins at a time, I lose the ability to get up again for a while. I will be back.

Edited to add - I have hit the publish button on Monday's post, so it should be below this one, if you want to read it.


Vee said...

Linds, you do know that they have pinking shears features on those wheely thingies, right? I think you need one. Wait, I'm going to find the proper name. Ohhhh, Rotary Cutter and NOT wheely thingy. Yes, if you are going into the bunting/banner business, you need one.

Love the new do! I need one myself.

Vee said...

Just in case it will help...

Needled Mom said...

The fabrics in your buntings are fabulous! It will be beautiful, but oh....the work of pinking all of them!!!!! You need to come up with something to do with the gorgeous scraps.

The children and the technology are amazing!!!!! I think our brains are too full to absorb much more.

Dawn said...

I was watching a child younger than the twins do her magic on her daddy's Ipad the other day, and wishing I had one for our littles to use. But it's not going to happen. At least until they come down in price to less than $100!

I can't wait to see pictures of the bunting. Where is it hanged at the wedding? The reception, I assume?

A new haircut is always nice. I wish I could come up with a different style, but my hair is so hard to manage that a perm is the only way to go for me.

We're having lovely weather, though we need some of that rain you're having. I have done a post about the memories in my yard. Kinda fun.

Hoping to read your thoughts on Bath when you're ready.

Have a blessed week-end!

Dawn said...

Oops - I think it's here, and I'll now go read it.

Dawn said...

Me again! BTW, I love the picture of you - I detest having my picture taken lately. I wish I didn't.

Re your comment on my latest post - we purposely planted so many trees so we'd have shade in the summer. The down part of that is that we have very few summer flowers that can thrive in such a shady atmosphere - especially roses. Your roses must be just glorious to see - wish I could someday! But I only have one rose bush and two or 3 mini bushes that make it. So spring is the most colorful time in our yard (garden).

someone else said...

Your haircut is really lovely. That's a nice length.