Friday, 29 January 2010

Busy Day

Well, today has been a rather productive day for a change!

After spending most of yesterday afternoon not knowing quite where to begin and not doing anything, I've gone and done lots today.

First of all, I started on some artwork, which I hope to be able to sell a few of. Just a teaser pic here, as it's not finished yet.

Then I cut out quarter blocks for a quilt I'm making from Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam and Nicky Lintott. I bought this book over a year ago and I'm only just getting round to making anything now!

After that, it was boring housework (wish that was optional!) and then I made some biscuits. I realised that I didn't have quite enough cocoa powder, but never mind - I didn't stick entirely to the recipie anyway. Necessity being the mother of invention and all that, they're just chocolate shortbread instead of toasted pecan shortbreads!

Now, I'm going to have a sit down and a cup of tea!

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Snow Birds

Although the snow has now disappeared (let's hope that's it for this winter), I thought I'd share with you a few pictures of the feathered visitors to our garden.

We regularly put out food for the birds and are usually rewarded by lots of avian activity, as well a a cheeky grey squirrel or 3! Although we live in the city, we back onto a stretch of the Bristol-Bath Cycleway - a former railway track that goes from the centre of Bristol to Bath. The area directly behind us is heavily wooded and we see a wide variety of bird species that we'd never seen living in more rural areas.

Currently we see the usual Blackbirds, Robins, Woodpidgeons, Blue Tits and Chaffinches that most people get, but we have also have a few slightly less common residents. These include Long-tailed Tits, a Bullfinch, Jays and Collared Doves. With the recent cold weather, we've even had a pair of Fieldfares and what I think was a Redpoll.

As you can tell, birds are a particular interst of mine, although it's only in the last few years that I've realised how much I enjoy watching the birds and seeing new species. I also enjoy fabric with bird designs, but I have to hold back a bit on indulging that particular hobby!

Jay and Woodpidgeon ('Do you come here often?')


Jay in the apple tree

Fieldfare eating berries

Friday, 1 January 2010

Happy New Year!


Well, here we are again - a new year and hopefully a new start.

I've seriously neglected the old blog - my last post was in September! I've not had anything terribly exiting to share with you these last few months, hence the lack of posts.

Never mind, as I've resolved to try and do more things that I enjoy this year, I hope I'll be able to bring you more interesting things to read about and look at!

As well as trying to get the house tidied and decluttered over the next few months, I'll be trying to stick to a more organised approach to life and making time to do some sort of crafting every day. I've taken up a HUGE cross stitch chart that I started back in 2003 and I'm aiming to finish that by the spring - I don't stitch very fast, as you can tell! I'm also going to be getting back into sewing and I've just ordered some more knitting patterns and yarn from Kemps Wool shop, so that's 2 more jumpers for me and another little something to be revealed at a future date!

We also have a very special event happening late May or early June (one or two of you will already know) - DH and I are expecting our first baby! No doubt my careful plans will have to be put on hold then!