Greetings lovely friends & readers
I had a good, but Very busy trip down to Mum's & returned home right as my region went into another Lockdown.
On my second day at Mum's we travelled just over 2 hours away to meet up with two of her brothers. We had lunch at The Herb Farm - a wonderful place just out of Ashhurst with a cafe as well as a shop selling their handmade herbal products.
After lunch we sat in the gardens for awhile & I captured this lovely photo. Mums brother in the middle is nearly 80 & the one on the right hand side is 94. (Mum is 92) These are the only remaining siblings from "the first batch" ... Grandma had bunches of children in batches & she had 11 altogether. The reason they came in batches was because she lost pregnancies in between & then the older batch had to help raise the younger ones.
After lunch we drove to the Cemetery to take flowers to the family graves that are there. It took us 2 hours to get around 5 graves as they were scattered all across the cemetery. Mums sister on the far right died at 5 months old in 1936. I love Cemetery's - when I was young I used to find them spooky but now I find them incredibly peaceful places.
We visited my brother & had afternoon tea. He has finished building his fence which I wrote about in * this Post *
I was lucky enough to visit my dear friend Claire for an hour. We had a quick cuppa & I took a few snaps around her beautiful Home of some of her latest creative endeavours.
I always love Claire's displays & find it makes me feel very inspired.
One of her spare bedrooms above.
A sweet little spring display in her entrance way.
The wool picture above left is a recent completion & hangs on her Sampler wall.
New Coffee Table Vignette on the right.
But the item below really caught my eye & though I tried very hard to sneak it into my bag, I was not successful 😉
(I'm talking about the Dress not the Vodka !!!)
Claire's craft group had taken part in a knitting challenge. Claire had knitted a bodice & then sewn a tulle skirt to attach to it & hung it from a miniature (chalkpainted) hanger. She had knitted the bodice using a long string of tiny fairy lights, so once you turned the wee switch - it lit up!!!
My pic is not doing it justice - it was Stunning!!
Before I left I had to finish a bunting Order for my friend Joy. Her request was for a gender neutral woodland themed nursery. The Mum-to-be loves foxes so this fabric was perfect.
I added the hearts as the Mum-to-be has upholstered a vintage chair in forest green. Miss Pippi very kindly multi-tasked by pressing my fabrics for me whilst doing her morning meditation at the same time !!
When I delivered the bunting to Joy I had ordered 3 of her handmade wooden tags in a lavender theme. Joy had so kindly made me extras as well as some of her other beautiful tags & some new butterfly paper serviettes to use for decoupage.
Blackie did his usual "feral trick" & disappeared while I was away which gave The Mr & I even more grey hair!! He has returned again & is currently tucked up on my (un-made) bed with Madam Pip as we are getting icy spring showers here today.
Thank You all So Much for staying with me through today's lengthy post.
I will be back in a few days with Part 2 as I still have a tiny bit more to share.
With much love & friendship to you All,
Julie & the furry ones x0x0x