I was out and about a lot last week and took my camera with me to record some of the places and the things I saw. Every evening I thought, ‘I must write about that!’ but tired eyes and a sleepy brain put a stop to me sitting at the computer. Now I’m bursting to share some of these new things, even though there is so much catching up for me to do around my neglected home…
I hope you have time enough to skim down this page and at least enjoy the photos if not my babbling!
Sunday – I have to share this photo of the early morning sunlight pouring into the sewing room /guest room.
This time last year the room was the garage and the building work was not yet underway. The room is all that we hoped it would be and the morning sunlight coming into the room is a wonderful, unexpected bonus. The room faces northeast but even so, as the days are lengthening and the sun rises further to the east, the room has become the perfect place for enjoying early mornings – my favourite time of the day.
Monday – I helped host a monthly craft group at our Church. We had a guest demonstrator who brought armfuls of beautiful flowers with her and all the equipment for us to make a Spring floral arrangement.
I have to say now that I have never applied myself to the art of flower arranging so although I enjoyed the morning and learnt some very useful tips e.g. tulips continue growing after they’ve been cut, so will quickly extend beyond their original place in an arrangement, I just came home with some blooms and greenery stuck in a block of oasis rather than a true ‘floral arrangement’!
Tuesday – My parents arrived for their post-shopping pot of coffee and we shared family news and put the world to rights. They then disappeared home to unload their shopping and I prepared lunch for a friend. We meet once or twice a month and share what we’ve been learning from reading the Bible, from sermons, discussing how we’ve been applying what God is revealing to us through his word. It can be a bit sobering as we each realise there are areas where we need to repent and get in line with God’s will but it’s also uplifting and good to be kept accountable. Dorothy has been following the theme of ‘light’ through the Bible and she set my mind wandering along a similar path – thinking first of the pleasure I derive from the morning sunshine in the sewing room and then of God’s first words in the Bible, “Let there be light”, to the description of Jesus in John 1 v9 as ‘the true light that gives light to every man’, then to the three hours of unnatural darkness that descended on the region as Jesus hung on the cross (Luke 23 v44) through to John’s description of his vision of the resurrected Jesus in Revelation 1,’His face was like the sun shining in all it’s brilliance’. Like the majority of 21st century Westerners I’m an urban dweller rarely experiencing total darkness and as a result I don’t stop to appreciate the value and wonder of light as often as I should.
Tuesday evening – I got to the fortnightly meeting of Roundabout Quilters. The visiting speaker was Katherine Guerrier author of several books including ‘Scrap Quilt Sensation‘. She showed us lots of her beautiful quilts whilst telling us about her patchwork journey from English paper piecing in the 1970s through to the introduction of cutting mats and rotary cutters and her evolved style, giving traditional blocks a modern free-piecing twist, merging colours and fabrics in a truly inspirational way.
Wednesday – I was out morning and evening but determined to spend the afternoon in the sewing room making a few more 4″ blocks to add to the border surrounding my newly printed New Every Morning banner (how corporate am I?).
Thursday – A second sunny day in a row with temperatures topping 17°C happily coincided with an arranged walk alongside a short stretch of the restored Basingstoke Canal.
Friday – The weather turned and I discovered by way of a 20 minute cycle ride (and an unfortunate coming together of a large bus and a very large puddle) that my waterproofs need replacing!
Saturday – Began with a prayer breakfast with friends followed by a visit to Viv at Purple Stitches quilt shop to discuss my teaching one or two workshops there – wahoo! – and the inevitable purchase of more fabric… Then onto an afternoon celebration for friends’ Ruby Wedding Anniversary. Whew! Time for a quiet evening at home, too tired to be cross that the plot of a pre-recorded episode of ‘Endeavour’ left us completely baffled!
Sunday – For two days in a row I enjoyed breakfast out – this time at Church. In the afternoon, husband and me drove the short distance out of town to the village of Ellisfield and enjoyed a refreshing, sunny walk taking in the beautiful countryside and the carpets of woodland bluebells.
Bluebells flowering before the trees come into leaf.
For me this coming week is in complete contrast to the previous one with very few scheduled excursions, and being a bit of a home-bird at heart I shall enjoy being at home – maybe even do some