At the beach and in the woods

Gus at FerringGus at the seaside

  Gorgeous autumn day today so we took a picnic to the beach.  Of course, Gus spent an hour or so retrieving his ball from the sea.

Gus And walking with Gus in the woods on Friday I came across this:

Hen of the Woods?I think it’s called Hen of the Woods but I’m not confident enough to pick it and eat it.

And this:

Magic mushroom?I love the look of these mushrooms. I am still searching for a complete ring.

Hope you had a lovely weekend. xxx


The Long Summer Break is Over

Kingsdown BeachKingsdown Beach, Kent

Thank you for all your good wishes for my summer break. There have been lots of changes in my life over the last few months and I have really appreciated the support from my blogging buddies.  I’ll be checking into your blog very shortly if I haven’t already: I’m looking forward to chatting to you all again.

I wasn’t at the beach for the whole summer – just for one very sunny week. Heaven!


Completely scruffy, but no point being vain.  This is probably the only picture of me taken all summer.

It’s all change for us.  My other half was made redundant in June.   It’s a bit scarey but it seems like a chance to live as we really want to.

My allotmentMy allotment

I’ve had the allotment for about nine years – ever since I left my proper job. I love it! We’re not allowed livestock, so no chickens: flowers & veg only. I dream of having a small holding but this is a really good alternative.  I’ve made lots of jam – rhubarb and ginger, strawberry, gooseberry so far but still some autumn jams to go.

I’ve been doing a lot of sewing over the summer for customers and for me.   All the positive comments and constructive criticism from my blogging buddies has given me confidence so who knows where my tiny business might lead me.

I’ll be doing a bit of sewing show and tell over the next week or two but I’m off now to look at what you’ve been up to.  xxx

New Boots!

Lovely new boots from Green Shoes.  The company makes shoes with ethics in mind and I went there to make shoes back in April.  Click here to see.

I am very pleased with them and to celebrate I am going to show a couple of outfit pictures with the boots.

Dress and cashmere pullover were charity shopped.  I dyed the pullover from fuschia – which doesn’t suit me – to this lovely purple.

The skirt and tunic are me made. Top is from People Tree.  Tights are retail.

1970s Sewing Treat

Aren’t I lucky?  What fun! I have been given this box full of 1970s sewing treats.  My Mum had things like this in her sewing box.

My Dad gave me her sewing stuff when she died nearly 40 years ago. I was a teenager then and had none of her talent for sewing, so most things were just stored.

Mum could look at a dress she liked and go home and make one.  I can’t do that, but I do make lots of things and I used up most her supplies over the last few years.  Only a bit of 1960s bright green lace and some knicker elastic remains and I’m using those up rapidly.

So, I do feel really lucky to have these nostalgic bits to use in my sewing.

Why Sew when clothes are so cheap?

Do people ask you that question?  Or maybe, ” I used to sew but it’s not worth it these days is it?” 

I sew for lots of reasons:

  • Some things are cheaper if you don’t count the hours of work;
  • There will be no one wearing the same clothes as me (they probably wouldn’t want to either, but that’s another matter);
  • It cuts down how much I have to worry about people working in near slavery to make things for me;
  • Could it be greener? I hope so, but I’m not sure – maybe depends on the fabric;
  • The excitement as a garment, bag or quilt emerges;
  • The sheer pleasure of trying on the finished article (usually!)

Happiness is making something.

Anyone else like to add anything?