Monday, September 26, 2016


Where did that week go?
More than a week really....

I have been busy starting a new quilt.

It is not easy to demonstrate the colour.
That is the beauty of these dark indigoes:
they seem to have a changing mood.

And I have mended a piece not suitable for the quilt and made a little bag. 
More of these coming as well I think.

Friday, September 16, 2016

More paper piecing

I could really get into this paper piecing....

While at my watercolour workshop earlier this week I managed to sew the binding on a quilt and make another pincushion.

Not so sure at showing my painting efforts but they are over on my Instagram.


Monday, September 12, 2016

Dark blue

Hard to get the colour just right in these photos...

I am off learning how to paint in watercolour but needed something to do in the evening to relax so I made the binding but the photo is a poor representation of the colour.




All finished now but still hard to capture the dark, dark blue.

Maybe this last one is most like the real blue but can you see it?

I just love these old japanese indigos.


Monday, September 5, 2016

At last

After my lovely holiday
I have, at last, got back to some sewing....

a bit of paper piecing.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Have you had a nice rest from me?
We have had a lovely week that didn't quite turn out as planned, nothing bad though.
Here's a quick summary:

We had a night in Edinburgh,very busy with the festival
and then flew to Kirkwall on Orkney.
While certainly not a culinary highlight the archaeology is fantastic.
We were advised to get out and see these standing stones while the weather was clear.
Good advice.
I don't want to bore you with endless photos of stones and mist and rugged coastline.
It is beautiful.
The archaeological sites spanned Neolithic to Pict to Viking. So much history.
And then there's Scarpa Flow and all the naval history....

This is a tidal causeway to the Brough of Birsay, with fog rolling in.
After 3 days on Orkney we were flying to Shetland but not to be.
With either Kirkwall fogged in or Sumburgh fogged in we didn't look like getting there before we had to leave and ended up on the boat to Aberdeen. Not in my comfort zone.
But we boarded a 11pm and had an inside cabin to ourselves: I was asleep before we left harbour and had maybe the best nights sleep of the trip. It was so dark!
Aberdeen, the unplanned destination, was great. We took a walking tour and a bus tour and this morning it's back to our lovely hotel in Edinburgh and the sun is shining!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Scotland we have arrived! Kirk Yetholm 26.3 kilometres.

So. As we had an overnight rest stop we had to retrace our steps for 4 kilometres

and vertical 330 metres so we could continue on the Pennine Way. Phew.

And now reviewing my photos it seems I mostly took photos of the "finger posts" .

I wonder why?



It is always nice to know you are headed in the right direction.


But now we are here!

So if you have been following along give yourself a bit pat on the back


we have walked 465 kilometres (at least)

come rain, wind or shine

on slab paths and knee deep sucking mud

up and down over 13,000 metres.

Well done!



Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sunshine all day

Byrness to...... 27.1 kilometres.

We started the day with a horrendous slog up a very steep muddy slippery hillside.....

so I hope you appreciate the view.


It has been a gorgeous day.

We are taking 2 days for the final leg of our walk, some do it in one day but that is way beyond my abilities.


We spent nearly all day walking completely alone, so sign of habitation, no roads and sign of civilisation

(except paths and fences).


I think this might be my favourite shot for the whole walk!


I do like a lovely slab path, that turns a neat corner.

Or is this my favourite shot?

The penultimate day.

PS, we are in Scotland.