We had some more lovely trips out ....
A day at the seaside with family, quiet and tranquil at times watching the world go by as the sea rolls in and out but with plenty of fun and laughter on a sunny summers day.
Bank holiday Monday saw us at Stapleford Park. There was a fund raising day for the local hospice LOROS and the steam trains were running. It is a private line and only runs for 2 weekends a year.
A little person had such fun and loved her ride. Grandpa was in his element with the smell of steam in the air and lots of other steam traction engines to view.
We've also been back to Rutland Water for yet another afternoon picnic and some quiet contemplation and reading time. This time we headed to a lovely garden centre close by first for a browse. Some beautiful plants available at reasonable prices, just a few new ones fell into our basket! The scabious were covered in butterflies, there were over 50 flying around and landing on them, it was like being at a butterfly farm.
A lot of time has been spent in our garden enjoying the continuing sunshine and eating our meals outside. The flowers are looking lovely, the bees are enjoying the gazanias. They do make me smile when I see them each day, their little heads open up in the morning and then close again when the sun goes in just like they are going to sleep for the night.
The smell of this rose is devine as you walk down the path to hang the washing out, its called Arthur Bell.
The greenhouse is fit to burst with all the tomatoes and cucumbers, bumper crop this year
A little stitching progress. The next Santa Village had a few stitches put in, this ones Santa's Stocking Store, number 5 of the 12
Nativity Stocking by Janlynn has some livestock additions
and the challenge at NH for July/August was completed, just a few days late of the deadline. It was good this time as it doubled up for the monthly Christmas ornament too and as I was behind and needed to get two stitched to catch up for July and August, that's just what I did. This free design is available to download.
Postman has brought me a few lovely things too. Cath of the Stitchin Chicken sent a great flower alphabet chart ready for next years show choice, so pretty. Thanks Cath
and Parsley (Deena) sent some wonderful tea for me to try as a thank you for something I sent to her. Just look at the beautiful stamps on the envelope that arrived, very bright and colourful and the tea was lovely. Thanks Deena.
Stitchers are the nicest people and so generous, I see it so much in blogland when I read your blogs and how you have been sent some wonderful things by lovely ladies and gentlemen. I lent Clare a chart for the LHN SAL over at NH and a little card arrived this morning with a thread enclosed as a thank you, didn't have time to photograph that before I came on the computer to catch up on stuff.
Saturday sees the Horticultural and Craft show, its been a busy time leading up to it and will be even busier between now and then. The Best in Show is framed and ready for the winner to take home.
Thanks for stopping by and welcome to the new folks that have found me here, I hope you enjoy your visits.