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Cornish Coastal Walk 7

We had the most glorious walk from Mawnan Church yesterday. Come with me through the Churchyard to the fields and the coastal path and back through the woodlands – a day of beauty, peace and happiness.

A beautiful walk on a short bit of the South West Coastal Path which I hope you have enjoyed too.

 

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Embroidery Transfers, E Nesbit’s Words and Baby Hat

1    Those of you who often read here will know that I have inherited lots of family treasures. Today I went to my sewing things to find a transfer for embroidery. These were bought by my Mum when I was 5 years old and  many of my little dresses had lovely embroideries or smocking on them. I remember the ironing on process and being taught some of the stitches.  I needed the transfer to embroider the little hat I’m making for our newest Grandbaby.

The leaflet that came with the transfers

The leaflet that came with the transfers

Some of the designs

Some of the designs

Helpful information with the transfers

Helpful information with the transfers

The transfer I chose

The transfer I chose

2   I heard a few of E Nesbit’s words about flowers on the radio this morning and was very taken with them so I went to look them up – as you do – and discovered that they came from her book ‘The Story of the Amulet’   The children in the story have travelled into a Utopian London of the future and discover that all ‘tiny children’  learn these verses.  Find out more here.

‘I must not steal and I must learn,
Nothing is mine that I do not earn.
I must try in work and play
To make things beautiful every day.
I must be kind to everyone,
And never let cruel things be done.

‘I must not litter the beautiful street
With bits of paper or things to eat.
I must not pick the public flowers,
They are not MINE, but they are OURS.’

3    I finished the hat this afternoon and am pleased with how it has turned out. It is to match the Hungry Caterpillar pram blanket which I finished last week. Thank you to Angel for the pattern.

Baby hat

Baby hat

 

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Daffodils, Trapunto and A Simple Supper

1   The daffodils that I bought the other day are all open and very beautiful.

Mixed Cornish daffodils

Mixed Cornish daffodils

2   When we were in America  about 30 years ago, I bought some fabric to make into Trapunto panels. I still haven’t used them!  However, the technique has  stayed with me and I decided to use it on the baby blanket that I am making. I’ve been working on it all day, using stem stitch and chain stitch so that each segment of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is now padded and raised and looks brilliant! I am really pleased with it.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar with chain stitch on the antennae

The Very Hungry Caterpillar with chain stitch on the antennae

The back end of the caterpillar with stem stitch detail

The back end of the caterpillar with stem stitch detail

3    Embroidering all day called for a very simple supper! Chicken risotto with leeks and mushrooms with a spinach salad with balsamic dressing – delicious!

Chicken, Leek and Mushroom Risotto with spinach salad

Chicken, Leek and Mushroom Risotto with spinach salad

 

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Embroidery Threads, Footprints in the Sand and Camellia

1   I went back to my favourite shop today to buy new embroidery threads to complete  the pram cover I’m making for the new Grand-baby due in 11 days!

New embroidery threads

New embroidery threads

2   We had a lovely sunshiny walk at Godrevy though there is still a very cold wind. Look at the people on the beach!

Godrevy Lighthouse

Godrevy Lighthouse

Turquoise sea

Turquoise sea

Celandines in the sunshine

Celandines in the sunshine

Footprints in the sand

Footprints in the sand

3   We called in at a new plant nursery just to see what was around and found this very beautiful cream Camellia.

Camellia in the plant nursery

Camellia in the plant nursery

 

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Elephants, Embroidery and ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life!’

1   I love elephants! I’ve loved them since I was very little and today this beautiful story came in to my inbox and reminded me of our encounter with a herd of elephants after our Voluntouring in Mapoch, South Africa. The lovely Mr S spotted them from a long way away, we found them and watched them playing in the water for about 40 minutes. It was absolutely magical.

http://delightmakers.com/news-bleat/wild-elephants-gather-inexplicably-mourn-death-of-elephant-whisperer/#.T7AQOKty_Jo.facebook

Elephants enjoying the water

Leaving the water

Teenage elephant, reluctant to leave his playing

Mother and Baby

2   This beautiful embroidery is one of three made for me by Grace, the sister of the teacher at the school in Mapoch, near Pretoria where we, with local builders, built a classroom.

Grace’s beautiful embroidery

Sisters under the skin, Grace, me and Sibongile and their babies

3   We’ve hardly stopped laughing all evening! We’ve been to see ‘Spamalot’ at The Hall for Cornwall. The place was packed and the whole audience loved the show.

 

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