Happiness is…

Happiness is…dropped feed dogs and a darning foot….oh and a garden!

My lovely other half has an alluring way of softly asking, “can we do a card for my dad…my brother…my god-daughter…?” I do love his use of the word ‘we’. It is a team effort, I sit at the sewing machine and create and he…ummm…well he watches sport on tv. When I question this, he asks whether I would rather be the one watching sport…and, well, I don’t, so I guess he really is doing me a favour!

cards and free motion jul 14 - 01
Mark’s mum and dad’s anniversary (51 years!)
cards and free motion jul 14 - 07
Mark’s dad’s birthday – he loves the seaside (particularly Cornwall)
cards and free motion jul 14 - 12
a card to welcome Mark’s niece’s new baby
elias card
Mark’s brother’s birthday card…hope he’s not offended!

I am not really complaining; I really enjoy a bit of free motion machine thread-drawing.

My other love is outside in the garden:

The pots and hanging baskets are bright and colourful.

garden 3 August 2014 - 01

garden 3 August 2014 - 02

The cosmos I sewed is finally coming in to flower.

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garden 3 August 2014 - 05

My old blue strawberry planter never did well with strawberry plants…or herbs…or anything, but now the sempervivum (houseleeks) have decided that it is the perfect home and are thriving!

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garden 3 August 2014 - 07

The dwarf sunflowers have taken a long time to flower (too much shade from the trees, I suspect) but are now showing their finery.

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garden 3 August 2014 - 16

Even the aubergines are in flower!

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The tomatoes are huge – just need them to turn red now.

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garden 3 August 2014 - 19

Our cats have the cleanest paws on the street!

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Oh and the cylcamen are flowering (which makes it feel rather Autumnal)

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Our wild area is coming along nicely – lots of flowers for the bees and butterflies. We still have a lot of turf to dig up to sew our wildflower meadow, but we’ll get there eventually.

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Max the cat has the softest, fluffiest tummy in the known universe!

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The apples are nearing ripeness…

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garden 3 August 2014 - 27

…and finally, the new solar fairy lights work a treat!

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2 thoughts on “Happiness is…

  1. Irene August 5, 2014 / 08:21

    ok, I admit, I was a bit confused at first – “dropped feed dogs”?! as in “drop the food on a poor unsuspecting dog’s head”?? But then I realised that it’s nothing to do with dogs, but with the “matare” for the sewing machine.

    As for the “can we make a card” comment, we have something similar in this house; “are we going to have coffee tonight?”. A direct translation is “would you please make me a cup of coffee” but I suspect the Kenth finds that a bit too blunt 🙂

    The cat tummy is gorgeous, as is the garden!

    • deereyme August 5, 2014 / 09:19

      Oh yes, I recognise the coffee request…there are in fact so many things ‘we’ do; find and bring in the cats for the night, feed the cats, cook dinner, wrap birthday presents….etc.

      It is a very fine tummy – and lovely that Max, unlike most cats, adores havung his tummy stroked and brushed. I confess there are times when I cannot help but rub my face in his fluffy tummy (at which point he usually decides I am far too grubby and tries to lick me clean – I disentangle myself then, as I really do prefer a shower to being licked clean by a cat).

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