in an English country garden

Most weekends I get up early, have breakfast and catch up with my guilty pleasures of the Graham Norton Show, the Great British Sewing Bee and Babylon 5 (no excuse for the latter as I have every series on dvd, but Watch started showing it all again from the beginning…and I can’t resist!) and then I get on with some sewing while I wait for the snoring to cease upstairs and the dopey love of my life to stumble downstairs in search of coffee…generally at what I like to call lunchtime. However, last weekend I skipped my catch up tv (but not breakfast!), donned an old patched pair of jeans and paint-daubed shirt and headed in to the garden.

The sun shone and the sky was blue…and in no time at all so were my hands, and my nose, and my ear…and even Rio the cat had a blue streak that had to be brushed out.

a painter's eye view of the garde...from under the picnic table
a painter’s eye view of the garden…from under the picnic table
how exactly does one manage to get paint on one’s ear???

Now the three raised beds are a delightful forget-me-not blue and waiting for top soil, the picnic table is a soft wood sage and the arbour and archway over which the wisteria grows are forget-me-not blue. My next free weekend I will start on the shed…sage to match the picnic table I think.

Apres-painting requires relaxation…

cheerful garden ready for lazing in

Max the cat also wanted to enjoy the steamer chair!

Sue the cat cushion
Sue the cat cushion

Of course, as well as painting, a sunny weekend calls for a camera…sorry, there is no escape from my photos!

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garden 16 March 2014 - 22

garden 16 March 2014 - 21

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garden 16 March 2014 - 14

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garden 16 March 2014 - 08

garden 16 March 2014 - 09

Artist Trading Card swap

I have done some sewing…honestly! I signed up for the third (my second) artist trading card (ATC) swap with Very Berry Handmade and the theme this time is ‘books and literature’. With gardens on the brain, I turned to Frances Hodgson Burnett’s “The Secret Garden”, which I loved as a child and still reread every now and then. I cannot tell you how much I loved making this tiny little picture (when I say liitle, I mean little – 3.5″ x 2.5″). Machine embroidery really is the chocolate fudge cake of the sewing world!

The Secret Garden ATC
The Secret Garden ATC

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