“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” ― Cicero

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”
― Cicero

Well I have a garden and few bookcases and a Kindle, so it is looking good – what’s more I got to spend Saturday in Bath central library! The really cool thing was that when I got there I found I had been allocated the table smack in front of everyone coming to the library’s craft market. It brought back so many memories of the library in Loughborough when I was little and would be taken to change my books. I remember the parquet flooring and how clean and shiny it was and sometimes there would be someone reading stories to the children and most of all I remember a book. A book with an illustration of a long table covered with tall, elegant jellies. Some things never change!

I do have wonderful book childhood book memories – my dad reading me Alison Uttley’s Sam Pig stories at bedtime, my sister reading Alan Garner books to me, sitting on the windowsill in her bedroom, and reading Watership Down myself one of the Summers I was sent to stay with my great aunt in Cornwall…I spent the whole Summer digging rabbit warrens in the sand.

Anyway, I digress. The craft market was not as financially successful as some, but was still profitable and I came away with some custom orders and I met ever so many nice people (and I think recruited a few to the Bath WI), lots signed up for the Deerey Me newsletter and I heard about people’s vintage patterns and button collections, saw photos of beautiful crocheted shawls and gave little dog stickers to lots of kids (and only one cried). It was fun.

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I wanted to have a few bits and pieces appropriate to a library, so made some book bags – classics as I am not sure about copyright and whether I can use the name of the book (I queried whether I could use Harry Potter titles and the nice people handling copyright for JK Rowling were really helpful and replied the same day and explained that the HP copyrights are now with Warner Brothers. Warner Brothers have not yet responded…but I will stick at it!)

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I also put my new found crochet skills to good use and made some pocket money friendly bookmarks – my fist sale was one of these to a cute little girl who wanted to use it in her library books.

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I know it is hard to believe, but on Sunday I was somewhat tired and grumpilicious, so Mark took me to the Kaffe Fassett exhibition at the American Museum in Britain (at Claverton on the outskirts of Bath). Nobody could be grumpilicious in the face of such colours!

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(More photos in Deere Diary, if you are interested)

Became even less grumpilicious strolling (well limping a bit) around the beautiful gardens before sipping lemon and ginger tea on the terrace.

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After all this, I can only conclude that Cicero was right…If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.

 

(Well…and a nice chap to help you unpack and pack your stock at the craft fair, carry your camera bag and lenses, wait patiently while you take even more photos of bees and has a pot of tea waiting for you when you’re finished)

 

 

 

 

 

a splash of colour

After what feels like months of grey, rain and gale force winds, we have had spells of sunshine today and I am choosing to focus on colour.

In the January sales I treated myself to a set of colourful ribbons (Cox and Cox) and a set of threads (Amazon) and some bright pins (eBay). On grey days, they hint of Spring.

 

The cats have been spending the long rainy days keeping me company – Max asleep on the ironing board (why must he do that? I always have to go over it with sellotape before I use it!) and Rio on the chair next to me.

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company in my workroom

I think the cats have become so used to constant rain they had not noticed today’s sunshine, so I ushered them outside.

I went out with the cats and found the crocus and snowdrops are coming out!

The pots of young raspberry plants where the raised beds will be in due course, and the wind chimes in the Bramley tree add further pops of colour.

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bright tubs of young raspberry plants
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wind chimes in one of the apple trees

In the kitchen, I have been making seville orange marmalade, stacking them on the windowsill to catch the light.

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All these thoughts of Spring make me want to dig out the bright Easter fabric I bought a few weeks back. Now, what to sew….!