Friday, 3 October 2014

Eleanor Parr

I am so excited to introduce you to the finished "Eleanor Parr". She is now available to pre-order from Marsha Parker of the Scarlet Letter.

I have had so much enjoyment stitching her and she now hangs proudly in my home. I hope everyone has as much pleasure from her as I have done.


Wednesday, 1 October 2014

A Well Overdue Post

Ellen Gregson 

October 1st - where has the year gone?  It certainly has been  busy one. Lots of exciting happenings the most recent being my acquisition of Ellen Gregson.

Ellen Gregson

She is a beauty and Marsha Parker of The Scarlet Letter has agreed to chart her so we will all be able to share her.

Ellen Gregson

This charming pastoral scene is my favourite. The animals dressed in human clothing and poses are very Beatrix Potter.

Eleanor Parr is finished and at the framers - I will be posting more information and photos very soon. She is a stunner.

Archie continues to grow and flourish. He is very much a "doer" and likes to be busy outside on the farm.

He helped bring in the hay and with the building work

The Tall Ships came to Falmouth at the end of August and we took to the water to form part of the flotilla that accompanied them out of the Fal to start the race to the Isle of Wight.

They were a magnificent sight.

Seeing them from another boat gave you a true sense of their size.

So many of the small boats were crammed with people.

Music was playing and several boats were partying. The atmosphere was electric.

Ray took the laid back approach.

My parents have been visiting and by Father at 87 years fulfilled a life long ambition to fly a Boeing 747. 

Well not quite - we treated him to a lesson in a flight simulator.

He thoroughly enjoyed his day captaining the plane to Munich and Strasbourg with two landings and take offs. Ray took the jockey seat behind and said that it was all very real, there was even turbulence as they hit clouds..

I am now trying to find where he can try out a fighter jet simulator for his 88th birthday.

I attended a Papercraft workshop making this little bottle holder and next week I will be making  a double picnic basket. Both I intend to fill with homemade preserves and give as Christmas presents.

Time for Blue and Poppy's walk now.  

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Eleanor Parr 1816 and Frenchman's Creek

I feel as if I have been missing in action but I have been busy stitching away on the model for Eleanor Parr. Eliz. Cox has been put to one side but will be picked straight back up when Eleanor is finished.

Eliz. Cox 

This is where I was when I started Eleanor.

Eliz. Cox

Marsha is still charting Eleanor and is currently working on the vines and leaves that connect the birds in the outer border. 

Eleanor Parr 1816

I have so much respect for Marsha's charting skills and seeing the chart grow has been an amazing experience.

Eleanor Parr 1816

The top of the centre panel has been charted and stitched.

Eleanor Parr 1816

Marsha is charting the sampler with the colours Eleanor used rather than the faded colours of time. 

Eleanor Parr 1816

It really is so pretty.

Eleanor Parr 1816

Miss Scarlet and Miss Georgina have made an appearance and the four corner motifs have been stitched.

Eleanor Parr 1816

Here is the first of the 18 birds. 

Eleanor Parr 1816

Thank you Marsha for allowing me to share these with you. 

Eleanor is a big girl at 426 x 490 and is stitched over two with the exception of the verse which is over one and a small area under the girls feet which will be in stem stitch but can be crossed stitched if preferred.

She should be ready for shipping at the end of October or November so will be perfect for our Christmas list.

I hope to post another sneak peak soon.

Besides Eleanor I have been busy with quilts for the cottages, I am on the 6th now but have no photos to show you as they were put straight into use as they came off the machine.

The summer has been long and hot - 36 C at Trewoon last week which for the UK is HOT !!! Thankfully we have a cooling breeze from the sea here.

I recently enjoyed a lovely walk with members of Gunwalloe WI to Frenchman's Creek made famous by Daphne du Maurier.

We started at the head of the creek and finished where the creek branches off from the Helford River - ENJOY !!!

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

An afternoon's stroll

The hot spell of weather has resulted in very few stitches being added to Elizabeth Cox. My afternoons have been spent quilting in my sewing studio where a refreshing breeze blows in from the sea and my evenings walking Poppy and Blue when it is cooler.

Today was spent with the ladies from Gunwalloe W.I walking a section of the South West Coastal Path followed by a delicious cream team courtesy of Pam and Nick in the wonderful setting of Penaire Barton.

A short walk along a driveway and then through a private gate down to their beach overlooking the sea to St Anthony's Lighthouse and the entrance to the Fal and Helford.

We then took the coastal path to Nare Point.

The National Coastwatch Institution have a station here operated and manned by volunteers. These stations play an important role in protecting and preserving life at sea around the UK coastline.

Whilst the Coastguard Stations have high technology and sophisticated systems a computer cannot spot a distress flare or an overturned boat or a yachtsman or fisherman in trouble. Other vulnerable activities like diving, wind surfing and canoeing are made safe with the visual surveillance these stations provide.

The watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along the coast , monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility.

We were shown some of the duties they perform. 

 Just off Nare Point is The Manacles. A particularly dangerous area for pleasure boats and commercial shipping. There are many wrecks here so it is also a popular area with divers. The Coast Watch Station plays a vital role in monitoring this area.

Back out into the sunshine and the beauty of the path. A climb up to the headland

and a quick look back to the Coast Watch Station 

 before rounding the headland.

Porthoustock can be spotted in the distance. This small hamlet is dominated by a large concrete stone mill that was once used to crush stone which was then transported away by sea.

 Fishing boats operate from the shingle beach and it is a great place to buy fresh lobsters and crabs.

This area is designated "An Area of Outstanding Beauty".

Some agility was required to climb over the stone walls.

 We soon found ourselves back at base where we enjoyed exploring the beautiful gardens.

There is nothing quite so "English" as a cream tea which was enjoyed in the sunshine

looking out to sea

and for those requiring some shade from the beautiful conservatory.

A big THANK YOU to Dot for organising the afternoon and to Pam and Nick for their hospitality.