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.