Thursday, 4 April 2013

A finish and giveaway results

Jane Atkinson - Scarlet Letter

Jane is finished but this is not the final photo. Somehow I have managed to delete it from my phone and she is now at the framers so will post again when she is back. I made many changes from the original and finally I have a "aide de memoire" for our wedding date. We can never remember the year but now it will be looking us in the face.

The winner of the Keep Me chart my Moira Blackburn is Vickie of A Stitcher's Story. Well done Vickie, please can you email me your postal address.

I want this blog to be positive so will only mention once that MIL passed away. It was a peaceful passing and a blessing.

We have been busy with a badger rescue. For the last several weeks one of the badgers that feeds in the gardens has had an injured foot/leg and was unable to put it to the ground.

I contacted Cornwall Badger Rescue and they advised that badgers often cut their paws or damage a claw when digging for worms etc., and that we needed to give it some time to see if it would heal by itself. I have been in weekly contact with them and on Tuesday night they came out to trap it.

We have several badgers that visit and we had to get the right one. They advised that if the badger's leg was broken they would have to destroy it as it would be suffering. I offered to pay for the veterinary bills and care whilst its leg set but apparently it would not be possible to return it to the wild after a prolonged absence as it would be attacked by the other badgers.

It was with much worry that we watched the trap being set. At 9.00pm the right badger arrived and after some sniffing went into the trap. The two person team dashed from their vehicle and quickly transferred the badger into a cage and covered it with a blanket.

It was taken to a 24/7 veterinary hospital in Truro and we then had to wait. It was with great relief that at around 11.00pm they telephoned to say that the leg had been broken but sometime ago. It had set crooked and that was why she (it was a girl) could not use it properly. As she was not in any pain and as she was in good condition (9KG) they felt that she could manage in the wild.

She was returned at midnight and very quickly scampered off. I will now make sure that extra food is put out in her feeding spot every night.

I wanted to share with you some photographs that I received from John Wright a very gifted amateur photographer who visits with us. 

John has really captured the mood of the Cove

Here is Porthleven in a storm.

It must be quite scary living in those houses as this is a regular occurrence. Check out the sea wall that has been built to stop the road being swept away.

Building work on the cottage is progressing well but so slowly. Next week I should have some photographs of the interior to show. My own home has been filling up with furniture and accessories for the cottage. It will be a relief to get them into place.

I hope to get back into regular posts and blogging soon.

Warm Wishes from Stitching By A Cornish Sea Shore Nicola xxx


  1. So nice to see an update. You and your family have been in my thoughts.
    So glad that the badger will be ok. The pictures are just amazing. Thank you for sharing them.
    Jane is just gorgeous too.

  2. John Wright's photographs are wonderful! The storm photos are quite the eye catcher - I keep going back to them. I agree with you that it looks very scary!

    Congrats on your Jane finish and something to help you remember the year of your anniversary. So sorry to hear about your MIL. Thinking of you all.

  3. Congrats on your finish! I'll be back to see the final framed picture. Glad the badger is ok & thanks for sharing these pictures! They are truly fantastic x

  4. Beautiful finish. Congratulations. Great photos; thanks for sharing.

    Love your concern for Miss Badger; I totally respect people with empathy and respect for animals.

    No mention of Archie...hope he is OK now.


  5. How sweet the story of the badger, I am glad to hear that she was able to go back into the wild with her friends. The photos taken by the photographer are just breathtaking, you live in such a beautiful place.

    Jane is quite gorgeous!!
    Have a good day,
    Krista x

  6. So very sorry to hear about the loss of your MIL, Nicola, my sincere condolences to you and your family.
    Jane and the photos are just stunning, and such a wonderful badger story. It's so lovely to hear some good news for the poor creatures as the next cull is planned so near to us.

  7. Jane looks beautiful, and I can't wait to see her all framed up!
    I loved the story about the badger. I'd never seen a badger before (in photos or in actual life) and I was reading her tale with trepidation - but I'm so happy all ended up well for her!
    How kind of you to look out for her well being.
    The photography by John is incredible! Loved looking at those coastal shots, but I'm a shore town boy, so I love being near the sea.
    So very sorry to read about your MIL passing. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  8. I hope all is well with you all -- again, my condolences to you and Ray. Poor badger. I'm glad there was a happy ending and you will be able to take care of it. Congratulations on finishing Jane too. I'm looking forward to seeing her all framed up. The pics of your area are wonderful. It always gives me pause when you mention John Wright. there's a very talented artist in this country names R. John Wright who makes wonderful wonderful soft sculptured dolls.

  9. Those photographs are truly stunning. What a beautiful place you live in! I don't think that I would ever get tired of that scenery.

    Congratulations on Jane Atkinson. It's such a beautiful sampler and I cant wait to see it framed!!

    Hugs to you and your family Nicola!!

  10. So good to read a positive badger story. Those photos are quite amazing. Love your wedding reminder finish - beautiful stitching as always. Take care of yourself Nicola, thinking of you and your family xx

  11. What a beautiful finish! I love the colors of the flowers.

  12. What a lovely post, Nicola. I'm sorry for your loss.
    Thanks for sharing the amazing photographs. What a beautiful place!
    Your finish is gorgeous and I can't wait to see how you frame her.
    The badger story was so sweet! Glad she's safe.

  13. My condolences to you and Ray for your loss - I'm sure you're relieved that it was a peaceful passing. Congrats on finishing JA - she's stunning!

  14. My condolences to you and Ray on your loss.
    Jane A. is gorgeous and congratulations on your finish.
    I'm so glad that the badger story had a good ending. That's one lucky badger to have ended up on your doorstep. I know you'll mske sure she has plenty to eat.
    Thank you for sharing John's awesome photos with us.

  15. Nicola, I always enjoy my visits with you. I'm sorry to hear of your sad news. I send positive thoughts your way. I love the photographs your friend took. It makes the cove look like a magical place.

  16. Hi, I am a new follower of your blog, my name is Cinzia and I wanted to congratulate you on your blog! I too am a lover of sea and cross stitch, I used to live closer to it and I really really miss it! Cross stitching is harder with two growing boys, but I still try to make time since it is my "stay sane" medication!

  17. My condolences to your family on the loss of your mother-in-law, Nicola. I know she had been unwell for quite some time now so I'm sure the family is relieved to know she is at peace...

    Amazing that there is a badger rescue team! So glad this little one was able to be saved...

    Your part of the world is so very beautiful--I do hope to see it in person some day. Until then, those beautiful photos will have to suffice :)

  18. Another fabulous finish, Nicola. I am happy to hear that your MIL's passing was peaceful. My thoughts are with you and your husband. Bless you for caring for "all creatures great and small".

  19. Congratulations on your finish, it looks lovely.

  20. beautiful finish Nicola, well done. The photographs are amazing, your friend is very talented.

  21. Nicola,
    Your Jane is just lovely! How wonderful to have such a special sampler to remember your wedding. I love the badger story. We just rescued a Coot ,a water bird........similar to a duck.........and that was special too. These photographs are just lovely.......what a beautiful area you live in. My prayers are with you and your family.
    Hugs, Jenny

  22. Nicola,

    Jane looks lovely as usual! I really love her. I do have her in my stash, and just might have to start her if I ever get my butt in gear this weekend to finish Leo, Rosa, and Domus!

    I am very sorry to hear of your MIL passing away, you and your family are in my thoughts.

    I also loved the badger story. How great is that you have a rescue to help badgers. Great news for the badgers health too! :D

    I just love John Wrights photos. Gorgeous photos too. You are lucky to know him. That one of the storm hitting the shore does look a little frightening. How on earth do the houses not get swept away?? Does your cottage get hit like that too? I hope not!

    Hugs and Love to you,
    Jennifer H

  23. Bautiful finish, also sorry to hear of your loss. Good for you for helping the badger, we have possums here in US, they don't rescue, but we also had one with a hurt foot, that would make it up at night to our deck. Also those pictures are amazing.

  24. Lovely to have you back Nicola, I was going to email you I thought it could be your MIL, so sorry but I know it must be a blessing too.
    Jane is so beautiful .
    Congratulations to sweet Vickie.
    So happy to hear the badger story ended ok, I love all animals and really hate to see them hurt , I am so bad now I can't watch the wildlife films.
    Those photos are fantastic. Hugs.

  25. Congratulations on a beautiful finish Nicola as Jane is so so gorgeous!! I am such an animal lover and they just touch my heart. I am so glad to see that you too love them and that this little badger is going to be ok after all. I was starting to tear up reading about her but am so relieved that she is going to be fine after all. I thought badgers were kind of mean but it sounds like the ones I have only seen in cages get like that being caged. The ones you talk about sound like something I too would want to care for as you do. Thank you for having such a kind heart for animals in need. I am also happy your items arrived to you in the mail and that you like them! :)

  26. I also want to mention how beautiful these photos are that you posted!! Thank you for sharing. Jerry is a really good photographer when he has time and he has been teaching me more about taking photos and editing them. These are so lovely and it must just be paradise living in your country!

  27. I'm so sorry for your loss Nicola. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
    Congratulations on finishing Jane. What a stunning design.
    Loved the story about the badger.


  28. Oh Nicola, thank you so very much! What a lovely sampler for me to have won!!
    I must say, I knew, I just knew and felt something was going on with you Nicola. I am so very sorry for you and Ray. I do know that this also was a blessing.
    What a lucky, lucky badger. She sure picked the right land to live on! You are one special lady to give such care to one of God's wild creatures. So glad it will work our for her.
    I will email you my friend.♥

  29. Hi Nicola, first let me offer condolences on the passing of your Mother in Law.

    Second, so glad all is well with Archie, it is so scary when they are so young.

    The photos are just gorgeous and amazing - thank you for sharing.

  30. I am sorry for your lose. My thoughts are with you and your family.Beautiful photo's.

  31. A big hug from me to both you and Ray.

    Congratulations on finishing beautiful Jane. She is such a beautiful girl.

    You have one really lucky Badger. So glad that things have worked out well for her. Reminds me of one of my favourite books - Wind in the Willows.

    What stunning photos. They are really lovely and reminds me why Cornwall ismonebof my favourite parts of England. - Sandra.

  32. Nicola - I am sorry to hear of your MIL's passing. You (and she) were fortunate to be able to be close at hand during this time. Watching the decline of a loved one is never easy. Jane is ultra-lovely and I look forward to seeing her framed. Great badger story and so glad it ended on a positive note. Your storm photos are amazing.

  33. One lucky badger!

    Beautiful photographs--those storms look mighty scary!

    Jane is beautiful--AppleJack and I have a sampler so we can remember our wedding date! Glad to know there is someone else who uses needlework to remind them of important dates.

    Good thoughts for your family

  34. Congrats on the finish! Jane is gorgeous, can't wait to see her framed!

    John's photos are wonderful, the storm looks scary!

    So glad the badger is ok!

    Hugs n take care,

  35. My best wishes at this sad time. Your story about lady badger had such a good ending, I was starting to worry a little reading the beginning.
    The sampler is stunning, your work is beautiful. I think you are overdue for some good news.
    Bye for now, Carol

  36. Sorry for your loss and I hope dear little Archie is doing better.
    Your Jane is soo... beautiful,I just love it. I also need to make a dated sampler for George and myself.Funny how we forget dates and remember new ones now, such as my 2 grandsons birthdays! Love that animals are so important to you and Ray!
    My husband thought they would dig in the gardens and ruin them. I don't thing you would keep them around if that was so!

  37. Those pictures are just amazing Nicola! Thanks so much for sharing them.

  38. Congratulations on finishing Jane and thank you for sharing lovely photos :)

  39. Jane is so beautiful!!! And, I have had your family in my prayers.....

    John wright is very talented! He has captured wonderful photos.....

  40. Nicola, I'm so glad to hear your MIL's passing was peaceful.
    The photos of the cove are so lovely, as is your picture of Jane. Can't wait to see the frame you picked for her. Glad, too, that the badger was well enough to be returned to the wild.
    Thanks for sharing all the pics. Sure enjoyed them!! And, one question, how is the little man, Archie?

  41. Jane Atkinson is beautiful, I can't wait to see her all framed up.

    That's a great photo of the badger and a lovely story.

    What super photos from John Wright. The wave photos are as scarey looking as they are stunning.

    Sorry to hear about your MIL, I hope the family are bearing up OK.

  42. Sorry to hear about your MIL.
    Congratulations on your finish, I'll look forward to seeing the framed result.
    Great pictures of the sea, I love it when it's wild like that. Has the recent flooding over at your side affected you at all?
    I'm glad that the badger is going to be OK

  43. Jane is a beauty, but then all your work is perfection! The photos are wonderful! Sorry to hear about your MIL.

  44. I'm so sorry for your loss Nicola. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
    Congratulations on finishing Jane.....
    Loved the story about the badger....big hugs x

  45. absolutely amazing photography Nicola - thanks for showing - I can't to show my husband the stunning work of John. the interest and compassion you've shown for Ms Badger is amazing - you are truly an animal lover and I'm sure you will be blessed. Jane is stunning - simply smashing - can't wait to see her.
    Take care Melody

  46. Oh, what a wonderful story about the badger!

  47. Glad you are back. Sorry about your MIL passing. Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  48. Goodmorning Nicola, Jane is wonderful and the Cornish photos are stunning, can't wait to come to Cornwall in May..
    Erna x

  49. Jane looks absolutely stunning Nicola. I'm looking forward to seeing her framed.

    Congratulations to Vickie!

    My thoughts are with you and your family on passing of your mum in law. So very sorry.

    Beautiful photos.

  50. So sorry to hear about your passing MIL. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Glad to hear that the badger came out okay. I would do the same as you.

    Jane is gorgeous! I think I need to get this chart and stitch it next year!!

    Your husband takes STUNNING photos!!! Wow! They should be reproduced and framed!

    Hugs to you

  51. Lovely sampler finish! And thanks for sharing all those beautiful photos, your surroundings are just awesome!
    So sorry about your loss

  52. Congratulations on your finish. The colors are beautiful. I'm glad I'm not the only one that can't remember the year of their wedding - day and month is fine but the year takes a bit of thinking. Sorry to hear of your MIL's passing. Very interesting on the badger - glad she was able to be released. The photos are amazing! It must be nerve wracking to live in those houses.

  53. Wonderful photos. Glad your badger is okay! Happy sewing!

  54. Stunning photographs. Congratulations on finishing Jane. Sorry for your loss.

  55. Your post slipped me by, I'm sorry to read about your MIL Nicola.

    I can't believe how quickly you have stitched Jane! She looks wonderful, cant wait to see her framed :-)

    Amazing photos, and, yes it must be quite scary living in those houses when there is a storm!

    Take care x

  56. Oooh, can't wait to see what it looks like framed!

    Sorry to hear about your MIL, I'm sure your family must have some wonderful memories of her.

    Glad to hear your little badger is doing well, I hope she continues to visit you!

    Amateur, really? John took beautiful photos, will you frame any?

  57. I am sorry about your MIL Nicola x
    Your Jane looks amazing....and may I just say that your photographer friend's pics are amazing!!

  58. I'm so sorry to hear about your MIL Nicola, my thoughts and prayers are will you all.

    That is a stunning piece of stitching! I can't wait to see what it looks like framed. Should be gorgeous!

    What a talented photographer! I particularly like the first one - when I first looked, it looked like a lion! Beautiful!

  59. Sorry to read about your mil.
    Your finish is beautiful, can't wait to see what frame you chose. Congrats to Vickie!!
    Love the photos your friend took. You are certainly live in a beautiful place!!

  60. First of all I want to pass on my deepest condolences for your loss.

    Your finish is spectacular and I can't wait to see it framed!!!

    Wow your guest is a VERY talented photographer!!!

  61. I am so sorry for your loss, I shall keep you & your family in my thoughts & prayers.

    Jane is gorgeous, I like your idea for the personalisation

    Lovely photos & I'm glad to here the badger is OK

  62. Condolences on the passing of your DMIL but I understand fully how it is a relief and a blessing for all concerned. Congratulations on finishing Jane and thank you for those marvellous photos.

    love to you and your family, Kaye

  63. You must be so pleased with "Jane" now finished so beautifully. I can't wait to see the framed finish too. How very kind of you to take care of the little badger.

    Your photographer friend has captured some amazing pictures of the sea in your cove. They are wonderful.

    Hope that everything comes along well with your cottage finishing soon so that you will be all settled again.


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