Wednesday, 1 December 2021

A walk by the river.

On the weekend of November 20th/21st we went to Suffolk. I've already shared our walk on day 1 so today I'll share day 2. This was the longer walk and we really enjoyed getting out and really stretching our legs. We left our car in the car park at the hotel as we were going to walk back into Ipswich from the starting point of the walk. We took a taxi to Pin Mill, which is a hamlet on the River Orwell not far from Chelmondiston. This is on the Shotley peninsula and part of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths area of outstanding natural beauty and conservation. The little hamlet was very pretty with boats bobbing on the water and filling the boat yard. You can read more about Pin Mill Here

My first picture from Pin Mill is quite dark as the weather was a little overcast. This one is looking across the estuary.

Fairly quickly the sky lightened as the wind got up and blew the clouds away. Looking towards the boat yard.

Looking back at the water, the three swans who had headed towards us at speed, had turned away as they realised we weren't going to be giving them food.

John took a photo of the pub, The Oyster and Butt.

Having checked our route and with the sky clearing we set out on the walk. The path took us along by the river. To our left were fields and the leaves still on the trees were very pretty autumn colours.

Looking at the river there were some yachts in the distance.

I enjoyed the colours of the leaves on the ground, particularly the white ones.

On the hill to our left we could see a girls secondary school. We had passed this from the front on our taxi ride and a big sign at the gate stated how well the girls had achieved in their examinations in the summer. Later in our walk the path took us across the playing fields of the school.

In the woods we found fungi. O love the patterns created as they grow.

As we neared the Royal Harwich Yacht Club there were a lot more boats. I don't know if this was a race or just people out sailing, either way it looked a bit like organised chaos.

There were more yachts on the club's moorings.

We turned and walked a little way along the club's driveway and in the car park we found a fallen tree trunk for us to sit and enjoy some coffee. Refreshed we searched for our path that turned away from the river and entered woodland where we found more fungi.

When out walking you also have to remember to look up at times.

Once out of the woods we passed several fields where sheep were enjoying a tasty meal, the crop had been harvested.

When we reached Freston we took time out to investigate the church. The service had not long finished and the church warden was still inside. He let us wander around the little church and shared it's history with us. You can find out more HERE

There were quite a number of kneelers in the church that local ladies had stitched. Here are some of my favourites.

Inside the church was this sculpture of Peace standing in front of the Devil's door. The sculpture used to be outside but has been repaired and conserved and so was bought indoors.

Outside a replica made from wood now adorns the war memorial.

The time spent at the church provided a nice rest period and was very interesting. Below is the church from the back and the view we had as we continued on our walk.

We headed into more woodland on our way back towards the river. Once there we discovered some boggy bits of ground to negotiate. This wasn't a problem as we all had our walking boots on.

We stopped under the bridge to have lunch. We sheltered behind the big concrete pillars that hold it up, as the wind was getting quite strong and was very cold. Refreshed for the final stretch we set off again. This is the view of the bridge looking back.

In front of us as we walked along the river bank was Ipswich docks.

The bridge has to be so tall to allow the ships into the port. Carrying on along the river we eventually came to Bourne bridge which is over the Bourne, a tributary leading into the River Orwell, the river we had been walking along. One final picture of more boats moored by the bridge.

From here we walked along the roads back into the centre of Ipswich where we picked up the car and started our return journey to London. Our walk on the Sunday was a little over 9 miles. We had enjoyed a good walking weekend and we spent a little time discussing what we had seen and planning another walk in Suffolk, hopefully before Christmas.

Take care


Tuesday, 30 November 2021

November finishes.


Overall November wasn't a good month for sewing but I did complete my goals for the month. I wanted to complete the binding on the Mr Hare quilt....done. This quilt is now being enjoyed by its new owner Lucy.

I wanted to put the binding on my Christmas table runner and this is also completed. This is a long runner and is destined to go on our long coffee table but the jigsaw board is on it at present. I love the appliqued deer.

This is such a cheerful table runner. Its going to make the room very festive.

The mug rugs being made for the No rings blog hop were completed. This first one has been gifted to my colleague and she is really pleased with it. She is counting the days to our Christmas break when she can get her machine out and get sewing.

The second mug rug is also a gift and will be off to its new owner in the next couple of days. I used the deer template from the table runner for this one.

The third mug rug still needs its binding but this was an addition to my planned makes for the hop. In hunting for suitable bindings for the other two I found the tea cup panel and decided to make a new one for myself. This will be a New Year addition to my desk at work.

That leaves my main goal for the month which was to embroider the elephant block of the Noah's Ark embroidery. I wanted these embroideries to be bigger so I enlarged it to 160%. I'm very happy with how this turned out. I'm trying to use up all those left over strands of threads from other projects and for this I didn't need to start of any new skeins of floss. Later today I will decide which embroidery to do next and trace it out. Since I have holiday over Christmas I may do the ark which is the biggest piece.

I'm linking this post with Patty from Elm Street Quilts for the final link up of her 
November OMG It feels great to have completed all my goals for the month. I think it's the first time this year!

Take care.


Sunday, 21 November 2021

Sunday stitching

This weekend Lucy, John and I headed to Suffolk to do some more walking. We wanted to complete the Stour and Orwell path. On Saturday we wanted to walk from Shotley Gate to fill in a gap between the sections we'd walked. It was only a short section and we were able to take a circular route. We started at the car park opposite a pub, The Bristol Arms. From here we walked up the road, going up hill away from the water. We met a man with his German Shepherd dog. The dog was huge and gorgeous but worried by the cars going past him on the road. We chatted to his owner for a while before continuing our walk. We soon turned off the road and headed across fields. Whilst walking we came across some fungi.

one solitary blue flower hiding behind the leaves,

and these structural plants.

There was a big flock of Brent geese but they were too far away to get a good photo. Eventually we came to the top of the hill and could look down on the river These pictures across the river were taken as we walked back along the river to the car.

Our walk on Saturday was quite short being less than 5 miles but we were all tired. We headed to the hotel where we enjoyed a cup of tea and a nap before going to dinner. We decided to go to bed early so we were well rested for our walk on Sunday as this would be about 9 to 10 miles. I'll tell you about our second walk tomorrow as I need to take the photos off the camera first.

This morning I had a little time to start my hand stitching of the binding on the Christmas table runner. I only managed one short edge but every little bit of sewing gets me nearer completion. This evening I've done a little more stitching but it's a slow job.

This week I've also been stitching my elephants. The main part of the block is done but I still have things to do to complete it. There is a border to complete, the elephants eyes and to complete the leaves on the elephant's blanket. Oh I mustn't forget the elephant's tail.

I'm linking this post with Kathy from Kathy's Quilts for her Slow Sunday Stitching 

Take care


Thursday, 18 November 2021

No Ring Mug Rug Blog Hop

Welcome to Thursday and my day to show you what I created for the No Ring Blog hop. I do love a mug rug. Before I discovered mug rugs I used coasters which looked pretty but where only just big enough for a mug to sit on. Mug rugs are bigger and provide room to put a snack down. Perfect by my machine on a sewing day. Great on my desk at work and very pretty on my bedside table .

Thank you to Carla from Creatin' in the Sticks for organising this hop. Blog hops are great fun to take part in and I love all the ideas you get by visiting everyone's posts. Friday is my day off and I shall be making myself a pot of tea as I settle down to catch up on all the posts. 

I decided to make a mug rug for one of my colleagues from work. Last year during lockdown she bought a sewing machine but hasn't had time to get started on her sewing. I'm hoping this week, whilst she is on annual leave, her machine has been out and she has created something beautiful. I had some sewing prints I wanted to use for this mug rug. I kept it very simple so the pattern on the fabric was easy to see. I added a small heart to one corner, I've quilted around some of the items on the background fabric. I had some button fabric which I think looks amazing as the binding. I had a few problems mitering the binding on my second mug rug so I did straight binding on this one. I also sewed this on by machine.

My second mug rug is a present for my daughter to use in her bedroom. She has two or three mug rugs but she doesn't have a Christmas one. I used the reindeer pattern from my Christmas table runner for this one. As I said a little earlier I had several problems with the binding on this one. As you can see the right hand side is all puckered. I will have to unpick the binding and re-stitch it. This is why you shouldn't rush binding.

When I was pulling the fabric for the other two mug rugs I found this teacup fabric and yesterday I decided to make another mug rug to use on my bedside table. This one still needs to have the binding attached because I couldn't decide which fabric I wanted to use. It doesn't show up on the photo but I quilted round the cups and saucers. I also stitched in the ditch around the border.

Here is the schedule for today.

Thursday, November 18th

Go and check out what everyone has been making. I can't wait for my day off on Friday so I can catch up on all the mug rug eye candy.

Take care


Sunday, 14 November 2021

A finish at last and slow stitching.

Yesterday I finally finished the Mr Hare quilt and Lucy quickly run off with it to her bedroom. She did get a photo for me.

We turned back one corner so I could show some of the quilting on the back. I love that the quilting design shows on the back. It makes both sides of the quilt really interesting.

In the top photo you can see some pink legs at the bottom of the picture. These are the legs of the flamingo lights that decorate the foot of the bed. 

Now I've finished the quilt I can work on stitching down the binding on the Christmas table runner.

I have already used my clips to fasten it down so it's just a case of getting the stitching done. Yesterday evening I made a start on the elephant embroidery. I'm trying to use up the odd ends of embroidery floss I've got left from previous stitcheries. The floss I'm using is all DMC but not necessarily the shades given in the pattern. It shouldn't take too long to finish this little piece.

Last week I received my November subscription box. I love these little boxes. There is always fabric, a notion and a pattern or two that you could make with the fabric. I love this month's fabric choices especially the one on the right with the poppies and rabbits.

Over the last couple of evenings John and I completed a jigsaw puzzle that Katy lent us. It was 500 pieces so went together quite quickly. As the weather gets colder I enjoy putting together jigsaw puzzles. I think it's because it reminds me of doing them in a winter evening when I was a child. This puzzle was very colourful and includes two cats.

An update on Scamp's trip to the vet earlier in the week isn't good news. The vet says all the physical evidence is that it is osteosarcoma. She will do a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis if we want. Unfortunately treatment isn't very effective and he is an old dog (14) so her advice is to keep him comfortable, and treat any pain. At the moment he is behaving as his usual self so we have a little time to make a decision. There has been quite a few tears from all of us and Scamp has been busy giving us all cuddles, an activity he really enjoys.

This evening I will be stitching the binding on the table runner or doing some more work on the elephant. Whatever I'm working on Scamp will be in his usual position on my lap making sure my thread or scissors don't run off.

I'm linking this post with Kathy from Kathy's Quilts for her Slow Sunday Stitching link up.

This week there is the No ring Mug Rug blog hop taking place. Here is the schedule for the week