Friday, 3 July 2009

I've made it again...

I have been going to post again all week and just not got around to it. Here was me thinking that when I retired I would have more time on my hands and 18 months down the line I find that I have even less time than when I was working. Busy, busy, busy but I sometimes do not know what I am busy at as the stitching time gets less and the card making sessions are few but I guess I have lots of friends and either I am visiting them, they are visiting me or I am with my Mum and having friends and family surely cannot be a bad thing.

Well despite what I just said I have managed some more on Water Tiger and I am pleased with the progress I have make on this one so far.

Also a little more on EMS Rose Sampler though my progress on this is not what I had hoped for.

I am sorry that my photographic skillare are not very good but at least you can tell its growing lol.

On the card front I made this one for my darling hubby who celebrated his birthday on Wednesday. The family all came round in the evening and it was lovely to be able to sit out and share his cake and laugh and chat together.
What else have I been up to - well with the beautiful weather comes time in the garden and we have spend a lot of time out there, Earlier in the year I shared some pictures of my spring garden so I hope you will be indulgent and allow me to show some of my summer garden now.

These last two pictures were taken of the yard at the side this morning and I have been intending to sit out there and stitch - you might be able to see my stitching ready on the table - unfortunately 15 minutes later we had a small thunderstorm and it is still raining heavily so guess I will either have to stitch inside or find something else to do - lol like catching up with my blog. Catching up with the blogs I follow seems almost impossible, my blog reader is telling me I have 172 blogs with new postings and as fast as i seem to read one another two pop up, so please forgive me I am doing my best - even if my best aint good enough.

Thank you to all who visit my little world, and to those who leave comments - you all make this little journey through life so much more interesting with the things you say, encouragement you give me and tips you share.
Just one last thing before I go - one or two of you have asked how my food diary is going - well typically and without trying to tempt fate - since I have started it I have not had one tummy upset so at the moment I cannot tell if it will shed any light on the problem or if it has cured the problem lol - I will keep you updated if any developments occur.
Hugs for all those who need them,

May your frogs stay in their ponds.


Angela said...

Your garden is looking great.

Definately a good thing if it's friends and family that are keeping you from stitching.

Julie said...

Lovely garden pics

Anonymous said...

What lovely pictures, your garden looks like the perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon.

Kathy A. said...

Helen, your garden is amazing. I want to come and stitch in it with you!!! I don't know which corner I would pick though. Maybe I could try them all.
I find I have less time now that I am retired too! But like you it is fun to have more time to spend with family and friends. Dani is here for 3 days and we are stitching and talking lots. Beatrice is due to join us soon.

Patti said...

Helen your garden does look amazing as does your stitching - it is really coming along nicely. I just wish my retired DH would do somethin else other than watch TV and then maybe mine would look good. Never mind I shall just have to hire a gardener. Lots of Love Patti xxx

Anonymous said...

Your summer garden is delightful, what a lovely place!

I love the softness of those roses in your ems rose sampler, what a lovely piece of needlework!

Andrea said...

A lovely summer garden Great progress on your WIPs. Didn't we just have a thunderstorm, it went so, so black. It's a good thing i have an inside job nowadays. :)

stitcherw said...

Wow, your garden looks beautiful. I can't grow much, but did plant a little in my front flower box, fingers crossed I can keep them alive. Loved your earlier pictures, he looks like he's having a lovely time, and the cake you made was fantasic, what a cute design with the mice and cheese.

Christine said...

Your garden looks lovely Helen, and I'm sure it appreciated a little thunder shower even if you didn't

Sally said...

Your garden is lovely Helen.

Nice progress on your stitching.

Karan said...

WIP's are growing nicely & your garden is blooming wonderfully. Lovely card - belated Happy Birthday to your DH. :0)

Colette said...

Helen I love your garden and I have seen it for real ladies, it really is lovely.
Fingers crossed that the tummy upset doesnt return (especially next wednesday lol)
Hugs Colly

Marita said...

Thank you for sharing the pictures of your beautiful garden with us. I wish I was close enough to visit it in person.

Your stitching looks fantastic, you are making great progress.

Doris said...

i really love your garden,is beautiful.
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sorry for the troubles.

Brigitte said...

Your garden is such a treasure. It's perfect for stitching and reading.
Nice progress on your WIPs.

Maxine said...

Your garden is beautiful I am very jealous...due to my health problems and a OH that has no gardening interest whatsoever (even though his surname would suggest otherwise lol) we don't have very many plants at all! I would love to join you sitting and stitching in the sun and seeing plenty of bumble bees and flutterbys visiting. You are making great progress on your tiger, belated birthday wishes to your hubby, I like the card you made him :)

Dani - tkdchick said...

Helen your water tiger is going to be just amazing! Your garden looks like a wonderful haven!

Beatrice said...

Helen I started that Water Tiger and quit. I'm going to redo on different fabric.
Yours is looking great.
What a lovely garden. No wonder you don't have time.. that is quite the undertaking!
I cut back my gardening this year do to the rain rain rain!!!
I can't get out to weed.
What is there is growing well though.
Take care, I'm glad to hear tat the tummy is fine!!!!

POlly said...

wow love your tiger and garden too