The poppies are blooming in all the fields around here,
they are a glorious sight as well as a poignant reminder.
Trudi Wood visited us at Country Roads Quilters last week to teach a workshop on Free Motion Quilting. It was great fun and everybody learned something. People who had done some FMQ before learned some complex-looking designs and people who were new to FMQ made excellent progress under Trudi's gentle and fun tuition. Below is a sample piece of what we were working towards. You can see Trudi's amazing quilting on her well named blog: Quilting Prolifically
I had time to visit Sam who had just been surprised with a pirate ship for the garden. Here we are aboard and I am, apparently a tour guide, Captain Sam is instructing me in my duties!
This weekend my beloved celebrated a big birthday (whisper it, 70). Cue lots of food, family and friends and we were blessed with sunshine.
Sam had his first taste of Prosecco!
Sam and I did some gardening while Al relaxed and chatted with guests, and then...
Sam sang "Happy Birthday" to his Grandad!
There was chocolate birthday cake,
lots of presents and cards,
and I made Al his own prayer flag in his favourite colour.
Yesterday I joined friends for a workshop on needle felting at the Beach Hut Studio in Freiston. We had a wonderful day, again in the sunshine, with good tuition from Debbie Mitchell (in the purple), wonderful food and fun and laughter all the way.
I got back yesterday afternoon to find my glorious "Niobe" clematis was flowering, a perfect end to a great few days. Time to sleep now I think. I'll share what I achieved in the workshop later.