*3* new year, new cushion

… because you can never, ever, have enough cushions. Fact. The central block, formed by the nine granny squares slip stitched together is another one from the big bunch I was gifted a few years ago… and it’s not the last one either. I think most of the yarn that was used is acrylic… the […]

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– 2018/186 – poetry Monday

Non-combatants (by Evelyn Underhill) Never of us be said That we reluctant stood As sullen children, and refused to dance To the keen pipe that sounds across the fields of France. Though shrill the note and wild, Though hard the steps and slow, The dancing floor defiled, The measure full of woe, And dread The […]

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– 2018/167 – music Friday

Something a little different today…  last night I went to a classical concert in Birmingham at the Symphony Hall.  It was fabulous. They played Beethoven 7th Symphony which was amazing… he is my favourite classical composer and the second movement of this piece is simply magical. Make yourself a cup of tea and sit down. […]

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– 2018/153 – 48 years of books (1984)

Hotel du Lac (Anita Brookner) I can’t believe that nobody had ever suggested this book to me before… why??  It is simply brilliant.  Not in a shout out brilliant, but in a modest, subtle, elegant way brilliant.  Yes, it’s an elegant book, that’s it. Edith writes romantic novels under a pseudonym but her life is […]

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– 2018/142 – FoQ 2018, Shizuko Kuroha

This week it’s going to be a quilt party around here…  I’ve taken a lot of photographs yesterday and I want to share with you all that caught my eye.  Also, believe me when I say that not a lot is going on behind the scene if you discount school shopping and normal holiday life […]

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– 2018/137 – music Friday

I’m off to Italy for the weekend to see family. Alone. Feeling giddy and slightly giddy in equal measure. (as a child I used to love the movies with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis… and we chose Dean’s song “that’s Amore” as our wedding song.  I’m ever so fond of the old crooner)

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– 2018/106 – birthday weekend, part 2

I have so many things to talk to you about this week I don’t know where to start… three books (three!!), a tidy studio (rare occurrence), a finished quilt (even rarer than a tidy studio)… geesh… first things first though; what I want to share is the beautiful visit to Hauser & Wirth Somerset.  We […]

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– 2018/104 – birthday weekend, part 1

I had a fabulous birthday.  Fabulous, daaaahling! After sending the boys to school we leisurely drove to Babington House where we had a most delicious lunch with friends and then chilled out in the spa.  You know when you’re so relaxed that you lose the sense of time? That. Can you believe it was once […]

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– 2018/102 – poetry Monday

Girl in a Miniskirt Reading The Bible Outside My Window (by Charles Bukowski) Sunday, I am eating a grapefruit, church is over at the Russian Orthadox to the west. she is dark of Eastern descent, large brown eyes look up from the Bible then down. a small red and black Bible, and as she reads […]

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– 2018/56 – poetry Monday

We like March, his shoes are purple (by Emily Dickinson) We like March, his shoes are purple, He is new and high; Makes he mud for dog and peddler, Makes he forest dry; Knows the adder’s tongue his coming, And begets her spot. Stands the sun so close and mighty That our minds are hot. […]

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