Monthly Archives: June 2015

Gentle Lakeland day

After a long drive from the south coast, the twilight on the distant fells yesterday evening was a lovely reward as we ate dinner.

Then this morning we took it easy with a gentle wander around beautiful Sizergh Castle.



Followed by a stroll along Lake Windemere in the sunshine.



June roses

The June garden is full of roses. The photos don’t do justice to the colours, and certainly don’t capture the fragrance! The pink rose on the trellis is a neon pink, called “Morning Jewel”. It  is flowering profusely this year since we moved it into a sunnier position. 129___064

I just had to choose a rose for my stitched flower journal this month. But roses are a challenge to stitch. I decided to try a reverse applique technique I learned on a Susan Brittingham workshop several years ago. Working from a black and white photo, I reduced the rose to three tones of pink, and built the picture piece by piece like a jigsaw, stitching from the back. Then I added surface embroidery, before quilting it onto a piece of hand printed fabric I found lurking in my stash! With hindsight I wish I had chosen a more silky fabric for the rose, with more of a sheen. Perhaps next time…

Guns, hats and “Just Sing”

Another fun weekend at Wimborne Folk Festival! Men (and women) in flowered and feathered hats, musketeers wandering the streets, dancers with bells, sticks and knives, it wouldn’t usually be allowed! But it was lovely to see the town packed with thousands of people enjoying a family day out. Lots of fun for children, of all ages.129___063

And “Just Sing” was performing several times, our second year, with audiences of family and friends and others who seemed to appreciate our efforts! We enjoyed ourselves anyway…

Just Sing - cornmarket  Rachel's photo

Just Sing – cornmarket
Rachel’s photo

Just Sing - Wimborne square

Just Sing – Wimborne square

A few days of French sunshine

We left in gale force winds and stormy rain, but the quick hop across the Channel from Southampton brought us to the warmth of Limoges in south west France where our kind friends Judy and Ray, were waiting for us at the airport. Leaving their modern house in Corfe Mullen three years ago, they had moved with their lovely labrador dogs to a 250 year old cottage with a large and (then) wild garden in a tiny hamlet in the rural landscape of Limousin. This was our first visit to their new home.1-129___06What a treat to eat outside in 30 degree warmth over looking their, now tamed, garden with its fruit trees and vegetables, complete with chickens, and hives of bees. We watched butterflies in the sunshine, and as the sun set each night we watched the stars appear to the accompanying chorus of frogs on nearby lakes. Over the next three days we were taken on a tour of the lovely towns and landscapes of the area, and further afield into the northern Dordogne, Brantome and Perigueux . We visited many ancient buildings with hidden histories of magnificence and tragedy – just a few captured here.


Doors and windows


Beautiful old buildings

Not so beautiful but immensely important are the ruined buildings of Oradur-sur-Glane, the memorial village, preserved in order to keep alive the memory of the 642 men, women and children massacred on 10th June 1944 by a German Waffen SS company. Our visit here was sombre, and made us realise how little  we knew of the experience of the French population during the dark days of World War 2.

1-IMG_2973Our days in France were far from dark, filled with sunshine and the generosity of friends. Thank you Judy and Ray for a lovely few days holiday!