Two men went to mow, went to mow a meadow!

The Pond

The Pond

Natural planting

Natural planting

The Pond

The Pond

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Yesterday was a gorgeous sunny day in Cambridgeshire and I went with a group of amateur gardeners on a visit to a local hall garden.

Wow I was blown away by the whole 50 acre site of pure blooming loveliness.Trees, shrubs and flowers all vying to be looking their best and the lawns were manicured to the extent that the head gardener begged forgiveness for a few fallen leaves from the huge oak standing in the middle.

As a result I pottered home to my little cottage garden and dug and mowed my heart out thinking ” that 50 acres was looked after by 2 men only, surely I can look after my little patch?”.  Well I tried hard but no gardening got done today after yesterdays exertions, every bone was aching.  I can dream and visit that garden again when it opens again in two years time!

One herbaceous border.

One herbaceous border.

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Off my block!

Village Taverna

Village Taverna

Heraklion

Heraklion

Back from 10 wonderful days in  beautiful Crete with the family, and what a lovely break it was, lots of bracing swimming, and walking in the nearby gorge.

But to greet me home were the foam blocks that I promised to transform on May 11th, into two garden seats.  Not one to disappoint I set to,  feeling full of optimism after my 10 days off.  If anyone is contemplating this task do not be put off!  I was  advised to attack these 4 inch thick blocks with the serrated edge of the bread knife, dont do it!  Success came with a six inch filleting knife, a nice smooth cut.  It reminded me of filleting a very thick fish but instead of scales there were loads of  messy foam crumbs, but on the plus side no fishy smell.

I have also decided that it would be a mistake to cover the blocks  with the upholstery fabric directly on top, I have used a bed sheet as a liner as the foam clings to everything and it would be impossible to fit the blocks into their covers.

I am picking up my trusty Bernina tomorrow as she has had a break at the repair and servicing shop! Will get  these seats  finished by Wednesday with any luck, only hope they get used this summer.

My Monday Make

Today the weather is said to be reaching the late teens in temperature, oh wow! And it’s still only May!  Which has made me think I had better crack on with my next sewing request. new covers for an outside bench seat!

Not too much of a challenge technically, but whenever I attempt a new sewing project that comes straight from my little brain I get a little nervous!  I have some great cream canvas for the covers and think Velcro will suit as a closure! Any one who has any ideas are very welcome to suggest!

Foam blocks

Sitting softly