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.

Time off in Crete

imageThird visit to this beautiful Grecian Isle, the largest in the Med and definitely  my favourite. Spending 10 days with my two “children” and their partners and my grand daughter, it’s so wonderful to be all together and am feeling very lucky.

So in the heat what are we going to do today? Hit the mountains! Well the maps are out on the breakfast table on the shady balcony side of the house, will see what develops. Yesterday we lazed around the pool but the day before was a climb down the nearby gorge. A fantastic mornings effort rewarded by the stunning views and all the bright flowers. May is the month for freshness here. Previous visits have been at the tail end of the season in September when both the country and people are jaded it seemed.