I am going to have this framed, there is a little shop in Ammanford that do framing, and hang it on the wall in front of my sewing station where it will inspire me.
I have taken a couple of close ups.
How beautiful is that, one day, maybe, I will be sharing my work with you.
In my present were lots of other goodies to help me get started.
Pretty thread in glorious colours, I am going to have so much fun with these.
Some beads, charms, fabric ( I see a very special book mark for me in that) and 2 needles in a holder. Everything that I need in fact to make a start.
With a very happy card inside to encourage me on.
It felt like having an extra birthday, I am so pleased for this and will be sure to "pay it forward" at the first opportunity.
I have found, in the short time that I have been blogging, that Random Acts of Kindness happen frequently in blogland. The American blogs, that I started off reading before writing my own, would often mention RAK's. I took them with a pinch of salt but have come to understand that this is worldwide. I have had parcels from the States, Australia, Germany and Singapore alongside some from the UK. I have also sent some out myself, as my Granny said, "What goes round comes round." and I read The Water Babies and Mrs Do as you would be done by was a favourite character.
Digressing to the world of blogs, I recently stumbled across Frugally Challenged and would like to follow but there is no way that I can see to do so. I do follow her other blog, Trundling Through Life so will have to remember to click over to check regularly.
I went into Ammanford this morning, silicone stuff was needed for the glazing bit of the greenhouse. I popped into Lidl to get another bag of bread flour and some lard, £1.07 to add to my total. I did pick up 4 ground cover plants for the side of the greenhouse for £5,00 but that comes from the garden budget. That also applies to the roll of green covered wire netting that I picked up for £3, that will form a tunnel to protect my garlic from marauding cats and playful birds. There will be loads left for other projects and as the cheapest ready made tunnel cloche that I have seen was £3.99 and too small makes it a Bargain.
I can see myself turning into a Garden Bore, I will try to restrain my self and not publish photos of every new leaf that unfurls.
Reasons to be grateful.
1. My lovely gift, I will use every last thread.
2. My new found friends who have welcomed me to the village.
3. The sun that continues to shine on us.
4. My poor neglected roses that have bloomed continuously.
5. The wonderful Welsh people who are friendly and helpful where ever I go.
I am so glad that I finally plucked up the courage to move across the country, I could not be happier. I know that I go on about the sun a great deal and I know that summer will end and there will be cold winds and rain. I also know that I will enjoy those times as much as I can, my days will not be spent moaning about the weather but rejoicing in my crafting. being thankful for cooler evenings with my crochet spread over my legs without melting from the heat of it.
The smell of luscious casserole meals wafting from the slow cooker and the scent of freshly baked bread or herby dumplings perfuming the air. There will be fruity jams and jellies to spread on thick slices of toast, oozing with salted welsh butter, from a local farm. Jars of spicy relishes to add a bit of oomph to savoury foods and steamed puddings swimming with the afore mentioned jam.
The of course as soon as Spring arrives I will have to garden and walk like a mad thing to get the weight off.
That is not quite a mere jest.
I have a small piece of RTC welsh beef to roast for dinner and as I have a fancy for sausage rolls will be sliding a tray of them into the oven while it is hot.
I have also started a new batch of Sourdough, I will have to divide it tomorrow so will let you know how it turns out. I do not waste the bit that I take out, I make something if only pancakes or flatbreads.
I am off outside now, I need to tidy round a bit and put my new plants into a water bath, they all need a good drink.
What a fabulous gift you received, just beautiful. I'm looking forward to seeing your new greenhouse, so it's twice the size of mine, how I'd love one just a little bigger than I've got but I manage ok with it, it's certainly better than nothing. You'll have plenty of space in yours to grow lots of lovely things.ReplyDelete
I am sure that once I start planting I will want another just as big.Delete
I love that beautiful cross stitch, there are some very talented people around. I hope you enjoy making your bookmark, they are a bit fiddly but last for many years. You certainly sound very happy in your new home, and once you have the garden in full production you will be well and truly settled. xxReplyDelete
I have attempted cross stitch but was too impatient, perhaps I should try again. I am so happy here and feel as though I have been here for years rather than months. The first thing that I do in the morning is pull back the curtains and look at "my" mountain.Delete
She has RSS so why not download from feedly.com and subscribe via RSS, far simpler than the imagination will make it loom so darkly! http://frugallychallenged.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/piggy.htmlReplyDelete
Job done, thank you.Delete
wow lovely gifts!ReplyDelete
Exactly my reaction.Delete
What a wonderful cross stitch sampler! I can imagine this framed and hung in your place. It must have been a true labour of love, and the stitches are so neat. I`m not a cross stitch person, but my neighbour and good friend who looks after my cat whilst I`m on holiday would be in utter awe over this piece.ReplyDelete
I love it, the delicate colours and the perfect stitches, it will inspire me every day.Delete
I am so glad you love the piece, my joy was in the stitching of it, and seeing it being used rather than sat in my workbox. How you describe your life in Wales and the winter months have me green with envy, how I would love some land, a few animals and loads of space to grow things. I can imagine wonderful cold wet days, you snug in your cottage making things. xxxReplyDelete
I have had the land and the animals in the past and if I were 15 years younger would have probably gone down that road. As it is I have enough garden to enjoy with out it becoming a chore, and it gives me much more time for crafting and reading.Delete
What a beautiful gift and what a lovely giver. The world can be a wonderful place.ReplyDelete
There are many good, kind and generous people out there, It is just not considered "newsworthy".Delete
What a marvellous gift and a kind and generous giver. Enjoy!ReplyDelete
It is a truly lovely gift and I will enjoy it for years to come.Delete
What a wonderful gift! I had a parcel too this week from Spain full of crochet things and other bits and bobs. Such kindness out there. Thanks for the tip on Frugally Challenged, she has a wonderful way on writing about her life. I followed her by going to my dashboard and clicked on the ADD button under the title reading list and a pop up comes up where you add her address and then you click the follow button in the right hand corner and hey presto she is on your list. It worked for me.ReplyDelete
So pleased that you are enjoying life in Wales.
Thank you for the tip, it worked. I am as happy as Larry (whoever he was).Delete
well done for conquering the beast! and what a fab parcel. xReplyDelete
It took a ton of patience but I got there. The parcel is lovely, as is your blanket, I have my wool ready for the next ripple blanket and am "almost" impatient for the cooler weather so that I can get my hook into it.Delete
Your happiness is contagious. I'm so happy you have found the contentment you searched for.ReplyDelete
I am as happy as a tabby cat on a hearth rug.ReplyDelete