Thursday, 17 April 2014

Here and Now

Loving...  that I am about to go and have a massage.
Eating... chunky veg soup (the new blender arrives on Tuesday with Granny).
Drinking... fizzy water - actually found some (it is scarce here) and bought as much as I could carry.
Wearing... My stripy blouse that I made myself. I love it.
Feeling... Like we are running out of time in our subtropical adventure: 3 1/2 months left.
Wanting...  More time to do everything that is in my head - making, baking, walking, singing...
Thinking...  about all the good things in our real life back in England.
Dreaming...  Of doing up this rundown St Helena house, inventing a teleporter and spending as much time as I care to both here and at home. Oh yes, I want it all!

Linking up with Chantille-Fleur to contemplate the Here and Now...


Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Monday, 14 April 2014

Ruffle scarf Ta Da

Good morning!
I have been keeping this one under my hat for a couple of weeks. It was a present for a friend who turned 25 on Saturday. She held an extremely fun birthday party on Saturday night. She had requested that every one dress up - black tie for the chaps and posh frocks for the gals. I can highly recommend a spot of dressing up! Everyone was very glam. Bubbles were consumed and much of yesterday was spent recovering from both the bubbles and the extremely late night followed by the usual early morning wake up call from Tiny Boy and Big Trouble.

Anyway, I like to make gifts when I possibly can so inspired by some scarves I had seen on other lovely blogs, themselves adapted from a pattern in this book, I set to work. I don't have the book in question, so I made it up as I went along. I wanted a not-too-warm, but decorative scarf suitable for the chillier months here in the sub-tropics.

I am really pleased with how it turned out. I used a cotton yarn in beetroot by Patons I think, but the ball band was lost long ago.

My friend is quite tall, so I made the scarf lovely and long so it can drape elegantly.

I hope she likes it!


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Fancy a walk?

Good morning. How are you? Feeling up for a walk? We won't go far - we'll head to a special place that I know just out of town.  We can stop on the way and have a look at the view of where we are going.

See it? Tucked in the valley.

That is the heart-shaped waterfall, one of the wonders of St Helena, and flowing well after all the rain we have had over the last few weeks.

I thought we might take a stroll up the valley to the bottom of the fall. Ready?

The path is quite easy, a gentle uphill on the way there, following the stream. Not so steep that we can't chat.

There is decking and steps on the trickier bits,

and the trees give a lovely dappled shade, perfect for walking through.

Look - loads of water. In the dry season it can be just a trickle.

These little beauties are called tallow vine or water grass here, but generally are known as climbing dayflower around the rest of the world.

Sometimes the natural distribution of the plants looks so wonderful it could be deliberate. It looks like some secret gardener has had a hand in it.

 Look we are nearly there, just another set of steps and round the corner...

The spray on your face is beautifully cooling, but also so invigorating it makes you grin inanely and  whoop with the joy of it.

The water falls into a shallow pool

which is overflowing through the undergrowth.

Come on, lets retreat a little to the viewing platform and just sit and absorb the day for a while.

Thanks for joining me. It's all downhill on the way back.


Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Two Ta Das of the most pleasing kind

or should that be Tas Da? Like mothers in law?
Anyway, I have one just finished this morning, and one that has been finished a while but has been waiting to be photographed. It is the raining season here. Think UK November levels of rain, mist and low cloud, but warm: 18-21 deg C. Very weird and rubbish for taking photos!

Just as I finished sewing this morning though, the sun looked like it might be about to show itself so I rushed outside and snapped a few snaps before the rain recommenced.

Maybe the weather fairies saw what I was making...

Shhh, it is still a secret! I have quite a few thank-you-makes to do over the next few months and this is by far the most important so I wanted to do it properly. I am totally thrilled with how it has turned out. If I had the patience I would make another one to keep, but I can never make the same thing twice. I just don't work that way.

 But look, what is that it is sitting on? It couldn't be that tatty old green chair could it?

Several coats of cream spray paint, new stuffing and a new cover later...

Those little silver upholstery nails cost a lot. Not in pennies, but in blood, sweat and tears. They are pretty much blunt, and the piece of chair I needed to drive them into was rock hard. I bent A LOT. I swore A LOT. I sweated A LOT. I may have shed a tear of frustration and pricked my finger too. (Turns out they are not that blunt.) I had an inspired idea to drill teeny tiny guide holes. I broke the drill bit. (Cue more swearing), bought a new drill bit and finally got them all in.

I am not totally happy with the evenness of their spacing. But I am just glad to get the things in.

Looks nice with the cushion on it doesn't it? Even on my soggy veranda with the dead mange tout in the background.

Closer in?

From an angle?

With the view?

Or put the cushion round the other way?

Have you made anything you are particularly pleased with recently?