Sunday, September 28, 2008

A little of this and that

The last two weekends have been glorious weather. The sort of sunshine we should have had for the summer but didn't. Just perfect. So a lot of time has been spent in the garden and much less stitching has occurred.

I have finished my autumn house exchange, but I can't show you that. I can show you this though - another block on the Carriage House Samplings alphabet - my SAL with Karen. Just two more blocks and the border to do - so it'll be done by the end of the year (it has to be - I put the date on it!) It's not blue - it's the light this morning.


And there's this - my lunch time project. It's Merry Cox's Shaker Spool Holder and I started it years ago and never got very far. So I've put in an effort and another week or so (depending how many lunch hours I actually get) should see it done.


And I know most of you are interested in stitching but I have to show you the main result of last weekend's labours in the garden. A new veggie bed! I've already got winter lettuce that was sown last weekend coming up.


The curious stick arrangement is to stop the cats using it as a toilet. It seems to be working so far! Martin helped with the path - I was so stiff and exhausted after digging the bed out I've only just got over it!

And here are all my herbs and my feijoa (pineapple guava) tree. I really miss feijoas (they're very popular in New Zealand). No fruit this year but it took a while to settle in. I repotted or topdressed everything in pots too - there's more than shown here.


Lots more has been done and there's lots more still to do, but I'll save those piccies for another day.

15 comments:

  1. Wow the alphabet is looking gorgeous. Not much left now!

    The pots and the veggie bed are good too. No wonder you ached after all that digging. It's very satisfying when you are finished though isn't it?

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  2. The Alphabet is coming along beautifully! You're almost done! Yay!

    I can't wait to see more of your Merry Cox piece - I'm not sure that I familiar with this piece.

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  3. The alphabet is coming along well.

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  4. Always did love that alphabet - I'm just going to have to break down and add it to the next shopping list. :)

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  5. Lovely WIPs.

    Great veggie plot too.

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  6. Love your header! And CHS is really coming along too!

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  7. Alphabet is looking wonderful, and you're so close to being done. This will look so impressive all done up and finished. I loved your earlier finish of the SB pillow as well, to cute. Good luck with the garden. The stick arrangement sounds like a good idea. We have a number of cats that wander our neighborhood, and gardens with the soft dirt do make a good target for them.
    Sue

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  8. Your alphabet looks great Nicki! :) I'm almost done with my block, too tired to do any more on it tonight though...

    Lovely to see the Shaker spool holder again too!

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  9. Wow! The Alphabet looks wonderful! You are almost done! Great work!
    I am enchanted by the Merry Cox's Shaker Spool Holder also...lovely colors, elegant design...I cannot wait to see it finished!

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  10. Your alphabet is looking lovely Nicki and I'm looking forward to seeing more of the Spool holder

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  11. The alphabet blocks are looking great! Love your gardening pics.

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  12. Gorgeous WIPs! I love the colours on the spool holder.

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  13. Your Alphabet looks wonderful. Of course you will make it before the end of the year, but juuuuust in case you don't: you could always frog the 8 and insert a 9 instead :o)
    Great work on your garden too!

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  14. You're nearly there on both of these. I love that spool holder - I assume it's from the sampler and antique needlework mag?

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  15. That Merry Cox design is great - I can't wait to see your next progress pictures! And, wow, you're "this" close to being done with your CHS alphabet!

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