Lots of pics today and other things to share.
I was given a bunch of tiger lilies for my birthday. They were tightly closed but are now fully open and are quite beautiful. As we are still living like 'travellers' until our belongings arrive sometime at the end of November, I have a make do arrangement of shelves in the corner of the dining room. On this I have placed some special things collected whilst in Brittany, fir cones, shells, a interesting piece of quartz and of course the old wooden shoe which came with a vintage chair, see a very old blog listing if you are interested in that story! The drawers were in a skip from one of the nearby houses so I carried them home, gave them a good scrubbing and made some cubic shelves.
My purple orchid has taken the transition from Brittany very happily and is now in flower again. So beautiful in a most unusual shade of purple..
As mentioned before the birds have found our 'restaurant' and with the colder weather and lack of food, we have a busy back garden. We discovered that the shy birds such as robins do not like the hanging feeder so we visited B&Q to buy this little feeder with a roof. It is very basic and we will have to redo the roof next year as I am sure the birds will love the covering for their nests! The feeder was sold as a self assembly unit, supposed to be quite easy to put together. Well if we did not have a man in the house with sandpaper and electric drill, it would still be in pieces. Megan phoned the suppliers and they were quite surprised and asked why we just did not take it back. Hardly worth while with the cost of driving there but they did apologise and sent us an enormous bag of bird seed for our trouble. It does pay to complain. The picture quality is not too good as it is through the upstairs window but we have a regular visitor, a great spotted woodpecker. He seemed to find the upright post quite interesting, fortunately he did not peck any holes in it.
I have managed to complete some bears. Webster with his little elephant friend Stanley are all ready to head off on their travels with the little ultrasuede rucksack. The set is now listed on e-bay.
This is still a work in progress. After my previous disaster with the sweater that would not go over this little boy's head I managed to knit up another one. I had to stitch the final seam on the bear but it worked out so nicely this time. I just love the short top and the 'furry' tum showing. The little duck is waiting for his sweater which is almost complete. This companion set is waiting for their suitcase, journal and whatever else they will need for their exciting journey. The background to the pic is my latest cross stitch offering of a small cat pillow soon to be put on Etsy.
People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us. ~Iris Murdoch