Monday, May 2, 2011

Momentous events ....

The long weekend is almost over and although I have spent most of the time working I did manage to watch a little of the royal wedding.
I loved the elegant simplicity of Kate's dress.The lace design is beautiful Carrickmacross lace and was stitched by the Royal School of Needlework. My vintage Weldon's needlework book describes it as 'cut and embroidered muslin applied to net'.  The design on the wedding dress was worked by applying organdie fabric to the net background and then each motif is edged with fine cord thread. Having 'dabbled' at needle lace and making yet another ufo I can appreciate the time and care that must go into this kind of needlework.
The video of the light hearted verger turning cartwheels down the aisle after the event was wonderful. I can just imagine how he felt, after weeks of preparation a great relief that it had all gone so well. Pity he got into such trouble though.
Yesterday was May 1st. Whilst living in France I discovered the custom of giving a sprig of lily of the valley as a symbol of spring and a lucky charm. With the very much warmer spring we have had this year I managed to find a few flowers left in the garden and put together a small posy for our table. They smell wonderful!

We awoke this morning to the news of the death of ObL in Pakistan. Whilst I don't like to rejoice in a death, this is justice for 9/11, the bombings in Nairobi and London as well as the thousands who have died around the world as a result of this man's influence.
A local boot market is held in summer on bank holidays, the first of which was today. A little disappointed as the lady with all the lovely sewing stuff was not there. Did find a bunch of vintage keys, some silver spoons for jewellery and a rather unusual little pencil sharpener, a metal vintage typewriter. Think it will make a great accessory when photographing mini bears.
Finally a picture of our two kitties rather anxiously waiting to be let out of the house for their daily exploration of the garden.
Next time pictures of bears, have a good week.

Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

1 comment:

Southern Bears said...

Hi Wendy, thank you very much for the lovely birthday card I received today ... how very thoughtful and kind of you. I have had a wonderful time with my family being here in SA but alas on Thursday they leave again. Having them here for Easter and my birthday has been a double bonus! Thanks for your post and take care.

Pat xx


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