It was wet and miserable again this morning, so I decided I'd better stay in and finish off Kitty's wall hanging. Sam goes into hospital for her cesarean on Wednesday! It took me much longer than I expected. Now I only have to sew on the ribbons to hang it from. I'll do that at Sam's to make sure they're the right length. So Jim and I went into the garden to take some photos of me and the quilted wall hanging. It had stopped raining by then and the sun was shining! My hair looks a bit bizarre, a bit like a hat! Ah well, some of these will make you laugh:
I'm there somewhere!
'Hold it to the side' says Jim
'Now the other side' I like this one best! So silly...
Here's the quilted wall hanging itself. Do click on it to enlarge it. I'm not a seamstress so forgive the wiggly bits of sewing!
We did get into the garden when the sun shone. Jim did lots of pricking out of all his seedlings. He has so many to do:
He built this bit of staging today to give himself a work station for doing his seedlings and potting on.
Cheeky face! The hat is midge protection and the coat - well, it was a bit windy and cool as it was early evening
While we were out in the garden, the cats were messing about nearby, as usual. They started fighting and I captured these rather amusing shots of them:
First, they were eyeing each other up
Then Sandy pounced! Look at both their tales!
Then Sandy made a quick retreat. Look at BlackJack's face. He looks like a black panther!
Lastly, the iris I took yesterday is now fully out, and another one:
They are so pretty and there are more to come.
While Jim potted, I finished the snake rose bed, it is now all edged and tomorrow I'll put some compost along it to keep the weeds down and hopefully improve our clay soil. I also did the largest arboretum bed, edging it and weeding too. Only the small rhododendron bed left to do. I might take a photo of it then. We have been midged out this afternoon. I suppose it's the combination of the wet and then the warmth. I am already sporting about 10 bites! They do spoil our gardening at times. I stirred up the bonfire to try and send them away but that didn't really work either. How can such tiny things cause such chaos? I suppose fleas are the same in their way.
Oh, I almost forgot. The postman brought me a parcel today from Mary's Goat Farm! I saw that Mary make soap from the goat milk and it looked and sounded wonderful, so I ordered some. This is what I ordered:
4 oz lavender goat milk lotion
lavender goat milk soap
sandalwood blend goat milk soap
lily of the valley goat milk soap
patchouli blend goat milk soap
rose blend goat milk soap
It all turned up in the parcel and is just wonderful. The smells are fabulous and I can't wait to try the first one. I've already used the lotion - I love lavender so I knew I'd love it. This is Mary's website:
This is the blog: http://www.anniesgoathill.blogspot.com/
I'm so excited about the imminent birth of Kitty. Poor Sam has huge swollen feet so I'm sure she'll be glad to get rid of the heavy lump she's carrying! I wonder how Jack will be with her. I'm sure he'll be just fine and love her to bits, he's that sort of a lad.
That's it for today. A good day all in all.