Saturday, 20 May 2017

Manic May!

Following on from my last post I can now say that everything is back to normal.  My insurance companies have paid out for the handbag and it's contents  and the car insurance has got the car locks changed.  I have bought a key safe for outdoors and am waiting for it to be fitted, so all is good now.

In the meantime life has gone on as usual and so busy.  On the craft side I have one or two WIPs (Works in Progress) and some finished items.
April Mini Mania

As you probably guess, this was triangles and I enjoyed making this.  For May it is 'Tumbling Blocks' to be pieced over papers and definitely not my favourite method of sewing.  I like using the sewing machine for everything.  Hand sewing is tedious but I must obey!!
Sneaky peak WIP

At Higham Piecemakers group Diana Turner came along and showed us some stumpwork, a very old technique.  Once again mine is a WIP

but I will finish her.  I did finish my Bobble Bag, a very useful little bag at about 6" in height.

For those who follow Attic24 I am crocheting her Moorland blanket, though I have now slowed down on this because I am currently knitting a cardigan and keep the Moorland Blanket for crochet group, so another WIP!!

Yesterday I went to 'Pot Washing' for Chester Farm.  There has been a great deal of archaeological digging there, keeping ahead of the building contractors and though most of the washing was of pieces of Roman pot there were one or two interesting finds.
A Victorian halfpenny
Trying to put a Roman pot together

I had this to wash -
Very heavy

a large stone held in the hand and used as a hammer.  Not sure what date.
A beautifully detailed piece of Roman Samian ware
Note the small hole on the right hand corner; we were told this had been repaired at some time, perhaps when in use.

Finally, my sister in law phoned yesterday afternoon and asked me if I wanted to go to the theatre in Oundle last night.  Her two granddaughters go to Oundle School and the younger one was in Wind in the Willows at the Stahl Theatre, put on by her class group.  I accepted very quickly and really enjoyed this very professional production and my unexpected evening out.


  1. Well done on your minis so far & WIP's are always there for progress reports. I find your time at Chester Farm so interesting & love hearing about it. Have a good week & take care.

  2. Glad you had a nice night out after all the trauma over the passed couple of weeks.. You should definitely get brownie points for this month mini mania challenge 👏👏

  3. Am loving that blanket and your Mini Mania is so colourful!! well done !