When you enter Doreen’s world it is like entering wonderland, with a fabulous mixture of caring touches
and a poignant little row of memories
The sculpture of the children climbing always draws my attention
I love the way the lichen decorates the surface (you might remember I’m a great fan of lichen)
It came as no great surprise to see a man who appeared to be walking on the roof
he was in fact working in the garden behind
(can you see that little white model of a dog’s bottom up in the air as if digging in the lawn)
and then to come across these shoes sunning themselves on a bench
They belonged to Doreen’s very own Mr Mcgregor who was clipping the evergreens
The house looked like this in March
and the garden
What a transformation takes place during the year
I discovered these two brief videos taken in August 2016.
I hope to return in April or May one year to see the flourish of Spring.
Maybe I’ll stay in her Garden studio – a link here to see more about it.
Now I’m off to be a ‘bit more Doreen’ and sort out the containers of bulbs in my garden.
Last weekend I was in beautiful Branscombe, Devon, England.
As usual I had to make my pilgrimage up the hill to Doreen’s Garden and this time I was lucky enough to meet the delightfully sprightly 84 year old. She is originally from Liverpool and has lived in this cottage for 34 years.
She gives me hope for the future!
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We had a lovely long chat and she showed me the best viewing points for photos .. Here
and then the view to the church
Doreen has a box for donations to support the Devon Air Ambulance and so far she has collected over £7,000!
You can even stay in her garden in this delightful self-catering little unit
what a sunny spot!
We talked about her magnificent dahlias
She doesn’t lift them but cuts them right back to the ground and mulches them.
I do not live in quite such a sheltered spot – I tried them years ago and did not have a good success rate, but I might give Doreen’s method a go as there is no doubt, they put on a spectacular show – if only they were scented .. mmmmm there’s a thought. Are there any scented dahlias?
On I trundle with the Karoo. What a challenge and an adventure.
Part 6 is complete
I’m now halfway through Part 7 and then there is an edge.
These colours felt strange in the middle of a heatwave a few months ago, but I’m so enjoying working with them now.
Yesterday afternoon, I was sitting in the Park whilst my grandchildren played with their friends after school, the autumn leaves were falling around me, my blanket on my lap whilst I worked on it, and the warm October sun on my face. That to me is a slice of heaven right there!
The design is by Jen Tyler of Hooks n Tales. Stylecraft Special DK and a 4.5mm hook.
You can find the list of colours on my Ravelry Page.
This pattern is not for the faint-hearted! and there are literally 100s of ends to sew in, but I do really like the result.
I’d like to make this pattern again in different colours, but I’m not sure when I will be ready to dedicate so much time and attention to such a big project again.
It is very demanding!
Whist sewing in all those ends at home in the evenings, I listen to the radio – this fabulous music programme keeps me company – available on iPlayer for the next 29 days.
Joining in with Ginny’s Yarn Along
Gingko in Japan November 2015
Clipped fir in Doreen’s Garden September 2018
Sturdy little oak at Cerne Abbas October 2015
Vintage fabric from 1946
Weeping Willow Cerne Abbas 2017
The oak tree at the bottom of my garden September morning 2018.
Yippee it is the first Tuesday of the month and so time to meet up with our photos of trees – either recent or archive.
Please leave a link to your tree photos in the Comments – I’m really looking forward to seeing them.
You can see the list of photo prompts on the Photo Challenge Page
Next Month’s prompt is
and next month I will tell you what I have in store for 2019
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