Saturday, June 08, 2019

San Fran House

 Cosy dinner by the fireside.

6 Boston chairs completed. Phew.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Another Finish.

With the return of the exhibition quilting efforts,

 the den has been hung.

Not forgetting the miniatures.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Is a Job Ever Completed?

 I guess so, when you have hung the art on the walls,

and found that interesting plant a permanent home. Sorted.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Room with a View

A good day for attending to the garden.

The amazing poppy.

Ystrad Mynach Quilters Exhibition.

A chance to display of the groups  work over the last two years. The money raised during in the event is destined for the Air Ambulance.

Some demos thrown in for good measure. Here, Christine with needle and thread surrounded by make believe flowers.

My favourite from almost the many. Amazing how much was made by so few.

Gek's book quilt, Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice.

Gek's contribution to the main display.

And lastly, the Gek's Challenge. With wool that Gek brought back from our Autumn visit to Singapore, the Quilters innovated from Teddy Bear Scarf to Cup Cozy.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

I Promised Myself a Rose Garden

Well, a rose wall, but it will be a few years, may be many, before the 9 plants fill these walls with colour.

This years first to show.

Ten days later. Eventually the lower part of the wall will be red roses.  With the flowering geraniums covering the grown and the roses the wall, this has become major attraction for bees and wasps, always a-buzzzzz as you walk past.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Now to Assemble.

Enough for 7 chairs, hopefully. That is, 15 separate pieces make up one chair.  Been a bit of a tester this one.

Friday, May 10, 2019

And Last, but by No Means Least, Blenheim Palace.

T'was just a tad on the damp side.

 But caught the sun for a couple minutes as it lighted up the new leaves in the formal garden

A shapely lady standing guard.

The place interior is extremely ornate. Here,  Anne, the queen who was on the throne when the UK union was formed in 1707.

Next, Upton House


The reason for our trip to England, now a foreign country to us, was to meet up with other contributors to Upton's miniature house project,

 and at the same time meet the project coordinator, Ellen, to hand over Gek's miniatures of three of the houses oil paintings.

After convivial chats with those assembled, we took a gander at the model and the progress made on furnishing it.

A little still to do here.

A nicely furnished dinning room.


A Couple of Days Away

First to Croome Court. Building started in 1754 to a Palladian design by Capability Brown.

Having had a bit of a rough time in the 20th century, the house is practically devoid of furnishings and is in the main home to temporary exhibitions.

The park is lovely with views of the Malvern hills across the fields of rape.

Monday, May 06, 2019

Friday, April 19, 2019

And so on to the Garden

Having replaced the bath with a walk in shower, completely refit the kitchen and created a 'third bed' room, it was the turn of the garden to have some attention. New turf for the lawn area, some new bushes for the road side wall and a new border of heather along by the window. All done with great attention to detail by our new friend, Colin

The back patio has seen  additional planters set up,

20 strawberry plants  prepared

and Marguerite Daisies for a bit of height viewed from the apple tree with tens of flowers itching to bloom.  Our outside room, now that the sun is with us again.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

RHS Show, Cardiff


First day, an hour after opening.  Very busy.

A favourite from the day's search, Grey Day.

But, no, not today, the sun was out. This little chap was busy picking the flowers, until mum intervened.

Monday, April 08, 2019

Bay Art

A 'Paper Exchange' between Welsh and China artist, rice paper for the home artists to use and printed stuff for the Chinese artists to use....... in what ever way they wanted to.

Grace's work struck a cord. She struggled to learn English which she needed to master in order to gain a place on a post-grad course. She expresses her struggle with a brick wall on the left and birds on a wire with all their beaks tied shut.

Here, on the left, Dylan Thomas's poem, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, written in Chinese script.  An interesting show.

Monday, April 01, 2019

Kitchen Remodeling.

Let the fun begin.

What a mess I am making.  But, but but.....one wall cupboard already up.

 And started the tiling soon after.

Finishing touches still to do, but is now a functioning kitchen after a couple of weeks fun.

We found we had been too ambitious in the planned down-sizing of our kitchen ware, hence the additional cupboards where the breakfast table was meant to be.  Bit tight it would have been for a table anyway, I guess

For completeness, the kitchen sink.  Thank you B and Q.

Hanbury Hall

 A Queen Anne era house just outside Droitwich.

 We stopped here for lunch on the drive back to home after our FUA/Miniatura visits.

This place will now be our replacement service station stop for our trips up north.

 The gardens are something else, immaculate they are.

 Period furniture in the house are begging to be copied in miniature. Love this table.

And the opportunity on ideas for the detail taken. Back to modelling soon!!!!  Can't wait.