where has the month gone!

 September seems to have completely disappeared!

I’m quite sure life catches up with everyone from time to time but this last month seems to have evaporated completely. I was still in the UK when I last wrote and so much has happened since then this might be a lengthy post.

Before I left Edwina taught and indigo workshop and I got to tag along…oh, I had fun!


…and got some wonderful results. These lovely scarves took the indigo beautifully and I couldn’t resist taking some images once they were rinsed out and hanging on the line to dry. I love the shadows of the clothes pegs and washing lines showing through.


Just before coming home we managed a day out in Birmingham to see the sights and do a bit of shopping ( it feels like ages ago now- and I guess it was!) I have long been a fan of Edward Burne-Jones and the windows he designed for the Birmingham Cathedral are well worth a visit! they are stunning and the colours amazing.


We packed in a visit to the Cathedral, a turn around the African textile exhibition in the Gas Hall, lunch ,  a bit of shopping of course and some sightseeing. It’s probably old hat to the residents of Birmingham but I really enjoy wandering around their city. I love the contrast in the image below, the modern building rising out of the classic architecture.


The heavily shadowed building in the foreground is the outdoor market- or what was left of it by the end of the day. There were still a few bargains to be had- if you knew what any of these strange fruit (or are they veg?)  are and what to do with them.


Since getting home I have caught up on my sleep and gotten rid of the “airplane cold” I brought home and settled back into home life. Phase 3 of my renovation plan starts this week- the downstairs of the house is getting a face lift- nothing as major as the last round but enough to fill the house with dust!

I haven’t picked up a needle and thread in the past few weeks and I’m really missing it. I had a minor accident a few weeks ago and my right thumb has been immobilized. It’s amazing just how many things you need your right thumb for, even typing was tricky for awhile- especially when you are right handed.  I am just starting to get movement back now and am so looking forward to picking up some stitching- it’s been very annoying!

And just because I’m making excuses for not keeping my blog up to date- or even close to it! Here’s my latest distraction..Image

This is Ned, he is 4 months ( and a bit) old and keeping me on my toes. It’s great to have a dog around the house again and this one has me out walking a lot! He’s made himself right at home.


Bye for now, Catherine






  1. Ned is such a cutie … New Exceptional Dog!!! I bet he’s keeping you busy … looks kinda border collie-y … he’ll definitely liven up your life, as if it wasn’t pretty lively, already.

  2. Glad you have recovered from your trip and have a new dog even-tho Bart can’t be replaced -this one looks like a keeper. Loved your indigo pieces-I did the what is now annual indigo class and got better pieces than last year because I knew more what I was doing. Have a quilt in mind for them. Judy

  3. What lovely patterns on the indigo piece. It is always good to see England through a visitor’s eyes. The puppy is so cute and I can see why he made his way into your home. Sorry to hear about the thumb but glad to hear that it is improving.

  4. Thanks for the great catch-up. Lovely pup — Looks just as I had imagined only his markings are extra special. Where does time go I think of you so often- Physio and classes keep me busy. Perhaps we can arrange a date here or at Ferry. Poor thumb –hope it is getting better. Stay well and enjoy the puppy walks.

  5. Lovely dog Catherine, give him a pat from me. Pleased you enjoyed Birmingham, good to see those windows, I live here and I’ve only seen them once! I will go again before Christmas. It was great to see you; sorry about the poor old thumb, what a pain. Glad it’s getting going again anyway. Sx

  6. Taro is the large brown tube-like vegetable, staple crop of the Pacific. Horrible to peel as it is slimy under the skin. Taste – well I don’t like it, so I can’t be fair. I prefer kumara and pumpkin.

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