Sunday, 11 July 2010


Last week was so very hot and humid that there was little hope of doing anything creative. The temperatures were in the high 30s and factoring in the humidity, we had several days hovering around 45 C. It was impossible to keep cool and comfortable even when sitting still and needlework was out of the question.

Yesterday brought some welcome relief and I enjoyed a morning walk to the library without feeling like I was being baked. The temperatures were particularly pleasant in the shade. Upon returning home, I decided to take advantage of the change in temperature and worked on my coastal sampler.

Until recently, I had not picked up this work in at least six months. I spent a couple of days just looking at it and trying to decide what I was working on before it was put aside. The shells took hours to complete and I think that I may have been slightly too ambitious thinking that I could complete this in a year. It will be two years next month since I started this project and there is still a long way to go. I last posted about it here.

Now that one corner of the design is starting to take shape, I would like to be able to concentrate on making some substantial progress, but news received last week will prevent this. I will be commencing another midwifery clerkship placement soon, but more about this next time. For now, my cross-stitch offers a welcome respite from the busy times ahead.

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Country Style

When I started writing this blog, it was supposed to be about home-making and crafting, but in recent months (and for obvious reasons) I haven't written much about either.

More than six months ago, I purchased some new bed linen, however, shortly afterwards, I left home (!) and so I never actually had time to put it all together and see how it looked.

The day has finally arrived when I was able to dig out all of the new pillows I bought and see the bed in all its splendour. I love the fresh floral pattern and I'm very pleased with the results. To my surprise, I also discovered that I am keeping up with current trends, as this linen featured in the article, "Sweet Dreams" on page 108 of the March issue of Country Living magazine.