We have just had about 3 days of snowfall which, coupled with a strong wind causing it to drift, made for some deep snow in places and the birds were frantically feeding on our balcony.
We usually get lots of blue tits, great tits and the occasional marsh tit but, this time, we got some more unusual visitors.
This goldfinch and a few of his mates became regular visitors – they have never been before so it was really good to see them. Note the fat balls getting low.
We’ve been cooking up some rice for them but it’s difficult to feed some of the birds who usually take worms and things although, even they have been braving the balcony to forage. I feel I am compensating (just a bit) for my 4 cats. I suppose , out at the back of the house, the birds have been taking more risks than usual to search for food and the Ginger beast, Henry,who would make Garfield look skinny, killed two birds recently. Lord knows how – I think he must sit on them, I can’t imagine him running. The cats can’t get out on the balcony so I feel I’m providing a safe haven.
The 18th Birthday came and went and I am still hand quilting. Not entirely my fault this time as I had to wait for supplies to arrive. Well, I suppose if I’d ordered them earlier they would have arrived in time but I am good at shifting the blame. I am quite enjoying this quilting with cotton perlé no. 8 (get me being all technical), not least because it is allowed to do big stitches as they are supposed to be visible plus you can choose from some lovely colours. I’ve quilted 5 stars – only another 20 to go.
On the knickers front, I have made a toile for the retro 1940s big pants which is fine but my 4-way stretch jersey hasn’t arrived from the U.K. yet and I’m beginning to think it has got lost. So, in the meantime, as I haven’t got enough other things to do, I sent for another pattern which is for more ‘normal’ size knickers with cute ruffles which you could wear as sleepwear or perhaps under a voluminous skirt or dress unless you want a somewhat bizarre panty line. For these it is possible to cut the fabric on the bias which enables you to use lots of lovely cottons. I haven’t finished them yet but here’s a sneaky peak. Yes, thank you, they are supposed to have that frayed effect – you tear the strips of fabric instead of cutting them but the jury is out on what I think about it. Next time, I might make neater ruffles. I’ll see how they look when I’ve got the other leg hole done and the elastic put in. Cute polka dots though, aren’t they?
By the way, in case any of you have any trepidation about the modelling of finished knickers, fear not. I will employ (or coerce) a younger, fitter, smoother, leaner version or use a mannequin. Or, I might just decide not to show you my knickers at all.
I hope, what with the title of this post, the names of certain birds and now tantalising glimpses of knickers, I am not attracting the wrong sort of visitor. However, if you have arrived here by way of certain Google searches, I do apologise for any false hopes I may have raised.