Dobbing, Dabbing, Snowdrops and Quilts
It’s all very exciting and is starting to feel a lot more real now. The underfloor heating has been laid and fully screeded over. The plumber needs to come and commission it soon.
We need to make some decisions on where the sockets are going and what lighting we want as the cables need to be put in place.
The units are due to arrive on 5th September, which is only two weeks away now! I would say that fitting them is going to create chaos, but we are already in complete chaos. And the garden is too. There are building bits everywhere and where the new patio will be really IS a building site.
We ARE getting there, slowly. And it will be fab when it’s done.
This evening I finally finished sewing round the bias binding on the quilt my Mum made. I just couldn’t get the binding to sew how I wanted it. The first side went on alright. Then I pressed it, pinned it and tacked it for the second side. But when I stitched it, the presser foot was pushing the binding which meant that it is stretched and a bit wrinkly. I just couldn’t get it right. I tried adjusting the pressure, but it didn’t seem to make any difference. I wish now that I had sewn it first onto the right side, then I could have slip stitched it on the reverse. I tried slip stitching a bit to see, and it lay beautifully flat. I even tried machine stitching the part I had slip stitched, but it still distorted. As I had sewn it first on the wrong side, I didn’t really want the slip stitched side to be on the right side.
Still, if it annoys me too much. I can always undo the stitching and slip stitch it, even if it is on the right side. It’s currently having a bit of a wash in the washing machine and I am looking forward to seeing it all finished and cleaned.
DD1 and DGD are coming up tomorrow and as the weather forecast is good, we are planning to go back to Wilderness Woods to have a poke around, a play and an explore. Oh, and some lunch in the little cafe there. It should be a good day out. Then there are tomatoes to be picked, bugs to be examined, beans to be inspected, apples to be tested, plums to be admired etc.
I have some snowdrop bulbs that I must get out in the garden. I know bulbs aren’t as good as buying them in the green, but I thought I would give them a go. I read that they look lovely coming through ophiophogon, or black grass, and as I have some clumps of that, that is the plan. The front garden is the least ravaged by the building, even tho there are blocks, sand and cement seemingly in permanent residence on the front porch, and the front is where the ophiophogon is. There are still lots of flowers blooming away out there. It has been feeling very autumnal this week and we’re still in August for goodness sake!
Take care of your family and your budget
Before putting together the meal planners, Lesley surveyed what was needed. Of the existing 14 budget meal plans, most are cheap meals for 2 people so can be sized up or down. Others are cheap family meals for 4 people, or meals for one