...the weather is threatening to change, but whilst we're enjoying a last blast of glorious sunshine, I've grabbed the opportunity to share some of my summer memories with you. From the garden...
My mum's beautifully scented roses, just gorgeous. The garden here at the cottage is wonderful but not yet as full of flowers as I would like, a 'work in progress'. The Sicilian's vegetable patch has been a runaway success, he's finally found rich, fertile soil and a crop to prove it!
I've spent some wonderful hours with my crochet - here I am on the little balcony of our garden 'shed' (still waiting to be transformed into my workroom!). In a departure from my usual palette and natural fibres, I have embraced this Yeoman 'Panama' (acrylic/cotton blend) in the most vibrant colours. Here I'm finishing off the pillowcase edging for this month's 'Inside Crochet' (circular, floral and traditional granny squares) and in the next pic I've used the same pattern but blended the brighter pink with softer shades of 'Panama' for a linen cushion, a gift for a great friend.
Sofia has enjoyed wearing her new sweater (my October pattern for IC - it's been a busy summer!), which is ideal for throwing over her swimsuit. And we all enjoyed a wonderful picnic down by the river for mine and The Sicilian's wedding anniversary last week.
Just time to relax before the hike back to the cottage! With so many patterns to write, my final column to submit and a new school to prepare for, there hasn't been much time for new techniques, so I have to confess to not progressing my macrame lace crochet! Still, it's amazing how much fun you can have with a simple cord - friendship bracelets abound...
Clearly, a quick visit to The Bead Shop was needed for the essential finishing touches, but if you're going to do something, do it right!!!
And so, I look back and smile - a summer full of sun, fun and happy kids - I miss them already, we're only on day two of the new term, but I've got my sights set firmly on our trip to Sicily for the olive harvest ;) xxx