Hello to you!
Here we are, heading towards the spring equinox in a couple of weeks and I am longing for the temperatures to warm. Partially so the blossoms and leaves emerge on my deciduous trees and also so people living nearby no longer have the need to use their wood-burning heaters. The smoke those heaters spew out into the outside air is horrible. No chance of flinging open our windows as long as that continues!
There are signs of growth on many plants here. My early tulips are blooming (and there are many more to come) and my magnolia is covered with flower buds. One crab apple is starting to show leaf growth and tight buds, while there is still no sign of life on my cherry trees. Everything will emerge in its own time.
Since I rearranged my sewing area, I’ve been much more productive and have even completed a quilt! (You can read about the final stage here.) There’s too much furniture in the room (I had a much larger space at my previous place) and I still haven’t figured out where to put a design wall, but the layout works. I’m grateful for that.
Some things to enjoy:
Caroline Quentin has a fabulous Instagram account called cqgardens, which is all about her garden in Devon, England. She posts regular videos with observations on her plants. It’s all very down-to-earth, with some genuinely funny moments, videoed by her husband. Check it out if you need a little cheering up.
My friend Sarah Fielke has started a sew-along for her cheerful 32 is a Bushel quilt. You may like to join in?
Do you know about Galah magazine? I subscribe to their chatty newsletters, written by Annabelle Hickson. Here’s the link to sign up to the newsletter.
I’m excited that the Southern Highlands Writers Festival is back in 2022. So many events were cancelled over the past two years, including this one. I’ve already booked my ticket to the Monumental Women session on 15 October!
Are you a knitter? Perhaps you’d like to knit the 2022 Shetland Wool Week beanie! The free pattern is here.
Have you read one of Liane Moriarty’s novels? This article explains how she got started writing.
I posted a short story here. It was fun to do and I plan to write stories more often.
Enjoy your week.