Due to unforeseen circumstances friends of  ours will be unable to join us in Mijas this year we will miss them dearly however we have created a little friend to cheer them up.

Mijas is a lovely village in the mountains off the coast on the Costa del Sol famous for its donkeys. The local Rotary club have commissioned and had built a life-size bronze donkey that is on proud display in the centre of the village. He is a particular favorite of ours, our friends Christened him Bert.

The following pictures are our attempt at recreating Bert.

bert 1a  bert 2a

This is how we found the little chap abandoned in a box at a car boot sale he was masked up rubbed down and re sprayed then a hunt through my haberdashery stash to find suitable braid to make him some panniers

bert 3a

bert 4a

Here he is finished complete with new donkey sized ears panniers and bright sparkly eyes what do you think?


Craft Fair

A few weeks ago we did a craft fair in Wells Somerset had the best day we have ever had at a fair really busy lots of nice positive comments. We had a table near the door with a french door open to the front so was able to sell from the front and back.

The fair was held at the Town Hall during the day there were two weddings taking place this was great for someone as nosey as me as we could watch all the guests arrive and of course the bride and groom, both parties arrived in lovely cars and the weather was great, also going on in the square was the farmers market so all in all a real good day.




Community Garden

I have been walking along the sea front and popped into the coastal garden called Marine Cove. Marine Cove was given a make over about two years ago after the friends of the cove won National Lottery Funding of £330,00.00. Since it’s refurbishment it has been used for several community projects Carol singing at Christmas Craft events etc. The latest project is to change the use of the flower beds, instead of growing flowers they have planted out vegetables which will be harvested in September when they will be taking part in the towns Food Fest.

They then had a play afternoon with children making scarecrows to keep the birds off the crop, this is why I love this town I live in.



Wow What A View

Whilst walking the dog on this beautiful I thought I would share a few pictures with you We climbed to the top of the hill and this is the viewsalisbury hill 1  salisbury hill 2

This next picture is of a very unassuming fence post what you can’t see hidden in the top is a wren’s nest with at least two babies in there.


This next picture is of the May flower according to the old wives tale don’t shed a clout until May is out at last we can believe it’s summer.


Wylye Valley Art Week Sat 25th May -2nd June

We are in Salisbury at the moment whilst enjoying a cup of coffee in the town centre I picked up the local magazine only to find that it is Art Week, with the help of our trusty sat nav Mrs we managed to find two venues the first venue we went to was number 73 Furzelease Farm a lovely venue showing some terrific work we sort this venue out to see more of Amy Lancaster’s work having seen a couple of pieces in Wilton, absolutely love this work she creates sculptures of animals using unwanted tools and discarded items also liked Jacqueline Baker’s work lovely hand crafted bags and beautiful ceramics a must see venue,our second venue was 58 Gillian O’Bryen and Lucy Grey showing etchings and patchwork quilts etchings are not really my thing however a huge volume of quality work the quilts were very inspiring.



Quilt Project

I recently bought a new sewing machine it was quite an investment it has a lot more features than my previous machine, I felt I needed to learn and investigate its potential I didn’t want to just produce endless samples I felt I wanted to have a finished item. I decided I would produce a patchwork quilt I love patchwork and find the process of deciding on a pattern selecting fabrics and colours a soothing process. I decided on a colour project and just a basic patchwork pattern, I cut my triangles and joined them together in strips then joined strips together to form a diagonal shape, the colours running through from a pale cream to yellow then orange, red, purple, blue and finally green. I then layered the batting finished patchwork and the reverse fabric. I used a silver metallic thread in the bobbin and on the top to free embroider the organic shapes.

purple 1  planing 2

red stripe 3  assembling 4

reverse side 5  backing 6

finished 7

Birthday Treat

We have had a lovely day celebrating the young man’s Birthday went out to Cadbury house for afternoon tea followed by a walk at Wrington Bluebell wood.


Cadbury House


Afternoon Tea

bluebell wood

Bluebell Wood Wrington

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