Another September update


I’m afraid not a lot has gone on here in the last three weeks, not even a complete circle.  school work has really racked up ( 3 sets of books this weekend) & my eyes haven’t been up to this dark fabric. 

Yesterday was lovely & sunny so the garden called, I’m really stiff this morning, but a job well done

On to the book marking marathon 

Hopefully the other lovely people, have made more progress. 

Claire, Gun, Carole, Wendy, Avis, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Susan, Kathy

Heartbeat wrap


Another shawl finished from shawl club, hosted by knackard psycho & unbelievawool. 

I can’t wear this one! As you can see, it is straining to go round the top half of ‘Betty’ & she doesn’t move. It will make a good present for a friend though. I’m already planning a remake, going out a little wider using 2 100g balls, rather than 3 50g balls.  As it is a very pretty pattern. This one didn’t need blocking which is great, my ankle is ok now, but with school, it can not cope with crawling around on the floor ‘extreme’ blocking a shawl.  ( I now have 2 shawls in the blocking que). 

The back! Yes I still haven’t got around to putting in that zip! (& I can’t remember when I made that dress, Betty soon needs a make over)

Painted Lady butterfly release 


Waiting for the big opening 

It took awhile for them to climb up to the top. 

One went almost immediately, the rest spent a short while sitting on the edge. 

Some took ages & stayed on the house wall in the morning sun. 

Here’s the last captive photo a butterfly drinking. 

Luna is sleeping!

Yes she really wraps herself up most nights. 

SAL: September update


That’s the inner section done & the terrestrial planets finished, in the gaps there are single strand star bursts. I’m thinking of adding these when I do the constellation in the next round.

If you start at the crescent moon & go around clockwise you have , the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth & Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune & Pluto.

Progress is probably about to return to a slower rate now school has started & I’m back to work.

If you would like to catch up with the others in this SAL group, please follow the links below ( I’ve been having problems with links working since the last wp update, so please accept my apologies if they don’t work)

Claire, Gun, Carole, Wendy, Avis, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Susan, Kathy

Butterflies & back to school


Firstly the last sketch from holiday , Flam, Norway

I still have one more sketch to go from holiday, but it’s not particularly holiday related. 

It’s been a little hectic here, we had friends over yesterday & back to school today. I’m all peopled out tonight & the kids haven’t started yet. It’s all new courses I have a textbook, because I brought one for my self (I wouldn’t cope otherwise), but nothing else has arrived. Typically Biology has some stuff. 

More interestingly all the butterflies have ‘hatched’, I managed to spot one just after it emerged. 

You can see it hanging from the brown paper, it’s wings still unfolding. 

And a little more 

The others seem to gather around to watch? They very lightly quiver their wings, I’m not sure if it would help dry the wings or not?

And finally the pretty front side of the painted lady. 

At the moment they are living quite happily in their butterfly cage, feeding on fresh flowers from the garden, fruit & honey solution. 

Painted Lady cadui butterflies 


Here are the first two, they hatched yesterday afternoon, followed closely by a third one. I’m still waiting for the other two, they were about a day behind going into the pupa stage. One of the pupae fell off the brown paper disc, I hoping it’s still ok. 

That’s the underside, so pretty, those lower dots are iridescent blue, with a yellow edge. Photographing the top pretty side has proved difficult so far. Here’s my best attempt. 

If you look carefully you can see the empty cases & the dark one is still to hatch. 

I will keep trying for a better butterfly photo. 

I’m definitely going to be looking into keeping butterflies in the spring. 

Pumpkin passport: August 


We visited India. I’m glad India is part of the adventure, my Dad worked in India (commissioning cement plants) & most of the girls I teach have Indian heritage,  I went to school & grew up in the area, I found it really strange when we moved to a different area, missing the Indian ladies in their brightly coloured silks. 

Anyway, here’s the progress so far, I cannot believe we are almost half way along the bottom row now.