If you follow our newsletter you'll know by now that Laura is expecting a baby girl at the end of the summer. We are all very excited as you can imagine. For weeks now while I've posted pictures of paintings, sketchbook work and of course quilts in this column, I've been sworn to secrecy about what's occupied most of my evenings in front of the TV.
My knitting needles have been a blur and the pile of jackets, hats and boots is growing rapidly. These are just the latest!
A new baby isn't the only magical thing happening here this summer. Sometimes I wish that elves would come and finish my work during the night - this faerie ring in the garden today makes me think they may have heard my prayers. I had to take the picture quickly before 'he who gardens' mowed the lawn!
The whole garden is looking rather magical right now. This bit is left quite wild. It's at the entrance to a part of the garden we rather grandly call the woodland walk. The foxgloves have found their way here without our help. Some of them are taller than me and they look really stately in the sunshine.
I couldn't resist photographing these beautiful poppies either. I love the lime coloured centres, the blue green leaves and the way the buds bend double before they lift their heads to bloom.
Although I love the bright blues and pinks of the hydrangeas when they are in full flower I think I prefer the delicate colours as they fade and become papery like these.
Now while it's true that I did get my hands dirty today doing a little gentle weeding and planting I wouldn't want you to think there was no 'proper' work done. Here's proof that I have at least started to quilt the latest moth piece. Making a start is always the worst part isn't it? Once you get over that hurdle it's just a case of getting on with it whenever you have a minute or two to spare.
I'll let you see how it progresses assuming that it does!
Thanks for dropping by. I'll be back soon - Linda