Monday, 18 April 2011

Get Happy!

I rang my little sis (Patchwork Linda) this morning who told me off for my miserable post on Friday night and said I hadn't mentioned all the nice things I'd done.  And it's true, I had intended to, I just needed to get my theatre trip off my chest, and then I ran out of time.  Anyway, it's now time to redress the balance.
A couple of weeks ago, I had a relaxing few days in Norfolk at my parents - with proper dinners (thanks Mum!) some lovely  walks in the sunshine
and with the added bonus of a surprise present from my sister (I can't think WHY she thought of me when she saw this)
Then the following weekend I met up with Linda again, and her Norfolk based patchwork group The Flying Geese for their annual "Go It Alone" weekend at Belstead House near Ipswich.
Yeah, I know, I'm not a patchworker, I'm not a member of her group, and I don't even live in Norfolk, which just proves that it's not WHAT you know. Belstead House is one of the rapidly diminishing number of Adult Training Centres, and it runs a wide variety of courses throughout the year, including lots of arty-textile-y weekends.  If you fancy going, you'd better get in quick because it's due to close in 2012  which will be a real shame.  It's a lovely venue, with excellent tutors and the food is great.  So great that you feel compelled to go for a walk before breakfast just to burn off a few of the previous day's calories. That's the house in the background.
As I don't really do patchwork, I took the opportunity to finish off some projects that have been hanging around for a while - I sewed up a jacket knitted in denim yarn, I tacked together a dress that I found in the depths of my fabric cupboard, that I'd obviously cut out years ago and forgotten about.  I'm not big on tacking but I thought I'd better check it was going to fit - which it does, so I will now finish it, oh  and I made a bag.  Linda, who is a prolific patchworker, cut out and put together a quilt of her own design 
and, not only that, finished loads more of the Liberty fabric hearts that she's making into a double bed quilt.
It's going to look beautiful.

And finally, on Saturday I went to Berkshire to visit my friend Lynn for the weekend, and to start her off with some machine embroidery tuition.  We had a lovely time stitching and chatting - we had a lot to catch up on, as we've not seen one another for a couple of years.  Lynn was showing me her new bedroom, and when she opened her new wardrobe doors, I just had to get my camera and take a picture.  I thought you only saw wardrobes like this in style magazines
So much colour!  Although I have to say, mine is colour coordinated too - everything's black.  
So, that's more or less it, apart from the odd stint at Leyton Orient, a few days at work, and a brilliant gig at KoKo in Camden - Jim Jones Revue   No, I didn't know much about them either.   They describe themselves as Punk Rock Blues, and I'd say it's a bit 'Jerry-Lee-Lewis-on-speed'.  A really good night, and my ears are nearly better now.

Get Happy - Rufus Wainwright (as Judy Garland)


  1. Much better,and more like your old self!

  2. Lovely post Gill ... just thought you might feel better to know my wardrobes all black too ... although I was thinking only this morning that with summer coming I really ought to get something that isn't black ... a token gesture!

    Love the mug and the patchworks

    Have a lovely Easter, much love to you x

  3. oh I love that cup!! perfect for you too!!

  4. Gill, Thanks for your comment! It's awful that Belstead is due to close, such a lovely place. My Mum had a Bishon Frise he was called Cash, i dont remember why I dont think it was after Johnny! Your right they are lovely dogs, I have thought about getting one, and they are brilliant for those of us that favour black in our clothes collection! Oh and I thought your post about your theatre trip was fine, I'm all for a rant on here, get it off your chest I say! x