Sunday, 29 May 2016

Somethings are just worth waiting for

Hellloooo again my friends, hellooo .... just called to say .... somethings are just worth waiting for .....soooo are you sitting comfortably with cuppa and goodies ... yes ... then I will begin 
A wayyyy tooooo many years ago ( approx 19 ish )  this wee mouse was walking our then pooch Bracken along the canal about this time of year  .... it was a glorious day and the birds were chirping away merrily ... Backen was having a good ole sniff at all the flowers and plants surrounding the path we were walking on, when I spied ..... a swan with her baby cygnets on her back ... and it was simply gorgeous to look at ... she was only a few yards away and was quite happy for us to smile and awww at her wee ones ....there was only one slight hicup in the proceedings .. no camera and no phone with a camera ( not sure they were out then either and so the magical moment passed without it being recorded apart from in my memories .... until yesterday ....
As some of you may know I have been swan watching .... we have a pair that have built a nest and I have been trying to pop up once a week to see how things are progressing ... I even googled how long the incubation period was, as  I was worried about the length of time it was taking .... even peeps I saw on the walk were wondering the same too when we conversed at the spot near the nest ... especially after seeing her roll the eggs last weekend ....
Yesterday was a glorious May day and Master Bentley wanted to go out earlier than normal and  something made me grab my camera and take it on our walk , we stretched out our  paws towards the nest and ....... the eggs had hatched squeeeeee ..... there were at first, three bundles of grey down and then a fourth one appeared and its this wee one that is on the back of the parent having a ride .... you can't imagine how happy dancing I was to get this on film and to see it again ....even Master Bentley was impressed ... I stood there for quite a while taking photos from this angle and that angle 
eventually I came home with a spring in my step and a big grin on my face to have seen it  once more and got it to show you all too ....
Even the water turtle was out again and I got a clearer shot of him ... and a wee baby robin came to say hello as well ....Bentley even posed for some photos too ....
I went back again this morning and took some more photos of the wee ones and the parents and saw moor hens and some ducklings as well .....sooo another fab photo shot day 
I have been doing some stitching honest I am trying to get the border done on my LittleHouseNeedleworks .... little neighbourhood ...( i think thats its title ???) I remembered the other day that I actually won this chart on the LHN yahoo group , we were playing bingo and I won the game .... and Diane sent it to me too  :) 
Well I am all packed ready for the wee holiday tomorrow with DD1 and I am looking forward to going and having some RR and taking lots of photo memories to show you :) as well as getting some stitching done on the evenings ...
I will bob the kettle back on again for you all and get the photos sorted for you to ooooo and awwwww at :)
Donatello posing

wee baby robin about two feet from mine

landed long enough for a shot

all together now awwwww

bigger than the last lot I saw ...

would love to know what she is saying ....

this is the littlest one ...

feeding in the murky water ...

borrowing the nest for five

come on grannie hurry up ...

did you want me to smile ???

posing for me


some one is looking over your shoulder ....

littlest one again

Mrs Pheasent at dawn oclock one morning

love the golden colour of the moon and it really was this colour too

the border is down the left hand side to the bottom now ..
Awwww just looked at all the photos again ....I am not sorry there is a lot again hahahahah ....
I shall leave you now and go and get some beauty sleep ready for the journey tomorrow and I shall catch up with you all again soon .... take care one and all and happpyyy stitching .... love mouse xxxxxxxx

Monday, 23 May 2016

I have another finish WHOOOPPEEEE

Helloooooo every one ... I hope that this finds you all well and stitching madly away on your current projects :)  I must admit that I have been subjected to a viral thingmajig which has been a wee bit troublesome with a cough, snots and sneezes , slight tempertature and even more tirdness to boot .. but hopefully I am on the mend now (paws crossed ) as DD1 and I are off on our jolly hols next week ......leaving Master Bentley in charge of DH and DD2 
 I have as you can see from the title a finish :) I put the last stitches into Melicent Turner by LitttlehouseNeedleworks the other day ... I think I started this as one of the crazies in 2012 whoops but at least it is finished now hahahaha ... I stitched it on an unknown evenweave with the recommended Crescent Colour threads which if you have got this kitted up or want to stitch it please buy two lots of each thread apart from the red ... I almost used up all of the darker brown so just saying to get two to be on the safe side for that colour if you are stitching it on 28 count fabbie like I did ...
I have made some mistakes with this one ... and left them in as couldn't be bothered to reverse stitch to sort it out ... sooo if you can spot them I will be mega impressed ....there are more than one .... I really did enjoy stitching it even with the mistakes ... as I have made it unique to moi :) and I have added the date to it to sooo that in 100  years to come if it is still around it won't be mistaken for an earlier antique sampler .... I think I may frame this one if I have a suitable frame to fit it in my stash :)
I can also let you know that my wee gift arrived safely and is loved by Kim at ..... she is having one of those *cough big birthdays later in the year and is stitching a massive 60 RAKs to send out to peeps soooo I thought that I would send one to her so that she got one back :) I loved the pattern that much I have started to stitch it for myself now too .... I put in the first stitches the other night ..... (no photo yet)
Well it has started to rain here but is still warm .... and the light is just starting to fade gradually ... so I think its time I made you all a cuppa and raid the cupboards for some goodies for you all ... hang on ........
Ok hope you have all got your brews ... now where was I ... oh yes cookies are on the table help yourselves 
Even though I have been feeling rather ughhh I have been going out for short walks to get some fresh air and some sunshine and took my camera with me too ....and happend to tootle up the canal towards the swans as I wanted to see how they were getting on and if any eggs had hatched .... and was lucky enough to capture the swan turning the egg(s) in the next ... sorry the picture is a wee bit blurry but didn't have time really to focus properly as it happened rather quickly .... I think you can just make out that there are two possibly three eggs in the nest :) sooo hoping that they hatch soon and I can get a photo of the wee ones .... and on the same trip I got a photo of the water turtle too .... along with a bull finch or two a coal tit  and a partrige in a pear treeee hahahahh ... well not the last bit .. toooo early for that hahahahah
one of my lovely neighbours works for the RSPB and has a wonderful garden dedicated to our feathered friends , and I managed to snap a blue tit , one of our robins and another bull finch and I think the female bull finches too ... really must learn more ....
Stitching wise I have picked up my RR from 2013 and going to try and get that finished too ... and a few others while I am at it ... I recieved two more squares for my quilt too from Gille and Frances and I am hoping to get working on it more when I am off ....
I think that is all for now folks ..... so I shall get the photos ready for you ... any one else want another brew ???
oooo yes while I remember that wee blue bird is a nuthatch .. thanks to Beth and Jo for letting me know ....
Bentley resting after another ball throwing session

Mr Blackbird

Phil the pheasant

Female Bullfinch I think

Gorgeous male Bullfinch ...

getting out of the rain
Love this wee bird :)

Full Moon

singing in the rain .....

I think a Coaltit

Water turtle

Another Bullfinch

Mr Swan

looking down the canal

wonder what he had for breakfast

I think there are at least three eggs in there

peek a boo

sunning himself

Melicent Turner finished 20/05/2016

Mrs Pheasant

Peeking Ducks

shot at sunset

closer to the moon

from Frances :)

From Gillie :)

Well I hope I haven't bored you toooo much with all the photos ... not sorry one bit Master Bentley is snoozing atm looking ever sooo cute on his bed ....and i is almost time for The Great British Sewing Bee .. BBC2 9.00pm ... guess where I am heading in a few moments
I wish you all a wonderful stitchy week and I shall be bobbing in to see you all before I go on my jolly hols....I will take some photos for you heheheh .... take care now one and all and squeak to you all soon :) love mouse xxxxxx