Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Summertime


It's been incredibly summery here in the UK for the last 2 weeks. Hot sunshine seems to have flooded in with a vengeance at the beginning of May along with the Hawthorn blossom at last, and everyone is hoping that it lasts a little longer at least for already we have had, in many opinions, a better summer than last, though it seems our heatwave happiness will be shortlived as already the first reports of a "cooling down" period have appeared on the news and weather reports. I have been mostly gardening and sowing more seeds in the allotment and garden, and in between times, walking in the countryside, around the village and ofcourse, shopping.



For a long time, I've wanted a fabric stamping set. I found one at a bargain price too, just in time for a friend's wedding where I was able to be quite innovative with the wrapping thanks to my new toy...


I bought some ribbons from my favourite fabric shop, they have a "bargain bucket" where all bundles are 20p. The lenghts are often over 4m, so i bought LOTS to top up the all important trim stash.


I went walking with a friend up at Shotover Woods where the bluebells are still stunning, leading into secret and intriguing pathways...


This field, near my house, will soon be a housing estate ... I could only capture about a quarter of it in my camera. There are 150 houses planned. There is great opposition, not least because this is a floodplain. I'd rather the Dandelions took over the world than put up with yet more building which we don't seem to need.



Further along, even the nettles are beautiful, here cupping their leaves towards the morning sun as if gathering as much as they possibly can while it lasts


Unlike Mr Snail who prefers a little shade


7 comments:

tillyboo said...

Blimey, Shotover .... That name conjures up lots of funny memories of people being caught in cars ! Not me, I hasten to add.

Ali said...

Like the font on your stamps - it's hard to find a good one.

Joleo said...

If only the weather could stay like this until September...

You've had a great week of finds - the stamps and the ribbons are so great.

joannabags said...

what a great use of stamps i bought some off ebay - very similar to yours and they are just sitting waiting for something exciting to happen to them. 150 houses?? They are planning something similar here and it makes me mad. the photos are beautiful.

twiggypeasticks said...

Lovely ribbons, I'd love some alphabet stamps like yours, the bluebells and blossom pics are so pretty. May is my favourite month
Twiggy x

Dragonfly said...

I reallly like your stamps - where did you get them?
Love the bluebell lined path too, I love this time of year.

Helen said...

What a great haul of ribbons. Alphabet stamps are likewise on my wish list - they make your wrapping look so pretty!