I have been walking lots lately and my back is much better. Thank you so much everyone for your concern and suggestions. It seems that I am not alone when it comes to getting so engrossed in what I am doing that I forget time and place.
It has been very hot lately though and since I am not at all a morning person, walking is only good in the early evening when the gully breeze cool everything down just a little. I don't think we have had any decent rain for about 3 month and everything is looking parched and dry. I think it is beautiful in a strange way, like it is waiting for the change that the autumn rains will bring - if they ever get here that is.
I gave up on my veggie garden a few weeks back but I did manage to find one little lonely flowering fuchsia in the garden this afternoon. One little lonely splash of colour in all the dry.
Blue Birds are taking shape. I am happy to be back at my frame working on the beautiful Blue bird design. It is great to get the opportunity to interpret somebody else's design for a change. You might be puzzled as to what the mellor is doing there. (a mellor is that flat tapered silver tool next to the scissor). I always have it at hand when I am working with silk and use it as a laying tool - it fits so nicely inside your hand when you work. I really need someone next to me to photograph what I mean so that I can show you, don't I?
The shading on the wings is in one of my favourite colours - teal, and I am loving blending the shades to make those delicate leafy feather shapes. I must be honest though, that long and short stitch is not my strong point and getting smooth shading the small narrow shapes was a bit of a challenge at times. The wing on the right hand bird is finished and over all, I am pretty happy with how it is coming along.
sadly I have been getting more and more spam in the comments box which is rather irritating, so I have decided to activate the word verification on comments. I know they can be a bit of a pain, but please don't let that stop you, I love hearing from you. so I am really sorry if it is going to cause you trouble. If you have problems with it let me know via email needlenotesATbigpondDOTcom and I will find out how we can fix it.
Have lovely weekend,