Our little village has been battered and bashed by the storm on the weekend and sadly some of our neighbours have been flooded out of their homes for the second time in four years. We live on top of a hill, so thankfully stayed dry, and our only damage was a wicker fence that blew away (later retrieved in tiny pieces) and our bird table, which was smashed to smithereens. We consider we got off extremely lightly.
I was in a reflective mood today and felt the need to 'nest'. I started the day by cleaning the house from top to bottom, and after some lunch, and a good walk with Daisy Dog, I took myself off to my sewing room for a couple of relaxing hours piecing together some more blocks for my patchwork quilted placemats. I have recently downloaded the BBC Sounds app on my iPad, and on the recommendation of my good friend, J, listened to four episodes of Middlemarch, by George Eliot this afternoon. I've seen and enjoyed the television adaption but it was so peaceful listening to the dramatisation, quietly matching, pinning and stitching the blocks together.
The placemats are a project that has grown in size, and I am now making ten of them - our dining table seats 8 and I have two spares for serving dishes. Consequently I ran out of the some of the fabrics from the 'Hedgerow' range, which is now discontinued. It was therefore difficult to find the ones I needed in the right quantities, but I luckily chanced upon The Tartan Reel, which had the two fabrics I needed. I was delighted with the service as I ordered them on Monday evening and they arrived Wednesday morning, beautifully packaged in a reusable/recyclable cardboard box, with the fabrics wrapped in tissue paper, complete with a lovely note from the proprietor in the lid! Definitely a company to use again.