Sunday, 11 September 2011

Celebrating Hope and Courage

Today is my Dad's birthday

Obviously every 11th September has a bitter sweet edge to it since 2001,

but it's my Dad's birthday and I hope he has had a lovely day while on his holiday.

He deserves it.

And celebrating the madness that is the excentric Englishman I turn to David Walliams who is swimming the Thames for Sport Relief. I had the honour of seeing him today as he swam through Shepperton Lock. How proud I feel - not sure why as we are not related or have even met, but I feel a great sence of admiration for the folly of what he is doing. What with Weil's Disease and signage everywhere on the river banks forbidding swimming you have to agree he must be quite mad. But using the old adage "It's for a good cause!" I suppose the least I could do was give a donation and clap and cheer him on his way. He is expected to complete his journey tomorrow at Big Ben, (St. Stephen's Tower). I shall be monitoring his movements via Twitter and raise a cup of tea in salute when he gets there!

Come on David! You can do it!

A rather tired David navigates the lock and goes for a sit down and a cup of tea with his Mother and Doctor Who (Peter Davidson!) What a way to spend a Sunday afternoon

So here's hoping Dad has continuing good health

and David has lots of courage to complete his challenge.

And to the survivors and families of 9/11 you are in my prayers

Good Night.

Friday, 9 September 2011

Goldwork Update

This is the last Goldwork Update for a while, unless I can find a way to complete 4 new orders, my City & Guild course work, my new venture and not sleep!

So it's off to the WiP pile until time allows.

Leaf 2

I've also added cut work to some of the stem padding

Not to far to go now, the end is in sight.

Design Teaser

Can you see what it is yet?

Design created, tracing made and pricked.

Fabric being stretched.

Currently deciding which stitches and which coloured wools are going where.

This is not a project, this is a serious piece of work...

...and there are 8 weeks to do it!

This was week One, I shall give you a weekly update - weekly!