Monday, 4 April 2011

April Antics (or What I've Been up to the Last Few Days)!

Spring has definitely sprung.  All the countryside has come to life (plants and animals) which also means it's the beginning of 'road-kill' season.  Yes, my route to work is strewn with the bodies of little birds and animals that had no concept of what a road is, never mind the Green Cross Code!  Last week I was following a van that hit a large bird. Luckily, I didn't hit it too because it was knocked onto the verge in a flurry of feathers. 

Yesterday, however, I was to claim my own victim in the cycle of life.  A female pheasant sauntered delicately across the road from the far side and right  in front of my car as if I weren't there.  I attempted to avoid the collision by slowing down and willing the bird to speed up (it didn't) but, as I glanced in my mirror and saw 2 cars following me, I couldn't brake too drastically.  I actually didn't feel a thing but I'm afraid to say the pheasant probably did because I saw the same tell-tale flurry of feathers in my rear-view mirror! :-(

Now onto more pleasant things!!  On Saturday morning, before going on to my quilting club, I called in at a Coffee Morning and Craft sale in the village with my mother.  We spent a pleasant hour browsing the stalls, buying homemade cakes and raffle tickets, drinking coffee and chatting.  When I got home later, I found out I'd won this wonderful food hamper!

The goodies kept coming the next day too with it being Mothering Sunday.  I received these lovely cards and presents from my 2 wonderful offspring.

Do you see the card with the buttons stuck on it?  The first thing I said on receiving this (well, the second after 'thank you') was 'I can use these buttons when I make something'.  My son and his girlfriend looked at each other and laughed because they'd said to eachother that I would say just that!

I'm up-to-date with my Bee Blocks now with this blue and white one finished.  The colours are not as muted as they appear here.  I'm wondering if it would have looked better photographed on top of something brighter.  I must experiment more with this sort of thing!

The Book a Cook evening I mentioned last time was great fun but not what I was expecting.  I thought it was a going to be a group of ladies enjoying a chat with a chef brought in to do all the work.  Instead, it was at the home of the Cook and was in fact a demonstration of cooking various dishes which we got to eat afterwards!! 

Before I go I must tell you about my Indian Head Massage experience.  (It was actually on my way there that I murdered the pheasant so I was in dire need of relaxation by then!).  I was met at the door by a lovely lady called Lorraine who's relaxed manner immediately put me at ease.  Sitting on a chair having a complete stranger massage my shoulders and neck with scented oils was a new experience for me.  It took me a good few moments to get over my uneasiness but I soon drifted into a trance-like state and began to enjoy the experience. 

Although I was relaxed, my mind was whirling with thoughts such as, 'I wonder if anyone has ever dropped off to sleep and fallen off the chair' and 'Will Lorraine be offended that I am not relaxed enough if I scratch my nose?' and 'If I open my eyes, can she see me in the mirror on the wall opposite?' I didn't do any of those things because, although I could think it, I couldn't actually do it  - or anything in fact, until it was over. 

Immediately I stood up I could tell that the tension had gone from my shoulders and for the rest of the evening I felt lighter than usual (not in weight - in spirit)!  I will definitely be going back again and I think I'll benefit more next time because I'll know what to expect.

Bye for now
Teresa x


Peach Rainbow said...

Looks like you had a lovely coffee morning, a mother's day and birthday present!
It's so sad to hear about the birds, I can imagine how you must have felt @-@

Joanne said...

Your posts are so interesting, I wouldn't know where to begin!
I am so thankful for you that you were spoiled for Mothering day and that your kids know you so well and that you won that gift basket and that your quilt topper is so pretty and that...
See, your posts are full of goodness!
I know exactly how you felt about the pheasant..that happened to me while in England the guilt...terrible!
Thank you for your kind comments over at Seasonal are so thoughtful in so many ways which is why you deserved to win that basket!
You go girl!
Hugs from Ontario,

wayside wanderer said...

I am so sorry about the pheasant. That is traumatic! Plus, it proves a theory I've held to be wrong. I've always thought birds would get out of the way. Yikes.
I had to laugh at the roadkill being a sign of spring. We see it here, too...skunks, possum, racoons, rabbits, and sometimes ducks. :(
Happy Mothering Day to you! Love the card with "Mum" and buttons on it. Too cute!

Hope you have a great week!

Anonymous said...

I love that blue and white block - it's beautiful. And wow, now I really want an Indian head massage!