Friday, 25 January 2013

Snow Joke!

I thought I'd better get on with posting my snow photos before it's all melted (not that it will melt in the photos, but you know what I mean).  I know there are a couple of readers who rarely see snow and like to see the pics. It's stayed around for longer than usual due to the cold, but temperatures are forecast to rise soon so I don't think it'll last too much longer.

This is our road the morning after the first major snowfall.

I ventured to the village on foot to pick up a couple of groceries.  The main roads were slightly clearer than ours so deliveries had got through and the local shop's shelves were not empty like in some areas.
The castle was looking a little different, and children, happy that their schools were closed, were sledging on the hill (just out of sight).
We had 4-6 inches that first day and a couple more a few days later. We've heard a lot about the problems and issues caused by the snow (including some sad ones) but there have been some positives too;  Although many parents couldn't get to work and children to school they were able to spend some quality time together with nothing else on the agenda; People came out to help neighbours they may not have spoken to much and the sight of the snow seemed to give people a boost so that they passed the time of day with a smile when they would have normally mumbled a brief greeting (if that).  It also meant much less travel and, therefore, a huge drop in emissions and pollution.
On the crafty side, I've finished piecing the 4 table-mats.  The supplies for quilting and binding arrived yesterday so I can finish them soon.
In the meantime, I was inspired by this quilt in December's Country Living to start a new project.  I'm using the fabrics my auntie gave me and am making the blocks quite large so it's not too daunting a task.  I decided it would be quicker to hand-sew the seams back-to-back rather than paper-piece like the hexagons; and I thought the corners would come together better than if I tried to machine stitch. So, time will tell.......!
Progress since last time:

4 table-mats pieced
Tumbling blocks patchwork started 
Purple scarf nearly finished

Bye for now
Teresa x

6 comments:

Natalie said...

I love the placemats - have you handstitched all of your scraps together? They will look fantastic when they're finished.

Scarlet said...

Your placemats look fabulous, and the quilt is going to be beautiful.You definitely have an eye for colour.

The Smiths said...

Love your snowy photos - we've not had any down in this part of Cornwall!

Kay :)

Elizabeth Musgrave said...

I loved the Country Living picture too! Our snow is just about gone now and I can't say I am disappointed - time to get back to normal!

Silvia LGD (Little Green Doll) said...

Wow! But this is so nice!!!!! Beautiful photos!!! I will never see all this snow in Barcelona :( Do you still have some snow?
The 4 table-mats are very beautiful, with so much colour :)
Silvia x

wayside wanderer said...

Everything looks so lovely covered in snow! And it still boggles my mind...you live where there is a castle?!!! I love that big old tree. It is beautiful.