I bought cornflower seeds in the spring, planted them, was truly amazed when they grew so well and then continued to flower for weeks and weeks.
Now I know what they mean when authors write ‘eyes of cornflower blue’.
They reminded my Mum of when she was a child.
I took photos, lots of them.
Bees, butterflies, hoverflies all visited my little wildflower garden.
Finally I collected the seeds. Tiny little shaving brushes. I’d remembered what the seeds looked like from when I sowed them. Quite different to anything I’d seen before.
So all in all a real success. I’m very glad I bought that one little packet of seeds. It was quite relaxing, sitting at the kitchen table sorting them out. Now they’re carefully stored and I’m looking forward to planting them next year.
The leaves are collecting in the corners of the garden. The animals must be gathering their food for winter. Thoughts of hibernation arise but I am clearing out. If I am to hibernate then it is time for a sort out!
Helping to tidy up the shelves and shelves of books in my father-in-law’s house recently, we found a pile of Penguin paperbacks.
For some reason this one caught my eye. Perhaps because it has a play by J.M. Barrie and I keep meaning to visit Kirriemuir where he was born. Maybe it’s because I love the story of Peter Pan.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading these. They are witty and clever, some sad, others funny. As John Ferguson says in his introduction, the plays are a ‘clear and precise study of some particular character, situation or problem.’ You can read my review on GoodReadshere.
As I looked up the playwrights I stumbled upon the fact that M. Luce was in fact Margaret Luce, the grandmother of Miranda Hart. I’m a big fan of Miranda’s shows – they’re so cheery!
With drama on my mind and St Andrew’s day fast approaching (November the 30th) here’s a link to a great video to be found on the http://www.scotland.org website. (Did I mention the actress is my aunt! One very proud niece here!)
Funny how little things link together throughout your life.
At the weekend I had a day of ‘connections’.
I was lucky enough to attend a writing course run by David Gray on behalf of the SCBWI.
What a treat, to take part in a writing course and be surrounded by books! The course took place in the fantastic setting of Dunfermline Carnegie Library, which, linked with the new museum, galleries, reading room, cafe and much more, looks out over Dunfermline Abbey.
Afterwards we had a look at the super ‘Blooming Marvellous’ family friendly gardening exhibition and it even had knitted flowers!
I grew up hearing the story of Andrew Carnegie and love the way his gift has just kept on giving. Dunfermline was the world’s first library to be funded by Andrew Carnegie and it opened in 1883.
The library was busy, even on a rainy day, and I’ll definitely be back to spend more time in Dunfermline.
So many things I love all together in one place; writing, reading, gardening, art, museums, knitting (and a cup of tea!) – truly a day of connections.
Knitting: the weaving of wool together into an intricate pattern, just as a writer combines the threads of a story.
Both have been a part of my story for as long as I can remember. The thrill of beginning a knitting or writing project is a moment full of hope.
Although, to be honest, the final product is not often exactly as I imagined it would be!
On examination there are usually sections I’m really proud of but also holes I know need fixed.
I’m comforted by the fact that at least I’ve given it a go.
Recently I entered a wee competition to say how I’d prepare for going to the Aberdeen Yarn Fest. This was my entry and I won a lovely totebag – which needless to say – I’m sure I’ll be filling with wool at the next Yarn Fest!
It’s Aberdeen’s Yarn Fest!
I’ve my needles counted My patterns planned Ready to be inspired.
I’m looking to spin a yarn Weave a woollen tale Hook a bag of hope.
I left the show inspired, I must do more knitting!
Before anything else I’m hoping to visit the Gray’s School of Art Degree Show (16th-24th June) and see the work of Laura Ukstina who is combining blocks of colourful knitting to create outfits you can change about and wear as you like. Sounds very environmentally friendly and they look amazing!
Now, if you don’t feel like knitting, how about having a wee look at Rae Cowie’s story in the Scottish Book Trust’s ‘Rebel’ series all about a lovingly crafted jumper…