year one


We have been living on the Isle of Wight for one whole year now! I must say the transition from London to countryside has been much easier than I thought it would be. We moved from south east London to a very small town (one of the smallest in Britian) next to a nature reserve (and the sea of course!). Strangely we seem to have more social life here than in London. I guess there are not as many young people around so they tend to be more friendly and get to know each other quickly, most are not originally from the Island so have moved here for the same reasons as us. I love the pace of life down here, lots of interesting people and fresh air. Our daughter has a lovely group of friends of different ages and is looking forward to her second birthday soon, blimey!
She loves the area we live because she can walk a few yards from our house and see ducks and swans and fish, woods and river and marshes. Everyone walks their dogs and socialises that way too.There are many blackberries to be picked and wild plants to learn about. Best of all she likes to throw pebbles into the water.

The Island has lots of nice events going on during the summer too, not all of them we have managed to get to, but the ones involving vehicles seem top of the list for my mister.
This was the scooter rally...

(dancing to The Jam)

fruit and veg shopping in Bembridge...

Going to the beach used to be something we did when it was a really hot day, but now we live so close, we go to the beach whenever, or just stop off on the way to get somewhere, or just park the car so the nipper can have a snooze. 

There are many people who own vintage cars on the Island too, so my mister has met lots of other like minded locals. This was a small Morris Minor event taking place at the steam railway station.

(our's is the one with the eye lids!)

we found the bus that we hired for our wedding...

 2014 & 2010

We did SOOO much more which I can't squeeze in here, but suffice to say that we have had a really good year, and much more exciting times to come no doubt ; )

autumnal weavings

So if you've been following me over on instagram you'll probably sick to death of my weaving explorations by now. I have been reading many 1970s books about weaving that have given me all sorts of ideas. I really love the Navajo traditional rugs with geometrical patterns, and the textures of the 1970s wall hangings with metalic threads all mixed together. I have some way to go, but these are a couple of latest weaving I have done.

and bit of an experiment using fine mohair, with single weft threads and unspun wool.

I saw a beautiful vintage triangle quilt that gave me an idea for this one, but it didn't come out quite as I had imagined!

this is what the back looks like before trimming.

lots of ideas from these things our kiddo found in the woods.

The weather has been pretty chipper here down on the Isle of Wight, so a bit of weaving in the garden is a very nice way to waste a day.

this big triangle was going to be a diamond shape but i ran out of space on my loom so it turned into a huge triangle instead.

So autumn is here, and its getting cold and dark, oh blimey I hate winter. Keep your fingers crossed for me that I make it through till spring...I wish I could hibernate like a dormouse.


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