Monday, 29 August 2011
I have finished my quilt on Saturday, it felt good, I will post a picture at the end. Whilst I was sewing the binding I kept watching the sky, as it started to build up with big rain clouds. I changed into old clothes and shoes and went down to the shore at 6 o'clock. It was very wet again after more heavy rainy days and nights during the week. This rain water rushes down the hills and swells the rivers, it eventually makes its way to the sea. Although the tide had gone out, the tidal river was full and fast flowing from these rain waters, on their journey out to sea. The waterlogged shore had so much water, it was running in little waterfalls off the banks into the river. Gullies are cut into the sand as it drains away. I kept hearing loud splashes as huge chunks of the sand banks dropped into the water, it reminded me of a programme I watched on the television where we listened to chunks of ice fall off a melting glacier and drop into the sea. As usual I collected my feathers and some seaweed and a shell.
The sky was getting darker and the clouds thicker. I sat for a while on the limestone boulders and watched the rays peeping through the clouds. It felt very atmospheric, with the dramatic changing sky. My last photograph captured the suns bright glow over the water, it made me realise how lucky I am to be able to experience this place, and so I will share it with you too. As I made my way home it was getting much darker. It was a beautiful sunset, red sky behind the huge dark clouds and a few hours later it was absolutely pouring down.
Posted by MILLY at Monday, August 29, 2011
Monday, 22 August 2011
of the beautiful fabrics coming on 1st September. So exciting.
I am making the quilt as a Gift of a Quilt, part of the project for the 2012 Olympic games. They aim to have 500 quilts, to give each country a gift of a quilt. I wanted to do this, so signed up to do it last year at the Nec Festival of Quilts when I put my butterfly quilt in the show, now have to get it completed. I have been enjoying using my little pincushion and sewing like mad, just the binding to do and I am nearly done, it is made from mostly recycled shirts and sheets in a pinwheel design.
After the sewing and needing a break I ventured out at 5pm for my usual Saturday walk. It looked really grey and gloomy, no view as all the hills are covered in the low grey mist. As I entered the shore I knew I was in for a soaking. I headed towards the tidal river and heard the noise the birds were making. They were so loud, screaming at each other, sounded like a real squabble, like heated exchanges....maybe they were arguing. It was such a wet damp day, maybe birds get grumpy in the elements. I felt really relaxed, the quilt is getting done, one more thing off my "To Do" list. I liked my walk in the fresh air even when it started to drizzle and I became wetter and wetter. As I followed the tide line I noticed lots of seaweed and feathers, leaves, broken bits of crabs and lots of grassy, straw like tangles. The beautiful full moon has been lighting up the shore at night, it also brings the fuller tides and washes up more debris.
As always, thank you for the lovely comments. Millyx
Posted by MILLY at Monday, August 22, 2011
Sunday, 14 August 2011
There was a fresh breeze which I enjoyed even though I kept having to hold on to my hair from getting in my eyes. One bird also seemed to battle against the elements as she swam across the strong flow of the tidal river. It was my friend the swan. I sat and watched as she twirled around against the rippling water. She swam near to the edge as if to say hello and followed me along the bend to calmer water. As I walked through the long grass I found the little toadstools with their long stems and umbrella shaped heads. So I picked the three you see on my page. I sat for a while and all was quiet, no sheep, no moths, no train, an ideal time to see a rabbit. I thought I heard a fish jumping but it was a huge piece of sandy bank falling into the water.
The rusty coloured water from the hills has reached the shore and pours along the river, after so many wet days, the heavy clouds still hang over the tops of the lakeland hills. It feels more like Autumn, cooler evenings and the nights drawing in. The red berries hang on a hawthorn tree and the blackberries are ripening by the railway line. As I leave for home I can hear the geese in the distance. The sun peeped through the clouds with shafts of light and in moments the water lights up and twinkles, now it looks more like a summer evening.
Hope you like Week 32. Three of the striped Curlew feathers, three toadstools, the red berry and a piece of hornwrack. I washed all the Curlew feathers I found, read last week, so beautiful all lined up.
Thankyou for your lovely comments. Millyx
Posted by MILLY at Sunday, August 14, 2011
Sunday, 7 August 2011
Hope you enjoy seeing a little more of my walks. Millyx
Posted by MILLY at Sunday, August 07, 2011