I'm back from seven days in Bournemouth taking two courses, 2 days learning how to apply gold leaf to fabric and followed by 5 days Japanese embroidery. I got back Friday night but life has been a little busy ever since. This was the first spring-like weekend of the year, so we spent most of it tidying up the garden. I think I probably over did it and felt rather stiff on Monday. My parents came to dinner Sunday evening. It was Mothering Sunday here in the UK and I know that having dinner cooked for her is one of Mum's favourite treats.
Edward is also back. He jumped ship on the return journey from Manchester and has been taking a holiday with his Auntie Sue. We were reunited in Bournemouth and Edward returned home with me. He was not quite finished when he went walk about so to celebrate the return of the prodigal fish I have given him a lining of red ultra-suede.
When Edward jumped ship, he persuaded a friend to join him. This is another scissor case, a lot simpler than Edward, but my own design. This was also unfinished. I had completed the beading and lined both the front and back sections. Since returning home I have joined the two halves and completed this project.
And finally, two other friends are back. Their return this weekend is a something of a coincidence. They came to stay all of last spring and most of the summer. Then they left. On Sunday I thought that I heard them, but put it down to wishful thinking. Then J called me to the back garden and there they were. Last year we had become good friends and they had begun to trust me.
Since they have been away, they have lost that trust. I will have to work hard to regain it. That or feed them regularly!
In the next few days I hope to find time to blog about the gold leaf class, my Japanese embroidery class and it's connection to my garden guests.