|Dinky Dyes Silk - Bobbie's Blossoms|
Kelmscott Needle Minder
Sylvester Seahorse Scissors
Purple Hippo Button
Perhaps the purple hippo button requires a bit of explanation....... Bobbi, Carolyn and I have been stitching Plum Street Sampler's Olga and apparently Bobbi has been trying to persuade Paulette to design a hippo to go with Olga and Boris - Henrietta, Hermione?
Today I had to say good bye to the Bronson Babes, these are ladies from EGA and elsewhere, who gather together in different locations on a Thursday to eat, stitch and chat. One of the locations is in our local hospital, Bronson, where we are kindly allocated a room by Julie, the volunteer co-ordinator there, sorry I couldn't let my basket go, Julie!
Both groups, along with the Mattawan Gardening Club and EGA and all the friendly ladies there too, have been a lifeline for me over the past year. Moving into the woods in November is not the best time and knowing I had somewhere to go on specific days gave me something to which to look forward each week.
Another lovely surprise that came my way last week was this beautiful bag
|Poppy Stitching Bag|
Designed and Sewn by Sue Hill
in Kalamazoo, Michigan
On the way home from stitching I stopped at the store to pick up dinner, and the cashier, as often happens, asked where I was from, he's visited a lot of the UK, including Ipswich where he has family and much to my surprise, he'd acted in one of the Fringe productions in Edinburgh!
Julie asked me today what I'm going to miss about the States and I said the "can do" attitude here, if life hands you lemons make lemonade kind of thing! Another thing I'll miss is chatting with people (like the young man above) when they hear my accent and ask where I am from, I've had some great conversations that way! Mention was made of American bacon as something I might NOT miss, lol, but that's enough of that!
On the other hand, I'll be glad to be closer to family, long-standing friends in the UK and , of course, my mates in the Friendly Stitchers' group, oh, and British bacon, lol!
Hmm, it seems like I must have given you some clues to what we might be doing........? Yup, moving back to England after 22 years in the good ol' US of A. The WT was hardly in the job here for five minutes, well, maybe ten, when they mentioned that they'd really like us to move to the UK for another job with the company. You know me, global nomad and serial mover all my life, so we said yes and we leave tomorrow! Well, we go first to Pittsburgh to see the precious girl treasures and the Liam treasure then I backtrack to Idaho to see the boy treasure and my sweet daughter in law and the William treasure. I'll be in England in a week!
I suppose I'll have to think of another name for my blog.......:)
Thank you to all who post comments, I love receiving them from friends and new friends so, please don't stop! I'm glad the new font is pleasing to the eye!
Talk to you all soon!