Craft and Floods!

I haven’t written much recently as I have been rather busy, also there has been much nervous excitement and dread as we watched the river rise, and rise and rise, as a result of the very heavy rain that we have had over the past few days. At one point, I think it was last Wednesday, the town of Crediton was an island ( we couldn’t get to the cinema!) with flooding at 3 points between Tesco and Exeter. In the other direction it was flooded at Bow and all the small streams were ‘up’ as well. It is only at times of extreme weather that you realise how many streams there are. The river in our village has been at full spate for several days but it actually rose by about 4feet ( over a metre ) during Saturday evening. Fortunately, although it flooded the garden of Bridge Cottage, it didn’t go in the house. George at the pub was less lucky with the water actually coming through the walls and under the floor. Jenny also had her basement flooded as it was below the water table. We kept all the drains clear, no mean feat, and thankfully the water kept moving past our house. By about 1am the rain was intermittent and the river started to fall. By the next morning this was the scene, back to more or less normal, I didn’t think to take photos when the flood was high!



I have been going to the Felting workshops at the village hall, it is a bit of fun and I’ve met some interesting people there. Here are the results of the felting so far.


After its felted




The last session I had to work with Jane, who hadn’t been before. I discovered that she too has a love of patchwork. We worked on a double sided wall hanging, one side we did patchwork and the other side we did a landscape of Jane’s farm. Next week is the last one and we can make something to take home!



Door Quilt!

My quilt for the front door is finished!


So here it is, I used Moda , Petite Odile and Fa-la etc as the basis but I also used all my scraps and some fabric I bought recently at Chagford, so it really is a memory quilt. It is lined with the remainder of the batting I bought at Alexandra Palace, exactly the right amount left over. For the backing, I used an old cotton bedspread that has done the rounds as a wall hanging and general cover all, in various student digs, but never been a bed cover. I deliberately made it a bit long so that we don’t get any draughts under the door. It will probably be a mild winter now! I made a couple of errors in that I dropped my piles of squares, so they aren’t in their original order, but I really like the jumbled up nature of it.

I have tidied away all my sewing things for a bit and set up the room for painting.

While I was looking in the airing cupboard for the bedspread I came across various other ‘treasures’.


I made this for Vee when she was 5, its so hard wearing that all 4 of my children have worn it in the great tradition on ‘hand-me-downs’. Of course, it did mean at times that they wore somewhat weird clothes! The boots are sheepskin, they too were passed on, but they never kept them on for long, preferring bare pinkies.

All this activity led to the airing cupboard being tidied, I wonder how long it will stay like it!


We have had some good weather, so in between sewing I have been out with my camera.





A decent cup of coffee!

At long last, 2 weeks after my coffee machine lost pressure and gave up the ghost, I have bitten the bullet and bought myself a new bright red, Nespresso coffee machine. Having said that I was going back to a cafetiere, I was screaming for a real coffee within 2 days. I then spent ages, looking at the various models available before finally deciding on the one I got, which has a relatively small ‘footprint’. The coffee is only available to me, as I dont live in a city with a ’boutique’,online, but with next day delivery that is not an issue. At the moment I am in a honeymoon period, choosing which coffee I shall drink next, I dare say it will begin to fade but at the moment it is a bit of an adventure.

Hello to my various readers from around the world. I’ve just noticed on my ‘stats’ the button that says where you are all from, I can’t believe that I have readers as far away as Brazil, Chile, Taiwan, Australia, not to mention friends in Denmark, Norway and much closer to home!

Yesterday I went to the first of a series of 4 ‘felt’ workshops, organised through ‘Villages in Action’. It was held at the village hall, a dreary building, which hasn’t improved since I’ve lived here, but that is another story! It was run by Juliana, a local enthusiast, and we all set about making pennants for ‘bunting’ to decorate the hall with. I must say it will take more than bunting to make the hall seem cheerful, but it was a very good first exercise in the art of felt making. I think I might try some at home as it seems to have real potential as a medium. I did the landscape, which is truly magnificent, out of the window, I am quite pleased with the result. I forgot to take my camera but as soon as I have some pictures, I will put them up. We all took lunch to share so it was quite a jolly occasion.

22 Mill Street, Chagfod, Devon. TQ138AW
This was our second visit, and as we later found out, the chef’s 2nd week in residence. No matter, the cooking was of a quality that we had experienced on our first visit, when we had the taster menu, and the presentation was excellent. M. Herve Bource is a very informative front of house manager and does much to make you feel at ease. We had the full three courses, a bottle of wine and coffee, and was worth all of the £68 we paid for it.

For starters I had pigeon breast with black pudding and my partner had haddock, cooked in brown butter with a butter and milk sauce. At first glance it appeared rather on the small side but given that we had a basket of beautiful home made bread, and two ‘amuse bouche’ , it was about right. We both had venison to follow, very tender, but if I had a criticism, it was that some of the sinew from the outside hadn’t been trimmed away. I had the chocolate desert with yohurt ice- cream for desert, with shards of meringue – so light! My partner had the cheese board, which was very generous. A three course meal is £21 for lunch, obviously we spent more, but we needn’t have. The restaurant itself is tastefully decorated using wood blinds, wooden tables to contrast with the natural stone and wooden beams. We shall definitely be going back for more.

On the way to the restaurant we came across the weekly flea market in Chagford so we popped in for a look around. As luck would have it there was a stall of patchwork bits and pieces as well as fabrics. I didn’t have long to chat but did manage to get a few pieces of fabric which will go nicely in my latest patchwork, a quilted doorhanging to keep the winter chill out. It is taking an age at the moment to prepare all the squares but I know it will suddenly come together very quickly!



After a marathon sewing session last night, I finished the quilt for my bed. I think the bright autumn colours will do much to keep me cheerful in the winter days ahead. I didn't have quite enough bias binding to finish the job but luckily I remembered from my school days, some 30 years ago, how to make my own, so thats what I did. Luckily I had some cream lining fabric which was just the right colour.

It was bright and sunny this morning, in-between showers so I popped out to the garden with my camera, to photograph my quilt, hanging from the washing line.







While I was out there, Hyw called me to see the ducks, geese, guinea pigs and rabbits that he is feeding for our neighbours. The guinea pigs are particularly sweet and make a strange whistling sound. Here are some photos of the ducks and geese.