Busy, busy, busy!

Wow, it’s been a busy week. First of all, an update about the sculpture i mentioned last Sunday. It’s called   Kemlsey Axe  , can be found in Kemsley Fields, Sittingbourne and the artist is Stephen Ritchie. His website is www.steelartworks.co.uk and you’ll find some pictures at http://www.steelartworks.co.uk/gallery/gallery.html. Definitely worth a closer look at all the detail involved!

On Tuesday, I took DD3 to Riverside Country park to join a group of home-ed children on a mini-beast hunt and pond-dipping. It was a brilliant afternoon. Spot the change of clothes? Yes, she ended up in the water and borrowing clothes from a friend! There was a LOT of weed in that pond….

On Wednesday, I left DD3 at home with my eldest 2 and headed off to Faversham for DD2’s school sports day. Despite the rain shower, the Year 8 girls completed their discus throwing and DD2 came 5th of 8, a fairly respectable score, and gained some points towards the House total. Q (the blue team!) won by miles so she’s happy.

On Thursday, little one and I trekked into Sussex to the Science Observatory at Herstmonceux for a home-ed telescope tour and bridge-building exercise. The sun blazed, there was no shade outside where the fun stuff all seemed to be (although inside is pretty cool too!) and we had a great day.

On Friday, I had one of my ladies here for sewing and DD3 insisted on showing off her min-beast finding skills – we were treated to the “largest snail EVER” and a spider dangling from a beach spade, complete with fly…..

I was commissioned to make a baby throw in a hurry and managed to make it up over the weekend, in between the usual chaos –  I used fleece for the backing due to the recommendations for no wadding for babies under 1 year old. I stitched in the ditch between the main blocks then free-motion quilted flowers in the pinwheels, squiggles around the dancers and then tried my hand at FMQ the baby’s name in the borders. I did cheat there though and used an erasable marker as a guideline!

DD2 and DS spent Saturday at the Sea Cadet Unit’s Open Day, raising funds and having some fun, too, I hope! They both headed off to Reading on Sunday for the Area Kayaking Competition. DD2 was competing in the girls’ under-15’s and DS was on beaching duty ( pulling the kayaks in, with the cadets still inside!) DD2 has added 2 silvers to her tally and is now hoping to go to training for the Nationals at the end of the month – the actual competition will be in September if she gets through.  Over the last few weeks, she’s also got through to the national sailing training and won a gold for “yawling”, which is apparently a naval term for a particular form of rowing.

Add to that her glowing school report and she’s definitely on a roll! 🙂 This week, she’s got activity week at school so today she’s been up to London to visit the Globe Theatre, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tate Modern. I hope she didn’t get too wet!

The only problem is trying to figure out some spare time over the actual holidays when she can accompany DD3 and I up to visit family in Scotland!

DD1 is a bit under the weather today – she got sunburnt yesterday at the Battle of Britain Memorial Day at Capel-le-ferne with Air Cadets. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/10588684.stm She was playing her trumpet with the Kent Wing band but also had the opportunity to take lots of pictures of the Lancaster and Sptifire displays. Not long after she was home last night, I heard the roar of planes overhead and ran to the back door to see 3 Spitfires flying over us! Don’t know where they had been but it was an amazing sight.

DS left home just after 5am this morning to go to school! He’s on a trip to Brussels and Strasburg as reward for his hard work with some mates on leadership activities for younger pupils over the first year at the Isle of Sheppey Academy. Since he’s hoping to study Philosophy and politics at university this autumn, he’s really been looking forward to the trip.

 The theme for this month’s postcard with my ebay group was “Fire and ice”. I couldn’t quite decide what to do, so I made a triptych instead and sent this off to Mandi. I also made an atc similar to the ice sides for a swap I’d forgotten about – sorry Jan!

I hope to find some time to sew tonight – I have binding to sew on a quilt that’s off to a show at the end of the month plus the label for it and the Black and White Xmas wallhanging. Let alone some work on my sister’s birthday quilt (the big day is Thursday but I’m afraid there will be an IOU in the card!) and work some more on a bagswap….

Happy sewing! 🙂


About sheppeylass

Mum of 4, I live on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent. I've always sewn but the quilting bug snagged me a couple of years ago and now, with the encouragement of my artist husband, I'm spreading my wings into textile art.
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