A few things to share with you today.
I've been wanting to grow some soft fruit for a while now. When I saw this gooseberry bush in the supermarket, I thought I'd snap it up. Here it is planted in our old veggie patch. Let's hope it survives...the last one didn't!
I also planted this little shrub that my sister Ros bought me from the Highgrove Shop after our garden tour the other week.
In the Highgrove gardens, they had it planted everywhere including under some trees so I thought I'd try my luck by planting under our apple tree.
I still have a few roses blooming in the garden....
I have three climbing roses. I've tended to just let them grow up and tie them up a bit haphazardly. I've been reading up on how to train them up the wall correctly and have been doing a bit of remedial work so hopefully next year we may get a better display.
This lovely rudbeckia is still blooming...
The main thing that's been keeping us busy this last week or so is the maintenance of the deck railings.
We've had to pressure wash them, Chris is now sanding them and I'm painting them with wood preserver/stain. It's a long and laborious task and we haven't even touched the rails on the roadside yet. But hopefully it will be worth it and won't require doing again for a few years!
To counteract the effects of the deck railings task, I started a new project last night!
I know...I showed you a couple of WIPs last time and I should be doing them! But this is going to be a tablecloth for the cottage kitchen in France. These fabrics have been in my collection for a while and I've sold a few metres of each. I've been secretly coveting them and not wanting them to sell too fast as I knew I wanted to make something from them! I love the colours and patterns and they will be perfect for the cottage kitchen.
The fabrics are from the Mooshka Collection by Julie Paschkis for In The Beginning fabrics.
I'm making the tablecloth by simple strip piecing.......
.....that results in 15cm/6" squares.
It's not finished yet. I have some more strips to cut and sew. The tablecloth needs to be quite big. I've estimated about 175cm by 175cm.
I've also had a thought that I might make a similar piece from different fabrics as the backing and then I can turn it over for a different look! What do you think?
Thanks to those of you who have checked out my new blog about France and for all your lovely comments. It's so great to see you over there!
For those of you who haven't yet, I would love it if you popped over. The blog is called Brambling in Brittany and you can visit it by clicking on this photo:
Thanks, as always, for popping by!