Sunday, 13 February 2011

My Exciting News

This was a very special week for me. I had a visit from Judi who is deputy editor of Patchwork and Quilting Magazine. We met last November at the Cowslip Christmas Fair. She saw some of my work and asked if she could interview me for the magazine. I really was overwhelmed.

I love making my books and boxes and made up some new designs to show her.

A little fabric book just for a quilter to keep by her side.

                                                  With pockets for her special things.

                                           A lovely box to hold her quilting needs.

                     Another book for a Lady gardener with a box to keep her seeds.

What a joy to make these things. I hope to be teaching classes throughout this year and I am loving every minute.

I think the article will be in the April edition. I wait in anticipation!

xox Angela.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Winter sunshine and spring flowers.

The first day of February and what a change from the last day of January. Yesterday was bitterly cold, down to -8 degrees C in the morning but today has been warm and sunny around 10 degrees C. Just the day to walk along the River Dart and visit my favourite gardens.

The Dart is a beautiful river that has its source high up on Dartmoor and flows through the Devon countryside to meet the sea in the historic town of Dartmouth. I love to walk beside it.

I don't have my own garden so I regularly walk in the gardens of Dartington Hall. Today the sun was warm and carried the scent of the winter flowering shrubs all over the garden.

Here's some of todays blooms.

                                                          Deliciously scented Myrtle.

                                                    Banks of Snowdrops and Crocuses.

Citrusy scented Mahonia.

                                    This is a walled avenue of Witch hazel, smells divine.                               

                                                          I love those spidery flowers.                                

The first Camellias and Rhododendrons.

 Near the end of my walk a stunning view across the fields and a magnificent church standing in the afternoon sunshine. What a great day. Hope yours was too.
xox Angela.