Hergest Helly

Stories about my art and craft and home…


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Bye bye Ruby…

Ruby, our Black Rock chickie, died last night.  She was getting on a bit, no eggs since the year before last and she had been slowing down over the last couple of days so I popped her in the “sick room” aka the rabbit hutch and run we keep for isolating any hen that looks a bit peaky.

I hand fed her some grapes yesterday and she ate a few but she was not very interested and I knew what was going to happen.  I planned to take her to the vet this morning to have her put to sleep but she beat me to it…

Intrepid Ruby in January 2013

Intrepid Ruby in January 2013

Thanks for all the lovely eggs and the company Ruby…

Sad…


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Wedding gift…

My smashing niece Eleanor and her partner Jason are getting married tomorrow.

As a little extra gift, I have made them a pair of pillow cases – using dalek fabric – because how could a bedroom be complete and perfect without some Dr Who bed linen???

No exterminating around here....

No exterminating around here….

I even remembered to make the cases with the patterned fabric at opposite ends so they will look nice and symetrical on the bed (in case anyone would ever be worried about that of course :-) )

So looking forward to the wedding tomorrow…

Happy days…


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Growing ginger…

Just look at this…

Growing slowly...

Growing slowly…

My sister Angie gave me this little beauty for Christmas – she had noticed a little bud on a root of ginger and decided to plant it.  It started to shoot and she gave it to me (to see if I could keep it alive haha!)  Anyway – as you can see, even after nearly 3 months – it is doing remarkably well… AND there is one new shoot and the promise of a couple more…  Isn’t this fun?

To give you an idea of the scale, the pot is 3″ across and the piece of ginger root is just 2″.

I wonder what it will look like once leaves begin to form (if I can keep it alive that long!)  Its currently on my bathroom windowsill where it gets some morning sun and its above the heated towel rail so its quite warm.  I am hardly watering – just a drop of water by the growing bud – the rest is dry and sandy…  obviously I have NO idea whether this is correct treatment but so far so good – time will tell…

Happy days…


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Mum’s needlepoint…

I give mum and dad each needlepoint kits for Christmas and/or birthdays – they both really enjoy stitching them.  I show them catalogues or take my computer so they can choose which ones they want, and sometimes I surprise them. They stitch them and I “finish” them.

Mum chose this needlepoint kit and I gave it to her for Christmas a year ago.  She has spent a year stitching it and has passed it to me to “finish” it.  Generally this means a little tidying up and blocking and stretching it to make it square. Then I make it into a cushion or wall hanging and pass it back.

This time, when she gave it to me for finishing, she said it was for my birthday and that I could finish it for myself – how lovely is that!

This kit came with beads for embellishment – and so that is what I am working on at the moment…

Beading the needlepoint...

Beading the needlepoint…

My mum’s right arm is very weak (she is right handed) and so she has to rely on using her left hand.  Even though she loves doing it, I know how much effort it is for mum to stitch, thread a needle, start and end each colour change – and she does it all so cheerfully and carefully – she is an inspiration.

So, thanks mum for this lovely tapestry – I am making it into a cushion with a velvet backing and possibly some fringing too… I am loving it!  Can’t wait to finish it and give it back to mum to wrap it for my birthday :-)

Happy days…


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Mum’s leg warmer finished…

I am really pleased with this – it is exactly the same shape and size as the original lightweight cotton protector provided by the hospital, so I really hope it fits ok…

Nighttime leg warmer...

Nighttime leg warmer…

Not the most exciting bit of knitting – but probably the most useful thing I have knitted.

I have made notes so I can make more – and next time I will use some jolly multi-coloured sock yarn.

Even though mum only has one leg, I still knit her 2 socks – un-matched for variety.  Now I can make her a matching pair – one for her foot and one for her stump… she will laugh at that!

Happy days…

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