Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a superb weekend. Storm Hannah was supposed to be rumbling thru but it seems she has missed my little corner of the northeast of England. I have no doubt that some kind of bad weather will come thru at some point this week. I am quite appreciative of the lovely sunshine today but a few days ago it was dark a dismal out so I decided to make my own sunshine …

The Dresden Plate happens to be one of my favourite blocks of late. I am currently designing and piecing a new project for which I need a sun. So, I decided to use a yellow Dresden. The Dresden Plate is such a simple buy rather effective block.

With the coming of the good weather, I have been hankering after planting up my planters with summer annual plants. I bought some but I’m still a wee bit worried that we might get some frost at night, so I’m holding off for a few more days. We’ll be entering May in a couple of days and by then we should be past the risk of frost. Although I haven’t planted any annuals yet, I did add three herbaceous perennials to one of my front borders.  They were an absolute bargain and they were calling my name. I will need one or two others to fill in the blank patch in said border but I made a good start for now. My Clematis is starting to bloom nicely. I gave it a really good prune and was worried that it might not reappear this year but it has. Lucky me!

It seems Fridays are the day of week that changes everything in my little quiet world. I was sitting quietly in my little den answering some correspondence when a helicopter came into view. It was hovering over the houses across the road and making its way to the green space just a few doors in readiness for landing. This has happened a few times before. The last time a helicopter landed in the green space it was because one of our Royal family members was bestowing a visit upon our neighbourhood. It was Prince Edward visiting Bede Academy which is just a few minutes away from my home. In previous times, I wasn’t quick enough to grab my beat-up old camera in order to take photos of the event. Well this time, I got a couple of snaps. So, here’s a photo of the helicopter shortly after landing and a photo of Prince Edward walking from the helicopter to the waiting car ready to take the Prince to the school.


A couple of weeks ago it was hunky firemen and this week it was a Royal!!! I wonder what will happen this Friday???

With summer looming, life just seems so much better. I look forward to every single day. That isn’t to say that every day is a great day but I pick and choose all the positive aspects of life to focus on. I am on another creative journey at the moment. The project I have been designing is coming together nicely. I’m making plenty of time to concentrate on it. Creativity is my drug of choice. I stay away from drama and toxic people. They seem to put a damper on life which I don’t appreciate considering that I do my best not affect anyone else in adverse ways. Life is simply too short.

Well that’s my report for this week. I am so looking forward to seeing what my garden is going to look like in six weeks time. So, tell my how does your garden grow these days??? I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy doing. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x


  1. Good Sunday Lucie,
    Everything looks good. Your garden, the new arrivals, plants and Royals!
    Your sewing is coming along nicely, too.
    Hanna hit my cousin in N Wales. Glad you didn’t get it.
    Very cold, totally wet and grey and not a flower in sight! Only a leaf tip.
    Just very very bad flooding in Montreal.
    Nice to see flowering plants!
    Take care.
    Hugs to Maisie.


    1. Hi Joanna, I was rather surprised that Hannah didnt hit the northeast coast. I am quite relieved actually. The sun was most welcome. As for the sewing, I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment, from the drawing right thru to prepping blocks and the fine hand applique sewing to secure the patches on to the background. I just love fabric. I hope your f.ood waters subside soon. You scenery will soon be green too and you will so enjoy it. Thanks for popping in today. Take care x


  2. Hopefully I can actually leave this comment, as last time it kept timing me out & I was going to email, but life gets in the way sometimes. I do love your Dresdens & look forward to seeing your new project in progress. The garden should look lovely by high summer & well worth the effort. My, your little town sure has its share of excitement. Have a good week & take care.


    1. Hi Susan, I hope you’re well and in good spirits. My new project is kind of garden related, just a small walk hanging before Insfary a full size version. Thanks for popping in today x


  3. Hi Lucie! Wow, I can’t imagine looking out of my window and seeing a member of the Royal family walking past. It would be odd enough to have a helicopter land nearby – I’m glad it’s not a huge disruption for you. Your Dresden plates look so nice and springy in that pretty yellow. ~smile~ Roseanne


    1. Hi Roseanne, I welcome any distraction from the normal everyday life I Iive now and again. A change of routine is good to shake things up too. In fact, the Royal landing made me more productive for the rest of the day. Thanks for popping in today Roseanne. You always make me stop and smile 😉


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