I suppose my BIG news is I am working! Well, at the moment still on trial but I am hoping that at the end of the month that status will change to permanent. I have gone back to teaching English (ESOL) and I am with a small language school in the centre of Glasgow. Its a fairly new school (they started up about a year ago). The main thing is I am really enjoying it and I had really forgotten just how much I love teaching.
|Winter Wonderland - LHN|
|Strawberry Language of Flowers Sampler - Sue Hawkins|
I also did a lot of work on Flying High by Diane Graebner and The Book Store by CCN but I need to scan those in so will post of progress shots next time.
|Dawn of Spring by Mouse - top part|
Oh - and I made another biscornu using Mouse's Harrogate design again. This one was for my friend Yvonne for her birthday in February. She loves it and has got it hanging up in her kitchen apparently where it has been much admired! Yvonne and I met on a course to tutor in Adult Literacy about 12 or 13 years ago and have been friends ever since.
So there you go - I HAVE been stitching - despite what some people might think!
A couple of years ago I set up a round robin for members of my Friendly Stitchers group to stitch the Weather Poems series by Sue Cook which was in Cross Stitcher magazine in 1997 (yes I still have all the magazines!) Not all of the girls carried on with it but one of the ones that did (Penny) sent me a little gift when she sent some of the magazines back to me. Not only did she capture my love of plants but of cats too. Thank you Penny - it was a completely unexpected gift and I absolutely love the charts and threads!
|The coleus is one of the two remaining ones that I planted from seed last year|
|Ivy in an old teapot|
have 3 tomato plants here at home on the kitchen windowsill. I've also got lots of flowers growing too and have brought home Livingston daisies and sweetpeas to go into the baskets and tubs and I've already planted up one of the baskets with pretty little violas. I've also got petunias and impatiens (bizzie lizzies) in seed trays here at home. I've got some lovely ivy leaf geraniums to go into planters too so hopefully there will be a blaze of colour in our little backyard beside the river when we get into summer proper ... if we get one of course! I'll post up photos of those once they are planted up but for now here are some shots of a few of my plants and a few other things in and around Glasgow for your delictation!
|Baby heron in the duck pond at Queens Park|
|One of the frogs in the ponds in the walled garden next to our allotments in Kings Park|
|Glasgow Green - Cleopatra's Needle in the distance|
|Arched entrance to Glasgow Green|