17.04.13, Two men and a Fountain

I have two boys for two days! Mark and Tom-Tom (Tom). Two excellent, multi skilled, chaps from the Estate staff. My long list of jobs is swiftly getting shorter. Furniture has been moved…….

One, two, three lift

One, two, three lift

Patios swept and cleaned. Lawns cut a edges trimmed…………………………..

Spring clean

Spring clean

And my green man fountain, which has been languishing in the workshop for well over a year is, at last, fitted (but not yet spouting).

The Green Man ready to spout

The Green Man ready to spout

I think the chaps like working over here. I just can’t help playing the mother hen, clucking around, and feeding them,  – can’t have their blood-sugar getting low!

Sausage and cheese wraps - a perfect breakfast for a working chap

Sausage and cheese wraps – a perfect breakfast for a working chap

And for tea………………

Mummy's chocolate cake

Mummy’s chocolate cake

I had very productive day yesterday. I worked on little Charlie’s quilt intending to just join a few squares, then I got quite carried away and finished it.

Anna, Charlie’s mum, is not keen on bright colours, so I went for muted neutrals with just a splash of colour here and there. I find it very refreshing……………

Charlie's quilt

Charlie’s quilt

Charlie's quilt - close up

Charlie’s quilt – close up

I’ve also started on the front of a ‘beginner’s’ version of Valbonne. The colours inspired by the anemones and hyacinths in my garden.

Valbonne; perfect colours?

Valbonne; perfect colours?

Valbonne - like sherbet on the tongue!

Valbonne – like sherbet on the tongue!

The sleeves and back will be plain brown, don’t want anyone blinded!

Tonight I shall begin the ‘intermediate’ version. I shall choose, pale ‘classy’ colours, or maybe blues of different hues.

My very early walk this morning was quite disappointing, it was so misty that I could hardly make anything out (that’s right, contact lenses in the wrong eyes – again!). Although I do see what Turner meant when he refused to wear glasses when his eyesight faded; he said he preferred the world through his own failing eyes. My world did indeed take on  gentler, softer, calmer hues.

The Hawthorn buds are just breaking through; I love the acrid green; within the week it will have faded to that duller green that heralds summer;

Hawthorn

Hawthorn

And two silly Mallards have decided to build a nest in the winter barley, miles from the lakes. Ducks are such hopeless parents, they lose their children almost on a daily basis. Ducks obviously can’t count, otherwise they’d notice the odd duckling left here and the odd two ducklings left there. A couple will quite often begin with a brood of twelve or fourteen and are lucky to rear one or two.

Mr and Mrs Duck are house hunting!

Mr and Mrs Duck are house hunting!

My flour (Spelt) has just arrived.  So off I go now, to make bread………………….

If it’s awful I’m sure the ducks will help me out!

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2 Responses to 17.04.13, Two men and a Fountain

  1. Pia says:

    I would totally move your furniture for that cake!!! 😉

    Like

  2. Alice says:

    Happy baking! 🙂

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