The sun came out yesterday so we dashed out in the morning to enjoy it. Good thing too because it was back to cold and dreary again today. We listened to the green woodpeckers in the fields, played hide and seek, and generally had a brilliant run around. This is one of our favourite spots for a quick walk – it’s called Apedale and although it’s beautifully peaceful now, it’s actually a post industrial landscape. It was a centre for iron smelting for centuries, and then coal mining from the 1790s onwards. There were pitworks, railways, tramways, a canal, massive brick chimneys, and even, in the 1980s, a huge hole in the ground for opencast mining. That’s long gone now…
This willow shelter/den reminded me how much I want to make a willow tunnel or arch in my garden (although perhaps we need to finish the current plans first – although unfinished projects NEVER put me off starting something else – sound familiar?!). This den wont be a terribly good hiding place until later in the year, but that didn’t seem to put the boys off!
The sky was a beautiful blue, and I couldn’t resist this snap of a stunning silver birch against the sky.
In the afternoon, a new friend came round for a sewing workshop, and brought her sewing machine…. isn’t it just lovely?
She thinks it’s from the late 1920s, and there’s barely a mark on it. The instruction booklets are included:
And there’s even a lovely little wooden extension table. Glorious! And it sewed like a dream – the stitches were beautifully even and the fabric flowed through the feed dogs with ease. Definitely built to last…
I took her through the basics of making a knitting needle wrap – we had such a fab time – 5 hours passed in a twinkling. I’ve discovered that sewing in company is a rather wonderful thing, and I’d love to do it more often.