Then today after work I headed off to an area of verge by the village green where we (we being the Parish Council) had decided to plant some daffodil bulbs. The Clerk had put out pleas for councillors to help with the planting. For various reasons I was the only one that made it. Luckily between the Clerk, her husband and I, we were soon able to get the sack of bulbs planted. I certainly have a varied range of duties as a Parish Councillor, but it feels so lovely to be able to give something back to the village where my mother's family have resided for generations. As the bulb planting went quicker than expected I came home and planted some bulbs I'd bought for my own garden. Every year we get a few and some years we manage to plant them! (Not let them go manky in the bag, to be discovered in the spring.)
Before I went off to plant bulbs I did have chance to open my mail. Two items of interest to share with you.
First up in Bee a Brit Stingy we decided to have a mini swap. The Bee doesn't start until January and having a little swap was a great way of keeping up interest and getting to know each other. There were no sneaky peeks as we made for the person who's month was after ours in the Bee, so knew who was making for us. I deliberately didn't look who was making for me so it was a double surprise. Today this lovely beauty arrived from Emily:
It matches the machine cover I made a treat. Which is quite serendipitous as Emily actually made this before I made the machine cover. I can of course put the pinnie by the machine and make out like it was all planned like this all along ::wink:: ::wink::
This next piece of mail was the one I mentioned I was waiting for last time. As I was woefully short on thread and hadn't had the best of experiences with the one spool of 50wt Aurifil I bought (It shredded really badly for hand piecing - although the same spool was fine for machine quilting Mum's quilt.) I decided to try out this brand that Alison recommended. I got 4 Spools of 50wt cotton and some spun polyester. I haven't had chance to use any yet but I will report back.
Each one of these spools cost £3.80 for 1000m so it's cheaper than Aurifil. However, the postage on this lot was extortionate - in my opinion anyway. (There was a reason I was invited to Bee a Brit Stingy!) It cost a whopping £5.00. Given it was then sent second class and didn't weigh very much, and the order was received today (25th) when I placed the order on the 18th, it's not the sort of service I expect for £5.00. I think the postage was excessive compared to other UK sewing companies.