Phone call three was a lot more excited. He'd been chatting to a passing breakdown man and he reckoned Chief had hit a pot hole and that often that can pop off and deflate a tyre. He said he'd put the tyre back on, pump it up and see if it was ok. Yipeeeee! Unfortunately the repair man couldn't fix it. However, he did have a just legal wheel on the back of his truck that he said would do the job safely as long as Chief drove steadily. It would get him down to me but then he'd need a new tyre asap. Chief was bracing himself for a large bill but it turned out the repair man was ex-army too and did this all as a favour!
So it was very very late when Chief limped down to me. We were both half asleep and it was the early hours before we actually got to sleep.
The next day Chief left me in bed and went off to get his tyre replaced. There is a local tyre shop so I told him to try there. They sorted him put (much cheaper than the replacement he had to have a couple of weeks ago when he shredded another tyre - no he's not having much luck!) and by 9.30am he was back delivering me a smoked salmon/cream cheese bagel breakfast in bed followed by pancakes and maple syrup!
We took ourselves off to Otmoor. Not before he'd been out to get some drinks and scooby snacks and me some flowers!
Otmoor looked quite bleak and there weren't too many new bird spots. Lots of Twitchers hoping to see Bearded Tits. The new spot for me were Stonechats. There were a few on the edge of one of the reed beds. They get their name from the distinctive call they make which sounds like two stones being knocked together.
Unfortunately he was unable to stay over last night as hoped as work needed him back. (Sad face.) But we made the most of our time together.
More bad news came with this lovely bundle of goodies I bought from Sew Fresh Fabrics.
They had a sale which seemed a great time to stock up on some half yards and fat quarters. Now I'm always being told I'm far to cautious with fabric buying and that it doesn't matter if you go over the £15 customs tariff as they rarely check and it seems lots of you are buying stupid amounts of fabric on a regular basis and never get caught. However the one time I go over I get stung! I was £4.11 over the £15 allowance with this lot and got stung for nearly £12 customs excise. Ouchy.
Ironically I'd have been under if I hadn't opted to buy the Melody Miller fabric. I'm not sure why I did buy it. I'd already discussed with someone how the scale of the vinyl was far larger than I thought which would make it difficult to turn into a framed pouch. I guess I optimistically thought I'd be able to make something else with it for the vinyl loving friend. If you haven't seen it this will give you an idea of how crazy big those records are. I wonder what Melody thought we'd all be making with a fabric pattern this size? I really most see if I can find out how other people have been using it.
A modern cd next to the vinyl print. (I did have to smile when I saw one of the records says
The Ginger Monkeys on it. I wonder if Katy has used it in a project?)
I'm just hoping when I fell of the fabric waggon when Pink Castle Fabrics had their recent sale that I wasn't over the allowance again as that'll be £25 gone with no more fabric to show for it.
As the weather was so lovely Mum and I took ourselves off to Waterperry Gardens for a walk about at lunch time. I haven't sorted all the photos out yet. I did like the light coming through this autumnal vine though.
I've also signed up to round 2 of The Scrappy Swap so made this mosaic which just shows how drawn I am to bright colours.
Today I got on with my EPP for the blog hop tomorrow. So excited about my first blog hop so I do hope you'll check back again then.