First up Rachel sent me a piece of butterscotch Kona in the week so I could finally get her March block finished.
Opps I taped it to the wall on the wonk. But you get the idea.
I've stopped trimming blocks before I send off as I've found from my months as queen bee that you do tend to get an assortment of different sized blocks. I figure by not trimming down I give the queen as much wiggle room as possible with the other blocks she receives. The above block is called Puss in the Corner. I'd not come across this block before but having done flying geese the month before for Di it's not difficult at all.
For April Karen requested the Whirlygig block. Most people in the group seemed to complete this block before my fabric had even arrived. I soon found out earlier why. It's so simple. At least I'm hoping that it was. I find if I'm given too many instructions for some things I tend to find them more not less confusing. So once I had the sizes from Karen I just looked at pictures to complete the block. Of course I may now post a picture and you all might tell me where I've gone wrong. Then I will not be feeling so smug at all.
I didn't even need to reach for my seam ripper once!
I actually had a day off of work this week (and not because I was ill!). Chief managed to get down on Wednesday night. His back was very bad. So at one stage I had planned to go into work after all so not to waste a day's leave. But when it came to it, we hardly see each other, so I decided to have my day off after all. We went out to breakfast which was quite a luxury and then Chief set up his new portable hide in the garden.
I wasn't allowed to take any pictures identifying him in the hide in case people that know him see him in it! For lunch we had a BQQ. Ok it wasn't that warm and it was a bit drizzly - years in the army mean he's not bothered by a bit of rain. I on the other hand viewed most of the cooking from the window.
The lesser spotted Chief.
After lunch we headed off for our first trip of the year to Otmoor. We only went as far as the feeding station. Chief was really REALLY struggling with his back. In fact at one point I thought we were not going to make it back to the car. I got some of my best bird pictures at Otmoor on this trip. I'm not sure why. Maybe the birds were just more photogenic that day?!
This is a Marsh or a Willow Tit - they're very hard to tell apart.
We're inclined to think this is a Willow Tit.
This male pheasant was quite a poser.
At one point I left Chief sat on a bench while I went for a little wander. I didn't go that far or for very long but when I came back, using the same pathway as I'd walked moments before, I happened to look down and see a grass snake in front of me. I can only assume the muggy warmth of the afternoon had brought it out of hibernation. I'm not sure which one of us was more shocked. I was particularly shocked as it was literally only a couple of feet from me and decided to rear up at me like a cobra would. It then decided to head for cover so the photos I got were not great. With a 300mm lens on my camera at the time I was actually too close to get it all in shot.
If you want to see more wild life pics from our trip to Otmoor I've put them in this set on flickr. I hope you're all having a great weekend so far.