And the bag which you can just see in the above picture - (OMG how good are the points?!) was crammed full of charms and fabric scraps you can see on the top. Such lovely scraps made me want to sew. Part of the reason I've not been sewing lately is because I'd promised myself I'd not start anything new until I finished the Amsterdam Quilt which just needs binding. So given I'll not want to hold off playing with this fabric goodness for long. I actually made the binding I needed and have machine sewn it to the quilt - ready for hand sewing down on the back. The plan had been to do that in front of the TV tonight night. Only I was too tired. Maybe because after lunch I decided I needed to go on a little drive (photography expedition.)
I'm not sure if I've mentioned it before but I splurged some savings and Christmas vouchers from the family on a new camera lens. It was one of those purchases that made me suck the air through my teeth because I'm not very good at spending money. Even if it's on something I'll enjoy immensely and get a lot of use from (like my sewing machine). I am an expert at agonising, justifying, worrying about rainy day needs and such like. But whilst I was amidst the grip of procrastination I tried the lens I wanted and fell in love. The prospect of a holiday abroad (more about that when and if it comes off.) and I was ticking more boxes on the list of reasons to get the lens.
Since I've had the lens I want to keep taking pictures with it. Or maybe it's I want to take it on adventures and expeditions and take pictures with it! I had decided the bag I won would make a perfect project bag for hand sewing when I go off in Gertie. However, I have no idea when I'll next see Chief. Let alone when we'll get away in Gertie and I needed to use the bag straight away. It just so happened it was just what I needed for slinging in a few essentials when I go out taking just my camera. Sometimes I don't want to lug a bag for the camera and yet I still need to take keys, phone, purse etc.
I decided to combine the trip with a drive out for Mum. She's not been very well this week. Not sure what's been wrong. Suspect it could be a virus and/or hey fever. It's really been getting her down. She's off her food, lethargic, down, runny nosed and has very scratchy eyes. I know she suffers with the oil seed rape in the fields. Every other field around here is full of the yellow stuff. Anyway, we drove and ended up in Ewelme a little village in Oxfordshire in the Chiltern hills. It's famous for lots of things including having a village school in the oldest building to house a local authority school in England and the village still has watercress beds running through it. I have to say I didn't pick the best time to go. Oxford Art Weeks are on and many villages are invaded by visitors making it difficult to park or faff about if you don't know where you're going. I managed to park near the church and whilst Mum waited in the car I hurried off to take a few pictures.
Adjoining the church is the Cloisters. A residence for those in need and very picturesque it is too. I had heard you were allowed in this area if you respected the privacy of the residents, but I literally took a couple of snaps from the bottoms of the steps from the Church. I didn't want to intrude. It's so pretty and like entering another world/time.
Tomorrow I will try to not get distracted from the hand sewing of my binding by photography. Although of course I'll need another expedition to photograph my quilt!