So that was the long version to say I'm way behind answering emails and a bit sporadic with my blog reading/flicker activity.
And because I've not been sewing and don't like blogging without a picture:
Does anyone recognise this flower? No idea what it is. My mum bought it on a trip to the North East - possibly from Alnwick, a couple of years ago. It appeared to die (I suspect it's grown from a corm/bulb) not long after we planted it. Then this year we spotted some green growth and now a flower. Would love to know more about it because there might be a better location for it in our garden.