Sunday Sevens #20 28.2.16

Sunday Sevens is a weekly blog series created by Natalie at the  Threads & Bobbins  blog. It features seven photos from the past seven days. If you would like to join in, pop over to her blog to find out more. 

Saharan dust  

You may remember that in last week’s Sunday Sevens I had a rather dramatic photo of the waves crashing onto the rocks at Europa Point. Well, that stormy weather whipped up a lot of Saharan dust and on Sunday we were treated to a rather murky and strangely atmospheric day. We decided to go to the cinema in the afternoon and walked across the grass at Commonwealth Park on our way home. All our shoes were coated in orange dust by the time we got to the car. The car was pretty orange too – so glad I washed it at the end of last week!

 Curtain valance  

In my home furnishings class this week we began to make a curtain valance which  will be attached to a small pair of matching curtains. I love this cute boat fabric – I got it in a sale (even better). I’ve been working on my curtains as homework but they are proving to be problematic- I measured them and cut them accurately. Then I measured my seam allowance exactly and pinned the seams. Then when I remeasured them before machining them they were wonky and the measurements were way out. They have been put away in disgust…

And so it begins… 

 

In my dressmaking class I cut out the fabric for my full circle skirt. I love it so much – it has flowers embroidered on it in coordinating thread which you can’t see in the above picture. I have done my back seam and inserted my zip already. Just need to finish the waistband and hem and it’s sorted. I had a lot more success in this class than with my curtains!

Lemon curd 

 

We are lucky enough to be able to grow lemons on our back patio. Last year with our homegrown ones and a few gifted to us by friends & neighbours I ended up with a bit of a glut so made some lemon curd. I had never tasted it before that first time making it – it was delicious. So, as I found myself with rather a lot of lemons in the fruit bowl this week I thought I’d have another go. This photo doesn’t do it justice, believe me when I say it’s glorious.

Med steps, the revenge! 

 

Due to poorly children and wild weather conditions I haven’t made it up the Med Steps for a whole month. This week, though, accompanied by two crazy friends, we restarted our training for the Med Steps Challenge (which involves climbing them 5 times in the one day – yes I know, utter madness). Anyway, we set off and it was rather hard work after 4 weeks without training. It was a foregone conclusion that we would do it twice and at the end of the second circuit we were feeling pretty energized so decided to have a go at a third trip up – BIG MISTAKE. Cor blimey it was tough. If I hadn’t have been with my training buddies I truly would have laid down part way up and finished it on my hands and knees. It was utterly exhausting. I got home and only had the energy to kick off my shoes before flopping on the bed and falling asleep for over an hour!! I’ve been feeling like a very old woman ever since. Any pleasure at having completed the 3 circuits in 2 hours 50 minutes has been overshadowed with the terror of wondering how awful number 4 & number 5 will be… Anyway the above photos were taken one on each trip up the steps. I took loads of photos on the third trip just for an excuse to stop!!

Watercolour daffs 

 This week at my watercolour class I was planning to begin my next architectural painting. However, when I arrived for my lesson, my teacher had a beautiful vase of  daffodils in the middle of the table and I decided to put the ‘window’ picture off until next week and have a stab at the daffs. I’ve had some successes with painting flowers so I somewhat arrogantly thought ‘how hard can this be?’. How wrong I was – they are flipping hard in spite of their relatively simple shape. Perhaps their apparent simplicity is the hard part as they can very easily look out of proportion. They are gorgeous ‘spring-y’ colours though :-).

 Sunny skies 

Yesterday we enjoyed beautiful skies after the morning’s showers had cleared away. I think fluffy clouds like this against the blue are so beautiful. 
I’ve had a great week, although looking back through this post I realise I sound a bit moany as a few things were harder than expected – I don’t mean to be! I do hope the week has been good for you too. Thank you for stopping by and for those of you who take the time to leave a comment – thank you, it’s lovely to hear from you. 🙂 

18 thoughts on “Sunday Sevens #20 28.2.16

  1. We don’t grow our own lemons but we do ‘grow’ our own eggs so I always have some home made lemon curd on the go. I love it on porridge especially.
    I’m really looking forward to seeing your finished circle skirt. It must take tons of fabric – Is it cut on the bias?
    Lovely watercolour daffs – I’d love to be able to paint but I suppose I have enough hobbies to keep me busy, better not add any more to the mix.
    As for climbing the med steps – they look lovely and steep so bon courage! When is the challenge?

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    1. It truly is marvelous stuff that lemon curd! I haven’t tried it on porridge just got on bread (and rich tea biscuits – yum!) or as a cake filling I’ll give it a go – I’m a big porridge fan!
      The skirt wasn’t cut on the bias, I just had a big square of fabric which was folded in half under the watchful eye of my tutor and we literally cut a full-circle from it. And then sliced up one side in order to make way for the back seam and zip. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.
      I do love my painting but at the moment I do feel a bit like I’m doing too much. My home furnishing course ends at Easter so I’ll have more time for my crochet & painting. I think you can reach a point when you have too many hobbies on the go… I want to be able to immerse myself into just one thing for a while – maybe in the summer 😉
      The Med Steps challenge is in May so I have two and a bit months to get up to speed, if I don’t keel over before then that is!

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  2. Another good week. Your training is going well. Just look back to the first set of steps you did. You have come a long way. Loving that skirt fabric it will be amazing when finished and your painting is beautiful. Lemon curd looks very tasty too K xXx

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    1. Thanks Karen, I guess we have made a lot of progress and I truly thought once we’d cracked no 3 we’d be very confident but it just made me realise exactly why it’s called a challenge!!? The lemon curd is delicious 😀 just what you need to get you over a horrendous climb up the Rock 😉 I’ll give you a progress report on my skirt next week. X

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    1. Thank you Cathy, but I do feel like I’m a Jill of all trades and mistress of none at the moment! I think I haves it much on to be honest. I need to learn to stop saying yes to so many things – I can’t resist it if I’m given an opportunity to do something new!
      The lemon curd is truly gorgeous and no pesticides or anything artificial 🙂

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  3. All that creativity and energy is making me feel quite inadequate! However at your age I was the same, lots of interests and activities although I didn’t have a large family to take care of. But I did have my own business to run plus a part time job and a daughter! As the years pass my interests have reduced and changed. Took your earlier advice and brought my sewing machine out of hibernation and I too am making a skirt but not a circular one. I’m shorter than you and would look like the Michelin man! Have unpicked a skirt which I had made in China for me years ago and which I have worn and worn until it practically fell to pieces and will be using that as my pattern. But first of all I have to find a surface to lay out the material – my dining table is covered in art materials!

    P.S. I LOVE lemon curd and would happily buy a jar if you have one to spare.

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    1. Glad to hear you are having a go with your sewing machine. You shouldn’t feel inadequate – I have never worked since going on maternity the first time and I just can’t comprehend how you work & be a mum at the same time – it’s completely alien to me,so there’s my inadequacy! Sorry I couldn’t reply to your last message re the car. Is it fixed ok now? We missed you at watercolour class.
      I’m afraid all the lemon curd’s spoken for this time but I’ll beat you in mind if I make any more. 🙂

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      1. I wouldn’t call bringing up three children inadequacy! Anyway we all manage in our different ways and for different reasons. Car is back in garage on Wednesday – it’s a long story! Someone has just given me some gorgeous lemons so am going to look up a recipe and have a shot at it myself! If you need any art supplies send me a pm on Facebook. Hope to go to Jacksons shop in Fulham. See you in a couple of weeks, meanwhile “Keep creating”!

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      2. Fair point Diana, it is a full time job! Enjoy your lemon curd making and your trip back to England! I’ll give you a shout if I need something but I think I’m ok as I took advantage of the last large online order. Safe travels 🙂

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