I brought my sewing out into the summer house yesterday afternoon, planning to work on my final pattern for the August magazine. So far this month’s patterns have used pale ice cream colours and bleached linens for a very seasidey feel, but for my last pattern I wanted to evoke something of the feeling of English narrow boats with their cheerful paintwork and brightly coloured accessories. (If you’re not familiar with narrow boats, then you can find out more in the August magazine). So there are hexagons in a multitude of colours and a scarlet geranium too….
Before I sat down to stitch I noticed that my beautiful (and enormous!) pink hydrangea was coming into bloom, so I wandered over to have a look …
And what did I spot on my (rather scruffy-looking thanks to two sets of very large paws charging around on it) lawn?
If you didn’t know any better you might think this was just a tatty-looking piece of string. But this is not the case – look closely and you will see that it is a WHOLE SKEIN of soft aqua-blue embroidery floss. SOMEONE STOLE IT from my work room! I wonder who that might have been?
”Not me, mum! I am a VERY GOOD boy.”
I think I know a guilty face when I see one!
”Sorry mum, I just couldn’t help myself!” Yes .. the naughty Miss Daisy is my little tea leaf.
(My lovely mother-in-law – a Londoner – introduced me to this term many years ago. ”Tea leaf” is Cockney rhyming slang for thief!).