Summer snaps (part two) and some help please?

After I had picked myself up from the floor, calmed Ben with a large dog chew and gone indoors to wash my face(!) it was lunch time.  Then there would be time for half an hour’s stitching in the summer house.  So I buttered some lovely fresh bread from the farm shop, added some beautiful local strawberries (tiny and sweet, not overblown and tasteless like some of the supermarket offerings), cherry tomatoes and a glass of (local again) Luscombe Scicilian Lemonade – not too sweet and not too fizzy. 

Summer Lunch

And because I was still feeling snap-happy, I took a picture, but this time using my “proper” camera.  Close up and ….

Lunch in the Summer House

 … a bit further back.  After these and other experiments with phone and camera I have come to the conclusion that my iPhone is great for snapshots while I’m out and about.  This is wonderful as I am much more likely to have it with me, than remember to pick up, carry and not lose somewhere, my digital camera.  But the camera is definitely superior for close ups and does produce a much better image quality.  Mine was not a scientific experiment (!) so I’d be interested to hear any other thoughts.

In the picture above you may have noticed my work in progress – I’m getting a bit ahead of myself  with the first project for the September ezine.  It’s very Enid Blyton-esque and shows a little woodland elf painting spots on autumn toadstools .. 

Autumn Colours

Can you see the two faces hidden in the tree trunk?  Anyway… I thought it would be nice to add him to a quilted cushion cover – this time in autumnal tones – in the same way as the little Dandelion Bunny pattern in the current ezine issue

Dandelion Bunny Embroidery (3)

 But I need some help please …. I’d like to add a few lines of verse in a spiral again – I thought this worked really well on the bunny cushion cover ..

Dandelion Bunny Embroidery(1)

But I can’t think of anything. Can anybody help please?   Something autumnal or elfish or …well, I just don’t know – any suggestions very gratefully received!


Hi there. What a lovely design. As for the verse, how about ‘Season of mists and mellow fruifulness.’ I know it’s about November, but you don’t need to use that bit, and don’t you just love the word ‘mellow’? luv and Blessings Lesley


My parents are originally from England, and I enjoy your blog on several levels, the stitching, the photos and the big dog. Enjoy your day.



How about

“Open your eyes and you can see two hidden faces in the tree and a little elf painting spots to give the toadstools little dots!”

So cute!


Hmmmm….here are a few ideas. I like both of these stanzas from “September”, and although using both might be too long, one might work.

from the poem “September” by Helen Hunt Jackson
…By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather,
And autumn’s best of cheer.

But none of all this beauty
Which floods the earth and air
Is unto me the secret
Which makes September fair…

Then there’s:

“A Little Elf ” author Unknown

A little elf sat in a tree
painting leaves
to throw at me.
Leaves of yellow
and leaves of red
came tumbling down
about my head.

“The Mushroom is the Elf of Plants” by Emily Dickinson also has some lovely lines. Love the new painting elf project!
X Linda


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