For example, in the last two days I have: spent four hours at sewing club, got up at the Crack Of Dawn in order to spend two hours walking round a wood surveying for Dormice, and given a talk on butterflies to a local residential care home's Open Day.
Tomorrow, the Doggy People have their hair cuts with Mrs Danning and I have a Glow Worm survey to do, and on Friday I'm off teaching school kids about Flutters and Moths.
This is all Good Stuff. Besides, I would be bored if I didn't have a chocker-block diary full of Stuff To Do. I think most Aries Folk like to meet life at full pelt. How about you?
The Sewing was the first of 7 weeks of classes ma and I have signed up for and we both Loved Every Minute of it. The other ladies were a scream. And talented. Tessa was making a new dress out of a linen one she'd found in a charity shop; Anne was making a summer dress from some lovely big-flower-print fabric; one of the other ladies whipped up a skirt while we were there and another lady was making ballroom dancing dresses for her daughters which looked amazingly complex and stunning.
We learnt about pattern cutting and how to put in invisible zips and sewing in sleeves and Over-Lockers. Of course, now we want to get our own Over-Locker so we can Over-Lock everything in sight (to get good value out of it, you understand). If my husband stands still long enough he might find himself getting Over-Locked. But then he rarely does stand still so he is Probably Safe. L on the other hand........
It has long been an ambition of mine to make my own clothes and (after spending three hours cutting out the fabric in line with the pattern) I now have half a dress made in some gorgeous fabric I found on the sale rail that I've been saving for just this eventuality. I bought the fabric telling myself its silently reproachful presence in my fabric cupboard would mean that I'd have to learn how to make it into a dress. It seems to have worked o)
If you look closely you'll even see darts! DARTS! The things I was most terrified of! And I've done them! And they look OK! And they fit the boobage without puckering/ bobbling/ sticking out oddly! Hooray!
I've still got the back to do and these two pieces (although I have no idea what they're for- templates for boomerangs, perchance?)...
We've got another class next week and I might just get the dress finished!!!!
Dormice Surveying was Fun too. I met Cat and Des and Matthew in the woods at eight this morning and we checked fifty boxes for signs.
There were No Signs.
Not of Dormice anyway.
Plenty of signs of birds,
This is in aid of my Dormouse Licence (which is harder to get than finding hen's teeth).
|Dormouse Box in Hazel sapling|
|Wood Mouse nest|
|Abandoned Blue Tit nest with ten eggs|
And it was lovely. Such a great bunch of people. All enthusiastic, all listening, all interested, all coming up with suggestions to my questions, all surprised (as everyone always is) at the moths. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's funny how public speaking gives you a buzz. Funnier still, my old history lecturer from when I did my degree twenty years back was in the audience! They had little cakes with tiny butterflies on made from edible paper. How brilliant was that? And I had some lovely conversations during tea afterwards with some of the residents and their families.
I am now about to Complete My Busy Day (which started at 4.30 when my husband got up to do some work) by going for a Healthy Run. I can't remember whether I told you I have had to give up booze? It was giving me horrible headaches and I am feeling much better without it, but what it means is that I am now feeling horribly smug about my health and general booze-free approach to life. I am making sure I Tell Everyone about it. You have been warned!
I'll leave you with some of last night's mothy people- two new ones for the garden this year (although I am getting increasingly concerned about the lack of Ellie Hawks. Where in heaven's name are they? I normally see them by mid May and so far this year NOTHING).
Anyhoo, these chaps (or chapesses) are a Green Pug and a Broken-Barred Carpet, which take the total of moth species in the garden so far this year to 97....
BTW, if you'd like to see a Really Spectacular moth, pop over to Mel's Blog.
Hope the week is progressing well for you all?