Tuesday, 1 August 2017
Of Quilts & Gardens
King John's Garden is one of Romsey's hidden gems. I walk through it on my way into town whenever I can. It's one of those precious places that's special whatever the weather or season. I go there for peace, for solace, for inspiration, to breathe and sometimes to sit and think. When I read this week that my friend Mel had been experiencing tough times, it was King John's I knew I needed to take a photo of to send to her to cheer her.
The garden is part of an ancient complex of buildings on one of Romsey's oldest thoroughfares. The oldest building dates from the 13th Century, with later Tudor and Victorian additions. The 13th Century property was owned by the Abbey until the reformation in 1539. The garden itself is managed by a group of volunteers who do a fantastic job of caring for it. There are several sections to the garden: the plants in the first section were all in cultivation before 1700; there is a medieval herber style section and a victorian flower garden, there are old roses and clematis, passion flowers like the one above and a number of fruit trees, also myrtle and medlar, and a wildflower area. The garden is bordered along one side by a stream. It attracts a wealth of insects- I saw a hornet hoverfly, a pied hoverfly and various butterfly species as well as bees all busy nectaring on the wildflowers in the space of half an hour as I happily wandered through the garden. There is also a delicious tea room where we take Uncle Charles. He has chocolate cake and M and I have scones. Yum!
In other news, F awaits his A Level results on Aug 17th and it occurred to me this morning that I need to get on and make his 'going away to uni' quilt. It hardly seems any time since I was doing one for J, when in fact it was two years ago. In another two years it will be L I'm making one for. I find I don't want to think too much about that! Anyhoo, I had a lovely time choosing the fabrics (and working out the maths last night with L- how many 25cm squares can you get out of a metre's worth of fabric and how many metres will I need for 40 squares, plus the border and what does that all add up to so I know how much wadding and backing fabric to buy. It was quite a challenge but we got there in the end!). Here's what I've chosen. The first pic is the material for the squares on the front of the quilt (if we got our maths right, there should be enough for 8 squares from each fabric pattern). In the second photo, the green stars are the border, the stripes the backing fabric and the red stars will be a bag to carry the quilt in. I hope he likes it! J has had hers on her bed the whole two years she's been away - she sometimes sends me pictures to prove that she's still using it :o)
Finally, I'm back running again (hooray!). Still only in 3 mile goes and slowly, but I've been off road and the knees seem to be holding up well. If tomorrow's 4 mile run goes OK then Physio Steve has promised me I can do the HM (walking down the hills and not going fast and stopping if they start hurting). Bless the man, he's even staying back at work an extra session in the evening this week so he can fit me in for a final treatment before the race.
Hope you're all well? Ted wants me to let you all know that he and Poppy are fine and he's planning a blog post before long as he says he's owed one! In the mean time, he's Very Busy woofing at postmen and the pigeons who are nesting in the trees by the patio.