Had a long weekend away in the rain. Gosh, did it rain! We were supposed to come home on Monday so that I could ride the horse in the afternoon and go back to work on Tues morning. We only got 6.5 miles away from Settle, driving through long shallow floods in the road. Then a bloke flagged us down asking for a lift back to his drowned car, so off we went in our motorhome. He wasn't joking about his car being drowned, the car behind him was being bailed out as well. He kept saying "you'll be ok in your diesel van" yeah right! We are going to take notice of someone who was daft enough to drive through without checking. So on with my new wellies, I went for a paddle, only got a couple of strides in, it was just about at the top of my wellies about turn pronto. We (this is the royal "we") had to back the motorhome up the road for a while until he (see I wasn't driving it) could get it turned round, these dales roads are narrow. Luckily in the village we had just gone through there was a cracking little campsite so we stayed the night as going back to Settle wasn't an option as the shallow floods had turned into very deep floods. I know that I had wanted rain for the gardens and lawns but not that much!
Luckily took some hand sewing with me, a Red Work pattern by Mandy Shaw http://dandeliondesigns.co.uk/ I have had this pattern for a while and its dated 2004 so not on her website anymore but if you like it, she might still do the pattern if you ask nicely.
I had a small collection of vintage mother of pearl buttons so put them on it. They are soo pretty, had to add a couple of modern buttons to make up the numbers.
Made an extra one for the lovely Sarah Oatley from Drawn Threads Drawn Threads She has just moved into her new studio/shop in Darlington. Looking forward to sewing circle in new surroundings. She has been working so hard to get it up to scratch, it looks beautiful now.