Apart from the swing dancing Mr Shoestring and I have been on a wonderful trip to Wellington to see the World of Wearable Arts show, catch up with The Dancing Queen and her King and also Ma'am.
Colour co-ordinated birds live in Wellington where everything is more stylish
The spring weather has been soft and accommodating and the garden is thriving and blossoming each week.
Of course I am favouring the acid yellow plants and neglecting the poor wildlings like this seedling rose (though of course I secretly hope the rose will turn out to be one of those featured in gardening books which was an unexpected "sport" having popped up in a garden and becoming a prodigy of the gardening world).
The bees are drunk on pollen and can hardly lift themselves off the blossoms because their pollen sacs are full to bursting
The poor innocent plants were tidily laid out on the concrete, having been mercilessly plucked from the earth. Is there no end to the cruelty of these birds? And I think they are the very same ones for whom I provided nesting boxes!
Finally a success with lily of the valley - it is usually far too warm
A bumper crop of passionfruit is expected - note to self, is there a home made sorbet recipe for passionfruit? Or perhaps some kind of liqueur?
The roses are thriving
The irises are relishing the change of position (even though they were a bit confused at first, having been constantly relocated)
Ever dependable Graham Thomas, so disease resistant and such a little trooper!
The first of the lilies blossoming
On the stitching front I am very pleased to proclaim that the tumbling blocks quilt is finally complete, though there is a sad ending to that tale. Feeling very proud of my achievements there I climbed up to the very heights of the storage cupboards in the sewing room to retrieve the next quilt awaiting completion ... only to realise that there are at least 10 quilts in the queue. So no more projects to be started until they are done.
Instead of calling this quilt tumbling flowers, I was about to call it "The Infinity Quilt" because it seemed I was never going to come to the end of it, but now that it is done I feel very fond of it - you know that feeling you have when you make a quilt, every one you complete is your new favourite.
In between the social outings there has been a fair bit of flea marketing - look at these works of art!
This one reminded me so much of the way the light falls on the trees in the wetlands where we walk
This one is another one of those where the artist was determined to use every colour in their paintbox, but more in an impressionistic style
and it suits but also contrasts so well with the other one using similar colours
Happy days at Shoestring Cottage, even if I have not mastered the intricacies of line dancing I am well pleased with life in the here and now.