August 2012

I found this week’s photo challenge title another hard one. That was until I went for an evening stroll around our little Essex seaside town. I spotted this sign in the greengrocersI then found this one in the mobility store window Based on the previous image I’ll leave it up to you to decide why I included this one. Last of all I found this outside a cafe.

Correct spelling really isn’t a strong feature of where I live!!

Not very interesting photos but definitely work for ‘wrong’. Hopefully I can find something more photographic for the next challenge!


Yesterday morning when I was watering my garden I was surprised by a small frog jumping out from under the plant I was watering. We used to live in a house with a large garden and a wildlife pond, so frogs were ten- a- penny, but our current home has a small garden with no room for a pond.

It is also a very secure garden with high fences all round, and no gaps anywhere. So I was very surprised to find we had acquired a frog. We live next door to a care home with a large garden, so my guess is the frog came as a very small froglet through one of the tiny gaps in the fencing and has been living unknown in our garden since then.

Seeing the frog immediately took me back to my teaching days when ‘growth’ was a very popular classroom topic with my little ones and I taught them the life-cycle of a frog, bringing in tadpoles and watching them grow, before taking them back to the same pond to release the froglets.

So here is my photo of our frog, a worthy contributor to the ‘growth’ photo challenge. frogAs I feel it’s likely to be a long term resident in our secure garden our little frog needs a name. Suggestions welcome!


I didn’t realise how much I had missed my embroidery machine until I got it back. Now it is working as I want it to once again I have been busy stitching out the designs I had digitised, and planning new ones. The website is now updated with the latest new designs I have test stitched. I really like this Indian culture inspired Mehndi hand design.
The Little Garden design is very pretty and would look lovely on any home items or even stitched onto clothing.

This new home design would make a really nice present for a wedding if it was framed, or it would also make lovely cushion covers. There is also a flying goose design and one with a butterfly and moths. The new free machine embroidery downloads on the website for August are a dolphin and a pink rose.

Now August is sorted I need to start thinking about Autumn and even Christmas designs! I think I need more hours in my day.

New additions to my website have been sadly lacking in July, but not through my lack of effort. I put my beloved embroidery machine in to a large sewing store in our nearest large town to be serviced over 3 weeks ago. It was working fine but I felt it was tempting fate to delay a service any longer. After quoting an astronomical amount to do this, they told me it would take 2-3 weeks! However I left it with them as it needed doing. I researched servicing costs when I got home and then complained to the store owner which got the cost halved! I then waited for a call to say it was done. And waited, and waited.

    After the 3 weeks had passed I telephoned the store, to be told it was ready and that they had left a message on ‘an answerphone‘ 9 days ago. Well we do have an answerphone, however there had definitely been no messages left as the phone tells us when there is, and of course it stores any messages that are left until they are physically deleted. As only myself and my lovely husband have been in the house over that time nobody else could have come along and deleted it either. Grinding my teeth in frustration we went to collect the machine.

On getting it home I eagerly set about test stitching the designs I had done ready for putting on my machine embroidery website. The store had given me a perfect test stitch sample back with the machine. Try as I might I could not get it to sew anything like properly!! I then spent a very frustrating 10 hours of making adjustments to finally get it to sew to my standards. I had just paid out more than it costs to service a car! Surely I could expect it to work? Well because I now badly needed it, and the store is an hours drive away, I persevered until it sewed perfectly again.

Needless to say I will never put a sewing machine in there again. I will be writing to them to say how disgusted I am by their work and lack of honesty. I have been testing my new designs today and they will be put on the website very soon.

We are finally getting some decent weather here, thankfully as the Olympics are in full swing. With the sunny days we are getting beautiful sunsets over our backwaters again so here are a couple of photographs I took last night. The sky  was really pretty.

This one was a little later.

Finally I liked this shot with the  branch silhouetted on the side.