May Day

May is named after the Greek Goddess, Maia. The month is a time of great celebrations in the northern hemisphere. It is the time flowers start to emerge and crops start to sprout.

Please let me say; “a huge welcome to the new blog”. I am sat in beautiful, month of May sunshine, a little chilly outside but very warm and bright in my conservatory at home.

I can not quite decide who has the better job, while sat here at the dining room table; I am able to watch my husband; Noel who is doing some gardening. He is not a natural gardener, in fact he is stood, with his hands on his hips surveying the 10 minutes of clearing he has just completed. But for me this is a brilliant start. He is gardening for me because he knows it means so much to me. You see I have been so poorly over the last 7 weeks; with 3 chest infections and chronic asthma and in and out of A&E, where I was looked after brilliantly as always and sent on my way being able to breathe again. I do digress but you know; breathing is so important!

Our garden is going to have a bit of a re-jig. We do not have a big garden but we did use to keep chickens and ducks. Oh how I loved my girls and our drake. He was such a gentleman, he use to make sure that ‘his’ girls were all in bed at night time before going to bed himself and he use to shoo the pigeons away until the family had all eaten. At the time of opening the Sewing and Craft School, 2 years ago, one of my husbands colleagues’ at work were looking to get some poultry and it felt that the right thing to do was re-home my flock to a lovely new home because I knew that running my own business was not going to allow me to look after them in the way I had for the last 7 years. So with all the excitement of the new school, there were tinges of sadness of the changes that needed to take place. But move on I did and now 2 years on, Noel and I have a plan. We do so miss growing our own vegetables. We manage to grow quite a bit of fruit but we miss picking fresh potatoes and tomatoes for tea. So the plan is to put some raised beds into the garden. The idea being, that there will be two tears. One for flowers to attract even more honey bees, bumble bees and butterflies to the garden and another tear for the vegetables. It’s going to be a long term project, very gradually changing the garden around in the next 2 years. But one of the biggest jobs, is to move the greenhouse, which is sat on our patio at present and has been for many years. The greenhouse is going to move to wear the chicken house use to be. And this is what Noel is working on now. He is digging up the bamboo and budlelia, that gave protection to the chickens during the cold winters and hot summer days. Lifting the patio blocks, so that a long life, hard wearing base can be laid as a foundation for the greenhouse. Small beginnings but the end result will be so worth the hard work and wait.

Another very important fresh start is the new series of; The Great British Sewing Bee, the 1st episode of series 4 will be shown on Tuesday 5th May on BBC Two at 8pm. Waited with great anticipation. Just a little plug for the school, if the new series gets your fingers twitching to making your own clothes, why not follow many other very satisfied students who have attended lots of enjoyable classes, while learning to make their own clothes. The studio is warm and welcoming and even if you are slightly worried about the class, I can really promise you will soon feel very relaxed and comfortable. Have a look on the programme page; I am sure there will be a class to fit in with you. And I really do look forward to meeting you.

Talking of Dressmaking, have you seen the film/DVD ‘The Dressmaker’ with Kate Winslet?









It was a film I wanted to watch, well what can I say it’s about dressmaking! During one of my short foray’s in leaving the house this week, for a little bit of food shopping, I decided to purchase the DVD. We sat down as a family Friday evening and watched the film. We all enjoyed the story, it was different to what we had all individually imagined but agreed we could watch it again. So I would say the film got a good plus from this family.

And my Sunday reading is:

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro,








It is taking me a long time to finish this book, I can’t say I am really enjoying the read but on the other hand I do want to finish the book and see what actually happens. I will keep plodding on. I love book recommendations, if you have any please share.

May Day Traditions: May Pole Dancing










I use do this as a child, I loved the platting of the ribbons around the pole, while dancing to the folk music. I still love the traditional costumes and music to this day. And what a beautiful day it would be today to do just this, dancing around the may pole, bliss.