In anticipation of my 100th post (this is my 96th, but the timing is right for holidays etc) I would like to offer a giveaway, as appears to be the custom. I have embroidered a tote bag using inspiration from my garden. The pocket on the front is lined with fabric that I watched being weaved at Masson Mill near Matlock - one of Sir Richards Arkwrights mills.
It will arrive in a box full of other goodies. I have popped in some seaside postcards, a couple of corsages and some felt flowers. I also found some scraps of the Ikea fabric that was designed by Cath Kidston, so I whipped up a couple of lavender bags. I knitted you an organic cotton dish cloth, and there is also a coca cola glass (that makes a rubbish drinking vessel, but a great little vase for flowers from the garden). There is a bottle of Hendo's for you to try, and a bar of Green & Blacks - for medicinal purposes!! If the winner has a crafty blog, i'll also add a little package of buttons and ribbons. So if you want to be in with a chance of winning, then just add a message to the comments, and when I get back from Norfolk, I'll draw out a winner - so you have plenty of time to enter. I do hope you win!!! (Open to all from wherever you are in the world!!)
Whilst I am away, I need you to keep an eye out for the "Perseid Shower". If you have never seen this before, you are in for a real treat. This occurs every year in and around the UK ( I don't know how far spread this is). It is basically a meteor shower - thousands and thousands of shooting stars. It is at its peak on Wednesday the 12th August, so if the skies are clear around this date, and you look up, you will see the spectacle. It is best when it is darkest, and if you have little light pollution. The best place I have viewed this from is the Channel Islands, so get ready Bumblebee Cottage. But my mum and I once lay on our front lawn at 11pm and were totally gobsmacked by the spectacle. So find yourself a loved one (human, dog or cat), pour yourself a glass of your favorite poison, and lay that blanket on the ground. Sparkling romance!
Good luck with the giveaway, and I'll see you when I get back.