Sunday, 5 February 2012

My Portrait

My talented mother has started painting portraits, this one is of me.

She is taking commissions if you are interested? You can see more of her work here

Thursday, 2 February 2012

What's new?

This little blog of mine suffered from a major post shortage last year. Saying that I lost my blogging mojo would be a be a bit of an understatement! My time was taken up with working full time, and so there were few hours for making stuff, and even less time for blogging. Even though I haven't been keeping my blog up to date, I've been still been stopping by my old favourite blogs, only I have been rather quiet about it.

Anyway, life for me has changed a little. I'm no longer a teaching assistant, I've switched roles and now I'm a full-time student - In October I started a degree in Fashion & Textiles. We have to keep a journal to reflect on how each of our assignments are progressing, and our lecturer suggested that we could write a blog instead of writing in a book, so I have started a new one - Sew She Says, if your interested. It will be quite different from this one, so I won't be saying goodbye to The White Verandah just yet.

I still have my allotment, I'm even on the committee as blog administrator, and I'm getting ready for the spring. Last year was all about infrastructure. I managed to rope a few members of the family into helping me put up a little shed, then builded a lean-to extension with a clear roof for extra water collection and raising seedlings. I now have three water butts, and I'm on the look out for more! I've inherited some raspberry canes, rhubarb, a gooseberry bush and got given some strawberry plants from an allotment neighbour. I managed to get some black and red currant bushes in and I planted some asparagus in the autumn so my perennials are more or less sorted.

So let's hope I can manage three blogs this year, I must be mad!

This is the view from my plot on a rather misty winters day.