What happened there?
One minute it's all chugging along in a pretty standard way, and then WHOOOMP! You have a few days away from blogs and blogging and return home to find you just can't get it all started again...Maybe the battery is flat; perhaps the starter motor has seized up; perhaps it's the spark plugs?
Whatever it is, I am attempting a bit of tweaking and rummaging today, in the hope that I can get the thing up and running again. Otherwise known as 'doing a post'...
So, Mr U-t-B and I had a few days away to celebrate our wedding anniversary.
We headed off to the Limousin countryside, perhaps best known for the pretty (but apparently quite fierce) cattle...
Okay, Monsieur Bull - I get the hint!
It may not sound the most glamorous way to celebrate, but I went over to his 'retirement project' to help him tidy his tools!
Oh the fun!
Seriously though, I really did enjoy this!
That IS the 'after' photo - and though it may not look like it, it really is super-organised now!
Mr U-t-B has a lot of tools, and he is always so hell-bent on doing the next job, and the next one, and the next, that he ends up with a right old chaotic mess and then slowed down when he can't lay his clever hands on what he requires.
Our quarters were rustic, but clean and with a beautiful view. Owls hooting made the only night-time sounds, cuckoos in the daytime and bats were pretty much our only companions.
At Mr U-t-B's project, there is no electricity, unless you switch the noisy generator on. So light is courtesy of solar lamps, hot water is provided by a 'camping' shower (which luckily is plumbed into an inside shower, as it was flippin' freezing outside!) and the much needed extra heat is provided by a paraffin heater.
No internet, intermittent phone signal - bliss!
The weather was pretty ropey - cold and drizzly, which meant we were only too happy to get on with the inside tidying jobs, so that in his next stint of work, Mr U-t-B can turn this area into a bedroom.
The morning we were to set off for home, the sun finally decided to put in an appearance.
Driving home, we stopped for lunch and a wander around Chartres.
Anyway, once back home I had a swap to take part in.
I had another attempt at making a textile ATC, this one trying to tailor it to my swap partner's likes.
I decided that this was the one to send, as I hoped it was most in tune with the recipient's likes.
I was then lucky enough to receive this sweet and beautifully made card from my other partner...
Thank you to Hilda, of inkythings.blogspot.co.uk. I love the image of the girl, the colours and fabrics.
It is now sitting happily in my workroom, where I can see it often. I enjoyed taking part in Ali's swap, and if she runs one again, I'm sure I'll be signing up!
Well, I think that is quite enough as a test-run. Hopefully back very soon - I have books and sewing to share...