Friday, 29 June 2007

News and Views

My Freestyle Quilting Frame has finally arrived! This is Box one, which released a lovely smell of quality plywood when I opened it. Box Two is much bigger and heavier and has the poles and rails in it. There are a few pages of instructions and a CD on assembly. I am pleased to have it, but I think assembly and testing is going to have to wait until I get back from Sisters towards the end of July. I don't have room or time to tackle it right now. I spent a couple of hours today choosing 12 fabrics for my Mystery quilt class in Sisters and doing the pre-cutting today - it is so hard when you don't know what the quilt will look like. Plus I was working from my stash, and I have a terrible majority of medium-value, small print fabrics, I seem to find it very hard to buy big prints or dark colours. Other than that, I am procrastinating heavily about actually packing anything, I will likely panic in a few nights and do something.

The other great news is that I got my Featherweight 222 running! I sat down with the manual, some Singer oil, and some Singer Lube that my American friend kindly sent over to me (because I couldn't find any here) and worked through the steps in the manual to disassemble, reassemble, and oil/lube. And when I tried it afterwards, it ran! I am so pleased. I am still a bit dubious about the electrics, but I have decided not to look a gift horse in the mouth.

At Malvern I purchased a pack of 11 FQs from the 'By the

Sea' collection. The FQ packet came with the picture (no pattern) of a wallhanging (at left)- I don't know if this was designed by the shop, Lady Sew & Sew or by the fabric company. I bought it because the wallhanging reminded me of our favourite place ever for a holiday, which is the Duver, a beach near St. Helens on the Isle of Wight, which we have visited many times on family holidays. Therefore I slightly redesigned the wallhanging to look more like the Duver, which has its beach huts to the right, and a Napoleonic gun fort out in the Channel (I had to blank out a couple of light houses on the fabric and change one into a gun fort). I still have one more element to add, which is the ancient church tower standing to the left of the picture (all that is left of the old church of St. Helens). Techniques used are a mixture of normal seaming, machine applique, and fusible applique. It will have borders eventually but probably not until I get back from Sisters.

Wednesday, 27 June 2007

Belgian Cafe

You may recall a few posts back in May, I think, when I was describing a group swap project I have organised with three friends from my sewing club. We all chose a picture, cut it into four pieces, and gave a piece to each of the others (keeping one ourselves) to render in fabric. I previously did a slice of an African head, and a portion of a Monet impressionistic painting of a snowy farm. I put off doing this third project because I was not inspired by the restriction imposed by the owner - she provided her own fabric for the sky, building, and foreground, which kind of goes against the whole point of the project in a way. The building fabric she gave us is very low contrast and the foreground fabric is not different enough in value. Each of us was given one building to do, and mine was supposed to be a restaurant or bar. She took the picture above when she went to visit her friend in Belgium, and she wants to create a Belgian street scene as she really likes their architecture.

In the picture below, you can see the pattern she gave me on the left, and my fabric version on the right. As you can see, I couldn't resist 'jazzing it up' a little so that it didn't look so boring. She asked us to render the picture as if it were summer, and to use window boxes etc., so I have some justification. She gave us total freedom in what techniques we used, so I have mainly used fusible applique, with detailing in machine stitching. I have a great fabric which I have used a lot for this kind of picture, it is all conservatories and wrought iron and pot plants, so most of the architectural details came from that fabric. The sun umbrellas were cut out of a beach umbrella fabric that I bought at Malvern, and the awning is from an old Laura Ashley skirt that I used to wear in the early 80s which found its way into my stash many years ago. I am feeling rather clever that I have managed to suggest an outdoor patio with tables, without actually having to do any tables/chairs in fabric (which would have been hard)!

I haven't done my own fabric picture slice yet (which is of Venice) and nor have I got back any Venice slices from the other three ladies (I think they are struggling a bit with it). The due date for handing back all the pictures is September, I might wait until I have the other three slices and see how they look before I do mine - I might need to modify my slice to go better with what they've done.

Sunday, 24 June 2007

I looked like a big pink linebacker

I had a really fun day yesterday at my Saturday sewing group. After dealing with the admin and the show and tell, I taped my now entirely-blue background Lone Star to the floor and squared it up with a trick I saw on my Ricki Tims DVD, which is to put a pin in each corner and use string hooked over each pin in turn and then tied so that the string forms a square. You can use a ruler and a measuring tape to square up the quilt, moving the pins as necessary, then mark the cutting line along the string. This quilt is so big (I haven't measured it but I think it is already about 80 inches square even before borders are added) that I don't have room to lay it out flat at home, so it was good to do it at the church hall where my group meets.

Then I got busy on the Chelsea Tote by Lazy Girl Designs, and got most of it done, and I finished it up today (Sunday). This went together really well, and I was impressed at how thorough the instructions were. I made a few changes: I put a zip on the outside pocket, and another zip on one of the inside pockets, for added security. I also layered the cover with very heavy interfacing to make it fairly stiff - the pattern only calls for a single layer of batting and fabric which would make a very floppy bag.

I used the recommended Bag-E-Bottom (7" square acrylic) in the bottom of the bag but found that my bag actually came out more like 8"x 7" in the bottom, which is odd as I followed the instructions pretty closely, must be a seam allowance thing. Having made this tote, and I am pleased with it, I would say that having an almost square bottom makes it less comfortable to use as a tote, and even as a knapsack I think I would prefer it not to stick out so much from my back. If it had a rectangular bottom that was, say, 4 inches wide, I think it would work better. I will use it for a while and see if I get used to it, but I think I might make another one in a rectangular shape but using the same general principles. It is also not really that big, which surprised me because you start with a pretty big piece of fabric (27" x 36") - again, I guess that having to go around a square bottom takes up more fabric. I certainly wouldn't be able to cram my usual motley commuter's collection into it (English weather is very unpredictable, so this time of year I am travelling to and from work with sun glasses, sun hat, umbrella, and sometimes a light coat, as well as all the other usual female debris that we gals like to haul about, and also a book to read on the train).

I finished my cardigan in Rowan Biggy Print wool. This was a pattern called Penny in the Rowan Big Wool leaflet, and in the picture it looked like a slim fitting chanel-type jacket. My stitch tension was spot on (I adjusted for row tension) and I blocked the finished pieces to the given measurements. But when I sewed it up and put it on - I looked like a big pink linebacker! The sleeves were too loose, but the worst thing was that the weight of all that big wool just pulled the whole sweater down off the shoulders and it looked absolutely terrible. Very disappointing and no mention at all in the pattern leaflet of how to deal with the problem. I tried a cord between the shoulder seams to take some of the weight but in the end I had to admit that I would never wear it if I left the sleeves on. So I took them back off and now I have a very expensive Biggy Print waistcoat instead. DH says it looks like something Sonny & Cher would have worn - I'm going to ignore him.

Thursday, 21 June 2007

Time is flying by

I can't believe it is Thursday already - have you noticed that the older we get, the faster time seems to whiz by? For that matter, I can't believe it is June already and my trip to Sisters starts in just two weeks. I had all these plans to get fitter and do lots of exercise before I went, which needless to say hasn't happened, and now I am starting to panic slightly about the pre-work I need to do for the two classes I am taking there (choosing fabric and some pre-cutting, plus getting supplies packed). I had a bit of anxiety when the final tour itinerary arrived and it said we were now having a day out on excursions on the same day that my second class was happening - but it turns out this was a mistake and the day out is still on the original day which they had told us to keep free. I am dreading the first travel day though - we have to be at the airport at 07:30 and by the time we finally land at Portland it will be 03:00 am the next day. I am going to be so wrecked that it isn't going to be funny. Just hope I don't pick up a cold on the plane - I've done that before and it isn't fun either.

No pics today because I haven't finished anything. I am currently working on my next applique block while I watch tv in the evenings, plus I have finished knitting my Big Wool cardigan and have blocked the pieces and am now sewing it together. This is one big heavy cardigan, definitely not for summer wear! I have finished replacing all four corners of the Lone Star and have unpicked and swapped the two quarters so that the odd-coloured points are more distributed. That caused some problems with the centre not lining up very well, but I have reached a compromise on that. Now I just need to replace the four triangle background pieces and it will be all blue. I've checked with a ruler and none of the triangles between points are 90 degrees either, plus I can't use the former pink triangles as patterns now that I have swapped the points around. So my cunning plan is (haven't tried this yet so not sure it is going to work) to spread the quilt out flat on the carpet, and prick through the seam lines onto a large piece of paper to capture the correct angle for each triangle. Then I can 'connect the dots' to make a custom pattern for that particular triangle. That's the plan, anyway.

I'm still knitting the baby cardigan that I took on holiday, I think I will keep on taking it camping this summer until it is done. I have my Saturday Sewing Club this weekend and I am getting ready to make the Chelsea knapsack/bag from the Lazy Girl pattern series that day - I've been reading through the directions and now I need to choose some appropriate fabric. It looks straightforward enough, although I am not keen on the outside pocket - I think I might substitute a zipped pocket instead.

Saturday, 16 June 2007

Miss Lydia Pickett, Lone Star and Sunglasses

I've started piecing in the replacement blue background on my vintage Lone Star. It took me a while to get my head around this, but here is how I am doing it. The Star itself is pieced mainly from fairly coarsely woven fabric (feedsacks?) with some thinner solid pieces. The first thing I did was to spray starch the whole top fairly heavily to stabilise all that old fabric and those bias edges. I was pleased to find that when I ironed the top flat, most of the volcano effect disappeared as well from the middle. Next I carefully unpicked one square corner at a time (I've done three corners now, but the pic shows the first one I did), making a note in pencil on the pink square as to where I needed to add more fabric on (because many of the set in background pieces are too small and don't extend to the star tips). After the pink square was removed, I rotary-cut the star's seam allowances down to 1/4-inch where they were more than this, but the stitching line is extremely erratic and the original seam allowances vary from about 1/16th" to 1/2". Then I pressed the pink square flat and laid it on my blue yardage and used it as a pattern to cut a replacement piece - this is because none of the pink 'squares' are actually 90 degree squares, but as the quilt lies more or less flat, I don't want to mess that up by getting too pedantic about angles. I lay my ruler with the 1/4inch line along the seam line of the pink square, and rotary cut the blue fabric so that it was 1/4inch bigger than the original pink seam line regardless of what the pink seam allowance was. On the outer two blue sides, I allowed an extra two inches to make the blue squares big enough. Then I discarded the pink square, its job was done. Then I pinned on the starch-stabilised Lone Star edge right sides together on top of the blue square, trying to keep the star's original stitching line 1/4inch from the edge of my new blue piece. Then I stitched from the centre of the star to the outside tip, exactly on the original seam line unless this was too skimpy then I added a bit more. As the tips had mostly not been completely sewn in (because the original pink background was too small), I had no stitching line to follow on the tips, so I used an Easy Eight Ruler to drawn in the appropriate diamond-shaped stitching lines in pencil on the wrong side of the tip. I repeated the above steps for the other seam, with the added step of checking after the first half inch of sewing that my inside corner was ok and going to lie flat. The result so far is pretty good - in the pic the blue has gotten a bit wrinkled but it is actually laying pretty flat. Once I have all four corners stabilised, I am going to unpick two quarters of the Lone Star and try to swap them about, to break up the three points which have scraps of a different colour so they are better distributed about the quilt.

Another project I have completed is this cover-up for my boring black sunglasses case, inspired by the Japanese book I bought at Malvern which is called something like 'Tiny Patchworks I Love to See About Me'. The two house blocks (used side by side here) are actually from a placemat in another Japanese book I own, but I immediately thought they looked like beach huts and the concept kind of grew from there. Both sides are the same, and I sort of paper-pieced it using my own lazy-girl method where I just trace the pattern onto tracing paper, then cut it up as necessary for paper piecing and pretend it has seam allowances. I am going to Sisters in three weeks (I am so excited!!) and I am going to be the cool quilter who has a quilted camera case and a quilted sunglasses case (yes, no doubt I will actually look nerdy but there you go).

Being a new month, I received my next Miss Lydia Pickett 1/2 inch scale dollshouse kit from Judith of 'In Some Small Way'. This month it was two small kits: a bench and two stacking boxes, and a cat bed/dog bed combo. I don't want a cat/dog bed in my 1/2 inch scale scene (call me crazy) and this is the drawback of being in a club because you get stuff you would not necessarily have ordered yourself. However, I decided to make a virtue of it and I turned the cat bed into a breakfast tray by leaving off the front side and gluing the cushion fabric onto the 'tray' surface, and the printie that would have gone onto the front side was glued onto the rear of the tray. I took the dog bed and added some legs, and again glued the cushion fabric onto the flat surface, to create a little writing desk. The legs look slightly unrealistic but my plan is to hide it in a corner of the room where you can't see the legs too well.

We're actually away camping this weekend at a campsite about 8 miles from our house, but it is pouring with rain (as usual when we go camping) so we've come home for the afternoon which has given me a chance to blog! Best wishes all, I love reading your comments.

Wednesday, 13 June 2007

My garden, and Stashbuster topics

I love this time of year in my garden - everything is blooming and not much has succumbed to all the horrible diseases that come in the summer (black spot, mildew etc. etc. I get it all here). I have planted several hanging baskets, each with a different fuschia in the middle, and I just love this double fuschia which is so exotic (no, I don't know what it is called, I just go to the garden centre and grab things).

I planted a low lavender hedge along the edge of the lawn when we moved in four years ago, and it has grown up into a lovely feature which is just glorious this time of year. I am going to cut some tomorrow for drying.

While I was on holiday I missed a couple of Stashbuster topics. I think one was on 'What is your dream quilt to make one day?'. Well, my dream quilt is likely the latest one that has caught my eye, as I am terrible about falling in love with things I see in books and magazines (thus my nick ShinyNewThing). But one quilt I have always intended to tackle is the Double Wedding Ring, except I just know it will be a disaster because it embodies all the things I'm not good at: accuracy, points, curves, repetitive blocks etc. But I keep flirting with the DWR. I bought the John Flynn book years ago (where you sew strips, and cut across, then re-sew the seams at an angle to make wedges), and later I bought rotary templates from Quilting in the Heartland, and I have been tempted by the pre-printed interfacing, and by the laser-cut kit on the Fons & Porter website. One of these days...

The other topic was on how do you label your quilt. I do label almost all my quilts, although if I am giving it away I might just sew on one of my 'Made by ...' tags because I'm not sure non-quilters understand having a whole bunch of writing on the back.
In most cases I hand-write in Pigma pen onto a fabric printed label, which I buy from quilt shows, and I try to have a label that relates to the subject of the quilt, such as this xmas label for my xmas quilt. I always put my name, town and county, the date I finished it, and if it is a pattern then the name of the designer and perhaps the book/mag the pattern appeared in.

Sometimes, particularly if I am not going to wash the quilt (e.g. a wall hanging) I just print out a label from the computer.

Occasionally for special quilts that I know I will never give away or sell, I go into a lot more detail, listing my design source, or RR contributors, or the reason I made it. This was a signature quilt from a tour to Paducah, and I have a big story about why and who made it, and a photo of the tour (printed onto fabric).
I label quilts primarily because I have the memory of a may fly since giving birth 12 years ago and I like to have it written down when I made it and why. There is also the heritage aspect, so that if my quilts ever escape into the wide world and end up with a quilter, they will know a bit about it. But honestly, I highly doubt that many, if any at all, of my quilts will still be around in 150 years. I also wonder sometimes if quilters might be going a bit overload with the whole labelling thing - it is romantic to wonder who made the antique quilts of our great grandmothers when there aren't so many of those around. But when there are zillions of 1990/2000 quilt revival quilts floating around in the year 2150, all documented to the eyeballs, I wonder how special it is going to be really. Aren't I a big cynic?

Monday, 11 June 2007

'May' Applique Block

I had a plan this year to do two hand applique 17-inch blocks per month, from the book 'Grandmother's Last Quilt'. Unfortunately this plan has developed more and more time lag until I arrive at the sorry situation where I have just finished my first May block on 10th June. Partly it is because of all the inside and outside corners on the petals of the flower, and then I was away for a week on holiday, but mainly it is because I just haven't been doing the time. I also don't feel this block has turned out as well as the earlier ones. Grrrrrr...

Several people have told me that if I just follow the steps in the Singer FW manual for cleaning and lubricating, it might get it sewing again. Apparently I need 'Singer Lube' to lubricate it, will have to see if I can get some of that in this country. I haven't done anything with the machine yet, been too busy at work.

Friday, 8 June 2007

I own a Featherweight!

I am now the proud owner of a (currently non-sewing) Singer Featherweight 222 Free Arm model. I went down to the charity shop where they were holding the machine for me (after my inside mole had told me about it) to try it out. It is in reasonable cosmetic condition, some scratches and wear but not too bad, but I think the electrics need replacing as the insulation and plug look old. There is power to the motor, and it tries to sew, but the top thread keeps looping and snagging on the bobbin case plus all this oily fluff is coming up the stitch plate, so I think it needs a good service to sort it out and then it will be fine. I wanted it anyway because it was the 222 which is rarer, so we discussed price. I didn't want to cheat them because it was a Cancer Research shop, but equally they aren't supposed to be selling electrical goods at all and certainly not non-working ones, so they were eager to unload it. So we settled on a price we were both happy with which took into account that I will likely have to pay more than that again to have it serviced and re-wired. The case is in good condition as well, although it doesn't have a drop-in tray at the top like my mother's did, and it has its original manual, an embroidery hoop for darning, and the little green box of accessories which looks fairly complete. Now I just need to find a good place to send it for a service (I don't use my local place because I hate them, we had a real falling out some years ago and I've never been back, and lots of other people complain about them as well). This will be my machine for taking out of the house once it is working, and my Janome will stay home safe and sound. It has an 'EM' prefix on the serial number, I looked it up and it was born in 1957 in the factory in Clydesbank, Scotland. That means it is 50 years old, wow. Bet not many of our computerised machines will still be working in 50 years time.

Yesterday I spent more than two hours wrecking my eyes as I glued on 636 tiny 'cookies' onto tiny 'cookie sheets' for a swap that I am doing in quarter-scale. I couldn't even do any applique last night because my eyes were really sore, I went back to doing my big knitting as I caught up on Grey's Anatomy which has just started its third season over here. Remember when we were younger and you could do stuff without straining your eyes/back/hands/whatever? I feel better today, if I get a chance (loads of paperwork to get through) I hope to start my June Miss Lydia Pickett kits which arrived in the post while I was on holiday.

Thursday, 7 June 2007

Old fashioned Dolls

Here is the promised pic of the faded blue solid fabric I ordered in as replacement background for my vintage lone star (see post "Need Background Advice" below). I've just laid it out on the floor this time rather than pinning it up on the wall. The fabric looks a bit greyer in the pic than it does in real life, in real life it is a close, but not exact, match for the darker faded blue solid that you see near the centre and in the tips. I expect I could find an even closer match if I kept ordering fabric, but I think this one is pretty close and it really 'pops' the star now. I can imagine it with a vintage border (maybe red gingham?) on my bed, I think it will look good. Hopefully by this weekend I can start piecing it into the star. I know people liked the yellow background I started with, but much as I like that butter yellow, this faded blue is going to fit into my bedroom much more calmly - the yellow would have really shrieked at me every time I walked into the room. My bedroom is decorated (not that you can see it much under all the clutter) in blue and white.

These two antique-style dolls (the largest one is about 9 inches high) are my latest UFO finish - I bought this Gail Wilson kit in Pennysylvania in 2003 when I was over for the Lancaster show. This is the basic doll (and dolls' doll) from her Early American series and it has to be one of the most complete kits I have ever seen in my life. I cannot believe the painstaking care that went into this kit - as well as handwritten detailed instructions, you get pre-printed fabric pattern pieces, pure wool stuffing; pure wool hair; a stuffing stick; sand for weighting the feet and hands realistically; muslin, lace, crochet cord and buttons for the costumes; 10 pots of paint for painting the doll's skin and face, including an antiquing glaze to make them look old; stencils for accuracy for the faces on both dolls; fray check; I think there was even sandpaper for sanding smooth the skin after the first coat of paint. I thought it was expensive when I bought it, now I think it was cheap at the price.

On the same trip, I successfully bid for some vintage fabric and a book on vintage doll clothes at the Lancaster quilt show auction, so I think I will try and make a dress for both of them now (although doll dressmaking is not my forte). I've really enjoyed making these dolls, and they look just like antiques now that they are finished. Gail Wilson also sells patterns for costumes but I think I will have a go myself.

My local scrapbooking store is closing down (that's where I scored the half-price knitting wool before) so I went in and bought up some tacky glue, and several papers that might be useful for dollshousing. We started our new group project at Dollshouse Club last night - it is a simple L-shaped bookend that is to be decorated by each of us with a sewing theme! So right up my alley. A lot of people are doing a Victorian sewing room but I think I am going to do a modern quilt shop, or at least, as much of one as I can squeeze onto the approximately 5"x6" display area. I've seen examples in magazines that other people have done, I think I can squeeze in a display stand of fabric bolts, hang some 'quilts' on the wall, make a sewing machine out of Fimo etc. I used my scrapbooking papers for the floor and wall, it looks quite cheery.

Anyway, I've got to run, my inside person at the local charity shop tells me they have a Singer Featherweight machine just come in in good condition and I have to go and look at it first thing this morning. I feel paranoid about taking my Janome 6500 out of the house now, after all the trouble I had with it, so I have been thinking about getting a smaller machine for taking to club. Swooze recommended the Janome Gem Platinum 720 but suddenly this FW has come up, so I will go and have a look at it anyway. My mother used to have one so I am familiar with sewing on them (I love that smell when you open up the case, sort of eau-de-vintage-machine-oil).

Monday, 4 June 2007

Catching Up

Not having blogged for over a week, I have a bit to catch up on. Here is a pic of the String Star quilt that I made for my son a few weeks ago. As you can see, I didn't quilt it very heavily because it was meant to be a quick quilt, although that goes against the grain because I normally don't like to see so much puffyness. I quilted diagonally through each block, and around the star. To fix down the background, I free-motioned a scrolling feather, which also gave me a chance to get back in practice with free motioning on my Janome after not having the machine for such a long time. My son is really pleased with the quilt and took it on our camping trip, and it was nice for me to see him wrapped up in it over his sleeping bag. (you can just see a bit of a double-wedding ring peeking out from behind, I couldn't clip it entirely from the photo).

This is a cute camera bag I made for myself out of 30s fabrics, inspired by one of the Japanese books I picked up at the Malvern show which is called something like "Tiny Little Patchworks that I love". The book was full of small household objects, like mobile phone holders and notepad covers, and I thought it was such a cool idea that normal functional objects could be beautiful. My eye immediately fell upon my utilitarian black camera case, which works fine but I don't even like black, so why am I living with this camera case?? Using some of the techniques from the book, I duplicated the case in patchwork (with a double layer of batting for safety). Next on the transformation list will be my functional black sunglasses holder.

We've just come back from a whirlwind European camping tour, with stops in Southwestern Netherlands (visits to Maastricht and area), Luxembourg, and Nancy in France. It rained a lot, but the weather didn't hold us back, and we saw so many cool things (not to mention eating so many wonderful meals - I felt hard done by this morning not having a fresh crusty croissant for my breakfast).

We toured around loads of castles and chateaux, including this spectacular one in Vianden in Luxembourg where I also found a patchwork shop called 'Castle Patchworks' appropriately enough. I had a quick look inside hoping to find some European souvenir to take home, but it was all imported expensive American prints.

I saw so many wonderful buildings that would make great dollshouses - why are modern buildings so boring?? Why don't we have cool corner turrets and gothic windows and witch-hat roofs over circular corner stairs? Why is almost every building a bland box nowadays? I didn't find any miniatures shops at all, but I did find a new fridge magnet to add to my collection of 'building'-shaped magnets - I have over 100 now and my husband thinks this is a sign of my general collector's nuttiness. I only buy ones that look like little 3-d buildings, with no background or writing on them, and I have found them in several countries that I have visited which is kind of fun (although I declined to buy the little marijuana parlor and the little prostitute's house magnet that was on sale in liberal-minded Holland).

I also picked up a bunch of cheap clothes at the hypermarket in France, and three cases of red wine (for medicinal purposes of course) at $2 a bottle which is our kind of price (as you can see, we are not wine connoisseurs). I bought a French patchwork magazine called 'Magic Patch' but was a bit disappointed with it as it was almost entirely art quilts which are not really my thing.

But it is great to be home - I am looking forward to getting re-acquainted with my sewing machine some time this week. The blue background fabric arrived that I ordered for re-setting the vintage Lone Star and I think it is going to work really well, I will take a photo and post it on the blog soon. I took some knitting on the trip, a baby cardigan in multi-coloured pastel double-knitting on 4mm needles - these are so much smaller than the huge needles I have been using recently that the knitting feels like it is taking ages even though it is only a baby item. I got the back and one front done, and am part-way through the second front. It is a simple lace pattern so I am feeling proud of myself for progressing in my knitting lessons this far.
It's nice to be back!

Sunday, 3 June 2007

I'm back

Just a quick note to say that I got back from a camping trip today (Limburg in The Netherlands, Luxembourg and a stop in France) and the replacement broadband router was waiting for me! So I am back on broadband at last. This day has disappeared after feeding the laundry machine and trying to tidy up, but I hope to make a proper post soon.

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