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On Being Alone, Bikes, Bonnets & Bits ‘N’ Bobs

June 15, 2009

Where has the weekend gone? So many plans to get so much done…and the weekend has gone in the blink of an eye!! But I did finish Rachel’s bonnet…!!Rachel's Bonnet 005

The Bike Fest was held yesterday, at The Brayford Pool, and the weather was lovely for it…but I didn’t go. The Echo deemed it a  roaring success…

This morning, Robert went off to London for a bit of a re-union with some old school chums, which leaves me with no distractions, so I have been able to get on drawing up my bodice pattern pieces and cutting up my fabric. I made a mock up in some spare fabric, and Robert helped me last night, when I tried it on, by holding it (overlapped as if buttoned). It fits!!

Now I can cut out the pieces in the main fabric and get stitching. This is not going to be a period-correct bodice, as I will be wearing a short jacket, called a spencer, over the top. (I have plenty of fabric left over to make a period-correct bodice later).

There are so many things that I want to spend my money on, at the moment, that I am going to have to think about what is really necessary and what isn’t….black leather pumps in Barratts £10…Russian braid for decorating spencer and reticule, etc…book, The Landships of Lincoln £10…and a few more things, as usual!

Hmmm…I might get the shoes first (if they’ve still got any), as stock is changing all the time.

47 Comments leave one →
  1. Curiosity permalink
    June 15, 2009 1:46 pm

    Love the bonnet. It looks so feminine and pretty.

  2. Curiosity permalink
    June 15, 2009 1:55 pm

    I am back working in London tomorrow and Thursday in the area Bob grew up in again, might even pull him over and have a chat! We are starting at 6am and finishing at 10pm so chances are if he is on the road he will see us.

  3. Sandi permalink
    June 15, 2009 2:16 pm

    You\’re in \’ammersmiff, then? Where he was born. Am trying to remember places he lived. Greenford…he went to school, there, and is stopping there with ex in-laws tonight.

  4. Curiosity permalink
    June 15, 2009 2:25 pm

    Will be near Greenford and Ealing way.

  5. Eileen permalink
    June 15, 2009 2:30 pm

    The bonnet looks lovely! It really does look pretty.The list of wants and needs eh? We don\’t even have a Barratts anymore 😦 reminds me I need to find a new pair of sandals – mine are reaching the stage where there is more glue than sole left!Looking forward to seeing your next project finished!

  6. Sandi permalink
    June 15, 2009 2:47 pm

    Have let him know, in case he\’s about.Eileen…watch this space…as they say.Aw…thunder and lightening finished…!!

  7. Sandi permalink
    June 15, 2009 2:48 pm

    Hmmm…just hope Rachel likes it… :-O

  8. Curiosity permalink
    June 15, 2009 3:06 pm

    We have had rumbling thunder all day but not even a drop of rain. My Aunt 5 miles away says it is thundering and drizzle. Please please don\’t rain tomorrow when I am stuck at work with no shelter. Last time work gave us hire cars so at least we had somewhere to sit on our breaks, this time it is by coach.

  9. Eileen permalink
    June 15, 2009 3:17 pm

    Blue skies and sunshine so far today – my head has been telling me all day it\’s going to be a good storm when it hits though! I\’m hoping I\’m home by then though.. it\’s great to stand on the door step and watch as it gets stuck in the valley and bounces back and forth 🙂

  10. Cornish permalink
    June 15, 2009 3:32 pm

    Is that mine? I\’m speechless. It\’s beautiful Sandi, I don\’t know what to say other than thankyou. *honk – blows nose*. Um weather. Yes. Might have to turn off for a bit as there\’s golf balls coming out the sky! Holy moly!!!!! Back soon. xx

  11. Sandi permalink
    June 15, 2009 3:32 pm

    I so love a good thunder storm!! There have been a few flashes and rumbles, for the last couple of hours, but that\’s about it so far…

  12. Eileen permalink
    June 15, 2009 3:41 pm

    Aw Sandi! You reduced Rachel to tears!!

  13. Sandi permalink
    June 15, 2009 3:41 pm

    Big sigh of relief…!I\’ll send it tomorrow.

  14. Cornish permalink
    June 15, 2009 3:55 pm

    One of these days I\’m going to remember that I have a laptop and only have to pull the cord to protect it against power surges!Ahhhh Sandi, it really is lovely. I can\’t wait to see it properly. Thank you so much for all your hard work.I know what you mean about wanting lots of things at the moment. Birthday season is once again on me with both daughters wanting ipods. I\’m nearly at the point on my patchwork where I need the backing to the quilt which I reckon will cost about £50. I bought the wadding the other day to break the spending down a bit and that was £30. Quite fancy an ipod myself too. Hmmmm, better go turn on the red light tonight to earn some money. They usually pay me to turn the thing off once I open the door so it\’s an easy way to earn a few bob.As for the weather, I stupidly paid attention to the met office this morning (why do I do that?) and saw that storms were due for this afternoon. Changed my whole day around and did my shopping this morning to accommodate and got wet. Up until now, this afternoon has been lovely and sunny. Go figure!!

  15. Sandi permalink
    June 15, 2009 4:01 pm

    I don\’t know, Rachel…why do you listen to the Met? I like area specific weather report…like on my Home page. Though that gives you the weather as it is now…rather than a few hours time…but it does come from Waddington (just up the hill)!I\’m glad you like it…(might hate it when you receive it…if you do, I\’ll go stick my head in the oven…!!)Gotta go to W**k now…see ya\’s all later…!

  16. Cornish permalink
    June 15, 2009 4:14 pm

    Don\’t stick your head in the oven Sandi, it\’ll catch fire!!!!!Eeeeeeekkkk. *runs to train timetable to rescue Sandi from the oven*

  17. Eileen permalink
    June 15, 2009 4:23 pm

    Don\’t work too hard Sandi!! And no gassing yourself out red doesn\’t suit you ;-)I\’m still waiting for the torrential rain and storms we\’re supposedly having since about 12 today.. it is getting grey out there but it\’s still hot.

  18. Curiosity permalink
    June 15, 2009 4:42 pm

    Eileen, I know what you mean about head telling you there is a storm due. I have had a splitting headache all day which will probably go when the air does clear. Used to suffer migraines and learnt to cope with them just abbout but todays headache has reminded me all over again. Not used to headaches these days.

  19. Curiosity permalink
    June 15, 2009 4:45 pm

    Rachel, how lovely is your new bonnet. Looking forward to seeing pics of the big day of both of you in full costume.

  20. Sandi permalink
    June 15, 2009 8:05 pm

    I keep trying to get Rachel to come to Bath in September, but she says she will feel silly dressing in her costume and promenading in the streets…with well over a hundred others in their costumes, too. Actually, I\’m not sure if it\’s over two or three hundred people, now…the numbers go up every year.

  21. Curiosity permalink
    June 15, 2009 9:14 pm

    It would be easy to just go there and try it, afterall if you did not like it then get changed and leave or watch! Shame to miss out on a day that could turn out to be thoroughly enjoyable with other people getting into the swing of things.

  22. Eileen permalink
    June 15, 2009 9:38 pm

    You\’ll have to meet me for coffee or some thing – can\’t come to my home town and not meet up hey?

  23. Sandi permalink
    June 15, 2009 9:44 pm

    Exactly! That\’s what Natalia said…she\’ll definitely be there.We went along in 2007, and even Robert and his mum enjoyed themselves…the atmosphere was wonderful. There\’s a Regency Fair in Queen Square for most of the day, with music and stalls and other stuff going on. I\’m looking forward to it!

  24. Eileen permalink
    June 15, 2009 9:52 pm

    I\’ll have to meet you (possibly take the day off – good reason to have a day off eh?)Never been to it to be honest (always been working)

  25. Sandi permalink
    June 16, 2009 9:30 am

    Work on Saturdays…?!! Oooh…no thank you…?!! I couldn\’t work on Saturdays….unless it was doing something I really loved to do. What are the chances of that happening, these days…?!!!

  26. Princess permalink
    June 16, 2009 9:38 am

    Yo Sandi! Good Morning! I must admit I wudna like 2 have 2 work weekends..they\’re sacred! There\’s the horses 2 do on Sat & chillin out 2 do on the Sun!!! Gorgeous weather here 2day, the thunderstorm we had yest, seemed 2 come outta the blue! Hope u have a lovely day 2day! Luv PF XXX

  27. Cornish permalink
    June 16, 2009 9:51 am

    My travelling comfort zone has a radius of about eight miles. After that my knees start to shake and knock together something chronic! Would love to be able to make the trip but I\’s scared stiff and my money is leaving the bank faster than it\’s going in at the moment. Don\’t give up on me yet though as I\’d love to come and meet you all. xx

  28. Eileen permalink
    June 16, 2009 10:01 am

    Ah! See? That\’s how much I know! No I don\’t work on a Saturday.. other than the normal house stuff.Beautiful here too, we had about 5 seconds of rain yesterday just at home time but I missed it.We\’ll just have to come down to Cornwall won\’t we Rachel?

  29. Sandi permalink
    June 16, 2009 10:02 am

    Aaaaw, Rach…ever thought of getting knee braces…? ;-D Seriously though, I hate travelling long distances…especially in bad weather…I am so tense it almost hurts!!

  30. Eileen permalink
    June 16, 2009 10:05 am

    Nope it doesn\’t bother me, I even flew to Abu Dhabi on my own once (ok I was going to stay with my brother and sister in law but I did the entire journey on my own).

  31. Sandi permalink
    June 16, 2009 10:25 am

    Having to do a long journey by train panics me, especially when I have to change trains….am I on the right one?! What if I end up in the back of beyond…?!!!! Stay calm, woman!!!

  32. Eileen permalink
    June 16, 2009 10:32 am

    Oh I know what you mean, but having had to commute for my previous profession cured me of that, the only thing I\’m not really happy about is eating in a restaurant on my own (although a good book can cure that). Traveling around London cured me of getting lost – got on the wrong train so many times!

  33. Sandi permalink
    June 16, 2009 10:44 am

    A seasoned traveller I am not, I\’m afraid. I always got to where I was going, but always with a sense of panic that I would get lost…though I never did. Daft bugger, or what?!!

  34. Eileen permalink
    June 16, 2009 10:58 am

    I was more worried about missing my trains! Getting lost is part of travelling isn\’t it? That\’s how you find places by accident – always a new adventure. Can you tell I was brought up by a woman who had no sense of direction? My mum still manages to get lost taking me home (and I\’ve lived in my house for over 16 years!). Give me a map and I can find my way anywhere – I take after my dad.

  35. Sandi permalink
    June 16, 2009 11:17 am

    That too…as I don\’t have much patience for \’waiting around\’ so if I missed a connection, I\’d hate it if the next one was an hour or more…grrr!! I detest hanging around at bus stops when buses don\’t turn up…I hate big queues…and crowds. I just like to get from A to B with the minimum of fuss….a bit like how I like to do my shopping…in, get what I want, out…sorted! I take after my dad in that respect.

  36. Eileen permalink
    June 16, 2009 11:24 am

    Always take a book where ever you go! When I was working in Yeovil one time I ended up having to spend the night at the station because the train was actually early for once and I missed it – it was the last train. Not a nice experience!I don\’t like shopping, hate big queues and since the CFS I don\’t like crowds either.

  37. Sandi permalink
    June 16, 2009 11:57 am

    I always have a book with me…don\’t go anywhere without one!!!I would have hated to wait at a station all night…don\’t know who\’s prowling around. Creepy!!

  38. Eileen permalink
    June 16, 2009 12:06 pm

    Oh it wasn\’t the nicest of experiences I must admit

  39. Cornish permalink
    June 16, 2009 1:48 pm

    The two o\’clock from Penzance is a lovely train. It\’s nearly always quiet and having sat in the station for an hour, it\’s always clean. Trains don\’t bother me but the thought of buses or taxi\’s ……….. no ta.Used to think nothing of going up to Bristol for training sessions on my own for the week. That were a while back now though! I haven\’t been more than twenty miles away from home now for sixteen years.

  40. Sandi permalink
    June 16, 2009 10:29 pm

    I have! How far is it from Lincoln to Maidstone? Or Lincoln to Trowbridge? The thing is…don\’t go often enough…!!

  41. Curiosity permalink
    June 17, 2009 7:09 am

    I have never had confidence to find my way anywhere even with a map. But now my job takes me all over this county and up to three counties away. I make a google map, take a map book and the sat nav, the world has opened up and I can find my way wherever I need.Sandi, Bob text me to meet up yesterday afternoon but it would have been difficult. I only had 15 minute breaks and as we were by the North Circular at Ealing it was too busy and he would not have been able to park. Shame. Left home at 3am got home at 9pm knackered! Same again tomorrow.

  42. Sandi permalink
    June 17, 2009 10:11 am

    Ne\’mind…he\’s just text me to let me know that he\’s on his way home…better kick the rest of the rugby team out, and grab the Yellow Pages to find someone to come and help me get straight here…mmmmmm…! 😉

  43. Cornish permalink
    June 20, 2009 9:45 am

    I can\’t stop looking at it Sandi. It feels amazing too! I\’m dumbstruck.Thank you so much for your hard work. Guess what arrived this morning?I\’m chuffed to bits, thank you, thank you, thank you. Words cannot express my gratitude for the masterpiece you have created. It looks even better than in the photo up there. You are a true genius me dear. xx

  44. Eileen permalink
    June 20, 2009 9:51 am

    Aw bless!Hey Sandi.. fancy sending that rugby team down my way?

  45. Sandi permalink
    June 20, 2009 11:04 am

    Bloomin\’ \’eck, Rachel…I only posted it yesterday afternoon!! I was going to leave early on Tuesday to post it, but forgot to take it with me…doh! Even though I went early, I was still late for work, as not one bus turned up that should have!! Then I was running a bit late on Wednesday and Thursday, but wasn\’t late for work…something doesn\’t make sense there…!!Aaaaw, I\’m glad you\’re pleased wi\’ it…(goes all bashful…)Eileen…will the biker dude do instead…?

  46. Eileen permalink
    June 20, 2009 11:10 am

    😛 Oh he\’ll do alright! And the bike!!You have a lovely weekend too xx

  47. Sandi permalink
    June 20, 2009 12:19 pm

    Hehe…I could do him…!!

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