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Nearly finished another one!
I'm not quite sure what's happened as the day job has been really busy and, as I keep saying, I'm not the fastest stitcher in the world but I should finish another one tonight!

It's the black one I mentioned on here a couple of weeks ago, which will form part of the Ireland collection. Obviously, stitching on black and therefore missing out 8,000 stitches has helped with speed, although I did think I'd be much slower stitching on black. It's perfect timing as our prospective heatwave will probably make it too difficult to stitch.

I've also found the time to start transferring some watercolour paintings I did a few months ago to the computer so I can chart them up. This is likely to take a long time as my computer is playing up when it comes to shades - a pale yellow that I reckon should be DMC 745 has become a few colours in the more peachy 3773 family.

I took the dog for a walk near Dead-Dane Bottom this morning - it turns out that where I live was on the border of what was known as the Danelaw about 1,200 years ago and there were a lot of battles. There's a local legend that the Danes buried some of their battle-dead at the bottom of Cadborough Hill. I don't know if anything has ever been discovered though.

There's the hum of traffic noise in the distance but apart from that it's a peaceful spot. It gave me a couple of ideas both for cross stitch designs and even some fiction, although it will probably take me a few months to work out if it will work up into a novel.

Cadborough Hill

















Cadborough Hill - photo from the National Forest website
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