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Turning a corner

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Things are on the up here on the hill. Summer has arrived in Switzerland and as usual I am amazed by the fact that after months of complaining about the weather being lousy it takes only two days before people start moaning about the heat….that being said it was steaming hot in the office this afternoon…but I refuse on principle to complain about it.

Several of the ongoing problems here seem to be resolved or at least on the way…..I knew that it would just take time and hanging on in and plodding through the days taking one step at a time. Several problems are not likely to be resolved….particularly those concerning a certain elderly member of the family’s refusal to consider any senior living options – but I’m just putting them all in a nice little drawer somewhere in the back of my mind and refusing to worry about things I can’t control.

I’m snowed under with work….counting down the days to an audit in 2 weeks time….but I think it’s all doable and I know it’s going to be wonderful when the audit is over….at least I hope it will be…that’s what’s keeping me going. I spend a lot of time on the train just imagining how wonderful the sense of relief will be!


Anyway in between the hectic I managed to make some blocks for Katy for the Stitch Tease 2 bee. I love the newspaper fabrics and haven’t found many chances to use them, so it was fun to make these blocks!

I really find my zen when I’m sitting at the sewing machine. I should really make myself sit down at it every evening – I know it would do the world of good. What I tend to do when I come in – and which is every bit as good, if I’m honest – is wander round the garden, ignoring the weeds that are springing up everywhere, and seeing what has burst into flower that day. Today was a really good day in the garden – a lot of my favourites are flowering…

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Gorgeous aren’t they? I’m enjoying them while I can because I know a lot of them will be shredded by the first big thunderstorm that comes along.

I hope the sun is shining where you are too and that life is on the up!


13 Responses to “Turning a corner”

  1. Julie Says:

    Such gorgeous flowers, Helen. And I hope when the audit is a thing of the past, things get a little more manageable. Happy summer my English/Swiss friend…. xo

  2. Kathy E. Says:

    I am so glad for you that life seems to be settling down a bit. The newspaper print does make such an interesting block! And your flowers… absolutely awesome!

    Yes, we have sun shining (and 98 degrees F) here in the South USA, but we really need the rain. It clouded up, the wind blew, and the rain went right around us with only a sprinkle on our gardens…again. I bet it will rain Thursday morning, when I have plans to go outside and dye fabric. Murphy’s Law!

  3. grapes and hearts Says:

    I’m glad to hear that life turned for the better for you! And I wish you a gentle auditor (auditioner?!). They all have to check your documentation and work but it makes a huge difference if they are nice and gentle and not all grumpy and mean ;o) Go Helen, you’ll do fine!!!

  4. MelD Says:

    I really must remember to scatter some nigella seed – I miss them in this garden!

    Glad things are slipping into place; even though we usually know they will, times can be fraught…

    Not complaining loudly about the heat but I did close the shutters and retreat for the afternoon!

  5. [email protected] Says:

    Loving your blocks for Katy, I need to get to mine asap, as we are fast running out of month, where is it going! Glad you managed to get some of your home issues under control. :o)

  6. Charla Says:

    It’s nice to know you are still alive via the blog. I enjoy your pics of garden and works in progress. I am leaving early for the States next week. B will follow later. I am going to take a Sashiko class in Berkeley. You got me on to that! I’ve got some fun projects in the works. One of my finishes is being given as a present tomorrow. Hope she likes it! Glad your family reunion was nice. Elder parents can be stubborn but I agree with you about not worrying about what we can’t control. No complaints with the weather either!,

  7. CarlaHR Says:

    Best of luck with the audit, I know that the anticipation can be stressful but I am sure that your company will come though with flying colours.
    Your garden is looking great. The warm weather seems to be stuck in your region – its been rainy and cool here. Some members of our Guild (including me) were doing a demonstration at an Ancient Crafts Fair this past weekend and on Sunday it rained cats and dogs – despite a tent cover we still got pretty wet and so did the quilt we were working on.

  8. Elisabeth Says:

    I’m glad to hear your life is getting less stressful. Once that audit is done you’ll be able to look forward to FQR, I’m sure.
    Love your flowers! Sadly my garden has nothing but weeds and a couple of roses. I really need to do something about it but the weather has been really bad here with rain and strong winds.

  9. paige Says:

    love the flowers, and the quilt blocks. you have a great eye for color!

  10. diane stanley Says:

    sounds like things are settling down. Your garden is beautiful

  11. Diane Neale Says:

    Glad to hear things are improving slowly slowly. Lovely photos of your flowers.

  12. Sarah Says:

    Hi Helen, you sound happy and bright, like your photos. The flowers are beautiful. I really like those kinds of flowers in rambling kinda gardens. Cottage gardens maybe? Yes it’s sunny here in Minlaton South Australia but we’ve just come into our coldest weeks of the year. Now these temps won’t seem cold to you but keep in mind we don’t have heating in our homes like Europeans and Americans do. June 12 seems to signal the start of about 5 weeks where the temp stays below 10 each night and doesn’t get above 15 during the day. If it does its for about an hour. Most days are grey and the ground is often wet from light showers. Yesterday morning I had ice on my windshield and the battery was lethargic in my car because it had got so cold overnight. We have a warm fire, but our whole houses are not heated. Every Canadian I’ve met always complains how cold it is in Australia in winter, simply coz there used to everything heated!

  13. Katy Says:

    I hope it’s cooled down a bit for you now! Thanks for my blocks šŸ™‚