Handicraft, Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Create

The theme for this Weekly Photo Challenge is CREATE:

“The best part about creating something is being in the moment, relishing the creativity you’re experiencing, and letting your actions guide you to an end goal. Then you can step back and admire your work!”

I have created many things in my life.  The most important is my daughters, however I can’t take much of the credit, I just started them off and set them in the right direction.   They are something I step back and admire all the time, mainly because they are their own creation.

Then there is my garden,  created over 12 years.  It was an ivy covered expanse which has taken time, love and dedication,  a bit like bringing up children.  Most of my posts are garden based and I wanted to do something different this time.

Sitting right in front of me, under the coffee table is a knitting box, full of elements of creation –  knitting needles, yarns,  patterns  galore and half knitted items waiting for me to create something.

I used to knit a lot, especially chunky jumpers for my late, ex-husband and my daughters were kitted out in hand knitted clothes.  As they grew older, the knitting stopped; until my grandson arrived.  Out came the knitting needles and baby knits were the order of the day.    My granddaughter, who arrived 4 years later has not been so lucky.   As I have got older, so have my joints and arthritis has affected my wrists.

I am like a child in a toy shop when it comes to wool shops.  I buy patterns and yarn, start knitting with gusto and then my wrists give out and I give up.   In the box there are balls of soft baby bamboo yarn in orange, yellow, red and white, which I bought 18 months ago.

Needless to say I didn’t finish it and  recently resurrected the pattern, fortunately it goes up to 6 years, and started to create a striped cardigan for her second birthday.

It needs a lot of concentration, the different knitting stitches are part of the pattern, it was my idea to use different colours.  I do create difficulties for myself!

My grand daughter  had her second birthday a few weeks ago and her cardigan is still on my needles.

I have made a promise to myself that I will create this special cardigan for a very special granddaughter, within the next few weeks.   Having writing this post, it has spurred me on because now everyone who has read this will know that there is a cardigan waiting for me to create.

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The Grass is as High as an Elephant’s Eye… Nearly

There is something special about having an interesting, and different, garden near enough to be able to visit it regularly.   Sussex Prairie Garden is certainly different and interesting.   I have written a couple of posts about this garden, mainly because of its development throughout the year.  It never looks the same from one visit to the next and I like to be able to share my visits with you.

The enormous variety of grasses in the six acre prairie garden will be as high as an elephant’s eye within the next month or so.

The other exciting, and unusual, thing about Sussex Prairie Garden are the sculptures from local and international artists that you will find displayed around the garden, within and on the edges of the beds.   As the garden grows through the season the artwork is enveloped by the planting and when walking around you suddenly notice pieces carefully placed.   There is always something new, such as the coloured lambs and the sheep with its wire coil springs  for a fleece.   Click here for more information about the Art in the garden.

On my first visit, one  piece of artwork that amused me was the “flying tea set” in the grass.   From the photo below you will see how the grasses grow making  it look as though it has grown in the garden, rather than being placed there.

Paths meander in and out of the borders and at the far end of the garden, there are two mounds with benches at the top.  I love to sit up there and survey the garden from a higher level, and just contemplate on how lucky I am.

This is usually followed up by a lovely cup of tea in a decent sized mug, from a proper teapot, sitting outside and viewing the garden again, from the other end.  The home made cakes are excellent too!

Sussex Prairie Garden, near Henfield, West Sussex is open 1pm until 5pm from June 1st until October 14th 2012.