It seems to have been a very long month. It was so cold and so grey. Living in the south we had only a flutter of snow and one or two really frosty days, but then there was the rain. The garden is a soggy mess, and we live on top of a hill! Still, flowers are emerging and the birds think that Spring is on the way. Hurrah!
"Bloomin Spring" a little Journal Quilt made a couple of years back.
It's sometimes crazy, annoying but always enjoyable - a good sense of humour is essential
Good companions - Keith and our dear friend Samshu surveying the lake for fishing opportunities.
We have been travelling togther for the last ten years or so, going to the most amazing places, well off the tourist map.
Off road and stuck in sand but with the help of local farmers who managed to get us to firmer ground.
6.30 am on a chilly November morning, and we were lucky to find a female
leopard with her three young cubs. A glorious sight which more than made
up for the early start.
The roads have improved over the years we have been travelling. The motorways are good, though the driving leaves a lot to be desired. An average trip usually takes around six hours, with stops for chai, bird watching and food at a Dhaba (a road side restaurant for lorry drivers, and the food is delicious and freshly cooked.)
My top tip here is the iPad and Podcasts. Imagine driving through the countryside listening to the every day story of country folks - The Archers. Another tip is take some stitching for quieter moments when they come along.
I have had a busy time updating my website - not before time I have to say. The hamburger banners have gone! I have added four different packs of my dye painted threads and when the weather improves they will be more! It's too cold to consider dyeing at the moment.
Next week I will be posting details of my workshops for 2018
in my last post we were preparing our trip to Rajasthan. We flew out to
Mumbai on the last day of November and returned just two days before
before Christmas. Perfect. Missed all the crazy shopping and cooking.
First on the Indian shopping list was a visit to our friends in Arkola.
it's always a treat to visit - printed and dyed cloth yardage drying in the sun - great piles of indigo cloth being washed, and then there is the 'shop'. I focused on just purchasing metres of plain calico,
so soft, ready for shibori dyeing when the sun comes out and the weather is warmer. I think I might
have to wait a while!
A visit to our friend Iilyas in Udaipur. A master dryer and colourist, he can match anything
I needed to order more printing blocks from him. Whilst we were enjoying chai an Indian
lady came into the shop to buy a dupatta (or two) she couldn't make up her mind. Piles of
scarves covered the floor - yummy colours, and yes, she did buy four!
Enough for one day!
Wishing you all a fabulous 2018
Tiggy and the Mumbai Snowman