Memories of June

Early yesterday morning I managed to finish the wordplay for June, the one that goes with the Anthea Calender SAL by Faby Reilly. I was just in time before July was released later in the morning.

June’s SAL was cornflowers, it’s a beautiful vibrant blue design. I shared it here a couple of weeks ago..

What I didn’t realise until Faby kindly mentioned it, is that I’d completely forgotten to add the french knots and the beads! So yesterday I finished it properly, it makes such a difference, it’s gorgeous!

Trying to think of words to include in the wordplay wasn’t easy, I haven’t exactly done much recently apart from sewing and gardening! I’m trying to keep these covid free whilst still reflecting the times. In the end I stopped trying to think of what June has been like this year, and thought about what I remember of past June’s.

Centaura is the latin name for the cornflower, I’ve only got the perennial cornflower in the garden and that gets a bit sprawly and needs keeping under control! Roses are usually coming into their best in June, we’ve got probably over 30 roses in our garden, not counting the hedge.

We always enjoy watching the birds visiting the feeders near our condervatory. We’ve had lots of bluetits in June as the parents brought their brood to feed. It reminded me of a line in a book I read last year ‘Oh look, someone’s opened a can of bluetits!’ One of the fledglings nearly flew into the conservatory after feeding on the perspex feeder we have attached to the window, it was right next to an open window and before we knew it the little thing was perched in the open window looking round. Luckily it decided to fly out rather than in!

The phrase in the middle is by Jenny Uglow. The full quote is ” We may think we are nurturing our garden, but of course, it’s our garden that is really nurturing us. ” It seemed particularly apt for the moment, as if I’m feeling fed up with the current situation then I do feel a lot better after a session in the garden.

My walking buddy and I often do our long distance walk in June as the weather is usually decent and the days are long, without having the inevitable price hike on accommodation once school holidays start. The hay is usually being cut and neatly stacked, the calves are getting frisky in the fields and we’re always extra vigilant if the path goes through their field – we once had a detour of a couple of miles due to frisky calves and their protective mums.

Up in the Yorkshire Dales the wildflowers meadows are beautiful, full of buttercups, poppies, cornflowers to name but a few. I think the farmers get a special grant to delay cutting the hay so the meadows are protected, it gives the flowers chance to set seed ready for next year.

Last month we also had the saga of the bumble bee nest! A swarm decided to take up residence under the eaves outside our front room window. I rather enjoyed watching them, however the workman who came to give us a quote for replacing our soffits was not so impressed, even after I reassured him (with fingers crossed!) that they would be gone in a matter of weeks, long before he was planning to do the work. I love seeing bumble bees and refused to ‘deal’ with the nest, we need as many bees as we can. They were short term residents to my relief, but then whilst working in the front garden last week we noticed some smaller bee activity around the nest, like lots of them! We had a few concerned hours thinking another swarm had moved in, luckily they were obviously just raiding the nest as the next day they were gone!

We’re now half way through the SAL, I’m making mine into a book so these wordplays will be on the facing pages. Here’s six months of wordplays…

The design for July has just been released and it’s pretty bunches of lavender with butterflies. There’s lots of french knots though, I’ll be doing them in my sleep!

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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16 Responses to Memories of June

  1. That is going to be a beautiful book.
    30 roses – wow – I only have one at the moment, must get some more.


  2. Jane M says:

    Amazing the difference those tiny embellishments make, the cornflowers are gorgeous. You are doin very well with your wordplays too


  3. nanacathy2 says:

    Wow what a treat for the eyes ths post is. Love your memories of past Junes. Love your roses too, I miss the roses in our last garden.


  4. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    This is my favorite of your projects going now. I think it will be the best book. I admire your work.


  5. Laura says:

    Love the cornflowers…both the stitching and the real thing! Amazing what a difference a few french knots and beads make! Your roses are gorgeous! šŸ™‚


  6. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Interesting to see the difference when the beads, etc., were added. Thank you for showing that! Ah, roses! Your back patch must smell out of this world! ā¤ļøā¤ļø


  7. claire93 says:

    I love your wordplay pages. They are going to make this project so unique. And speaking of which . . . what a good thing Faby Reilly spotted you’d forgotten beads and French knots, otherwise your June page would have been even more unique ^^


  8. kathyreeves says:

    This is a great project for this year, it just keeps giving and giving. The addition of French knits and beads really enhance the cornflowers…amazing what a few additions can do to the over all look”

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  9. Amanda says:

    A nice round up. I can smell the roses through the screen. Helps that we are surrounded too. Lovely on warm summer afternoons.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Catherine says:

    What a lovely piece! The embellishments really do make a difference don’t they.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. So many beautiful images and beautiful stitching in this post!

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Sherrie says:

    Love the Cornflowers…so vibrant and pretty.
    Have a great day!

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Jenny Benton says:

    Your June stitchery is beautiful, such lovely blues, well done. I’m certainly enjoying seeing you stitch these.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Oh I love the cornflower crossstitch! I may have to jump in on that SAL. My mom used to grow cornflowers are in her garden and it really makes me miss her seeing this stitchery!

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