Dilly Dilly or Dilly Dally

I finally finished my July wordplay to go with the Anthea Calender SAL this evening. The Anthea Calendar is a monthly stitch-a-long by Faby Reilly with a seasonal flower design for each month, I’m going to make mine into a textile book so I’m doing a wordplay to go on the facing page about what I’ve been doing or my memories of the month. I’m trying to keep it positive and covid-free, but it’s not always easy, especially this month, hence I dilly-dallied a bit, I think I needed to distance myself from the month a bit in order to remember the positives!!

July’s design is very pretty with bunches of lavender and butterflies, Lavender is one of those plants I’ve never had any success with in the garden, I always blamed my clay soil, but plants didn’t fare any better in pots, and our neighbours have a lovely lavender hedge! I think I’ll stick to embroidering it…

As soon as I saw the lavender design I knew what verse I would be embroidering. I used to sing Lavender’s blue dilly dilly as a lullaby to my kids when they were babies (and bigger!) I liked the gentle rhythmic tune.

My friend and I finally got some days walking together, we’re concentrating on local walks which we just haven’t quite got round to before, so Almscliffe crags and Thruscross reservoir provided good 6-7 mile walks.

Almscliffe Crags

July was also the month I finally got my haircut, I was lucky in having had it cut early just before lockdown started, so it was only four months and not six!

We used to have a woodpecker visiting our feeders a few years ago, he was very shy, staying on the side of the feeder away from the house. When we moved the feeders to nearer the house we didn’t see him again…until this year. My OH saw him a couple of times first, but I always just missed him. In July I finally saw him on the sunflower heart feeder.

The geraniums in the garden have been flowering their socks off, especially the big magenta one called Ann Folkard. It needs cutting back hard really as it’s getting a bit rampant- my chicken wire goose has all but disappeared!

In mid July we sadly lost my dear mother in law, Ann, very suddenly and unexpectedly really, though we could take solace from the fact that she was still able to live in her own home right up to the end. However to add to our grief soon after we had to make the awful decision that Rosie, our golden retriever, was struggling too much, whilst we didn’t take her to the vets til the beginning of August, the two events did cast a big black cloud over the end of the month.

So, here’s my wordplay for July. I added the butterfly and some of the extra stitches from the SAL to tie it all in. I’m pretty pleased with it, hopefully August won’t be quite so hard! It’s stitched on a soft grey green linen called French Lace.

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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9 Responses to Dilly Dilly or Dilly Dally

  1. Oh my, you have had a sad time. I do hope your beautiful garden and the slowstitching provided soothing peace and calm to help you through.

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  2. Sharon says:

    I am so sorry to read about your mother in law Ann, my condolences on your loss to you and your family. As if that wasn’t the worst add Rosie – that just made Ann’s passing darker. Thankfully you have your lovely crafting to keep you busy. Julys stitching is lovely.

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  3. anne54 says:

    I am also sorry to hear about the loss of your mother-in-law. Your hearts must be very heavy. Being able to walk out on the crags must have given you some solace. Your calendar for July is delightful, and I admire you for being able to keep it positive. ~hugs~

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  4. Prue Batten says:

    What a beautiful stitched reminder of life. Kindest regards, Margaret.

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  5. katechiconi says:

    I’m so sorry, Margaret, your hearts must be very heavy. I hope the chance to be out in the consoling beauty of Nature is helping you deal with the pain of losing two beloved people. And your lovely stitching is purely beautiful.

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  6. Faby Reilly says:

    Oh Margaret… what a tough month July must have been… Despite all this, you created yet another beautiful page for your book – you really know how to make lemonade when life throws lemons at you… You’re so inspiring!

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  7. Lynda says:

    I cried when I read the words of remembrance on your last piece. So many beautiful memories are honored through your work. ❤

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  8. Jane M says:

    So sorry about your very sad news. I loved your inclusion of ‘haircut’ in your wordplay. The butterfly is also a lovely inclusion

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  9. Amanda says:

    A beautiful way of remembering a very sad month.

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