I was just asking God yesterday if we could possibly have some quiet time for a while. The last few months have been a roller coaster ride and with sorting and packing the New Beginnings flood appeal sewing kits that have begun to arrive - and will continue to arrive for the next 4-6 weeks - my heart desired a time of peaceful and non-eventful months.
Not to be.
Last night as Mr E and I were out walking Bob-the-dog at dusk we watched as one of our local Tawny Frog-Mouth Owls flew right into the barbed wire that runs across the top of a brick fence along the boarding school across the road.
We prayed it would release itself, but it flapped and flapped, trapping itself more. Mr E went home for leather gloves and climbed the fence to see if he could release it, but two hands and some wire cutters were needed as the owl kept attacking his hands. I stood underneath with a flshlight pointing up at them (this was all taking place 15 feet above the ground!).
A neighbour arrived with a ladder which made it much easier for Mr E to keep his balance, and our 18yo son fetched the wire cutters. Eventually Mr E released the bird but it had a long piece of barbed wire caught in it's wing. He carried it home and I rang the emergency vet. He told us to keep the owl till this morning.
We still had the box that we brought Sophie home from the RSPCA in, so we put the owl in there but it kept thrashing around because of the wire.
Mr E felt he had to remove the wire so Blossom cut around the wire, releasing the feathers, while Mr E held tight to our patient.
The wire was successfully removed...
He was dropped off to the vet this morning, subdued but still alive and looking like he will need his wing re-set and some time of recuperation with a Bird Carer before being set free in the park across the road to rejoin his mate - she was flying about quite concerned while this went down last night.
Mr E agrees, we need to avoid excitement for a while. ;-)
I have been asked how I put my binding on the mini-quilt verses for my "Give Thanks" BOM (or should I call it a Block of the Whenever the Mood Strikes Me???" BOWTMSM?), so I have done a tutorial for you. You can download it HERE. Hope it helps - I *love* binding on things, the smaller the better. :-)
Now, in light of what happened with our friend Mr Owl last night, the 2nd Verse block for "Give Thanks" is quite appropriate. Hope you like it. :-)
You can download the pattern for Verse 2 HERE.
Send me a photo when you've made it, or a link to your blog post, so I can share your work on Friday Show & Tell.
What is happening with my January Skirt-to-Apron Challenge???? Did you think it was too hard?? Surely not! ;-)
Don't forget that I am having a giveaway for one of you who can show me what you did with your Challenge. Read about it HERE.
You'll need to have your before and after photos to me by January 31st (or a link to your blog post).
Back to the deep cleaning of the house now...bookcases, watch out!