Friday, January 25, 2008

Something Finished - finally!

Oh no, another whole month goes by and I have been a bad blog writer! Only excuse is I have been really, really busy (yeah, right!)

I got sidetracked by my new home stay offering to build a garden shed for me. He is a young new teacher from England who will be teaching in the same department as me at school. He was looking for somewhere to stay until he gets himself sorted with more permanent accommodation. The first day he offered to paint my house. The second day he offered to do any handy-man jobs I needed doing. Then he asked if there was anywhere to store a push bike. I don't have a garden shed and my garage is tiny. So we agreed in return for some free rent I would purchase a kit set shed and he would put it up. He built a proper floor for it and put in a step (It is on sloping ground - no where else for it to go). The washing line needed moving so the shed can fit, so he is putting up a new rotary clothes line for me. He clears the table after dinner and unpacks the dishwasher without asking and has one quarter of the washing a 15 year old Japanese boy produces. Okay, it is costing me money rather than contributing to my cash flow but HE CAN STAY HERE! (Do you think he can hear me shouting?)

We also had a stall at the Bushy Park Festival last Sunday and I was madly getting things ready for that. We had fantastic weather:

Here is the Bright Irish Chain finished. Not a great photo but I am pleased with the quilt:

Now, no prizes for guessing how long it will be before I next make a post. (but I will send a fabric postcard to some lucky commentor on this post)


Jodie said...

Wow, I need a border like that! What a helpful young man. You must let his mother know your thoughts, she will be proud.

meggie said...

Your homestay sounds like a dream come true!! Do you think we could clone him??
Your post was worth the wait. Nice to see your quilt.

atet said...

A lovely quilt -- and even lovlier is your homestay! Um, does he have a brother (or a clone) who would like to live in the frozen American midwest?

Anne Ida said...

Good to see you back in blogland! Your Bright Irish Chain looks great - very "summery"!

Janice said...

Never mind the quilt - I want a photo of the shed!

Shelina said...

I would love to have a boarder like that as well! He gets free rent, you get things fixed up around the house - sounds like a win-win situation all around.

Archaic Dome said...

Is he hot? I'll move there.

Anonymous said...

I can understand you wanting to keep him - perhaps he would like a holiday in Hawke's Bay to train my housefull of not-nearly-so-useful males?!
Your quilt is lovely and bright - and finished which is the best kind!

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

Your young teacher sounds like a catch - don't let him go! As for the Irish Chain, I love the colours and the borders. It's spectacular!