15 July 2009
Missed the boat
This is NOT what I had in mind all those months ago when I imagined my quilt artistically draped over the little blue boat and me pretending I was on a Greek island.
The days have been sunny for a while and, as rain is forecast again tomorrow, I thought today would be a good day for me and the quilt to go to the lake. Sometimes things just don't turn out as planned.
I had forgotten that the winter rains would mean that the water level of the lake would rise and, whereas the boat had been surrounded by grass in the summer, it was now perilously close to the water. I had also failed to compute that there was a stiff breeze blowing which meant that it was impossible for the quilt to lie flat and no matter how artistic I tried to be, the breeze had other ideas.
I tried hanging it over the branch of the tree to which the boat is tied. Same problem.
I tried folding the quilt so that the weight would keep it flat, but that just didn't create the look that I wanted.
Out of the shade the sun washed all the colour out of the quilt.
I used the nearby gazebo, but the local wildlife had left various deposits on the ground which were proving difficult to avoid.
When the breeze lifted the quilt right off the boat and almost landed it in the water I knew it was time to admit defeat and come home. Here, in the relative calm and safety of the courtyard, I put the quilt over the back fence and took a few quick shots.
Oh well - best laid plans and all that. Now it is time to stop talking about the shirt-stripe boxes quilt, put it on a bed and enjoy it.