Away with the berry baskets I think...........
But more of that later
March has been a busy month
The long awaited and much dreaded financial inspection at work arrived and was over in a day
Much to my delight (and not really that much of a surprise considering the work I'd put in) we passed on the day with flying colours with one small recommendation to make sure I bank weekly (Well they have to pick up on something to justify their existence I suppose)
Don't have to worry about that again for three years and we have a fancy logo to add to our letterhead - not sure that it's worth all the grief and graft but sometimes you just have to go with the flow
My big girl played another match for England Colleges
I love this shot of all the shirts lining up on the boundary fence before battle commenced
Here's one rather special spectator - Finley - a rugby virgin attending his very first rugby game at only 9 weeks old
Our girls hosted the Welsh Colleges on the main pitch at Bath University - no small honour
Because of travel difficulties we only managed to pull together a bare 15 for the side which meant playing with no subs
It was a tough game against a dirty opposition - two yellow cards to the Welsh was generous - they could easily have been given several reds - repeated dirty tactics and foul play pushed the ref's hand into his pocket for his cards - not a thing that happens often in girls' rugby
The final whistle blew as play stopped for a supposed knock-on on our try line after a good five minutes of our girls desperately picking and driving to level the score to 10 all - had we managed that elusive try under the posts a conversion to give us a two point lead and a well-deserved victory should have been a formality
It wasn't to be - our girls were beaten by 5 points to 10
So near but so far - but no shame in that as in both last year's games the Welsh had a 12 point gap on us and the year before's matches were cricket scores
So who knows - the return fixture across the bridge in early May might just see us beating them for a change.
As for non work and sport related things - March has been the month for Spring like things and Hand Applique
Our bird feeders are very popular, not least amongst the Goldfinch population
They queue up to get onto their favourite feeder
Some of them wait in the tree over our fence
Others line up on my washing line, but I haven't managed to get a shot of the full queue yet
The sunflower hearts are very popular
As for applique.................
I'm ready to start the next round on Caroline's quilt - the corner flowers on this round are finished - not sure what was tickling my quilt holder
But an even better and bigger finish than that.................
'Berry Baskets' is a completed top!!!!
It is too large to manage a complete photo in the conservatory - it had been raining outside and I wasn't chancing getting it muddy - so here we have it in 4 parts:
One of these days I might just count up all those berries :o) I wouldn't mind a pound for each of them
I feel quite sad now it's finished - it's been just the thing to get me back into the swing of things