Another busy few days in what we thought would be a lazy-dazy summer. We had a fun visit with a lovely friend, and her family, an early birthday celebration for Tris that lasted a couple of days and today, finally an attempt at cleaning house (but here I am instead.)
I've been enjoying playing with bits and pieces to add to crochet necklaces; experimenting with different ways to add beads and different stitches to strengthen the chain for heavier beads. And when my sweet mama was visiting she bought me one of these fancy tools to grind down sharp edges of found objects I'm crocheting around. Am I the only one whose mother would prefer to browse hardware stores with me than shoe shops?
Also, the buddleja bush is in full bloom and hundreds of butterflies are flocking to it. There are peacocks, red admirals, commas, painted ladies, common blues and brimstones. And probably many more that I don't recognise. Loads of honey bees are also attracted to it and we're seeing many more bees this year than last. If you have a garden and are without a buddleja, plant one, the butterflies are so entertaining. I've read they're easy to grow from cuttings, so there you go, free entertainment.
Yesterday was also our 13th anniversary. Apparently it's lace this year, a card and bookmark, but not much of a photograph - neither are as wonky as they look here. I can't say it's been the easiest year for hubby and I, maybe it's the curse of number thirteen. I'm sure 14 will be much luckier.
I'm just adding a clasp to the necklace above, back soon with to model it around me neck.