Sunday, 14 June 2015

Moving right along!

It's been busy!

What am I talking about, it's still busy, it's always busy here!

Boredom, what is that? I don't think I have ever been bored in my life, I always have something to do, I always have too much to do. Some stuff is exciting and I can't wait to get on with it, other stuff is like being stuck in a traffic jam, it causes a hold up and it feels like nothing gets done. My tactic to the 'traffic jam' stuff is to just do something that is not so exciting or more time consuming so that I can 'treat' myself by moving on to the exciting stuff! Try it, it works just push on through the more mundane, it may be office work, housework, ironing or a not so precisely pieced quilt top that is in your queue to quilt, just do something to clear the 'traffic jam'.

We had a busy few days over the past week or so with the culmination of the Hawick Common Riding 2015. The Friday was a glorious day with men only riders we set Kyle off with Willow and watched at various vantage points before the horses arrived at the Mare. It was a bit disappointing, not least for the rider who fell off and hurt himself right on the course which meant that more than 3/4 of the riders didn't get to gallop the racecourse. The cost of a hired horse for the day was £180 so not to get the thrill and cheers of the gallop must hurt a little in the wallet but it's also disappointing for horse owners too, it isn't cheap to keep a horse from one year to the next, a set of shoes cost £70, never mind tack and feed.


This quilt went home to my lovely customer Anna, it has a pieced backing and although I'm not really a fan of pieced backs, it did turn out well, my fear is that the different weaves of the various fabrics may stretch and warp and indeed the backing did sag in the middle but I don't think there were any puckers....

I used a curved ruler and freemotion feathers to pull in some of the fullness, it worked really well.




 My customer always loves the quilting so I wasn't worried.

Last Friday we made an early trip over to Selkirk for their Common Riding, we were up at 4.30am and had the horse and breakfast loaded up , we left  and were ready for the ride to leave the town at 7am....Selkirk is not so civilised as Hawick whose rides are mostly in the afternoons...

Kyle and Fieron ready to muster with the other riders following the Standard Bearer....
Selkirk Standard Bearer, the ride follows hin to the top of that hill way off in the distance



Fi, Riding her first 'chase' up The Toll back into town...

Monday, 1 June 2015

Denholm - Hawick Common Riding 2015

Last Saturday's rideout headed to Denholm, this is the last of the Hawick Common Riding rideouts for 2015, before the big celebrations and processions next week. We took Willow and Beauty down in the trailer first, got them ready and watched all of the horses leave including Kyle and Millie...we counted 260 horses and riders, then we headed home again with Fieron to pick up Bess.




Kyle and Marie


Frazer, Millie and Catherine in front with Kyle behind on the left

Look who turned up for Denholm Rideout...waiting for the horses to show on the horizon...




Fieron and Bess, both calmly waiting to join in the ride.....





Fieron with Bess, Millie with Beauty and Catherine with Sam

And off they go!







Waiting in Denolm for the return ride.....








Always a relief to see everyone arrive back safe and sound....


Friday, 29 May 2015

Thursday Night Chase, Hawick Common Riding 2015

Thursday night and The Acting Father heads the cavacade up The Nipknowes and to The Hut to order the 'curds and cream' for next weeks big celebrations!

Order of riders are....

Acting Father
Ex cornets
Married Men

The Cornet
Unmarried Men
Young Men and Boys

It was bitterly cold but again the townsfolk came out in droves to watch and support the riders....









After the emotion filled speeches and toasts in 'The Hut', The Cornet led the riders back down and around the town...









Thursday, 28 May 2015

Off to The Tower....

For those of you who would like to see my quilted wallhanging '1514 aka The Horse' again, it's on display along with 'Inner Circle - Flower of Scotland in 'The Tower', The Borders Textile Towerhouse in Hawick, here in the Scottish Borders for the next 3 months.... 

 http://www.heartofhawick.co.uk/info/1/about_us/13/borders_textile_towerhouse




Mosspaul, Saturday and Tuesday, Hawick Common Riding 2015

The 'rideout' leaves for Mosspaul on both Saturday and Tuesday, it's 'ay been'!

Kyle was riding Willow, he had a tough ride as Willow was a bit strong...14 miles each way....


Horses and Riders Arriving at Mosspaul on Saturday


Horses and Riders Arriving back in Hawick, accompanied back into town by  by the Drums and Fifes. Fieron joined in at the Allan Water....

Aren't horses great, they can find each other in a herd or 160, it's great to hear them winny a greating to each other....










Thursday, 21 May 2015

Roberton and Northhouse Rideouts - Hawick Common Riding 2015

I don't know where the time in disappearing to just now, I am quilting away and getting a lot done but have to intersperse with 'rideouts'.

Last Saturday the ride was to Roberton, that's really coming home to our own valley, it was really cold but mostly fine. Tuesdays ride went to Northhouse, that's the home of this years Cornet. There was thunder rumbling around when we left home and hail bouncing off the bonnet of the truck on the way down the road but after a heavy shower while we sat in the truck the clouds cleared and it was a sunny day, alot warmer than we have had of late. Here are a few photos from the week, pleased to say our riders and horses came home safe and sound but probably a bit sore and bruised...phew!


Off to Roberton....




























Off to Northhouse...