Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether summer clothe the general earth
With greeness, or the redbreast sit and sing
Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch
Of mossy apple-tree, while the nigh thatch
Smokes in the sun-thaw; whether the eave-drops fall
Heard only in the trances of the blast,
Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet Moon.

Friday, July 11, 2008

The New Arrival

I went down to Suffolk for a few days last week to visit the new addition to the family and here he is, Elisha George - just 9 days old.

Granny has been busy with the knitting needles and here is the new blanket that went with me for my new grandson. This is the third one I've made now, one for each grandchild.

Elisha's big brother Gabriel, now up and running, last time I saw him he had just taken his first wobbly steps.

Cousin Kaitlin enjoying her swing, I popped over to see her earlier this week.

It was the village Gala and Well Dressing while I was away so I took these photos this morning, I think that this year's is very good. It is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the SOS distress signal. It's worth clicking to enlarge it.

A close up of the lifeboat, you can see three little people on it if you look caerefully. The picture is made entirely of natural materials - petals, leaves, moss, bits of tree bark etc

The side with the SOS enclosed in life belts. It was adopted as a worldwide distress signal on 1 July 1908. Three dots three dashes three dots was chosen because it was the shortest three letter arrangement in Morse Code and wasn't subject to any language variations. The letters have no actual meaning in spite of the oft quoted Save Our Ship and Save Our Souls meanings attributed to them.

This is the Well Dressing done by the Guides and Brownies this year using a theme of endangered animals.


Thimbleanna said...

Oh Congratulations Grandma! He's beautiful -- and so is that gorgeous baby blanket you've made!!!

Anonymous said...

Isn't it fun and wonderful to be a grandparent! Congratulations!


Lynda (Granny K) said...

Elisha George is a beautiful baby alright! Congratulations on having 3 lovely grandchildren!
I love the blanket you knitted for him.
I clicked on the Lifeboat well-dressing pic, marvellous!....but you know, I thought I could see 4 people on the boat! Two on top, one at the front and one at the back waving!

Rowan said...

You are absolutely right Lynda, I hadn't noticed the one at the back!

Rosie said...

your grand children are lovely, rowan, you must be so proud of them - the blanket is beautiful, how clever you are. The lifeboat well dressing is very striking and I like the animals one too:)

peppylady (Dora) said...

Congratulations Grandma what a beautiful head of hair.
I bet Gabriel proud of his new brother.
One of my great grand dad name was Elisha.
My grandma knitted all of her grand children blankets all 28 of us.
I still have mine.

smilnsigh said...

What a precious new arrival... And hope that big bro Gabriel will not feel any less the center of attention. I know, it's hard. But I'm sure everyone will keep letting him know that he's still very important, too. Especially Grandparents. :-)

Fantastic Well Dressing... Made of all natural materials... One doesn't hear of this being done.. that much. Reminds me of the Rose Parade Floats in CA. All natural materials...

Miss Mari-Nanci

Annie Jeffries said...

Congratulations on the new little one, grandma. She is a beauty.

Loved the distress signal picture. It reminded me of my trip to Astoria, Oregon and the lifesaving station museum they have there.

AND, the materials are amazing. This also instantly reminded me of the Pasadena Rose Parade where all the floats are made from roses (of course) and any other naturally growing material.

Please follow this link for some amazing views:

PAT said...

Congratulations on the arrival of Elisha! What a beautiful baby. All your sweet grandchildren are beautiful, Rowan.

I called J over to see the well dressings. These are amazing!

Have a wonderful week!

laoi gaul~williams said...

oh congratulations! and what a wonderful name!

Janet said...

You have such beautiful grandchildren. And that baby blanket is gorgeous....I'm sure it will keep baby Elisha warm and snuggly.

Julie said...

Elisha is beautiful. Yes, you can say that about a boy! In fact, all your grandchildren are beautiful.

I remember Well Dressing from last year when I had not heard about it before. Thank you for showing this year's WDs.

Shropshire Girl said...

Congratulations Rowan on the wonderful little addition to your family.

Val said...

I am a new grandmother too! Many congratulations.

Was it you who alerted me to the wonders of the Stonewylde books? Many thanks if so!

Funkymonkey said...

Your Grandson is gorgeous. I also love the photos of the houses you visited. I'll have to put them on my list of places to see.

Lila Rostenberg said...

Waht a beautiful baby boy! And the blankets you knit are treasures!
[I make quilts but knitted blankets are softer!]
What a charming custom the well dressing is! We have a city park with a natural spring. I think we need some customs to celebrate it more!!!

Kim said...

Aaah, isn't Elisha a little poppet. Sooo cute, and your blanket is beautiful, something to keep for ever.

That lifeboat picture is amazing. I love the gypsophilla as the foam on the waves. It's staggering to think of the work that went into it.

Kim x

Leanne said...

rowan, you just melted the years away. that baby blanket- I have one I am certain is the same, that was knitted for my son by a dear old friend, now passed, when a baby.I recognise the raised four-leaf style sections! Its packed away for when we move, so i cant photograph it but its 22 years old now, and i kept it (and one other) as they were so lovely!

leanne x

Anonymous said...

Congratulations with your new grandson, he looks just like his older brother ; )
That needlework looks gorgeous, I bet he will sleep like a rose under it !!
I just popped in to let you know that I have got something for you on my site
I had to use my other identity to comment, because otherwise I couldn't have dropped you a note.
Have a wonderful weekend !!

Strawberry Lane said...

What a precious baby and beautiful blanket! How wonderful! Congratulations on such a lovely family!

Miss Robyn said...

what a beautiful boy!! love his name :)
I love the crib blanket.. it is exactly the same pattern as my mum made my son - in 1975!! a classic gorgeous pattern and I admire you for knitting it. I can knit, but I don't ..
love the wells too.. I cannot wait to see some when i get over there.

Tea said...

Another precious grand-baby for you Rowan! Congratulations!
My son is also having one in October :)


rel said...

That grand-parenting takes on a lie of it's own, doesn't it?