Monday, 23 May 2016

The Peony and the Hanging Pod

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My latest piecing is finally finished and this one actually came together really speedily (about three weeks), which isn't something that I find myself writing often! I finished it sitting in the new garden hanging pod that my husband bought for me and which I adore. I've actually been longing for one of these pods for the last three summers and our conversation around it always went something like this:

Me: Don't you think those those hanging pods are completely dreamy?
The Delectable Mr Teacakes: Yes
Me: Do you think we should get one then?
TDMT: No. 
Me: Why not?
TDMT: Because only one person can sit in it at a time; we'd fight over it.
This conversation was repeated again this year, but with the addition of the following lines: 
Me: Why don't we get a hanging pod and all say that it's just my pod and then no one will argue over it?
TDMT: Oh, go on then!

I was quite shocked that TDMT would reward this kind of selfish reasoning, but you'll find below that it's all worked out for the best!

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The effect of the hanging pod theoretically belonging to one person has meant that sitting time has actually been distributed evenly amongst bottoms, because each person has felt delighted to be able to borrow the pod and I've enjoyed thinking 'Yay! People look so happy in my pod! It was a WISE purchase'. I think it may actually be the Pod of Happiness. I don't look happy in the photo below, but that's because I'm concentrating - I was totally happy inside. The pod is perfectly positioned to watch my son doing footballing-related tricks on the lawn. So it goes something like this: stitch, stitch, stitch, observe and admire bit of footballing skill, stitch, stitch, stitch, observe and admire bit of footballing skill, and in this way, it is the perfect place to practise any opticians suggestion when doing close-work of frequently looking up to switch between short and long-range vision. It is nothing short of heaven and the best purchase we've made for several years...possibly several decades (which means that not since I saved up for many months to help my sister to buy a Cloud Mobile for her Carebears has there been such a fine purchase)!

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So here's one final close-up shot of my flower, which I think would probably be a peony if it were anything.

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Totally off-topic (topic being hanging pods with a side of English paper piecing), I came across this little video today made by the Good Housekeeping Institute, which I have now watched about 45 times. My mind is blown.


But enough about impressive t-shirt folding feats, back to garden furniture. Sadly, the addition of the hanging pod has not solved our outdoor dining problems.  Our garden furniture now comprises of: 1 dreamy hanging pod; 1 wooden bench that lives in easy chatting distance of the hanging pod; one wooden table with two attractive, but broken (and therefore largely unusable) wooden chairs on the patio away from the pod and bench. If we want to eat outside, rather than risk death by sitting on one of the attractive-but-broken wooden chairs, we tend to sit on the lawn together (also necessary because two chairs isn't enough for four people to eat a) sociably b) without perching, which isn't conducive to relaxed dining). This isn't ideal, because it means that we have to lock Nell inside while we eat. Shockingly, while Nell doesn't steal food inside, outside with people sitting at her level she appears to believe that the Laws of the Wild apply and that snaffling things off people's plates and then inhaling them before they can be prised from her jaws is fair play (The prising would only serve the purpose of Nell not being rewarded for stealing; not because I'd want the food back for myself!). This is why even though the pod is loved by all, ultimately, it was a highly indulgent purchase. To justify it, I will now attempt to spend the entire summer in it, even when it's raining. This is actually feasible, as the half-egg shape means that the hood protects against laptop screen-glare in bright sunlight and light drizzle in less clement weather. 

Florence x

20 comments:

  1. "The Peony and the Hanging Pod" is one of the funniest stories I have read in a long time. I am glad it has a happy ending!

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    1. Thank you - I'm so pleased you enjoyed it! x

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  2. i have always wanted a chair like your pod.. but a long time ago i sat in one in a friends garden and the danged thing dropped out of the tree and hit me on the head with its hanging hook. I took it as a sign and never sat in one again.... enjoy many long and happy hours with yours...fixed securely

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    1. That sounds like a horrible shock! Luckily, no trees are involved with this one - it comes with its own independent stand, which I'm hoping doesn't come with secret surprise funfair attractions built in!

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  3. The video took me back- I think it's a Japanse trick, I remember learning it years back when I wanted to fold all my tops to resemble a Benetton store. Love the burst of the peony.

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    1. I read about clothes folding in the Marie Kondo book, but hadn't seen it done like that in such a speedy origami-style way - I found it completely mesmerising. Are your drawers still like a Benetton store or have they lost their way?

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  4. Oh, I love your pod! Can you share where it was purchased?

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    1. Yes, sorry, I should have put that bit of info in the post! It's the hanging Dante pod from John Lewis and it currently has £100 off! It comes in natural and grey - after much deliberation, we chose the grey. I hope that helps. http://www.johnlewis.com/store/john-lewis-dante-pod-hanging-chair/p2067115?colour=Natural&navAction=jump&_requestid=19191452

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  5. I think you should buy 2 more chairs so that everyone can sit, eat and be sociable together outside and have Nell keep you company without being tempted by food at ground level. Just saying! Love the pod and the peony.

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    1. I think that's a marvellous idea...although having just bought the Pod of Happiness, I may need to wait some time for the Garden Furniture Fund to be replenished!

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  6. 'Tis also now The Pod of Jealousy!!! That video, I mean...whaaat?? Your peony is lovely. Jen

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    1. Apparently one has to suffer three years of pod jealousy and longing before the pod can find its owner! Sit tight, your time will come (although hopefully a bit quicker!). I know - I love the video - I now visit my own blog regularly to watch it! And thank you for your peony love. x

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  7. I am incredibly jealous of your pod- I've hankered after one for years. However, I'm moving to NYC soon, and we'll have both the space and the weather (during summer months, at least!) for a pod of our own- bliss!

    I also love your Peony- just taking a stab at my very first EPP project, inspired entirely by the beautiful things you make and I'm loving it. So many tiny stitches! If you release it as a pattern, I'm there with bells on :)

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    1. Ah, lucky you - what an amazing location! Good luck wth your move and your pod!

      I'm so flattered to read that - I hope you're enjoying it as much as I did when I first began. Let me know if you have any questions. And yes, the pattern is hopefully on its way soon! :) x

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  8. The peony and pod are both dreamy!!!

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    1. Thank you! Although it's currently cocooning many little catkiny-type things that seem to be coming off our laurel, so I need to try and upend it before sitting in it today!

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  9. I love both your peony and your pod!

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  10. Oh your peony is absolutely beautiful! Will you stop adding to my must-make list, I need to finish my Perpetual Petals first!! I love the idea of your pod, I just need a garden :) and yes, that video is truly mindblowing, thanks for sharing it!

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    1. Your pink version is going to be glorious! :) I've actually seen some indoor hanging pods which look completely dreamy, although I feel slightly overwhelmed by the idea of finding a rafter that's strong enough to take the weight of one, but maybe that could be an option? x

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