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Day in the Life - Helen Hodgson a.k.a. Polly Dextrous

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The latest day in the life post is from the lovely Helen Hodgson, who you may recall from last month's Park Hill in Stitches Tutorial. Here's a day of her (rather idyllic sounding!) life in rural France... Bonjour!

I’m Helen and I blog and create under the pseudonym of Polly Dextrous.

Today is Wednesday which is both my favourite week day and that which I dread. So here’s why…

Here in France, there is only school on a Wednesday morning and the afternoon is free for other activities. The challenge then is to combine Mummy time (i.e. taxi time) and creative time – and make the most of both.

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As every weekday, the alarm is set for 6.30 and the primary school bus leaves at 8.10. It’s usually quite a struggle to get out of the house in the morning, and today is no exception. After having told my youngest umpteen times to put his shoes on, we finally make it out of the door and the short walk to the bus stop. The bus pulls out and, as the other parents stand around to gossip, I head back home – I’m on a mission!

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Most of my ideas come from life in our adopted village in the Moselle department of France (near the borders with Luxembourg and Germany) and the surrounding countryside. So, weather permitting, I set out armed with my camera for some fresh air and inspiration.

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Today is the first fine day for what seems like ages, so I stop off to quickly hang out the washing, getting distracted by the shirts (fifty shades of blue in our house today!) and the tendrils on the peas (and no, I couldn’t resist eating a couple, nothing tastes as good as peas straight from the pod.) before heading down the road towards the next village in search of poppies.

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I am delighted not only to find some but also a patch of cornflowers – no garden designer would have put those colours together, but they look stunning.

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I set myself a time limit otherwise I’d wander for hours, so it’s back home to put on the kettle and 6music on the radio – it’s what keeps me sane!

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I often struggle with having so many ideas that I don’t know what to do first, but if I’ve made a plan during my walk it bodes well for a productive morning. Today I need to tweak my blog post for Weekly Pattern Wednesday – which is hosted by Lynn at Smudged Textiles Studio. We’re on the sixth week and I’m having so much fun, not only creating my own patterns, but also seeing how other designers work. It is also providing me with a great resource for my fabric designs. Today I’ve been working on a design inspired by the cherry tree in our garden. The artwork is already scanned; I just need to edit the photos.

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I try not to do computer work during the day as it seems a waste of my precious time, and the daylight, so I quickly finish that and share it round on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. Then I have a drawing to finish for my ‘in stitches’ series. Once the layout of the holes is worked out I can scan them and transfer onto card to be stitched.

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All too quickly the bus is back and domesticity takes over. A trip to the ‘boulangerie’ on the way to pick up my eldest from theatre club and we can picnic in the garden.

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Then things get hectic – it’s lovely living in a small village (160 people) but as the nearest town is 20km away, we notch up the miles running between various sport and music activities. However, I find the journey time a good way to catch up with the school gossip and work over ideas in my head. I sometimes feel really frustrated that I don’t have enough time to do everything I want to, but if I’m organised, the waiting time in between activities can be really productive too. After all, a notebook (or three!) and a pen are pretty easy to carry around. I have been known to sit and sew too – it’s a great way to get talking to people.

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Today I’m planning my blog posts for the summer months. As the weather is fine I sit in the park behind the music school and watch two kids getting into trouble for splashing in the fountain and laugh because they aren’t mine! Music theory is the last stop of the day so, once that is over, we head back out into the sticks. I’ve had a couple ideas on the drive home, so I quickly note those before starting on tea.

We get through the evening routine without too much fuss, except for some homework which has been left to the last minute, and the kids are tucked up in bed. Once lights are out, it’s normally time to relax, but tonight I’m home alone so I want to make the most of the extra computer time. I also have a cheesecake to make for my English class tomorrow (it’s the last one before the holidays). Once that is in the fridge I send some photos, catch up on FB and work on this post till I can no longer focus on the screen and it’s time for bed.

‘Night – it’s been fun sharing my day, I hope you’ve enjoyed it.

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Catch up with the rest of my Day in the Life series here.

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