I think I have had enough of Cottage Garden I. I generally don't like large blocks of the same color stitching, but after so much con- centration on the different changes I was making on this design, I actually enjoyed stitching some peaceful blocks of blue sky and cream hills. Then I plunged back into the many oranges and browns of the two more roofs.
I was wondering why I hadn't gotten any messages from my last post on the Michael Powell Yahoo Group. Well, I found out why. My last message was DELETED. So last night I posted that unflattering messages on this group would be deleted (knowing that my post would be sent to those getting email messages). And sure enough, all my messages have now been deleted and furthermore I have been banned from the group. Companies that have this head-in-the-sand, we-are-right-you-are-wrong attitude have serious problems understanding the nature of the internet. Yes, they can sell defective products to unsuspecting customers, but sooner or later their documented sins will catch up to them. (Just ask Electronic Arts how many people will buy their new game Spore from Amazon with 2,000 negative reviews.) With all the wonderful kits and charts out there, I strongly recommend that NO ONE buy any charts from Michael Powell. This is a real shame as they are lovely designs. But as long as they are defective and the people involved refuse to acknowledge the problems (also seen by regwells), then as much as I would like to stitch some of the Spanish scenes, I simply won't. And after patiently waiting for some explanation, I will be very, very vocal about the poor treatment that I have received.
So I am going to put Cottage Garden I away for a while. I'm not going to take it to Europe, so it might not get finished this year although finishing a Michael Powell design was one of my main 2008 goals. Instead I am stitching Bothy's Cut-Thru Rocket for this weekend's Stitch-A-Long. I won't be able to spend all weekend stitching this, as I am still working on learning Dreamweaver. But I am aiming to get the next level of the nosecone done.
I leave you with two photos I took yesterday evening. The first couple of days here on Maui were filled with vog (volcanic fog). There are usually enough tradewinds to blow it away, but sometimes in September the tradewinds die and hot and sticky weather sets in. I wanted to take a picture of the vog, but you would have said I just forgot to take the lens caps off my camera. There is really nothing to see. Finally we are getting some breezes and so we can even see Molokai; here seen behind the palms we are growing for our agricultural allotment.
This is the view of the West Maui mountains behind our house. They are often wreathed in clouds, so you can't always see their peaks. I hope everyone has a restful or productive weekend.