22/07/2016 § 2 Comments
Woodland Quilt (80 cm square) – I just love those little foxes with their babies all snuggled up. Lots of swirls and leaves and ditsy blooms in this quilt. Backed with a chocolate brown fleece, it’s very practical for little people, me thinks!
Peace Quilt (156 cm x 125 cm) – what we all wish for, some peace and calm in our lives. Think leafy prints, little birds and feathers … … … and relax!
City Bright (1m square) – a quilt designed for modern living! Vibrant colours and jolly city prints, with pretty houses, stylised flowers and calm pools of polka dots.
There’s another quilt that’s almost done too – with little brown hares, called Guess How Much I Love You! I hope to spend this afternoon sitting out in the garden, hand-stitching the binding on that one. And then it’s the weekend – yay! I must get to grips with the vegetation that’s beginning to take over in the garden, dead-head the roses in the hope of a second blooming and maybe stain my little deck with preservative. That’s boring though – I’d much rather be quilting or stitching in the sunshine!!
Enjoy your weekend – what have you got planned?
PS – I’ll be joining up with Finish it Up Friday later on this afternoon.
18/07/2016 § 5 Comments
Yesterday, I relived some of the happiest memories ever when I revisited Lainston House Hotel in the village of Sparsholt, near Winchester. Happy memories – indeed – it’s where we held our wedding reception many years ago and it was a day I hold right up there amongst the best in my life!
Gosh, I was a skinny thing in those days! The avenue of trees stretches down from the front lawn of the house with spectacular views of the Hampshire countryside.
I wasn’t just visiting yesterday though, a Family Food Festival had been organised and I was a stallholder …
Flora came too – on a cushion!
A stage had been set up on the front lawn and the Military Wives Choir and Military Band entertained the crowds. On the South Lawn a demonstration area had been set up for cookery demonstrations throughout the day. It was SO busy – everyone had a wonderful time and on my way home, I had a wander around the grounds and discovered a wonderful garden, planted since our special day with borders in full and glorious bloom …
Oh, it was a good day! So many lovely people to talk to, friends popping by to say hello throughout the day too. Hope you had a lovely Sunday – we’re having a mini heatwave here at the moment and I’m cutting out quilt kits on the patio in the sunshine. What a way to spend a day!
I’ll be back with photos of my latest quilts, very soon.
10/07/2016 § Leave a comment
Well, it’s raining and yesterday in Alton, it was blustery (but very warm and dry, thankfully). So good to meet up with such lovely folk from Alton and the surrounding villages, at the monthly market when us ‘Makers’ team up with those ‘Farmers’ and set up our stalls on and around the High Street, whatever the weather!
Everything in my garden is growing like crazy – I thought you may like a few photos …
The Dublin Bay rose is in full and glorious bloom, as is the red rose over the archway down to the pond.
One of my favourite places to sit and enjoy the afternoon sun (so I haven’t been sitting there very much recently)!
The veg plot is very green – runner beans, peas, broad beans, sunflowers, lettuce, radishes and tomatoes in the greenhouse – I can’t wait for the runner beans to be ready. My friend introduced me to a stunningly simple but delicious meal – freshly boiled runners topped with crispy bacon rashers, to be enjoyed on their own or with a hunk of bread and butter. Do try it – it’s amazing!
But possibly my garden favourites this week are the sedums in my miniature gardens, planted up in galvanised trays, and made into outdoor coffee tables with an upturned baker’s rack and a couple of concrete pots. I love this little feature on the lower patio. Here it was in May before those sedums started to bloom …
and now …
Mrs Quacky, aka Flora Puddleduck, is very vocal at the moment. She’s guarding her nest and hides her eggs so effectively, I sometimes don’t catch up with her latest secret nesting spot for a few days!
Flora says ‘Hello’, in a rare moment of sunshine last week!
Enjoy the rest of the weekend – I have LOTS of sewing to do …
PS – I’ve just been notified that my Carnival Blanket has been featured on Houzz, in an article about the benefits for those of us who knit and crochet (and I suspect sew, too).
01/07/2016 § 2 Comments
I’m looking after my neighbour’s garden, whilst they’re off on their travels for a few weeks. There are a couple of perks – firstly, and you’ll be surprised at this – the weather! As it’s raining almost every day, I don’t have to spend a huge amount of time watering their wonderful garden, with colourful flowers in huge pots and their brimming-with-goodness veg plot. Only the greenhouses need a drink every day or so, as it’s not even that warm during the daytime here.
The other perk is ‘Help yourself to whatever ripens’! Well now, that’s very kind and obviously I’ll leave everything I can for them to enjoy on their return but yesterday I had to harvest their crop of redcurrants. They won’t keep on the bushes so I filled freezer bags and popped them into my neighbour’s freezer and kept some for myself …
Oh – the glorious absolute red of these berries. The way they glisten and positively sparkle – they’re quite magical!
I set about to preserve some of that summer lusciousness and to enjoy some as well …
Firstly, I made a Redcurrant Yoghurt Cake – yummy or what? The Cake Monster (aka son J2) flew back to the UK yesterday morning and so I’m lucky to find some cake still in the tin to enjoy with a mid-morning cuppa! Such a simple recipe and those red berries in the middle of the cake give a wonderful sprite flavour. I also mashed some up to make cordial that I enjoyed there and then – refreshing and thirst-quenching.
And then, with long winter evenings in mind, I thought I’d pop some into a bottle of gin, with some sugar, so we can enjoy some festive, rosy G&T’s later in the year.
The kitchen is an absolute joy to work in. It’s decorated now and I’m delighted with it. I work hard not to clutter up the cupboards and keep those beautiful work surfaces free from ‘stuff’. The antique pine dresser (which is in fact a wall-mounted plate rack and separate sideboard) adds a honey-coloured glow against the calm blue feature wall and I love moving my treasures around. (Wall Paint – Oval Room Blue FB, a tone or two darker than the John Lewis of Hungerford Townhouse Blue base units).
There’s more to life than kitchens though. Today would have been my beloved man’s birthday and I’d happily trade everything I own to have him here again beside me. I’m lucky to have such amazing children and my dear friends who keep me going whatever the weather. Be positive is a good motto for this year.
Enjoy your weekend
24/06/2016 § 4 Comments
to the lonely sea and the sky …
Porthleven has worked its magic spell with stunning sunsets, hot sunshine, walks on the beach, sandy dogs, rest and relaxation.
C and I have spent the week here and it’s been absolutely wonderful.
Enjoy your weekend.
17/06/2016 § Leave a comment
We’ve been having some thunderstorms here lately so I thought I’d join in with the weather and give a lightning round up of some recently finished quilts …
Round the Mulberry Tree
It’s pure nostalgia in a nursery quilt with happy children holding hands and playing around the mulberry tree. The top border is magical …
is a perfect little quilt that captures the retro vibe!
Bonnie’s Quilt …
A commissioned quilt – a present from mother to her delightful daughter for a very special birthday.
Guess How Much I Love you
Those heart-warming words captured by the hares’ tale.
It’s been a busy ol’ week and next week is looking promising. Maybe a trip to the coast is called for … pop back to see what’s been happening!
Linking up to Finish it up Friday
10/06/2016 § 3 Comments
to Wales, to see my Dad …
It’s a very long way to travel by myself with only the collies in the car for company, but I fastened my seatbelt (and theirs) and we took a jaunt to West Wales for a few days. Flora stayed behind with Aunty B.
We saw Red Kites swirling and twisting in the skies, dolphins off New Quay beach and lots of the neighbouring farmer’s cows! Like many rural natives they’re both nosey and friendly at the same time!
they have such expressive faces – I’m sure I’ll use these photos as inspiration for some cushions in a week or so.
I was delighted to be able to zoom in on this red beauty – in the purest blue sky on the coast road to Cardigan.
We enjoyed lunches in local towns and meals in the local hostelry during the evenings, as well as ice creams by the beach and far too many welsh cakes!
I’m definitely going to serve up some of these spicy little cakes next week, cooked on an old-fashioned griddle. I found quite the best I’ve ever tasted at a local bakery – they were absolutely delicious.
And Dad – well, he’s fine and dandy – at 90 years old!
This is quite the best photo I’ve ever seen of him and it wasn’t taken by me. His neighbours have a young daughter who is just two and half years old (she and he share the same birthday in December)! I took some snaps of them all together and then handed the camera over to her and under her mother’s watchful eye, she pressed the button and just look at that wonderful photo. She’s a very gifted portrait photographer – and at such a young age! “Thank You, G”.
I’m pleased to be back home again though it’s always a huge wrench to leave him, but he’s fiercely independent and loves his home – as I do mine!
Alton market is on tomorrow – for those of you who are in the area.
Enjoy your weekend, wherever you are.