Colourful challenges …

13/01/2017 § 3 Comments

Gypsy Wife is proving to be a challenge …


I’ve been quite enjoying this type of patchwork that is so different from my usual style.  I am loving the fun of putting different colours together and how they make these blocks work (or not).  Some didn’t work out quite as planned so will be redone – I HATE redoing anything!

My favourites so far …

I’m hoping to have it pieced in a month – too much of a challenge?  Well, maybe!

Breakfast each day for the last week has been colourful – starting with green, then various shades of orangey gold and yesterday pink.  The blender-thing is doing its stuff and I have to admit to enjoying the orangey/pinky drinks more than the green – maybe it’s the sweeter flavour from mango, raspberries & blueberries as opposed to cucumber & kale!

In addition to colourful breakfasts, yesterday just as it was getting dark, the rain gave way to a brief spell of snow and for a very short time the brown winter garden took on that magical  cloak of white.  It was all too fleeting-a shower and then it froze so this morning was crisp, to say the least.  The girls enjoyed a long walk in the woods yesterday, just before it started to rain …

and Flora was very cuddly in this morning’s chill – she’s such a sweet character.
I think that’s my first published ‘selfie’ – a bit of a challenge when cuddling a duck with one arm and trying to hold the camera and press the dot with the other!

I treated myself to a large jug to brighten up a corner of the lounge.  I love handmade Mary Rose Young pottery and have quite a few pieces but it’s out of my budget these days, so I was pleased to find this ‘designed by MRY’ jug that is perfect – gorgeous colours …


Oh – I almost forgot – more orange – I made marmalade –
12 jars of Christmas Spiced Marmalade (which may not last than long)
and 12 jars of Dark Ginger Marmalade – my favourite!

Have a lovely weekend and stay warm.


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§ 3 Responses to Colourful challenges …

  • I actually went to Mary Rose Young’s studio over 20 years ago when we were in Wales. It was in her house then. There were no signs – I had just seen her work at Barney’s in NYC and maybe saw a writeup in Country Living or something. The only way we found her place was I saw a crazy colored bench in a garden and I thought – oh this must be the place. It was awesome to meet her and I got some seconds that I still have and use. Thanks for that link to her house for sale. I take it she didn’t sell it and is still there. I subscribe to their studio newsletter and love reading it and seeing what she is up to.
    Lovely quilts!
    It is freezing here today and going to be a very cold weekend. The snow all melted. Hope we have some more.


  • adaliza says:

    Not sure where she lives now. We used to go to her tiny shop in Bath which she’d decorated and her mother ran it – such a lovely lady. I bought most of my collection there – every Christmas for years Nig would give me a piece of MRY – special gifts. x


  • Alycia C says:

    it may be a challenge – but look at those amazing blocks you have!


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