River Cottage Spring Food Fair …

27/05/2016 § 3 Comments

the stage is set for the fair …





The kitchen garden is amazing – not a weed in sight!

Lyme Regis is also magical this evening …


and here’s a sneaky peak at some of the new quilts & cushions that will be on my stall over the weekend …





So, I hope you all have a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend – I’ll be here …


Fingers crossed for some sunshine!


A wander around my garden …

22/05/2016 § 1 Comment


Since taking the photos at the beginning of the week, everything has grown about 12″ it appears – especially the grass!  I’ve had to invest in a new lawnmower as I found the petrol mower impossible to start with it’s pull-handle.  The runner beans sprouting in the greenhouse and I hope to plant them out before the weekend.  It’s wonderful to see my grandfather’s lily and all the cottage garden self-seeding favourites springing into life.

Yesterday must have been the ultimate boost for every plant in the garden – warm rain all day.  However,  it proved to be a good day for quilt-making and I finished the commission quilt that I can’t show you yet.  Others are flying out of my studio along with cushions and pincushions ready for this weekend’s River Cottage Spring Fair.  I can’t believe it’s a whole year since my first RC Fair – time certainly flies.   This year the dogs will be staying at home, with AB who is on dog & duck duty whilst I’m away.  I’ll be staying in Lyme Regis which has become one of my favourite places to visit and I’m really looking forward to it all.

Expect photos of the seaside in my next post …



River Cottage Spring Food Fair

27/05/2015 § 6 Comments

At the weekend a mini convoy travelled west to Devon, for the River Cottage Spring Fair at RCHQ just outside Lyme Regis.  My estate car was packed to the rafters with my stand and stock, my friend followed with the dogs and our supplies – plus a few cushions that I couldn’t fit in!  I wasn’t sure what to expect but I had no need to worry – it was brilliant!


spot the patchwork quilt stall

spot the patchwork quilt stall

oh yes, that's the patchwork quilt stall

oh yes, that’s the patchwork quilt stall

cushions & quilts & pincushions

cushions & quilts & pincushions

I used those brilliant table covers that look like granny square crochet that I bought a few weeks ago.  I’d even hooked up some yarny cushions and stitched lots of freehand embroidered cushions featuring hens, retro caravans and of course … Flora Puddleduck!  All those quilts that I’d worked so hard to complete last year, for the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market came along and I was really pleased with how it looked.

On Saturday, the weather was amazing – hot, hot sunshine in the afternoon and the Sunday morning sunrise was awesome.

Sunday morning sunrise

Sunday morning sunrise


Sunday was cooler and a bit misty on occasions, but everyone who’d bought a ticket came along and enjoyed the demos, stalls and delights.  People had travelled right across the UK to attend – indeed some people had travelled right across the world to be there.  It was amazing to meet such a great crowd at such a tremendous event.  There’s another fair in August, so keep a look out for tickets.

We fitted in a bit of jaunting on Monday, a welcome day to recover from the fair and visit the Donkey Sanctuary (sadly I’d left my camera behind, so this is a DS photo).  What an amazing place to visit – I’ve never seen so many donkeys and they’re all such characters.  I’d love to rehome a couple in the future – if and when I finally end up in a cottage with a paddock attached!

donkey sanctuary


We had a lovely day touring around the beautiful countryside, little villages and Lyme Regis was quite magical in the evening light …









I loved the fossils on the lamp posts

I loved the fossils on the lamp posts

Were you there at RC?  What did you think of it?

It’s done me good to be away and do a 2-day event – my first and hopefully not my last! After last October, I did wonder whether I’d want to pick up my patchwork again, let alone get out there and organise everything for an event.  It was a challenge and I loved every minute!

What did you get up to at the weekend?  I’ve arrived home to find the first roses in bloom, the foxgloves have grown about a foot and the runner beans have 2 leaves each!  This morning I made another little alpine/succulent garden that I’ll show you next time – prepare for a wander around the garden, with me and Flora!

Adaliza x

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