Sunday, 31 May 2009
I seem to be turning into an addictive blogger . There are so many clever and inspiring people , it,s just wonderful
I really must sew today . I don,t have to cook days like this . I just love salad . Green leaves,apple with celery and walnuts and plump sultanas ( I like the word sultanas it reminds me of Arabian nights .) cucumber and avacado pears . It,s a great time of the year for fresh uncooked food, greek yoghurt with chopped fresh mint , or sometimes caraway seeds .
My Streptacarpus is flowering, It,s purple, if it flowers like last year I shall be very pleased . I would like to split it but I don,t know if it is one of those plants that like to be pot bound being as it flowers so well. Perhaps anyone reading my blog who know about streptacarpus could advise me .
I,m reading the 19th wife by David Ebershoff. It is very enlightning . I picked it up from the blog of Hard up Hester .
Every morning , first job, pick the lily beetles off the lilies . Ugh!!!
Saturday, 30 May 2009
The blue floral is backing for a blue and white quilt, top almost finished. 6 yds , £2 per yd. the stripe, nothing planned ,but perhaps bags ,3 yds, £3.75, the deep red, sashing for a baltimore, 1 more block to quilt , a pack of 15 pieces , 11 inches square ( I,ve got a blocked brain now . I forgot what you call it ) but it was £3.75 . I shall cut it into 2 1/2 inch strips and use it like jelly roll.
Our fabric guild is wonderful, some people travel a very long way to shop here. I,m about 20 mins,. I live in the east midlands of England. We are able to have free coffee or chocolate and biscuits .As we sit and gather strength with our coffee we chat and ask have people come far. Friday , one girl had come from Suffolk, 2hrs drive. I said "long way" , she replied "but it,s worth it".One day a group of 4 ladies had come from Ireland on the ferry, they were shopping for their group . The guild open just Friday and Sunday morning . We were told they are starting a web site. the site is up and running, BUT, Micheal said he hasn,t had time to put the fabric on yet . check it out , www.fabricguild.co.uk
Thursday, 28 May 2009
This clematis is at the front of the house, it is pink but looks rather mauve on the photo .
Regular readers of my blog will be familiar with the saga of the vintage tea cups that is likely to go on for maybe another 12 months. This teapot, milk jug, and sugar basin was surplus to requirements so was given to me by bluebell .
I was up and about before 6 a,m this morning, I would have loved to have sat in my garden but all my garden seats were covered in dew . must remember to lift one into the conservatory so it will be dry to sit on . nothing more wonderful to sit outside on a morning like today. Dawn broke with the sun already shining . Here in England summer is so unpredictable , today is glorious we have been promised a hot day, but tomorrow ,who knows .
Today bluebell and myself are off to the Fabric Guild , our newsletter says new fabric in extra wide christmas fabric £2. There is always a good selection of £2 bargains.
Monday, 25 May 2009
Sunday I made a quiche, now I,m no good at making quiche, something always goes wrong . I made cheese straws for a visiting friend, pastry left over, I know I,ll make a quiche , pricked the pastry, slightly pre, cooked it. final outcome , egg mixture seeped under the pastry,made the pastry swell , It looked, well ! interesting, but not like a quiche .
I think I will make it my quest in life to make quiche until I,ve got it right, or perhaps not , I will carry on buying them , less stress .
Sunday, 24 May 2009
Thats o,k, I,m one of those people that do my own thing ,. I told her my friend says I,m off the wall, another friend usually remarks with a shake of her head "she doesn,t change does she " I want to be an eccentric old lady,dotty in my own sweet way . I very often look at my neighbours ,and think their days seem so predictable, never controversable in a jokey way. If they chat to each other I never see them fold over laughing . Sad really .
Yes I know we rattle on about the weather in England but we get so little of the good stuff . I,m not knocking rainy days , we are truly a green and pleasant land. Yep , I can smell the coffee, I,m off.
My weekend magazine has an article about Medlers . A very ancient fruit . not one that has been messed about with (for the want of a better word) by fruit growers .They are a strange fruit, in Cyprus they call them Mespilus. My sister in law ,Androulla is very fond of them . you see the trees in the gardens of old houses . They are at their best when going over, soft brown , and squashy . I eat most things but I don,t like mespilus .
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
Monday, 18 May 2009
A few blogs ago, 5, 4, 09, I wrote how I had drank 2 cans of coca cola left behind by my son when he had visited, they had the most extraordinary effect on me! I had more energy than for a long time. I was telling of my hyper day. I had forgotten the effect this had on me.
Doing my shopping last week I thought , the weather is warming up I better get soft drinks for when anyone visits , I got cherry coca cola , and ordinary coca cola.. while watching t,v Sunday evening I was terribly thirsty, I had eaten a roast dinner, perhaps that is why. I had water, still thirsty, so out came a can of cherry coca cola. Mm, that did the trick ! What a result !! 1.30 a,m , shifting around in bed wondering why I kept sleeping for 10 mins and waking up again . this continued through the night until 5 a,m in the morning, I then fell asleep . What amazing stuff . three cans and I,d be raided by the drug squad .
In England we have a programme at 7,o/clock in the evening called the one show.They often investigate way out things, Monday night it was traffic islands . It seems there is a club who,s hobby is traffic islands . The people who support this club are advocating days out looking at traffic islands!! according to the man telling of this, some are landscaped , some just grass, some others , well ! who knows ! I haven,t been on the day trip yet but I,m saving up to go . Yep , we are well known for eccentricity in England .
They also had poetry readings related to the current issue of parliament MP,s expenses or to put it more bluntly fiddles . Some are calling for the speaker to resign. I say leave him there , It,s his mess, he was investigated recently and found to be as devious as the others , let him sort it out ,and then out him. Let him squirm .Hear,hear to the Telegraph newspaper.
It,s the Chelsea flower show this week , so we have something good going on .
We have had a lotta, lotta rain here in England . The plants I have put in my revamped garden are flourishing and getting well established . My friend who visited on Saturday bought me Foxgloves and a decorative grass. they are standing well . I have planted a rose called Sweet memories and Dahlias called My love. These are in memory of my late husband .
I dropped my digital camera and the casing broke where the batteries go in . I have replaced it. It is one of lifes neccesary tems these days .
Well today bluebell is picking me up, remember bluebell ? the one who is scouring all the charity shops to buy vintage looking teacups . She is on the hunt again . apparently there are more out there, so she is after them. should be an interesting day !! I did mention eccentricity didn,t I .
Saturday, 16 May 2009
I have three different eye problems at present and cannot focus properly sometimes unless I pick things up and peer intently . It doesn,t look consumer friendly to do this so I got caught again . I shall still enjoy the chicken but I thought I was saving.
The eye problems will be sorted no doubt when I,m walking with my arms out feeling along the wall.
I hope I,m not being controversial but I,m thoroughly enjoying all this stuff that is going on in our parliament . I,m not a vindictive person but I,m laughing at the audacity of these so called well educated, holier than thou , we know better than the ordinary man in the street , characters.
These people take us to war , mar our country with archaic laws , pass laws and motions without even consulting the general public .
I hope all these pompous , self righteous ,know alls meet with public humiliation.
I say a big broom and a clean sweep.
I would like anyone who agees with me about this issue to join me as a follower to my blog, then I will feel I have like minded friends
Thursday, 14 May 2009
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
The other picture shows scraps being laid on to a piece of fabric to keep it stable for machining to make crazy patchwork.
Friday, 8 May 2009
The front and the back garden are now finished . When the plants are established it will be real eye candy . I feel I have made a real contribution to the cul-de-sac where I live . It has been costly having the back and front garden re-vamped ,more than I would have spent on a holiday , but it will be lovely watching the plants getting established .
I now want to quietly retire back into my shell with my patchwork / quilting, reading etc,. pottering about and Sunday being my Garden day.