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Catch Up

Hello everyone :) I hope you are all feeling well on this fine Summers day :) This is a catch up post, I have lots to share with you :)

Do you like the floral arrangement above? Myself, and a few others made it in this months Women’s Guild meeting :) We were all shown, by our lovely Chairwoman, how to arrange flowers, as she is an expert and is a member of a flower club, then, 4 people, including me, were selected to be heads of a team, and we 4 had to then go and choose another 4 members to be in our team, once we did that, the heads of the team were given a bunch of flowers each, and what we had to do was, each member of the team took something from the bunch, and placed it in the wet oasis that was set out on a table infront of us, thus creating a floral arrangement :) It was fun, and I enjoyed it, and my team kindly voted for me to take the floral arrangement home, which I did, and I love it :)

It was a great night at the Guild, the Chairwoman kindly brought in some old copies of the Guilds magazine for me to bring home with me, and I have read them all already, and they are great magazines…

and with the Country celebrating the Queens Diamond Jubilee this month, and with the Guild been very big on the Royals ( The Queen was once a Patron for the Guild, and now Princess Ann is, and at the end of each meeting, God Save The Queen is sung ), we were all given a present in honour of the Jubilee! How lovely is that! All the members in our Guild were given a tin of Ringtons Tea, I do not know what the members of the other Guilds up and down the Country got, but I know that the members in our local Guild, including myself, were very happy with their Jubilee presents :) Here is the tin of tea…

and even the packet inside the tin, containing the teabags, is a special Jubilee packet :)

And whilst on the subject of the Jubilee, my kind dad and Pam kindly bought John and I a Jubilee pressie too, a tin of biccies :) So we can drink Royal Tea, whilst eating Royal biccies, lol :) ..

I really enjoyed all the Jubilee celebrations, and watched all the coverage on TV, it was wonderful :) And I really enjoyed this months Guild meeting :)

I thought I would share with you all a book I have recently bought…

 

I love the Country Diary series, and someone on Ravelry told me about this book, and how it has crochet patterns in it, so I just had to get it! The photos in this book are delightful!…

I can not wait to make a start on some of the patterns in this book :) And speaking of patterns, would you like to see my latest crochet? Well, remember in the last post, I showed you the Venetian 1914 Opera Bag I was crocheting, as a possible contender for one of the County Shows I am entering this year? Well, I have finished it, and love it! I love it so much, that this is the bag I am going to enter, but I am re-crocheting it in white thread, which is better quality, and will line it in a pink, or blue satin like material, and that will be my bag entry for the Show :) But here it is, my trial run version of the bag :)

And some detail shots of this bag :)

So that is the bag I am currently re-crocheting, ready for entering into the Seaburn Show :) I had crocheted 2 bags, and chose between the two which to re-do and enter, here is a photo of the two bags together…

So the little one, is the other bag I was thinking of entering..

But I think I have made the right decision in deciding to re-do and enter the Venetian bag, out of the two :)

I have also just finished crocheting an entry for the other County Show I am entering in September :) This entry is for the craft section, under the category ‘Something to commemorate the Jubilee’, so I have crocheted a filet doily, to commemorate the Jubilee :) Here it is blocking….

And once it is blocked, I will mount it, and then put it away until September, to then enter into the Show :) So the Show where this doily is getting entered, I only have one more thing to crochet for this particular show, as I am only entering 2 pieces of crochet into this one, the doily above, and a small dressed doll, as stated in the schedule, so I will crochet an outfit for my favourite childhood doll, my Tiny Tears doll, and enter that too :) The other Show I am entering, where I will be entering the bag, I still have that bag to finish, and also a flower corsage, a hat with a side decoration, and perhaps a Christmas tree skirt to crochet too :)

And another thing I have crocheted, which was just for fun, for a Garden Themed CAL/KAL I started in one of my groups on Ravelry, is this….

A cute little fairy :) The CAL/KAL was to make anything you associate with a garden, and just for fun, I crocheted a flower fairy :)

Speaking of Ravelry, I am also having a Lark Rise To Candleford Read Along, and Watch Along, in the LRTC group, so if you are on Ravelry, please feel free to join, and to also join in with the CAL and KAL that are going on in the Thriftiness group :)

I think I have caught up now, on all my latest bloggy news, lol :) I am actually unwell right now, I have caught this flu that is going around, so am feeling quite under the weather :)

I hope you have enjoyed reading this post, thank you for leaving your lovely comments :)

Take care everyone, bye for now :) :) :) :)

 

 

 

Hello :)

Sorry it has been so long in posting, but I have been so busy! Isn’t this time of year a really busy one, what with the gardening, cooking, preserving, and everything else, phew, I’ll be glad when winter comes so I can have a rest!

John and I have dug over a new veg patch, about 10x20ft, and we have planted it up and are now anxiously waiting for our yummy veg to grow :)
We have also been working on the front garden to try to get it looking lovely, as someone has pulled down our arch, which was over the gate, with the wisteria growing round it! I was so upset about this, as I love the wisteria, but we managed to save the stump of the wisteria, which we are just going to let grow, without training it around anything, as we do not want anything else to be vandalised in our garden. We have been plating out loads of flowers, and the front garden is starting to look lovely again, I really must remember to take photos!!

This is going to be a really picture heavy post, as I have been taking photos of everything, so I can post them on here, but I did mean to post them a long time ago, but with been so busy, I just have not had the time, so I am afraid they are all going on in one go, lol, so I will try to keep my writing to a minimal, so the post is not too long :)

On the cooking front, I have been going a bit crazy really, making all kinds. I tend to bake on a Saturday, but if the mood takes me, I bake during the week too :) Here is what I have been making :)

John and I love cheese, onion and tattie pie, so I tend to make these quite often, and I always make my own pastry :)

Here is the mixture to go into the pie, I could eat it just as it is!

And the pastry cases…

Filled…

Ready to go into the oven…

Yummy!

I have also made a selection of lemon cakes, a lemon icing cake..

I loved this one :)

A normal lemon cake for Johns uncle..

and a lemon syrup cake for us…

I have baked quite a few batches of almond biscuits over the past few weeks, for John and I, and for Johns parents, and my dad and Pam..

I like to wrap the biccies in greaseproof before putting them in the tin, so that they do not break..

I’ve also baked two trays of choccie chip cookies..

A Victoria sponge cake filled with double whipped cream..

A days baking, with a special big biccie for John saying Love You :)

I have baked a rhubarb crumble with custard when we had Johns parents over..

And I have baked a choccie cake…

And I have baked some ginger bread people using a very old fashioned recipe from my Lark Rise Recipe Book :)

Oh yes, and I made some tattie cakes for supper one night when we had some left over mashed tattie, yum , love these :)

And still on the subject of food, John and I have been blackberrying, in our garden, and round about where we live, and really enjoyed doing it too, I love to forage with John, it is so enjoyable and a lovely thing to do :) We have picked lots of blackberries, and will be going blackberrying again in a few days, as I plan on making a lot of things from the berries this year, for now we are freezing them until I need to use them :)

I am really loving the fact that all the berries are coming out ready to pick and be turned into delicious things, not just blackberries, but elderberries too, and soon, I will be gathering rosehips to turn into syrup to eat on our morning porridge, yum! I love this time of year, the weather turning just a fraction cooler, hinting that Autumn will not be far off, and I love Autumn, and winter, in all its cosy glory, and I can not wait for those Seasons :)

Okey dokey, now for the crochet :)

I have been doing a lot of crochet lately, I do so love it :) I have crocheted a family of blankets, for a little boy, a little girl, and a baby girl, which I have traded with Nicola from Smilernpb, for lovely smellies which now fill our bathroom shelves :) Nicola and her children are absolutely over the moon with the blankets, so I am very happy about that :)

Firstly, the little boys blanket…

The little girls blanket…

I have shot through some dark colours every now and then , just to give the little girls blanket some contrast and interest :)

The baby girls blanket..

and the family of blankets together :)

Still on the subject of blankets, I have crocheted a baby blanket for our niece who is due to give birth this Friday! she is having a little boy, hence the blue ribbon :)

I have crocheted two pretty petals cushions, the idea of which, I got from the wonderful blog, attic24. The pattern is for a potholder, but add a back, stuff it, and you have a fabulous cushion!

The first one I made, I made very big, so it now lives on our bed :)

and the second one I made, I crocheted smaller, and it now lives on our settee..

I have crocheted  new wash cloth, which I love to use, as it is so soft :)

And I have crocheted a  football scarf,

And last, but not least on the crochet front, I have begun work on my Autumn crochet projects, starting with a pumpkin tea cosy :) I am also going to crochet a carved Halloween pumpkin, to sit on our hearth on Halloween, and I may crochet some mini pumpkins, and ghosts, for Halloween too, when my Autumn projects are done, I will start on my Christmas projects, I know I know, it is only August I hear you say, but I think it is never too early to be thinking of what to make to decorate your home, and to give away at Christmas time :)

Phew!!!!!! Now that that’s the cooking and crochet out of the way, I can tell you the other things I have been doing :) The other day, I decided to make another little cat basket for our two kitties, so that they did not have to share, bless them. I took an old wicker washing basket, and two old crochet blankets I have made, which now have holes in them thanks to the kitties, and made a very comfy basket for them. Jack has claimed this basket, and Whiskey sleeps in the other, iglow type cat basket, but, during the day, when the Jack is not in the basket, Scrappy decides to squeeze himself into it for a snooze, lol, now Scrappy is a big dog, and he hardly fits in the basket, but he loves it! John and I were in stitches the first time he did it, here he is here..

Lol, silly doggie! :)

I have also been working my way through all 4 series of LRTC, getting snug on a night, watching these wonderful programmes..

I love how snug and cosy our sitting room looks on an night :) I always watch my programmes before John and I get settled to watch a film together, then the room is all set up, cosy and comfy for John, I and our 4 pets to all get settled together, it is my favourite time of day, I love it :)

I took the next one quite late at night, when we were all settled, as you will see by the time on the clock, lol :)

I have been gathering and drying lavender from our garden, here is a small selection of it, I still have a lot more hanging up drying..

and I have turned the lavender into lavender bags, which smell divine and are scenting my drawers :)

I did make more, but I have gave some away, and I will be making more lavender bags from the other bunches I have drying :)

And finally, let me show you some of the gorgeous floral things I have been buying recently from the fab shop, B&M :)

I love this shower cap!

I have been after a floral shower cap for ages, then spotted this in B&M for only 99p!

Right, and thats it I believe, that is everything I have taken photos of over the past few weeks :) So, until next time,. which will hopefully not be so long, can I just say, thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog, and leave your wonderful comments, which I really do love to read :)

Take care everyone, bye for now :) :) :) :)