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My oh my! It has been a while since I did a blog post, again I have been sadly neglectful of my little blog, but I do have an excuse this time, I have been feeling poorly for quite a while, so have not been online much, but thankfully I am starting to feel a little better now, so I thought it was high time I did a new blog post :)

Been poorly, and staying home a lot, has given me the perfect excuse to look over all my lovely  childhood books, and to also buy a few new ones :) I have always been a great reader, and because of this, I had quite a selection of books when I was younger, I had so many Enid Blyton books, Flower Fairy books, Beatrix Potter, Brambley Hedge, all kinds, and I treasured them all. When I moved out and set up a home of my own with my darling husband, I asked my mother to please keep all of my books until I have made room for them in our new home. Alas, she did not listen to me, she gave my books away to charity, which greatly saddened me. So now, I am trying my best to re-build my collection of childhood books :)

I did manage to save some books from my mother, favourite books which I took with me as soon as I moved out, as I could not bear to be apart from them, they were my Beatrix Potter books ( the big book with all the Beatrix Potter books in one, and also my little pocket size Beatrix Potter books, all of which my dear grandad gave to me ), my Brambley Hedge books and a few others.


So I have been going through my childhood books, in my mind, and in my book room, remembering the many hours of pleasure they gave me, and feeling happy that once again, I am building my collection of favourite childhood books :)

I have recently bought Milly Molly Mandy  Second Omnibus, as this book has the hard to get hold of Milly Molly Mandy and Co, and Milly Molly Mandy and Billy Blunt books included in it, and with these two books been hard to get hold of, they tend to be quite expensive, especially the Billy Blunt one, so I did some research and found that this omnibus edition, published in the 1970′s, actually has these books included, and it works out much cheaper buying this, than buying these books separately :)


I have also ordered the Milly Molly Mandy First Omnibus too, so that I have the matching set of these charming books. I have a few more books on order, when they arrive, I will certainly do a post on them :)

I love the Milly Molly Mandy books, they are full of such charm and innocence, set in a world which is lost to us today. When I want to escape, and spend a few happy hours in total innocence, where everyone is nice to one another, and help each other, where the sun is nearly always shining, and everything is centred around the home and the hearth, I turn to my Milly Molly Mandy books :) I just love the drawings in these books too

The drawings in the Brambley Hedge and Beatrix Potter books are delightful too, and I never tire of looking at them

And also this book, The Hedgehog Feast ( which I managed to take before my mother gave my books away ), which is by the author of The Diary Of An Edwardian Lady, Edith Holden, and which I have had for many years, it is a lovely little story, with delightful illustrations


I also took this next book with me as soon as I moved out, as it is quite precious to me, I have always loved this book

Each page has a pull out treat for you, making this book extra special :)

And here are a few piccies of some children’s books I have recently acquired, to help build up my lost collection :)

I have also recently bought this absolutely delightful recipe book, which has some mouth watering recipes in which I can not wait to try :)


Other favourites, which are not from my childhood, but are books I have discovered over the past few years, are my Miss Read books,  my Alison Uttley books and my Susan Hill books. I love these authors, and their books are so perfectly homely, domestic and cosy, you can never tire of them :)

Whilst talking about childhood favourites, I thought I would share with you these

My dear grandads neighbour so kindly gave me these cards when I was very young, and from the moment she handed them to me, I have always loved them! I remember I used to copy the drawings onto larger pieces of paper, and hang these in my room, now I think I will copy the drawings but in crochet, creating some lovely and very cute woodland crocheted creatures :)

Whilst on the subject of crochet, I must confess that I have not been doing much of late, feeling unwell left me too tired to crochet, but on the days I felt ok, I did do a little of something, and eventually I have finished it :) A lovely new, multi coloured tea cosy, so I have been enjoying looking through my books, with a pot of tea encased in it’s new cover, and some home made cornflake nest cakes by my side :)

Now that I am starting to feel better, I am hoping to get my crochet back on track, starting right now :)

I hope you all have a lovely weekend, bye for now everyone :)



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…


Ready to go into the oven…


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 :) :) :) :)