Saturday, 21 January 2017


Good morning, everyone.  Cold again!  I do love a crisp, frosty, winter's morning.

Yesterday I carried on with the quilt.  The machine quilting is now finished, all the edges have been sewn in (that took for ever!) and now all I have to do on put on the backing and the edging.  Phew.  It's looking good too.
I won't be able to do that until Monday.

Mum, Dad and I went out for a meal yesterday evening.  I had nachos and, mmmmm, how delicious they were.  I must find a recipe!

I have no idea about today yet, but I am sure it is going to be good!  I hope it is for you too.

And now - coffee!

Friday, 20 January 2017


Good morning, everyone.  Yet another sold and frosty morning out there and I gather we have several more to come in the next little while.  Unusually, I felt jolly cold overnight when I did my usual meander down the landing to the loo but I soon warmed up again once back in bed.

After a busy morning, I enjoyed my time in school with some very enthusiastic young readers before my two hours of tutoring.  Then I got on with the quilt which is just as well as I gather the baby shower is next Tuesday.  It's looking good though!

Today I will be rushing around getting things ready for my house sitter before I drive over to my parents' for a few days.  Should be fun!

I'm keeping it brief this morning as I have a lot to do.  Have a great day and stay warm.

Thursday, 19 January 2017


Morning, everyone!  It's cold and frosty again.  Yesterday's frost lasted until into the afternoon - that's how chilly it was.  I didn't even think of hanging out the washing because it would have frozen solid.  A shame, because the sunshine was glorious.

We had another rather lovely sunset yesterday too so here's a few photos.  No, the sky wasn't really on fire but it does remind me of that scene from Gone With The Wind!

Beth came round and was busy cutting out squares for her quilt which is going to look really nice.  I ended up emptying the dishwasher and doing a whole load by hand as my machine seems to be on the blink.  Very annoying indeed!  I did find time to discover a nine block pattern - I think it is called a disappearing nine block.  I want to have a go at it today.

We had to tidy up properly as I had someone round for tuition and, as the dust looked horrendous in the winter sunshine, I dusted too and now downstairs looks pretty good.  Comparatively neat and tidy - just for a change!

Unfortunately, all through the day, on and off, I felt not wonderful again.  Maybe it's just the weather.  Thankfully, I slept well last night which is a blessing after several fairly fragmented nights.

Today is a morning at home followed by Y2 reading and then two hours of tuition.  The planning is all done so I shall indulge myself by trying out that disappearing block pattern using pieces from the scrap drawer.

I forgot to mention above - the wadding/batting (I never know which to call it) arrived yesterday so I washed it in the coolest, gentlest cycle and it seems to have come to no harm whatsoever.  Cheers!  I might carry on with the quilt I'm making too - sandwiching the wadding between the front and some backing and then starting to quilt.

I need a coffee now so I'll sign off and get it.  Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, 18 January 2017


Brrrrr - it is so, so cold today.  There's a hard frost out there.  I'm not surprised because yesterday evening, when I rushed out to take some sunset photos, one of which is now at the top, I was out for a maximum of three minutes and it took me about twenty minuted to warm up again!

After a comment yesterday from Annabeth about the Knitter Knatter Club, it set me thinking.

I learnt to knit at a very young age - about six or seven, I think.  I just watched my mum who, in the 1950s, like most women, made just about all our clothes both knitter and sewn.
As far as I can remember, I only made little things like dolls' scarves and other such trifles for quite a long time.  When I went to college I knitted some tops for myself and when I got engaged, I tackled my first Aran sweater for G, one which he wore for years and years - it was very hard wearing!  That got me going and since then I have usually had a project on the go.

When they first moved me into Y1 at school, I was given a very sparky class and, after we had done our historical project a few asked me how to knit (because that's what girls did in The Olden Days) so I showed them.

Two weeks later, a little lass turned up with a parcel.  When opened, it proved to be a scarf that she had painstakingly made for my teddy bear.  I had brought my teddy into school when they brought their teddies in and we had looked at the similarities and the differences.  This little lady thought my bear must be cold because most of the fur had rubbed off.  Wasn't that lovely?

Tubbelina still has that scarf round her neck.

So when I read about this new club, I just HAD to offer my help!

Today Beth is round and she's going to start cutting out for her quilt.  I'l looking forward to that.  It's also tuition later on and a governors' meeting in the evening.  Quite a busy day, in fact, but it should be good and I hope yours is good too.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017


Good morning and welcome to a cold and frosty start to the day here in Mid-Essex.   I didn't manage another lie-in today but six thirty isn't so shabby, is it?  Not when the norm is between four and five anyway!

Yesterday turned into another dull, drizzly day with just a little bit of watery sun for a very short time.  I was hoping to dry things outside but not a chance!  Out came the drying rack instead.

I finished the bag I am making but haven't taken a photo of it yet.  I do hope the recipient likes it!  I certainly do and I might make one for myself!

I noticed that the school has started a club for year six called Knitter Knatter which is a knitting club.  I offered to help as you know me - I love knitting, so next Monday I will be heading off to school for half an hour of what will probably be hard work at first.  I'll take some knitting with me but I bet I won't get much done!

Today I am making bread, doing planning and, after granny reading with FS, doing the weekly shopping.  A nice, homey, productive day!  Lovely.

I hope yours is as good.

Today's food plans
B: porridge and fruit
L:  home made soup
D:  fish, home made wedges and peas
plus fruit

Monday, 16 January 2017


Good morning, everyone.  Wonder of wonders, I have only just got up - at about quarter to eight.  That's virtually unheard of in my world!  OK, so I've been reading for a while but even so, it's very late and it feels good.

Yesterday was lovely.  Well, the weather wasn't; it drizzled and mizzled all day and was very unpleasant but everything else was great.  Beth came over and we had broccoli and macaroni cheese for lunch which was absolutely delicious; I shall do that again because we both loved it.  Then we went off to Blake House Craft Centre.  The target shop was And Sew On, of course, me to get fabric for the quilt backing and Beth to get fabric for a double bed quilt she want to make, using some stuff she already has.  So we got what we wanted and then went into a new shop there, a yarn shop called Sconch, which wasn't there last time we were!

Oh, it was lovely.  The colours and textures were so beguiling AND they didn't cost an arm and a leg either.
What is lovely is that they do what they call 'Crafty 'n' Cake which is basically just what it says.  You turn up with your craft and they provide coffee and cake for two hours.  I'm definitely going to try that from time to time, although it's a bit of a distance to go.

What else is lovely is that already they are outgrowing the corner shop they have moved into and in a short time they are moving to a bigger unit in the centre - two and a half times the space, I think she said.

Another nice thing - despite the very unpleasant weather, there were loads of visitors to the centre which indicates a very successful concern at the moment.  I usually worry that these centres aren't making enough to pay their way but I think this one is pretty safe at the moment.

Then we came home again, Beth and I, and looked at what we had got.  The fabrics are now drying after being washed or in the machine.  We always preshrink rather than take the risk.  It's a bit of a pain when you want to get going, but necessary.  I can't get on with my quilt until the batting arrives and that also has to be washed first.  By hand, I gather, but blow that for a bunch of bananas, I'm doing it in the coolest, gentlest wash that my machine has to offer!

We had planned to have a crafting day today but she can't make it now so I shall craft alone - all together now . . . aaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!  😉
I shall knit (I've nearly finished the shepherds), sew and do a bit of housework.  Nice.

Now it is time for coffee so, if you will excuse me, I shall sign off.  Have a good day!

Sunday, 15 January 2017


Cold but not icy, wet, dark and gloomy.  What a lovely winter morning!!!

Yesterday was a day when very little happened.  I ended up having a PJ day but I'm not sure it was any help.  It sort of sets my mind in a certain way.
So I knitted and I knitted and I read and I watched some telly and . . . well, you get the idea, don't you?

Today Beth is over and I'm making broccoli and macaroni cheese for our lunch.  That will be good.  I am baking bread this morning and Beth and I have plans to discuss together.   Should be fun.  I wonder if we might take a trip to And Sew On too.  Maybe, maybe not.

I've realised I have forgotten to post about my food recently.  Sorry to anyone who is following them.

B: toast and pate - the pate is an unopened pot that I bought for Christmas and never used. It is out of date tomorrow so I've frozen the rest in single portions.
L:  broccoli and macaroni cheese as mentioned above, with a tomato salad.
D: I have some left-over veg/tomato mix to use up so I'll cook some rice or orzo to have with it.
Plus assorted fruit.