Yes, I have been beavering away here, clearing up a few ongoing projects. First of all I am proud to show my completed tablecloth!
Saturday 23 October 2021
Saturday 16 October 2021
First of all many thanks to Wendy for organising our Friday evening again - do pop over to Wendy's blog to see who else joined in and what they were working on.
After an excellent Fish and Chip lunch in a local restaurant I sat down to complete my RSC crumb blocks for the month. Actually, I was working on crumbs from September as well as we were away all last month and my orange blocks did not get made. I made the little Dresden flowers earlier in the week. So here we are - Septembers orange Dresdens and crumb blocks.
The colour for October is light and bright greens. Well, I used all my green scraps earlier in the year so instead I pulled out all my black and grey scraps. Here you can see my Dresdens, seven crumb blocks and a few little squares for the Scraptherapy box. I have also cut enough petals for two more Dresdens as looking at my quilt I can see that I will need four altogether.
This year I have been trying to clear out my crumb box - at the beginning of the year I had to put another box on top of it to keep it closed - now it is just half full.
There are still plenty of cream and brown scraps in there which I know I will use next year. Otherwise I am very happy with how this year has gone.
Linking up with Angela at Soscrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday. Thank you Angela.
Thursday 7 October 2021
...by a few ladies down under for whom it is elderflower time, here is my recipe for Elderflower Cordial.
25 heads of fresh elderflowers
1 litre of boiled water
3 large lemons
Add the sugar to the water and stir until dissolved and then add to the bowl. Give it all a good stir, cover and leave for two days stirring occasionally and enjoying the delicious smell!
Strain and bottle. Store in the fridge.
Dilute to taste with still or, my favorite, fizzy water. A splash in fizzy white wine is also delicious.
If you have access to gooseberries then use some of the cordial to sweeten them for a pie or crumble
Enjoy.This recipe makes quite a lot - the quantity's are easily adjusted if you want to make a smaller amount or don't have the required number of elderflowers.
Yes, after 20 months we managed a trip to the UK where we were able to catch up with friends and family. It was a lovely time and the sun shone for most of it which was great although the last few days were distinctly damp.
Lovely to be out and about in the Somerset countryside too - the narrow roads and high hedges were a welcome sight after the wide open fields of the northern Dordogne. And the sea! So good to see the sea again.
So I will launch straight in to some photographs.
This weather worn boat was in Watchet Harbour - I love that splash of turquoise on top of the right hand pole.
We managed to arrive in Watchet on market day - it was busy! So we took our picnics to Blue Anchor bay and sat on the beach looking across to the Welsh coast. From there we drove inland to Staple Plain where we walked up to the top of Beacon Hill. The heather was in full bloom and glorious.
In the second picture you can see the stunning view down to the coast.
On another occasion we visited St Martins church at Kingsbury Episcopi for an interesting exhibition documenting cider making in the parish and the local families and businesses involved. I spotted this lovely door in a corner of the church.
and these 'drunken' graves outside.
I am surprised that Health and Safety haven't been round and condemned that gravestone! Some years ago we visited another graveyard in North Somerset where council workers were pulling over tilted gravestones 'because they are dangerous'!
Anyway from there we of course had to visit a local cider farm, Burrow Hill Cider Farm where they also distill the cider to make cider brandy.
It is cider making time and there was a large heap of apples in the yard being washed prior to being pulped.
Finally a lovely day out with friends at Killerton House It was our first visit and we enjoyed walking round the gardens dodging showers under huge old trees. This lovely hinge was on the door to the Church and will be added to my spiral collection.
The Bears Hut also sheltered us - in the main room the ceiling is decorated with pine cones
Killerton is home to a large collection of 18th - 20th century dress and accessories. On display while we were there an interesting exhibition of sports wear including a very elaborate - and I would have thought very hot - tennis dress! No 7 in the picture.
Thank you for reading through to the end - I hope you enjoyed the pictures.