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Friday, 24 July 2015

Summer



Life is just so hectic, I can never seem to find the time to blog these days. 
Although I don't have children at school, the holidays bring a little more freedom as I don't need to help run the church toddler group. But that is only one morning a week anyway.

Later this week we head off for our holidays, a week at our caravan in Devon, catching up with family and seeing the grandchildren, the three of them will join us for a sleep over in the caravan :)

After Devon we will drive up to our cottage in Wales for a week.

I've just made this little jacket and have started the second one, for the twins. The sweet little booties are for Eugene who we will be seeing tomorrow. And I've covered the wooden coat hangers in Liberty fabric for the cottage. 

So the weather here just changed, so far we've had a pretty good summer, plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures, today it all changed, chilly and very wet. Hopefully the warm weather will return. 

I'm hoping you are all enjoying the summer and will manage much deserved rest.




                

                


Saturday, 4 July 2015

Molly

I haven't posted many photos of Molły, our shih tzu x bishon. She is now 18 months old and so much fun. We've had dogs most of our married life with a break of a few years before getting Molly.
We are feeling so much healthier since having her as we walk her twice a day. 

There are so many lovely places near our home to walk her and if we are at our cottage in Wales or down in Devon we are never short of beautiful areas. 

The top left photo above is actually two photos together, she isn't really running away from a herd of deer :)

We recently drove up to Yorkshire to pick up a gas kiln my husband had bought from eBay, it was a long drive but we managed a stroll on the beach and then lunch with my old school friend and her husband. The beach photos above and below were taken at Redcar, a rather run down town in NE Yorkshire. 



The weather has finally warmed up here in the UK and flowers are blooming 


Our little grandson, although still in need of more surgery is doing so well. We are all head over heels in love with him and look forward to all the blessings he is going to bring to our family :)










Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Elderflower Cordial

I have never made elderflower cordial before but have been coming across recipes everywhere this year. So we decided to give it a go. Last week we were in Decon for a few days so I picked lots of elderflower from my daughters garden, together with my little helper. I helped my daughter with the first stage of making hers and she finished it off after we had left. 


                                 

On our return home I made some of my own using a recipe in LandLove magazine, I will post their recipe below but i made some changes along the way with my cordial.

Aromatic Cordial
Makes approx 4 litres
40 elderflower heads
4 organic lemons
3 ltr water 
3 kg sugar (I used less and used golden caster sugar mixed with some fruit sugar)
80g citric acid

1. Carefully shake the flowers but don't wash. Remove the stalks as far as possible or the drink will taste bitter. Wash the lemons in hot water, then dry and slice

2 warm the water on the stove, add the sugar and citric acid and stir until all is dissolved. Leave liquid to cool

3 place lemons and prepared flowers in an earthenware jar or divide among several preserving jars. (I had sterilised these in the dishwasher)
Fill the jars with the sugared water, seal and place in a cool location to infuse.

4 After three days, stir the cordial thoroughly and squeeze out the lemon slices with a spoon. Pass the liquid first through a coarse sieve and then pass through a coffee filter to remove the solids.

                     
5 keeping times will be improved if the cordial is brought briefly to the boil and poured into sterilised bottles. It will keep for a year in a dark, cool place

                                


Monday, 1 June 2015

Dove Cottage

I haven't posted about our little Welsh cottage for a while, we have just returned from a few days over there catching up on some jobs. I spent a few hours tidying the garden while my husband worked inside.  We had the plaster removed from the wall behind the sofa and he has been spending time pointing around the stones with cement and on this visit he sealed it all to stop the dust from forming and to bring out the colours of the stones. We are really pleased with how it has turned out. 
If you want to see my first post after exchanging in the property a year ago, click on he following link

http://www.finelinenandpurple.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/wales.html

Some of you may not have heard of Welsh blankets woven in the wooden mills, these beautiful blankets have become popular again in recent years with new designs being made and old designs remade. In the first four photos below you can see some of the Welsh blankets and cushions that I have, the blanket hanging over the door is also Welsh but in a plaid design and the blanket on the chair is a waffle blanket. The cushions and orange blanket are made in the tapestry design. I also have a beautiful red, black and grey tapestry blanket but can't find a photos of it. 

On Friday I went with my sister to Jane Beck's Welsh Blanket shop, Jane collects antique blankets and quilts, buys and sells pre owned blankets and quilts and sells news blankets and cushions. We had a great visit and I came away with the beautiful cushion in the third photo. If you would like to read more about Welsh blankets go to Jane Becks website

www.welshblankets.co.uk and www.melintregwynt.co.uk



                                

                   






Some of the Studio pottery that we have at the cottage made at the John Leach pottery in Muchelney



View across the fields to Dove Cottage. 

Below are photos taken from our visit to Jane Becks shop

Shop



This is an antique blanket from Jane's collection







Sunday, 17 May 2015

Update


I've just noticed it's been over two weeks since I last posted. As I said last time we have a new grandson, sweet little Eugene. Here he is below, he's doing really well, feeding and putting on weight. He will need a couple more ops but thankfully they live near some of the best hospitals in the world. They are getting great support and all doing really well.

The bluebells near us have been amazing this year, infant all the blooms that are out at the moment are fabulous. 


The week before last, I had a call from my daughter in Devon, her and the children were all unwell so I jumped on the train and went down to stay for a few days to help out. The beautiful view is from their sitting room window and looks across Dartmoor. Thankfully they all recovered and Gilby managed to set up a little library game :)


Friday was my birthday, I had a great day. We walked the dog and had coffee out in the morning. Then got the train into London, met up with our eldest son for lunch and a walk around Islington, I came across two great shops, Ray Stitch and Loop London, for sewing and knitting. We then went to visit Eugene and his mummy and daddy, it was also our daughter in laws birthday so we shared gifts and cake :) and had lots of cuddles with Eugen before we travelled to Leicester Square to see the Carole King Musical which was probably the best show we have seen. I've been catching up with all your lovely blogs and will try to keep mine a little more up to date! 



Saturday, 2 May 2015

New Grandson


                      

I love making for my grandchildren, these are a few of the items I have made for our new grandson who was born eleven days ago at 38 weeks, he is beautiful. He's had a rough start to life and will need some long term support but is doing so well and due to leave hospital tomorrow. We are all over the moon in love with him, his parents are doing amazingly and are the perfect parents God could have blessed little Eugene with. We thank God for His wonderful gift to our family. 

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Merchant & Mills The Top #64

For Christmas a couple of years back my daughter bought me this Merchant & Mills pattern, in the past when I have bought their patterns online they have arrived in a cardboard tube and the pattern pieces are made of card, you can read of my previous M & M patterns here http://finelinenandpurple.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=Merchant+%26+mills

The designs are beautiful and their shop and website sell fantastic fabrics and haberdashery items. 
For Mother's Day my daughter gave me a voucher for Cloth House, a really quaint fabric shop in London, where I bought this spotty Indian fabric to make the top. 

I know I have made a mistake around the neck as my interfacing was too short so I added a bit in and although the neck is wider than it should be, it looks ok and I'm really pleased with the result. 

Next time I will buy some thicker fabric and make a shirt for the winter, hopefully I will get it right then!

 I have found a really helpful blog on www.raystitch.co.uk they have made this same pattern and have written a review on it and now I know I have to figure out the sleeve part of the pattern correctly to get the neck right :)