Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Wednesday

Fine and warm, but not too warm. I made scones this morning for afternoon tea, we had friends coming.

DB went to get his haircut, I thought he had got lost, saw him talking to one of our neighbours.

Quiche and salad for lunch, DB went for a quick siesta and then to his bowls. Our friends arrived just after he had gone. Tea, scones and chat.

Very stiff today after spending time planting yesterday, a pain killer soon took care of that.

Not much to report today........................

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Feet Day

I slept in this morning so DB brought me breakfast in bed, I had to scoot into the shower as I was coming to do our feet.

When she had gone we set off with some stuff for the tip in Bottesford, its tucked away down a little lane, but the chap there was very helpful and unloaded everything and put it in the right skip for us. Back home it was almost lunchtime.

DB went for his siesta, I sat reading and then decided to go out and plant up the container with a fuchsia and some geraniums, I also planted out a white foxglove and 6 pink geraniums in the gaps of the border.

I had just gone into the house when I heard DB shouting; a friend had called to say she had been to see P in the care home where she is recuperating, she was pleased with how she looked. Apparently one of the staff took her out to Boots and she has also been to the library.

Our neighbour is off to see her husband this afternoon, will get news when she gets back.

Its quite dark and cloudy I think we may get some more rain before too long, the gardens are still very dry despite the rain yesterday. It turned very cold last night........

I have discovered that we can download e books from the library so have down loaded a couple to keep me going till the library van comes next week.

Have to nip to the Drs and pick up my prescription, so better get going. I should have ordered it last week and forgot.........

Monday, 29 May 2017

Rain - at last

We woke to rain this morning, it appeared to have rained overnight and it was still spitting and spotting, so no watering needed and no gardening, just when I had decided to plant up the pots and put some geraniums in the bare spaces in the border.

Monday clean done, DB pushed the Dyson round for me. I emptied it and cleaned the filter, it was very mucky, I really must take it our once a month, the water was disgusting. the filter will take a day or do to dry, so its in bits just now.

DB had soup and bread for lunch I had a cheese and  brown sauce sarnie.Cut the meat off the bone from yesterdays lamb, will make a salad later and do a couple of jacket spuds. I used half the strawberries yesterday, will finish them off tonight.

A bit of tidying in the sewing room, I need to start putting some of the Christmas stuff together, I need backing and binding fabric. Ironing to do as well, the bed linen from yesterday.

The close is very quiet, two of the residents are on holiday. I spoke to my neighbour this morning...P was a little better yesterday when she went, they had a picnic lunch outside. I am taking her in either Thursday or Friday, its her choice, I need a visit to the shopping centre for some stuff from Wilkinson and also Bon Marche to see if I can get something for 'the wedding'. I could also do with a couple of skirts and a new pair of winter trousers.

Update.

I was looking through the local paper last night and came across an advert for our old flat.....remember we had been in 8 weeks when we were told that the owner was applying to knock the place down and sell the site. Well the planning application was knocked back and had to be altered, eventually it was granted and the house put up for sale. To cut a long story short, no one wanted to buy the house and demolish it, so 3 years after we left it is being rented out again. I cannot help but gloat, that woman was the cause of me having to sell my sewing machine to fund the move, we moved twice in 6 months, we just did not have the cash to pay for a second removal. I must admit I was a bit daft, we should have applied for re housing at that point.

It is 2 years on Sunday by the date since we signed for the bungalow........a lot has happened in 2 years............


Sunday, 28 May 2017

Still no rain

For the last three or four nights there have been warnings of thunder storms. DB said last night it was going to rain today....we have clear blue skies with a nice breeze, a bit different to the winds we did have last night.

After our usual Sunday breakfast in bed, I stripped the bed and put the sheets in the washer. We went into Melton DB wanted plants from the chap on the boot fair...no boot fair...DD2 says its tomorrow, today was the fun day on the park.

Went to Lidl and Morrison to pick up bits I could not get at Aldi, we then went on for tea at DD2's she was in the garden hanging out washing when we got there. When we got back to the bungalow I hung the sheets etc out and they were dry in a couple of hours.

DB has not been for his siesta this afternoon, he has been cutting the back grass and doing the edges. We have a lot of edges!!

I re made the bed, changed the duvet for the lighter summer one  and stuffed the winter one in the cupboard in the back bedroom. 

Roast lamb for supper with jersey royal potato's, cabbage, calabrese and carrot. I bought some strawberries for dessert, hopefully by the end of next week we will be picking our own.


Saturday, 27 May 2017

Its Gone

I took the bull by the horns and finished the pillow for the wedding. Its was collected this afternoon. The picture is not very good the flash went off and bounced back.



A quiet morning, DB was dittering about sorting out his stuff for bowls this afternoon. E came round and collected the pillow, she is very pleased with it. I am glad that she likes it. There were times when it almost went out the window.

The Pastor at the little chapel took B in to see her husband, he has settled well, people pop in and speak to him. They both had a good nights sleep which is what was so badly needed. 

I need to sort out what I am going to make for the fair, I started a table runner before I started the pillow, so I will finish that off and then see what else to make. I will do a couple of Christmas tree wall hangings, and a couple more of the oblong mats.

DB wants to go in to the market tomorrow so I will do the bits of shopping that I need.


Friday, 26 May 2017

Another sunny day

Not quite as hot, there is a fair breeze blowing which is keeping the temperature down a bit.

Load of washing done, dried and put away. We had both morning tea and lunch outside. 


The orchids in the hall, I have discovered that I have 2 plants with the same flower, the one in the sewing room has one flower out and its identical.


The gladioli I cut yesterday. We did try to dig them out last year, but some obviously got away. There are also a couple of poppies coming up in the front.

Friday clean done, moved the big sofa, it was over a month since it was moved, hoovered underneath and shoved the sofa back.

DB spent the morning in the garden.

I am about to tackle putting the ring pillow together and finishing it off ready for delivery, I will not be sorry to see it go!!

Fish and chips for supper, might allow DB an ice cream wafer again tonight.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Phew it aint half 'ot

Up and out this morning, called at Dunelm to get a cushion pad before going on to collect the roll of wadding, managed to get it into the back seat of the car. I have cut a length off it and it is now under the day bed in my sewing room, it just fits under there. I think it will see me out...........

Back home lunch was taken in the garden, by the time we had finished eating the sun was round on the back, boy was it warm. I sat out for a while and then had to give in and go into the house. I do not cope well with hot weather any more.

My neighbour phoned to say that her husband is going into the hospice tomorrow. She is going with him and her son will collect her and bring her home. Its next week we will have to sort out getting her to and from the hospice.

The garden will have to be watered tonight once the sun goes off. We have foxgloves come up in the front garden, no idea where they came from, I did not plant them, but we have had this happen before. Some years ago at the allotment we had a single foxglove, the following year there were hundreds, I spent ages digging them out. The natural gladioli are out again, we dug a lot out but they have spread again, I doubt we will ever really get rid of them, I have cut a few for the house, no idea how long they will last.

The orchid that was in my sewing room is on the dresser in the hall, 10 flower buds on, the second one is also starting to open, so that will go in the sitting room once a couple of the flowers have come out, cannot remember what colour it is.

Supper tonight, bacon fritatta and salad, we may indulge in an ice cream for dessert. I need to put a loaf on tomorrow, only have toasting bread, its a bit thick for sandwiches!!




Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Shopping......

Last night we got some sad news about our neighbour, he is going into the local hospice, he needs treatment that he is not able to get either at home or in hospital. His wife is very tired, she has been looking after him for almost 12 months and she too is not well. I went over this afternoon to have a word, we will work out how to get B to the hospice to see him, weekends are ok, its during the week that will be a problem.

This morning we went to Aldi, I managed to spend more then I intended, but I will only need to buy fresh veg and fruit.

A lovely day, we sat outside for our morning tea and OH is outside reading now.

Chicken and apricots for supper with rice, its a while since we had rice.......its a dish I used to do quite a bit at one time, It had brandy in it, and is yummy.

Out tomorrow, I need to collect my half roll of wadding and I also need to pick up a cushion pad for the ring pillow, I have it to finish, The embroidery went ok, just one thread break........ I just have to sew the front to the backs, I will then decide whether to make it an oxford style. depends on how it presses, the fabric is a nightmare for slipping.......reminder to self, not to make another one.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

So sad but also angry

That some scumbag could go to a pop concert and set off a bomb killing children, what is our world coming to? I suppose the bomber thought he would go to heaven for his cause, I hope he rots in hell...and thats putting it mildly.

I had better get off the subject..... I am liable to say something that will upset people. My thoughts are with the families that have lost children and parents of children who were at the concert, the emergency services who always step up to the mark despite the distressing circumstances and those still in hospital. I understand there are several people who are on the critical list.

Bright morning, towels on the line. I have started on the ring pillow yet again, this is the last try. I am beginning to hate that embroidery machine......I have a feeling it will be leaving this house in the near future.

DB in the garden planting seeds, I looked at the lupins I put in on Sunday one of them had over 20 snail bodies round....yukkkk.

Supper today is beef casserole, Pictures of the veg garden



Strawberries


Both strawberry beds the second bed is runners from last year


Garlic


?courgette


Beans, the apple tree and potato bed.


Climbing and drying beans





Looking from the grass up to the back of the garden.


They are quite small hopefully they will grow a bit bigger....tomato's


Last but not least the beautiful rose on the arch, it smells delightful and such a pretty colour.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Photos I took yesterday


I spent part of yesterday morning, putting in some lupins and also weeding the herbaceous bed. There are some gaps at the front I need to get ground covers plants for to try and smother more of the weeds.


The damp bottom part of the garden





Looking up towards the back fence


The clematis on the clothes pole, its a pink Montana, just coming out.


Not sure which clematis this one is, but its putting on a good show.


DB worked on the strawberry bed, the supports are for netting to keep the birds off.


Another clematis, no idea which one this is.


These lupins survived the slug attacks, I think they got going whilst the ground was dry, so not much slug activity.

And Now...... more quilts.

Detail of the quilting on the next wholecloth quilt.






Another very pretty batik applique quilt.







Passion flower.



This was such a pretty miniature quilt.



These were wonderful, all the colouring comes from stitching.



K looking at memories of a Scottish Holiday.




Beautiful!!


This was fabulous and has won a well deserved ribbon.

It was a nice sunny morning, DB was in the garden, he finished off weeding the herbaceous border for me.

Chap came and re screwed all the drawer fronts in the kitchen.

I have started on the ring pillow, so far so good, fingers crossed.

Supper tonight eggs, wedges and peas.

Update....

I should have kept quiet, the bobbin thread ran out and then for some obscure reason the machine started sewing with the bobbin thread on to, so another fail......it has one more chance, then I am out of fabric and have to admit defeat. I have a feeling the embroidery machine is going to be no more!!! My 12000 was so much easier to use.......sigh........


Sunday, 21 May 2017

Garden Day

Our usual lie in with breakfast in bed, now putting in some of the plants in, was devastated to find two lupins had been chewed overnight..........they are in the ground surrounded by slug pellets and I am going to slug pellet the nursery bed at the side of the house, I am sick of losing plants to the slimey little b's. They have also had a go at a clematis I have grown from a cutting.

The rain has brought lots of weeds on so I am weeding as I go as well, hooked out a huge dandelion with a massive root. weeds are even coming through under some of the spreading plants.....ggrrrrr.

DB cut the front grass yesterday, the scarer seems to be working with the cats, no cat mess on the grass or in the borders. Its the birds that spread the wood chip looking for insects, I just sweep it back. 

More pictures from Friday............





Unusual to see a quilt like this, the extra large top border to allow the quilt to be pulled up over the pillows.


Love the scallops on this quilt.


Very pretty delicately coloured quilt.


Very Rennie Mackintosh.


Pretty row by row baby quilt.


Ah those hexagons again.....



Liked the subtle colours in this.


Snakes and ladders anyone?


Beautiful Baltimore quilt, I would never have the patience to do a quilt like this.


Another one I would not have patience to do, New York Beauty.




Sorry this one is the wrong way round, it was beautifully decorated with sparkly bits and bugle beads.

After lunch it started to cloud over, I was feeling tired after my morning in the garden, so if its fine tomorrow I will do a bit more weeding.

Supper tonight pork, with all the trimmings. I have some new carrots, still had their tops on, I ate a raw one, delicious............