Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Bella Bella

My lovely and bestest mate came this Christmas and her very special pressie to Little L was this quilt which she lovingly made.  As little L is ill she has spent most of the week under it on the sofa - and she already loves it - as I do.  It makes me want to learn to quilt (something I have still yet to do).

Thursday, January 19, 2012

In search of colour.............

So busy at the moment...this working for a living certainly gets in the way of blogging :( However, today Summer and I had a lovely hour around the orchard.  Mainly it's drab and cold at the moment so you have to look a little harder for the bright spots. That said today the sky was bright and blue, just need a touch more warmth! 

The trees have been pruned and the ground ploughed - all waiting, waiting, waiting....

Summer looking very elegant. 

I have no idea what these are but nice to find some colour at last!

This tree will soon be completely red with flowers - again I do not know what it is but it is very welcome in early spring.

I am not keen on the bamboo that has been planted as quick hedges in the orchard - it looks out of place but I guess it does it's job.  When the wind blows it seems to offer protection to the trees.   

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Oranges and Lemons again!

The oranges and lemons are literally dripping off the trees at the moment.  I don't really understand why people do not pick them?  They are mostly left to fall on the floor and rot.  Needless to say I keep picking them up and am quickly running out of things to make (perhaps that is why people leave them!)

Obviously we have pancakes quite a lot...with fresh lemon juice from a lemon literally just plucked from the tree...well... hard to beat really.

Now I have a very large bag of scrummy oranges from a neighbour which I am thinking of trying a few different things with...can you make orange curd I wonder????

Friday, January 6, 2012


A windy wild day today and a bank holiday here in Italy - so time to light the fire and have a little bit of fun -  thanks to http://driftwoodblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/little-mouse-tutorial.html

Now adopted by little L! Think I might have to make one for big G too!!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

My bit late Christmas cake!

I must admit to making four Christmas cakes this year (quite little ones - ish).  Two of which Little L and Big G decorated for me - and we have eaten/given away both.  I would like to think that we gave away more than we ate but who am I kidding.  My last two cakes have been sitting lovingly wrapped in homemade marzipan for a few days, and today I actually got around to decorating them.  Possibly the latest ever decorated Christmas cakes!!!????

My hubby just commented that he could not see the point in decorating them now as we were only going to eat them, but you can't eat an undecorated Christmas cake can you? Besides if you decorate it you get more marzipan to eat....

A bit of a rush job...but I am sure they will taste just fine and my little girls fingers will be picking off leaves before you can say Happy New Year!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Hooky time...

Today I have been trying to make my own pattern for a tea cosy but I must admit to giving up!  Clearly my talents are not stretching that far yet.  However, the good news is I at last found a pattern I could follow on Crochet with Raymond (lots of other lovely things to make there me thinks!)

So the problem for me was the gaps for spout and handle.  This pattern gets around it by making it flat, but I would still like to make a cover in the round when my crochet skills have improved.

Anyway,  I am ridiculously pleased with my lovely little pot cover :) small things and all that!!

Sunday, January 1, 2012


My word for the year!  This is going on my windowsill to inspire (hopefully).  A hooky day today trying to make a tea cosy by crocheting in the round...I know you are very excited by that... anyway it is going well except I have not got a clue how to make the holes for the spout and handle.  I keep reading patterns but as I am still not very good at that - well lets just say it is not going too well.  I will reveal all tomorrow!!!