Sunday, 30 November 2008

Saturday, 29 November 2008

Christmas Mincemeat enough to share.......

..........if you want to!

2lbs (1kg) Dried Mixed Fruit
1lb (500gms) of Mixed Dried Apples Slices ~ Prunes ~
Dates ~ Figs ~ Apricots ~ Cranberries
(or anything of your choice) Chopped Finely (use scissors)
3 Grated Cooking Apples (just wash, don't peel)
8ozs (250grms) Dark Brown Sugar
Grated Nutmeg ~ Mixed Spice ~ Cinamon
Half Bottle of Brandy!
Put everything in and large bowl mix,
cover with a clean cloth, leave for about a week,
stirring at least twice daily and resist trying,
put into sterile jars.

Friday, 28 November 2008

Christmas is coming!

The Minehead Christmas lights
were turned on this year by........................
This man!

Johnny Kingdom

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Not sure that was meant to happen!

The sausage trying to escape the Toad in the Hole!
The whole thing rising from the dish
either that, or I made too much mixture!

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

A Rose No More........

The Rose from
Monday 17th and Friday 21st November
postings is now heading for
the compost bin........poor thing it was so pretty

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Watercolour painting III

I call this
"Looking Over Daisies"
I happened to walk in the garden the other day
and saw a lonely Daisy in the grass.
This is how I saw it.
Think I might stick to embroidery!

Monday, 24 November 2008

Every house should have one..........

Ours is made of china and is about 60years old!

Sunday, 23 November 2008

And there's more pincusions!

Appliqued felt with buttonhole stitch

using patchwork samples from

using embroidery stitiches on brown one
and appliqued with an over stitich
on red and white one

embroidered with stem stitch

Saturday, 22 November 2008


Kate Greenaway characters
stitched in Redwork

Friday, 21 November 2008

Sweet smell of rose...

The Rose from Mondays posting fully open

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Two more!

Two more Pincushions

Wednesday, 19 November 2008


Looking through the kitchen window
I saw this beautiful red sky
at 16.40 pm

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

There's always one............

........well two!
The last bit of cake mix!

Weigh three eggs,
the weight of the eggs in flour sugar and butter
Beat the sugar and butter, then add the eggs
fold in the flour
add a few chocolate drops
Divide into cake cases
Cook for about 20 minutes
180 degrees or gas 4

I found the icing recipe on Eleanor's blog ~

"Still Cutting Off Tabs"

(October 2008 post)

Monday, 17 November 2008

Last of the..........

........summer Roses from the garden

Sunday, 16 November 2008

It's Struck Again!

Its a bit like that game - cover the items
and then guess what was there!
Sewing Machine
Record Player Turn Table
Poundland bag with assorted goodies
still from Wednesday afternoon
three items are for Jane
Various opened correspondence
and other paper work and patterns
Empty carriers
Tupperware bowl not put back in cupboard
Felt for Pincushions
Old Valve Amplifier in bits!

Saturday, 15 November 2008

What we wore seventy years ago

Not sure about the matching hat, dress and SOCKS!

Friday, 14 November 2008

And there's more!

I have been making more knitted flowers!

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Southern Fried Chicken

4 x Chicken Portions or
Pack of Chicken Pieces for making curries etc
Italian Herbs
2 or 3 Eggs
Bread Crumbs
Cooking Oil
3 Bowls
Bowl one - Break 2 eggs and whisk, add extra one if needed
Bowl two - Breadcrumbs and Italian Herbs mixed together
Bowl three - Flour
Dip the chicken in eggs,
cover in flour the shake off excess,
dip the chicken back into the eggs,
cover in the bread crumbs
Gently heat a little oil in a frying pan,
fry just browning the breadcrumbs,
put the chicken on a baking tray
Put chicken pieces into the oven to cook
200 degrees, gas 6 till cooked through,
MAKE sure the chicken is thoroughly cooked.

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

It's Only November!

12th November to be exact!
I'm sure when I was a child Christmas didn't
start until 1st December!

Tuesday, 11 November 2008


at the Eleventh Hour,
on the Eleventh Day, of the Eleventh Month

We will remember them

The Soldier
If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England.
There shall be In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England's, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.
And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.

By Rupert Brook 1887 - 1915
last sonnet written 1914

Monday, 10 November 2008

Searching for Worms

My husband reversed the car onto drive,
the wheel slipped off the edge so had to drive
out and start again, he managed to churn the
grass verge up in doing this.
As soon as he got out of the car and came indoors
this sweet little robin appeared spying the worms.

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Old fashioned style knitted baby blanket

I have put the pattern below for anyone to use,
but please only for personal use.
Please do not use it for commercial use.

8 x 50gram balls of Patons Fairytale 100% wool baby yarn
1 pair of 7.5 Knitting Needles
Abbreviations M = Make, K = Knit, KTog = Knit Two Together
Centre panel
Cast on 1 sttich
Next row - M1, K1
Next row - M1 K2
Next row - M1 K3
Continue this way until 107 Stitches
Next row - KTog, knit to end
Next row - KTog, knit to end
Continue this way until 1 stitch cast off.

Cast on 13 stitches with a different colour yarn, cut yarn

rejoin baby yarn and continue

Row one - K7, M1 KTog, M1, K4
Row two and every alternate row Knit
Row three -K6 (M1, KTog) twice, M1 K4
Row five - K5 (M1, KTog) three times, M1 K4
Row seven - K4 (M1, KTog) four times, M1 K4
Row nine - K3 (M1, KTog) five times, M1 K4

Row eleven - K4 (M1, KTog) five times, KTog K2
Row thirteen - K5 (M1, Ktog) four times, KTog K2
Row fifteen - K6 (M1, KTog) three times, KTog K2
Row seventeen - K7 (M1, KTog) twice, KTog K2
Row nineteen - K8 M1 (KTog) twice, K2
Row twenty - As row Two

Repeat 35 times more (36 Patterns in all)
Do Not cast off

When completed pick up the stitches from the other end
and undo the cast on row, making sure the knitting is not twisted.
With the two needles together pick up the first two stiches together
and knit, then then pick up the second two stitches and knit,
casting off loosely in the usual way
Count nine patterns, in the nineth pattern
thread a few stitches with a piece of matching wool.
Do this four times

Pull the ends together tightly and knot
these gathered pieces are placed on the corners
Pin the edging around the centre panel and stitch in place

Friday, 7 November 2008

For next year!

If I plant these next year do you think I will get 275 flowers?

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Fireworks.....what fireworks?

Was it or was it not Guy Fawkes night last night?
Gun Powder Treason and Plot and all that........
I thought goodie I'll try and capture some
fireworks going off with my camera.
Well I waited, and waited but to no avail
no fireworks were seen,
but while I was waiting I thought I would
just point the camera and take photographs.
This was the results!

Wednesday, 5 November 2008


Greens and Browns of Autumn

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Last leaf of Autumn

One of the last leaves of the Sweet Chestnut Tree

Monday, 3 November 2008

One of my favourites!

Here is one of the my most favourite books when I was a child

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Christmas Annual

The forerunner of the Christmas Annual produce by the BBC
.......and I just had to have this one because
it was published the year I was born

In this annual you can read adventure stories

Make paper sculptures
and I have the remains of paper of a sculpture that had been started

Learn how to build bridges

Learn about lands far far away!

and many other interesting things is this fifth annual in this series -
we think we may another these somewhere in our house
amongst the other books.

Saturday, 1 November 2008

Different sort.........

These are brooches that are made of enamel.
The centre one belonged to my grandmother.
They are very pretty, but they are a rarety!