Wednesday, 5 April 2017

March 2017 in photos

Herbie will be 17 later this year and spends most of her time curled up asleep in comfy spots.

She rarely comes upstairs because it's a bit of an effort.

She sits on the table, looking out the window, dreaming of those warm sunny days spent sunbathing in the garden.

And sometimes she ventures outside.

Sherlock and Herbie are quite happy to sit with each other while I meditate after a early morning run.

Morning run sunrise

Lichen at Dungeness

A day trip to Dungeness for Mum's birthday

And Charlie made a new friend, Minstrel

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Allotment crumble

As the days of early 2017 slip past, spring is creeping into my world. Hello buds and shoots and re-emerging plants. It's time to create a new allotment dish with all the edibles busting into life.

Allotment Crumble


Spring greens

Cheese sauce
25g butter
25g flour
1/2 pint milk
Some cheese

The crumble topping

Choose some baby leeks, chop them and cook

Add some spring greens, nettles and whatever else you've got that's green and edible. Add the cheese sauce and top off with crumble.

Then wonder around outside in the sun whilst it cooks dreaming of all the wonderful things to come ...

Sunflowers and mangetout


Purple sprouting broccoli



And delphiniums

Friday, 3 February 2017

A freshly made bed

We all take things for granted. Our lives become busy and those little things that make everything worth living, slip pass unnoticed. #tinypleasures2017 is and Instagram photo challenge for February set up by Tammy Strobel
I started on Wednesday and already I've slowed down and tried to appreciate what is around me. In fact for the whole of 2016 I tried to slow down I look around a bit more. I'd write my to do lists and then re-examine them to see how many of the tasks I actually had to do. I tried monotasking which is a total challenge for me because my brain is constantly on to the next and then the next and then the next, before I've even had time to breathe. So here I am on February 3 appreciating a freshly made bed.

Leisure activities such as sewing and knitting and drawing are, in Theory, supposed to be relaxing. I however make them pressing engagements that loom over me waiting for me to address them. The idea of working stitch by stitch, mindfully enjoying the making process has previously been lost on me. So I'm working on this and January was set aside for repairing the first quilt I ever made.

This is the final large square I needed to add it was inspired by Yumiko Higuchi

There is still a little bit of dog damage where Sherlock, having been excluded from kiddy games, has attacked the quilt in protest.

But for now I am considering the repairs complete. Small dog bites add to the character and at some point there will be a little moments when I want to do some embroidery and dogbite repairs will be the perfect size.

I am now going to enjoy my freshly made bed by sitting on it and knitting.