October 2010

Hi folks just popping in to wish you all a lovely weekend.
Lets hope the weather is better than it is at the moment as it is pouring down here! 😦

My little autumn/harvest/halloween table above has the little hedgehog I knit from a design by the very clever Julie of Little Cotton Rabbits. If you are interested in knitting one of your own you can purchase Julie’s pattern here. I’m sure you are all aware of the beautiful little creatures that Julie knits!

Well I’m off now to make a halloween pudding as we have friends coming for supper tonight.

Have a great weekend whatever you get up to and hopefully I’ll have a bag to show you on Monday! 🙂

We had quite a severe frost last night and as a result of it many plants are now past their best. The upside of last nights’ clear skys was a lovely, clear and bright but very cold day. So I took the opportunity to do a bit of garden tidying.

I started in the greenhouse and picked the last of my mini peppers, which will go nicely in a stir fry.

I then gathered the last green tomatoes and cleared away all the old tomato plants. My greenhouse looks very bare now!

On the upside my sweetpeas are all planted for next summer and I have to admit I find that a very uplifting thought! 🙂

There’s always a cat friend or two or even three to lend a hand when you’re busy in the garden! 🙂

It’s quite strange that my sycamore tree is almost stripped of all its leaves yet the leaves on my cherry tree haven’t even changed colour yet let alone fallen off.

Well the greenhouse, flowerbeds and pots have been tidied and there’s only a few plants still hanging on but a few more frosts will probably put paid to them. The garden has definitely slowed down but at least I have these little beauties to look at through the window on the not-so-nice days.

Finally, a little peek at my next bag which has an autumn garden theme!

Have a great week everyone! 🙂

You will remember the beginnings of this bag here. Well after a bit of knitting and then a bit of frogging and then a bit of knitting again I eventually got it to look the way I wanted it to.

I’m happy with it now and I just love the lining fabric.
Really happy with the colours too, I like the fresh autumny shades of the apples! 🙂

A little restaurant we go to for lunch occasionally, produces award-winning cinnamon scones. The recipe is a closely guarded secret and under no circumstances is anyone ever going to find out how they make them.
I have had them so many times and they are absolutely delicious! However each time I have one it’s like I’m performing an autopsy on the poor scone so determined am I to discover how they’re made.
Now I have tried making them many different ways never getting them quite right. Now they’re just scones so there can’t be too many variations on how to do it.
Well this time I think I have come very close to the ‘real’ thing and unlike the restaurant I’m going to share my recipe with you!

8oz self-raising flour
pinch of salt
2oz butter
1oz caster sugar
milk to mix

dark brown soft sugar
ground cinnamon

I use a food processor to make my scone mix as I think the less you handle it the better and the food processor makes it so quickly.
So put your flour, salt and butter in the processor and give it a whizz until it resembles fine breadcrumbs, or it you prefer rub the butter into the flour and salt by hand. Then add the caster sugar and give it another whizz to mix it through, next you add enough milk to produce a soft but not too sticky dough.

Roll out your dough into a rectangle about 8 inches by 10 inches. Brush the rectangle of dough with milk and sprinkle on a layer of dark brown soft sugar, then sprinkle on a generous layer of ground cinnamon. Roll up the dough from the narrow end just as you would a swiss roll and seal the end with milk. Cut the roll into 8 slices, put them on a very well greased and floured baking tray and brush them with milk, they should at this stage look like the scones in the photo above. Bake them in a hot oven (200 deg C) for about approximately 10 minutes until they’re golden brown.

They are best eaten straight from the oven with a knob of butter and a mug of hot tea!
Enjoy ! 🙂

Well it’s not the houseplants that are happy, it’s me that’s happy because they’re blooming (well I hope they’re happy too)! 🙂
I don’t have that many houseplants (7 in total) as I like to do most of my gardening outside. However out of the seven, four of them are in bloom. It’s especially nice to have them at this time of year when things are slow in the garden and apart from my window boxes there is a lack of flowers.
The little rose above bloomed this week and that is the first time in a year there have been any flowers on it, in fact I had given up on it ever blooming again. Very pretty it is too, sitting in my kitchen.

This pair are in bloom at the moment too enjoying the autumn sun streaming through the windows, which thankfully we’re still getting! 🙂

This little geranium is a very special little plant! It was given to me in church on the day my son was christened, as it was Mother’s Day as well, all the mums were given a little flower. It has been sitting on my windowsill happily blooming from time to time for over 25 years, so you can see why it’s so important to me!

Something else that made me happy this week was this little surprise parcel. It came from the lovely Alison from Alisonb2’s Weblog.

Alison held a giveaway a little time ago and although I didn’t win I still got a gift!! It was so lovely of her to do that, so thanks very much Alison! 🙂 She sent me this paper yarn, something new to me, so I’m looking forward to having a play with it. Thanks again Alison !!

Now on to my own giveaway! Can I just say a big thank you to all of you who stopped by this week and left such lovely comments, you’ve all been very kind. I have to inform you that all the edible stuff in the last post has all been eaten (I’ve just this minute finished another toffee apple) and the knitted apples are becoming a bag and I’ll let you see it when it’s finished!

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Comment number fifteen was from Pipany from Pipany & the Poltisko Memoirs. So well done Pipany the little corsage and candle are yours! I’ll get it sent off as soon as I have your details.
I have only just recently found Pipany’s blog myself and very lovely it is too, so if you haven’t visited before drop in and see her beautiful creations!

Well folks I’ll leave you with something else that’s making me happy, my lovely dahlias which I purchased today, aren’t they gorgeous!

Have a happy weekend whatever you get up too and I’ll see you next week ! 🙂

As many of you already know I live in County Armagh which due to it’s acres of orchards is also known as the Orchard County. It’s the apple harvest at the moment and by all accounts it’s a good one this year with a large crop of apples.

Many of the local churches hold their Harvest Festivals at this time of year and of course in this area apples form many of the displays!

The photo above was taken outside my local fruit and veg shop at the weekend, all the apples for sale are grown locally.

We brought these home with us and this box of apples ( there’s two missing, we couldn’t wait ) cost £1.50, not bad when you consider how many you get. Now they’re not all the same shape and size like the perfectly formed ones you get in the big supermarkets but unlike the supermarket models they do have the most wonderful taste !

It’s not just eating apples either there’s cooking apples aplenty. These lovely Bramley apples became……….

……….this apple tart which went down nicely with custard after lunch yesterday!! 🙂

One of my favourite things as I think I’ve mentioned before in a previous post are toffee apples, I just adore them. I do eat more than one a week (that’s all I’m admitting to anyway) ! Well they do say ” an apple a day keeps the doctor away “, it doesn’t say they can’t be covered in toffee!!! 😉

All these apples have inspired me to knit some as well !

Now in celebration of the apple harvest I thought I would have a little giveaway so I made an ‘apple colours’ inspired corsage! When out shopping at the weekend I bought this little candle which has the scent of Caramel Apples (oh yum!). So if you would like the corsage and candle all you have to do is leave a comment on this post!
As you know I always like to personally answer all your comments but as this is a giveaway post I’m going to thank you in advance so I don’t mess up the numbers. The fact that you take the time to stop by here, read my ramblings and then leave a comment is sooooo appreciated, so thank you !!!
The giveaway closes on Thursday 14th October at midnight (British Summer Time, which is coming to an end, sniff !)
I’ll be back on Friday with the name of the winner.

In the meantime from a very sunny and warm Orchard County have a good week ! 🙂

………………………………..Thank you, the giveaway is now closed!………………………………

I thought today I would take you for a walk through my park! Well it’s not just my park I do have to share with the rest of population of the town and surrounding areas. This is a place that we use a lot, during the summer we are in here almost every day of the week and the weather would have to be absolutely horrendous for us not to be here on a Sunday afternoon! I love it! 🙂

It is the second largest park on the island of Ireland the only one bigger is Phoenix Park in Dublin not bad for a provencial town. It is widely used by many sports, it has football, rugby and cricket pitches, tennis courts and an outdoor bowling green. It is used for many events including motor rallies, concerts, firework displays and agricultural shows and it has a very modern childrens play area.

What I love it for is it’s lovely woodland and beautiful and very old trees and of course it’s wildlife which includes squirrels, rabbits and foxes and a great variety of birds and water fowl.

It has many paths and trails through the trees and I have walked them all many, many times.

Just look at this ancient bark, it would make a lovely knitting pattern if you could work it out!

It has a huge lake which is used by many birds including swans, geese, many breeds of duck, water hens, coots and grebes.

The big building you can see in the photographs is Brownlow House or as it is known locally ‘the castle’.

Many, many years ago the park was actually the grounds of Brownlow House. Brownlow House was built in 1839 but hasn’t been inhabited since the late 19th century. It has recently had some restoration work done and it is used for functions including weddings.

The park is a lovely place to visit all year round. In the spring we enjoy all the new babies on the lake, in summer it is a sea of green, in autumn a great place to go if you like wading through leaves and in winter you always get a great welcome from the wildfowl when you arrive with a big bag of bread!
All this and it’s only a 10 minute walk from my front door!

So that’s ‘my park’, I hope you enjoyed your walk! 🙂

Alas, not real roses but some more crochet ones !!!

I have tried to use some colours to reflect the season. I really enjoy making these little corages especially making the little buttons for the centres.

Hopefully we’ll have some nice autumnal weather for the weekend with NO rain, fingers crossed. Have a lovely one whatever you get up to ! 🙂