June 2011

Lavender is one of my favourite plants! It’s scent takes me straight back to the south of France, to the flower market in Nice on a Saturday morning where the air is filled with it’s heady perfume!

I have a couple of lavender plants in my garden, not enough really to make it smell like Provence.

Inspired by the beautiful lavender and my new desire to work with cotton, fine needles and beads I have made a little lavender bag. It is knitted in 100% cream and purple cotton apart from the lavender stalks which are wool/cotton. It has a looped handle and is closed with a small purple heart button.

The back is knitted in cream and purple stripes.

Along the bottom of the front of the bag I have knitted in three rows of beads.

I have made a linen lavender pillow for the inside of the bag and filled it with ……….

………real French lavender brought back from France by myself a few weeks ago!

The bag is lined in a purple cotton fabric with little stars.

I knitted some lavender flowers and made them into a little corsage, which I’ve pinned to the front of the bag.

As the flowers have an attached brooch back they can be removed from the bag and worn as a corsage.

The linen lavender pillow is removable and measuring 16cm X 13cm the bag can be used for jewellery, make-up or for sewing accessories.

I may not have enough lavender plants in the garden to create the fragrance of Provence but working with it the house has filled the air with holiday memories!!! 🙂

The bag can be found in my shop.

Time for another walk in ‘my park’. As today was as close as we have got to a summer’s day in a while, I thought today would be a good day to do it. There were still quite a few clouds about but they were raining on someone else and selfishly that was ok with me!! The air was so lovely and warm today and it was beautiful in the park!

The above photo is taken in an area that they let go wild. It just gets left alone and it’s wonderful what comes up, so very pretty.

The wildlife were enjoying the pleasant weather too. How cute is this little cygnet hitching a ride on it’s mother’s back!

The squirrels are very funny. 🙂

There are always blooms of some sort.

This was a first, American football, I have never seen this in the park before!

Through the trees the children were enjoying the play area in the good weather!

There you go folks, another walk in ‘my park’, hope you enjoyed it! 🙂

Hello everyone and happy new week!
I can’t believe we are at the longest day of the year already, it certainly does not seem six months since I did this post on the shortest day. I can remember feeling happy writing that post even though we were deep in snow because the days were lengthening again which makes me slightly sad today as I know they’re now beginning to shorten again!
Anyhow lets not get too down about it, there is much to enjoy especially in the garden. Everything is coming on a treat probably due to the amount of rain we’ve had!!!

Beautiful lilies.


Honeysuckle, with it’s gorgeous scent!

Sweet William.

Daisies, one of my favourites.


And one of the bee’s favourites, foxgloves.

Of course there is still much to come like this beautiful rose.

A lovely little crop of beetroot as well as many other vegetables waiting to be harvested.

Ripening raspberries.

Little yellow flowers that will become delicious tomatoes!

And my sack of potatoes, this is the first time I’ve grown potatoes and when I look at this little sack I do wonder what is going on in there!

So lots of things going on in the garden. I love my garden, can you tell! 🙂

Just to re-cap on the past weekend, you’ll remember I was going to a Debbie Abrahams knitting workshop entitled ‘Strawberries and Cream’, well this is what I made………..

The exercise was to practice the intarsia technique and beading.

It is knitted in Rowan Cotton Glace 4 ply yarn. I really enjoyed knitting in the fine yarn with 3mm and 2.25 mm needles. Working with beads was fun too, so it has inspired me to do some more of this type of knitting.

You’ll also remember that we were going to see my son’s band perform on Friday night at a local festival. Well as predicted the weather was wet but what a great evening we had. Now of course I’m going to say this but they really are good, please remember the name ‘General Fiasco’!!!

That’s my boy on the far left. Proud Mum?? Absolutely!! 🙂

Well folks this has been a long post and if you’re still here, well done!
Have a great week and I hope the sun shines on you!

Yesterday afternoon I decided to make some Peppermint Creams, nothing like a little peppermint something with a cup of tea. I thought you might like to have the recipe for them, you may of course have your own variation of these little traybakes and maybe you even use this one but for those of you who don’t, here we go.

Firstly line a swiss roll tin with baking parchment.

In a bowl cream together:-

4 oz margarine
4 oz sugar

then add,

4 oz plain flour
half teaspoon baking powder
2 oz cocoa powder
4 oz coconut

Now I use a food processor and I put all the above ingredients in at the one time and whizz them all together until well mixed but if you’re not using a food processor then use the above method.

When it’s all mixed then press it into the swiss roll tin and bake at 160 deg C (fan oven) for about 10 minutes. Please keep an eye on it as all ovens vary. When it is ready leave aside until it is completely cooled.

In a bowl mix together:-

4 oz icing sugar
2 oz butter

then add some peppermint flavouring to your own taste.

You can then add some green food colouring if you wish. I think it’s a psychological thing, that if the cream is green it makes it seem more like mint. If you have young children you may wish to leave the colouring out, I added it as I need all the E-numbers I can get these days!! 😉

Spread the peppermint cream over the cooked base.

Next melt 9 oz dark chocolate, you can of course use whatever type of chocolate you wish but I think dark goes well with mint.

Pour the chocolate over the cream. (Don’t you just want to stick your finger into that chocolate!)

Then put it in the fridge to set firm.

When set cut into squares and enjoy! 🙂

Well the weekend is almost upon us again and I’ve a bit of a mixed bag this weekend. On Friday night we’re going to watch my son’s band perform, they are headlining a local festival, fingers crossed for a dry and sunny evening. My days of rolling around in the mud ‘Glastonbury style’ are long gone!! Then on Saturday I’m going to another Debbie Abrahams knitting workshop. I’m not sure what I’m knitting but it’s title is ‘Strawberries and Cream’, perhaps trying to get us in the mood for Wimbledon (come on Andy Murray)! As both events are in the same neck of the woods, we are staying the night in a lovely hotel, so looking forward to that. So a bit of Rock & Roll and a bit of knitting, they do say variety is the spice of life!!

I’m going to leave with another little purchase I’ve made from Mia’s lovely shop. I find her creations very hard to resist especially when there are rabbits involved!

Have a great weekend whatever you get up to and thanks as always for dropping in to see me. 🙂

On my last post I gave you a glimpse of my black and white knitting, well during a very wet Sunday, when there was absolutely no walk on the cards, I managed to get it all finished.
The bag knitted in black has nine little black and white crocheted flowers with button centres.

The lining is black and white gingham fabric and there are two small inside pockets.

Using the same yarns I made also made three corsages with button centres.

I’ve added the bag and corsages to my shop.

Hope your week has got off to a good start and that you’re getting some sunshine, there’s not a lot of it about!!

Hi everyone it is so good to back with you all again! I’ve had a sick laptop this week and in the end it had to go to the computer doctor to be made well again. I’m soooo glad to get it back as I’ve missed visiting you all in blogland. Earlier in the week I did manage to leave some comments on your blogs but then sometimes it wouldn’t let me and the screen would freeze and I couldn’t post on my own blog and it wouldn’t let me deal with my photos, all in all a right pain. Anyhow it’s back with me and thankfully all seems to going ok.

What have I been doing with my time! Well I’ve been doing a bit of gardening, potting up my containers with summer bedding plants.

Enjoying the 2nd issue of Mollie Makes magazine! This such a brilliant magazine, a bit like a blog in magazine form!

Baking Smartie and Pecan Rocky Road. As a vegetarian I don’t eat marshmallows so I substitute them with Smarties. They taste just as good if slightly less ‘rocky’!

Doing a bit of black and white knitting and crochet.

And generally just ‘smelling the roses’!!!

Of course I would have done all these things even if I’d had my laptop with me, I don’t want you thinking I spend all my time on it!!! I was beginning to have withdrawal symptoms though and I’m so happy to have it back again, I really missed blogland.

Before I go I would just like to thank all of you who left lovely comments on my last post. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all could get together for tea and cake. It would be lovely to see what you all look like and hear all your different accents, it really would be great fun!
Although we would have to check that the picnic table was available for use ……….

Have a great weekend everyone ! 🙂

Temeperature in the twenties, tea, cake and a magazine – happy days!!! 🙂
I made a pot of tea and there’s plenty of cake, why don’t you come over and join me! I’d love to see you.

Happy Weekend ! 🙂

Tree time again, goodness the month’s just fly by don’t they!
Well the sycamore tree is now well into full bloom and again I got a good day to take my photo, every 1st of the month this year has been lovely, it’s just the rest of the month in most cases with the exception of April which has been awful!!
I’m surprised there are any leaves left on the tree at all after the all blustery winds we’ve had this past while, the garden was covered in it’s shiny new leaves.

The tree’s little helicopters are in the process of turning red. I looked up sycamore seeds to see what the helicopters are really called and they are samaras. This a word I’ve never heard off. As children we always called them helicopters, we used to throw them up and watch them flutter back down again, we’d have races with each other to see who would win.

I did a little mosaic to show the tree so far this year and you can see how it has come to life over the past six months.

As always thanks for dropping in and leaving your lovely comments. I hope you have a lovely rest of the week and a wonderful weekend, according to the weather forecast summer arrives this weekend, woohoo!!!! 🙂