Sunday, 18 November 2018

Thought For The Day - Part III

‘Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day
With no mistakes in it yet?’

Lucy Maud Montgomery

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Scandinavian Christmas

One of the joys of the Christmas season is baking.  I love this book, which I received as a Christmas gift last year. I didn't have an opportunity to try any of the recipes at the time, so I decided to get a head-start this year and try a simple cake recipe.

I chose Nana's Apricot Cake, which is the sort of recipe my own Nana might have made.  I produced two apricot loaves, one of which is now safely tucked up in the freezer as one of our Christmas teatime treats.  This is one of those recipes which improves with age, if you can manage to keep the cake for a day or two.

If you fancy trying it for yourself, you can read the recipe if you enlarge the photo.  I did tweak it a little, as I added vanilla essence to what would have otherwise been a plain cake.  I can highly recommend it.

Friday, 16 November 2018

Country Moments

Look what arrived in the post last week.  I haven't bought this magazine in almost three years so I was delighted to find that I could order it online and have it delivered (I can't find it here).  I also ordered Country Living, so have this to look forward to.  I'm looking forward to a quiet winter's afternoon with a pot of tea and a chance to dream of my home in the country.

An unexpected bonus came in the form of a calendar of country moments for 2019.

As it celebrates mindful moments and simple pleasures throughout the coming year, I'm looking forward to seeing what delights are in store.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Handmade Christmas

I can hardly believe that I bought this book in 2012 and it sat on my bookshelf for years.  It was one of those projects which I intended to start, but I couldn't seem to find the time to get underway.

Last year, I got as far as tracing all of the pattern pieces and the mammoth task of cutting out all of the felt.  By the time this was completed, I had no time left for the more creative part of the project. I started the Christmas pudding, then laid it aside, carefully placing all of the pieces in a tin.

Who would have thought that a few simple felt decorations could be so time-consuming?

Last week, I came across this project in my craft room and decided to make a start.

The reindeer one isn't in the photo, but is almost completed, apart from a missing piece of felt for the bow.  I'm certain that I cut this out, but it seems to have vanished.

The Christmas pudding is finally completed and here is the collection of the other finished pieces.  I have five left to sew and then I will have my Christmas dozen, finished in time for decorating the tree next month.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Autumn turns to Winter

This is the last colour in our garden for this year.  It is sedum Autumn Joy and it has been a joy to behold for the last few weeks.  I've watched as the colour changed from a pale pinkish-green to the deep pink of its last flush before it goes into winter hibernation.

The temperature dropped dramatically on Sunday and it felt like winter had arrived as we headed out to the Remembrance Day service.  With a temperature of minus 1 C, but a strong wind, it felt like minus 9 C.  The water in our birdbath has frozen, so we need to rescue it before it cracks.  The poor birds are left to fend for themselves - they have been visiting for water, but have left disappointed.  We had hoped to put our winter bird bath outdoors, but we don't have anywhere to run an electric cable.  I've seen birds massing and a huge flock of geese flew overhead, so I think most of them are now migrating.  Winter has definitely arrived.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

The English Home

One of the joys of the season is the arrival of The English Home, which appears in the shops long before any other Christmas magazine.  

There is nothing nicer than dipping into a bit of Christmas cheer and delighting in the prospect of the coming festivities.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Book News

As I mentioned in a recent post, my book is completed and I was anticipating my proofreader beginning work within the next few weeks.  I got some unexpected news last week when she contacted me to say that she had had a couple of postponements and was able to start earlier than scheduled.  I’m trying not to be a nuisance and leaving her to get on with her job, but eagerly anticipating her feedback.  

She has promised to have my manuscript finished by the end of the month.  In the meantime, I’m thinking about all of the work that I will have to complete in order to move forward to publication.

I will share more news about this soon.