Monday, March 5, 2012

Here We Go Again........

Hello there my lovelies.........
Am I the only one that thinks Mondays are rolling around just a little bit too fast?

A day at home and sewing was on the agenda. I wanted to whip up a few bits and pieces for my first market of 2012, but somehow I found myself cutting into a recycled woollen blanket and before I knew it a teacosy was taking shape.

Autumn's making it's presence felt inside as well as out.......

'Delicious Autumn, my very soul is wedded to it
and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth
seeking the successive Autumns.'

George Elliot

Does that verse resonate with you too?

I'm happy with the finished what was I meant to be making today!!

Come with me as I take a wander outside in the sunshine......

Let's feast on that beautiful blue sky, you see we nary got a look at it this past week.

It's been raining cats and dogs for the most part.
We've had 296.5mls over the last seven days.The creek's turned into a lake and there's been road closures but overall things are fine in this neck of the woods.
Unfortunately, folk in other parts of the state haven't fared so well

Umbels of Parsnip flowers........beautiful, lime green

This was the first time I had grown them roasted, the smooth, nutty flavour.

Sadly, they weren't a great success. I have since found out there was too much manure in the soil which caused them to grow into some weird, munted looking thing.
Still the 'bits' I did use were very tasty.
I won't be put off and will try them again .

Once outside, I thought I would do a bit of pruning.
My poor neglected garden was looking a little sad, so half an hour with the secateurs has it looking a little neater and tidier.

The Dahlias are about to finish flowering, so this will be the last bunch I pick.

I love that white/crimson bloom......
It was a surprise buried under some of the foliage.

Tig is enjoying the dry weather, he can get outside and do what cats do best....sleep in weird and wonderful positions!!


You know I had a week of being cocooned inside while the rain beat down outside and I loved every minute of it. Hearing it on the roof at night, watching it beat against the window.......I love it all.
The boys were away for the weekend, so early Saturday evening when it was bucketing down.....I made a very important decision.

I decided to light the wood heater.....

I know, I know, it wasn't particularly cold or anything, although it was the weather for long sleeves and slippers but I needed some company and you know a fire is great for bringing a bit of life into the room.

I sat there with a milo and marshmallows and enjoyed the evening twilight......bliss.

So that's a little bit of what I have been doing......nothing too outrageous or even wildly exciting just 'doing the do'.

So what have you all been up to?

Thanks for coming over for a visit, hope you've got time to say 'hi'

Take care,

Claire XX


  1. How clever of you to take those words and incorporate them as thread. It seems to give them more gravity somehow.

    I am glad you are seeing blue skies for your summer. I know Australia suffered with floods last year; I hope this is not the start of a annual occurrence.

  2. Love that fluffy orange kitty! THey are the best The verse is lovely. And I guess you are heading into fall as we head into spring...

  3. Love those dahlia's and your blue skies, now the rain has gone! Can't agree more about the companionship of a homely fire I'd be lost without mine - so would my Tippy who just about sits on it when she can and your cat is just gorgeous, you've got to love the positions these pets of ours get in to!!

  4. Always time to say 'Hi' Claire, hehe :) Love the new cosy - really pretty! I get side-tracked very easily too - let's call it the 'creative streak' in us - it's fun to go with the flow sometimes. Your garden is looking fab - glad you enjoyed your log heater - sounds lovely!

  5. Hi Claire,love the new tea cossy.It started to rain hear in Norfolk UK yesterday and is still going. We need the rain to stop stand pipes in the street this summer.

  6. Love that tea cosy. Such lovely embroidery. Your garden is looking wonderful, I'm jealous as we are just heading towards spring here we have a few daffodils threatning to bloom but not much else :) x

  7. Oh! Mondays!!! I'm with you on that, for sure!!! In our house, we comment on how often Mondays come around EVERY Sunday night!!!
    I love the tea cosy and am in awe of the fact that you can embroider WORDS!!!

  8. I'm always very impressed by how neat and stylish your embroidery is, lovely teacosy.
    Spring here today, nice to see Autumn coming to you.
    Your garden look beautiful. I bought some flower seeds today, I'm definitely going to makemore of an effort this year...

  9. There's something so comforting about a log fire when it's raining. Love your tea cosies Claire. I'm just off to put the kettle on - let's have a cup of tea :0)

  10. Oh crikey, surely I don't need another tea cosy...that one's gorgeous!!
    Don't blame you for lighting the fire - it's such a comforting thing - huddle up and enjoy it!
    Emily x

  11. Hi Claire,
    We are starting to dry out now. I feel so sorry for those down stream. We also lit the fire the other night! It was so nice... Great for drying some very wet shoes too!!

  12. Replies
    1. Hi stranger! :)
      So you are having autumn lovely to see blue skies and sunshine after all that rain. The last of your dahlias look gorgeous and Tig, well that's some pose he has there. Looks a bit like something I was trying to do in yoga this morning and failed abysmally..hehe.
      Love your tea cosy, your stitching is fantastic.
      There is something so comforting about having a fire burning. It makes me think of marshmallows, crumpets and bread toasted over the coals.
      Have a good week,
      Anne xx

  13. Good gracious. You FME writing astounds me. It is amazing. Do you 'write' it with fabric pen first? if so I'm even impressed by your lovely writing.

    I like the bad weather too. I love to stay in all snuggled up with a fire on. You're right, it is company isn't it. i know Spring and Summer are lovely seasons but here in the UK I find Summer a disappointment. And it means I have to garden which I hate because I am completely rubbish at it. But I do well with Dahlias. I am lucky to have the perfect sort of soil for them.

    Glad you didn't get flooded out. Weather is so extreme lately.


  14. Your stitching is mesmerizing....great job. Glad to hear you are safe from the rising waters and even enjoying some sunshine. x

  15. what a fabulous tea cosy....and how on earth do you stitch such teeny tiny beatiful writting like you do??? so gorgeous x
    I ADORE dahlias and your stripy one has me all over exciteded!
    it is early spring here in the uk and i have been in my greenhouse excitedly sowing seeds....and sewing with fabric too ;o)
    hope you stay safe and a bit drier
    love jooles x

  16. I love your Autumn tea cosy with the verse, how on earth do you do such small writing?

    Tig looks like he's been wrung out!

  17. I think you live an absolutely wonderful life! A warm fire, a cat, crafts to work on, gorgeous gardens and a family who loves you..... what more could a person want?

  18. Hi Claire, Love the precision sewing on that tea cozy! Once again the beautiful colors of those blue skies and zinnias so vibrant yet so peaceful. We had strange weather this winter, already feels like summer. Karen

  19. your stitching on that tea cosy is fabulous! truly amazing. how on earth do you get it so neat? xxx

  20. Hi Claire,

    The flowers in your photo's look beautiful! Is it autumn in your part of the world? It's almost spring in Holland :-)

    I hope the clouds and rain have left and made room for sunshine again!

    Lieve groet & happy day,

    Madelief x

  21. That's a lovely teacosy and I know what you mean about Autumn. The weather here has been quite wet and then we'll get a hot sunny day.Today has been cold enough to wear a jacket. looking forward to Autumn though and maybe a few dry days!

  22. Hi Claire, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  23. Hallo Claire, your tea cosy is superb! I like the leaves and also the idea of embroidering some poetry.


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