Saturday, August 25, 2012

Quilters Blog Hop Party


I am so excited to be part of the Blog Hop Party hosted by Michele from Quilting Gallery.
I'm giving away this sweet little hexagon kit. The kit includes templates, instructions, a stitched example, a spool of gutermann thread, a needle and 30 pieces of fabric in earth tones. So cute! Pop it into your handbag for a lovely take along project and if you have never made a hexagon and want to give it a go - its perfect.

             They really can become addictive. I have made 615 hexies
             Don't blame me if you get hooked * wink

Please enter my giveaway, everyone is welcome and I will post anywhere in the world.
August is my birth month, all you have to do is tell me your birth month - that's it - one word.

Giveaway closes on 3rd September and Mr RNG will choose the winner.

Once you have made your comment click here to return to the party page

Good luck everyone, thank you for visiting and enjoy the party!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Pickles and Preserves

August - the last month of winter and our windy month. We have had a fabulous winter, warm and sunny during the day.  My lemon, kumquat and lime trees were laden with fruit. There was more than enough to share with family, friends, neighbours, passers by and even the monkeys, lol. So I have been preserving and pickling. Made lemon curd, delicious on toast, crumpets and scones, also kumquat jam and I preserved some in brandy and some in a light sugar syrup. Lemons preserved in salt and a lemon pickle from a recipe I found on the web. Loved having my son home for mid year break.



We have been tidying up the garden, its so dry. Pruning and cutting back shrubs and woody perennials, raking up tons of leaves - it seemed like tons, cleaning out the gutters, preparing for spring rains. Not a bit of sewing since my table runner and its still a flimsy but I have started the stitching on a beautiful free pattern - The Wish Quilt  from Red Brolly Designs

Been reading a lot and enjoying the gorgeous winter sun.

Drinking from the dragons well - Alex Smith
Playing sardines - Michele Roberts
The kitchen congregation - Nora Seton
Almost French - Sarah Turnbull
Tales from the time loop - David Icke
The power - Rhona Byrne
Meditation prayer and affirmations - Edgar Cayce
Infinite love is the only truth everything else is illusion - David Icke
The forgotten waltz - Anne Enright
The dancer from Khiva - Bibish
Toast - Nigel Slater