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Sunday, 19 February 2012

Mostly Love!

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for any of you that didn't notice it was valentines day this week. it's all got a bit ott and commercial these days but it was a good excuse to hang heart shaped craft objects on our Christmas Twigs in the kitchen.
Vintage button heart made by threading wire through button holes. hama beads courtesy of O, origami heart by Aunty Yuko and some simple fabric and ribbon hearts by me.
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These funny pair were the only two missing from impromptu drinks this valentines day in London. Scottie Too Hotty and Seany Fitzo made it from many miles away but these two are still slumming it around NZ! We did enjoy speaking on skype though! All our love to you to LOVEBIRDS!

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A rather lovely seat cushion i made for the kids room the week before and LOOK: a heart cushion. see there is a theme!!
white pompoms recycled and a bit fiddly to sew on but totally worth it. the fabric is Ikea's Annamoa range which i have been wanting to use for ages. easy peasy envelope opening on the back and there you go. so keen to take photos that didn't even iron it - oops.

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 next time sheds and crochet!

Big thanks to Deirdre for my lovely lace parcel - so gorgeous!

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Mostly Yellow

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Today was positively Springlike- about 8 degrees C, sunny and breezy. It felt good to be outside rather than a chore. It put me in mind of the rather bright shiny  yellow things i have been making or finding recently. so here they are to share.
Lime Curd – quite yellow and very zestly – delicious and easy to make. also good stirred through plain yoghurt for a last minute pudding or popped inside fairy cakes for a zingy surprise in the middle. From my WI book of preserves.
Second a great enamel kettle from the Charity Shop (about £2 I think) and it has the added beauty of sitting on the stove while it is on and heating up water for free – yes for FREE. We have been using it for hot water bottles during this really cold snap. perfect and aesthetically pleasing too.
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speaking of thrifty finds; these three books are all recent and all under 2 quid each. the camping one is lovely and even has an ode to the different woods you can burn on a fire: See more of them at their blog

Beech-wood fires burn bright and clear
If the logs are kept a year;
Store your beech for Christmastide
With new-cut holly laid beside;
Chestnut's only good, they say,
If for years 'tis stored away;
Birch and fir-wood burn too fast
Blaze too bright and do not last;
Flames from larch will shoot up high,
Dangerously the sparks will fly;
But ash-wood green and ash-wood brown
Are fit for a Queen with a golden crown.
Oaken logs, if dry and old,
Keep away the winter's cold;
Poplar gives a bitter smoke,
Fills your eyes and makes you choke;
Elm-wood burns like churchyard mould,
E'en the very flames are cold;
It is by the Irish said;
Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread,
Apple-wood will scent the room,
Pear-wood smells like flowers in bloom;
But ash-wood wet and ash-wood dry
A King may warm his slippers by.

also see for some tree inspiration. see edache we are missing you!

Dan Lepard’s book is truly lovely and was £25 new so all the better for a thrifty find. The recipes and techniques are sublime and the pizza dough i did the other night from it was very impressive ( hardly any kneading at all!) He is a baking guru and writes in the Guardian for more, including great recipes.

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While i am banging on about baking – my breadmaking course at River Cottage is going ahead despite their cookery school barn burning down last week. Phew I don’t think I could have taken a cancellation as I am soooooo excited about it.
lastly the picnic book reminds me of summer and was one i kept spotting in waitrose last year. it will give me inspiration for lots of outdoor eating to come this year.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Mostly Freezing!

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well hello! this is a test using Windows Live Writer to try to add tables of photos and generally speed up the blogging experience! As you can see we have had a week of Arctic weather here in Blightly. Minus figures at night and day and plenty of great snow for snowmen and sledging! However this week coming is the great melt (and half term) so all will be back to normality.
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These rather greener pictures were taken the week before the snow when it was just freezing and are of my new allotment patch! I am insanely excited about it but have promised Stokie Bloke I won’t spend all my time there or abandon his lovely raised beds at home. It was worked last summer believe it or not and has lots of raspberries and a ginormous rosmary bush along with tin bath, compost heap and wonky leaking shed! Bliss. I am planning what to plant there now and have ordered some lovely seeds from the Real Seed Company to start me off. Roll on Spring!

Thursday, 2 February 2012

mostly brontes and bootees

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our annual pilgrimage to Howarth and Fi and Pete's. Some vintage shopping in the Howarth High Street, great pub grub, walks and constant talking. boy i am exhausted! Rose & Co Apothecary was popular as usual and I managed to knit a pair of bootees for Sarah O's baby (due soon) on the way there and back on the train.thanks for a great time, music reviews, book recommendations and website ideas girls!!

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The pattern is at Thingsforboys and once i'd got my mum to figure it out for me (ie translate from american) they were quick and fun to knit.  will need a large pair myself as it's dropped to minus figures this week (at night and in the day) and we are really enjoying the stove! We even went out foraging for extra kindling for it and got some great birch logs. agh now i am getting obsessed with wood too!   speaking of fires, we have had several impromptu garden bonfires BEFORE the cold snap. pics of kids below who loved it and trying their first toasty marshmallows. stay warm.x